What healing comes from Jesus’ wounds? (1 Peter 2:24)

1 Peter 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

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.

1 Peter 2:24

ESV - 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.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In the context in which Peter was writing, I would say that the healing to which he was referring had (and has) multiple meanings.

First, is the healing from the eternal consequences of sin of those who place their faith in Him for salvation and eternal life. Jesus fully bore those consequences through His propitiatory suffering and death.

Also, there has been (and is) psychological healing for Christians throughout the ages in their own suffering for the faith, through knowing that Jesus underwent the same trials that they are experiencing (and also provided an example of doing so without sin, as noted by Peter in the verse preceding the verse cited in the question).

Additionally, Christians are healed by the fact that the salvation obtained by Christ's sufferings allows them to perform good works out of gratitude to God for their salvation that have merit in God's eyes, and for which they will be eternally rewarded, rather than those works (even if they were done with "righteous" intent) being (as they were in the individuals' pre-salvation state) "as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6) in God's eyes.

Christians are also healed from an endless cycle of back-and-forth retribution against those who wrong them, by forgiving others in the same way that God has forgiven them for Christ's sake, and as Christ Himself prayed for the forgiveness of those who participated in His death (Luke 23:34).

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