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Memorization Scripture – 1 Peter 2:21

by on March 29, 2012

The following is compiled by Helen Westberg

1 Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.

Suffering is part of the Christian life.  Part of being a Christian is the privilege of serving God faithfully when we encounter undeserved judgment.  Observing how Christ handled unjust punishment gives us insight as to how we also may endure such trials.  The example of Christ enables us to endure when we suffer for our faith.

Christ did not suffer only as an example, but He did leave us His example to copy.  Christ is an example to us in the exercise of grace, as of faith, love, zeal, gentleness and humility; and in the discharge of duty, in His regard to the commands of the moral law, and positive institutions of religion; in His constancy in prayer; in frequent attendance on public worship; in His submission to the ordinance of baptism, and His celebration of the supper.  And likewise in His sufferings; and in His gentleness, patience, courage, and resignation to the will of God, which is what is intended here, and in which we are to follow and imitate Him.

Suffering is actually a gift from God, for in the midst of suffering He comforts us and enables us to rejoice.  Suffering is a blessing because it brings eternal reward.  God sees suffering as a tool to accomplish His purposes both in His Son and in us.  Suffering moreover, matures us as Christians in the present and enables us to be glorified with Christ in the future.

The Word of God is the proper and necessary food for the soul, which, if rightly used, does not leave us as it finds us, but improves us, causing us to realize our spiritual position in the world, the duty of patient and Christlike submission, and the necessity of purging out those things from our life which are contrary to Christ.

A person called to salvation will, sometimes at least, have to endure unfair treatment.  Commendable behavior on our part in the midst of such trials results in the strengthening and perfecting of us on earth, and our increased eternal capacity to glorify God.  Christ is the pattern for Christians to follow in suffering with perfect patience.  His death was intended, primarily, as an atonement for sin; but it was also exemplary, as a model of endurance in unjust suffering.

In Greek “example” is hupogrammos, (hoop-og-ram-mos’); Strong’s #5261:  An underwriting, i.e. copy for imitation:  example.  This word literally means an under-writing, to trace letters for copying by scholars; including all the letters of the alphabet from alpha to omega; an example.  In 1 Peter 2:21 it is said of what Christ left for believers, by His sufferings (not expiatory, but exemplary), that they might “follow His steps.”  We are to trace the life of Jesus, beginning from alpha and going on to omega.

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