Peter Addresses Sin
Peter has a lot to say about sin in his two epistles. And he covers the topic in a progression:
- Jesus’ relationship with sin (He took ours)
- Things we can do to avoid sin
- What happens to those who keep sinning
- What God does for the Godly
We know that Jesus did not sin, 1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
And while Jesus did not sin himself, He took our sins to the cross with Him so that we could live in heaven, 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
The two references above are partial quotes from Isaiah 53 which prophesies of Jesus and his death on the cross.
Again we see the results of Jesus taking our sins, 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, Notice that it is not by our actions that our sins are removed, but by the action of Jesus and His death on the cross.
What can we do about our sin? Peter tells us to think and suffer like Christ so we can stop sinning, 1 Peter 4:1 “Since there-fore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,”
And love helps us sustain against sin, 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” While it is not our action that saves us, we must demonstrate our faith by what we do including loving each other.
Finally, Peter tells us what will happen to those who sin vs those who are godly, 2 Peter 2:4, 9 “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;..... then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,”
These verses from first and second Peter are incredibly encouraging to those who are following Jesus!!
Roger Nickels - Shepherd