"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.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
"Isaiah 53:4.. he hath borne our griefs, ... yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God. Hebrews 5:8.. by the things which he suffered; 9 ..., he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Jesus made himself a sacrifice, but we say that God the Father has smitten him, thinking that we exalt (esteem) him by saying it that way. Our preachers say that Jesus took our place and got smitten of God. But it is not true. Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice, in order to become the Savior, and saves only those who obey him. "By his stripes we are healed" means "by his death we are saved." This is not for healing.
Let us begin with the topic of sin. "Romans 5:12 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:" The verse says that sin entered the world by Adam. But preachers very successfully teach us that we all became sinners because Adam sinned. It is not true, since the same verse says: "death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" It is only our sin that made us sinners, it is not the sin of Adam. But this chapter emphasizes the fact that Adam was the first human to sin. But, preachers say that we became sinners because of the sin of Adam. It is compared to Jesus Christ when he began grace with us. (However Jesus Christ began grace even from the beginning of the Old Testament). Preachers take this passage to preach that because of grace we, as sinning Christians, are saved since we accept grace. This is deception of Satan.
Please, for details click on this link: "Grace and the twist".
Isaiah says, "with his stripes we are healed" and apostle Peter also repeats it. The word "healed" is very tempting to us, especially if you are a preacher, so that we may exploit it for our physical healing. But, if we see the sentence in the scriptures, it is a figure of speech that is used, to say that we are healed from sins, which is the sickness of the soul, which will kill the soul, or take the soul to eternal damnation. It has nothing to do with our sickness in our physical bodies. Yet, if we detach just the phrase from the scripture, we can preach whatever we want to preach. But, it is exploiting or twisting the word of God. Let us see both scriptures. "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. 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." Both scriptures say that Jesus was wounded, or bare our sins, so that we may live in peace, that is in righteousness. This has nothing to do with our physical bodies. This is the spiritual message of the gospel. Here, the soul is healed from sins.
The Bible says very clearly that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. Why did he die for the sins? There are many ways to answer. However, we all agree that he died to redeem sinners, or to save sinners from the punishment for their sins. The next question is how does he do it? The Bible explains it clearly. But preachers find their own explanations, and so there are many ways coming out of them. Let us see what the Bible says. "John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."John the Baptist said that he is the Lamb of God, who will die for the sins of the world. "Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins," Again he dies for our sins. "Hebrew 9:26 ... but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." He gives himself as a sacrifice for sins. "1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." He dies for the sins of the whole world. So, it is established that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. But, the whole world is not saved. So, there must be another element present in the Bible to decide who is saved and who is not saved. Let us find that scripture. "Hebrew 5:7 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; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" According to this verse, Jesus Christ suffered death, etc, and became the author of salvation, and he will give eternal salvation to all who will obey him. That is, the deciding factor for our salvation is that the sinner must obey him. That is, he/she must do what he tells them to do for their salvation.
Please read this link to know what to obey: "Author of Salvation."
But, churches do not preach to obey Jesus Christ in order to be saved. They preach different methods, and several techniques to be saved. Let me just give a couple of examples for you to know. They quote this: "Ephesians 2:8 For (a) by grace are ye saved through faith; and (b) that not of yourselves: (c) it is the gift of God: 9 (d) Not of works, lest any man should boast." They say that we are saved by faith, their version of faith is just stubborn belief. It is a gift that is free, and it is not by works and so we don't have to obey God. So they think they have it figured out. But look, (a) you can be saved by the grace of God, if you have faith in God. If you have faith in God, you will do what he tells you to do. If you don't, you do not have faith in him and you will not be saved, but be damned. (b) It is not by your smart aleck stupidity. (c) If God gives salvation, he gives it as a gift. God does not give gifts to street vagabonds, gangsters, rebels, and/or addicts. He gives gifts to his children, and truthful servants. (d) Salvation is not of your making, so that you can boast that you have done it. But, it is by sincerely doing what God wants you to do. Why do the church people want to remain sinning and do not want to obey God? It is pathetic. Next, they go to Isaiah 53, and pick up verses from there. It is God the Father who wrote in the book that Jesus should be the sacrifice being his Lamb. So, Jesus accepted the call, became a man, and died on the cross for the sins of the world. But, preachers say that the Father punished him instead of punishing us, so we will not be punished and so on. It is not true. "Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." It says that yet we did esteem, that is, yet we thought or we have decided that God had smitten and afflicted him. How foolish and arrogant we are. Yet preachers still preach the same error, confirming their foolishness. Christians also believe them. But, through the cross, Jesus Christ became the author of eternal salvation, and saves only those who obey him. Those who believe the techniques and different methods will be punished in hell.
God Bless You