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|NASB||1 Peter 2:7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
"THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,"
|1 Peter 2:7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe [in Him as God's only Son--the Source of salvation]; but for those who disbelieve,
"THE [very] STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED
HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE," [Ps 118:22]
|Subject: Our Continual, Absolute Need of Christ|
Bible Note: "The sense we have of our continual and absolute need of Christ, has a tendency to engage our affections to Him. At our first conversion, when we were turned from darkness to light -- we saw ourselves lost -- and that none but Christ could save us. We felt the wounds of a guilty conscience -- and we knew that He alone could heal them. We trembled before the offended Majesty of God -- and we were persuaded that He alone could deliver us from the wrath to come. We saw that there was no remission of sin, no reconciliation with God, no salvation -- but through Jesus. Hence He became, at that period -- all in all to us.
"We still see the absolute necessity of this precious Savior in every respect, so that without Him we can do nothing, as He Himself has told us. We have need of Him... when we are dark -- to enlighten us; when we are dull and lifeless -- to quicken us; when we are weak -- to strengthen us; when we are tempted -- to support us; when we have fallen -- to raise and restore us; when we are disquieted with fears -- to encourage us; when we are full of doubts and perplexity -- to comfort us and give us peace; when we are staggering at the promises through unbelief -- to increase our faith.
"If Jesus Christ is precious to us -- the bent of our souls will be towards Him. We shall choose Him above and beyond every other object, as our most desirable portion, and exceeding great reward.
"If anything in this world is chosen by us as our chief good -- our hearts will run out in strongest affections towards it. We shall look for our felicity in that object, be it what it may; that object therefore, and not Christ, will be most precious unto us.
"If our regard for the Redeemer is supreme, as it ought to be -- our whole hearts will go out after Him in the most intense longings, and with the most ardent desires. The heart of a believer is restless, until it obtains -- a solid hope and persuasion of Christís love, a growing conformity to Him, and sincere delight in Him. The soul rests and acquiesces in Him alone, and is not happy without the enjoyment of some tokens of His love. The language of such a one is, 'If I have Christ for my friend, and my everlasting portion -- I have all. When His face is hidden, and His comforts withdrawn, I seek Him with restless desire, and often cry -- O that I knew where I might find Him!'" --John Fawcett (1740-1817)
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