Therefore it is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen precious cornerstone; and the one believing on Him, shall not be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:6
Why does Peter say therefore? Something always comes before therefore… Here it is: God is working on a building, a spiritual house, and those believing in Christ are a part of this building. Those included are BELIEVERS. Not believing in ideas, doctrines, philosophies, or theories, but believing in the Living Stone.
“As you come to Him, the living stone, rejected by men but chosen and precious in God’s sight,…” 1 Peter 2:4
No wonder John, and the disciples, preached Christ Jesus the Lord, born of a virgin, without sin, suffering for the sins of the world as He shed His blood on Calvary, buried, resurrected bodily, and coming again!
“There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. John testified concerning Him (Jesus Christ, the Living Word). He cried out, saying, “This is He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’” From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.”
John 1:6, 15-18 BSB
And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Acts 3:20
“For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being examined today about a kind service to a man who was lame, to determine how he was healed, then let this be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. This Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:8-12
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Acts 8:5
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the samescripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 8:35
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues,that he is the Son of God. Acts 9:20
But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles,and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will thisbabbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forthof strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus,and the resurrection. Acts 17:18
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Acts 9:29
The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) Acts 10:36Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:22-24 BSB
…but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,…” 1 Corinthians 1:23Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:12
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:10For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 2 Corinthians 1:19
But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:1
Though I am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Ephesians 3:8 BSB
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Philippians 1:18
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began. In His own time He has made His word evident in the proclamation entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior. Titus 1:1-3 BSB
Are you a believer?
Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27