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Series: There's Hope
I Peter 2:21-25
The Bible commands us to read the scriptures publicly. When you come to God's house, one of the first things you want to check on is whether or not the preacher has a Bible. That would help. Then you want to check on whether he reads from it or not. Does he explain any of it to you? You really haven't been to church unless that happens.
Verse 21 says, "For even hereunto were ye called." Called unto what? He has just been talking about suffering. He has been talking about the fact that those who know Christ as their Savior will experience suffering.
He said that you have been called unto suffering. What he's saying is that it is a part of the salvation package. It just goes with it. God's children have been called to suffering. It is a part of the salvation package, a part of the salvation experience. He says, "Because Christ also suffered for us." If we are to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, He suffered. We're going to suffer.
He tells us two very important things concerning the Lord Jesus. He says in verse 21 that Christ suffered for us, "Leaving us an example." The word example literally means to write under.
Do you remember when you were in school learning your ABC's? I don't know if they did it this way with you or not. They probably do it on computer now. But when I was learning my ABC's, they would hand out a piece from a tablet and on the top of it would be the letters of the alphabet. Our job was to trace those letters of the alphabet. We learned the alphabet by following the pattern that had been laid out for us. That's the word that is used right here. Christ is our example. We are to take the example of Christ. We are to learn of Christ.
Then he says that He is our example, "That ye should follow his steps." Have you ever seen a little boy following the steps of his daddy, trying to step where the daddy is stepping a ...
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