I have heard some of the greatest preachers to ever draw a breath preach 1 Peter 2:24 with insight, passion and unparalleled anointing.
“He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2: 24 AMP
Most teachers focus on “. . . by whose stripes ye were healed” but as I re-read the scripture, the part “. . . should live unto righteousness” ignited in my spirit.
I look up the word righteousness in the Strong’s Concordance and found that it’s the Greek word dikaiosynē (G1343) which means:
“(1) state of him who is as he ought to be, the condition acceptable to God: integrity, virtue, purity of life, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting.”
That’s when I saw it . . . righteousnessis the “state of him who is as he ought to be.”
How “ought” we to be?
We ought to be dead to sin . . . so we can have “correctness of thinking, feeling and acting.”
Sin is what keeps us from thinking right . . . feeling right . . .acting right and walking in divine health.
God does not give you sickness as a cross you must bear. . . instead He gave us the cross so we wouldn’t have to bear sickness.
Let’s read 1 Peter 2:24 in the Amplified Bible one more time and personalize it.
“He personally bore <YourName>’s sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that <YourName> might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds <YourName> have been healed.”
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