The Vicarious Suffering of Christ

Christ suffered for us, and died a death that we as sinners should have died, yet it was the shedding of his sinless blood which paid the price for our atonement. by suffering and dying for us, he provided the way for the Christian believer to inherit eternal life. For the scripture has said that, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

As sinners separated from God and his holiness, we deserved to die, that was what mankind earned. Yet, Jesus Christ in his mercy and grace suffered in our place so that he could bring us to God, and we could live with him forever.

Jesus was our example of a man who suffered because he did good. It states time and again in scripture that it is pleasing to God, if a man suffers wrongfully. I Peter 2:20 states “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.”

There is tremendous power is suffering wrongfully. After Jesus suffered and died, he rose from the dead. His undeserved suffering gave him power over hell, death, and the grave, and he is now able to give this same power to those who follow him, believe him and keep his words. Suffering wrongfully is not an idea that the world will ever accept. An individual is considered a fool if he doesn’t defend himself or if he doesn’t return evil with evil. Yet the scriptures let us know we are not to be overcome by evil, but that we are to overcome evil with good. Returning evil with evil never destroys it; only goodness can overcome evil.

It states throughout the book of I Peter that Jesus was our example of suffering wrongfully, and that we as Christians ought to follow his footsteps. I Peter 4:1 states, Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin:

One might ask the question, why is suffering pleasing to God? For an answer, I would say look at Jesus as our example. We, as Christians are his disciples. We can not be greater than he is. If he prayed, we have to pray, if he was persecuted and misunderstood, we will be too, If he had to suffer, we as his followers will have to also.

Job 23:10 says that, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”  We can’t expect to rule with Jesus Christ in glory, if we are not willing to suffer for his name in this earth. Christ is soon to come, and he will come with his rewards  for all those who endured patiently waiting for him.

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The Christian Believer’s Walk

A Christian’s walk in this world is different from the walk of those around him. the path that we have chosen in life is meant to separate a Christian from the “walk” of those we are surrounded by. I John 2:6 states that “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked.”  As Jesus walked, we as his disciples should also walk.

Jesus Christ’s walk in this world was a selfless one. As most people come into the world to live, He came into the world to die. Everything he did was based on a selfless principle.

Instead of of Christ being self-centered, he was other-centered. This was the core of his walk. Ephesians 5:2 states that we are to” …walk in love.” As Christians, Christ left us the commandment to love one another. The world knows that we belong to him by the way that we love one another. (another part of the walk) II John 1:4 lets us know we are to walk in truth. (I believe this truth deals with honesty with ourselves as well as honesty with others)

Galatians 5:16 exhorts us to “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” As the Apostle Paul stated, “in my flesh dwelleth no good thing.” Ephesians 5:15,16 states that we are to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  Finally, we are to walk “worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” (Ephesians 4:1) We are Christ’s workmanship and our lives are to exemplify goodness and portray what is right in this life.

By walking as Jesus walked, we draw others to him; and even after we live no more, the walk of the believer goes on.