The Great Christ
I Peter 2:21-25
I marvel that Peter is so'right on';whereas he had early on
been so impetuous: (acting hastily...with sudden feeling). I real-
ize his writing here was inspired of God; but Peter was used as
a penman, 2 Timothy 3:16.
Peter had been, in my words, crude: that is "lacking finish,
grace, taste, or refinement",according to my dictionary. We do
have folks who go in for a 'remake' or 'redo'cosmetically. They
have a hairdo, facial treatment, etc. There is usually a vast dif-
ference in the 'before' and 'after' appearance. So it was in this
man Peter's life. The Lord never gave up on him. This epistle
surely proves it.
Being trained, and inspired, he gives counsel like he never
could have when he was first called, John 1:40-42; Mark 1:16-
18. All Scripture is inspired by God---Peter was used, among
others.They were somewhat like the 'grayish' mantle of the fam-
ous Coleman Lamp---when fuel and flame activated it; it glows
ever so bright.
We,should be ready to suffer a little for the cause of Christ,
He suferred for us,21a. He left us an example,21b. We should
follow His step, 21c.
The great example of Christ, 22-24 : (1) who did no sin.
(2) neither was there any guile (deceit) found in His mouth (in
His speech). (3) when they charged Him, He did not retaliate.
(4) He suffered silently, He threatened not (although He could
have). (5) He commited Himself to the care of His Father.
He suffered &bare our sins in His own body,so we would
and could live righteously. We are healed; He was striped by a
cruel whip, Isaiah 50:6.
The redeemed could echo the words of vs. 25. Saved by
Grace, Oh how sweet the sound. DDH.