I get very hot under the collar when people express more faith in satan and an anti-christ than they do in Jesus Christ. That guy is totally defeated. Let me show you this fact from scripture. Then declare these truths over your own life, your family, your home, your church, your suburb, your city, nation, country, continent and this world.
Regarding sin. Scripture says clearly that Jesus Christ took it away from the WHOLE WORLD not just from believers…
The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world. – 1 John 2:2
The problem is we lack faith to believe this and therefore even though it is done, we dont receive it. Throughout the bible a lack of faith stopped people from receiving God’s promise to them.
So when I see people denying what Jesus Christ did, I see them enabling sin and death… and it bothers me. A lot. Their lack of faith enables sin and death to continue on.
IF ONLY the church taught what Jesus Christ has done and IF ONLY we would believe it, then all of this sadness in the world will end. We can receive what He did, but we don’t believe.
His work was utterly complete, it was not just “in our hearts” or something limited like that. On the contrary…
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:8
The devils work is destroyed. Addiction, prostitution, adultery, divorce, sickness, disease, faithlessness, idolatry, greed, unbelief… all the work devil’s work has been destroyed. That’s what scripture says. No ifs ands or buts.
But we fail to believe and so we do not enter into the promised land of freedom and deliverance and restoration with God.
More things Jesus Christ did which we could choose to receive by faith
but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. – 2 Tim 1:10
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]. – Col 2:15
More? He purified all sins, tasted death for every man and destroyed death
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high – Heb 1:3
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. – Heb 2:9
that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives. – Heb 2:15
His work is utterly complete… which is why He said “it is finished” and in Rev it says He has made all things new. But we refuse to believe His words. And just like the Israelites, by not believing, we do not receive and enter into it.
NOTE: As I type this I can smell the most wonderful perfume in the air. Thank You Holy Spirit!
Our theology is pathetic. Frail. An embarrassment. We reduce what He did on the cross to something symbolic. We expect an anti-Christ to rise up and make things so bad that He has to rescue us. We are simply denying all He did on the cross:
He made all things new! He opened the prisons and set the captives free. Don’t wait for Him to come again and set them free… instead believe Him, thank Him and receive it.
Walk by faith!
We think sin and death rules and reigns because we see that with our eyes. We choose not to live by faith, we choose not to walk by faith. But scripture says this…
But where sin increased and abounded,
grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded – Rom 5:20
Where you see sin and death reigning, I choose to believe scripture… grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded!! I won’t insult Jesus Christ by saying He did less than sin has done in the last 6,000 years. No, on the cross in 1 moment the work Jesus Christ did has surpassed what the devil did.
In fact scripture goes where we somehow fear to tread…
Well then, as one man’s trespasses [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men – Rom 5:18
ALL men are acquitted and in right standing with God. But we Christians are meant to bring this freedom to them… but we can’t get our heads around it, we don’t believe Jesus Christ, and so we fail to bring it to them. People go to hell because we are not doing our job.
We are ambassadors taking the good news to mankind
God showed me this yesterday. He showed me a traffic cop thinking to himself as he watches a taxi driving, he thinks “you can’t drive there” and the person goes and drives there. The person says “you cant drive there” and the guy reverses defiantly and does it again. He will keep doing it until someone stops him, right?
Our job – with the help of the Holy Spirit – is to enforce the rules (which that person is breaking). How do we enforce it? WE BELIEVE. We have faith in what Jesus Christ has done and we enter in.
But for as long as we make up our own minds about what we think is the truth, choosing to ignore what scripture says is the truth, then we cannot enter in. We are failing to do our God-assigned job.
Let us enter in. For ourselves first, and then for everyone else.