A Look at Isaiah 59 — Does sin separate us from God?

Today we preach a gospel that says our sin separates us from God…. and that only those not in sin have a relationship or fellowship with God. We categorize believers as those not in sin and unbelievers as those still in sin. The problem with that is that there are plenty of believers who “sin” just like there are unbelievers who do not “sin” and live pretty moral, upright lives.

But Paul preached a Gospel that wasn’t based on our actions but rather on the FINISHED work of Christ. He preached a Gospel that proclaimed that all mankind had been reconciled back to God regardless of their right or wrong actions.

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; ~ 2 Cor 5:18-19

We were reconciled back to God not because of anything we believed, or anything we did. But only because God desired us… desired to be reconciled to us. So He was in Christ on the Cross and reconciled ALL men back to Himself.

Reconciling according to Webster’s Dictionary means to restore to friendship; to settle or resolve differences; It also means to change from an enemy to a friend; and to admit into a community;

2 Corinthians 5:19 also says He didn’t impute their sins against them. Actually, it says trespasses. The word trespasses in the Greek is paraptóma and means a lapse or deviation from the truth, a slip-up, an error; wrongdoing that can be unconscious or unintentional. The root of the word is parapipto meaning to fall away after being close beside; it is to descend from a higher place to a lower place; to stop flying. He reconciled ALL men without considering their sins… those that slipped up, deviated from the truth, made an error because they fell from a higher place to a lower place in their understanding of who they were as Abba’s sons.

Romans 5:10 says God did this reconciliation while we were enemies. An enemy is someone with a deep-seated hatred for another! Romans 5:8 says this is how God demonstrated His love for us, He did it while we were sinners. No repentance or confession required on our part….. it was totally His doing. It says this all happened while we were weak and ungodly (verse 6)… while we were sinners (verse 8).

HE reconciled us…. restored us back to friendship with Him, settled and resolved the differences we had with Him, changed us from an enemy to a friend and admitted us into His community of love. He did that while we (all mankind) had a deep-seated hatred for Him, while ALL mankind was powerless, ungodly, and sinners.

That verse in the Greek says “Moreover (on top of all that)… talking about verse 17, which we’ll have to save for another post! Moreover, on top of all that (talking about our identity as the new creation) ALL are of God who reconciled us to Himself! It doesn’t say “all things.” It says ALL are of God! I love that. He reconciled ALL mankind to Himself on the Cross and that same mankind is His! They are the ALL that is of God. They belong to Him…. those we label as believers, unbelievers, sinners, non-sinners…. ALL are of God! That doesn’t sound like separation to me!

And He did ALL of this on His own without requiring believing, faith, repentance, confession, a “sinner’s prayer,” etc. It was simply to demonstrate His love for us. His relentless, passionate, pursuing covenant love…. which is His chesed! In other words, to demonstrate His resolve to never let go of us, no matter how far we had gone. No matter how alienated we had become in our own minds toward Him (Colossians 1:21)!

So, if that’s Truth… if that’s the Gospel, where did we get the wrong idea of separation from God? The idea that God was too holy to have a relationship with us when we sin?

This concept of separation from God uses the verse Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

This verse doesn’t say God has hidden His face from you and can’t hear you because of your sin. Even though for years that’s what I thought it said! I pictured God with His fingers in His ears and turning His head away from me….. because of sin. How sad! That must grieve God when we think about Him like that.

Let’s read it Isaiah 59:2 in context…..

Isaiah 59:1: Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

The word behold is not a word we use today so we tend to just read it and dismiss it. But the word behold is God waving a giant neon flag at us and saying, “Pay very close attention to what comes next, because it’s especially important!” What are we supposed to carefully give our attention to? What is so important that God does not want us to miss it? This beautiful description of God… His hand is not so short that it cannot save! And His ear is not so heavy (so burdened or dull) that it can’t hear! That’s our Daddy!! Always reaching towards us… always listening to us!

BUT until we have paid attention to that and understand Abba through this light, we will continue to misunderstand verse 2!

Verse 2 says: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you so that he will not hear.”

Yes, sin caused a separation, a hiding of God’s face, an inability to hear. But it wasn’t on God’s part… it was on man’s. Sin consciousness causes men to see and hear God through a lens of condemnation and judgment. Remember in the garden that it wasn’t God who was hiding from Adam. It was Adam hiding from God. In Genesis 3 Adam’s trespass caused sin to enter the world, but God did not turn His face from Adam, nor was He unable or unwilling to hear Adam. In fact, He showed up ready to walk with him and talk with him just like always. He didn’t hide His face and plug His ears because of sin…. He came into the garden looking for Adam, ready to spend time with him, loving on him, and having his daily conversation with him.

It was Adam who hid. God came looking for him. Genesis 3:8 says, “And they heard (shema) the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” They hid from His face, from His presence. The word hid in Hebrew is chaba and means to withdraw; to conceal. Adam withdrew from God’s face. Sin consciousness concealed God’s face from Adam.

The word we translate obey is shema in Hebrew and means hearing with understanding, attention, and with a response. God didn’t close His ears to Adam. Sin consciousness closed Adam’s ears to God… he could no longer hear with understanding. His hearing became as Isaiah described it in verse 2, dull and heavy…. burdened by sin. Not God’s!

God came looking for Adam. Asking “Adam where are you?” The English phrase where are you is in Hebrew ayeh. Some words are just do not translate well in English. When I used to read Adam, where are you in this verse, I would hear my dad calling out to me because of something I had done, “ROBIN ANN!! WHERE ARE YOU?” I would read in those verses, anger and disappointment on God’s part because Adam didn’t obey! But that’s not what ayeh means. In Hebrew, it is a mournful, sorrowful, lamenting word of grief. God is not yelling in the garden demanding for Adam to come out of his hiding and explain himself, or repent for what he’s done. He is not angry over Adam’s “sin.” He is grief stricken that sin has caused His beloved son to be fearful. One rabbi describes it as: the cry of a lover who is separated from his beloved and this beloved is hiding from the Lover’s presence because of being in agony over having betrayed him.

This is not a picture of an angry God who is looking for Adam so that he can punish his “disobedience.” This is not judgmental, condemning God who is hiding His face and closing His ears to His son. This first look at Abba’s response to sin for us is a picture of a caring Father. One who is full of grief that His son is not where he should be…. in His presence, experiencing His love. He is so very sad, that His son who can no longer see and hear Him. Adam, because of his sin, can no longer see God accurately. Sin consciousness has hidden God’s face from him.

It is not God that is hiding from Adam because He’s too holy to look on sin! Adam’s sin has hidden from Adam who God is. Sin has hidden His true nature from him. And he now sees God through a warped identity, through the lens of sin, guilt, judgment, and condemnation. Instead of seeing God as a loving Father, he sees Him as judgmental and condemning.

And it’s not God that refuses or can’t hear but it’s Adam that has a hearing problem. Oh, he still hears God, but not accurately and not by the Spirit. Now he hears Him through sin consciousness. Instead of hearing words of love and affirmation, he hears guilt and condemnation… he hears judgment. Adam became a man with an identity problem…. no longer seeing himself as a son made in Abba’s image and likeness. No longer seeing himself as loved and accepted. But instead, seeing himself separated from God because of sin. Isn’t it funny that God is the one who came into the garden asking Adam, “where are you” and yet man because of sin consciousness has been asking God “where are You” ever since?

Isaiah is not saying that God is separated from man… turning His face and plugging His ears because He is too holy to look at a sinful man. He is saying that God is displeased with the whole situation that sin has caused. And what does Isaiah tell us that God does in response to man’s sin? He doesn’t reject or abandon us. He doesn’t separate Himself from us! We must keep reading and not just stop at verse two and form a wrong opinion about God.

According to Isaiah, God springs into action. He initiates a saving act whereby he rolls up his sleeves and comes to us Himself through his Son. Through the beautiful incarnation of Jesus!!

And then he tells us that those who turn to God will find that He was ALREADY for them and toward them! In other words, our repentance does not cause God to come to us, but rather, God’s grace precedes and even generates our repentance. Isn’t that what Paul said in Romans 2:4? That it’s God’s goodness (His covenant love for us – chesed!) causes men to repent, NOT men’s repentance causes God to be good! He’s ALWAYS good… Good is just who He is.

This is how the New Covenant (announced in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and elsewhere) works. Grace to His children who in their sin (in their false distorted fallen sense of identity) can no longer see Him for who He is or hear Him…. thinking He has hidden His face and closed His ears to them!


Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:1 for KNOW that we have a building (the WHOLE man) not made with hands. And it is eternal in the heavens.

The word know is in the perfect indicative tense – meaning it is a completed action, FINISHED! It is an action that is completely done with ongoing results. It is knowing that is not carnal. It’s not based on the five physical senses. It knows by the mind of Christ.

We are we to know? We KNOW that we have FULL redemption IN us because we know that Christ dwells IN us…. and He is Redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). This knowing is connected to the previous verse (2 Corinthians 4:18). It says, “So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

The Mirror Bible says – it is the unseen eternal realm within us which has our full attention and captivates our gaze!

Our knowing is seeing in the unseen, invisible (to our natural eyes) realm. It is seeing what He sees and thereby knowing what He knows…. co-seeing and co-knowing! We are to co-KNOW that we have an immortal, eternal, redeemed (WHOLE) physical body!

Paul had just said that the life of Jesus is revealed in our physical bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10). And we experience our FULL redemption by believing and speaking (2 Corinthians 4:13).

And then 2 Corinthians 5:1 begins with “If the earthly house, our tent (speaking of the physical body) should be dissolved (or destroyed).”

Paul is not saying that someday when we physically die THEN, we will have a redeemed, fully resurrected body just like Jesus. NO! He’s talking about us knowing or understanding… IF we KNOW (or understand) that our physical body is dissolved, THEN we will see that we have been FULLY redeemed, and we will experience it NOW in our lives.

The word dissolved or destroyed is kataluo in Greek and means thoroughly loosened. The Hebrew equivalent of loosened, or luo in Greek, is patach and means to open as in an opening of a gate or door and to have no confining barriers!!

Paul was saying our earthly body has NO confining barriers… no sickness, no disease, no aging, no pains, no death! And when we know that, THEN, we will also experience that in our lives. We will be experiencing the reality of a life of WHOLENESS in every area of our lives….. in other words, living IN heaven on earth NOW!

We are whole IN the Father, Son, and Spirit who lack NOTHING because all that can flow from Them is wholeness…. therefore, ALL that is IN us and flows from us is wholeness INTO every area of our life.

Verses 2-3 in the King James says, “For, in this, we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.” The Contemporary English Version says it this way, “While we are here on earth, we sigh because we want to live in that heavenly home. We want to put it on like clothes and not be naked.”

That sounds like an echo of Adam in Genesis 3:10! He had an awareness of his nakedness, of his mortality, because of sin consciousness causing him to be afraid. Paul isn’t saying that we are to sigh or groan while here on earth because we want to live in a heavenly home someday! NO!

Paul was FULLY persuaded that this new life IN Christ was one of COMPLETE union with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with NO DEGREE of separation whatsoever. He’s still talking about knowing and understanding here in these verses. And WHEN we put on the awareness of our WHOLENESS… of our IN-CHRISTEDNESS… we won’t be found naked. We won’t think we lack in any area of our life. We will not feel that we are not FULLY redeemed… FULLY whole!

At one time, mankind groaned and longed not to be found naked, just like Adam. And God came and walked among men IN the incarnation of JESUS, revealing the truth of their WHOLENESS… of their ONENESS with God, revealing that ALL men have always been fully COMPLETE and CONNECTED to God (Father, Son, and Spirit). Paul is telling us that we are thinking wrong — it is not our redemption that is incomplete, but our understanding. Our sense of lack, of being unclothed, keeps us from seeing that our mortality has ALREADY been swallowed up by life — by His life IN us. We are already IMMORTAL!

Verse 4….. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.

Back in 1 Corinthians 15:54, Paul tells us that WHEN this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, THEN shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Isaiah said in 25:8 that He (Jesus) will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.

When did Isaiah say that death would be swallowed up forever??? Isaiah said in verse 9 (of chapter 28) that it would happen in the day of salvation. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 6:2 that NOW is the day of salvation. So we no longer need to groan and feel burdened. Mankind no longer needs to long to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling (our permanent splendor of the heavenly body). We no longer need to desire to be further clothed so that mortality (the inevitability of physical death) may be swallowed up by life. Jesus did that!! He swallowed death forever. He IS resurrection Life IN us. The Immortal One lives IN us…. and as He is, so are we in this world. Therefore, the ONLY conclusion that you can draw is that we are clothed with immortality NOW! The day of salvation has already come!
Being clothed in immortality is part of your salvation package!!

Verse 5….. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

The word prepared means fashioned! He fashioned us for immortality when He created us. And another meaning of the word prepared is FINISHED! I love that! We were fashioned in immortality…. And our immortality is a FINISHED work!! Therefore, we can rest in our immortality, knowing that we were co-raised with Him and death WAS swallowed up in resurrection life! And we are NOW co-seated with Him, resting in our immortality!

Paul says the reason we groan is that we long to be clothed with our habitation from on high. In other words, we groan because we see ourselves as naked thinking that we are mere mortal men. But how can we be? He is our habitation, and we are His! ONE! He lives IN us! He clothes us! We are clothed IN His righteousness, IN His immortality. We can’t be anymore clothed with our habitation from on high than we already are right now. Because we can’t be any more ONE than we already are!

And He gave us the Spirit as a guarantee. Some translations say as a guarantee of what is to come – which makes it sound future. The Hebrew word for guarantee is arrabon and means to braid, as two parties intertwine. That speaks of union, of ONENESS! Our oneness with the Spirit IS the guarantee of our immortality! Why? Because the Immortal One, the Ageless One, the Eternal One lives IN us AND as He is, so are we in this world… in this physical time and space… right NOW! He is the FULLNESS that FILLS ALL in ALL!

Mirror (Eph 1:23): The completeness of his being that fills all in all resides in us! God cannot make himself more visible or exhibit himself more accurately.

BUT because we don’t think our inner man AND outer man are FULLY redeemed NOW, FULLY glorified, we live life in an awareness of perceived nakedness. Thinking in this life, we are subject to sickness and disease, because, after all, we are only mortal, having the shadow of death on our gaze (or eyelids) as Adam and Job did. Not fully realizing that Jesus thoroughly destroyed death (including all of its attributes – sickness, disease, poverty, fear, etc.) and brought to light (revealed) life and immortality (living forever; never dying!) NOW, not someday in heaven!


New I AM HEALED study group to start in February

We just ended our 9 week zoom book study on I AM HEALED. It was such a fun group! People are experiencing the healing of their bodies, minds, emotions, etc. 

We’ve built a community of people who have come to be family!! Our discussions each week are life giving, encouraging, and transparent! They’re raw and unscripted.. I don’t usually use notes… we just discuss the beauty of GRACE and FINISHED!! 

We will be starting a new study group on February 1st, working through one chapter a week in I AM HEALED. If you’d like to join us contact me and we’ll get you signed up. Here is link to last night’s final class video to give you an idea of what our zoom meetings look like.

Worship & Praise is a beautiful CO-participation of grace ~

I teach classes on zoom and I LOVE the questions that I get from my students! They challenge me, cause me to grow, to dig deeper in the truths of Christ’s FINISHED work in our lives, and sometimes create in me new books!

In my last class IT IS FINISHED, I got so many questions about healing and how to manifest it in our lives that I wrote my 3rd book I AM HEALED. For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s not “how to’s” on getting healed but rather the FINISHED work of healing IN us… and our identity as HEALED and WHOLE! And now we are currently doing a 9 week zoom class on that book.

The question this week was what about praise and worship? How does it fit into our lives now that we realize we were never separated from God but are ONE with Him IN Christ… face to face in beautiful intimate union? So many in grace circles are deconstructing from the abuses they endured in religious circles. And praise and worship is one of those things they are letting go of… thinking that worship of God is no longer necessary, no longer valid or beneficial, because God is not an egotistic God requiring or demanding it from us. And while I agree that God didn’t require or demand our worship, it is still something that is so beautiful and necessary in our lives. Not necessary in the sense that we will only receive from God if we worship or praise Him. NO! But necessary because we are DESIGNED and CREATED for worship and praise… to both be praised and worshipped by God and to worship and praise Him… a beautiful entanglement of adoration… a glorious life of CO!!!

Jesus said in John 4:23: But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. What we need to remember when we read this verse is that Jesus is NOT talking to us. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t desire true worshippers who worship Him in spirit and truth… He does! But this verse is NOT saying that God requires our worship or demands our worship. The word seeks is zéteó in Greek and this is where the Strong’s Concordance does not help us but rather reinforces that image of a egotistical demanding God! It uses words like demands and requires as its meaning.

The Hebrew word for seek is masa meaning to find and to discover; and the root means to come forth. The first time masa is used (and in the Greek Septuagint it is that word zéteó) is in Genesis 19:11: And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.They were blind and couldn’t see the door. These men weren’t demanding the door! They were simply searching for something they weren’t able to see. Same with the Father. He isn’t an egotistical God demanding and requiring our worship. He was searching for something that He wasn’t seeing in the earth — TRUE WORSHIPPERS.

In the Old Testament worship was linked to offering a sacrifice — it was rooted in a sense of lack and separation from God because of sin. Hebrews 10:1-2 says, For the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves. It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 If it could, would not the offerings have ceased? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt the guilt of their sins (or sin consciousness). In Genesis 22 we see the first time the word worship is used from man to God. Abraham is going to sacrifice his son to God – which he thought was REQUIRED or DEMANDED in order to prove his love for God.

That was not the worship man was created to give to God… a sin conscious, guilt ridden, sense of lack and separation, servant and not son conscious worship to Abba. How could we have thought that God was demanding and requiring it to feed His ego or for us to prove our love to Him? 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that Love (and John said God is Love!) is not SELF SEEKING!!! The Mirror says: Love has no desire to make others feel inferior and has no need to sing its own praises. The word seeking in this verse, is the same word in John 4:23 zeteo which Strong’s says means seeks, demands, requires. But Paul told us in 1 Corinthians that Love does not demand or require it Self to be praised or worshipped in an egotistical manner. Abba was searching for something He wasn’t finding in the earth — a righteousness based son conscious worship of adoration and praise of the Father who also understood that the Father praises and adores us as well. It’s a mutual flow of love.

Hebrews 10:2 For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. The word worshipper is latreuó. That word is also used in Luke 4:8. It says, you shall worship (proskuneo) the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve (latreuó) . The Mirror Bible says with undivided attention rather than shall you serve. The word latreuó is a word of very intense love Lovers worship or adore one another… it is mutual, a CO-participation of worship, adoration, praise, and celebration of each other.

Make no mistake you are not the only one praising and worshipping…. He is praising and worshipping you as well. One of the Hebrew words for worship is barak. It is found in Genesis 1:28 and is the first mention of worship. Our English bibles translate it as bless, but the word barak means to kneel in adoration. God kneeled in adoration over HIs beautiful mankind… adoring him (and us)…. worshipping him – barak!

And God even praises and rejoices over us!! I know these things sound heretical but the beauty of the New Covenant… of this new creation is CO… a union of co-participation, co-entanglement, co-grace, etc.! This is one of my favorite verses, Zephaniah 3:17 says, God rejoices over you with gladness, he renews you in his love; he exults over you with loud singing and spins around in joyful dancing! The last part says in our English Bibles that He will joy over thee with singing. But that doesn’t quite capture the meaning. It would read better as — He passionately spins and dances, shouting and singing over you with joy because He is overcome with you! Can you see it??? That sounds like David when he danced wildly before the Lord celebrating Him. Again it’s a CO…. a mutual intense love of praise and adoration or worship flowing from one lover to another

Is that not what the book of Song of Solomon is all about?? He is adoring His beloved and speaking words of praise, adoration or worship… words of intense fervent LOVE! His praise and adoration of us as a Lover to His love is almost embarrassing! It’s passionate!! It’s overflowing and generous. It has no reservations, no holding back. And while it’s tempting to read those verses in Song of Solomon allegorically and find spiritual meanings in them… just for a moment bask in the literal words of praise He is speaking over you. Make it personal… hear it personally. This is not an egotistical God demanding and requiring praise.Praise and worship is mutual love flowing back and forth between a Lover and HIs love. It’s healthy! It’s LOVE mutually expressed…. co-praise and co-worship! Oh! The magnitude of that thought!! That God, the Creator of the universe would praise and worship us!! Just the idea of it causes me to become undone!!

And our worship doesn’t have to be the “right” words, you know what I mean? He meets us where we’re at. We may still be bound in wrong thinking, wrong speaking, have some wrong theology… and yet our worship PLEASES HIM!! It may sound dualistic (as in a God up there) or caught up in our wrong identity, and yet… chapter 4, verse 11, of Song of Solomon the Bridegroom says, “Your loving words are like the honeycomb to me; your tongue releases milk and honey, for I find the promised land flowing within you. The fragrance of your worshiping love surrounds you with scented robes of white.” And verse 10 He says, “by merely a glance from your worshiping eyes, for you have stolen my heart. I am held hostage by your love.” In chapter 1, verse 5, He overhears the Shulamite, His beloved, telling the other maidens that she is so unworthy. He praises her, “Yet you are so lovely!” She turns to Him and says, “I feel dark and dry.” He adoringly says of her (again!), “Yet you are so lovely! Like the fine linen tapestry hanging in the Holy Place.” He’s not looking for our right words, or right theology… He is simply ENTHRALLED with us!! He adores us!!

And so, while He absolutely doesn’t DEMAND or REQUIRE our worship, and it’s absolutely our choice to worship or not… if anyone ever deserved our praise it would be Jesus! And yet Love Himself prefers the beauty of co-praise… co-worship… of mutual flowing love from Lover to beloved! Selah!!!

~ Robin

Interpreting Scripture

How are we to interpret Scripture? Christocentric and Christotelic. What does that even mean?

  • Christocentric Interpretation of the Old Testament — Jesus, the Christ is the center and the goal of the entire drama of redemption. Everything points to that. In other words, ALL of our study and teaching of the Old Testament revolves around Jesus, the Christ as the center. And ALL the Old Testament conceptions of God must be understood in the light of Jesus Christ, who is God’s FINAL and perfect self revelation (Hebrews 1). Because everything up to that was an inferior, incomplete, immature, dim understanding of God’s glory. For example, Moses saw the backside of God’s glory but Thomas saw the face of God’s glory in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ.
  • Christotelic Interpretation of the OT — This means that we are not reading Jesus back into the Old Testament to revise what it once meant, BUT rather Jesus Christ was the goal (the telos) of the redemption story from the start — starting with Genesis. Christ is the heart of redemption history at every point.

I like what Graeme Goldsworthy in his book, Gospel Centered Hermeneutics: “The hermeneutical center of the Bible is therefore Jesus in His being and in his saving acts — the Jesus of the Gospel.”

There is a similar kind of quote from Peter Enns (Apostolic Hermeneutics and Evangelical Doctrine of Scripture):It is the convictionof the Apostles that the eschaton (the end) had come in Christ that drove them back to see where and how their Scripture spoke of Him. And this was not a matter of grammatical-historical exegesis but of a Christ-driven hermeneutic… for the church, the Old Testament does not exist on it’s own, in isolation from the completion of the Old Testament story in the death and resurrection of Christ

And I love the disciples exclamation on the road to Emmaus. Luke 24:32 in the Passion Translation says, Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “Why didn’t we recognize him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion[c] while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!” Their hearts burned with passion inside them!! What was the PROFOUND REVELATION from Scriptures that was unveiled to them? Verse 27 says, And beginning with Moses and all the prophets he carefully unveiled to them the revelation of Himself throughout the Scriptures. Jesus unveiled to them the revelation of Himself in the Scriptures (aka the Old Testament).

Lately everyone is wanting to unveil PROFOUND REVELATION in the Scriptures. But the profound revelation is so simple… it is ALWAYS (whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament) pointing to Christ.

Jesus said in John 5:39 (The Passion Translation), “Everything you read points to Me.”

Paul said in Galatians 3 that the Law was their tutor to point them to Christ. And in 2 Timothy 3:15, he said, “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” I love the Mirror Bible translation of that verse: The sacred Scriptures that you were raised with from your mother’s womb dynamically pointed you to the explicit clarity of salvation! God’s belief was always wrapped up in Christ Jesus! And verse 16 in the Mirror Bible is excellent!! It says, Jesus Christ and His work of salvation is the theme of Scripture. The value of scripture in its most complete context is always found in God’s prophetic voice inspiring a thorough education in the revelation of righteousness! This is what carries the breath of God and gives substance and proof to accurately gauge what is being taught.

Any allegorical interpretation we attempt to apply to Old Testament Scriptures that don’t make Jesus Christ and His FINISHED work bigger in your understanding needs to be disregarded as untrue. And any definition of Christ outside of Jesus (who was 100% God and 100% Man) needs to also be disregarded. John said in his gospel (John 20:31 – Mirror Bible), “But what is written here is enough evidence for the reader to be absolutely convinced that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…”

The Old Testament is ONLY interpreted correctly through the lens of Christ centered, Christ as the goal, and bowing to the revelation of Christ in the New Testament. And like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it’s time to get back to that 1st century obsession… simply looking for Him in the Old Testament Scriptures!


The Prophetic Restores

As I was reading Galatians 6, Holy Spirit asked me… “did you see what Paul did there?” I love that about Holy Spirit. He doesn’t say did you see what I did there through Paul… He’s excited about what Paul did! We were designed to live a beautiful, abundant life of CO with God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)… a life of co-participation, co-laboring, co-engaging with Them. And as I looked closer to see what Paul did, Holy Spirit began to show me the beauty and ease of prophesying into people’s lives in order to restore them.

Galations 6:1 says, Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Here in chapter 6 Paul calls these Galatians brothers. His relationship with them isn’t so great. Back in chapter 4 he asked them why he had become their enemy? They weren’t treating Paul like a brother, or even a friend for that matter. They were turning back to legalism and because Paul was preaching an uncompromised, pure message of grace plus nothing, of the FULL, FINISHED work of Christ, that truth had made him now their enemy. BUT no matter what their perception of him was, or how they were now treating him, he chose to see them only as brothers.
And according to chapter 5 he was FULLY confident that they would turn back and continue in a life of grace by the Spirit.

“Deep in my heart I have confidence that the Lord, who lives in you, will bring you back around to the truth…” (Galatians 5:10 Passion Translation)
He goes on in chapter 6 …

… you who are spiritual restore such a one …

He calls them spiritual!! These Galatians who are considering going back to the law, who are treating him like an enemy, and who back in chapter 3 he called foolish and bewitched!! You would think that he would call them carnal but no… he calls them spiritual! Or as the Passion Translation says, you who are in the Spirit. Spiritual is pneumatikos in Greek. It is pneuma which is spirit and ikos which is a suffix that is added to a noun to make it an adjective in Greek. It means “having characteristics of” “or the nature of.” In other words, spiritual or pneumatikos is having the nature or characteristics of the Spirit.

Paul is saying, you who are living IN CHRIST, you who are living life led by the Spirit, having His nature and characteristics restore one who is overtaken in any trespass. He’s not talking about sin. He’s not telling them to restore someone who is sinning. I always thought that’s what it meant. To help restore someone who has been overcome by sin. To help them get right with God again. Because we have been taught to read words like “overtaken in a trespass” and connect it to sin. But that kind of thought connection is a sin conscious mentality. It is a dull mind. It’s Old Covenant thinking.

Paul hasn’t been talking about “sin” in the entire book of Galatians. Paul knew the power of sin had been broken and that we are free from its power, guilt, and punishment in our lives. He’s been talking about the contrast of law and grace… of falling from grace into the legalistic mentality of works and performance — doing in order to receive or become. Of finding our righteousness in what we do instead of simply who we are IN CHRIST.

… if a man is overtaken in any trespass …

The word overtaken is prolambano in Greek meaning to be overtaken, to anticipate, or caught. And the word trespass is paraptoma in Greek which means a falling away; to slip or lapse and comes from the root parapipto which is two words… para meaning close beside, proceeding from a sphere of influence. And pipto meaning to fall; to fall away after being close beside; to defect or abandon; to have fallen from a close position. It refers to a close follower of Christ who becomes a defector of grace, turning back to law.

That sounds like what had happened to the Galatians — they had fallen from a close position of grace. They had stopped soaring under the influence of grace. The Mirror Bible says, someone who continues to anticipate their next failure. And the King James and the Passion Translation says, someone who is overtaken with a fault. Regardless of the many translations that connect this to SIN, these Galatians are simply falling away from grace into the bondage of the law. Turning away from the influence of the Spirit in their lives, to a life of rules and regulations. They are falling away from freedom and grace, and picking up a heavy load of religion that will only cause them to live life anticipating failure. It’s not about sin or wrong behavior! It’s about bondage!

Can you hear the gentleness of Paul in speaking to them? He’s saying to them this is not who you are! We are brothers in Christ. You are spiritual!! And he’s speaking to them as if they were already FREE from falling away from grace because he is FULLY confident that they will turn back, that they will choose a life of freedom in the Spirit over a life of carnal religious burdens.

The word restore is katartizó in Greek means to prepare or perfect for full destination or use; to bring into its proper condition (whether for the first time, or after a lapse); to properly adjust to be in good working order. Paul is telling them “Brothers, see what I’m doing with you right now? This is what you’ll be doing with others who fall from grace, who are tempted to defect from Christ plus nothing. You will restore them – adjusting them back to good working order by telling them who they are… perfect and complete IN CHRIST.”

What a prophetic verse. Although I’ve never seen it as Paul being prophetic before probably because it doesn’t have the “prophetic language” I’ve grown accustomed to hearing. Paul didn’t preface this first verse with “Thus sayeth the Lord” or “I hear God saying” or “I’m getting this by the Spirit.” He simply sees them through the eyes of Abba and talks to them in love — declaring who they are IN Christ. He was simply being supernaturally natural.

I see in this verse a clearer idea of what the prophetic is….

  • It’s releasing a revelation of restored identity. They are “brothers” – like Paul, born of God or sons of God. They are “spiritual” – they are walking IN CHRIST; living life led by the Spirit to a place of rest, a refreshing place free from the law and its bondage of fear.
  • And it’s releasing a revelation of restored purpose. Adjusting others back to good working order back into the proper condition of understanding who they are IN CHRIST; reveal the Son in them.

So in this one verse, he declares (prophesies) their restored identity and their restored purpose or mission. Although this was not how they were walking at the moment because right now they had fallen from grace and saw Paul as an enemy. But this was how Paul saw them in the future as spiritual sons of God restoring others in their Christ identity. And so he prophesied or declared that about them. I have no doubt that the Galatians repented (metanoia) and turned from legalism… changed their mindset and aligned themselves with the truth. And that they continued to live their lives under the influence of grace…. living their lives in the revelation of it is FINISHED… Christ plus nothing. And that they went about revealing the Son in others just like Paul revealed the Son in them.

Prophecy is easy. It’s simply declaring what God is saying. It’s about restoring identity and purpose in others. It’s the declaration of the FINISHED work in them.

Healing Testimony

I love when people who are reading one of my books contacts me to tell me they experienced healing! Links to my books IT IS FINISHED and I AM HEALED are at the end of the post.

𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲 …… and by the way… not just the heart was healed but no sickness whatsoever anymore!! Come on Jesus!!!

Hi Robin, I wanted to try and convey my testimony of “It is finished” to you. A few years back 2 phrases became the cry of my heart… “In Christ” and “It is finished.” I journaled the phrases, I pondered them constantly and began to see so much. Little did I realize the journey those 2 incredible ponderings would lead me on! I became enlighten to OC/NC reality. I began SEEING what the cross accomplished. Little did I know how much MORE this new awareness was going to afford me to see! My heart was searching for the more that I knew was IN CHRIST, in me.

Then in April I got really sick. Really sick! It was right before this that a friend introduced me to your books. I was so intrigued by the title “It is finished” as it had been by heart cry for a long time. I ordered your book. I began reading and could hardly stay in my chair! Your words connected with the place in my heart that had been on this journey for 2 years. Then the sickness! As sick as I was, I would come up to my chair every night and read and journal from this new place of awareness. Whole, healed, delivered. None of it felt like reality but I KNEW it was THE TRUTH. Your words were such confirmation to my soul. I continued meditating on It is finished. My journal is filled with such words of life from an awareness I didn’t know or was not physically experiencing. BUT I KNEW IT IN MY KNOWER!I won’t bore you with all the medical details except this. During this sickness I was also having pretty severe chest pains. Both my brothers had recently had open heart surgery. A history of heart disease all in my family blood line. Doctors were concerned for me.

They scheduled a heart cath and for several weeks before the cath I journaled and pondered wholeness. Thanks to your book. I began pondering the blood of the new covenant that runs in my veins. Heart cath was done, and the words of the doctor was this, “You have no sign of heart disease. Your heart is actually perfect! You did not inherit your family’s disease!!”
WELL HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH Robin!!! I have a new inheritance! A better covenant!! Today I am so enjoying “I am healed”. I see so much, and struggle to even articulate it to friends or family. It blows my mind.

Thank you for your heart to share your incredible insight and wisdom. You give words to such deep truths. Some think I am a little crazy but I literally walk around these days singing these words, “I am healed, I am whole, I am blessed and highly favored.” I sing it over and over. “In CHRIST”has new meaning yet again.

Blessings and love to you Robin. Thank you for touching my life with your words. HIS WORDS.

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👉 I AM HEALED –  amazon.com/dp/B09GF443QC

Our experience of health and wholeness is connected to our thoughts and feelings….

Exodus 23:25 says, “And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.” 

The Young’s Literal Translation says, “I have turned aside sickness from thine heart.” 

He wasn’t speaking to Israel as a congregation, a church group, or a select chosen group of people, saying, “I’m going to take sickness out of the midst of the Israelites.” He was referring to humanity — to ALL mankind — and He was saying I will take sickness out of the midst of you. He said I have turned aside sickness from within your heart. Notice that He is associating sickness with the heart rather than with the body. We don’t do that. We usually associate sickness with the body. But this verse tells us that sickness originated in man’s heart, not in the biology of man. The heart in biblical Hebraic understanding is the place where we feel feelings and think thoughts. So, what does it mean to turn aside sickness from our heart? To me, that says that there was a root sickness in men’s hearts (in their thoughts and feelings) that told them that their behavior was associated with their wholeness or lack of health. 

So, sickness originated in the heart — in the thoughts and feelings of mankind. This is something the serpent sowed into the heart of Adam from the beginning. When God came looking for Adam, he was hiding. He hid because when he heard God, he was afraid because he was naked (or lacking). So, right here, we see a connection between his behavior and his relationship with God in Adam’s mind. This sickness in men’s hearts (in their thoughts and feelings) told them that their behaviors were associated with their wholeness or the lack of it. And that’s been perpetuated in the church down through the ages. And continues to persist in the hearts (in the thoughts and feelings) of many believers. We continue to believe that our wellness or our lack of health has to do with what we DO… good or bad. 

Colossians 1:21 says, “And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.” Notice the words in your mind! This isn’t God’s perspective of men — it was in their minds! They thought they were alienated from God. That’s what Adam thought when he hid. What does it mean by wicked works? It says, by your wicked works or because of evil deeds. It doesn’t mean that God turned away from them because of their wicked works! It is saying that because of their wicked works, they thought that they were alienated from and enemies with God. All of us have experienced that! We were taught we were alienated from God because of “sin,” by our wrong behavior, or our wicked works. But here in Colossians, we see that the root sickness in man’s heart (in their thoughts and feelings) was the mindset that their behavior was somehow or other related to their experience with God… good or bad. And here, in Exodus with the Israelites, we see that they believed that their good or bad behavior determined their wellness or lack of it.

Exodus 23:25 (Young’s Literal Translation) says, “And ye have served Jehovah your God, and He hath blessed thy bread and thy water, and I have turned aside sickness from thine heart.” This is reminiscent of Genesis 1:28, God blessed them and said be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. The prophet Balaam said, what God has blessed He cannot reverse. God cannot reverse what He has blessed. It’s impossible! He said in Genesis 1:28, “I have blessed.” That is UNCONDITIONAL and UNCHANGING. Here in Exodus 23:25, He’s simply stating His position from the beginning. It’s not just since Egypt that He has blessed the bread and the water and taken sickness away from their heart (from their thoughts and feelings). God is saying to them, “There has never been a relationship between Me and your behaviors that would hinder you from being well — from being whole. From the very beginning, I have blessed your bread and your water and turned away sickness from your hearts (from your thoughts and feelings). It is the idea that exists in your heart (in your thoughts and feelings) that tells you that your behaviors have anything to do with your access to healing and health — experiencing and enjoying wholeness in every area of your life.”

This is a powerful truth! He’s communicating spiritual law — He’s communicating absolute certainty. He’s saying, “I AM the Authority; I AM the LORD! I AM the One who decided since before the foundation of the earth that your behaviors, what you do or don’t do, have nothing to do with accessing health and wholeness. It’s always been yours.” Mankind’s health and wholeness were never conditional and never a someday truth to look forward to. It is ETERNAL truth and woven into the very fabric of our identity. It’s who we have always been whole and complete IN Christ.