by Jerry Vines

I Peter 2:21-25
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered
for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps: Who
did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was
reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not:
but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 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. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."
Simon Peter has been discussing the obligation of chr'sti-an
slaves to obey their masters. Then he moved to one of the most
moving descriptions of the cross of Jesus in all of the New Test-
ament. Now he is saying here that you and I as believers ought
to expect the matter of suffering. In fact, he says in the twenty
first verse that we are called hereunto. Now what he means there
is that suffering is a part of the Christian life. We ought not
be surprised when we suffer because of our faith. Because it is
a part of what God does in the salvation experience. Now he says
to us that the Lord Jesus has set the great example about how you and
I are to respond in the times of temptation. Or in the times of
suffering. He says even Christ suffered for us leaving us an ex-
ample. Now the word that he uses there for an example is a very
beautiful and a very picturesque word. It is actually the Greek
Word Hupodeigma and from that word we get the word grammar. It was
a word that was used in the Greek Schools in those days to describe
what a young pupil did as he learned to write the letters of the
Greek alphabet. They would take a tablet and at the top of that
tablet they would have enlarged letters, letters of the alphabet.
And then the young pupil would take his page and put it on top of
that page and he would learn to make the letters of ...

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