LOVE HURTS [258c]

How can we describe the pain of guilt, of fear, of hurting for another’s suffering? This thing called anguish is so real, yet it is “just” a thought process. Physical pain we can understand because we can see the cause, but the inner torment of something that comes against what otherwise might be a peaceful condition of the mind, is unseen, although the effects of it may be visible.

What is the torment that will come against those who disbelieve, who are “caught” in their sin? Jesus says that this pain is very real. In another way he puts it that those who see they have been [are] excluded from the kingdom will “gnash their teeth”, such will be their distress.

But what of the pain that Jesus underwent for us? The reality has to be that he felt everything that people feel under these very same conditions. In other words, he experienced the hell that will be felt by those excluded from the kingdom.. [Some part of hell may be currently experienced by those presently not in the kingdom]. He experienced the fear that people experience. He experienced all that the human condition could throw at him, and he overcame it all. Otherwise he could not be a true sacrifice for sin.

He foresaw this in Gethsemane – he knew that all this would be his experience, and that when it came, he would not be able to understand why it came. It was in this condition on the cross that he cried “My God why have you abandoned me?”.

How deep the suffering of anguish, for whatever the reason. This condition is called “The wrath of God”.  We may feel it on our own account, or feel it for another.. Jesus felt it all. His righteousness enabled him to overcome it. Those who are not “in him” will feel it also, but will not be able to overcome it.

How great the victory we have inherited from him, that we can now exercise faith in his overcoming on our behalf so that we can be fit to live with him.

Clove

THE CROSS [5][5]b

This is an earlier version (May 31, 2015) which I omitted to include near “Cross power” [5], so please forgive any perceived difficulties.

The cross of Christ stands like a beacon in history. It is the means of an invisible eternal and supernatural God’s way of communicating with us his creative plan for mankind.

While many find it as the answer for their life, others ignore it or ridicule it. Amongst the detractors, are those who purport to be supporters, but in their explanations of it, they either accidentally or wantonly, destroy the power of the cross by giving it some meaning that is not true, or is distorted beyond accepted values.

Paul speaks about the simplicity of the cross, and how by varying from the simple straightforward delivery of its truth, into some explanation that is trying to cater for a more intellectual audience, the power of it is destroyed, since it is meant to strike the heart with a self realisation of conviction of sin and empathy for man’s condition.

The truth is, that the traditional teaching about the cross is pretty much how it is, but certain groups change it by offering explanations of the text whereby they deny the plain literality  of it in order to twist and shift its impact into something more acceptable to their doctrinal tastes.

Where it says that “he himself bore our sins in his body on the tree”, they will argue about the translation and the words and the context and the symbolism and the allegorical meaning and that a tree has no cross beam and etc. ad nauseum.

“He became sin for us”. Now, I don’t know how you are supposed to understand that from a literal point of view; it is easy to say that it was not literal, but instead was a literary device, a metaphor, and all the rest of it. The reality of these two verses is simply this. If you don’t understand what really happened on that cross, then you will have to duck and weave away from these verses as well as others. “One died for all, therefore all died”. Now we know that we didn’t actually die, because we are still here.

So there is some reason to understand some wording. But where the cross is preached, it is the impact of the words on the heart that is important. If you go messing with this then you destroy the impact, because you shift the focus from the heart to the head, and by so doing, shift the focus from an instinctive inner emotional knowledge kind of thing, into the realm of the mind and logic, and inevitably into the realm of the flesh, and consequently away from God.

It is in the heart of man that the true knowledge of our relationship or otherwise, with God, is understood. It is the emotional impact that most powerfully initiates our responses, since in the heart lie the matters of life and death, of love and fear.

There are many cross or “atonement” “theories”. Commonly is substitution, but there is also “representation” and a host of other variables. These are all just names and explanations, mostly of logic, that more appeal to the “thinking” person. But the reality lies in whatever the truth of the matter is.

So what happened on the cross? As someone once said, he wasn’t just hanging up there, he was actually DOING something.

So what was he doing? He was BEARING sin. He was dealing with it, he was absorbing it, he was destroying it, and he was suffering from it, and he was LOVING it away. So yes he was bearing our sin in his body, and he did become sin for us, although of course the metaphorical thing hangs heavily over this one.: Yet it is still literal, he DID in some way, or to some degree, literally become sin “for us”.

There is some thought that yes, he hung on the cross and yes, it would be painful, but no, there was nothing beyond this, because it was only a matter of God FORGIVING us that was the core issue to this. They do not recognise the anguish and suffering in the garden BEFORE the actual cross event, nor do they recognise the same suffering on the cross itself, And certainly the words”My God,my God, why have you forsaken me?” don’t seem to have a lot of impact on them.

For some reason,some do not recognise the COST of the cross, and in fact shrink from the very words of cost, or price. Yet these are legitimate words and explanations of what was involved in the “atonement”.

It is not recognised that the cross WAS his forgiveness towards us, and that it actually achieved a shift in our status and standing before God, which only requires our acceptance of it to become “actuated”. The cross was a contract, a “covenant”, an agreement, and a “will”. There have to be two parties to forgiveness, the forgiver and the forgiven. If there is no acceptance of the forgiveness, IE of the cross, then the state of the would be “forgiven” remains unchanged, accept of course to the list of his “sins” he now could add that of the refusal to accept the offering of the son of God as sacrifice for his sins. That the death of God’s son meant nothing to him. And so rather than accept forgiveness, he makes a judgement call that then BECOMES his judgement.

The “transaction” on the cross meant that our inevitable death was now no longer inevitable. Our death, which was the result of sin, was taken on our behalf by Jesus. How could this be? And what does God’s “wrath” have to do with it? Some religions object to the concept of one man paying for the sins of another. (but he was more than just a man).

There is the issue of the blood, upon which great emphasis is made, and again, this is to do with the “simple” aspects of presenting the cross; but HOW does blood itself do anything or save anybody. He took the WRATH of the Father may be a common concept, but along with “sacrifice”, especially when it is related to animal sacrifices as in the old testament, doesn’t go down too well. And yes, it is the common use of such things, even as the song says, “washed in the blood” that have a lot of emotional impact, and not only so, it conveys graphically the reality of the events of the cross.

Now let’s try and get into an overall explanation, so I hope all you readers are aware that as an explanation, it will not necessarily touch your heart, because we are running foul of the complicated explanation issue once again.

Let’s try and put forward some aspects which hopefully will draw together in some understandable fashion perhaps.

God is a supernatural being, he is love, and he is in the business of increasing love and its dominion, ie he seeks his own expansion. A God of love needs something to love, even someones to love. This God cannot be touched by humans, lest they die. He cannot be seen, or even approached, because “He dwells in unapproachable light”. This light though, is not all there is. The Holy Spirit is symbolised by fire. “Our God is a consuming fire”. The chaff is to be burnt after the wheat is gathered. Whatever or whoever God is, he is extremely powerful beyond understanding.

Now when we put these elements together, we discover that the natural world and God, are opposites, are opposed in nature and composition. We become aware that God’s love is actually his very nature and his Spirit in one. And we become aware that the two (his and ours) are mutually exclusive. Peter says that “the earth and the works thereon will be destroyed” [burnt up](by fire).

We discover that when God comes upon this creation, it will be consumed by his nature, and only that which is compatible with his nature will survive, being caught up with his nature and becoming part of it, of him. The rest will be totally consumed, burnt up. Christians are those who made the shift from the natural to the supernatural when they believed. They are those who, in the grace period of time that this age is, have subjected themselves willingly to the Spirit of God, and have had, both initially and ongoing, sin burnt out of them.

God said. “My Spirit will not always strive with man…”. Because of “the fall”, that event where Adam and Eve sinned, mankind has ever since been in hiding of God, in fear of judgement, just as Adam and Eve hid from God after they sinned.

So mankind cannot face up to God, for fear of facing his judgement, so they pretend he doesn’t exist, only subconsciously they know that he does. Man registers within himself the sense of justice and right and wrong in his conscience, to the extent that he can feel “God’s Wrath” upon him. But “God’s wrath”, is actually his love, and this is how his love is perceived by guilty man, as wrath.

Man cannot face God’s love, because of his sin, he expects retribution for his sin, punishment. So he cannot accept that God wants only what is good for man. His expectation of that punishment leaves him in fear (unless his conscience is dead).

The point of all this is that it is God’s love that will destroy that which is not of love, that is of sin. Love cannot allow anything that is less than love, to survive, else love is always compromised by that which is not love.

So the action of love on sin is seen and sensed as wrath. When Christ “became sin for us”, the bond between God and son was temporarily broken, so that the righteousness of the sinless Christ could be put to the test to prove the validity, and the justification, of love insofar as the purpose of the creation and the justice of allowing it to exist at all.

Internally, Christ confronted sin not his own, but that which emerged from the body of flesh that was like our own body “in every way”, “yet without sin”. Paul in Romans 7 declared that “it is not me, but sin that dwells in me”. And as Jesus’ body was racked in the turmoil and the darkness that sin is, as it produced within him every sin scenario, he confronted its unrighteousness and destroyed it with his own righteousness. And the stress of this confrontation was immense. So much so that he cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”. There are some that dispute these words, but there are some who would dispute anything. Hitler disputed the right of the Jews to live. Pure evil.

And so, the confrontation within him between that which was good and that which was bad, where the right of life and love to exist at all was in dispute by the same element that disputed God’s integrity in the garden, and which amounted to dispute over whether the creation was justifiable in the light of the evil it produced, amounted to “God’s Wrath”.

Sin was being confronted by, and destroyed by, love. And this act is described by man as wrath.

Christ bore within his body the effective sin of mankind, having taken responsibility for it. The judgement on sin was absorbed by him, distressing though it was. God has allowed the son of his love, to love away the sin of the world. In this the Father shared, because love suffers. That is the nature of love. This love in action destroyed the sin and declared that because he is love, he has removed it from us at great cost to himself, and to his son. [the wrath took it away] Sin was judged IN Christ.

They have done this so we will not die. So that we will live. But though our eternal parent has suffered for us in removing our “iniquity”, “As far as the East is from the West”, it remains that we should recognise this and gratefully acknowledge him as Father, and his son as Son. That we recognise the necessity for sin to be judged, and accepting that it has been judged in him so that we are free of it, that we take steps to remain free of it, by believing and coming home to him.

If we do not, then that sin effectively remains within us, we have refused the judgement of sin in Christ, we will now have to accept its judgement in us, as we have refused to let go of it. Therefore, we will receive the wrath upon ourselves when he comes in flaming fire “with the angels”.

So the sin has been dealt with by his love, and we must accept his love, or at least his action of love relative to our position, so that we are accepting of his forgiveness. The action of the cross meant that “one died for all, therefore all died”. This means the death we deserve has been “accounted” for, it is no longer on God’s “books”, or any other books or ledgers. But unless we rise to his realisation and reality of life, by our belief, faith, and trust in him, that sin can remain in us.

The thing is, that he HAS dealt with sin once for all, “The just for the unjust” to bring us to God. And if we choose again, like Adam chose, to disbelieve his word, then the removal of sin will not help us, because we will remain dead without him.

2015 Random after thoughts. It’s not our sin that kills us, it’s our death that kills us. In R7 Paul is under the wrath of God. He is under the wrath of the law, for, “law brings wrath”. The opposition between law and flesh compared with the opposition of the Spirit and the flesh? “For the Spirit and flesh are opposed, so you cannot do what you want? (Galatians).

Cross afterthoughts…What if it is ALL finished? What if sin is no more and we are left “floating” as free agents with a free will, as free entities? Then it becomes only the need to absorb his life in order to be complete. Reverse engineering – what would be the best outcome for both God and man? someone said “nothing will satisfy the conscience of God that does not first satisfy the conscience of man” or was it the other way around? The cross and the wrath of the law. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil becomes the tree of life? Unlike law, you cannot have “The wrath of the Spirit”. But you can grieve the Spirit. every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. saying what God says. The greatest gift of the Spirit, is the Spirit. “equality” with God (participant in the divine nature). It is finished. It is ALL finished? We are again in the garden with God. There is no sin, we are innocent, we choose again!

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CROSS POWER [5e]

The power of the cross is said to be destroyed by robbing it of its simplicity. People do this by explaining it in some complex way which alters its design and intention. This is because they are not in touch with the Spirit, and are coming up with explanations from their “flesh”. There are many such sects and cults, and they appear to be ignorant of the deceptions they employ to deceive people and to keep them from the liberating and lifegiving action of the cross.

Yet I am going to join their ranks for the purpose of explanation of the complete subject of the cross.

What then is the power of the cross, why does it attract and deserve man’s attention in the way that it does.

It is because man identifies with it so perfectly. It is to the one open to truth, his own life of sin on display, up there for all the world to see, pinned like a declaration of guilt, to a cross of wood. This hidden life, this outer falseness that hides the inner turmoil, is suddenly in front of his eyes, and his heart registers the injustice of the good man who died in his place, and burdened down with the guilt and pain and suffering that he himself fully deserved. He is fully mirrored by the image before him in his innermost perception. He recognises his own part in pinning this innocent one to this tree. The words of scripture speak in this way, “You have killed the prince of peace, and desired a murderer released unto you”. That murder of innocence that Adam performed in the Garden of Eden, when he released the thought that, when enacted, killed him and the human race with him also..

And here was that innocence hung on the cross, dead, after the murderer Barabbas was released instead of Jesus. He recognises his murder of his own innocence, and the blood of Christ spilt for him.

The sacrifice of his life for ours. Our inevitable death now relieved of its inevitability! One died for all, therefore all died. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross. He became sin for us.

And that is the impact on man, and the power of the cross to draw all men to him, where they receive relief, pardon, forgiveness for their sinful actions they produced over the course of their lives.

So what happens if we explain the cross in some other way, if we deny his death on our account, if we deny his taking up into his own body our sin, if we deny his agony was him actually grappling with the justice of taking the responsibility, the pain, away from us and for us. If we deny that God the Creator himself was dealing with and removing the blame from us.

What happens is that the love which was the motivation for God sending his son to the cross, becomes detached and remote from the cross and from us. There is presented instead, some convoluted explanation that offers conditional salvation that usually is distinctive to the errant group involved. It may represent some more intellectually satisfying explanation, but in doing so will remove the completeness which reveals God’s utter love and commitment towards us.

It is faith, belief, trust in this and in him that changes our lives forever.

Now here I go introducing complication. Much is placed on “the blood” as that which saves us. But blood is nothing in itself, even if it is the blood of Christ. It carries meaning and great weight because of its symbolism of death, and because it is attached to so much of the Jewish religion and tradition. What saves us, is God’s love in acting to absorb sin, to pay the cost of its damage in terms of human suffering, God himself suffers it through his son.

The damage of sin, its non-reality and non-viability in God’s world, is confirmed by God’s action in removing it. And it is the conveyance to us, in undeniable and obvious terms of that love, that saves us. So we are saved in the primary sense that the inevitability of our death has ceased to be inevitable, and we are saved in the reality sense when we accept his action as true, and his motivation as love, and therefore his very nature as being love. And when we accept his action and believe he did indeed perform it, and that Christ rose from the dead, and we are prepared to say so; then we are saved.

But no matter what I say, it will not have the same saving impact as those words which are presented by scripture itself, to our hearts, which then are open to the Spirit of truth to impact us. But God who IS love, has acted within his creative purpose, to bring all men to himself, that they might be conformed to his very nature, by allowing the spirit of his son to live in their hearts. That his will of loving forgiveness towards all, might be enacted on the earth by his servants, his sons and daughters.

It is hard for us as natural people to even imagine how God’s will of righteousness could be enacted through people such as we. But when the notion of unrighteousness is unveiled from our eyes, and replaced with the notion of righteousness because of Christ, it all becomes not only clear, but also “do-able”. And why should we think it strange that it is possible to do what is right. Why should we consider that doing what is wrong, or doing what is mediocre, should in anyway be acceptable or impossible to depart from?

The power of the cross exists to change men’s behaviour by changing their thinking by changing their heart, which is the seat of true, relevant reasoning. The Spirit of truth witnesses TO the truth. What is truth? Pilate said. The answer given by the word is that “The Spirit is the truth”. We have been designed to operate and function as good people, as the true children of this creation, without the twisting and shifting of serpentile thinking. The first Adam failed. The “second Adam” succeeded. He has empowered us to be patterned according to himself, according to the nature of the Father of light. article

Later edit. Jesus said on the cross, “they know not what they do” Paul said in R7 “I know not what I do”

THE ONE WHO ACCEPTS THE SACRIFICE BECOMES AT ONE WITH HIM IN IT [1300b]

Those who love what Jesus has done for them, will join with Him on the cross. The cross breaks our relationship with law. Empathy can cause an internalisation of the sacrifice, we with Him. In this, we “die” with Him, but then also rise with Him. “If only we suffer with Him”, and, ‘if we die a death similar to His’.

In God’s plan we have been caused to die with Him (and rise with Him) if and as we believe in Him. It is there for all who believe, it will not become the design intended if no belief is provided by the recipient.

By internalising the sacrifice, we internalise HIM. This is how Christ is “formed in us”.

We become at one with Him, His death and resurrection, and this is why we will be resurrected when He appears.

It is the change which occurs in us that will become the new body, supplanting the old, or even being resurrected as the new body by virtue of the changed old one. [His Spirit will give life also to your mortal bodies]

Jesus came that we might be repeated in Him, that He might be repeated in us, that there may be many sons of God.

“Present your bodies a living sacrifice”.

It may be understood by the (used to be) common phrase ‘we take it to heart’.

[Unless you eat my body and drink my blood you have no life in you][For my body is real food and my blood real drink].[love breaks our relationship with law][He has come to give us understanding][We identify with His identification with us]

THE INTERNALISATION OF THE SACRIFICE [1302]

The person who accepts the sacrifice becomes at one with Him in it. The sacrifice that is considered to be of worth, is at one with the one offering it. Is at-one-ment with it. (Him).

In this way does empathy join us with Him, that we become at one with Him in all He stands for. We “take it to heart”.

Then he is in us and we in Him.

[A real sacrifice is the one you become at one with][We die with Him on His cross][And the person takes on the value of the sacrifice][Into himself][To whatever degree or value he has placed on it][To whatever degree of sin it is covering][Is allowed to cover]

DEATH IS THE OLD ‘STATUS QUO’ [1292a]

Previously there was nothing but death, futility and darkness. But now the light has shone in the form of the Son who brought life and immortality to light. He has revealed to us the tragedy of sin and its effects on humankind, having exposed it by bearing its effects upon Himself, in Himself, so we might see it also. We also see the result of Him having brought His righteousness to bear on the situation for us, so that life is revealed as being the product of faith in Him and His overcoming for us of sin and death.

Sin and death never did have ultimate power over us, but we would not believe this until we saw it for ourselves in His firstly destroyed and then resurrected body. Thomas said He would not believe unless He saw. We are asked to see by faith that broken body, and then acknowledge its resurrection.

His resurrected Spirit of life is able to persuade us also that death is dealt with and done with, and that life is a free gift with no worthy opponents left in the picture. That our adversaries are largely imagined, as was the depiction of the giants by the spies sent into Israel, the promised land. Certainly they may still be alive in us to some extent, but their power is demonstrated to be as nothing, in that they will not survive in us beyond death, our physical death, and again not survive in us beyond our spiritual termination, which will occur if we fail to acknowledge the elimination of their authority from our bodies.

The power of the flesh is man’s invention, not God’s. The hangover of sin, being that it has dominated our existence, may try to exert authority in our lives, but it has none, none at all. All authority has been given to Jesus, and in the affairs of man there is no other, He has been put in charge to enable us to share the victory which He won for us.

The “old man” has been put to death by association with Jesus’ body of death, and the “new man” created by association with His risen Spirit of life which gave life to His body and now also to ours, on a promissory basis which yields the fruit of life by faith, even as we physically remain still in “the old body”, but not in the “old man”, who is dead along with that old body of sin. For those of faith, the new ‘status quo’ is LIFE.

DEATH IS THE OLD ‘STATUS QUO’ [1292]

Previously there was nothing but death, futility and darkness. But now the light has shone in the form of the Son who brought life and immortality to light. He has revealed to us the tragedy of sin and its effects on humankind, having exposed it by bearing its effects upon Himself, in Himself, so we might see it also. We also see the result of Him having brought His righteousness to bear on the situation for us, so that life is revealed as being the product of faith in Him and His overcoming for us of sin and death.

Sin and death never did have ultimate power over us, but we would not believe this until we saw it for ourselves in His firstly destroyed and then resurrected body. Thomas said He would not believe unless He saw. We are asked to see by faith that broken body, and then acknowledge its resurrection.

His resurrected Spirit of life is able to persuade us also that death is dealt with and done with, and that life is a free gift with no worthy opponents left in the picture. That our adversaries are largely imagined, as was the depiction of the giants by the spies sent into Israel, the promised land. Certainly they may still be alive in us to some extent, but their power is demonstrated to be as nothing, in that they will not survive in us beyond death, our physical death, and again not survive in us beyond our spiritual termination, which will occur if we fail to acknowledge the elimination of their authority from our bodies.

The power of the flesh is man’s invention, not God’s. The hangover of sin, being that it has dominated our existence, may try to exert authority in our lives, but it has none, none at all. All authority has been given to Jesus, and in the affairs of man there is no other, He has been put in charge to enable us to share the victory which He won for us.

The “old man” has been put to death by association with Jesus’ body of death, and the “new man” created by association with His risen Spirit of life which gave life to His body and now also to ours, on a promissory basis which yields the fruit of life by faith, even as we physically remain still in “the old body”, but not in the “old man”, who is dead along with that old body of sin. For those of faith, the new ‘status quo’ is LIFE.

IT IS NEARLY FINISHED [1288a]

No, Jesus did not say that, but it is the very thing that many people acquire and pursue in order to avoid the fact that it IS finished. A theologian once said, “yes it is finished, but will we ALLOW it to be finished?

Jesus spoke these “finished” words on the cross just before he died. “It is finished”. The task He had come to complete was done, the remedy for the problem of estrangement from God was put in place, it was over, mankind was saved, the new creation could now come into effect.

Many people want for it not to be finished, because they want to have some input to it, they want to inject their own element of salvation to it, to make it complete in a manner to THEIR satisfaction, so they can have people ‘jump through hoops’ according to the religion they create.

It is also human nature to resist it being finished, because that would mean total submission to ‘it’, with no remaining option but to obey, submit to HIS righteousness and to exclude any of their own. Hence cults and sects and to some degree, denominations.

Jesus finished it, we must accept it.     IT IS FINISHED.

[John 19-30]

IT IS NEARLY FINISHED [1288]

No, Jesus did not say that, but it is the very thing that many people acquire and pursue in order to avoid the fact that it IS finished. A theologian once said, “yes it is finished, but will we ALLOW it to be finished?

Jesus spoke these “finished” words on the cross just before he died. “It is finished”. The task He had come to complete was done, the remedy for the problem of estrangement from God was put in place, it was over, mankind was saved, the new creation could now come into effect.

Many people want for it not to be finished, because they want to have some input to it, they want to inject their own element of salvation to it, to make it complete in a manner to THEIR satisfaction, so they can have people ‘jump through hoops’ according to the religion they create.

It is also human nature to resist it being finished, because that would mean total submission to ‘it’, with no remaining option but to obey, submit to HIS righteousness and to exclude any of their own. Hence cults and sects and to some degree, denominations.

Jesus finished it, we must accept it.     IT IS FINISHED.

[John 19-30]

LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS [1286a]

Forgiveness is not just always available, it is the immediate reality of God, because He IS LOVE. Love cannot help itself, it [God] HAS to forgive, this is its [HIS] nature.

So the “atonement” never had to reconcile our sinning with God’s holiness, because He was always there to reveal to us that He keeps no records of wrongs, and that we always have had the opportunity to stop behaving unrighteously and to start behaving righteously.

The cross was this very revelation to us, that we might be able to understand Him and His love, and the fact that HE had to bring this message down to us in such a way as to cause His Son the pain of embracing our humanity and overcoming it Himself; just proves the case of our release by cleaving to Him as the one who released us BY OPENING THE EYES OF OUR HEARTS to bring us this understanding so that we might gain His Spirit of life, and by it, also join in His overcoming with Him.

Because love overcame in Him, it can also overcome in us: And it is not a matter of overcoming perfectly in that kind of sense, because we can never consider ourselves as perfect: But that by being in Him and of His Spirit, we are able to “perfectly” deal with that which He presents to us to deal with. And any and all imperfections have had their power to condemn us, removed.

By His Spirit we can “operate” in righteousness and be righteous as He is righteous. Why the cross? There was no other way to communicate life to us. He had to be the perfector of our faith because we could not; And His bodily resurrection and then the pouring out of His Spirit and the power it revealed was necessary to convince us of the need to change, to be changed. There was no other way to define love and then impart that information to us.

We had to be so effected by this that our heart would be impacted so as to cause us to want to accept Him and His salvation, to accept truth and love as being all that matters, sufficiently so as to cause a total change in the reason and motivation for our lives. There is really no way of proving that there was any sense of “our sin” being conveyed “into” Him so that He “bore” it in this way. Yes His love would have suffered the impact of us being estranged from Him, there is that about it; and it is the very nature of love that was suffering in His bodily anguish as He grappled with the sin nature we and He were of.

But the only other “laying our sins on Him” that occurred was only by the fact of Him being of the same human nature as ourselves, and He “bore our sin” by being the one true example of human nature that could possibly be perfected and then immortalised and resurrected. So it was the fact that He wore OUR mortal nature that He had to overcome, that was in effect the “bearing of OUR sin”. “One died for all, therefore all died”. And, “He tasted death for every man”. Of course, everything that either died or WAS to die, was of sinful mortal nature, the cross left us with total annihilation of the “first creation”. And that was how it had to be.

The “second creation” was a product of God’s seed by virtue of being a product of Christ’s Spirit, freely given and available to all, because “LOVE [God] keeps no record of wrongs”. The “debt” [accumulation] of sin is gone as we allow it to be gone, as we allow it to be dead with Him, and the new life we gain is by faith in Him. Our sin goes as we allow it to go. ‘As they went, they were healed”. As we come to Him, our sins are forgiven and removed from us, even as they already have been so removed. So let it go.

He has removed sins from His sight, we have to allow them to have been removed, FROM US, not from Him. What He has forgiven [and He has] He has also forgotten, sin and death to Him no longer exist. To Him, only LIFE now exists, that life as obtained through faith in Jesus who pioneered our salvation and presented it to us as fait accompli.

Salvation is brought about by the birth of His love in us, that we also might love as He does, that we might become “participants in the divine nature”.

[“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice”]