“He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.”
Peter wrote to a broad group of Christians who were experiencing suffering for their faith. Instead of feeling bad about it, Peter encourages them to rejoice. Why rejoice? Because they are sharing in the sufferings of Jesus.
Peter addressed his readers in chapter 2 regarding how Christians should be submissive to the suffering brought about by those who have been given authority over them. He used the example of Jesus who underwent suffering even though he didn’t deserve it.
The result of this is what Peter writes about in verse 24. Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to the cross and to die and as a result the believer’s sins died with Jesus and they were given a new righteous life. This was to be a complete healing for all believers.
Now you know the story behind 1 Peter 2:24.
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