The Meaning of “By His Stripes You Were Healed”

by Dale Partridge

Thousands of Christians use this passage to state that Jesus’ work on the cross was not only for sin but also for sickness. They believe the healing this passage speaks of is referring to an immediate physical healing not only spiritual healing. They believe this healing can be applied now by faith.

This is Part 2 of our Misused and Abused Scripture Series. Listen to Part 1 titled: “Does God Really Not Wish That Any Should Perish? 2 Peter 3:9

This interpretation belongs within the greater prosperity gospel position. But is it right? Are these people’s interpretations of this passage accurate? Is Peter speaking of access to immediate physical healing through faith in Christ? In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge applies the grammatical and historical hermeneutic to examine the words and context to arrive at a faithful reading and theological understanding of the passage.

Additional Resources

Ligonier: By His Stripes You are Healed

John MacArthur: Are We Physically Healed by Jesus Stripes?

Sam Storms: By His Stripes We Are Healed

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Scripture References

  • 1 Peter 2:24

    “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”

  • Isaiah‬ ‭53:5-6‬

    “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

  • Matthew 10:28

    “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

  • Leviticus 17:11

    “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.”

  • Romans 5:12

    “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”

  • Revelation 21:4

    “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

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