Introduction To 1 Peter, Tim McEathron
THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST
Passage: 1Peter 2:18~25
Key verse: 24
1. Suffer for doing good (18-20)
Slavery is an evil institution; even so, God seeks to change men, not social structures. Peter does not tell Christians who are slaves to demonstrate for their human rights. Christians should follow Christ, and bear up under the pain of unjust suffering with God in our hearts. If we suffer because of wrongdoing, we are no different from worldly people, but if we suffer for doing good and endure it, God is glorified.
2. Called to follow Christ (21-25)
We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Christ suffered for us. He suffered unjustly. Sinful men could not endure his goodness, so they insulted him and killed him. But he did not become angry and threaten; he entrusted himself to God. He bore our sins in his body on the tree; he died so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. He himself heals our wounds.
Prayer: Lord, I put my burden of sin on Jesus. Forgive me and help me to follow in his footsteps.
One Word: By his wounds you are healed.