6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: Most of us believe that God heals, but how many of us operate in the faith it requires to obtain the blessing of physical healing?

1 Pet. 2:23-25

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.

Let’s talk about “by whose stripes you were healed, spoken of in past tense. Meaning, something already done. Most of us believe that God heals, but how many of us operate in the faith it requires to obtain the blessing of physical healing?

It’s one thing to say it. It’s another to believe it. It’s altogether different to live it.

Recently, I have been claiming the Lord’s promise of healing for several family members and friends, and even for those I don’t personally know. I myself have claimed the Lord’s promise of healing to my life and others many of times over the years, and have witnessed the Lord heal.

1 Pet. 2:24, speaks of the afflictions, the beating, the scourge Jesus suffered, as it being a covenant, a shelter, if you will, having been established for those who believe in what He endured for their sake. The ushering in certain spiritual blessings to those who believe in His Work on the Cross or what we will call the Doctrine of the Cross.

By whose stripes you were healed in 1 Pet. 2:24 is a recital of the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah spoken by the prophet Isaiah, Isa. 53:4-5:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

It says, the Lord borne or took on our griefs. The word griefs is the Hebrew word ????? h?a?li^y (choliy); which means, infirmities, diseases, sicknesses and anxieties.

Carried our sorrows or ??????? mak_’o^b_ (mac-oov); means, are afflictions of pain and sorrow, both to physical and the mental.

He was pierced for our transgressions… ??????? p_es?a‘(pe-share); meaning, our revolt, rebellions, trespasses and sins we committed against the Lord.

He was bruised or ?????? daka (da-haw'); meaning crushed. Now, the definition of crushed is, to press or squeeze with a force that something becomes destroyed or deformed. It also means to subdue by overwhelming with confusion, to oppress grievously. This is the actual definition of crushed.

So, Jesus was ?????? daka (da-haw' or crushed) for our iniquities (sins). He took on the overwhelming sense of our sins and our enmity towards God and bore them in Himself for our sake.

It also says, He received the chastisement or ?????? musar (moo-sawr'); meaning, received punishment, discipline of or for “our peace” or to grant us peace.

So, what we see in the prophecy of Isaiah 53:4-5 is that the Messiah, Jesus, would bare our infirmities, take on our sorrows, be pierced for our transgressions, be crushed by taking on the overwhelming sense of sin and be punished in our stead to bring us peace – NOW! This is the Doctrine of the Cross.

Jesus would endure the cross so that He could bring to us peace. Not, “peace” as defined in the English language, meaning tranquility and serenity, but “peace” as defined by the Hebrew “Shalom”. As many of you may know, shalom means a lot more than just tranquility and serenity, but shalom is all inclusive to our well-being, our welfare, wholeness, health, soundness, prosperity, favorable, safe, safely, safety, security, trust, as well as, a state of peace, peaceably, peaceful, and being in a right state.

The prophecy of Isaiah tells us, the Messiah was to be punished by being scourged, beat, whipped and ultimately put to physical death, though He committed no crimes, no wrongs, no sin, but would willing accept being crushed, punished, whipped and ultimately pierced for our transgressions, our iniquities, our sins to bring to shalom to the lives of those who believe in His work on the Cross.

Jesus willfully accepted this as a Lamb to slaughter, so that, He would forever be the atonement for those who believe in His redemptive work on the Cross, which by faith grants us Shalom, peace with God. A right standing with God. A fellowship with God. A friendship with God.

By our having faith in Him and what He did, we vicariously share in His stripes, bruises and affliction to the spiritual; believing He did it on account of healing me from the disease of sin and the granting me Shalom.

Sin is often spoken of as a disease, and the healing Jesus gives us is restoration from the disease and disorder of the soul first. By his stripes, that is, the sufferings he underwent, he purchased for us the Spirit and the grace of God, to put our souls in a good state of health, that we may be fit to fellowship with and to serve God the Creator.

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