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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

1 Peter Chapter 2

1 Peter 2:8

pe1 2:8

stone of stumbling

Christ crucified is the Rock:

(1) Smitten that the Spirit of life may flow from Him to all who will drink. (Exo 17:6); (Co1 10:4); (Joh 4:13); (Joh 4:14); (Joh 7:37-39).

(2) To the church the foundation and chief corner Stone. (Eph 2:20).

(3) To the Jews at His first coming a "stumbling stone". (Rom 9:32); (Rom 9:33); (Co1 1:23).

(4) to Israel at His second coming the "headstone of the corner". (Zac 4:7).

(5) To the Gentile world-power the smiting "stone cut out without hands". (Dan 2:34).

(6) In the divine purpose the Stone which, after the destruction of Gentile world-power, is to grow and fill the earth.

(7) To unbelievers the crushing Stone of judgment. (Mat 21:44).

1 Peter 2:9

pe1 2:9


The New Testament priesthood, Summary:

(1) Until the law was given the head of each family was the family priest. (Gen 8:20); (Gen 26:25); (Gen 31:54).

(2) When the law was proposed, the promise to perfect obedience was that Israel would be unto God "a kingdom of priests" (Exo 19:6). But Israel violated the law, and God shut up the priestly office to the Aaronic family, appointing the tribe of Levi to minister to them, thus constituting the typical priesthood. (Exo 28:1).

(3) In the dispensation of grace, all believers are unconditionally constituted a "kingdom of priests" (Pe1 2:9); (Rev 1:6) the distinction which Israel failed to achieve by works. The priesthood of the believer is, therefore, a birthright; just as every descendant of Aaron was born to the priesthood. (Heb 5:1).

(4) The chief privilege of a priest is access to God. Under law the high priest only could enter "the holiest of all," and that but once a year (Heb 9:7); but when Christ died, the veil, type of Christ's human body (Heb 10:20) was rent, so that now the believer-priests, equally with Christ the High Priest, have access to God in the holiest. (Heb 10:19-22).

The high Priest is corporeally there (Heb 4:14-16); (Heb 9:24); (Heb 10:19-22).

(5) In the exercise of his office the New Testament believer-priest is

a) a sacrificer who offers a threefold sacrifice:

(a) his own living body. (Rom 12:1); (Phi 2:17); (Ti2 4:6); (Jo1 3:16); (Jam 1:27).

(b) praise to God, "the fruit of the lips that make mention of His name" (R.V.), to be offered "continually"; (Heb 13:15); (Exo 25:22) "I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat".

(c) his substance. (Heb 13:16); (Rom 12:13); (Gal 6:6); (Jo3 1:5-8); (Heb 13:2); (Gal 6:10); (Tit 3:14).

b) The New Testament priest is also an intercessor. (Ti1 2:1); (Col 4:12).

1 Peter 2:19

pe1 2:19

this is thankworthy

Grace (imparted). (Pe1 3:7); (Rom 6:1); (Pe2 3:18).

1 Peter 2:20

pe1 2:20



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

1 Peter 2:22

pe1 2:22



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

1 Peter 2:24

pe1 2:24



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).


(See Scofield) - (Rom 10:10).

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