Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of March

Mar 12, 2018 by


1 Pet. 2:24 “Who Himself bore up our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose bruise you were healed.”



Through His death on the cross, we have died to sins. This means that through Christ’s death we were crucified with Him to sins. The best way for people to be kept from sins or from sin is for them to be put to death. No matter how many sins a person may commit, once he has died, death separates him from sins.


Through Christ’s death we can be kept away from sins so that we may live to righteousness. Apparently, being kept away from sin terminates us; actually, it enlivens us so that we may live to righteousness. This living to righteousness is in the resurrection of Christ. Righteousness is a matter of God’s government. We were saved so that we might live rightly under the government of God, that is, in a way that matches the righteous requirements of His government.


As fallen human beings, we were dead and full of sin. But Christ put our sins upon Himself and bore them on the tree, the cross, where He suffered God’s righteous judgment for all our sins. Christ’s death on the cross was a bruise, and that bruise, that death, has healed our death. Now we have been made alive. On the one hand, Christ’s bruise that heals us keeps us away from sins through His death; on the other hand, this healing enlivens us so that we may live to righteousness. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, Message 384)

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