Jesus came to relieve the inner conflict of mankind. This sounds a bit strange because he himself said that he had not come to bring peace, but a sword, and that members of households, families, would be at loggerheads with each other. In some parts of the world of course, a person gets killed for becoming a Christian, and often it is by a member of their own family.
The inner conflict is the sense of something wrong, something not right with oneself. We trace our beginning back to Adam and Eve, who left the guidance of God, left the one who WAS love, and initiated life without God, and therefore life without love.
Well living without love then, must be the problem. We feel unloved and we feel unable to produce love either towards ourselves or other people. We also fear.
The inner conflict can be described as being because there is something in our makeup that fears the future, fears God, fears death. [We don’t know who we are]. Being without love and fearing death is not happiness at all. (The complexity of how we behave is described as “the works of the devil”, which simply describes our behaviour when we are not controlled by love).
Jesus came to solve this problem, came to repair the damage, came to fix this inner problem of ours. Came to restore us to love. Love is not some mamby-pamby thing, it is God and God’s essence, his very being, (His Spirit) and his power. He came to restore this inner loss of self worth that overpowers our ability to function as whole, complete people. More than this, it was not a simple restoration only, it was a reformatting, a reforming of that which is called human, so that humanity becomes a new creation, as distinct from the old.
The problem in us was also in Jesus. That is why he came, not simply to tell us and show us how to live, but also to actually fix the problem. The trick is, that to bring this cure, this fix, into play and into effect, requires us to believe that it has been done. We need firstly to look at what is said to have been done. [Or what I am saying he did ]
He experienced something that is in common with us all. He experienced death. But on the way to this death and in the process of this death, he took on himself this problem of the inner conflict in man. He experienced it by entering into his deeper human nature, by looking into its jaws and by exposing its darkness of nature. There is something within us that rejects love for us because it considers us unworthy of love. So much so, that it produces all manner of bad things in reply to an initiated request from the mind to produce good things. It is confusion and darkness, and it controls us.
By Jesus entering into this inner darkness, he confronted it and destroyed it in himself, in his body. This fear of death was destroyed by destroying death itself, both by altering (healing) the “genetic” or otherwise faulty, failing, deteriorating nature that ages and dies, and at the same time destroying altering and changing the internal physiological structure that initiates thoughts that are not going to end at all well.
When we are released from the need to defend ourselves and to hide behind whatever psychological structure we can think of, we can operate as free people, free of guilt shame condemnation fear whatever. We can assume an identity as someone who is perfectly suited to behave in a manner towards ourselves and to others, that is in keeping with how love behaves.
Although we see Jesus die on the cross, that death was a victory over the weakness of natural man. Jesus became perfect and was immortalised, was resurrected to become a “life giving Spirit” in accordance with the written record by witnesses of the time. It is our “faith” in this, in Him, that releases us from fear.
How does it relate to us? God tells us that His death was for all mankind, that it is a sign of his love dealing with sin, and that his love deals with all sin in a similar fashion. But we have to let it. We have to let it, Him, do this for us, in us, using the proof of his resurrection as a sign and proof (guarantee) of His love for us, and his willingness to include us in what Jesus did. In what the Father and the Son in concert, did. Note that it is a past tense thing, He has DONE it already, PROVED his love for us, showing how his love has already acted in Jesus, and declares that it was for us, on our behalf, that he so acted to accomplish a situation where we could then admit Him and his love into ourselves, so we could agree with him and accept the free gift of his cleansing power, his love,.
Note further, that we only have to recognise that this has happened, has become reality for us, that by demonstrating his love for us in this way, by taking man’s death and declaring that this was his forgiveness of us as a free gift, we accept his freeing of Jesus from death as a guarantee of ourselves also being freed from death by the same love that freed His son. Because that which has caused injury to love, has been recognised in his suffering, it has been neutralised by this recognition, by his suffering. The full amount of it has been paid for, it is not endless, it was terminated and no longer has any punitive power over us.
Believing that we have been so freed, frees us also. “Justified by faith”, means we are considered to be guilt free, because we accept his word that Jesus removed our guilt, our sin, and any blame attached to that. The amazing thing is, that when we believe, our thinking structure alters, we actually engage in physical change of the grey matter, of our thinking structure, because we have accepted that our circumstances are now subject to what God says they are, rather than what we think they are, or thought they were.
Faith causes an actual change to our physiological being and structure. Continuing faith reinforces whatever is going on as a result of that initial realisation, belief, commitment.
It is when we recognise God’s motivation behind His son being on the cross.
When Jesus entered into our darkness, he entered into the states of anxiety and depression, He experienced what we call hell. He experienced the same separation from God, from love, that man experiences to varying degrees in this life. And he experienced it to the maximum degree possible. The guilt of every conceivable scenario of the depravity of man was experienced by Him, not because He had committed or done any of it Himself, but because he was confronting internally all that was being conceived of, being created by, this “fallen” natural inner mechanism.
Man controls his own destiny, only he doesn’t, because he is controlled by a faulty human nature that is impossible of doing completely what is right. He needs to hand over the reins of his independence from God and allow Him to guide as a loving parent. This is possible because Jesus as the Spirit returns to mould and guide our thinking and action, as we allow him to do so. We are not robots, but become complete people in him because we allow his love to touch us, to restore us, to heal us, by removing our inner death.
The simplicity of the gospel message is that “He tasted death for every man”, that it is by faith in his blood we are healed, saved. That his death, being the injured love of the Father and the Son, has taken our death away, has taken away the necessity for us to remain under this death sentence, because His action in Jesus has FORGIVEN us. His action in Jesus, and in his own heart, has taken upon himself the injury, the pain, and the debt to sin that we owed. Believing in Jesus as a “sacrifice” for sin, means that we believe his action as the Son of the living God, has borne on our behalf, IN OUR PLACE, the due end result of being natural man.
Natural man dies, the new non-natural man lives in the promise and the faith of eternal life, which appears in him by the power of that faith in his own body, and by the power [Spirit] of the one in whom that faith is exercised, “faith” simply meaning belief and believing. So we believe our death has been nullified. The word says “He has ABOLISHED” death. And by this, the law is also abolished, (It also says “he has abolished the law”) because where the penalty, the result or outcome of sin is nullified because it has had its cause and effect already in another who is the highest authority in the universe, then the law becomes pointless, is null and void over those over whom it previously had jurisdiction. ‘Mercy triumphs over judgement’ (law). New life results.
[When we find our identity in Him, we find ourselves.]
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VIDEO Silvie Paladino https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk
[ Love is of course also a beautiful thing that connects through our emotions – and here lies a problem, as many of us are scared of our emotions and afraid to show them. In Christ though, our emotions are able to find their proper place within the healing of the whole person.]