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1 Peter 2:21
21 For [gar] even [eis] hereunto [touto] were ye
called [kaleo]: because [hoti] Christ [Christos] also [kai] suffered [pascho] for [huper] us [hemon], leaving [hupolimpano] us [hemin] an example [hupogrammos], that [hina] ye should
follow [epakoloutheo] his [autos] steps [ichnos]: KJV-Interlinear
21 For you have been called for
this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for
you to follow in His steps,NASB
The word for example, hupogrammos,
means to copy exactly, as a teacher writes letters and has the children pupils
write the letters exactly as the teacher writes them.Or, as a painter draws an outline of a painting
that he has already painted, and has the pupil fill in the colors exactly as he
The word for steps, ichnos,
means to follow in the same exact steps or pattern of the one who is ahead of
you.When a person travels down a
difficult path, then those who follow, have no choice but to follow in the same
exact footprints, in order to continue along the same path.
So, what does it all
mean?Do we all fly to Israel, get
arrested and then volunteer to be hung on the cross?No.
Does it mean that we
all live purposefully difficult lives, pound ourselves on the back, and expect
great things to come to us because we have been able to live extraordinary
Does it mean that we do
not try to advance in this life, that we do not make ourselves better in this
life, that we just sit back and do nothing in effect, and just let life cruise
by us until we can eventually get to heaven?No.
What have we been studying
in this and the previous chapter?
We have been studying
the spiritual life, the spiritual life that exists only while you are in
fellowship.The spiritual life, that
says that you put away your sins (your old life), and live your life in
fellowship, under the control of the Holy Spirit.
We have been studying
the mandates of God, whereby we live in accordance with divine principles of
establishment.Namely, that we be
obedient to God first, and in so doing, that we be obedient to the laws of
divine establishment, such that we can advance in our spiritual life with the
least amount of difficulty, to spiritual maturity.All of this in order that we can advance to
the completion of our soul, which completion that God intends for each one of
That is the pattern,
the copy assignment, the footsteps, which Christ left before us, and of which
we are to follow.
Living the spiritual life
is Gods intent.Suffering intentionally,
so that we can boast of our sacrifice, is not His intent and in fact is a sin
It is impossible for
man to suffer as Christ did, therefore don t even bother trying, or even trying
to impress others by your pretended spirituality.Following Christ means following in doctrine,
and therefore the function of your spiritual life.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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