Forgiveness + Wholeness
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
1 Peter 2:24 NLT
Peter seems to get his inspiration for this passage from the passage we studied yesterday in Isaiah 53. Peter connects the work of Jesus on the cross to not only our freedom from the control of sin but also wholeness in our total being.
Jesus not only died to cleanse our spirits of the control of sin, but His work included wholeness for every part of our being. We are spirit beings, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Jesus’ work started in our spirits to bring cleansing from the impact of sin. That same work on the cross brought renewing for our mind, will, and emotions so we can be mentally and emotionally whole. It also impacts our physical body so we can live in wholeness in our bodies.
The work of Jesus on the cross impacts every part of our being. We can apply His work to every area of need in our lives. He desires that His children live in freedom so nothing in our spirit, soul, or body hinders His work in and through us.
We don’t earn our healing any more than we can earn our salvation. Forgiveness for sins and wholeness in our body and soul are all gifts of God’s grace. We receive them by faith.
By faith, we confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, turn from our sins, and declare we are right with God. By the same faith, we ask God to bring His healing into our soul and body. We declare that through the stripes on Jesus’ back, we are whole. This declaration is our act of faith.
In addition, we can ask the Holy Spirit to show us what we need to do to release God’s wholeness in our lives. So often, there are adjustments we need to make to release the healing Jesus has already purchased.
Lord Jesus, today, I thank You for Your work on the cross. By Your death and resurrection, I am free from the control and consequences of sin. I am also free from sickness and disease in my soul and body. Holy Spirit, I ask You to show me what steps I need to make to see God’s wholeness lived out in my life.
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