Jesus Christ; by whose stripes ye were healed. It is all about righteousness and returning back to the original condition in which God made us. Here is one of the most powerful passages in the entire Bible on the matter of righteousness.
1 Peter 2:21-25: Jesus and Righteousness
21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
We were called, we heard and responded. Jesus Christ took our sin, suffered the vileness of it and paid the price for it. In life, in living and in righteousness Jesus Christ is our example, the model for us to emulate and copy. Repeat-Christ left, “us an example, that ye should follow his steps”.
22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
The spirit is rooted in either righteousness or unrighteousness; the fruit that it bares makes evident which. The conscious mind of man can regulate to a certain degree which is made manifest, righteousness or unrighteousness. But things such as stress, duress, temptations, greed, anger and envy can occupy the conscious mind and allow for the true nature of man to be revealed.
23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Sinful man’s impulse is to strike back when suffering any type of verbal or physical attack or accusation. Jesus did not respond in kind to being reproached or abused. Why? Because reviled, suffered and threatened are actions of unrighteousness.
The action Jesus did take was to simply and completely give himself to God. Jesus let go and let God. The focus wasn’t on the sinful man or his sinful act, but on the righteous God.
Earlier it was said that Jesus is our example, our model in which “ye should follow his steps”. How Jesus responded to evil is our example.
24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Our life without Christ and salvation is like a death row inmate sitting in a prison cell waiting to die. The judgment made and sentence passed, held in bondage of sin with death as the only future.
But we have committed ourselves to a righteous judge. We have a mediator in Jesus Christ that suffered for our sins so we could, “live unto righteousness”.
“by whose stripes ye were healed” Too many have interpreted this to mean the punishment Jesus received and the scars he bore are a medicinal cure for what ails us. No. The healing referred to here is, “to free from errors and sins, to bring about (one’s) salvation” according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon.
“by whose stripes ye were healed” means Jesus suffered for the unrighteous for righteousness sake. This is all about righteousness. Too many people look for the miracle of God but neglect to look for God. The stripes Jesus suffered was for the restoration of righteousness unto man.
25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Only by the price that Jesus paid for our unrighteousness and our willingness to repent are we able to return to God. Some believe repent means to turn to God, it actually means to return, to return to the condition in which we were first made; righteous. Man was made a righteous being but allowed unrighteousness to enter in. Unrighteousness separated man from God and man lost his way.
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:15-17).
Jesus Christ is our example of how to be and live. We, like Jesus are to commit our self to, “him that judgeth righteously”, the Lord our God Jehovah. We are to be righteous. Our past inequities and failings have been rectified. It’s time to return to the original condition in which God made us.
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