Ginny Ernsberger

1st Peter Chapter 2 — more take away

Chapter 2: 19, 21 and 24 “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps…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.”

We can suffer for many reasons: sometimes as a result of poor choices, some times as character refinement, and sometimes because we stand with Christ for truth and righteousness. Peter knew that Christ suffered as part of God’s plan and he knew that all who follow Jesus must be prepared to suffer (Mark 8:34–35). Chrit died for our sins, in our place, so we would not have to suffer the punishment we deserve (that’s mercy) and is what is called the subdtitutionary atonement.

Remember mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what we do not deserve. God is rich in both grace and mercy…..PTL.

Because Christ died for us, we should be willing to live and die for him. So live righteously but be prepared to suffer unjustly. It will all be worth it in the end. Christ will vendicate all…..and we will have a perfect life in eternity with him.