Monthly Archives: June 2012

Call no man Father

Matthew 23:9  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

     Something came up this week and led me to recall this scripture and experience that ah ha moment when the lights went on. Historically when I heard this scripture it was one of those that would drive me crazy because I know there was obviously a good reason for it but I did not know it. I knew that we are to honor our parents and be respectful and I also know how important it is to have a father in the life of a child. So in reasoning with only that understanding I could not understand why we would do just the opposite. Finally the revelation hit me when I was listening to someone speak about generational curses and all the other junk we tend to blame our families for when God said, “This is why you only call me your Father.”

     It was not out of disrespect to my father whom I love very much but it was in recognizing my dissociation with the fleshly past and walking in my new heritage as a son of God. I mean after all how cursed is God? For real think about it God is your Father and His curses are your curses, which I will gladly take all day long since there are none, and His blessings are your blessings. Your eternal Papa has eternal life for your and eternal fellowship as He lavishes you in His eternal love. No offense to my natural father because he is a great dad, so I have been really fortunate not to have gone through some of the terrible things that so many other experience. But the great thing is no one has to let those experiences and beliefs of the past determine their destiny.

     We can literally just start walking in the fact that we can not ever be cursed and that the generational sickness, disease, garbage, baggage or whatever fungus you think you may have inherited just doesn’t have the ability to stick to you like a parasite when you realize you have the unconditional blessing of our only eternal Father as your true inheritance. If someone is still blaming or looking at their past and allowing it to determine their future then they are not getting the point which is they are a new creation in Christ Jesus and all the old history is done away with. We have a new eternal identity in Jesus given to us by our eternal Father and we can and should experience that identity from now on through out all eternity.

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Tribulations

Romans 5:3-5  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

     There may be other applications to these verses but here is one explanation that I have witnessed time and time again. The question I started out with when I was receiving revelation on this was, “What are tribulations?” According to Strong’s we are talking about affliction, anguish, burdens, persecution, trouble – literally the symptoms of pressure. When do we experience pressure, when exactly do these various instances have the ability to influence the quality of life that God desires for us to live by? Pressure seems to build up in us when we are not resting in Him. So when we are not at rest in Christ is when we experience pressure which produces these bad fruits of various sorts.

     There is a promise though that as we remain faithful in laboring into rest we will go through a process that will produce the fruit of God in our lives. My explanation for this laboring into rest is going from a co-dependent relationship with God to a totally dependant on God relationship, which is going from trying to add or incorporate God into our lives to seeing God as our source for all things.  As we experience tribulations, again because we are not fully resting in God quite possibly because ones heart is not fully persuaded of a truth, over time this builds patience, giving experience then causing us to have hope and hope in God will not fail because God’s love fills our hearts by Holy Spirit.

      So one may ask what does this mean? As I said it is a process with the conclusion of increasing our ability, or possibly better said our natural state of being, to rest in God. It is a process of being fully persuaded in one’s heart and mind about the truths of God and the finished works of Jesus. Sometimes this can be a quick process and other times it seems to take forever, but the reality is the timing has nothing to do with God. The amount of time involved almost always has to do with our acknowledgement of our inabilities and surrendering to God’s capabilities. Replacing the pride that we have in our lives with God’s love.

      Here is another way of looking at the same thing. Tribulations are a direct correlation to your independency from God. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10 that in his weakness God is glorified. In other words once we realize, acknowledge and accept, we are dependant on God because of our inabilities to produce, then God’s glory manifests in us and through us. So as we delusionally try to remain independent of God and tribulations come our way they will have whatever their maximum capacity is of influence over our lives until we get to the point where we finally realize that we alone are incapable of dealing with that situation and turn to God. Now to someone who already is at rest in God, totally dependant on God, most tribulations may not even be a speed bump in their lives. Yet as these same circumstances try to influence the life of one who is not dependant on God and does not already know the outcome, they will be moved by the circumstances since they are not able to see past them to the conclusion.

     I am not trying to belittle in any way some of the tribulations people face but merely trying to show a process that one can go through and find healing or the power in overcoming by resting in what Jesus has done. Upon understanding the whys and hows I am hoping to remove the victim mentalities that we sometimes adopt in many cases because we feel defenseless or overwhelmed. A major factor in living what many call a victorious life is the simplicity of trusting Papa.

     Paul said something that I have come to live by, but it was quite some time before it went from being just intellectual regurgitation to a way of existence. In writing to Timothy he told him the godliness with contentment is great gain. After being the source of much of my tribulations for many of my years in keeping up with the Joneses, I have finally started to learn to rest in God and in a very real way experience contentment. This does not mean that I do not enjoy the finer things in life when they are available, but regardless of my circumstances I have learned to not try to change the circumstances as we are taught to do, but learn to be content in them until I am trough them. Look at Paul’s life and you see this as there were good times and bad, but they did not influence his life in such a way as to where he lost hope. He always knew that no matter what God was now and intimate part of his life and that He loved him completely regardless of the circumstances. Again this does not mean we just let life pass us by, but instead of trying to force it to happen we can patiently wait on them to some our way. Remembering that the good things in this world are temporal anyhow, but the best things in life are eternal.


Christianity is NOT Behavioral Modification

Christianity is NOT Behavioral Modification

 How many times have we heard, “You are a Christian, you are not supposed to act that way.” No I am not talking about those people who have not believed yet but I am talking about those who would consider themselves part of the body. It is true that if one is a believer there are certain characteristics that will manifest out of what we believe. I love how Jesus described Nathanael in John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! (deceit, nothing false) This may not be what Jesus was pointing out but I take it as Nathanael was a genuine person in that what you see is what you get and he was not putting on a show to try to become someone he already wasn’t.

 Many judge one another based on what they read in the bible because they have been taught that this is what it means to be a Christian so this is what we must do to become. The reality is that the characteristics that many are referring to are not the path or the way to becoming but a fruit of being. In most mainstream traditional churches the teaching varies from various people in the bible being our role models to even trying to become like Jesus, and yes I know we are the church but to make it easier for all to follow I am talking about those who gather regularly in traditional settings under traditional teaching. The problem with the way though this is traditionally taught is that the technique usually used is simply behavioral modification. They look at the Law and say follow these to become, not realizing Jesus fulfilled the Law for righteous requirements because no other man could and now we are righteous by him, in him, through him, with him. What we are failing to recognize in many cases is there is nothing we can do to become because we are sons of God and we just have not believed that truth. A very liberating scripture when applied to this is John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 Behavioral modification itself can never make you a son. At best it can only make you like a son and only for as long as you are willing to put forth the effort to manifest such a charade. But when you know the truth, that you are a son, and you believe it then you no longer have to become because you are. Manifesting what many believe to be the attributes of a Christian then are effortless because they flow out of you not because you are acting but because they are who you are. The greatest of these is love. If love does not just flow out of you, then you have not fully believed who you are as a son. The danger lies in trying to love others when you are not even experiencing love because you are trying to produce and maintain out of your own effort, going against what you believe which at some point will produce things like resentment, bitterness, anger, hatred and others all of which have their root in pride. Instead of the love of God, which is true love and that is always unconditional, one will be sharing a manufactured love that at some point is going to have strings attached.

 How many millions of people have gotten burned out at some point in trying to be a Christian, and just think of the hundreds you may even know who experience a defeated life, even leaving the church body, because they just feel they could never live up to the expectation of God. All of this is because of believing a lie that they are not already a son, but are trying to become who they already are. The adversary has never changed his tactics. Why? I do not think it is not because he can not think of any others but because this simple one works so well. Turn these stones to bread so you can prove you are the Son. Eat of this fruit to be like God. Keep these rules and laws to become a son.

 


Healing / Health / Quality of Life

Healing / Health / Quality of Life

 

It is interesting to note that after Jesus healed a man once He told him to sin no more less something else happen to him. (John 5:14) We now know that sin is not an issue but what we believe about sin still has a major influence in our lives. Many times I have heard of people being healed and then at some point in their lives either something similar once again tries to destroy them or possibly even something totally different. Why is this? It is usually because though they received healing, and this usually through someone else releasing it, their heart was never persuaded to believe the truth in that they are part of the body of Jesus, one with Christ, in fellowship with God and in Him there is no lack. Because there is no lack, no weakness, in Jesus then as we gain revelation and persuasion in our heart to the truth of our unity with Him we walk as He is and not as man was. We died with Christ, not Him as us or in our place, and we rose with Him as well. (Rom 6:4-8, 2Ti 2:11-12) In just these few of many scriptures we see this union as noted “with Christ” or “with Him” and not “as us”. He took the physical part of this for us but this does not nullify we were with him in spirit. Just like Eve was one with Adam and then God separated them so they could fellowship together as one, we were in Jesus the whole time through all He went through so that once He defeated death we were born again and taken out of Jesus in a renewed spirit to fellowship with Him as one being. Many find this hard to understand or perceive how because they relate to their physical bodies and this world, but what I am referring to is in the spirit. We focus too much on our physical bodies and let that which is temporal define us when the truth is that it is our spirits that our true nature and the body is just a housing to enable us to interact in this seen or physical world. For us to allow our bodies to have so much control over our lives is wrong. It is almost as crazy as us getting in a car and the car telling us where it wants to go and refusing to go where we want to. Or a closer to home analogy is it is like when the food we eat controls our lives. Food is necessary to sustain life but was never meant to be in control of the life it sustains. Our bodies are necessary to sustain our existence in this world but were never meant to be the controlling factor in our lives.


God’s Laws Reveal His Love

This post is not of my work but of one who deeply searches out to see Jesus in all things. They extensively work with the Jewish culture to help us better understand and see the true nature of God in the scriptures.

The original text was copied from http://ourrabbijesus.com/articles/gods-laws-reveal-his-love/ in hopes to preserve it as well as expose it to those who may not otherwise seek it out because of their prejudice to hearing the term Law.

Thank you

 

May 22, 2012— byLois Tverberg

Leviticus is a tough read for modern Christians. We groan at its restrictions and wince at its sacrifices. Many a preacher has used its lines to impress a congregation with how much they should celebrate their freedom from the unbearable Old Testament laws.

But what if we turned back the clock to stand beside the Israelites on Mount Sinai? What if we listened to the laws of the Torah through ancient ears?

Many rules that sound strange and distasteful to us wouldn’t have surprised Moses’ first listeners at all. Virtually every culture had food taboos and ritual purity laws. Sacrifices and sacred feasts were commonplace.

There was one difference that would have shocked its first audience, however—God’s ethical laws. Modern readers hardly appreciate the profound difference between Torah and other codes of its time, and how fundamental its precepts are to our own laws.

The Torah’s fairness and concern for all humanity was revolutionary. Other codes had no ethic of equal treatment in regard to rich and poor, so a crime against a person of a high class carried a much greater punishment than one against a low class person. Cheating a nobleman in a business transaction carried the death penalty. But murdering a peasant was punishable by a fine based on his social status. In Israel, however, all were alike under the law, and poor and rich treated equally.

In cases of crime, the Torah was far more humane. In other countries, punishments for even minor crimes were often brutal and mutilating, and often including floggings, amputation and torture. In the Torah, fines were common but physical punishments were rare, and only for severe offenses against the nation or God.

The law that sounds most shocking, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is actually misunderstood. The expression was actually an idiom that wasn’t taken literally, which meant equitable punishment that fits the crime. (An eye for an eye—not a scolding for an eye, or a life for an eye.) It was an ancient expression which intended to limit punishment to no more than the injury itself, because without it, the victim’s clan would exact greater vengeance, escalating into feuds. Scholars believe that it was not followed literally in Israel, but monetary fines were given for injuries instead.

Other legal codes did little to shield society’s outcasts from exploitation. Rather, their main purpose was to protect the assets of the wealthy from the lower class by threatening them with punishment for theft or destruction of property.

In contrast, Israel’s laws were uniquely concerned for the protection of the poor, the alien, the widows and orphans. People were to tithe their money to give to the poor, and let them glean from their crops. (Dt. 18:29, Lev. 23:22) They were not to mistreat an alien, but to “love them as themselves.” (Lev. 19:34) Much of the code of Israel is specifically written to protect the weakest members of the society, unlike any other nation of the time.

The most striking difference was in the laws regulating slavery, which was an accepted part of life in the ancient world. Many of the Torah’s regulations were unheard of in any other culture, and ultimately aimed to undermine the practice altogether. Only six days a week could a master demand a slave to serve him (Dt. 5:14). If a slave was permanently injured by his owner, he gained his freedom (Ex 21:27). If the slave was a Hebrew, he had to be freed in six years and given a substantial gift (Dt. 15:14). Most amazingly, if a slave ran away from his master, he was not to be returned, but allowed to live free anywhere in Israel (Dt 23:15). In every other law code (including even pre-Civil War America), the penalty for not returning a slave was death.

With these differences in mind, the laws of the Torah show great fairness toward all levels of society, compassion for the vulnerable, and amazing concern for the sanctity of human life. Our own culture has been so transformed by these basic principles that we can hardly imagine the world without them.

The more we see the contrast between God’s ways and the rest of the ancient world, the more we see that the love of Christ in the gospels was fully present in the God who revealed himself on Sinai. We see the Father and Son as one and the same. The God of Israel cared deeply for humanity, and those who worshiped him were to mirror his love and concern as well.

 You might ask why I added this to a website devoted to the grace of God. Well if you did then you may not yet fully understand His grace because we typically look at the Law only as a means for fulfilling righteousness, which we know is impossible and was only done through Jesus, but the Law also served to reveal God’s mercy and equality amonst all of mankind. The Law itself has glory as Paul noted but the problem was the manipulation of the Law for selfish gain. We see this today in a growing rampage as the Laws which once governed the American society are bluntly being overlooked or perverted to suit the desires of special interests instead of the common good for all of mankind as they were originally  purposed.

Thomas Myers

 


Communion

Communion – The Lord’s Supper

There is no doubt that over the centuries what know as communion or the Lord’s Supper has lost the impact in the very essence of its meaning. In observing this promise we have from Jesus, a covenant of sorts, we as believers are to experience the love that lies in what was accomplished to fulfill this promise. The best place to learn about this is by going back to where it all started. Now if you think this started the night before the sacrifice of Jesus then this is probably part of the problem right there. No this wondrous event started many centuries before that in the time when Israel went from dwelling in Egypt to being slaves prior to their exodus.

Exodus 12:1-11 “And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,  2  Let this month be to you the first of months, the first month of the year.  3  Say to all the children of Israel when they are come together, In the tenth day of this month every man is to take a lamb, by the number of their fathers’ families, a lamb for every family:  4  And if the lamb is more than enough for the family, let that family and its nearest neighbor have a lamb between them, taking into account the number of persons and how much food is needed for every man.  5  Let your lamb be without a mark, a male in its first year: you may take it from among the sheep or the goats:  6  Keep it till the fourteenth day of the same month, when everyone who is of the children of Israel is to put it to death between sundown and dark.  7  Then take some of the blood and put it on the two sides of the door and over the door of the house where the meal is to be taken.  8  And let your food that night be the flesh of the lamb, cooked with fire in the oven, together with unleavened bread and bitter-tasting plants.  9  Do not take it uncooked or cooked with boiling water, but let it be cooked in the oven; its head with its legs and its inside parts.  10  Do not keep any of it till the morning; anything which is not used is to be burned with fire.  11  And take your meal dressed as if for a journey, with your shoes on your feet and your sticks in your hands: take it quickly: it is the Lord’s Passover.”

The important element that I want to point out here is the lamb. Almost everyone who has heard this account or about Jesus, has heard him called the lamb of God, and this is a reason why. Note the lamb had to be perfect because it was to be a symbol of Jesus and there is more that we can go into but I want to keep this simple. Once the lamb was slain the blood was placed around the door posts and the lentil, which is the top of the door frame. This would provide the barrier so that death would not enter into the house. We reap the benefits of the blood of the lamb of God now because of another sacrifice of  a lamb for the atonement of sins. As believers we know that the blood of Jesus was an atonement once and for all for all sins and because of his death and resurrection we know that as believers we will never experience death. But I want to stay on this symbol of Jesus in the Passover. The part of this that many never think about is that the Jews were to eat all of the lamb and not leave any of it for the next day. Why was it so imperative that they eat the lamb?

Had it not been for a Psalm we may have never known, but because of Psalms 105 we have a record of what took place. Verse 37 reads “He took his people out with silver and gold: there was not one feeble person among them.” This is a recollection of the event that took place right after the Passover known as the Exodus. Notice that out of all the millions of people that left, because they ate of the lamb there was not one feeble among them. Everyone left Egypt in good health.

Many do not realize that this is only one of several ways the God provided health to those who were still under the old covenant. Every year as the Jews would eat the Passover they were able to receive restoration of their health. But lets continue on to help us understand how this evolved into the Lord’s Supper.

Our next revelation comes about again in Exodus just shortly after the Jews left Egypt. Exodus 16:4   “Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I will send down bread from heaven for you; and the people will go out every day and get enough for the day’s needs; so that I may put them to the test to see if they will keep my laws or not.” Now in and of itself we may not understand the full impact from just this verse, but when you study the lives of the Israelites during there time in the wilderness one settle thing starts to stand out. None of these people were ever sick or died prematurely from a disease.  Under normal circumstances they died of old age only. Jesus himself hints to us as to why.

John 6:31-35 KJV Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

The bread, or manna, that they ate from heaven was a symbol of who was to come in Jesus. And just as Jesus would give life they bread being a faithful symbol also gave life.

John 6:48-58, “I am the bread of life.  49  Your fathers took the manna in the waste land–and they are dead.  50  The bread which comes from heaven is such bread that a man may take it for food and never see death.  51 I am the living bread which has come from heaven: if any man takes this bread for food he will have life for ever: and more than this, the bread which I will give is my flesh which I will give for the life of the world.  52  Then the Jews had an angry discussion among themselves, saying, How is it possible for this man to give us his flesh for food?  53  Then Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, If you do not take the flesh of the Son of man for food, and if you do not take his blood for drink, you have no life in you.  54  He who takes my flesh for food and my blood for drink has eternal life: and I will take him up from the dead at the last day.  55  My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.  56  He who takes my flesh for food and my blood for drink is in me and I in him.  57  As the living Father has sent me, and I have life because of the Father, even so he who takes me for his food will have life because of me.  58  This is the bread which has come down from heaven. It is not like the food which your fathers had: they took of the manna, and are dead; but he who takes this bread for food will have life for ever.

In this passage Jesus is reinforcing the symbolism of the bread, manna, which was from heaven which gave health and life to all who ate of it as being himself. We also have already seen then that Jesus is known as the lamb of God which was symbolized in one way at the Passover meal and now known as the bread of life which was the manna from heaven.

Bread was chosen by God to be a symbol of health and life and in understanding this we can see how God as made it so anyone who believes can walk in health. Jesus expounded upon this idea with a Canaanite woman who came seeking his help. Matthew 15:21-28 (Mark 7:24-30) “And Jesus went away from there into the country of Tyre and Sidon.  22 And a woman of Canaan came out from those parts, crying and saying, Have pity on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is greatly troubled with an unclean spirit.  23  But he gave her no answer. And his disciples came and said to him, Send her away, for she is crying after us.  24  But he made answer and said, I was sent only to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel.  25  But she came and gave him worship, saying, Help, Lord.  26  And he made answer and said, It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs. 27  But she said, Yes, Lord: but even the dogs take the bits from under their masters’ table.  28  Then Jesus, answering, said to her, O woman, great is your faith: let your desire be done. And her daughter was made well from that hour.” Jesus called healing the children’s bread, something that they were all to experience in their lives as just a basic component to sustain life.

Matthew 26:26-29 (Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:17-20) “And when they were taking food, Jesus took bread and, after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to the disciples and said, Take it; this is my body.  27  And he took a cup and, having given praise, he gave it to them, saying,  28  Take of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the testament, which is given for men for the forgiveness of sins.  29  But I say to you that from now I will not take of this fruit of the vine, till that day when I take it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” It is at this point that all this symbolism starts to come alive. Jesus clearly states that this bread represents his body and when we eat the bread we are partaking of his body. Now many still may not, in these scriptures alone, fully understand what it means when we eat the bread but let us look at this same account from Paul’s perspective.

Right off the back the most interesting thing to me about the Lord’s Supper is how important this is to God. Jesus said that he was looking forward to the day he would get to eat this meal, though he had partaken in the Passover all of his life from childhood. In fact it is so important that Jesus himself described it to Paul. Remember that at the time this communion took place Paul was known as Saul and he saw Passover from a different perspective. He was no where near Jesus or the disciples during this time or he would have been trying to rid the world of them. Here is the account as noted in Paul’s first letter to Corinth. 1 Corinthians 11:23-30 “23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.  27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

So Paul learned of this straight from Jesus, it was not something he caught wind of from the Big 12 on a visit to Jerusalem. And Jesus expounded upon one point when He said that the bread that was eaten was a symbol of His body broken for you. At the time this meal was eaten this had not yet been fulfilled. To me personally this is something that we as believers do not embrace enough and I really think that comes from not being as thankful as we should be. Really take a moment and try to envision what Jesus physically and mentally went through for you. Jesus who was without sin could not physically die because of that very reason. Death came through sin and one who has never sinned is immune to death. Jesus himself said that no man could take his life but that he would lay it down. He was not making an arrogant boast like many think, but he was emphatically stating a fact. Jesus knew the degree of suffering he would endure so that you would be whole and knew just as well that no matter how much torture he went through they could not kill him. Not because this would mess up the overall plan of God, but because it was impossible. There comes a point in being tortured that one makes a transition from just wanting to be free from it by it stopping to being free from it by simply ceasing to exist and this is a point that Jesus could never cross over too.

In this sacrifice then of himself prophecy was fulfilled. Most know this one because they have heard it so many times. Isaiah foretells of this event in Isaiah 53:5 “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.” and then Peter confirms of this taking place in 1 Peter 2:24 “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.” Because of this fact is the reason that not only should every believer walk in total health, but why even those who are not believers can be healed. The reality of this matter is that sin has been done away with in Jesus through his blood being shed as an atonement once and for all for sins. But the effects of sin that have manifested in the lives of people also have been redeemed through the body of Christ. What this means then is simply put as a believer the effects of sin should never have influence in your life going forward because you are walking in the benefits of the finished works of Jesus through his blood. You are to be no more sin conscience but life or Christ conscience. However the effects of sin which have already manifested in  ones life also have been removed and replace with total restoration through His body so life’s experience going forward should be just as if one had never sinned ever. There are no scars from sins past and no influence from sin in your future. The minute we start to believe or think contrary to this then we are saying what Jesus did was incomplete or not good enough, which is not the case because scripture tells us through Paul that what Jesus did was much greater than what sin could ever do.

Romans 5:10-20 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  11  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  16  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

The reality is quite simply that anything which resulted from sin God overcame in great abundance to not only rectify the situation but to so overshadow it with His goodness that it is engulfed in such a vastness that one could not even tell anything had ever occurred.

Understanding though that Jesus is the bread of life and that by His stripes, the scourging that would have killed any other man, we were healed is not the end of this. Because of this Paul was able to give us even greater revelation.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 “16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Paul states something here that many do not take to heart or quite grasp. The reality is that when we eat of the body, the bread, we are recognizing the fact that we are part of the body, a single body that is the bread of life, which is Christ Jesus. In this we fail to see that if we are part of his body then we are whole as he is whole. No one who knows Jesus can honestly say they can envision him being sick or left to live an inferior quality of life then what our Father desired for Him, yet we easily turn on ourselves and say that we are not like Him. And this is where we are as wrong as we possibly can be. There is not doubt that we are not each Jesus himself but we are like him as sons of God, just not the only begotten Son. Too many think we are to strive to become like Jesus when in reality Jesus reveals to us who we already are. When you see the Father in Jesus as though it were a reflection in a mirror, you are also looking at yourself. The essence of who Jesus is is the same essence that identifies you. So when we correctly perceive Jesus we should identify ourselves with that perception. If we cannot imagine Jesus in lack or need then we should acknowledge this is how we are also. Not because of anything we have done or could do but because Jesus has accomplished all things for us and in him we were reconciled unto our Father and restored just as if we had never doubted God to begin with.

Our experience and quality of life are a direct result of trusting in God and solely resting in Him. Think of Adam, what did he do or create? Was he not given all things by God? He could not add anything to improve his life and yet when he tried it was considered rebellion against God because Adam was declaring that God could not or did not meet all his needs.

Luke 24:28-31  “And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.  29  But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.  30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.  31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.