Jesus -The Only One who Suffered For The Sins Of The World.
Jesus is the only Person that has been punished for our sins.
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21 (New Living Translation)
“He used his servant’s body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing.” 1 Peter 2:24 (The Message)
“Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in him, and sin is not part of his program.” 1 John 3:5 (The Message)
We are being declared not guilty. That is what justification means. We are no longer guilty of the offence in Christ Jesus. Whatever you did in the past that is hurting you is only a mirage. Stop allowing yourself to be tormented by the ghost of the past.
Justification does not mean to ‘make just’ or ‘to make a person righteous’ (in the sense of transforming our nature) neither is it a change of character. The word means “declared righteous”.
Someone defined justification as ‘the act by which God who is holy, declares the believing sinner just and acceptable before Him, because Christ carried his sin on the cross, and has been made his righteousness’.
I love the way Brother Pade Tokun explained this in his book ‘He That Is Born Of God’:
The pronouncement of a verdict of ‘not guilty’ in our favour; Romans 3:24, 28.
When someone is being discharged and acquitted in the human court it is on the ground that he has not committed the offence or that the evidence did not establish his guilt. But in our case, we did commit the offence and the evidence established our guilt and condemned us. So our justification is based on Christ ‘who knew no sin’ but bore our sins on the cross, being made ‘sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
When a sinner believes in Jesus Christ, he is justified and treated as righteous and his sin is no more laid to his charge.
CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM CURSES.
We must understand what we have and who we are in Christ. We have been Redeemed.
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:24
In the context of Romans 3:24; the word redemption means to deliver a captive by paying a price. Man is viewed as a slave sold under sin (Romans 7:14) and under the sentence of death (Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23).
Redemption also means to lose or set free (Luke 24:21, Titus 2:14). To redeem means to buy back.
Can you see that we have been set free from sin and from its consequence?
Come to think of it, if curses came as a result of sin, and Christ has delivered us from this sin, why do you still believe that you can suffer for what you have been delivered from?.
Our justification was not obtained free. Our Lord Jesus Christ obtained our justification by buying it with a price (1 Corinthians 7:23).
This price was His blood; Acts 20:28 Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14. That blood is still living and potent. That blood has broken every curse, whether you know it or not. Do not let us make His suffering of no effect.
“But Christ rescued us from the Law’s curse, when he became a curse in our place. This is because the Scriptures say that anyone who is nailed to a tree is under a curse. And because of what Jesus Christ has done, the blessing that was promised to Abraham was taken to the Gentiles. This happened so that by faith we would be given the promised Holy Spirit.” Galatians 3:13-14 (Contemporary English Version)
We are no more under the law but under grace. And as long as we don’t depend on obeying the law to be saved then we have been freed from curses (Galatians 3:10-11).
Christ became a curse in our place. His death on the tree settled that for us. Now we are free, we have the advantage of having the blessing of God and not a curse. Now we have the blessing that was promised to Abraham and part of that blessing is that he who curses us will be cursed.
“You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures. He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross. He stripped the rulers and authorities of their power and made a public spectacle of them as he celebrated his victory in Christ.” Colossians 2:13-15 (God’s Word)
All charges brought against us have been erased. The victory was won on the cross. We are complete in Christ; there is no need of any sacrifice for our sins again. Jesus said IT IS FINISHED, believe Him, He does not lie.
You don’t need to break any generational curse again neither do you need to fast to be set free. You don’t need any man to pray for you to be free from curses. Christ said ‘it is finished’. You don’t need any olive oil to be poured on you to be free. You don’t need to go to any mountain to be free from curses. There is no foundation that is working against you. The Bible says all those things that were written down that were against your progress, against the delay in life or marriage have been taken out of the way. Jesus nailed all that to the cross.
To be continued…