The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).


“And With His Stripes We Are Healed”
By Al Stoner
B“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5).     


Other Translations. “. . . and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole” (AMP), “. . . and by his bruises we were healed” (Brenton), “. . . and by His welts there is healing for us” (CLV), “we are . . . made whole by the blows he received” (GNB), “and we received healing from his wounds” (GW), “because of his wounds we have been healed” (NETfree Bible).


It ought to be evident that the healing spoken of here is one that will endure into the endless ages to come as it came at such enormous cost to the Lord Jesus Christ, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. For men to suppose that the griefs and sorrows borne by Jesus were to the end that men could be healed of sicknesses in this present world is entirely unreasonable. Christ, by His sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of God, is now readying redeemed men and women to dwell with the Most High in “the world to come” (Heb. 2:5). The one thing that stood in the way of them dwelling there was sin, which has now been put away by the sufferings of Christ.     


The entire passage here in Isaiah 53 is a blessed declaration of the abundant provision made by the Lord God for the putting away of sin, reconciling men back to Himself through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. In the language of Daniel the Prophet, God was finishing “the transgression”, making “an end of sins”, making “reconciliation for iniquity”, and bringing “in everlasting righteousness” (Dan. 9:24). All this, and more, God was accomplishing in the sufferings of Christ and the glory which has followed, with the Lord Jesus Christ being now seated at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens.


Having said these things let us take a closer look at some references to stripes in Moses and the Prophets in order to consider the parallels between the stripes that are mentioned there and the stripes that were inflicted upon Christ by His Father for our sakes.  He was indeed “stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isa. 53:4).


The Law of Like for Like. “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exod. 21:22-25). 


Here is a similar word recorded in Leviticus. “And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast. And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him; breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again” (Lev. 24:18-20). 


And again in Deuteronomy: “If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong; Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD , before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days; And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you. And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you. And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot” (Deut. 19:16-21).


The Language of a Just and Equal Requitement. The Holy Spirit is, in the preceding verses, establishing a vocabulary for comprehending some of the precise involvements of the sufferings of Christ. [The Law of God is, primarily, a revelation of the Mind of God, and herein lies the Law’s power to enforce, to restrain, but even greater, its power to stop mouths, to convict of sin, and to conclude under sin.] 


Here we find the language of a just requitement with impartial judgment for wrongs that have been done, and of the execution of that which is “holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12) unto the satisfaction of both God [from a larger and higher perspective] and men [in the immediate context of the Law].   In the immediate context focus is placed more on the just dealings of men towards their fellow men. But this principle of satisfaction and just requitement is also at the very heart of the atonement made by Christ. “Christ was once offered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (I Pet. 3:18). “For the transgression of My people, to whom the stroke was due?” (Isa. 53:8, NASB). “When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:9). 


Under the Law repayment was being made by the unjust for “the just”, or rather for the one that had been wronged. But in the gospel the repayment for sin has been made by “the Just for the unjust”, by the Lord Jesus Christ “for sinners”, “for the ungodly”, and “for sins”.


Regarding Worthiness to be Beaten. “And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.  Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee” (Deut. 25:2-3). “The judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face.” It seems that this very graphic language has a far greater significance than that of a required procedure being imposed on the children of Israel. On the Cross the Lord Jesus Christ was made to be this “wicked man” instead of us. [“Him (Christ) who knew no sin He (God, the Father) made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21, ASV].


Worthy to be beaten. In the sufferings of Christ He that is worthy to receive all honor and praise and glory, even Jesus, laid down His life for those who were “worthy to be beaten” by the Judge.   This consideration should forever put to silence erroneous thoughts and feelings regarding unworthiness on the part of those who are fighting the good fight of faith. If we’re going to stoop to the level of reasoning about what we are worthy of or not worthy of, we were, in fact, the ones who were worthy to be beaten. But He who alone is worthy, did, in a manner of speaking, lay Himself down before the Judge of all the earth, and was beaten before His face in our behalf. 


The Cup which the Father Gave Jesus to Drink. Theologians have written about what they call “the mystery of the atonement”, meaning that, though the atonement indeed envelops many wonderful and blessed realities which may be more readily comprehended by believing men, there are also certain involvements, aspects, and depths with regard to Christ’s sufferings that are unfathomable to men, even believing men. The unfathomableness of which we speak is related to the exceeding sinfulness of sin (cf. Rom. 7:13) and God’s uncompromising hatred for sin (cf. Hab. 1:13; Job 15:15; Ps. 5:4; 11:4-7; 34:15-16; I Pet. 1:15-16).


When the Savior was being arrested in the garden, He told Peter [who was seeking to defend Jesus], “Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?” (Jn. 18:11).  The precise extent and entailments of this cup of sufferings are known only by Jesus and the Father. But there are times when, in preaching of the gospel, we are given to further touch the hem of the garment with regard to the unutterable dreadfulness of what Jesus suffered in our behalf, “the Just for the unjust” (I Pet. 3:18). 


We are given to drink in measure. “But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father” (Mt. 20:22-23). The portion of this cup that we are given to drink has had all the deadly dregs removed from it. 


"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).