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.

👉 IT IS FINISHED – amazon.com/dp/B088BJYZ5N 

👉 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.

Hermeneutics… faith IN Jesus or faith OF Jesus?

Here is a chapter from Awakened…. Hermeneutics.

Biblical languages are my passion, both Hebrew and, more recently, Greek and Aramaic. And after completing this MA in Theology, I’m going to go on and get my degrees in Biblical languages. 

Koine Greek is the Biblical Greek used in the New Testament. The word koine means common. As the Greek language spread across the known world and interacted with other languages, it was altered. This alteration resulted in what we call today Koine Greek. It is also known as the Alexandrian dialect, common Attic, Hellenistic, or Biblical Greek. It was the ordinary, everyday language of the people. It was not the polished literary form of Greek. It was the simplified version of Classical Greek. And it is the language that was used in the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew Scriptures. It became the universal language of the known world, so that no matter where you traveled, you could speak the language and understand what was being said. And God used this universal language to communicate His gospel! 

I like what Bill Mounce says, “In the fullness of time God sent His Son, and part of that fullness of time was a universal language. No matter where Paul traveled, he could be understood.” 

I don’t believe you have to know Greek or Hebrew to understand Scripture. Because Holy Spirit enlightens and quickens your mind, giving you the ability to understand. But learning to understand these languages, not just the word meanings but also the grammar of the language, has helped me get a greater idea of what the writers were saying. Greek language (as well as Hebrew) is so vastly different from English. Sometimes you come across a word where there is just no equivalent in English. And because our Bible is translated into English, we tend to read it with an English understanding. In other words, understanding it from the perspective of our English/Western culture. And we end up understanding, or rather misunderstanding it, from our Western way of thinking. 

Not realizing that the culture, the people, and the language is different from ours. 

For example, when Jesus told His disciples to go and make disciples, we read that with a Western understanding and interpret it from our church culture and language. We hear what we think is the “great commission.” In other words, we are to go evangelize, go spread the gospel, and get people to repent of their sins and get saved! 

But if we understood the language and culture of the day, we would understand what Jesus meant by GO! 

The Greek word for go is poreuomai and means to pursue one’s journey and lead or order one’s life. It is a participle meaning going, not go. Meaning, in your going make disciples, or in your everyday life, and everywhere you go, make disciples. In whatever you do, when you are at work or school, when you go hang out with a friend, when you go to church, or even when you go for a walk — make disciples. What does the Kingdom of God look like? It’s not about we do or don’t do, but it’s Christ IN us. It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit — all of which are FINISHED and IN us. 

That’s going and making disciples! It is bringing others to an awareness of the FINISHED kingdom life IN them. 

Ok, so back to the subject of hermeneutics. It would help us to learn necessary, simple Hermeneutic skills. So that we could know how to interpret Scripture ourselves rather than rely on others’ commentaries or interpretations! Understanding that what we read in English translations may or may not accurately reflect what was written in the original languages. It may reflect the translator’s personal beliefs or understanding of God. In English, nouns are an essential part of sentences. But in Greek, it’s all about the verbs! And these Greek verbs each have moods, tenses, and voices. 

I love the aorist tense. It often gets mistranslated as past tense. It is a COMPLETED tense, DONE! FINISHED! In other words, it doesn’t need to be done again, and in fact, CAN’T be done again. Nor can it ever be undone! While English is built primarily on the present tense, the aorist tense is the default tense in Greek. I love that!! In other words, FINISHED is the default tense of the New Testament Scriptures!! 

In Luke 23:34, Jesus said, “Father forgive them.” Forgive is an aorist tense – it is FINISHED!! The Father is not forgiving anyone today. Why? Because He has COMPLETELY, FULLY forgiven us — FINISHED, DONE! 

In fact, when we mess up and ask Him to forgive us, we will ALWAYS hear Him say, “Forgiven!” Not because He is right now forgiving us for what we’ve done. But because FORGIVEN is who we are! FINISHED!!! Do we have to receive His forgiveness if it’s already given? Of course! But it’s received by understanding that He’s already COMPLETELY, FULLY forgiven us. He can’t forgive us any more than He already has — it is FINISHED, DONE!!

Our receiving that truth means we’ve grasped it and are now free in our thinking to experience His forgiveness. 

The aorist is a completed action that took place at a point in time. When did God forgive? On the cross. It was fleshed out in time two thousand years ago. But the cross is ETERNAL, which means He COMPLETELY forgave ALL mankind before time ever began! Before Adam fell, he was COMPLETELY, FULLY forgiven… FINISHED! Before humanity ever sinned, they were forgiven…. FINISHED! 

We have always been ETERNALLY forgiven (Ephesians 1)! 

Another essential element of Greek grammar that we need to understand is the genitive possessive case of nouns. It denotes ownership. In our English Bibles, the word “of” is usually added in translations to help the verse read easier. ALTHOUGH, at times, a different preposition is used by the translators, such as the word “IN.” Which can cause us to interpret the verse as something we need to do. 

For instance, Romans 3:22 (NKJV) says, “Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference.” 

The phrase is consistently rendered in English translations as “faith in Jesus Christ.” The Greek, however, says, “Pistis Iesou Christou,” which means the faith of Jesus Christ or Jesus Christ’s faith. Both of the nouns, faith and Jesus Christ, are genitive possessive. Remember, genitive possession denotes ownership, meaning Jesus owns the faith. But translating it as “in” makes it sound like we need to put OUR faith IN Jesus, and we miss the importance of understanding that the faith belongs to Jesus — it is His! 

Romans 3:22 is an important verse to correctly understand how God’s righteousness comes to us. 

Is it by Jesus’ faith or putting our faith in Jesus that we are made righteous? The NLT (New Living Translation) says, “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.” The ESV (English Standard Version) says, “The righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” And the CEV (Contemporary English Version) says, “He (God) accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ.” That’s only three translations, but MOST translations say something similar. I found only a few that say faith OF Jesus Christ, the KJV, Douay-Rheims Bible, Darby Bible Translation, and Young’s Literal Translation. 

Why is an understanding of the words OF or IN critical? 

Because the faith OF Jesus Christ says that it’s a free gift, a FINISHED work! But faith IN Jesus Christ makes it something we need to do to become righteous or that God ONLY accepts people BECAUSE of their faith in Jesus. And that’s just not true. That makes it about OUR works, instead of His FINISHED works. 

And just like you can’t understand Romans 7 unless you read it with the understanding of chapters 5 and 6. 

You also won’t understand chapters 5 and 6 without a correct understanding of Romans chapter 3! 

If you read it as putting your faith IN Jesus, that will also be the lens through which you read Romans 5 and 6. 

Martin Luther was a German monk and theologian whose impact on the world is still felt today. His German translation in 1534 profoundly influenced the tradition of our English Bibles. Martin Luther said about Romans 3:21-31 that it is the chief point, the very central place of the epistle, and the whole Bible. He translated the phrase “pistis Iesou Christou” in Romans 3:22 as an “objective genitive,” meaning Christ is the faith’s object, NOT the Possessor of the faith. In other words, Luther’s translation was faith IN Christ.

However in 1526 (8 years BEFORE Martin Luther’s translation), William Tyndale’s English translation chose to translate this verse as faith OF Christ. In other words, as Christ’s faith, He’s the Possessor of the faith! 

But it was Martin Luther’s translation, faith IN Christ, that influenced how we read verses today — taught to read it as putting OUR faith in Christ as the KEY factor in our new lives IN Christ. 

I think a correct understanding of Romans 3:22 is kind of like understanding the garden scene in Genesis 3. In those verses in Genesis 3, our perception of God sets the stage for how we see God through the rest of Scripture – either as a loving Father or a demanding God punishing disobedience. Here in Romans 3, our perception of Christ’s faith or (our) faith IN Christ sets the stage for how we read the rest of Romans and the New Testament in general. Either emphasizing it as the FINISHED work of Christ or conditionally based on our putting our faith in receiving justification, salvation, righteousness, etc. 

Paul’s opponents to his grace message believed that justification came from obeying the Law of Moses. 

However, Paul taught that our justification came NOT from works but from Jesus. 

Romans 3:20 tells us that NO ONE is justified by the law (or by our own works). And verse 24 says that we were FREELY justified by His grace through the redemption that is IN Christ Jesus. Both grace and redemption in this verse are also genitive possessive case nouns… they belong to Him. It is His grace, His redemption, and His faith that justified us. 

And Paul declared to the Philippians (in Philippians 3:9) that he is found IN Christ, NOT having his own righteousness, which is of the Law. But it is through Christ’s faith (genitive possessive case again). Declaring that THE righteousness of God is based on THE faith (of Christ). 

I love all of the “THE’s” in this verse… THE law (of Moses), THE faith (of Christ), THE righteousness (of God). Notice that none of it is ours… we are not THE source of any of it! 

Paul also tells the Galatians, “Man is NOT justified by works OF the law, but by THE faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by THE faith OF Christ and not by the works OF the law; for by the works OF the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16, KJV – emphasis mine). 

It says THE faith. Meaning it’s not a general faith, it’s THE faith. Who’s faith? Ephesians 4:5 tells us there is ONLY ONE FAITH — HIS. And Paul said this is THE faith he lives by — THE faith (the ONE faith) of the Son of God.

metanoia moment: This verse (Galatians 2:16) mentions our believing in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by Christ’s faith and not the works of the Law. The word in is eis in Greek, meaning a point reached in conclusion. It is not putting our belief in Jesus. Instead, it means that His belief, His faith, is the ONLY valid basis for our believing. In other words, we believe what He believes. His belief is the conclusion of our belief (eis). 

Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. But is that what it says in Hebrews 12:2? Does it say that He is the Author and Finisher of OUR faith? That’s how I have always quoted it. But when you look it up in the Greek, it says looking unto THE faith Founder and Finisher. He is the Founder and the Finisher of THE faith (Ephesians 4:5 – the ONE faith). I love that! That tells me that there is NO OTHER faith that exists… not His faith AND our faith. NO, He is THE faith (the ONE Faith) Founder and Finisher! The Mirror Bible says it like this, “He is the Fountainhead, and Conclusion of faith.” I LOVE the words the Mirror Bible used, Fountainhead and Conclusion. THE ONE faith flows out from Him (as the Source) and ends or FINISHES in Him. The faith we have is His faith IN us…. it is a FINISHED faith, a PERFECTED faith. All that we do is rest in it. 

Romans 1:17 tells us that God’s righteousness is revealed (in the gospel) from faith to faith, and the righteous shall live by faith. Paul is not telling us that we are to live our lives by OUR faith. Although, for years, that’s what I thought he was saying. I thought the righteous he was talking about were ONLY those who had believed in Jesus, asking Him into their hearts. Those I saw in church every Sunday, not the worldly bunch that didn’t live for Jesus – they were unrighteous. Now, I can’t even think that way… it’s foreign to me. So, I thought the righteous were to live by THEIR faith. Meaning I needed to live a life of faith — a life of believing God and obeying HimAll based on me, on what I DO. But Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 what living a life of faith looks like. 

Galatians 2:20 (KJV), “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.” 

The Mirror Bible version says, “So here I am dead and alive at the same time! I’m dead to the old me I was trying to be and alive to the real me, which is Christ in me! Co-crucified, now co-alive! What a glorious entanglement! I was in him in his death; now I discover that he is infused in me, in my life! For the first time, I’m free to be me in my skin, immersed in his faith in our joint-sonship! He loves me and believes in me! He is God’s gift to me!” 

Paul’s life of faith was a life of CO… co-crucified, and co-alive. It was a life of joint sonship, IMMERSED in Christ’s faith! He is infused IN our life!! Jesus’ beliefs were Paul’s beliefs. 

I like the wording, “What a glorious entanglement!” 

Paul doesn’t live by any faith of his own but IN the faith OF Jesus. BUT Galatians 2:20 reads in most translations, “I live by faith in the Son of God.” And unfortunately, most believers just read the way the translators translated it, and don’t look it up in the Greek to see what it actually says. In Greek, it reads, zo en sarki (I live in flesh), en pistei zo (in faith I live), te tou Huiou tou Theou (that from the Son of God). 

So what is Paul saying? 

He is telling us that his life in his physical body here on earth is lived IN faith. But who’s faith? Translations make it sound like it’s his faith in Christ. But the Son is a genitive noun, which means He owns the word (or the thing) that comes before it, which in this case is THE faith. The Son owns the faith. ALL of it!! In other words, we live IN the Son’s faith. There is no mention in this verse of our own faith or putting our faith IN Jesus. We live our lives here on earth IN a FINISHED, PERFECT faith — His faith IN us. The word IN (en in Greek) denotes rest. We live our lives resting IN His faith. 

That’s liberating!! It’s not doing; it’s resting. And when I do that, I don’t have to wonder if I have enough faith. And I don’t have to try and build my faith up. I only need to live life resting IN His faith!! 

But don’t we need to believe? Of course!! We are to believe that it’s His faith we live in, that we rest in! And then we realize that His beliefs, His believing, is already FINISHED IN us. 

Except for Romans 3:26, the KJV favors the faith OF Christ in all these verses. 

It’s His faith, His faithfulness, His trust, His obedience! It’s HIs heart response to the Father, and it’s His YES to the Father’s will that is IN us. FINISHED! In Romans 1:17, Paul is quoting Habakkuk 2:4, which says, “The just (the righteous) shall live by His faith.” Habakkuk says b’emunahto, which is translated by his faith. The b’ attached to the word is the Hebrew prefix bet meaning in, by, or with, but usually translated IN. The Septuagint uses the Greek preposition ek, a preposition that points to something’s origin, to the source. Paul, quoting Habakkuk 2:4, agrees with the Septuagint and also uses ek.. This verse is about the faith OF Jesus because He is the Ek, the Source, and the Origin of faith — He’s the faith Founder, and the faith Author.  And it’s His faith we live IN. 

What if Romans 1:17 is talking about the Righteous One, Jesus, living faithfully — FULL of faith? In other words, living as the embodiment of God’s faith, resulting in our justification? “The Righteous” was a common Messianic title in the Essene community of Paul’s day. In Christ, God finds an accurate and complete expression of Himself in a human body — an exact and FULL expression of THE ONE faith… God’s faith. 

And we as the righteous ones IN the Righteous One are an embodiment of His faith that is IN us. We are a living expression of His faith in human form. Isn’t that what Paul said in Galatians 2:20? Christ lives in me, and this life I now live in the flesh, I live IN the faith of the Son of God.” So, the just ones live IN the Just One IN His faith. Who are the righteous or just ones? Romans 5 says that ALL mankind is righteous because of Christ’s obedience. So, ALL mankind lives life IN and by His faith — the faith of the Righteous One. We are not living life by our faith in Christ to become righteous. NO!! We’re living our lives IN and BY the faith OF the Son of God. And trusting in His faith (or living IN and BY His faith) awakens my faith – faith to faith – to live in the awareness of FINISHED. To rest in the realization of who He is IN me, AS me, and THROUGH me. His faith becomes my experience in life. 

It was by His faith (the ONE faith, God’s faith) that we were justified – not just set free from sin but placed in the SAME position as the One who has NEVER sinned– as sinless! We (ALL mankind) are sinless! 

Let’s look at another verse. Galatians 3:24 says, “So the law was our guardian until Christ came, that by faith we might be justified.” In Greek, it says, ek pisteos, which is translated by faith. The word faith is a genitive case meaning that the faith belongs to someone. But who does it belong to? We see the word “by faith” and automatically read it as “by putting OUR faith in Christ” that we might be justified. NO! The Greek doesn’t say by, it says ek, which points to origin and source! So, whose faith is being referred to in this verse? Christ’s faith! 

OUR faith is not the origin or source of our justification — His faith is! 

In verse 25, Paul says, “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” The word faith in this verse is also a genitive case meaning the faith belongs to someone. Again, who’s faith is Paul talking about? Did OUR faith set us free from the Mosaic Law? NO, of course not! Jesus set mankind free from the Law. So, this verse must be referring to His faith — when He who is the FULL expression of God’s faith came, mankind was no longer under the Law. The Faith came! Jesus came!! And the Faith justified ALL mankind two thousand years ago! 

It was the God faith embodied in the God- Man, Jesus Christ that justified us. 

And then we get to verse 26, and it says (NKJV), “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” This verse has the word IN in it… faith IN Christ Jesus. And in the Greek it is there too… pisteos en Christo Iésous. The Greek word en is IN. But it is not saying that we are to put our faith in Christ. Please don’t get to this verse and let it throw you back into thinking that we are made sons of God by putting our faith in Jesus. 

That’s not what’s being said! The word faith in this verse is a genitive case, meaning that it belongs to someone. The question is, who? 

Well, it says that it is through faith that we are made sons of God. And based upon the last two verses, it is His faith that justified us, and it is also His faith that freed the Jews from the Mosaic Law. So, it would be safe to say then that it is also His faith that made us sons of God. After all, Hebrews 2:10 tells us that HE brought many sons to glory. There is only ONE Faith — God’s faith. And His faith was FULLY expressed and embodied IN Jesus Christ. It was through the faith that was IN Jesus. He was God’s faith embodied in the Incarnation – in His birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and seated-ness! Paul is NOT saying that we are sons BECAUSE OF our faith in Christ!! In Acts 17, Paul tells these Gentile unbelievers that we are ALL God’s offspring and that IN Him we live, and move, and have our being! 

We have ALWAYS been sons! It was His doing, not ours that made us sons…. we came FROM Him, He is our Daddy!!

I’m not sure why we as believers struggle with it being His faith and not ours. We realize that it is His strength, His wisdom, His righteousness, so why wouldn’t it also be His faith IN us, AS us, and THROUGH us? 1 Corinthians 4:7 asks, what do we have that we have not received? 

The word received is aorist indicative… past tense, FINISHED fact. ALL that we have received, which includes His faith IN us, is FINISHED, PERFECTED, and COMPLETE in us! 

Paul says in verse 27, “For as many as were baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.” He’s not talking water baptism; he’s talking immersion into Christ. He’s talking about our identity! Who was immersed or baptized into Christ? What is the as many as that Paul is talking about here in verse 27? In Romans 6, Paul talking about baptism in Christ equates it with those who died with Him, were buried with Him, and raised with Him. 

Who is it that died, was buried, and raised with Him? ALL mankind!! ALL were baptized or immersed into Christ so that we could live in newness of life, resurrection life – His life IN us! 

Sadly, not all are YET awakened to that truth. Not even everyone in the church, who prayed the sinners prayer and asked Christ to come into their heart, has awakened to the FULLNESS of His resurrection life IN us, as our life! 

Paul is saying in Galatians 3:27 that we were ALL baptized, immersed into Christ, and we have put on Christ. In other words, He IS our identity. His strength is our strength, His wisdom is our wisdom, His righteousness is our righteousness, AND HIS faith is our faith. Then in verse 28, he continues with mankind’s identity being IN Christ. They are no longer defined by their OWN personal identity of Jew, Greek, slave, free, male, or female… but ALL are defined by HIM. 

That’s good news! That’s the gospel — the good, glad, happy news that will make a man jump for joy (William Tyndale’s definition of the word gospel). 

Paul is not contrasting two human endeavors – obeying the law or having faith in Christ! Instead, he is contrasting works of the Law to the revelation of FINISHED (His faith IN us!!!). He is not saying that this new life is now about putting our faith in Christ instead of obeying the law…. that would still be works, it would still be DOING TO BECOME. Paul’s message was ALL IS FINISHED. And we are to live our lives resting in the realm of FINISHED! 

The good news of the gospel is that righteousness came through THE faith that is IN Jesus or THE faith OF Christ! Romans 3:9 says that ALL (Jews AND Greeks) were under sin. And verses 10-18 says, “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips; 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Paul is saying that ALL mankind has wholly lost sight of God! He’s telling these Jews that their moral conduct (the Law) did not free them from the same sin the rest of the world was also trapped in. There wasn’t any amount of THEIR faith or anything they could DO to restore what was lost. Verse 20 says, “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The law couldn’t justify them, it could only point out their sin. 

Thank God for the, BUT NOW, that interrupted mankind’s lost fallen state of mind! 

Verse 21-22 of Romans 3 says, “BUT NOW the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the law and prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through THE faith OF Jesus Christ toward ALL believing, for there is no difference.” BUT NOW God’s righteousness has been revealed completely, successfully, 100% through THE faith OF Christ! This righteousness was revealed toward ALL believing, for there is no difference. 

That’s a challenging part of the verse for us to understand. Because we still read the words “to all believing,” and we hear it’s according to my faith or my belief. 

It’s how we’ve been taught, and it’s become, unfortunately, our default mode. 

I love the Mirror translation of this verse, “Jesus is what God believes about you! In Him, the righteousness of God is on display in such a way that everyone may be equally persuaded about what God believes about them, regardless of who they are; there is no distinction.” EVERY single person is equally persuaded… he’s talking Jew and Greek. ALL mankind may be equally persuaded about what God believes about them! How? Because it’s His faith IN us that convinces us. It says, “The righteousness of God through the faith OF Jesus Christ.” It doesn’t say our faith IN Jesus, although that’s what a lot of translations will say. The words faith and Jesus Christ are genitive possessive. It’s His faith!! And the next verse is probably one of the most well-known verses in the Bible. 

Verse 23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

Paul had just said in Romans 3:9 that ALL mankind (Jews and Greeks) were under sin… so verse 23 shouldn’t be much of a surprise to us, when he says that ALL have sinned. The Mirror Bible translation says, “Mankind is in the same boat; their distorted behavior is proof of a lost blueprint!” Humanity (Jew AND Greek… ALL mankind) lived life out of context with the blueprint of their design. They were behaving out of tune with God’s original design – as sons in their Daddy’s image and likeness!”

The problem is that we stopped at verse 23 and constructed the entire Romans Road TO Salvation from it. We were supposed to keep reading and see that Paul’s message in Romans was not a road TO salvation but of our FINISHED salvation IN Christ!! 

So, Paul told us in verse 23 that ALL mankind has sinned. BUT thank God for verse 24!!! It says, “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption IN Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24, NKJV – emphasis mine) The Mirror Bible says, “While the law proved mankind’s dilemma, the grace of God announces the same mankind (mankind under sin, in a dilemma) redeemed in Jesus Christ! Their blameless innocence is a free gift…. Mankind condemned in the language of religion is NOW mankind justified in the language of the gospel.” 

There is no good news, no gospel, in verse 23 alone. It is only good, glad, happy news that makes you jump for joy when connected to verse 24. 

Paul is saying that ALL fell short because of Adam. AND the same ALL are equally declared righteous because OF Christ. There is NO distinction! But don’t stop there! Keep reading. It just keeps getting better!! Verse 26 (NKJV) says, “To demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” God’s justice is in the showing forth of His righteousness!! He is Just and the Justifier!!” Who does He justify? Our English translations read the one who has faith IN Jesus. So from our translations, it looks like He only justifies those who believe in Jesus. 

But is that true? Does He only justify those who believe? 

Paul in the previous two verses had been talking about ALL men. Why would he now switch to just those who have enough faith to believe in Jesus? He had just said in verse 24 that the ALL mankind in verse 23 was justified FREELY by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Jesus…. there is no mention at all of our faith. 

This is why just a little bit of understanding of Biblical languages would be helpful for us when we read Scripture. Because in Greek, verse 26 doesn’t say the one who has faith in Jesus. It says we are justified from out of Jesus’ faith.Out of is ek in Greek, which points to the source or origin. And both faith and Jesus are genitive cases — Jesus owns the faith, He is the Possessor of the faith! He IS the source and origin of our justification! ALL mankind was justified from OUT OF His faith! The Mirror Bible says it this way, “All along God refused to let go of mankind. At this very moment, God’s act of righteousness is pointing them to the evidence of their innocence, with Jesus as the Fountainhead OF faith.” 

And YET KJV translated this verse as God is the Justifier of him who believes IN Jesus… pulling us back into the legalistic, conditional language of DO TO BECOME! 

So, Luther translated these verses as faith IN Christ. And the majority of English translations, except KJV (for most of them), followed his lead. And the result has been that our justification is viewed from a conditional perspective rather than a FINISHED one. Emphasizing what man must do to bring about their salvation. Rather than what Christ has done, rather than what is FINISHED. Christ’s faith (the ONE faith) saw the end from the beginning. Christ’s faith was His overwhelming YES to the Father’s faith. God’s faith (the ONE faith — the faith OF Christ) saw us IN Christ! In Paul’s understanding, it is THE faith OF Christ, the faith that is IN Christ, the Faith of God that He embodies, that justified us. It is Christ’s faithful YES to the Father’s belief in us that justified ALL men. 

And it is that faith that is our faith. And it is PERFECT, FINISHED, AND COMPLETE IN us. 

This subject of faith is a big argument between theologians. The interpretation of Romans 3:22 can be either genitive subjective (faith of Christ). Or genitive objective (faith in Christ). Grammatically, either interpretation is possible. So, to interpret it correctly, we would need to look beyond the grammar and look through the lens of Christ – through the lens of FINISHED! Hebrews 1:2 tells us that God’s final word to us is spoken IN His Son. 

I love the beginning of verse 3 IN Hebrews 1 in the Mirror Bible, “Jesus is the crescendo of God’s conversation; He gives context and content to the authentic thought. Everything that God had in mind for mankind is voiced in Him.” Jesus is God’s language. His final words were IT IS FINISHED. And so, that has to be the lens through which we read Scripture! Therefore, when you come to Romans 3:22 and see the faith OF Christ, or faith IN Christ you have to choose faith OF Christ.  

Because that choice speaks the language of IT IS FINISHED! 

Luther was on track when he said that human works couldn’t lead to justification. Still, he should’ve gone further by saying that human faith, or human faithfulness in putting our faith in Christ, couldn’t lead to justification either!! It’s by believing that it was His faith alone. In other words, it is our aha of that truth that we experience our justification. It is our awareness of that truth that causes us to walk in the reality of our justification. 

Having the tools to be able to look up these verses in Greek is essential! We have trusted in the translators, theologians, and Biblical commentators’ interpretations and translations for too long. Trusting men who didn’t have an understanding of FINISHED. And so we read these verses thinking, “If I can just have enough faith or if I can just believe enough!” Not realizing and resting in the truth that there is only ONE faith, and it’s His faith IN us. We are simply reflections of the ONE faith, of God’s faith — the faith OF Christ! 

By translating these verses faith IN Christ, the translators allowed for only one interpretation – putting OUR faith in Christ. They forced upon us THEIR own interpretational decision of what the verse means, ruling out the passage’s reading as saying that it is Christ’s faith and not our own. And these faulty interpretations have been passed down for centuries resulting in believers who believe the FINISHED work of Christ is conditional upon putting our faith in Christ! 

But what if these verses had been appropriately translated as THE faith OF Christ? How might this have changed our Western theology?  Would we have thought that salvation, justification, redemption, etc., was conditional? Or would we have understood that ALL was FINISHED for ALL, requiring nothing on our part! 

For Paul, our faith is not a condition of our justification or salvation! Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift OF God.” The Mirror Bible says: “It was a grace thing from start to finish. Even the gift to believe simply reflects His faith!” The notes for this verse in the Mirror Bible says — Grace reveals who we are, and the faith of God persuades us of it! Grace completely, successfully, 100% saved us! Putting our faith in Jesus didn’t result in our salvation. We had ZERO contribution to our salvation! Both grace and faith are His gifts IN us. In Romans 1:17, where it talks about from faith to faith, the subject of the sentence is not the believer or even the believer’s faith. The subject is the righteousness of God and how it is revealed through the Gospel. It is God’s righteousness revealed from (Greek ek — pointing to source or origin) THE faith of Jesus unto the believer’s faith. God’s righteousness is revealed in the ORIGIN of HIS faith.  

If we miss that part (the origin of faith), we will always strive to have enough of our own faith.  

We don’t have to believe in our own faith for anything. We simply need to realize that it’s His faith IN us. The power to walk in healing, prosperity, deliverance, and WHOLENESS is by resting in His faith IN us, AS us, and THROUGH us. Faith to faith is His faith lived out AS our faith!! If we believe for those things in our faith, we end up striving. We strive to overcome doubts in our thinking by finding Scriptures to stand on, confessing those Scriptures repeatedly, louder and longer. Trying to figure out why we aren’t “getting” what we are believing for… whether it be healing, financial miracles, family salvation, etcetera. 

His faith is ETERNAL. It is always NOW! His faith says NOW you are WHOLE! NOW you are healed, NOW you are prosperous, NOW your family is saved! NOW is not a time-bound word. As in Jesus saying, “Ok NOW you can have it because you were faithful in obeying, faithful in tithing, faithful in the waiting, faithful in applying your faith to these things!” NO! HIS faith says NOW as in, “You have ALWAYS been WHOLE! Your family has ALWAYS been saved! You have ALWAYS been healed!” NOW was fleshed out in time on the cross two thousand years ago, and NOW was the Lamb who was slain before time began! NOW is eternal… it is NEVER bound by time’s limitations. And the language of His faith speaks NOW and FINISHED!! 

I don’t think Paul meant for us to struggle with faith IN Christ or faith OF Christ. I’m pretty sure to Paul they both are saying the same thing. It doesn’t seem from his writings that faith in Christ was about a walk to the altar, repenting of our sins, or asking Jesus into our hearts. It wasn’t about putting our faith in Him so that we could be justified, saved, made righteous, etcetera. For Paul, there was only ONE faith – Christ’s! 

We read his letters forgetting that he isn’t talking TO us! He’s talking to a generation who is on the other side of the cross. There are still sacrifices offered daily in the temple, the Law of Moses is still being upheld. For them, their faith and the faith of their ancestors had been in Moses’s law, believing that they would be made righteous by obeying it. Paul is telling them that they have been made righteous by Jesus’ faith ALONE. He’s telling them to simply believe that. Not as in “believe so that they can attain it.” Paul doesn’t talk in the Old Covenant conditional language of “IF and THEN.” He’s telling them to believe it by just resting in Christ’s FINISHED work that MADE them righteous. 

But what about Romans 10:9? Doesn’t it say that IF we believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths that THEN we will be saved? 

Romans 10 begins with Paul praying for Israel to be saved. He’s not longing for them to BECOME saved, but to REALIZE their salvation. In our Western understanding, the concept of salvation has been reduced to making heaven and missing hell. But that definition isn’t included in either the Greek word sozo or the Hebrew word yeshua. The Hebrew word signifies freedom from what binds or restricts. When the children of Israel were fleeing from the Egyptians and crossing over the Red Sea, Moses told them they would see the Lord’s salvation. He was NOT telling them they would go to heaven and miss hell! He was telling them they were going to be delivered and set free from the Egyptians! They were going to be free from what was binding them! And the Greek word sozo means WHOLENESS in every area of life! 

Paul’s heart was burning for his fellow Jewish brothers to REALIZE their salvation. To realize their freedom from what was binding them (the Law)! And to experience the life of God, to experience their WHOLENESS in every area of their lives! 

He goes on in verse 3 to say that they (his Jewish brothers!) are ignorant of God’s righteousness, which he had already told them in Romans 3 came through THE faith OF Christ! Yet, they seek to establish their own righteousness, and they haven’t submitted to God’s righteousness. They were ALREADY made COMPLETELY righteous! FINISHED! There was no need to continue to seek to BECOME righteous! The Mirror Bible says, “They are tirelessly busy with their own efforts to justify themselves while blatantly ignoring the fact that God has already justified them IN Christ.”

Christ was the conclusion of the law. 

This is the context behind Romans 10:9. He’s talking to his Jewish brothers, who were still living life trying to be righteous through the law. Ignoring the fact that IN Christ, they already were righteous. He tells them that Moses is the Law’s voice, but faith has a different voice! In verses 6-7, he tells them that faith righteousness (the righteousness that came through Christ’s faith) does NOT say, “Who will ascend to heaven? or who will descend into the abyss?” Right here, we see that salvation is NOT a heaven or hell issue! Ascending to heaven or descending into the abyss is not the language of faith! So what does faith say? He tells us in verse 8, “The word is IN your mouth and IN your heart. That is the word of faith (THE faith word – or the spoken faith) we proclaim.” The word of faith (or the ONE faith, God’s faith, the faith OF Christ) IN you speaks forth from your mouth and heart! 

It’s the effortless language of Christ’s faith. 

We’ve made verse 9 about our doing – confessing and believing. We’ve made it about a “prayer of salvation” so that we can make heaven and miss hell, and YET verses 6-7 specifically say heaven and hell is NOT what faith speaks! The Mirror Bible translation of verse 9 is, “Now your salvation is realized! Your own words echo God’s voice. The unveiling of the masterful act of Jesus forms the words in your mouth, inspired by the conviction of your heart that God indeed raised Him from the dead.” As our hearts believe (not through praying a prayer, but by having the AHA moment – the YES moment!), our language will echo His faith – IT IS FINISHED!! 

Jesus said in Mark 11:22 that we are to have God’s faith. In Greek, it is echete pistin TheouEchete is the word formed from adding the personal pronoun “you” to the word echo, meaning you have! Jesus told them, “You have God’s faith!” Or we could say it like this — you echo God’s faith, you echo the faith OF Christ. The word echo is in the present tense. We are to continually and habitually echo God’s faith — what He believes. 

In other words, echoing His faith is to be our lifestyle! 

In Mark 4, when the storm came, and the disciples in the boat were afraid, Jesus said in verse 40, “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?” Have is the word echo. In other words, “Why are you not echoing faith?” We are to echo His faith when there are mountains that need to be moved or when the storms of life are tossing us about, and we’re afraid. 

If we would begin to read the word faith as the ONE faith, God’s faith, THE faith of Christ, it would remove the struggles, the doubts, and the DO TO BECOME mindset that the body of Christ has. The phrase faith IN Christ speaks the language of waiting, doing, and becoming (Old Testament language). In contrast, the faith OF Christ (THE ONE faith, God’s faith!) speaks FINISHED, DONE, NOW! It is the language of our identity!