The thinking of mankind is not on the same plane as divine thought.  In that truth Christians can take great comfort, for Scripture states concerning God … "For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:8-9 NIV).  Those who by faith have placed their trust in the finished work of Christ on the Cross need not depend on their own understanding to be the directive and guide in life.  The Apostle Peter tells us that … “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps (1 Pet. 2:21 b NASB).  Peter was not referring to the unique sufferings of Christ on the Cross as the wrath of God was poured upon the humanity of Christ when … “He [God the Father] made Him [God the Son] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21 NKJV). That sacrifice on the Cross was one of a kind, never to be repeated and sufficient for the sins of the entire world.  Lest there be any doubt concerning the scope of that sacrifice, the Apostle John who was an eye witness to the crucifixion writes … “and He Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” (1 John 2:2 NASB).  What then did Peter mean that we should “follow in His steps?”  The apostle does not leave it to speculation or conjecture.  Rather he identifies those qualities of humility that characterized the life of Christ … “who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Pet. 2:22-23 NASB).  He chose to commit no sin though tempted personally by Satan.  Though the humanity of Christ did not possess a sin nature, He had volition, the right to choose to either follow the Father’s Plan or act independently of the Father (which is sin).  Mankind does have a sin nature and commits sins, so the writer of the Hebrews encourages us with these words … “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:15-16 NIV). The apostle continues describing the virtues possessed by the humanity of Christ by saying “nor was deceit found in His mouth.”  How refreshing to know that we are encouraged to be truthful in all things.  The thinking and actions of this world appears to be calloused concerning truth. In fact Jesus told the hypocritical religious types … “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44 NASB).  Truthfulness should characterize the life of a follower of Christ. That is the example that He left us. May His commendation to us be that we are Christians … “in whom there is no guile [deceit]” (John 1:47 b NASB).

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