THE DEATH OF JESUS DIDN’T BRING FORGIVENESS, AUTHORITY & PROSPERITY…
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that made us whole was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
One of the most mistaken statements referred to the scripture is that Jesus died for us to be forgiven. Jesus didn’t have to die for us to be forgiven, God has been a merciful God right from the garden of Eden. It was mercy that made God give Adam and Eve what to wear. It was love that made God drive them out of the garden to protect them from eating from the tree of life that will make them become eternal rebels. As disobedient people, the tree of life will only give life to their disobedience and they will become exactly like the devil. God’s mercy was evident in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon and lots more.
Considering how God have always shown mercy in the Old Testament, it doesn’t go down well to say that Jesus had to die for our sins to be forgiven. I believe the scriptures clearly points out that it was forgiveness that made Jesus die.
The Bible says Jesus was wounded for our transgressions! This means that the moment there was a single drop of the blood of Jesus, the sins of the entire world were forgiven. God isn’t forgiven sin anymore because there is no sin he has not forgiven. When we pray for forgiveness, we are only acknowledging our sins and accepting the forgiveness that has already been offered. What God has done in the past is what we will experience in the present. The past of God is the present of man… When God says “I will bless you”, He is simply saying “I have blessed you” but because we are on earth, our human mind is yet to grasp the fullness of what God has said. Therefore, God’s promises and pronouncements continues to echo into eternity! God’s word remains active and unchanging in our individual lives.
Now, the wound of Jesus alone was enough for our forgiveness! Assuming Jesus didn’t die after the wound, we have been forgiven. I want us to always recall that while all those were happening, we were still sinners. Isaiah confirms that in the previous verse
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:4 (ESV)
While Jesus bore our grief and sorrow, we couldn’t recognize what He was doing. We didn’t care about what he suffered… That is because we were sinners! However, it didn’t stop Him, He fought on and while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
I will still show you why Christ had to die but if it was for forgiveness of sin, Christ didn’t have to die. His wounds were for our transgressions because He already dropped blood! A drop of the blood of Jesus, was enough to grant the whole world forgiveness of sin. Now I want us to understand the two words used in by Isaiah when communicating sin. He used the word ‘transgression’ and ‘iniquity’. Transgression means wilful sin, iniquity means an unrepentant sin. The bible says we became whole again by the punishment meted out to Jesus! Not by His death!
The death of Jesus did not bring authority over the demons. Jesus already gave us that authority a long time ago before He died. Jesus said in Luke 10:19 (NLT)
“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.”
Jesus wasn’t saying this after his death, this was happening right before he was arrested. Jesus didn’t say he was going to give them, rather He said He has given authority over all the power of the enemy, the bible said ALL the power and not some of the power. Jesus didn’t have to die for us to have authority. The moment Jesus came, He came with an authority and He gave this authority out. Jesus already gave us the power to cast demons in His name before He died and as you could see, many disciples could cast out demons in the name of Jesus even before Jesus had to die.
The death of Jesus did not bring healing and prosperity. The Bible says that by His stripes we are healed. It did not say we shall be healed or we will be healed but it said WE ARE HEALED. After Jesus was flogged, even if He did not die, we can experience healing by the reason of the stripes. Now we can see that Jesus did not die for us to have authority, Jesus did not die for us to be forgiven of sin and Jesus did not die for us to experience healing, prosperity and other things.
Now, let us see why Jesus died.
JESUS DIED TO ERADICATE SIN ENTIRELY
God already desired to forgive us, but to bring an end to the Law the demands of the law had to be met. The law demands that the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20). If Jesus had just left us with authority, healing anointing and forgiveness, we will still be slaves to sin. God will keep loving us but we cannot keep loving God and we cannot even love people around us. This means that if Jesus didn’t die, we will enjoy forgiveness, healing and authority but we will still be rebelling against God in sin. While those sins has been forgiven, we ourselves will never realize how important it is to love God. By the death of Jesus, the old man, Adam was put to death!
“We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6 (NIV)
Our forgiveness would have been useless if Jesus did not die. The nature o sin in us was rendered powerless so that we can no longer be slaves to sin. Our sins were forgiven but the nature of sin was eradicated by the death of Jesus. I want us to understand what this place means. Sin was rendered powerless, that doesn’t mean it exist no more but it means that its power as regards to the law has been done away with. That is so say, we can no longer be bound by it anymore. We may find ourselves in sin, but we can now quickly come out of it and maintain our stand with God. We aren’t living for sin anymore, that is what it means by saying we aren’t slaves to sin anymore. This is because, the old man which had the nature of sin was crucified and therefore the Bible declared in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
You see, what happened in the death of Jesus wasn’t forgiveness. The wages of sin is death but we did not receive life simply because we were forgiven. It wasn’t forgiveness that gave us the gift of God which is eternal life but the death of Jesus. God has always forgiven sin right from the beginning. David enjoyed God’s grace to the core even when Jesus had not come. But by crucifying the old nature, Jesus finished the work in us once and for all. The nature of sin was destroyed in every who believes.
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