1 Peter 2:21-25
For to this you have been called,
God calls me to do good in response to evil, to suffer unjustly as Christ did
I am able to do so . . .
Christ also suffered for you,
because Christ did good in response to my evil
leaving you an example,
giving me an example of how to do so
so that you might follow in his steps.
for the purpose of being like Christ in His response to evil
He committed no sin,
This is what I am to do: commit no sin
neither was deceit found in his mouth.
do not speak any deceitful things, any lies
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return;
When I am reviled, do not do the same in return
when he suffered, he did not threaten,
Do not threaten when I suffer
but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
continually trusting that God will see justice done
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
taking my place when it comes to my sins
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
for the purpose that I would die to sin and be alive to righteousness
By his wounds you have been healed.
He did it by being wounded so that I can be healed. He became damaged so that I can be whole
For you were straying like sheep,
He took my place because I was disconnected, detached, separated from God, I was moving further and further away from God
however, I am no longer because of what Christ did
have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
I am now reconnected with God, I am now united to God in Christ. I have a Shepherd, a Caregiver, A Guide, An Overseer who would guide me, lead me, teach me, correct me all back to God. I am being made whole, being healed.
Takeaway: * To reflect and feel deeply, the substitution that Christ bore my iniquities * To receive humbly, joyfully the result of His death that enables me to die to sin, live to righteousness, and return evil for good Dr Piper's Questions 1. In 1 Peter 2:21–25 , Peter gives us two main reasons from the life of Jesus to be willing to suffer unjustly for righteousness’s sake. What are they? a) for Substitution: Christ suffered for us b) for Illustration: Christ suffered to leave us an example 2. If you believed one motivation, but not the other, what would go wrong in your theology and life? Answer for both motivations. To emphasize substitution without illustration, is to not live out the call to suffer unjustly. And therefore, to be relevant and silent in the world of unjust suffering. It is to be unresponsive and detached from the world. It is not following Christ, truly. (1 Peter 2:22-23) To emphasize illustration without substitution, is to think we can follow Christ out of our own efforts, thinking we are good enough. Here we deny our own fallenness, and we deny the source of any ability to truly suffer unjustly. It will become insanity - to suffer unjustly with no adequate resources to cope, nor true goal to sustain. (1 Peter 2:24-25) 3. Looking specifically at 1 Peter 2:22–23 , how does Jesus’s example as a sufferer help us to suffer injustice ourselves? Jesus' suffering was not caused by any sin He did Jesus did not sin in response to any suffering He suffered. The suffering did not result in any sin on his behalf. Jesus continued entrusting Himself and His cause to god who judges justly. (see Romans 12:19-20) Jesus left wrath to God. Jesus believed that justice will always be done. 4. Jesus died for you as an example or illustration ( 1 Peter 2:21 ) and he died for you as a substitution. Describe what it means for Christ to be a substitution for us? Refer to 1 Peter 3:18 He bore my sins for me, He bore my guilt, my condemnation on the tree so that I might die to sin and live to righteousness Christ died so that I might follow His example. I can only follow Christ because He died for me, 5. In 1 Peter 2:24 , Peter quotes from Isaiah 53. Read Isaiah 53. What light does it bring to your understanding of 1 Peter 2:21–25 ? Peter draws upon Isaiah 53:5-6, which throws more light on the substitution which Christ did: Christ was wounded for my transgressions Christ was crushed for my iniquities Christ bore chastisement to give me peace with God Christ received stripes so I can be healed 6. When Peter says, “By his wounds you have been healed,” what is the healing that happens here? What kind of healing is this? The healing is from separation from God which is seen in things like disease, sin, straying. The healing is fellowship with God, or Christ. We are returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. "Christ' bearing of sin leads to our dying to sin and living to righteousness by taking us from our straying and returned into the fellowship with the Caregiver of our souls so that now, we have a new relationship with God, of peace and fellowship." "This healing breaks the power of the attractiveness of sin. And endears us to the righteousness of God, of Christ in his response to suffering."