Made Whole

1 Peter 1:24-25

24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by
whose stripes ye were healed.
25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

In focusing on the phrase, 'by whose stripes ye were healed', Peter
teaches that the 'healing' of the believer is much more than physical.
It carries the idea of being made whole by freeing one from errors and
sins. It speaks of salvation... the free gift of those who have returned
to their Shepherd.

From Strong's~

1. to cure, heal
2. to make whole
A. to free from error and sins (to bring
about (one's) salvation.

In context, as believers we are able to suffer against the spirit of the
world because of the healing power of God in Christ Jesus. Hereunto,
we are called (vs 21).
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Hosea 14:4-9
4) I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine
anger is turned away from him.
5) I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and
cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6) His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive
tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7) They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive
as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the
wine of Lebanon.
8) Ephraim shall say, What have I to do anymore with idols? I
have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From
me is thy fruit found.
9) Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and
he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the
just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Galatians 6 teaches that the Israel of God are those made new creations
by faith in Jesus Christ... that hold His truth in righteousness.

Praise God for His healing salvation!

This thought from Andrew Murray adds much:

'It is strange how believers sometimes think this life of dependence too great a strain, and a loss of our personal liberty. They admit a need of dependence, of much dependence, but with room left for our own will and energy. They do not see that even a partial dependence makes us debtors, and leaves us nothing to boast of. They forget that our relationship to God, and cooperation with Him, is not that He does the larger part and we the lesser, but that God does all and we do all—God all in us, we all through God. This dependence upon God secures our true independence; when our will seeks nothing but the Divine will, we reach a Divine nobility, the true independence of all that is created. He that has not seen this must remain a sickly Christian, letting self do part and Christ part. He that accepts the life of unceasing dependence on Christ as life, and health, and strength, is made whole. As God, Christ can enter and become the life of His creature. As the Glorified One who received the Holy Spirit from the Father to bestow, He can renew the heart of the sinful creature and make it His home, and by His presence maintain it in full health and strength.'

~ Andrew Murray,

Wilt Thou Be Made Whole, William J. Kirkpatrick
Hear the footsteps of Jesus,
He is now passing by,
Bearing balm for the wounded,
Healing all who apply;
As He spake to the suff’rer
Who lay at the pool,
He is saying this moment,
“Wilt thou be made whole?”


Wilt thou be made whole?
Wilt thou be made whole?
O come, weary suff’rer,
O come, sin-sick soul;
See the life-stream is flowing,
See the cleansing waves roll,
Step into the current and thou shalt be whole.

’Tis the voice of that Savior,
Whose merciful call
Freely offers salvation
To one and to all;
He is now beck’ning to Him
Each sin-tainted soul,
And lovingly asking,
“Wilt thou be made whole?”


Are you halting and struggling,
Overpowr’d by your sin,
While the waters are troubled
Can you not enter in?
Lo, the Savior stands waiting
To strengthen your soul;
He is earnestly pleading,
“Wilt thou be made whole?”


Blessčd Savior, assist us
To rest on Thy Word;
Let the soul healing power
On us now be outpoured;
Wash away every sin-spot,
Take perfect control,
Say to each trusting spirit,
“Thy faith makes thee whole.”
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