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Which is easier to say?
by Jack Vorster
10/27/2011 / Christian Living
REALITIES OF LIFE
In my article, "Are we here to have fun and enjoy ongoing satisfaction" (http://articles.faithwriters.com/reprint-article-details.php?article=19225) I attempted to depict the realities of life on Earth since the very first two humans set foot on this planet. For only a brief period did Adam and Eve enjoy life as it should have been and as it should have been for all of us, their offspring.
Today, no-one is free from the consequent ravishes of sin inaugurated in the Garden of Eden. Let's face it, the moments of joy and happiness we experience are mere interjections that briefly greet us inbetween all the grief, suffering, conflicts and hardships in a world seemingly intent on shaking the life out of its human inhabitants by means of collective human powermongery, disease and so-called natural disasters.
All human activities on Earth are strongly influenced and even directly orchestrated by the demonic powers of darkness by means of mind control, which is clearly illustrated in Eph 6:12. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
PROVISION WAS MADE
While the above is factual, it is also true that provision has been made for us to fight against and overcome this evil onslaught.
"Who (God) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." (Col 1:13-17)
It should be clear that we have been delivered. Delivered from what? We have been deliivered from sin, meaning that we have been reinstated to a position of fellowship with God ; we are once again His children and can enjoy His favour; we have regained our previously-lost God-given promise of eternal life and, most importantly, we have been healed of all sicknesses and diseases by that huge event on the Cross. This is all past tense. It was and is done. This is the meaning of the Gospel of Christ.
It is fair to assume that all readers of this article have heard of the Gospel of Christ, but not all have really comprehended the magnitude of the process. It is the healing part that we will concentrate on and the objective in writing this article is to bring strong hope to those who are suffering from sicknesses and diseases by pointing them in the right direction.
THAT MAGICAL WORD
No doubt the word faith has been drummed into the minds of those who seek healing, which is not a problem, but what needs to be accentuated here is that looking to one's faith will not bring about healing. Healing is appropriated by looking to the One who provides that healing. We seek to be healed by Jesus - and not our faith.
The second thing we need to understand is that healing is not a future expectancy. It has already taken place some two thousand years ago. We can not appropriate something that does not exist in the future. We can only receive something that already exists. And so we have to have faith in what God has already done and not beg for the "creation" of something already available.
The moment you said the prayer of Salvation, asking God for the forgiveness of your sins and for Jesus to come into your life and to be your Lord and Saviour, in effect, you not only received Salvation and Eternal Life, but you also received healing for your body of sin, now cleansed and redeemed from the curse of the law.
"Surely he hath borne our griefs (sicknesses), and carried our sorrows (pain): yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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 53:4,5)
So, as you can see, it was done. Our physical bodies are in a state of contamination as a result of our spiritual condition of sin. Not only did Jesus redeem us spiritually, He also took care of the contamination issue. His body was marred for this very purpose. "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." (1Pet. 2:24) YOU WERE HEALED!
OUR PHYSICAL BODIES
Your body is important to God. Your body matches your sinful spiritual condition. You are first and foremost a spiritual being wrapped up in a physical body and it is your individuality as a conscious spiritual being that you perpetrate sinful acts in thought and deed through your physical body. And for this you will be held accountable. If you are unsaved the consequences will be translated into eternal damnation. If you are saved the bad will be burned like hay and stubble and the good will remain. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Cor. 5:10)
Who is it that appears before the judgment seat of Christ? It is you, your spirit. What are you being judged for? You are being judged for what you (your spirit) has done through your body.
Jesus Christ healed both your spirit and your body. It was a complete act of Salvation. What the devil had done was completely destroyed by Jesus Christ - God in the flesh. If you are saved, then you are no longer of the devil. "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (1John 3:8)
Furthermore, if you are saved, then you have been redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the Blood of Jesus. Therefore, the devil has no place in you and no power over you. Your spirit is now united with the Spirit of Christ and your physical body has been purified of all sicknesses and diseases. You now have the body of Christ and you have the mind of Christ.
And if you have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16), then you will have faith in the FACT that you were healed when you were saved. Just listen to this true story:
"And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven.
And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
And he arose, and departed to his house." (Matt. 9:2-7)
Did you hear that? "For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?"
Which is easier for you to say my sins have been forgiven or my body has been healed. They go hand in hand.
And guess by whose faith are you able, with boldness, to declare that you have been saved and healed? Let's find out.
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Gal. 2:20)
You are crucified with Christ. Present tense.
Christ now lives in you. Present tense
The life you now live in the flesh you live by the faith of Christ. Present tense.
Why all of this? Because He loved you and gave Himself for you so that you might be redeemed and healed. Your birthright has been restored to you.
YOUR NEW FAITH
You now live by the faith of Christ and it is with this faith that you can say, "With His stripes I am healed!" There is no stronger faith than this.
Jesus is "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
He is "the author and finisher of our faith;"
And if Christ now lives in you then your body is His body and that means that Christ is living in a healthy body. He made sure of it when He was crucified for you.
On the day that you were saved you believed with your heart and you declared with your mouth.
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10:8-10)
Now it is with the same heart and the same mouth that you may declare that your Salvation and healing go hand in hand. Which is easier to say?
It is not a matter of what you see or feel. It is a matter of what you know. It is your confession that rules the roost, not the symptoms. It is right inside your spirit where the healing first took place and where there are no symptoms of the disease. Your confession will move the condition of your healthy spirit to your body and deal a death blow to that illness, symptoms and all. Keep on confessing.
My sins have been forgiven! and /or My body has been healed!
Which is easier to say?
Now retired, Jack Vorster has a background in marketing in the field of newspaper advertising. As a result of a life-changing experience he turned his attention to the study of the human make-up and the realities connected to human behaviour based on the Word of God.
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