Our Great Physician

24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross … for by His wounds you were healed (1 Peter 2).

Of all the Bible verses taken out of context, this is one of the most frequent. Some folks partially quote this verse as a prooftext to claim any and all physical healing through of the Cross. After all, it does say: “For by His wounds you were healed.”  

When he wrote this Peter was probably thinking of the last line of Isaiah 53:5—“And by his scourging we are healed,” and yet (just as in our verse here) the lines before that verse in Isaiah offer the same context: “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him.”

Any “healing” or “well-being” we acquire from the crucifixion of Christ is purely spiritual in nature—for the greatest problem we have is spiritual, not physical, in nature. Physical infirmities send no one to perdition—it is spiritual sickness which does that—and it is our spiritual sickness which needs to be healed.  

Lord, thank You for destroying the disease of sin at the Cross. Help us This Day to use our spiritual well-being to Your glory, and to tell others of our Great Physician. Amen.