By His Stripes

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
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.

Healed, how much? The word means thoroughly made whole. So then we should look beyond the physical and look at the total. In the New Testament Jesus took on the hard jobs, not just the scrapes and cuts that we endure in the course of our normal lives, but the deep wounds to our psychological well being as well as the most difficult of physical wounds and ailments. Jesus took on the incurable situations in our lives and dealt with them with ease.

All too often we seek medical help when we have the simplest problem and we slavishly do what they tell us, and yet how reluctant we are to do what Jesus tells us.

Salvation is the cure for the terminal illness of mankind, sin. Such an old fashioned word isn’t it, but until we are healed of our sin on a daily basis we don’t really know how sick we were. Our physical bodies can healed in the same way.

Isn’t it amazing just how much our whole attention is focused on a paper cut until it heals. A large wound is even more attention getting and can be quite debilitating. Sometimes we allow a surgeon to intentionally wound us to repair some inner problem in our bodies. We are commanded to rest and recover from major surgery unless we do more damage.

Jesus had major surgery performed on him so that we wouldn’t need to. His surgery killed him, just as it would have us. The pain and suffering caused him to concentrate on the healing.

Luke 23:46

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Do you commend your spirit into God’s hand’s? You should! We are commanded to enter into His rest. After all, we have endured major surgery and had a huge tumor cut out of our hearts, the sin tumor.

Is the real salvation too simple?

On the day of transition (Pentecost) from the Law to Grace, there must have been many of the people there that went their way and thought “it’s too simple, it can’t be real”. For some today the doctrine of Pentecost is too hard and they want to simplify that by taking away from the word of God. The oversimplified “gospel” of many churches does not produce the results they want, but it will produce results they don’t want.

Paul wrote,

Galatians 1:8
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

John wrote what was dictated by Jesus,

Revelation 22:18
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

It obviously doesn’t pay to fool around with the Word of God without permission. The penalties are rather severe.

It’s not What You Know, But Who You Know

Knowing Jesus is not “head” knowledge as in an academic learning process, but it is a total experience which is initiated by receiving the Holy Spirit, as it was on the day of Pentecost. Without that experience you can only know “about” Jesus and God, but they are not your friends and your relationship is not a personal one. See Acts 2:4-38 for instructions

Hebrews 8:10-12
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.