“Christ also Suffered for Us”


“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1 Peter 1:21)


      Here is our calling. — For even hereunto were ye called.” All true believers have been effectually and irresistibly called by the grace and power of God the Holy Spirit to Christ. We have been called to salvation, eternal life and faith in him.


      Here is our rule of life. — Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” Rebels must be ruled by law. Mercenaries are ruled by rewards. Believers are ruled by Christ. We do not live by the rule of religious custom and tradition, the rule of our own consciences, or even the rule of Mosaic law. We follow Christ. We live by the rule of his Word, his example and his Spirit.


      Here is our Shepherd. — The primary thing to be seen in this verse is the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ, our good Shepherd, is the suffering Shepherd. — “Because Christ also suffered for us.” Apart from the sufferings of Christ for us, apart from him having fully suffered the wrath of God to the full satisfaction of divine justice, there could be no salvation for anyone. Be sure you understand this. The necessity for Christ’s death was the holiness and justice of Almighty God (Romans 3:24-26).


Had Christ not died in our stead, we could never have been made alive. — “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24). — Had Christ not suffered the curse of the law for us, we could never have been freed from that curse. — “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). Had the Son of God not poured out his life’s blood unto death upon the cursed tree, he could never have obtained eternal redemption for us. It was with “his own blood (that) he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).


In a word, had not the good Shepherd suffered for us, he could never have saved us. — “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).


But, now, since he has suffered the wrath of God in our stead to the full satisfaction of infinite justice, all for whom he suffered and died must and shall be saved. Else his suffering and death are vain; and the blood of Christ is of non-effect!





Don Fortner



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