Back to Writing

Writing is the life.

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I write afore in a few words; whereby when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ). (Ephesians 3:3–4)

It has been a while since I've had the chance to dedicate any time to writing. But I think it's time to get back to it. As Paul says here, writing plays a big role in disseminating the gospel. It's too bad that more Pentecostals don't do more of it. (Paul was a Pentecostal, you know.)

One of the better things about writing (actually, reading some writings) is reflection. We don't normally have the chance to search and reflect on the scriptures in the 45-minute soundbite sermons we hear every Sunday. Reflection is important. What you understand about redemption will change you from the inside out.

For an example, here is something you can think about this week. In 1 Peter 2:24, we read:

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. (1 Peter 2:24, KJV)

Notice that stripes is plural? It is translated that way in many translations.

By his wounds you have been healed. (ESV)

By His wounds you have been healed. (NASB)

by his wounds you have been healed (NET)

by whose stripes you were healed (WEB)

by his wounds you have been healed (NIV)

you have been healed by His wounds (Holman)

You've probably heard preachers who have preached that this refers to the wounds Jesus sustained by the scourging Pilate ordered before the crucifixion. The fact is, though, stripes is singular in the Greek. The Greek New Testament literally reads by his bruise y'all were healed.

The bruise didn't come from the scourging. It came from what he yielded himself to on the cross. Indeed, this makes better sense of Peter's script: who his own his self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, . . . by whose bruise y'all were healed. What was that bruise? and where did it come from? This little fact of a single bruise might change everything you thought you knew about the cross. Think about it.

PS NewsPeter Smythe