1 Peter 2:4-10.

The reference Peter makes to “living stones” in these verses is believed by some commentators to link back to the words of Jesus to Peter in Matthew 16:18: “you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church”. The imagery used is intended to highlight something that has strength from which growth will emerge, all made possible through Jesus.

The church is the cornerstone that gives shape and definition to the structure, and Jesus is the capstone that ensures its durability and strength. It is from verse 9 onwards that we see the difference this all makes. We are blessed with our identity as “a people belonging to God”.