The reason for this blog is that someone contacting me about one hour ago in deep distress over a loved one who has been taught from a Bible reference that ‘it dishonors God to visit a doctor when they are sick.’ This idea comes from the misuse of 1 Peter 2:24.
Without going into other issues surrounding this verse and the concern, I want to point out keys to understanding what Peter and the Holy Spirit through him is saying. First, let’s read the context.
(21) “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (22) He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (23) When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (24) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (25) For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:21–25).
<>···Verse 25 reminds us of what our spiritual condition was (straying), and what Jesus has accomplished through His death (returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls).
Reading and studying any verse must be done in context and with the Helper, the Holy Spirit. I trust this will help as you read any section of God’s Word.
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