Christ is the most precious treasure a believer can posses. We are commanded to lay aside our old nature, but what shall take its place? Christ Jesus, Who builds us up as living stones – a spiritual house. He is the foundation from which our new life in Christ flows.
Puritan Thomas Goodwin once said:
“Oh, let Him be to each of us our Beloved! If He be God’s Beloved, He may as well be thine. Is He able to satisfy God’s vast thoughts; and is He not able to satisfy thee, poor creature? God Himself is satisfied and at rest in Him.”
Mr. Haguewood’s sermon will continue in the book of I Peter. I Peter 2:1-8
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Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. Coming to Him [as to] a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God [and] precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, [He is] precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. – 1 Peter 2:1-8 NKJV