Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sunday Knox: 1 Peter 2:20-25

If you do wrong and are punished for it, your patience is nothing to boast of; it is the patience of the innocent sufferer that wins credit in God’s sight. Indeed, you are engaged to this by the call of Christ; he suffered for our sakes, and left you his own example; you were to follow in his footsteps. He did no wrong, no treachery was found on his lips;[7] he was ill spoken of, and spoke no evil in return, suffered, and did not threaten vengeance, gave himself up into the hands of injustice.[8] So, on the cross, his own body took the weight of our sins; we were to become dead to our sins, and live for holiness; it was his wounds that healed you.[9] Till then, you had been like sheep going astray; now, you have been brought back to him, your shepherd, who keeps watch over your souls.[10]

Knox Notes:
[7] Is. 53.9.
[8] ‘Of injustice’; the Greek here has, ‘of a just judge’, that is, his heavenly Father.
[9] Is. 53.4, 5.
[10] ‘Your shepherd, who keeps watch’; literally, ‘the shepherd and overseer (or bishop) of your souls’.

If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good,  this is a grace before God.  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.  He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.  When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness.  By his wounds you have been healed.  For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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