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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #12
Posted: November 22, 2006

I PETER 2:21-25

Let us continue our study of I Peter the theme of which is ‘The God of All Suffering’.  The word ‘suffering’ is mentioned 16 times in this book.  The number ‘16’ is associated with God because there are 16 basic names for God used in the Bible.  The word ‘suffering’ means to experience a vexing sensation or painful impression of hardship that influences the emotions and affections.  Let us look at ‘The Pattern of Suffering’ given in Chapter 2, verses 21-25.  The text says,For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 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. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

In verse 21 we have ‘The Pronouncement of The Pattern’.  We are confronted in the pronouncement with ‘An Effectual Call’.  Peter says ‘hereunto’ were we ‘called’.  The word literally means ‘into this’.  The word, ‘called’ means to incite, to bid or command by name.  Paul told us in Philippians 1:29 we were not only given the gift to believe but also to suffer for His sake.  We are given in the pronouncement ‘The Example of Christ’.  He suffered to leave us an ‘example’.  The word means a pattern used for tracing out.  In the lower grades we were given alphabet letters to trace out in order to learn the letters.  The Christ life is our example.  We are to lay our lives upon Him and trace it out removing the areas that don’t match the pattern.  We are also given an ‘Exact Course’.  We are told to follow His steps.  This is bigger than ‘What would Jesus Do?’  If we are Christians then we must be Christ- like in all we do.  We must walk the same road he walked, talk the same talk He talked, and live the same life He lived.

In this pattern of suffering we are also given in verses 22-24 ‘The Picture of the Pattern’.  In verse 22 in the picture we see ‘The Person of Purity’.  We see Christ did no sin.  He had no ability to sin.  There was no ‘guile’ found in His mouth.  It is the New Testament word for Jacob.  There was no trickery, deceit, or lying in His mouth.  In verse 23 we see in the picture ‘The Person of Patience’.  We are told when our Lord was reviled He didn’t ‘revile’ back.  The word means to wound with an accursed sting, a harsh railing rebuke that sharply bites.  Instead of reviling back he committed Himself to the One who ‘judgeth righteously’.  The phrase means to hand over to, to deliver to someone for to keep or to manage.  The one who judges righteously is the one who will sort it all out to His pleasing.  We see in this picture also ‘The Person of Power’.  In verse 24 the word ‘bare’ is the picture of a priest carrying the sacrifice to the brazen altar.  He bore our sins in His own body.  He became sin for us on the cross.  The healing from Christ’ stripes is not the physical healing that our contemporary brethren talk about.  The word ‘healing’ is the spiritual wholeness and healing of the heart.

In verses 24-25 we are told of ‘The Principles of the Pattern’.  We see the ‘Principle of a Position’.  What a grand position we are told of in the words ‘we are dead to sin’.  Because of the cross our sins have been rendered powerless over us. (Romans 6:6)  We see the ‘Principle of a Practice’. Let us live unto righteousness.  Oh, let us not yield to sin but to His righteousness alone.  In verse 25 there is the ‘Principle of a Person’.  We are reminded in principle form that we are sheep who are prone to wander.  May we lay close by the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.  He is the guide, overseer, and director of all that we encounter in this life.  If we can’t see His hand guiding us we can trust His heart to shepherd our souls into a safe green pasture of rest.