12. Jesus was not Smitten of God, he became the Savior.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

     

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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Jesus was wounded, bruised, died, and became high priest and savior. But, we judge as if God punished Jesus for our sins, as Isaiah 53:4 and Hebrews 5:8. Jesus died for our sins, and his love constrains us that we must die to our sins and live unto Jesus. Then, we will be saved by his life.

 

 

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The Transcript of the Message

Praise the Lord, Alleluia.

This is, Declaration of Faith #12. The topic is: Jesus did not receive our punishment, but he became the Savior.

Plan of Salvation in Scriptures

We have seen from the previous clips, how God the Father, God the Word and the Spirit of God, have done everything as one God in the Spirit. Our salvation plan was also done in the same way. It was the plan of God the Father that Jesus should become a man, die for the sins of the world, and became the savior of the world. In John 5, Jesus tells that he does everything by God the Father and the Holy Ghost. They did everything together.

Let us see a few verses in the book of Isaiah 53. This is the prophesy about the sufferings of Jesus and his death on the cross. Verse 1 started saying, "Who hath believed our report? (that is, nobody believe the prophesy of God) and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" God reveals his arm to people. Arm of the Lord is a figure of speech for what God does by his power. Jesus said in Luke 11:20, "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." Jesus showed signs, miracles, and healed them, which are manifestations of the arm or finger of God. It was revealed to the priests, scribes, and Pharisees, but they did not believe him. In John 5, Jesus says, "39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Still they did not believe him. In the old testament times, they were the priests, scribes, and Pharisees. But now, it is theologians, pastors, and evangelists. They do not believe the word of God as it says, and so they twist them and preach their own philosophy as the word of God. Ordinary Christians depend on and believe the preachers. They do not know what God says. So, God says who believe our report? They preach stories, but not the truth of God.

Jesus was not Smitten of God

Next verse: "Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and so on. This whole chapter prophesies the sufferings of Jesus, as well as our rejection of the truth about him. God the Father and the Holy Ghost were with Jesus to see that he fulfills his mission. Remember, in Luke 22:42-43 Jesus prayed to the Father, "42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him." God did not remove the cup, but he strengthened Jesus to endure. Jesus suffered and died for our sins, not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world. Entire chapter describes that. I am not going to read the whole chapter, for want of time, but I will just read the next verse, verse 4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: (that is, he was carrying our grief and sorrows, the next word is very important, please notice.) "yet" The word is "YET". Here it means that, in-spite of all what they have done, our preachers will say something else. That is, Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Ghost, were in the process of making Jesus the Savior of the world. But, we will say, or "we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." That is, we preach that God punished him or even killed him, instead of punishing us and he has died in our place as a substitution, and so on. So God is grieved about it, because it is not true. We may say, what difference it makes at this point. It makes the difference between hell and heaven.

Jesus became the savior

Before we see the truth as well as the deception, let us find what the facts, or the data given. Jesus died because of the sins of the whole world, Christians and non-Christians. If nobody sinned, he did not have to die. In the old testament sacrifices, nobody asked the permission of the animal, and the animal had no voice. The sinner select an animal, and it was killed. Even after it is killed, it was just meat, and it had no voice. But, in the new testament, Jesus Christ was the sacrifice. It was decided by God the Father, God the Word, and the Spirit of God. The three persons in God worked through the entire process, and the sacrifice was made. After the sacrifice was made, he was not just meat on the altar as in the old testament. He was declared as the begotten Son, made Lord and Christ, called of God as high priest, he was anointed as God, became the author of salvation, and is seated on the throne. In the old testament, as the sacrifices were made, the sinners were automatically forgiven of their sins. But in the new testament, when Jesus was sacrificed, Jesus became the savior, but the sinners are not automatically forgiven. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but the whole world is not forgiven. People yet have to come to the savior for forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness is not in the hands of sinners, but in the hands of the savior. In the old testament, the sinner is automatically forgiven as soon as the sacrifice is made. But here, his sacrifice made him the savior. The sacrifice does not guarantee our salvation. It depends on the Savior. He may forgive us or he may not forgive us. These are the facts from the word of God. Now, let us see what is true and what is not true in preachings.

The Deceptive Salvation

First, let us see what is false. Gospel of John 19:30 says "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." Jesus said, it is finished and died, meaning that he had finished his life on earth as a man and his sacrifice is done. That is it. But, theologians and preachers will not leave at that. They give a list of things that Jesus has finished on the cross, and one of them is our salvation. It is called the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Most Christians depend on the finished work of Jesus on the cross for their salvation. It appears to boast and praise Jesus. But, it is not boasting, but it is treating the sacrifice as dead meat, that has no more voice in our salvation. He is done and it is up to us to claim it, or to take it. 1 Corinthians 15:3 says Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; So, they say Jesus died for our sins, and the job is done. What all we have to do is to join the team of saved people and confess that our sins are forgiven. It appears true and it is easy and convincing. But, it is lie and deception.

We have to obey Jesus Christ for our salvation

Now, let us see what the truth is. Let us read Hebrews 5:7-10. "7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;" Verses 7&8 tells how God the Word became an ordinary man, and suffered and feared the horrible death, obeying God the Father, even in death. "9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Christians probably never heard this verse, or if they heard it, it could have been like a chant with no meaning. It says that Jesus obeyed God through sufferings unto death. In the process, he was made perfect and he became the author of salvation. As the author of salvation, he saves only those who obey him. Verse 10 "Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." Jesus became the high priest by sacrificing himself. He became the author of salvation. He forgives only those who will obey him. So, our salvation is not complete until we obey him. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world, it is true. That made him the Savior. But, for our salvation, we have to obey him. This message may seem strange to Christians. But, it is scripture and so it is true.

We will be saved by living his life

Let us look a couple of scriptures, which refer to that, he died for all and it is his love. Let us read 2 Corinthians 5:14&15. "14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." It is talking about the love of Jesus and the response of the believers. His love constrains us, force us, to do something. What is it? Because he died for us, we consider as we died with him. The fact is, he lives as God, and we live as human. So, we must live in such a way as he is living. That is, we live for him, in his place, because he died for us. We will be living his life and by his life we are saved. "Romans 5:10 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." Please notice, we will be saved by living his life.

Thank you for listening, God bless you and be with you. Amen.

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