1 Peter 2:21–25, Part 2

By His Wounds You Have Been Healed

The Bible says that when Jesus went to the cross, he bore our condemnation and purchased our healing. What does his sacrifice mean tangibly for a life now lived for the glory of God? In this lab, John Piper explains what kind of healing and transformation we experience through faith.

Principle for Bible Reading

Whenever the New Testament quotes or alludes to an Old Testament text or story, it is likely you will learn something by going back to reread the passage being quoted in its original context. The New Testament authors often have that context in mind as they quote the text.

Study Questions

  1. Jesus died for you as an example or illustration (1 Peter 2:21) and he died for you as a substitution. Describe what it means for Christ to be a substitution for us? Refer to 1 Peter 3:18.
  2. In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter quotes from Isaiah 53. Read Isaiah 53. What light does it bring to your understanding of 1 Peter 2:21–25?
  3. When Peter says, “By his wounds you have been healed,” what is the healing that happens here? What kind of healing is this?

Introduction/Prayer/Recap (00:00–02:13)

Christ Died in Your Place (02:13–05:37)

  • Jesus died for you in two ways, as an illustration or example and as a substitution. (1 Peter 2:21, 24)
  • In terms of substitution, Christ bore our sins, our condemnation, when he died on the cross. (1 Peter 2:24)
  • Christ suffered on the cross, “the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” With his death, he bridges or overcomes the chasm between sinners and a holy God. (1 Peter 3:18)
  • Our sin (1 Peter 2:24) is our failure to follow in Jesus’s steps (1 Peter 2:21). Christ died for our sin (substitution) so that we might live like him (illustration).

Die to Sin and Live to Righteousness (05:37–08:42)

  • Jesus bore our sins “that we would die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24)
  • “By his wounds you have been healed,” (1 Peter 2:24) is a quotation from Isaiah 53:5–6, specifically verse 5.
  • Peter’s phrase, “Bore our sins” (1 Peter 2:24), comes from Isaiah’s line, “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
  • The wounds of Christ have healed us. (1 Peter 2:24)
  • The healing is a restored and renewed fellowship with God (returned”). (1 Peter 2:25)
  • Peter says the same thing in 1 Peter 3:18, “that he might brings us to God.”

Healing and Transformation (08:42–10:30)

  • How does Christ’s bearing our sins relate to our dying to sin and living to righteousness?
  • When he bore our sins, he healed us.
  • That healing was a transformation that restored us to sweet fellowship with and satisfaction in God.
  • That transformation breaks the power of the attractiveness of sin.


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