DIG for Wednesday the 25th of February…..all judgement already drawn unto Him…..John 12 v 32

•March 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Do you know that if you are reading the King James Bible there have been some additions added by the translators that were not there in the original Greek?

One such example is seen in John 12 v 32, where the word “men” was not in the original Greek manuscripts.

The traditional teaching for this verse is that all men will be drawn to Jesus once we lift Him up in our lives; well, I don’t know about you but I know that there are some men who have still not come to Jesus.

This verse is written in the context of Jesus talking about judgement and about His crucifixion.

He says, “Now is the judgement of the world” (John 12 v 31).

He then tells us that He will be lifted up or crucified and will draw all unto Him.

In the original Greek manuscripts this is clearly talking about judgement and not men.

John 12 v 33 shows us that this is talking about the crucifixion, the way in which He would die.

He would die on a cross and draw all judgement for sin upon Himself, what a Saviour.

As I’ve written before in a DIG I am not sure what exactly is going to happen on what we know as the day of judgement.

However I know one thing, I (and you) will not be judged for sin.

Sin has already been judged and sin has already been dealt with through the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that I can have boldness of the day of judgement”.

John 12 v 32…..And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me

DIG for Tuesday the 24th of February…..well that was difficult to listen to……1 Timothy 5 v 23

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’ve just finished listening to a message on healing and it has been one of the most challenging messages I’ve ever listened to.

But you know what, I think it is a message that will change my life!

The main teaching point was that a lot of what goes on in our lives is our fault (or rather our doing) and I know that, but this message really forced that truth home.

Many of us are looking for healing to be manifest in our lives but then care not about what we eat and drink.

Many of us want healing but don’t do anything about keeping ourselves fit.

Many of us want healing but do not adopt a healthy lifestyle.

There are many reasons why we are sick but a lot of the time it is to do with our choices and our lifestyles.

Paul wrote to Timothy and told him to drink some wine instead of water to improve his stomach and reduce his infirmities (1 Timothy 5 v 23).

Now this is not a directive to drink more alcohol, but it is a warning not to drink polluted or contaminated water.

In our context it is telling us to watch what we eat and drink; to watch what we put into our bodies.

Of course there are many causes of illness and I am not saying it is always lifestyle and I am not trying to condemn anyone (in fact I’m speaking more to myself here).

But many of us could look after the bodies that the Lord created for us in a better way than we are at the moment.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you created my body, and thank you for your Word encouraging us to look after that body”.

1 Timothy 5 v 23…..Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities

DIG for Sunday the 22nd of February…..not just life, but abundant life…..John 10 v 10

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My daily reading took me to John 10 v 10 this morning, a verse that has always excited me.

Today however I’ve been meditating on the first part, the steal, kill and destroy part.

For something to be killed it must first be alive.

For something to be stolen from a person they must first own that thing.

For something to be destroyed it must first be in existence.

The enemy wants you to live a life of sickness and poverty; he wants to steal, kill and destroy these aspects of your life.

So you must already be in possession of these things, you must already have health and prosperity, they must already be in existence and alive in your life.

They must be my friends or the enemy would not be able to try and steal, kill and destroy them.

Yes, in your life ALREADY you have all the health and prosperity that you will ever need; you ALREADY have all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3) and you ALREADY have all that you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

You have life and life in abundance already; that is what Jesus came to do for you (John 10 v 10).

The enemy can only steal what you already own!

If a burglar came to your house to steal your goods (that you already own) you would resist and put up a fight would you not?

Well then, if the devil comes along and tries to steal your health and prosperity put up a fight, or in other words resist him (James 4 v 7).

Submit to the truths of God that Jesus came to bring you life in abundance (John 10 v 10) and that God wants, above all things, that you live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

Submit to God and resist the devil, and you can see that health and abundance that Jesus died for flowing in your life.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that He came for me to have life and life more abundantly”.

John 10 v 10…..The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly

DIG for Saturday the 21st of February…..physical healing, not spiritual healing…..Matthew 8 v 17

•February 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5 is a wonderful prophecy regarding the future work of the Messiah.

It tells us that Jesus will exchange our sickness and disease on the cross for healing and wholeness.

I have however, on many occasions, heard people say that it was spiritual healing that was provided for at the cross and not physical healing, that this verse is talking about spiritual and physical matters.

The Hebrew in this verse however clearly indicates that Isaiah was talking about the physical realm.

“Griefs” can be translated as sickness and disease; “sorrow” can be translated as pain; and “healed” means to be cured as in by a physician (or doctor).

But Vic, you told us in yesterday’s DIG that Old Covenant verses were not for us today.

Now that is true, but they are for us if New Covenant scriptures confirm them.

In the New Covenant we read that by His stripes we were healed (cured, healed or made whole) (1 Peter 2 v 24).

I also know that Isaiah was talking about physical illness as we see Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law.

She had a fever and was sick in her bed, clearly a physical ailment (Matthew 8 v 14)

She was physically healed, the fever left her (Matthew 8 v 15) and we read further on that this confirmed what Isaiah wrote about infirmities and sickness (Matthew 8 v 17).

The healing spoken about in Isaiah, Matthew and 1 Peter is clearly physical healing and it is available for every single person today (yes, even the lost).

Sickness was dealt with at the same time as sin; sickness was dealt with as part of our reconciliation and forgiveness (as part of the atonement), and is available to everyone just in the same way as salvation is.

Don’t have your healing stolen by wrong thinking and misinterpretation of the Word; you have been healed through the finished work of Jesus Christ and you can see your healing today!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that my healing was part of that finished work”.

Matthew 8 v 17…..That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our diseases

DIG for Monday the 16th of February…..the model for freedom right before our very eyes…..John 8 v 31 and 32

•February 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Sorry…..must have forgotten to add this in for Monday……..

Many of us in the church are looking to be set free from some kind of slavery or bondage; it may be sickness, depression or poverty for example.

These things can keep us in bondage as they mean we are not free to do all that we want for the Kingdom.

Jesus provides a model on how to escape from slavery and bondage in John 8.

He is speaking to believers, those that follow him, and says that they are to continue in his word.

In our lives today this is talking about Scripture.

If we continue in Scripture we really are true disciples of Jesus (John 8 v 31).

This will bring truth to us in the terms of knowledge and understanding of His Word, and this in return will make us free.

Knowledge and understanding of the Word of God is knowledge and understanding about Jesus and His finished work.

Peter said that we have all that we need for life and godliness (or a life free from the slavery and bondage of illness, poverty, depression etc.) and this is released (or made manifest) through knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 4).

The Scriptures will make us free, but not by sitting on a coffee table or a bookshelf.

The Bible is there to be read, studied, meditated upon; it is there to be rightly divided (

Once understood the truths in the Word will make us free; free form illness, free from poverty, free from depression; in fact free from any kind of slavery or bondage that the enemy tries to snare you with.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy and bring us life in abundance; if we do not understand this truth from Scripture we will not see it manifest in our lives.

Invest in your freedom this morning; invest some time and effort into exploring and discovering the truths about Jesus through His Word.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Scriptures, your Holy Word, and thank you for the truths held within that are ready and able to change my life”.

John 8 v 31 and 32…..The said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free

DIG for Friday the 20th of February…..this old covenant “prophecy” is not for you, you are under grace and under the New Covenant…..Ephesians 1 v 7

•February 24, 2015 • 3 Comments

The “prophecy” that I wrote about in DIG yesterday as a rather extreme example; there is another subtle yet more dangerous type of “prophecy” prevalent in the body of Christ.

This type of “prophecy” is associated with 2 Chronicles 7 v 14.

This verse says that God’s people (called by His name) should humble themselves, pray and stop sinning then God will forgive them and heal their land.

Many interpret this literally saying we have to perform in some way before God will forgive us, before God will bless Scotland for example.

We are told to pray (and fast, even though there is no mention of fasting) for a certain length of time (for 1 year for example by one organisation here in Scotland) and then we will be forgiven and our nation will be “healed”.

Yes, this is what the Word seems to say but that is not what it means.

This verse was written for an Old Covenant nation, we now live under the New Covenant.

In other words this verse is pre-cross, but we live post-cross.

Forgiveness (and reconciliation with God) was achieved through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and it has nothing to do with our religious performance.

Forgiveness is not earned; forgiveness was bestowed as a gift through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Forgiveness and reconciliation was given so that all men could have the opportunity to be saved; you see, reconciliation and forgiveness was a pre-requisite for salvation (see a picture for this in Mark 2 v 1 to 12, where forgiveness comes before salvation, in this case healing).

We were all forgiven at the cross as Jesus was made the payment (or propitiation) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).

Do not listen to the doom and gloom merchants talking about asteroids and God’s judgement, but also please do not listen to the more subtle and dangerous “prophecies” based upon 2 Chronicles 7 v 14.

This can lead you down the path of guilt and condemnation, begging and pleading for forgiveness and thinking that there is some kind of religious performance required.

You live under grace and benefit from the finished work of Jesus Christ; you have already been forgiven.

Yes, pray and fast and turn away from sin; that will be good for your life and for those around you.

But it is not required for your forgiveness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that because of that I have been forgiven”.

Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace

DIG for Thursday the 19th of February…..has He paid for all sin or has He not…..1 John 2 v 2

•February 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So the doom and gloom merchants are at it again!

I read a “prophecy” this morning that God is sending an asteroid this year to crash into the Atlantic and cause a Tsunami and earthquake to punish the USA, killing over 40 million people.

The USA is to be punished by God because of the sins of the church.

Now for a start I thought that prophecy was meant to be encouraging, edifying and exhorting!

And Biblical truths can tell us that this type of “prophecy” is actually nonsense.

My Bible says that Jesus has already paid for all the sin of every person in the world (1 John 2 v 2).

My Bible says that forgiveness has flowed upon all mankind as the blood of Jesus flowed on the cross at Calvary (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

My Bible says that a day would come when God would remove the sin from His people and remember those sins no longer (Psalm 103 v 12 and Isaiah 43 v 25).

This was accomplished at the cross of Christ so we now live in those days, we live under grace and not under law (Romans 6 v 14 and 15 and Hebrews 10 v 17).

We live in a time when sin has already been dealt with (Hebrews 10 v 12 to 14).

If God were to now punish the USA because of sin He would be saying that the finished work of Jesus Christ was not actually enough, it would be the “not quite” finished work.

This type of “prophecy” does nothing but spread fear and anxiety and is not Biblical.

What are you going to believe; Biblical truth or a so-called prophet?

I’ll leave the choice up to you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my sin and the sin of the whole world was dealt with through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross”.

1 John 2 v 2…..And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world

 
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