1Peter 2: 18 – 25 (for yesterday – 1Peter 2: 11- 17)

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

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.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Yesterday was the kind of day that makes us appreciate the good days. Computer issues beyond my ability to troubleshoot or to fix mounted as the day wore on until finally I had to concede to the computer and get my beloved son-in-law to come to the house and scare my computer into submission. Which he did (obviously, lol) but it did take a bit longer than he had anticipated. Which made me feel less inept. Slightly.

“: by whose stripes ye are healed.” There are many folks who believe that this verse relates to health – physical health. That’s a misunderstanding of the intent of the verse. Read carefully, the verse tells us since Jesus had no sin, He bore our sin, in His body, on the tree and that we, because of Him, are dead to sin. We are dead to sin because He healed us of SIN, not ill health; His ordeal on the Cross – His ‘stripes’; the beating He took, healed our sin. What happens in our bodies whether by genetics or blood line or heredity – whatever the underlying cause may be – is intrinsic to being human. If the understanding that our health had been healed was correct, there would never have been another disease or deformity.

I can deal with my body – we all manage to get through day to day regardless of what’s going on with our bodies; I am eternally grateful to Jesus for healing my sins because it is sin that separates us from God. It’s through Jesus that we are gathered to the Father. Amen, amen, amen!


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