DIG for Friday the 23rd of September…..this verse is one of the crystal clear ones…..John 14 v 6

I have to agree that there are some verses and passages in the Bible that are rather difficult to understand.

Sometimes we need to look into the Greek or Hebrew, pouring over the Scriptures, seeking guidance from the Holy Sprit.

However there are verses and passages that are crystal clear in their meaning, where everyone should be able to understand what it is saying.

Take for example John 14 v 6.

Here Jesus is talking to His disciples and is telling them how a man can come to God the Father.

He is perfectly clear in how this happens; it can only be done through Him.

He says that He is the way, the truth and the life and that the only way to God is by Him.

You do not need to look at the Greek, you do not need to consult a commentary, and you do not need the services of a theologian.

Jesus is the only ‘vehicle’ available that makes a relationship with God the Father a possibility.

Through His finished work He brought reconciliation and forgiveness to all men, so that all men could make the choice to come into a relationship with God he Father.

Faith and trust in Jesus , and what He has already done, is indeed the only way to come to the Father.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that He is the way, the truth and the life”.

John 14 v 6…..Jesus saith unto him, I am the way. The truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

DIG for Thursday the 22nd of September…..we are here to love one another…..1 John 4 v 7

While I was out shopping this morning I recognised a lady from an old church I used to go to many years ago.

I said hello, asked if she was who I thought she was and then explained who I was.

After this awkward moment we had a nice conversation.

I knew her husband had died recently but I didn’t know today was their wedding anniversary and that she needed some encouraging words.

The Lord knew however!

I had seen this lady a few times before and to be honest had not approached her, not knowing what kind of response I would get.

But the Lord prompted me to say hello today and I was able to give her a smile and some words of encouragement.

We are here to edify, encourage and exhort one another, not only in church but also in other situations, including the supermarket aisles.

Say hello to someone today; ask how they are doing, give them some encouragement and show them some kindness.

You do not know how much a smile and a kind word are required by some people today and you may just be the one to give it to them.

Verses like 1 John 4 v 7 are not just for in church on a Sunday morning, they are for everyday life!

Can you share some love today?

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord that we can love others because you first loved us”

1 John 4 v 7…..Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God

DIG for Tuesday the 20th of September…..healing is part of the sozo package…..Matthew 9 v 21

The Greek word used to describe salvation is the word sozo.

It literally means to deliver or protect, and we all know that this means to protect from death and deliver into eternal life.

We know that salvation is our ticket into Heaven.

But salvation means so much more.

Take the woman with the issue of blood for example; we can read that she was healed from this physical ailment by having the faith to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matthew 9 v 20 to 22).

From this passage it is clear that the woman was healed or made whole.

The word used here for made whose is exactly the same word used for salvation or to be saved; yes, it is the word sozo.

So we can see that salvation (or sozo) includes healing as well as a ticket into Heaven.

Healing was part of the package purchased for us by Jesus on the cross.

As I said yesterday, do not let anyone steal healing from you.

Healing is part of the abundant life that Jesus wants you to have, and your health is one of the things that the enemy wants to steak from you.

Remember that someone can only steal what you already have, you already have been provided with healing through the finished work of Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the healing tat you have already provided for me through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Matthew 9 v 21…..For she said within herself, If I may touch his garment, I shall be whole

DIG for Monday the 19th of September……of course it is physical healing…..Matthew 8 v 14 and 15

But Vic, the healing that you speak of from Isaiah 53 is spiritual healing and nothing to do with physical healing.

This is what I have heard many times when I teach about healing being part of the finished work of Jesus, part of our salvation.

My reply is, but what about Matthew 8 v 14 to 17 then?

When Jesus came into Peter’s house his mother in law was sick with fever; this was clearly a physical ailment and nothing to do with her spirit.

Jesus healed this woman and she got up and went about her business again.

The Greek in this passage clearly says that that issue was physical (we can even see that from the English translation).

The Word goes on to say that Jesus did this in order to fulfil what was written by the prophet Isaiah (Matthew 8 v 17).

The verse in question is Isaiah 53 v 4, where we were told Jesus would bear our griefs (sicknesses) and carry our sorrows (pains).

This verse is talking about physical sickness and physical pain as that is what Jesus clearly dealt with for Peter’s mother in law.

She was ill in her body and Jesus healed her, showing that Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5 is talking about the physical realm.

Healing is there for us today and it is physical healing; do not let religion and wrong interpretation of the Bible steal this form you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for the healing provide in this salvation”.

Matthew 8 v 14 and 15…..And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them

DIG for Sunday the 18th of September…..He took our poverty and gave us something in return…..2 Corinthians 8 v 9

As a teacher of the ‘grace message’ I constantly hear brothers and sisters complaining about the ‘prosperity gospel’.

I think there is a real misunderstanding about this in the church as prosperity (and abundance) is a provision made through the finished work of Jesus.

Prosperity, life in abundance, is part of the Gospel.

We read that God the Father, above all things, wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

Jesus came that we might live in abundance (John 10 v 10), and this abundance and provision was provided through the cross.

Through faith in Jesus we are saved and saved (the Greek word sozo) means healed and prosperous as well as a ‘ticket into heaven’.

Prosperity for the believer is part of the sozo package, along with healing.

Faith in Jesus provides us with our initial salvation and faith in Jesus provides our continued salvation, with regards to health and prosperity.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to be prosperous, just think of all the things you could do or the Kingdom with more resources.

Not wanting to be prosperous is actually a form of selfishness.

We are made prosperous for a reason and that is to further the Kingdom, that is what being prosperous is all about.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for the abundance and prosperity that this provides.”

2 Corinthians 8 v 9…..For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor that ye through his poverty might be rich

 

 

DIG for Saturday the 17th of September…..He took our sickness and pain and gave us something in return…..Isaiah 53 v 4

What a lot of believers do not understand is that Jesus took far more than our sin on the cross.

The cross, and what would happen there, was described by Isaiah long before it actually happened.

He said Jesus would bear our griefs and carry our sorrows on the cross (Isaiah 53 v 4).

In the Hebrew griefs actually means sicknesses and sorrows means pains.
On the cross Jesus took our sickness and pain in order that we could live in health.

Isaiah goes on to say that by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53 v 5).

This is confirmed in New Covenant Scripture where Peter wrote virtually the same thing (1 Peter 2 v 24).

One of the exchanges on the cross was our sickness and pain for His supernatural health.

God the Father wants above all things for us to live in health (3 John 2).

He provided for this wish through the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Supernatural health is part of the sozo package, part of the abundant life that Jesus died for you to have.

Healing is a ‘right’ for the born again believer.

Healing is something that has been provided for, it is not something that God decides to give to some and withhold from others.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the healing that you have already provided for me through the finished work of Jesus”.

Isaiah 53 v 4…..Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows, and yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted

DIG for Friday the 16th of September…..He took our sin and gave us something in return…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21

As Derek Prince once wrote, “all the evil came on Jesus that all the good might be made available to us”.

We know of course that He took our sin upon Himself, but according to this, and according to what I wrote yesterday, we got something in return.
2 Corinthians 5 v 21 clear up this part of the ‘great exchange’ for us.
Jesus took our sin, in fact was made sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God.
What a wonderful exchange!
I think of the many exchanges that took place on the cross this has to be my favourite.
As our sin was take we were given His righteousness, or rather we were given the opportunity to be made righteous.
If we are in Christ i.e. if we are born again, we were made righteous at our salvation.
Our new man that was created at salvation was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).
The finished work of Jesus made possible to have sin removed and replaced with the righteousness of God.
All it takes for this to happen is for a man to put His faith and trust in Jesus as his Saviour.
It is that simple; our sin removed and replaced by His righteousness.
That is a good exchange, but it is just the first of many.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord or the finished work of Jesus and thank you that I was made righteous as a gift of grace through faith”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 21…..For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him