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Salvation

Salvation

‘For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (I Thessalonians 5:9) cross

Jesus died on the cross not only to save us from hell, the punishment we all deserve for our sins, but to bring us full healing, mind, body and spirit and to set us free from all the works of the enemy. He willingly suffered for all our sin and took our diseases on his own body. ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’ (Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:17). He suffered the agony of scourging and endured the cross so that we might be forgiven and completely healed. Jesus is our intermediary, the only one found completely sinless and worthy ‘to stand in the gap’ to save us from the Father’s wrath.

Salvation, ‘sozo’ in Greek, means to be delivered completely from us from all kinds of evil, disease, poverty and broken relationships. This is a free gift to all those who accept Christ as Lord and Saviour by repenting (choosing to turn from sin and trusting Jesus to rule and reign in their hearts). We do however need to exercise faith in appropriating God’s promises and to take authority over demonic activity.

When we are tempted or tried, we need to speak out the scriptures, just like Jesus did when he was tempted in the wilderness. He said, ‘It is written..’ (Matthew 4). When we are sick, we should declare, ‘By His stripes I have been healed’ (1 Peter 2:24b) until healing is manifest. Praise is another effective weapon against the enemy.

God is a loving Father, but he has the right to discipline his children when they go astray or to bring correction. This is for their own good and to save them from further danger. We can shorten the duration of the discipline by pleasing God with our faith. ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God.’ (Hebrew 11:6b) and ‘The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well (or save him.’(James 5:15)

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