1 Peter 2:4-5
To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,…
I. THE PERSONS OF WHOM THIS PRIESTHOOD IS COMPOSED. The apostle is here writing, not to Church officers, but to individual Christians scattered throughout the world. Why should they be represented as a priesthood?
1. On account of their entire devotedness to Divine service.
2. On account of their free access to the Divine presence (Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:19-22).
II. THE CHARACTER BY WHICH THIS PRIESTHOOD IS DISTINGUISHED. "Holy." Moral holiness is resemblance to Christ — the spirit of supreme love to the Father and self-sacrificing love for man.
III. THE SERVICE TO WHICH THIS PRIESTHOOD IS CONSECRATED.
1. The sacrifices are spiritual.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,