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SECURITY IN CHRIST

“This is contained in Scripture: ‘Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed'” (1 Pet. 2:6).

Christ is the fulfillment of all Messianic promises, and in Him you are eternally secure.

First Peter 2:6 is a paraphrase of Isaiah 28:16, which says, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.'” Isaiah was speaking of the Messiah—the coming Christ of God. Peter, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, applied Isaiah’s prophecy to Jesus.

In Isaiah’s prophecy, “Zion” refers to Jerusalem, which stands atop Mount Zion. Mount Zion is sometimes used figuratively in Scripture to refer to the New Covenant of grace, whereas Mount Sinai represents the Old Covenant of law. Isaiah was saying that God would establish the Messiah as the cornerstone of His New Covenant Temple, the church.

The analogy of believers as stones and Christ as the cornerstone would have great meaning for the Jewish people. When the Temple in Jerusalem was built, the stones used in its construction were selected, cut, and shaped in the stone quarry according to precise plans (1 Kings 6:7). Only then were they taken to the building site and set into place. The most important stone was the cornerstone, to which the various angles of the building had to conform.

God used a similar process to build His New Covenant Temple. Its stones (individual believers) are elect and shaped by the Holy Spirit to fit into God’s master plan for the church. Jesus Himself is the precious cornerstone, specially chosen and prepared by the Father to be the standard to which all others conform. He is the fulfillment of all Messianic promises, and the One in whom you can trust without fear of disappointment. That means you are secure in Him!

Live today in the confidence that Christ cannot fail. He will always accomplish His purposes.

SOURCE: From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993.

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  1. Jesus made a New Covenant which is under His Amazing Love and Grace. A covenant or testament consists of 2 parties the same way in marriage the husband and the wife. In order to work out a covenant 2 involved parties must cooperate. God took His part thru Christ who fulfills all the prophecies,laws and promises, and they were already fulfilled thru Jesus, but Man’s part needs to know the Word of God, believe in Him and live by faith with Jesus. ln these ways, the Covenant will work out. When we focus on Jesus finished works we will be amazed knowing that He redeemed us all which means our Original identity (being holy, righteous, perfect, complete) which was pronounced in Gen.1:27 has been given back to us (New Generation) thru Christ. He made us all born-again, victorious and co-heirs w Christ, and these are given to all His creation equal and no favoritism even to those who do not believe in Him. That is why we have to share the Goodnews who is Jesus and the FULL GOSPEL, and not the teachings nor doctrines of men. To God be all glory in Christ.

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