by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 4 Study # 5 January 24, 2010 Lincolnton, N.C.
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
1901 ASV Translation:
22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
I. Peter's Move Into the Particulars.
A. He specifically addresses the "household servants".
B. He also specifically outlines the "relationship": the "service" is rendered to a "master".
C. He is without hesitation in his "command": be in submission.
D. He also gives the parameters.
1. Not only to the good and gentle ...
2. But also to the "froward" ...
E. Peter's Rationale.
1. The need to understand "grace" is only met by "unjust suffering".
2. There is no "fame", or revelation of grace from God, if "suffering" is judicially deserved.
3. It is our "calling" to graciously endure injustice.
a. Even the King ...
1) The point is unmistakable: anything of the magnitude to which Peter points that is fundamentally rooted in "the King" and His behavior must be an integral aspect of His Kingdom; it cannot be a one-time "fluke".
2) Peter's vision of Jesus, presented by Mark, is clearly in view: He is the standard by which all is measured.
b. The "suffering" was "for us", who have been identified as the "heirs" of His Kingdom (1:4).
c. This "suffering for ... " is that to which Peter points when he writes that the Christ left us "an example to follow". Enough, already, of the mindless professions of "faith" that end up being nothing more than the attempt to "take" all that He is willing to give without any willingness to "suffer unjustly" also.
4. The King's particular example.
a. He did no sin.
b. He was not "found" with any level of "deceit" in His mouth.
c. When He was "reviled", He did not return the abuse in kind.
d. When He was subjected to injustice as suffering, He made no threats.
e. He simply submitted Himself to "the Righteous Judge".
f. He, Himself, carried our sins in His body upon the "tree".
g. His objective was to enable our "Life" by inserting righteousness between us and those sins (by His stripes, ye were healed).
h. He stands as the "shepherd" and "overseer" of our souls as we "return" from the mindless wandering of lost sheep.