Theology Essay — Salvation!

Wednesday night we came home from the hospital after seeing a friend who was diagnosed with stomach cancer that they say is inoperable and untreatable.  Thursday morning I got up and sat down to work on my Bible study notes and instead ended up writing 10 pages of what turned out to be this essay. There was no thinking, no striving, it just flowed out of me through my pen.  I believe Wednesday night was the inspiration behind it.

Steve and I went to the hospital to see our friend and to lay hands on him and pray.  While we were there visiting with him and his family, I sat there quietly praying in tongues at times, and encouraging him at other times, reminding him that he is healed.  That he was healed 2000 years ago and before the foundation of the world. I loved watching him lift his hands to heaven and declare “I choose life, I choose life! I will not die because I choose to live.”  Life and death is in the power of our tongue.

I looked him in the eyes and told him that it’s not about his faith, or his believing.  It’s about Jesus’ faith. Like Paul we live our lives by the faith OF the Son of God. This is not his battle or the Lord’s battle… it’s a battle that was already won!  Cancer has been defeated and has no right in his body. As my husband and I were praying for him, I laid my hand on his head and a rush of tongues flowed forcefully out of me.  Laughter came bubbling out of me. With joy we draw from the wells of salvation! From the wells of divine health and healing. We didn’t ask God to heal him we just spoke to his body to be healed.  I then told him that I heard the Lord say “Hey, hey, hey man of God, you ARE well!”

On the drive home my husband and I talked about some of the things we heard well meaning believers say while we were there… things like, “God have mercy on him,” “This battle is not yours it’s God’s.  Just give it to Him so that He can get the glory,” and “You just have to believe!” We talked about how imperative it is that the body of Christ get an understanding of what this Gospel of Grace is…of what this finished work of Christ looks like in our lives. When our understanding changes then our words will change.  Instead of well meaning “soulish” words… powerless words. We will say what God says “IT IS FINISHED!” Those words will release the dunamis, miracle working power into the lives of those around us. And the sick will realize they are healed, the captives will realize they are no longer imprisoned, the blind will realize they can see and the oppressed will walk free.  

What does any of this have to do with an essay on salvation?  Everything! Because salvation is much more than going to heaven.  Jesus said in Luke 5:23 “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk?’”  Salvation and healing are one in the same. We’re saved therefore we’re healed. Jeremiah 17:4 says “Heal me O Lord and I will be healed;  Save me and I will be saved. For You are my praise.”

So the next morning when I got up and went to work on my weekly Romans Bible study what jumped out at me was Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone believing–both to Jewish first, and to Greek.”  And what flowed out of me, as forcefully as the rush of tongues as I prayed for my friend, was this essay on salvation.  

Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel.  He was confident in the Gospel’s power to result in salvation to everyone who believed.  The result of the Gospel was salvation to ALL men.  And as we continue to learn more and more about this gospel of grace… about the finished work of Christ… it still results in this salvation manifesting more and more in our lives

Paul fully trusted in the truth that this Gospel of grace had power to result in salvation in our lives.  The problem is if the gospel has the power to do that, then why aren’t more people living lives that reflect that salvation?  I guess the question would be do we believe it? Because Paul said “to those who believe.” To those who have confidence, to those who are persuaded by it.    

Do we believe that this Gospel of Grace, this Gospel or this Nearly-too-good-to-be-true good news of Christ (and His finished work) has dunamis, miracle working power from God that resulted in and continues to result in salvation?  What do we believe about this Gospel of Grace and about salvation? Is the Gospel just a “sin” focused message that we preach to unbelievers? Is salvation to you just the fact that you get to go to heaven someday and miss hell?

Salvation is sozo in the Greek.  Meaning healed, delivered, whole in every area of life, nothing missing, nothing broken!  Salvation isn’t just that we go to heaven BUT salvation is NOW. Our lives are to reflect sozo..salvation now —  healed, delivered, wholeness in every area of our lives. If our lives look contrary to that — sick, chaotic, fearful, broken,  lacking in areas of our lives, it may be because we haven’t had a right understanding of salvation.

Maybe instead of the Gospel of Grace we preach and believe a message focused on sin instead of the good news of God’s grace in Christ.  Not understanding the finished work of Christ and our inclusion in His death and resurrection. Not knowing things that Paul said we should know in Romans 6:6-7.  Knowing that Adam (the old man) was crucified at the cross — all of Adam! Knowing that the body of sin (corporate Adam) was done away with at the Cross. Knowing that we are no longer slaves to sin.  Knowing that since Christ was raised from the dead, He dies no more. And knowing that death no longer has dominion over Him.

We need to wake up to the fact that because we are in Him, what’s true of Him is true of us.  This is who we are — a new creation, no longer in Adam, no longer slaves to sin, raised from the dead and dying no more, and that death (and its effects) have no dominion over us!  Sozo (salvation) is living as Paul said in Gal 2:20 — I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Salvation is His life, in me, as me and through me.  But until we wake up to that and realize it’s who we are, our lives won’t reflect the power of the Gospel.  Our lives won’t reflect His salvation – healed, delivered and whole.

Instead of wholeness and seeing ourselves as whole, we instead focus on our brokenness.  Believing that it is glorifying to God and that He broke us so that He can use us, so that we can grow and mature in Christ.  We use Scriptures like Psalm 51:17: My sacrifice, O God, isb a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.  And Psalm 34:18:  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.  This was David’s cry!  We’re not David… he was in Adam before the Cross.  We are in Christ. Jesus was broken for us… He was broken as us!  We may have at time felt broken or believed that we were broken. But we are not and never have been broken — we are whole – in every area of life (spiritual, physical, mental, social and financial).  And we were made whole 2000 years ago!

Instead of seeing ourselves as ALREADY delivered, we’re always crying out for God to deliver us, save us and have mercy on us.  Using Scriptures like Psalm 34:4: I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:17: The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.  And Psalm 107:6: Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.  Again this was David, in Adam… in the old man, the sin nature;  He cried out to God to deliver him…. To act on his behalf. To rescue him from trouble.  For us it’s just who we are — Delivered (past tense); We don’t have to cry out and ask God for what He’s already done.  We were delivered 2000 years ago!

Delivered in Greek is delivered or rescued out of and into… it’s not just rescued from something.  Col 1:13: We HAVE BEEN delivered FROM the dominion of darkness INTO the Kingdom of His dear Son.  We just get to walk in that deliverance that is ALREADY ours in Christ

And instead of our lives reflecting health – seeing ourselves as ALREADY healed – we are often sick and diseased.  Either believing that God allows it — by allowing a defeated enemy to attack us. And/or believing that He uses sickness/disease to teach us or perfect us.  Using “teachings” like Paul’s thorn in the flesh or the sufferings of Job to validate our beliefs. Truth is we ARE ALREADY healed. Healed 2000 years ago! And He is and always has been the health of my body!

Wrong beliefs affect everything in our lives.  It determines how we understand God’s nature – or really “misunderstand” Him.  It determines how we pray for others… not having confidence to declare it is finished, asking/begging God to do what He’s already done in Christ.  It determines the quality of our lives… how we see ourselves and consequently how we live. And it determines how we understand and interpret Scripture

After reading all about what Paul says we should know in Romans 6, we get to Romans 7 and these wrong beliefs misinterpret this chapter.  Instead of realizing that we are NOT a wretched man, sold into slavery to sin, or a carnal man….instead of realizing that Paul couldn’t possibly be talking present tense about himself in Christ.  Because it contradicts other things he said, like…Romans 1:9: For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;  He served God in his spirit and in the Gospel (good news) of His Son.  Wrong beliefs hinder our understanding of who this wretched man is. And because we sometimes struggle in wanting to do what’s right and not doing what’s right, we wrongly identify with the “wretched man” and forget that Paul told us in Romans 6 that Christ is our identity.  Romans 6:3-4: Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? (4) For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

We were co-crucified, co-buried, co-resurrected, co-ascended and we are NOW seated with Him in heavenly places. We are not sold into slavery to sin – and never have been!  We are not under the dominion of death — and never have been! The Gospel is the power of God unto — resulted in salvation — for ALL mankind. Titus 2:11: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men

Paul’s message to these Romans and in ALL his epistles is NOT that as believers we will struggle between sin and grace.  His message is NOT that we have two natures at war on the inside of us — some of Adam and some of Christ – an old man and a new man.  His message was and is INSIDE YOU IS CHRIST. This is his message to ALL men.. The message he was commissioned to take to the Gentiles when it was revealed in him.  It’s the message of the Gospel — Col 1:27: … the glorious riches of the mystery is Christ in you the hope of glory.  And that revelation — Christ in you — is enough to reflect/manifest salvation in your life.

Inside you is Christ – therefore inside you, as you and flowing through you is wholeness because He is the Master of wholeness.  Isaiah 9:6 (The Voice Translation):  His name? His name we’ll know in many ways— He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace.  Inside you is Christ — therefore inside you, as you, flowing through you is deliverance because the Deliverer is in you.  Inside you is Christ — therefore inside you, as you, flowing through you is divine health because the Healer lives in you – He is the health of your body

It’s imperative that we get this.  That we begin to read and understand Scripture differently — from Christ’s point of view.  Because this Gospel, this message of Christ in you, that Paul preached was given to him by Christ Himself.  So it’s important to ask yourself how does Christ see me? He sees me saved: healed, delivered, whole in every area of my life.  And that’s how I need to see myself

When my body doesn’t look healed — I still see myself as healthy because He is the health of my body and lives in me.  When my finances or my relationships appear to be lacking and don’t look whole — I still choose to see them as whole… nothing missing, nothing broken.  Then I speak to those areas and command them to line up with what God says to be true about me… I say what He says. I say I am saved: healed, delivered, made whole in every area of life (spiritually, physically, mentally, socially and financially).  

Sickness and disease… poverty and lack… were all defeated in Christ.  They have no power! They have no authority in your life! We have been given ALL power and ALL authority over these things.  The book of Romans is NOT about sin. It’s about our new lives in Him. It’s Christ in me, as me and through me. This is now part of my daily confession!  Romans 7 is about a frustrated life before Christ — before the Cross and the Resurrection changed EVERYTHING and EVERYONE! Hosea 6:2: After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.  Isaiah 66:8: Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Romans 7 was not written to us as believers — to the church.  Romans 7:1 Or are you ignorant brothers (for I speak to those knowing the law), that the law rules over the man for as long as the time he is alive?  Paul is speaking to a transitional generation of Jews — those born before the cross and still alive after the Cross.  The law was never for us Gentiles. We (born after the Cross) were never slaves to sin. We were never in Adam. ALL of Adam died at the Cross.  PROBLEM: we thought we were and still think we are. And as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  Death never had dominion over us.  The effects of death – sickness, disease, poverty, lack, fear, etc had NO dominion over us EVER!

The key to walking in this new life in Christ where salvation is manifested — where we have health, freedom and wholeness in ALL areas of our life is found in Romans 6.  Romans 6:6-10:  knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; (7) for he who has died is freed from sin.  (8) Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, (9) knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. (10) For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  The key is in knowing these things and in v. 11 – reckoning ourselves dead to sin and alive to God.  Knowing these things not just about yourself but about ALL mankind.

In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul said he knows no man any longer after the flesh — he goes on to say that it’s because in Christ we are a new creation (a new humanity) – the old has passed away and the new has come (or been born). Verse 14 says that the reason he sees all men as new creation in Christ and not as the old man (in Adam) is because if One died for ALL then ALL died.

We are sons and daughters of God.  Our lives are a reflection of our Daddy’s life.  I’m a Daddy’s girl — just like Him — made in His image and likeness.  The exact representation of His glory — just like Jesus. Because As He is so am I in this world

AS HE IS…..Sickness is NOT ALLOWED.  Disease is NOT ALLOWED. Poverty is NOT ALLOWED.  Fear, lack, depression, addiction, etc. is NOT ALLOWED.  His nature is my nature. I am love because He is love. I am goodness because He is goodness. Love and goodness are not adjectives that describe Him — it’s who He is.  Likewise, it’s not adjectives that describe our actions… it’s who we are – Love and Goodness in us, as us, flowing through us

Paul said in Romans 1:9 that he serves God in his spirit in the gospel (or the good news) of His Son (in His finished work).  Serve isn’t working FOR God… We’re not a hireling.. We’re a son!! See the word serve as in your fellowship and union with Him.  In your oneness with Him. In serving – we co-labor, co-reign, we are co-alive, and have co-grace, co-union. My life in Him is lived from the place of union with Him.  1 Cor 6:17: He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.  No degree of separation.  Again, it’s Him in me, as me and through me.  So united, so intertwined that there is no division — I wouldn’t know where I end and He begins or where He ends and I begin — it’s a seamless union.

We are one…we are bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh.  Ephesians 5:30: For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.  Alive in Him and dead to sin!  Sin, sickness, disease, poverty, fear, lack, etc not a part of my life — no allowed to co-exist with us  Because I am filled to the full with the fullness of the Godhead. One with them. That fullness doesn’t leave room for anything else.  I AM complete in Him. I lack nothing!

But without a revelation of that, we continue to go to the Father and cry out for Him to deliver us, to cleanse us or forgive us from sin.  His response — “What sin? You have been set free from sin. You ARE alive in Me.” We cry out for healing for our bodies from sickness and disease!  His response — “What sickness, what disease? What cancer?!? You are alive in Me and I am the health of your body. You are healed, delivered, whole in EVERY area of your life!”  Like Adam, He says to us “Who told you that you were naked, lacking something?” We lack nothing in Christ. We have been given every spiritual blessing in Him and He has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness.  In Him we lack nothing!

Awake to righteouseness!  Awake to who you are in Christ!  Saved, healed, delivered, whole in every area of life (spiritual, physical, social and financial)… NOTHING missing, NOTHING broken!  Reigning over every defeated thing that would attempt to rise up against you. Truth is it has no power to rise! 100% DEFEATED in Christ.  Sickness, disease, poverty, etc have nothing in you because Christ is in you, and you are in Him. Oneness with the Father, Son and Spirit Alive in Him!  Dead to everything not of Him

It’s not that we don’t pray for and lay hands on the sick — of course we do!  Jesus said in Revelation that He is the One who IS and WAS and IS TO COME. He is an ever present Healer, Deliverer, etc.  It’s just that we need to go higher – we need to have a bigger revelation of this Gospel of Grace …. Of His finished work. We need to see everything through the lens of IT IS FINISHED!  100% DONE!

Manna was provided in the wilderness for the children of Israel, but it wasn’t God’s best for them.  He is a GOOD Father and always provides what we need. But manna wasn’t what He wanted them to experience forever… He wanted them to cross over into the Promise land.  To grab hold of His promises to them! It was theirs and belonged to them.

The finished work of Christ is ours — it belongs to us.  He is still our Healer, but His desire is that we walk in the fullness of health that belongs to us.  He is still our Deliverer, but His desire is that we see ourselves as delivered (past tense) and walk in the fullness of freedom that is ours

We’re not trying to get healed. We’re not trying to get God’s favor.  We’re not trying to get increase in our lives. It’s not IF we obey THEN we will have more favor, obtain our healing, walk in abundance/increase.  NO! We ALREADY have it ALL in Christ!. We are not struggling to get anything from Him. We have it ALL. We just simply need to be who we ALREADY are  — just like Him!! In His image and likeness. Alive in Him. It’s Him… His life, in us, as us, and flowing through us. Saved — healed, delivered, whole in every area of our lives; Nothing missing, nothing broken!  Because He is Salvation in us, as us, and through us.

~ Robin

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