This is Threefold

The Stone (4-8):  

This precious stone, this cornerstone is Jesus.  The idea of the cornerstone is pretty easy.  This is the weight bearing stone, without this stone the building would not be able to stand securely.  The problem with this stone is that it looked odd, it could easily be thrown away or “rejected” because it’s place was not easily seen.  Upon further investigation the builders would see that the stone they rejected and threw away was the stone that was needed for the entire house to stand.  Now we see where Jesus fits into this?  Jesus did not look like the messiah expected and therefore was rejected and thrown away.  It was not until those who were with him truly looked at Him that they saw the truth of who He is and was.  If this stone is supposed to be a metaphor of Christ then it is right to say that just as a building will fall without the cornerstone, so the life of a Christian will not be able to bear up under the load without Jesus.

That was then, this is now (9-10):
Through Christ, our cornerstone, our standing before God has changed.  Once we were in darkness, we were not Gods people (we are gentiles), we had not received mercy (we did not have the new covenant).  Christ changed all that!  Now Peter proclaims with joy we are chosen, we are royal, holy and belonging to God.  We have found our way to the light.  Imagine Plato’s allegory of the cave.  All we have known is shadows of things and He has brought us into to the world to see everything that is in all it’s splendor.  
Strangers Here (11-12):
Why do we get so caught up…  It truly is frustrating to me.  I see so much bad about myself in these two verses.  I know that this life is temporary, that I am but a traveler passing through this life, yet everyday I make compromises for this worlds sake.  If the earth were at dot at the point of a ray and eternity was the line stretching out infinitely I am living for that dot which is here for a moment and tomorrow is gone.  Does it make sense to do this?  Not as far as I can tell… Peter exhorts his readers to live excellent lives, live with eternity in mind.  It’s like that smart guy C.S. Lewis says “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”  Make your aim Heaven, the love of God, service to God…  In doing so, Peter says that even when people accuse you of wrong they may be shown to be wrong by the excellent way in which you live and God will receive glory.  
It seems the way we live each day does have some eternal effects.
In Christ,
Bryce
Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.
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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.