1 Peter 1:22-2:7
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 2 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious.
The word “precious” conveys the meaning of having great worth, infinite value, priceless! To all who believe on and in Him, Jesus is precious, of infinite and inestimable worth, of infinite and inestimable value, His worth is beyond price, priceless, infinitely and eternally precious. By analogy ‘precious’ as used here means, ‘The highest degree of Dignity.’
Hear Spurgeon: This is a positive fact that UNTO BELIEVERS JESUS CHRIST IS PRECIOUS. In Himself He is of inestimable preciousness, for He is very God of very God! He is moreover, perfect Man without sin. The precious gopher wood of His humanity is overlaid with the pure gold of His Divinity. He is a mine of jewels and a mountain of gems.
We see in Peter’s use of analogy and metaphor throughout chapters one and two. [1:7 the trial of your faith , being much more precious [here, great worth] than of gold that perisheth ]; [1:18-19 silver and gold, lamb without blemish and without spot ]- foreordained before the foundation of the world…manifested in these last times for you! [1:18,19,20], is the ‘ living stone’ disallowed, that is tried, lightly considered, still rejected[2:4]. In 2:5 he calls believers lively stones, a spiritual house, as if to say ‘a house unseen being built up with living but unseen stones — Note that Peter learned well from Jesus in the use of metaphors and makes the transition from his saying of babes growing up (2:2) to stones built up vs. 5 (Robertson word studies). And in vss. 7- living stones; 8- stone of stumbling; 9- royal; 11- strangers, pilgrims; 18- servants; 25- sheep!
There are many things, that relate to our earthly life that give us a representation of the preciousness of Jesus. Suggestive of temporal and eternal things allowing us to consider to be of great worth and immense value. Life – Those who rarely given Jesus a second thought suddenly become aware of just how precious he is when a life comes to an end, and without hesitation and automatic his value is realized.
When a loved one’s life is taken and the body is laid in the grave. Some hope even without a full understanding; without a sure basis to believe that our loved one goes to the presence of Jesus. Even those who do not profess Christ dare not to think otherwise! In any event people who loved that person and sense their loss are forced to realize the brevity of life. To some in these times, but not to all, Jesus is precious! But to whom shall we go? To whom other than He may we turn for some encouragement this? Jesus has the words of eternal life! How precious is becomes in times of sorrow. Those who have no knowledge, concern, or expectation of eternal life, are left with only a sense of loss – nothing more.
When an elderly Christian couple lose their life’s savings to some scoundrel whom they trusted, absconding with their money, Jesus becomes to them very precious.
When folks lose their home and face certain foreclosure and eviction, Jesus to them becomes precious and becomes a solace and source of strength. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious.
When we pass the three-score and ten  and suddenly there is more past than future, we who know the Lord, turn to Jesus Christ and remember Philippians 4:19 where it says: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Someone has said that “to take Christ out of the picture of life would be like blotting the sun from the firmament [heavens].”
Food and drink. Rarely do we who have resources to obtain food and drink rarely think of how precious those things are. But folh who languish in poverty and have not the resources to buy food and drink, to them, food and drink is precious.
How much would you give for a loaf of bread and a jar of jelly if the cupboard was bare and you lacked the ability to buy such things? Christ alone is the Bread of Life. –John 6:33-35. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious
• Rest – Many times I have fallen into bed and with a great sigh thank God for rest. Jesus’ concern for the weary says: Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [Matthew 11:28] –Unto you therefore which believe he is precious.
• Sight – hearing – taste – touch Light was precious to wise Solomon who wrote: Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun- Ecclesiastes 11:7
The hearing of preaching induces salvation to all who believe 1 Corinthians 1:18 – as unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Malachi, in reference to Jesus said, The Sun of righteousness arises with healing in his wings [4:2].
That we might only touch the hem of his garment as to do so in faith as many as touched were him were made perfectly whole. Matthew 14:36 And, in Luke 6:19 we read of the multitudes who touched him experienced his power over infirmities, and by the sheer force of his virtue, His Divine Omnipotence, multitudes were healed.
It is unimaginable almost, to think that there are people, students of Scripture, theologians, those who study God as a vocation], teachers in Universities, Seminaries and Bible colleges who see Jesus Christ in the Scriptures as a mere person of history possessing great abilities and wise sayings and was great example of how one should live, but do not see him as a great person of great worth or dignity!
The Jews did not and do not now believe that he is the One “of whom Moses wrote.” In John 5:46-47 He said: For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? And in John 5:39 he said: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
He is precious in His Divinity – essential in the Godhead! [Romans 9:5].
Many know about Jesus. They know of his life and his works, but they do not always recognize Him as God! He is essential to that fact! [John 1:3]
• He is essential as the eternal and only begotten Son in whom God is well pleased!
• He is essential as the Lamb of God of God that bore in His own body the sins of His elect people!
• He is essential as the Christ of God, the anointed One! [Acts 10:38].
To all who claim the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior he is precious! Is he precious to you? Your answer to this question will give evidence one way of another of the measure of the state of your eternal soul – if he is precious to you then there has been a decided change in your life, your attitude toward others, your sense of your own personal sin and a deep appreciation of the value of Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the sufficiency of his atoning work in your soul – Unto you…[therefore] which believe he is precious.
Octavious Winslow writes: The sufferings and death of a Being so illustrious must be in harmony with an Object and in connection to being of equal dignity with that object, if not there would be no glory in his achievements, no significance in His work, no efficacy in His blood, had there been no divine dignity and worth in His Person…And had he not taken a single step in working out the salvation of man—had He repaired no breach, wept no tear, endured no agony, shed no blood in the redemption of His Church…He still would be the Eternal Son of God—fully God, totally divine and the object of all the love, adoration, and worship by all the angels and creatures in heaven and always eternal in the heavens!
His is indeed “our Savior,” and precious unto all who believe, but not all men believe because not all men have faith, therefore not all men are saved as without faith God cannot be pleased.
He is precious in His Humanity.— Manhood . So valuable is he to you and me because he has allied His harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners nature with our human nature [Heb. 7:26].
He is like us in his humanity except He knew no sin. Peter confirms this in vs. 22 saying He did no sin. Habakkuk 1:13 tells us that our Lord’s eyes are so pure so that he could not bear to look upon sin, yet this Holy, innocent One, became the sin bearer. 1 Peter 2:24
Hebrews 2:17-3:1 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.
Jesus is fully God and fully man. Jesus is absolutely identical in his flesh, bone, and blood as are we! But again, He is without sin!
One commentator suggests: Had one drop of a sinful virus seeped into and entered into his veins, he could not be able to have presented Himself to His Father as a suitable sacrifice that would be satisfying to the holiness of God!
No temptation could lure Him; no sin could conquer Him.
He who is totally incorruptible came to save the totally corruptible.
He paid the sin debt for all who are debtors to sin.
Being denied by some, He denies no one who will freely come to him in faith. He gives life, hope, joy and peace. Because He lives we shall live also. HE IS PRECIOUS IN HIS HUMANITY!
He is precious in Word: There is no lacking of places to hear preaching today these days, but there are few places where the whole truth is preached! The problem is that much of the preaching is little more than dry dust blown by hot air from leaking windbags! Most of it is motivational in content, temporal in effect, lacking inspiration and powerless to save. People are told to reform rather than repent and that all men will repent—the whole truth is that not all men will repent – Jesus told Nicodemus that to see the Kingdom of God a man had to be born again.
The Bible sets forth the doctrine of a Predetermined Election that is without distinction but not without condition. That is to say that Jesus will save some from every nation, tongue, tribe, and kindred, (no distinction)— all who having been given Him by His Father in Eternity will come to him by faith (the condition) – those that come accordingly, he will lose none! [John 6].
Jesus’ Word of Truth is that he died for the sins of those ‘elect, chosen, before the foundation of the world’ — Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 1:4-7 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world , that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
Revelation 13:7-8 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world , when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word , and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. HIS WORD IS PRECIOUS!
He is precious as The Savior. In life He loved us; In death he saved us; buried he carried our sins far away; In Rising He justified freely us forever! and one day he’s coming—O glorious day!
The blood of Jesus is in the highest degree most precious. He Himself is the Great High priest who offered Himself as sacrifice for our sin and who Himself died for sinners. He is the Great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, Almighty God is He! HE IS PRECIOUS AS SAVIOR.
He is precious as Lord: Yet, many who call him Lord do not know him as Lord and if death comes to them in that state they will be eternally lost. They claim to know Him, but he never knew them.
A W Robertson says that there is a “Sharp contrast between the mere talker and the doer of God’s will.
James 2:18-20 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
He is precious – of great worth to all which believe when tempted by the evil one – Comes this angel of light, creeping softly, speaking seduction, intending to ensnare, seeking to engage the interest of the gullible, unsuspicious, unaware, aiming his ‘fiery’ darts at those naked of the armor of God. He is true to his murderous, destroying, insinuating, nature, bent on spoiling our testimony, shaking our confidence, obscuring our hope, roughing up the Lord’s people—this is what he does, he can do no less, but he can only do what God allows!
To you that believe he comes with sword in hand to drive the devil away. He knows how to deal with Satan.
Jesus was ‘in all points tempted like as we are” [Heb. 4:15]. Jesus, to we which believe, ‘knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations’ [2 Pet. 2:9.] Then he, the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Romans 16:20
He will be found precious in times of trial, sorrow, or adversity. What ails thee? Sickness, death of friends and loved ones? Financial loss threatened? Lack of job security? Increasing age?
When gloom settles and covers your heart with feelings of dread, know that it is not the dark of winter for your soul. Jesus will indeed come to your aid.
Rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen , ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable
and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9.
O’ if I could only see Him and observe his wounds I would be encouraged, I would believe! O’ but you can see, if you believe. We see by faith what we cannot see with the eye! Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…Hebrews 11:1
Jesus responded to Thomas’ doubt in John 20:25 and 29 …The other disciples therefore said unto him [Thomsas], We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side , I will not believe…Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Jesus is not precious because he is believed to be precious. He is precious whether he is believed to be precious, or not believed to be precious.
The mind struggles to explain, define, describe his worth and cannot adequately do so. This merely points out how worthy he is – indescribable, beyond definition, unexplainable to our minds and hearts. We cannot go beyond Peter’s words –he is precious…!
One thing I would ask you…If Jesus could be bought, what would you be willing to pay to have him? If you have him what would you give to keep him? If it were possible to lose him once you owned him what would you give to get him back? Would you as soon lose your own life as to lose him?
Hear him! Mark 8:35-38 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
He cannot be purchased at any price! But is given by grace through faith to all who will believe, for it is For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God… 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 — then, unto you which believe he is precious!
I pray that he is precious to you. Amen!