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.

Clarify Share Report Asked April 20 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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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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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
The healing Peter mentioned in 1 Peter 2:24 (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") is not our physical healing, but rather the spiritual healing of our souls (Ps. 103:3). --3 "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;"

One day, when we have glorified bodies, all sicknesses will be gone, but meanwhile, even some of God’s choicest servants may have physical afflictions (see Phil. 2:25–30, see below; 2 Cor. 12:1ff.). And sometimes God sends sickness to discipline us, members of His church (1 Corinthians 11:29–32--see below again).

Paul left Trophimus behind during one of his missionary journeys because of illness (2 Timothy 4:20).--20 "Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick." 

He recommended wine to Timothy for his “stomach and [his] frequent ailments” (1 Timothy 5:23). Epaphroditus got so sick he nearly died (Philippians 2:25–27). --25 "Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all and was full of heaviness because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow."

And sometimes God sent sickness to discipline members of His church (1 Corinthians 11:29–32).-- 29 "For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause, many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. "

Neither Isaiah (Does Isaiah 53:5 promise Christians immediate, unblemished health for all Christians? No!) nor Peter intended physical healing as the result in these references to Christ’s sufferings. Physical healing for all who believe does result from Christ’s atoning work, but such healing awaits a future realization in the perfections of heaven. In resurrection glory, believers will experience no sickness, pain, suffering, or death (Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-3).

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