“Living Stones:” A Petrine Analogy for Anthropological Restoration

The human condition in Eden can be summarized by four experiences that were corrupted following man’s expulsion from the garden: 1. Adam and Eve’s regular communion with God (presence), 2. their access to God’s sacred space (place), 3. their harmonious relationship with each other (people), and 4. their set of divine tasks (purpose). Each of these experiences represent a strand within the composition of their anthropological ontology and offer a partial look at what it means to be made in the image of God. Under the curse, there are numerous attempts to restore the lost components of this composition, as can be seen in Babel where the people sought to access God through a tower (presence), dwelt in Shinar in resistance to dispersion (place), sought to become a unified community and to make their name great (people and purpose). It is not until the New Testament do we see God’s ideals regarding restoration fully materialize and Jesus becomes the bedrock of that restorative motif. The first epistle of Peter looks backward to Old Testament antecedents and demonstrates, through stone and rock imagery, how each of these components (presence, place, people, and purpose) are being remade in the new creation of Christ. As “living stones” believers are connected to Christ, the cornerstone, and are called a royal priesthood and holy nation. These labels, and others within the pericope of 1 Peter 2, build upon the biblical picture of anthropological fullness that was initiated in Eden. Through union with Christ, humanity’s compositional qualities (presence, place, people, and purpose) are realized once more.

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  1. 1 Peter – Anthropological Restoration
    These connections may be present but the proposal presents no specific evidence in this regard, that Peter has in mind this restoration motif reaching back to Eden.

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