It’s official. I’m no longer a Christian!


I am giving up my “Christian card”. The term “Christian” is no longer what I want to be known as. Before you turn away hear me out. The word “Christian” is only found 3 times in Scripture, none of which Jesus’ uses. It was initially used as a derogatory term, like the “N” word. It was not a term of endearment. Gradually, through acceptance of it’s meaning “Christ like”, the word “Christian” became a standard for a religious viewpoint. For me, it is not the word, “Christian” that I can know longer align myself to, but it is the definition and the illustration of that word. Have you been paying close attention to our world today? Answer me this, what as an unbeliever would inspire you to become a “Christian” today? What can you point to that is universally the indisputable and unshakeable standard of the word Christian across the board? If the word’s initial definition is “Christ like”, then why does “their” Christ like, and “your” Christ like and “my” Christ like look different from each other’s? Is Christ schizophrenic? Is it denominationally or culturally, or racially or politically based? It appears to be the case based upon its nature of separatism. I am personally so ashamed of how so called conservative “Christian” have either bought into the ploy of politics or are treacherously hypocritical in order to reach a political goal. Their actions of name-calling, lying, denigrating, fighting, etc., is that “Christ like”? What is the draw to a un-believer? The word “Christian” has become a joke to the world because it leaves so much too one’s interpretation of the “word” and the personal manipulation of the one using the “word”. This too is also where the real problem lies. We argue and differentiate between the “interpretations” of the words of Christ instead of what He ACTUALLY did. I heard an “evangelical Christian” politician quote the Old Testament verse” “if you do not work, you do not eat” as a reason for not helping the poor and unemployment increase etc. Hhhmmm! I seem to recall Jesus saying in Matthew 25:33 – 40, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me…. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. How can one misinterpret or remotely over look that as a “Christian”? John 13:34-35 says “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples (not Christians), if ye have love one to another.”

Let me say this, I want to be identified only as a “disciple” and follower of Jesus Christ. He never once said become a Christian, but over 90 times He says, “follow me”. The word “follow” in the Greek does not just mean “trail” as we know it in the English language. It also means to be a particle of union or to be an attached piece to the whole. It means to copulative, bonded, yoked as one. His footsteps are my footsteps. His actions are my actions. His words are my words. His showing of love is my showing of love. If we mirrored Him completely and became His reflection in the earth would there be so many different “Christian” images? You might have your own interpretation on what He said and what He meant but you cannot question what He did. No I am no longer a Christian. I want to be a follower of Christ. I want to be one of His disciples. I also learn I cannot “be” like him, but He can “be” in me, but that is next week’s thought. So from this day forward… let me be a “follower of Christ”.

It’s Uncomfortable, But I’m Still Standing


Having done all to stand… stand! I was once again reminded of that scripture in two ways recently. First I saw soldiers guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was a TV news clip I saw during the snowstorm in D.C. The snow and sleet was falling and the temperature was below 15 degrees, yet the 3 soldiers remain at their post undaunted, moved or phased by the external attack. The only thing that matters is their internal commitment and their resolve to guard the remains of someone(s) whom they do not know.  How much more should we be as diligent in our commitment? Letting go of our personal ego, the thought that I am doing it. Letting the compassion, the expression of love to all people, arise and have dominion. In doing this we will have the passion to stand in the strength of God.

I personally have faced the onslaught of a winter storm very recently in my professional life. Being committed to stand and display honor to my employer yet enduring an external assault from within. Having done all to stand, I stand even till this day. I heard in my spirit Isaiah 59, “when the enemy shall come in like a flood, then the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a STANDard against him. Do I understand? No! Is it fair? No. But I know that my Dad is in control. In order for Him to rule my life I have to let go of me, my ego and allow Him. Dr. Dyer describes ego as “edging God out”. Man isn’t that true. Whatever you are assigned to do, do it with willingness, compassion, commitment, and love. Having done all to stand… STAND.

more, More, MORE


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I would like to start this entry with two questions. Everyone knows the answers to them so it should be relatively easy. First question… how many words are there in the English language? The second question is what is the commonality between all of the English words identified by your answer of question one? I will wait while you answer. (I am in my mind hearing the Jeopardy game show music. If you are familiar with what I am talking about…(lol)) Ok, what did you come up with for the answer to the first question? One hundred million, one trillion or infinity times infinity? Well the answer to the first question is I don’t know. That is because there can always be a new word defined. I could call “tretyiudi” a word and it could have a definition that is accepted in society. So the number of words is endless, yet there is a common thread, a mutual link that connects every English word to the other. Do you see it? Every English word will be comprised of a sequence of letters between A and Z. There will be no English word found, past, present or future that will not follow that rule. Think about it. Everything you need to describe, define, illustrate, communicate, or articulate is capsulized within 26 letters. There will never be the need to “create” a 27th letter so a new word can be spelled. The resource has already been provided, the “new word” might yet be awaiting discovery and manifestation but all that will ever be needed has been provided.

Let’s look at Genesis 1:1. In the KJV it says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In using a more accurate interpretation of the Hebrew word “bara”, we should read it that God “fattened” or “filled” the heavens and the earth. Notice that the remaining chapter is about this “filling” of the heavens with sun, moon, birds and the “filling” of the earth with animals, plants and man. I love how Young’s translation says this verse. He interprets it this way, “In the beginning of God’s preparing the heavens and the earth…” Oh…one more thing. The word “bara” is written in the “perfect” tense. This indicates a “one and done” scenario. In other words, it is complete after the first time, no do overs. (smile) Hang on to this thought; it will come into play later on in the read.

Okay, here we go. Hidden in the phrase, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”, is an untranslatable word. The significance of this word, one that we cannot afford to miss or ignore, is written to indicate that it will go with what is coming next. In other words, there will be a direct correlation to what is following. That untranslatable word is “et”. It is spelled “aleph – tav”. “Aleph” is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and “tav” is the last letter. Here is the placement of that word in the verse. “In the beginning God created “et” the heavens and the earth”. If we were to say it in English it would be “in the beginning God created (filled) “A – Z” the heavens and the earth. Now…because God did this BEFORE creating the heavens and the earth, the untranslatable word “et”, comprised of the letters “aleph – tav” is the foundation of ALL creation. Remember it was written to indicate that it will go with what is coming next. Take away the foundation, take away the “aleph – tav”, even for a brief moment, instantly you will have nothing, no creation. Go back to my example of the words comprising the English language using the 26-letter alphabet. Take away the letters “A through Z”, what English words will you have? None! (and “none” would not even be a word(lol))

Fast forwarding to the New Testament we hear Jesus saying this through the writing of John (see verse 16), in Rev. 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” “Alpha” is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and “omega” is the last… He is the “aleph – tav”, “A” through “Z”. He is the foundation, the building block. In John15:5 “Jesus says “I am the vine, ye the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Wow take away Him, the “aleph – tav”, the “A through Z” and you are left with no-thing. The key point to understand here is that the “et” the “aleph – tav” is created BEFORE all creation. He provided all that would be needed by the creation before creation in the PERFECT tense, one and done. He is not going to say “oops, I forgot to create…” Complete provision has already been made. A dear friend of mine and member of RWC, Ms. Lisa T., would sometimes sing a song that says “He has already provided, everything you need he has ALREADY provided”. Ok, a thought just came to me. (oh-oh could be trouble…) Rev 1:8 says “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, the Almighty.” So I can know that whatever point I find myself, the “IS” point of the now, the “WAS” point of the past (because we sometime live there… quit playin’) or the “IS TO COME” point of the future… HE has already provide because He create the provision, in the perfect tense, once and for ALL times, places, situations, peoples and creation.

All of the above was to bring support to a “NU MIND” thought I had addressing me. If I declare what Paul declared to the Philippian church in chapter 4 that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”, how can I go to Him in prayer, song or declaration saying I need MORE? To suggest a need of more would then indicate a lack. It would say I ran out, or you shorted me, or you did not anticipate this situation. I cannot apply that to the character of God. He is the key and only player on the All-Star omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient team, so how can I say I need more of Him, I need more of His power, more of His Spirit, more of His Grace, more faith indicating He did not realize what I would need? I understand the human intent of the statement, however it is a declaration that our “adversary” is so willing to allow, if not inspire us to make. Why? Because how can I FULLY trust someone when they cannot meet my “need” not wants, need.

Well for me the “light bulb” moment came from realizing it is a matter of my starting position. What I mean by that is IF I always envision my starting point from a position of lack then I will always be in need, thus nullifying His “already” provision. However if I come from a starting point of provision, because I am in Him and He is in me and there is NO LACK in Him then I eliminate “need”. Let me illustrate it this way. A few months ago my sister and brother-in-law visited us in Tampa. One day we went to the beach and he and I decided to get into the ocean. It was a warm day so he and I stepped in the water and the water was cold. It chilled… no it didn’t… being silly… ANY WAY we waded into the water about ankle deep and then mid-calf deep. After a while we went a little further out until the water was around our waist. After getting acclimated to that experience, we wanted “more”. Now it would have been silly of us to say to the ocean I need more of you. All of the ocean we could ever need we were standing in, duh! So to appropriate the “more” because it was refreshing from the heat of the day, we walked further into the “more” until it was around our shoulders. The “more” was not coming to us it “WAS” and I dare say “IS” waiting on us. The truth is the depth of the “more” already provided would absolutely overwhelm and crush us. I watch the Discovery Channel a lot and on the episodes describing the oceans I learn that man can only go so deep before the submarines would be crushed like tin can run over by a steamroller. Man cannot even remotely survive the more of the ocean, how much more is the more of GOD waiting to overwhelm us? Did the ocean need to supply more water for us to be refreshed? No, we just needed to step further out into what was already provided. We could have stayed on the beach where there was no water at all and asked the ocean to come to us. We would still be there, asking and being frustrated because our starting point would have been from a position of lack. Now this is important even if your starting point is from a position of provision (even if you are only ankle deep, you are still in the “more”) however you must continually step further into it. As long as my brother-in-law and I stayed at the ankle deep or calf deep level, we would have never experienced the shoulder deep refreshing that “WAS, IS and IS TO COME” waiting on us. I can’t swim so I was very hesitant at experiencing the “up above my head” more. Just saying (smile).

My point is God either has already provided or He hasn’t. What will be your starting point of reference? Let me end this rather long entry (sorry) with this. In Luke 17:5-6 we read something that I think supports what I have written. “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamore tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you”. In other words I hear Jesus saying to their “sincere with right intent” request…dudes if you just used or walked into the more of what you already possess, you would find that you have more then enough already. So we need to begin from a point of victory and abundance even if it is not physically or spiritually manifested to where we recognize it. God has already done the completed and perfect work. He did not forget one thing concerning you. He does not have to provide more, we need to step into the already provided more… more.

“In the beginning God created “et” the heavens and the earth”. He provided for creation and all that creation would need BEFORE He created the Heavens and the earth. Even the “Lamb” was slain BEFORE the foundation of the world…say what????? Yeah you’re right…He has already provided Sis. Lisa.

ALL comments are welcome…thoughts?

I’m Going Through…you?


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This thought came to mind earlier this week. I do not know if you watched the high wire event this past Sunday or not. When I went to the Discovery channel to watch I was like, this is crazy. Who in their right or wrong mind would do such a thing? What in Nik Wallenda’s mind made the reward of the accomplished goal greater than the risk of the journey? (Ooohhh that was good right there, I have to stop and think on that myself) Here is this 34 year old man, husband and father with so much to lose walking a cross a 1600 foot gorge over 1500 feet high on nothing but a 2 inch wide suspended steel cable. No big deal, right? You could not pay me all the tea in Walmart to do what that young man did. No safety line, no net…. no way!! Dangerous yet intriguing, frightening yet mesmerizing, crazy yet challenging, impossible yet possible…and these were my thoughts and emotions and I was just sitting in my comfortable chair. What in the world was he thinking? To top it all off, the television would occasionally show shots from a camera that was hanging from Mr. Wallenda’s neck that focused on the wire he was walking and his foot placement as he himself would see it. HOWEVER, you could not help but see pass the wire and see the arms of the canyon bed rock 1500 feet below that waited to embrace him, yes even gleefully beckoned him if he would have just one misstep. Oh and in the midst of that canyon bed view there was woven a river, curving, snarling, almost smiling to welcome his misfortune. What a walk, what a sight!! My old mind said crazy, stupid, what the what…but my “nu mind” said learn the lesson, dig, find the hidden treasure. Ok since this is a Word blog and not a TV show review blog I guess I should insert a scripture verse or two. (smile)

2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) say “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” I like how Young’s Literal Translation says it, “For we walk through faith, not through sight.” As you can see what jumps out at me is the word “through”. Somehow to me it has a different connotation, a different meaning then the word “by”.

In the English language the word “by” denotes the using or the medium of the route. “By” denotes the agent in a passive way or conveyance. “Through” designates particularly immediate agency or instrumentality or reason or motive. Here is something else, “through” denotes a means, but it also denotes a place and even time. I can denote the ground or reason by which something is or is not done.

Walking through faith is not ignoring the reality of the “sight”, but faith is looking beyond the sight to the reality of the substance, the evidence of the not seen in manifestation YET! Hebrews 10:38 – “Now the just shall live by faith:” Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So our walk, our journey through this life should not be predicated on the reality seen but the reality not seen.

Question how is faith obtained?

Paul in Romans 10:17 says in the KJV, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So it is by the trust in the word of God that faith (trust) comes? Yes and no! What I mean by that is this. The original Greek does NOT say “and hearing by the word of God”, it says “but hearing through the word of Christ”. The same…no, there is a BIG difference. Ok, I heard someone say “what you talking about, Willis?” (hahaha)

Read Leviticus 26:13 – 33. It begins “I [am] the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.” Who is speaking? God!! Throughout this passage He says… “If ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then…” Then what? “I will punish you, I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you” OMG!!!! “I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children”. That’s God talking.

Somebody HELP!! I am not capable of hearkening to all God’s commandments! I am TOAST!!! Sssshhh! Quite! Listen! Do you hear it? A voice, listen… “And, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” “And I if might be elevated from the earth, all (the consequences of sin’s judgment, I will haul to myself”. Thank you Jesus!! “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child (me speaking …what is the greatest attribute of a child? COMPLETE trust (faith)!), the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”. “…Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck…” Same entity (3 in 1), dissimilar position…different lesson. Which “hearing” words build faith? Just saying!! (Moving on, smile)

What Nik Wallenda’s walk illustrated to me was lesson in concentration, focus, dedication, preparation, determination and confidence (trust). As I am sure you are aware there were many comments and conversations, both negative and positive about that feat. And even though he had to stop, kneel and let the path settle, he did not quit pursuing the ultimate goal. Even though there was the distraction of the wind gusts he remained vigilant. I hear the Psalmist in Psalm 23 “Yeah though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I will fear no evil (failing, falling or loss)…because THOU art with me.” Did you hear his declaration throughout his journey? It was televised and heard by over 13 million people in over 210 countries. Thank you Jesus. You are good Lord. I love you Jesus. Over 13 million people heard him speak those words as death eagerly had her opened mouth waiting to receive him below. What are the words people in your house or on your job or in your school hearing from you as you journey “through” a challenging time or place in your journey?

The reality is we are all on a wire, high above a gorge, untethered, no net… walking one step at a time. Who are you calling on? Who is with you? What are you declaring to the atmosphere, to the world, His greatness or your weakness? Remember death and life is in the power of the tongue, your spoken declaration. We are all going through…but how? Through faith (trust) or through sight? (Don’t look down)

His Mind, Not Mine


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1 Corinth 2:16 – For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Phil 2:5-6 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The mind is the key to living a successful Christian life. Our thinking must be changed (transformed) from an old, un-Christ like way of thinking into a new way. What we know in our minds to be true forms a conviction in our hearts of that truth, and that conviction in our hearts translates into action. The scripture back this up by saying in Proverbs 23:7 “As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he”. Therefore, it becomes imperative that we renew our minds. The question then becomes how do we renew our minds? How are our minds to be transformed? Most of us have lived our lives with a certain mindset, a way of thinking that has controlled our conversation, our plans and our choices. Even Christians have lived their lives according to a certain denominational doctrine yet has it been based upon the truth if God’s Word? The only way to replace the error of the world’s way of thinking is to replace it with God’s truth, and the only infallible source of God’s truth is found in His revealed word. Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them (purify and separate) in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).

In 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul quotes Isaiah 40:13 and then makes a statement concerning all believers: “We have the mind of Christ.” The believer then has a responsibility to allow the Spirit to transform and renew his mind (Romans 12:1-2).

As we begin to change the way we think, it will open the door to the blessings that God had for us. We actually limit God by our natural mind, how we think. If, at your core, you have a negative way of thinking, it will manifest in your life. If you see yourself broke, sick, or a failure, it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand, if you see yourself prosperous, healthy, and successful at your core, that will be what manifests in your life. So it’s important that your philosophy be based on the truths of God’s Word. We also must understand that what is in our core is generally what we speak. Death and life is in the power of the tongue. If you are always talking about your problems, do not be surprised if you are constantly living in a state of perpetual defeat. The nature of the world is to see the problem and wonder about a solution.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed…” According to Webster, you don’t have to CHANGE to conform to something. You just have to be INFLUENCED! Paul was telling us, don’t be influenced by the world, but be transformed…
Being transformed is a COMPLETE change, not just being influenced. Second Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” All things? Yes…all things, including how I think.
Philippians 2:5 – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The question is how do we do it? “Lord, what do I have to do? How can I ever be like you and have your mind?” We must meditate on God’s Word.
When we meditate in God’s Word for one day, we can’t expect to see results the next day. Having our minds being renewed is a process. And we can’t meditate in His Word one day and then live differently the other six days. We must continually meditate, which means to “murmur” on His Truth.
The Word will transform us so that God’s perfect will for us comes to pass. That’s the promise of God’s Word. Roman 8:6 says, “To be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Being spiritually minded is being Word minded and God’s Word is the seed. Our hearts are the soil. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
One of the most needed things among the body of Christ today is for the rich knowledge of the Word of God to be revealed to us so that it might be manifested in us. Not a religious concept or philosophy, but His Word. It is through His Word that our born-again spirit is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him, Col. 3:10 says “And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”. First Corinthians 2:16 says “But we have the mind of Christ,” and 1 John 2:20 says “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” These scriptures show us that our spirit man is complete in Jesus. Eph. 4:22-24 – “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
Our soul, the place where we think, plan, and experience emotions, is the master control over our whole person. For the born-again man, the spirit is the life-giving force, but the soul has the last word, it makes the decision, the choices because of free will. God will not violate our free will. Therefore, it is necessary that we get this “mind of Christ” (which we have received in our spiritual man) functioning in our soulish minds so we can make the right choices. We only can be transformed in our minds by studying the Word of God. However just to have knowledge of God’s Word is not enough. We must have spiritual understanding because God’s Word is spirit and it is life (John 6:63).

Again, how do we receive the Word of God being made alive and powerful in our lives? By meditating on God’s Word. This can explain why the Word of God seems to work for some people and not for others. The Word of God must be allowed to transform our thinking so that we think like Christ. Christ always came from a perspective of victory not defeat. If our starting point is the opposite of His then we need a mind renewal. Reject the “lying” symptoms of your “old” mind. Who are you really? What is your new mind confession? In the next entry we will take a look at some of our confessions and see if they line up with a transformed mind. They can be well intended but do they line up with a renewed transformed mind?

If I Be Lifted Up


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Jesus said in John 12:27-33: “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”

Many think John 12:32 means that if God is properly glorified in our preaching or singing, then He will draw all people to Himself. But that is not what this scripture is saying. If that is the case why then would He have us go and compel men to come? If you look in the King James Version, notice that the word “men” in verse 32 is italicized. That means it wasn’t in the original language. The translators put this word in italics to let people know this was their addition, but it wasn’t a part of the text. If you take this verse in context, I believe the Lord was saying that He would draw all JUDGMENT, PENALTIES, and PAYMENTS to Himself. Jesus attracted all of God’s judgment for all of mankind’s sins for all time unto Himself. Let’s look at the word …DRAW. There are at least 6 different Greek words for the English word draw. John 4:7 (draw) “antleo” meaning to bale or pump out as in water. In Acts 20:30 (draw) “apospao” meaning to tear away causing separation James 4:8 and Hebrews 7:19 (draw) “eggizo” meaning to bring near in place or position. Hebrews 10:22 (draw) “proserchomai” meaning to come to, approach Hebrews 10:38 (draw) “hypostello” meaning to shrink away, conceal THE FINAL WORD IS “helko” found in John 6:44, James 2:6 and John 12:32 meaning to lead, drag off, choose or elect, and also meaning. …to take by force from another what is his or committed to him. Which definition of “helko” would most fit John 12:32? And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me. All “pas”, the whole, everything.

The original text in Greek reads like this “and I if might be elevated from the earth, all I will haul to myself”. John 3:12 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.

God the Father forsook Jesus so that you and I would never be forsaken. All that we would have suffered through billions of years in eternity—the grief, the pain, and worst of all, the complete separation from the presence of God—Jesus experienced. And He experienced all of this for us. The judgment was made and the sentence carried out. The price was paid in full, once for all. He did not pay the price because of His sins, because He was sinless but He took the penalty, the sentence, the punishment, the separation that should have been mankind, all mankind upon Himself.

We could never pay for our sins. We could never become our own sacrifice. That goes against the very plan of God from the beginning. Christ is the lamb slain before the foundation and His plan is seen in the Old Testament. In it we see animal sacrifice for sins, even for the sins of the nation Israel. Why the animal and not the person? Go back to even when Adam sinned. His remedy (fig leaves) was not good enough, an animal had to be slain, why not Adam? In typology IT COULD NEVER BE YOU TO PAY THE PRICE. Yet we still in the church feel there is SOME price we must pay, some penance.

When we say God is still judging us for our sins as individuals or corporately as a nation, we are saying that the price Jesus paid wasn’t enough. Therefore, a judgment must again be made and a sentence passed. That would be “double jeopardy,” and that is not what the Bible teaches. The “noun” and more importantly the penalty of sin have been removed. Jesus paid it all. If Jesus did not pay it all and we still must pay, what is left to pay? How much? “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. John 3:16, “For God loved the world in this way: so much that he would give up his Son, The Only One, so that everyone who trusts in him shall not be lost, but he shall have eternal life.”

Sin Taken Away, Yet remaining…?


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In my last entry I asked a question, if the sin of the world were TAKEN AWAY then why is there still sin in the world? I’m just saying. What does the Word of God have to say? Just because we are redeemed and born again do not mean that we are to leave our capacity to think. These might be the questions we face as we witness to the world the “good news”. Not all will be Bible illiterate. By nature I am analytical so I have natural tendency to look for logic. So when I look at the redemptive work of the cross and what Christ died for and what He became and the price that was paid and the Word illustrates that not only did He die for my sin, He became sin, BUT He also TOOK AWAY, washed away, not just covered, my sin, not only mine but ALL mankind, both past present and future. Then why is there sin in the world? I do not know if you’ve seen the true story of Apollo 13 where the space capsule that is due to land on the moon experience an explosion on board that cripples their vessel after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the service module. Despite great suffering caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, they survive. But one of the memorable lines by heard by the astronauts is “Houston we have a problem”. For me logic says, when I ask why is there sin in the world, “Houston we have a problem”. Now is God mad at me for that? No, I would think He would be delighted in me for that thought. Number one it shows that I am thinking, enquiring, and seeking His Truth. He is not intimidated by my questions. If He were then He could not be God.

Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Today, I believe we misappropriate this scripture which contradicts the Word of God. The free gift was given and the gift gathered the FULL payment of sin. The free gift (Jesus) gathered the full wages of sin (death and total separation from God)

John the Baptist proclaimed when he saw Jesus approaching the river of Jordan, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin (not sins) of the world.” The Greek word for the phrase “taketh away” is “airo” which means to take off or away what is attached to anything. So what is being taken away that is attached to the world? Sin. Yet sin exists in the world. How do we reconcile it in our minds? Again I do not believe the Bible contradicts itself so the explanation is there. One of the things I must constantly remind myself is not to interpret the Word of God through my 2013 American mindset, which includes language. What words were used in the original text? The New Testament majorly uses two words in Greek for our one word “sin”. Hamartia, which is a noun and hamartanō, which is a verb. We all learned in grammar school that a noun is a word that describes a person, place or thing. A verb is an action word. Hamartia, the noun, is a principle or source of action, or an inward element producing acts. A governing power or principle. The Lamb of God took away the governing power off the world along with the wages that governing power paid… death. Jesus own words found in John supports this truth. John 12:32 says and this is Jesus talking,” And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.” This from the King James Version. Has this verse ever bothered you? What I mean by that question is have you known people who have lived their lives and was NEVER drawn to Christ as their Lord and Savior? If anyone of us can think of one person then that negates the word “all”. If the word “all” is negated then what are we saying about Jesus’ proclamation about drawing ALL men unto Himself? (to be continued)