1 Peter 2:24

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“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
 
 
Peter here alludes to Isaiah 53:6,7. Jesus death on the cross is the greatest example of undeserved suffering. 
 
Who Himself bore our sins
 
Why did Jesus die on the cross? The issue is the character of God. God cannot live with sin. If he were to allow sin to come into the world he would be inconsistent with his own character. Sin puts the justice of God into question. The judgment of Jesus on the cross was a judgment upon our personal sins. 
 
“Who himself” is emphatic stressing the personal connection of Jesus in death for our sins. Note the two phrases “who himself…his own body.” No one else could share this suffering. He was totally and uniquely capable to suffer for the sin of man. Jesus alone was able to save our souls from sin (Acts 4:12). Jesus took our punishment for our sin. 
 
The value of his sacrifice is not in the extent of Jesus’ anguish on the cross but in the person who suffered. Jesus bore our sin judicially. God never made him sinful in his character. 
 
“Bore” is a compound word made up of two words: to bring or bear and up.  It denotes to lead or carry up, to offer.  Jesus brought our sins to the cross (cf. Heb. 9:28; II Cor. 5:21).  Jesus actually carried our sins in his own body on the tree. The sins that he carried are the sins of the entire world.  Jesus stood indicted with our sins (Isa. 53:6). Jesus carried our sins to the cross in his body (Gal. 3:13; Dt. 21:23).
 
“Bore” means to bear the punishment for our sins (Jn. 1:29). This satisfied God’s justice. As the scape-goat carried away the sins of the Israelite so Jesus carries away our sin on the cross (Lev. 16:21,22). Jesus brought our sins to the cross in own body. The Septuagint uses “bore” for a priest carrying a sacrifice up to the brazen altar. The brazen altar was 4 ½ feet high approached by an incline (Lev. 14:20). Jesus carried our sins to the cross instead of the altar. By this, Jesus broke the power of sin. 
 
“Our sins” is emphatic. Jesus’ death freed us from both the penalty and the power of sin. He paid the penalty for our sin so that we will not have to go to hell. His death made it possible for us to “live for righteousness.” 
 
PRINCIPLE: 
 
Jesus’ unique person paid personally for our sin.
 
APPLICATION:
 
Rome crucified tens of thousands of people in her history but only one of them was unique. Jesus was the God-man. He was undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever. This is his uniqueness. He is different from God in that he is man and he is different from man in that he is God. 
 
Do you love the Lord Jesus for taking your personal sin to the cross? He is unique. There is no only else like him.
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19 Responses to “1 Peter 2:24”


  • Excellent! So many times this verse is taken out of context to mean physical healing in prayer rooom’s. After our spiritul healing everything else is frosting on the cake.
    God Bless you,
    Pam

  • Since the “healing” that this verse refers to is victory over sin because Jesus paid he price. Why wouldn’t that also include victory over pain and sickness? Isn’t the pain and sickness we experience a result from the sin in our fallen world? If so, then why wouldn’t the “healing” or salvation from that sin also inculde claiming physical healing as well as spiritual healing? Why should we limit God’s power? Doesn’t living the victorious life include being “delivered” from pain and sickness too?

  • Darla,

    One of the most important principles of biblical interpretation is that we do not “read into” the passage a foreign idea (interpolation). This passage says nothing about sickness. To imply that this passage speaks of physical healing introduces an idea not extant in the passage. The healing here is the healing of our sins.

  • Actually most bibles will have Isiah 53 as a footnote on this verse. Isiah 53 also talks about physical healing! Look it up in the Hebrew. Combine this with Galations 3:13 And how we are redeemed from the curse of the law, which is found in Deuteronomy 28.

    Here are some other healing verses…

    “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20)

    “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases …” (Psalm 103:2)

    “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:19)

    “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 30:17)

    “O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You have healed me.” (Psalm 30:2)

    “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

    Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee … “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:14,18)

    “… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

    “But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there; and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.” (Matthew 12:15)

    “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14)

    “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” (Luke 5:17)

    “And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” (Matthew 14:35)

    “… who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:17)

    “But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.” (Luke 9:11)

    “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.” (Matthew 8:16)

    “Now Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of diseases among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)

    And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15)

    “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.” (Luke 9:1)

    “And He called the twelve to Him, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits … And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:7,13)

    “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matthew 10:1)

    “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:6)

    “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” (Acts 19:11)

    “And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid hands on him and healed him.” (Acts 28:8)

    “And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.” (Acts 8:6)

    “Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” (Acts 14:3)

  • Mike, thanks for your contribution to this blog.

    The Bible teaches that God can sovereignly choose to heal whomever and whenever, but it will not be a frequent occurrence nor will it be done through human healers because:
    1. The gospel is good news about our sin problem, not our sicknesses (Rom 3:23; 6:23).
    2. Christ’s atonement focuses on our sins (iniquities), not our sicknesses (Lev 16:1–34; Isa 53:5–6, 11–12; 1 Pet 2:24).
    3. Christ died for our sins, not our sicknesses (1 Cor 15:3).
    4. Christ was made sin, not sickness (2 Cor 5:21).
    5. Christ forgave our sins, not our sicknesses (1 John 2:12).
    6. Christ gave Himself for our sins, not our sicknesses (Gal 1:4).
    7. Our bodies are corruptible and, thus, subject to sickness (1 Cor 15:42–44).
    8. We will all die physically (Heb 9:27).
    9. The NT “healing promise” refers to salvation, not physical healing (1 Pet 2:24).
    10. Our hope while on earth is heaven, not healing (Rom 8:24–25).
    Though the NT sign/authenticating “gifts of healings” have ceased, the possibility of God healing without human healers is certainly possible today. However, when He does heal, it will be characterized in a manner similar to His healings recorded in Scripture.

    Healing—restoration of health
    A. Resulting from:
    Intercession Num. 12:10–15
    Repentance 1 Kin. 13:1–6
    Prayer James 5:14, 15
    Faith Matt. 9:20–22; John 4:46–53
    God’s Word Ps. 107:20
    B. Power of:
    Belongs to God Gen. 20:17, 18
    Possessed by Jesus Matt. 4:24; Matt. 8:16
    Given to apostles Matt. 10:1–8
    Given as a gift 1 Cor. 12:9
    Eternal in heaven

    Mike, most of your verses above have to do with healing, not with healing in the atonement.

    Yes, the First Peter passage refers to Isaish 53 but the context deals with sin, not with physical healing.

  • I know and I’m convicted that salvation is a complete package – one is saved, should be healed and delivered from demonic oppression. It will not represent the word of God if we say physical healing is not part of why Christ came. If He came only for sins, then he would have spent his time on earth preaching only holiness and dealing with the issue of sin and not having as an integral part of His ministry being healing as the case was. Secondly, it is also unclear that the NT sign authenticating the gift of healing has ceased. Every gift is authenticated by the witness of the Holy Ghost and the manifestation of that gift.

  • Tatch, I don’t believe we can say that it was not a part of why Jesus came. He obviously healed many. My argument is that there is not healing in the atonement.

  • So if i understand what you are saying is that God hasn't provided healing for everyone how do you know if you are one of those that he chooses to heal and if not and you want too be in his perfect will then why go to a doctor and go against his will for your life if he wants you sick?

  • Craig, God does not reveal everything in His purposes to us. He has different purposes for different ends. God has also given us judgment to go to a doctor even before He may heal us. He may chose a doctor to heal us. We know none of the reasons behind what He does about these things.

  • oin 1 Corn 11 23-31 it says that if you don't discern that his body was broken for you and his blood was shed for you, You bring sickness on you. James 5 14-15 says if you are sick call on the elders of the church anoint with oil in Jesus name and the prayer of faith shall save the sick and raise him up  and for give his sins if he has done any. seems to me he wants us well and has provided us with ways to get well.it is true that not every one will get healed, not all will be saved thats not his falt. Jesus said many times its not what i can do but what can you believe I will do for you. He is a good God and father too his children. His will is his word no it doesnt say go to the grocery store to day but gives us guide lines

  • Craig, note my study in Matthew: http://versebyversecommentary.com/matthew/matthew-814f/ The issue is not experience but what the Bible actually says about the subject.

  • Good morning,

    I am not a highly experienced pastor, lecturer, and Bible expositor….  I am just a physician from Czech republic. Sorry for that, but I need to write some notes here to the topic, that You may by dont like, but I am conviced that there are true… Thank You

    - first at all  "by whose stripes ye were healed" refers in my Bible to Iz 53,5 and not 6-7 verse…

    - We both agree, that Jesus died for our sins,, but he sufered more than just death.(have You seen The Passion of the Christ?) .. Atonement: this is also soul and body issue…

    - according to Your comment from May 6, 2009 at 9:46 am to Darla

    This passage is a prophecy….I am wondering How can You tell, that that this passage says nothing about sickness??  How can You consider so easy something difficult like a prophecy?  Because  there is only 1-2 words that reffers to this topic? I am conviced that each word -especially in such a prophecy has a MEANING. I see, that it is talking also about health…  So I think (mayby wrong.. ) You wrote it because of Your conviction about this topic…   

    - "his passage says nothing about sickness." .. but it says much about healing…. what is that word ?  - " healedH7495 "

    Where else is this word used?? – to find better meaning of this word   http://www.obohu.cz/bible/index.php?hs=h7495&k=Iz&styl=KJC&kap=53&strongnr=search

    so it is clear that it refers in other places in the Bible  to physical healing!!!  

    - Wihtout any interpretation let us just look at

    Mt 8,16-17   When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils : and he cast out the spirits with  his word, and healed all that were sick:  

    17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare  our sicknesses. (KJV)

    So with no human interpretation, no human explanation this Matthew tells us that Isaiah  53 prophecy (exactly 53,4) is connected with physical healing !!!!  This Matthew  is not talking about sin, but physical healing and demon deliverance (soul issue) – look at 16 verse

    - and what about 1 Pt 2,24 – what about this word "healed"? healedG2390

    http://www.obohu.cz/bible/index.php?hs=g2390&k=1P&styl=KJC&kap=2&strongnr=search

    Also healing !!!??? Physical healing,… just look at the other verses !!!

    what is most funny is that in my link.. just in front 1 Pt 2,24 is James 5,16 .(exactly the same word) .. and no one in this discusion would doubt that it is talking about physical healing…

    - now look at the word "sozo" and look at the diferent translations and application of this "sozo"  http://www.obohu.cz/bible/index.php?hs=g4982&k=1P&styl=KJC&kap=2&strongnr=search

    It is used for "save" and also for "heal" One word had both meanings !!! So it covers both meanings – it only confirm that atonement of Jesus covers boht issues

    Congratulations for reading it to the end

    God bless You

    Robert

     

  • Robert, Thanks for your contribution to this blog.  Did you read all the studies in verse 24 to verse 25?

  • Hallo, Yes I have read it…

     

     

  • Robert,

    - first at all  "by whose stripes ye were healed" refers in my Bible to Iz 53,5 and not 6-7 verse… Note in a succeeding study I indicated that the specific quote of “by his stripes you have been healed.” My reference here was to the general context of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.

    This passage is a prophecy….I am wondering How can You tell, that that this passage says nothing about sickness??  How can You consider so easy something difficult like a prophecy?  Because  there is only 1-2 words that reffers to this topic? I am conviced that each word -especially in such a prophecy has a MEANING. I see, that it is talking also about health…  So I think (mayby wrong.. ) You wrote it because of Your conviction about this topic…

    The reason that Isaiah 53 can be referred so easily to prophecy is that it is prophecy. It is prophecy of the crucifixion of Christ. That is the essential argument and idea of that chapter. Since the main argument of the chapter is Christ suffering for our sins anyone who claims that there is physical healing in the atonement must provide the proof. The onus is upon the person who makes the assertion in logic.

    - "his passage says nothing about sickness." .. but it says much about healing…. what is that word ?  - " healedH7495 "

    Where else is this word used?? – to find better meaning of this word   http://www.obohu.cz/bible/index.php?hs=h7495&k=Iz&styl=KJC&kap=53&strongnr=search

    From a Hebrew or Greek standpoint it is very dangerous to use a Greek lexicon like you so because it takes words out of their context. The Hebrew word has many meanings: The word in addition to physical healing refers to the healing of nations, individual stresses, healing of water, pottery, national defects, etc. Usage always takes precedence over word studies in hermeneutics.

    so it is clear that it refers in other places in the Bible  to physical healing!!!

    It is not so clear as you claim because 1) the context in Isaiah 53 is not talking about physical healing but spiritual healing, the cleansing from sins and 2) the Hebrew word raphe has many other meanings.

    - Wihtout any interpretation let us just look at

    Mt 8,16-17   When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils : and he cast out the spirits with  his word, and healed all that were sick:

    17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare  our sicknesses. (KJV)

    So with no human interpretation, no human explanation this Matthew tells us that Isaiah  53 prophecy (exactly 53,4) is connected with physical healing !!!!  This Matthew  is not talking about sin, but physical healing and demon deliverance (soul issue) – look at 16 verse

    Note my studies on Matthew 8: http://versebyversecommentary.com/matthew/matthew-814f/

    - and what about 1 Pt 2,24 – what about this word "healed"? healedG2390

    http://www.obohu.cz/bible/index.php?hs=g2390&k=1P&styl=KJC&kap=2&strongnr=search

    Also healing !!!??? Physical healing,… just look at the other verses !!!

    what is most funny is that in my link.. just in front 1 Pt 2,24 is James 5,16 .(exactly the same word) .. and no one in this discusion would doubt that it is talking about physical healing…

    Again, you make the same hermeneutical error of taking a lexical word study with just one meaning when it has other meaning that could be interpreted otherwise. Iomai can mean physical healing but it can also mean metaphorically of healing of moral diseases (Mt 13:15; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:28 (quoted from Is 6:10); Lu 4:18; He 12:13; James 5:16; 1 Peter 2:24 and in the Septuagint of Isa 53:5; 61:1.

    - now look at the word "sozo" and look at the diferent translations and application of this "sozo"  http://www.obohu.cz/bible/index.php?hs=g4982&k=1P&styl=KJC&kap=2&strongnr=search

    It is used for "save" and also for "heal" One word had both meanings !!! So it covers both meanings – it only confirm that atonement of Jesus covers boht issues

    Robert, I would suggest that you not attempt to use Greek resources because you do not know what you are doing. Seminaries even warn first year students in Greek not to rashly use Greek until they have 3 or 4 years of Greek. Here you are attempting to prove things that betray your unfamiliarity of Greek usage.

    There are 7 major uses of the Greek word sozo. The basic idea is to deliver or make whole, preserve safe from danger or loss. This word can refer to sick persons but it can refer to the person him/herself, the soul, of salvation from physical death, salvation from eternal death, punishment and misery consequent to sin, to give eternal life, to save a physical life (as in the case of Peter when he yelled out “Lord save me”), it mean to be found. In other words your attempt to give this word a single meaning based on a word study is way off base. Context is all important in interpretation.

    Hope this helps.

  • thanks for Your answer

     

  • I have read all of the Posts. Some must be Baptist, which I was for 20 years. Most do not believe in healing…..However, I have been healed 7 times without Doctors help. Once, taken off the operating table just before having my heart taken out, while 5 Surgeons stood by and said they had never withessed anything like this. My Cardeologist said she had never seen anything like this, but understands that people sometimes are healed without doctors. Maybe some of you do not believe that God heals, but once it is experienced, one believes. No, Jesus did not heal only 2,000 years ago, He Heals Today! I feel badly for those who let "Religion" stand in the way of true healing of God! Thanks!

  • Thomas, I am thankful that God has healed you. However, the issue is not whether God heals, He does heal today. We call this divine healing. So-called faith healing is another matter which is not supported in the Word of God. If someone puts their experience over exposition or exegesis of Scripture, then that is a fundamental fallacy. We cannot look at this verse with our personal experience or we would distort this and many passages of Scripture that way. 

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