So often we hear the comment of how precious is this child or how much someone means to a person. The word “precious” is not limited to our vocabulary for in the realm of the Godhead, that word is ascribed to the second member of the Trinity, Christ. The Apostle Peter uses this word in speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ in more than just human terms, but from the Divine perspective. The Biblical use of the word “precious” speaks of that which is of highest value, most valued, so much so, that it is reserved to describe the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed" (1 Peter 2:6 NASB). In the time of Peter, the corner stone formed the foundational stone where the walls came together. It was most valued for it would bear the weight of the joined walls; thus the quality of that stone bore much significance. You can already see in this “choice stone, a precious corner stone” its portrayal of the Work of Christ on the Cross. The prophet Isaiah revealed to his nation God’s assessment of this most valued stone. "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed” (Is 28:16 NIV). However, as is too often the case, God’s estimation or determination in a matter does not coincide with the thinking of this world. Peter continues in his epistle by writing … “This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, "the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone," and "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense"(1 Peter 2:7-8 NASB). The response of mankind to this Stone is plainly given – no disappointment to those who believe and great offense to those who disbelieve. The question before the human race then becomes that of belief or unbelief directed toward the person of Christ. Jesus faced both crowds during his ministry on earth. “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt 16:13-16 NASB). As the Christ, God’s chosen One to go to the Cross, He would bear the sins of each individual that would enter the human race, satisfy the righteousness of God by paying man’s debt, both the penalty and punishment for sin, be buried and rise again the third day, all in keeping with God’s plan of redemption. Such an accomplishment is of inestimable value; in Peter’s words, PRECIOUS. The One whom God esteemed of highest value is now given to those who believe … “This precious value, then, is for you who believe” (1 Peter 2:7 NASB). All who believe in Christ are esteemed by God the Father to the same degree as He values the Son. Such a thought is beyond human comprehension but is to be believed by faith. Therefore, whether in life or in death, all who claim the Savior as their personal possession are most valued … “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-4 a NASB).