In His Steps

I Peter 2: 21-23.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:

Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:

The last verse we looked at last week was I Peter 2: 20. “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.”

“For hereunto. . . .” All these verses tie together, and it is often difficult to know where best to separate them for the purposes of our study. It is always good to go back and look at what Peter has said before the hereunto. What he is saying here is that we are called to follow in His steps; that is, we are called to suffer persecution patiently, just as He, Jesus Christ, suffered in our place.

He did not sin. He never deceived or lied or told a story to excuse or protect Himself. He never tried to shift the blame away from Himself, which He obviously could have done with complete justice. His behavior was governed always by the will of the Father, and by His great love for the Father and for each one of us.

He never returned abuse for abuse. He never threatened retribution for His undeserved suffering. Instead, He committed Himself entirely to the will and care of His Father, Who was a righteous Judge.

We can do the same. There are thousands of believers around the world today who are already suffering persecution. Satan is ramping up for his final effort to defeat the Son of God, and the natural outcome of that effort is that believers will suffer. Satan knows his end. He knows it is unavoidable. So his purpose and plan is to take as many of the people that God loves to spend eternity with him in the Lake of Fire. He cannot destroy God, so he will destroy that which God loves — which is mankind, for whom His Son suffered, died, and rose again, providing the only way of salvation.

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