Vs. 24, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” Suffering. Not a very pleasant word to think about, huh? Yet, Peter would address this topic and show us that we are not the only ones who would suffer…Jesus set the example for us. We must desire to grow and the only way to do that is taking the spiritual food so that we can endure the sufferings in this world (Vs. 2-3). We are also reminded as Peter quotes both Isaiah & Pslams how Jesus is our conerstone (Vs. 4-8). As Christians, we may think that the only one we need to obey is God, but Peter reminds us as people who bear Jesus’ name, it our duty to respect and obey the law of the land that we live in. If we don’t we could lose our testimony…so long as it does not go directly against the Bible (example: Sharing Christ).
Regarding application…Declaring God. Vs. 9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you maydeclare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Question: How do we delcare the praises of Him? By being a living “testimony” of how God worked and works and will work in your life! When we obey & show our testimony of living for Jesus, we can teach someone by how we live in a very effective & perhaps even faster way if they simply just learned about God on their own. The power of declaring God and what He has done for us can change peoples lives! You are all teachers for God simply by the way you live for Him!