Living Stones

We are living stones in the flow of eternal lifeRevelation 21:19-20 says, “The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.”

At the beginning of the Lord’s ministry (John 1:40-42) Andrew brought his brother Simon to Jesus. “Looking at him, Jesus said, You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is interpreted, Peter).” Both Cephas (Aramaic—the common language in Israel at that time) and Peter (Greek) mean stone. Later Peter said, “We ourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house…” (1 Peter 2:5). Every Christian is a living stone! The Greek adjective translated “living” is of the same root as the noun for life, eternal life. We are living stones because God in Christ has made us alive.

Christ Himself is also a living Stone. In Matthew 21:42, speaking about Himself, “Jesus said to them, Have you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone [Jesus] which the builders [Jewish leaders] rejected, this has become the head of the corner. This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” Peter spoke this in Acts 4 and again in his epistle, adding that Christ is a living Stone (1 Peter 2:4, 7). All these verses show the spiritual nature of the New Testament building. The totality of these living stones will consummate in New Jerusalem. The stones on the foundations in Revelation 21:19-20 are not physical but spiritual and full of eternal life, which is also true of the entirety of New Jerusalem.

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