you also, like living stones, are being built(A) into a spiritual house[a](B) to be a holy priesthood,(C) offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:5 Or into a temple of the Spirit

But Christ is faithful as the Son(A) over God’s house. And we are his house,(B) if indeed we hold firmly(C) to our confidence and the hope(D) in which we glory.

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19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,(A) but fellow citizens(B) with God’s people and also members of his household,(C) 20 built(D) on the foundation(E) of the apostles and prophets,(F) with Christ Jesus himself(G) as the chief cornerstone.(H) 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple(I) in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.(J)

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17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

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16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?(A) For we are the temple(B) of the living God.(C) As God has said:

“I will live with them
    and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.”[a](D)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:16 Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38; Ezek. 37:27

James,(A) Cephas[a](B) and John, those esteemed as pillars,(C) gave me and Barnabas(D) the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.(E) They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,(F) and they to the circumcised.

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  1. Galatians 2:9 That is, Peter; also in verses 11 and 14

15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church(A) of the living God,(B) the pillar and foundation of the truth.

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Let no foreigner(A) who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”(B)
And let no eunuch(C) complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs(D) who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant(E)
to them I will give within my temple and its walls(F)
    a memorial(G) and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name(H)
    that will endure forever.(I)
And foreigners(J) who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister(K) to him,
to love the name(L) of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath(M) without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain(N)
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices(O)
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.(P)(Q)

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