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Submission To Christ

"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. 'He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth' " (1 Pet.2:21-22).

As a sort of dovetail to Peter's teachings about submission to masters, he prods us with today's two verses. If submission to the master should prove difficult, one should consider the example of Christ. Under worse conditions than anyone could ever imagine, He committed Himself to God. Christ had set the example for anyone who would make a commitment to Him. All believers must follow His steps. Within the context, Peter's words about submission transcend all stations of life. The example of Christ is fitting for every Christian to follow. To cement his thoughts, Peter turns to the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, one of the most prolific Messianic Old Testament chapters. Not only does the chapter tell of the future Savior in vivid terms, but today's quote gives some insight into his sinless character.... "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." Christ never answered insult with insult or threat with threat, and deceit was foreign to Him. He could have, but He committed Himself to the righteous Judge. When as Christians we submit ourselves to Christ, submission in earthly terms becomes much less demeaning... I find it wonderful that Peter addresses one of the most cherished doctrines of the Christian faith, vicarious atonement. To do something vicariously is to do it through the experiences of others. Through Christ, punishment for sin has been measured out by God. We have but to turn back to Isaiah 53 to get the final thoughts on today's devotional. All of us were like lost sheep. We were without hope. Knowing Christ, we are returned to the Great Shepherd, the guardian of our souls....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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