DIG for Tuesday the 1st of August…..the best ‘swap’ ever…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21

When I was a young boy I used to collect stickers of football players with the aim of filling up and completing my album.

It got harder near the end and I remember swapping and exchanging stickers with my friends at school, trying to get rid of my doubles and find the ones I’d not got.

This was great fun, and this swapping took a great deal of time and effort!

I was strangely reminded about that this evening as I was reading my ‘all time’ favourite verse, 2 Corinthians 5 v 21.

This verse shows us the most important swap that has every taker place, a swap that occurred as a gift of grace through faith.

This swap took no effort on our behalf, as it simply required faith.

At the cross Jesus took all our sin on His body, and at our salvation we receive His righteousness.

Now that may not sound like a fair swap to you, Jesus suffering for our benefit.

But that was what the finished work of Jesus was all about!

He came to bring us life in abundance, He came so that we could live in health and prosperity, and He came so that we could be made righteous.

This was the plan!

And Jesus carried out the plan to perfection.

He went to the cross once and dealt with all sin for all men for all time (Hebrews 10 v 12).

And because of that we could be made righteous as a gift of grace through faith; what an amazing swap!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am righteous, made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.

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

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DIG for Saturday the 29th of July…..sitting not standing…..Hebrews 10 v 11 and 12

I don’t know about you but there is something great about getting home after you’ve done some work and sitting down on the settee with a coffee and a good book!

I’m sure you are the same; you sit down when you’ve done some work.

Under the law (the Old Covenant) priests had to work continually to deal with the sins of the people.

They could cover the sin but not deal with it completely (Hebrews 10 v 9).

So in Hebrews 10 v 11 we see that the priests are standing.

Yet in Hebrews 10 v 12 we see that after dealing with sin (once and once only) Jesus sat down.

This is a picture showing that Jesus’ work was finished, but the work of the priests was never finished.

The law could never completely deal with sin, but Jesus did!

Under the New Covenant (under grace) sin is not an issue for God any more; it has been dealt with once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12).

Under grace (the New Covenant) sin has already been dealt with, so there are no more offerings required.

Jesus does not need to get off His seat to sort out sin ever again; He did it once and once only on the cross.

Law was always about what men had to do, grace is all about what Jesus has done.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that I live under grace and not under law”.

Hebrews 10 v 11 and 12…..And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God

DIG for Wednesday the 21st of June…..His work was once and once only…..Hebrews 10 v 12

Yesterday I wrote about the finished work of Jesus Christ and His final words before He died on the cross.

Through this work we can enter His rest and we can approach God on Jesus’ performance rather than our own.

We all know sin was an issue, and it had come between man and God.

So sin had to be dealt with once and for all so that men could, once again, boldly approach God the Father.

Jesus was the One chosen to deal with the sin issue and He did deal with it on the cross.

He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53 v 5).

On the cross Jesus took all our sin, once and for all, for all men for all time.

He dealt with sin once and once only, and He dealt with it ALL.

And once He had finished this work He returned to His father and sat down (Hebrews 10 v 12).

I love this picture that this verse gives us of Jesus sitting down with His work finished.

When Jesus said, “It is finished”, He meant so much; the work of the Law for man was over, the effect of sin was over and His work was over.

Jesus finished all that required to be finished, once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12).

Our work (and religion) is also over, we can now approach God through Jesus’ complete and perfect work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that we can approach you through His performance”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God

DIG for Tuesday the 10th of January…..all there, but we need to choose it for ourselves…..Ephesians 1 v 4

Yesterday my DIG was based upon Ephesians 1 v 3; well, I carried on reading the rest of this awesome passage described what we have through the finished work of Jesus.

Verse 3 says we have all spiritual blessings, and the verses following described these blessings.

Before the world began we were chosen to be in Him and with Him.

Now, this may sound like a Calvinistic doctrine, saying certain people are chosen for heaven and others for hell; it sounds like what is known as ‘predestination’.

This is not what this verse is talking about however.

God has chosen all mankind to be with Him; all sins for all men were forgiven at the cross and Jesus came to bring reconciliation to all men (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

It is God’s will that all men are saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

Men however need to choose to benefit from this forgiveness and reconciliation through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

God wants all men to be made ‘holy and without blame’, but not all men will receive this.

That is why verse 4 uses the word “should”.

We should be saved if we choose to be saved.

We should benefit from reconciliation and forgiveness if we choose to benefit.

We should be holy and without blame however we need to choose Jesus for this to happen.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want all men to be saved and you have provided this for every man to choose for himself”.

Ephesians 1 v 4…..”According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love

DIG for Monday the 9th of January…..it has all been done, stop asking for it…..Ephesians 1 v 3

 

Before I became aware of what is known as ‘the grace message’ (or as I like to call it the truth or the Gospel) I used to say some silly prayers.

I would ask God to forgive me, ask Him to heal me and ask Him to prosper me.

These are silly prayers.

The Word says we have already received all we need with regards to spiritual matters (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We have already been forgiven for all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We have already been healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

We have already been provided abundance and prosperity (3 John 2, John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Many of the prayers that we all say today are silly, asking for God to do things for us that He has already done through the finished work of Jesus.

If you are asking for forgiveness today what you are really asking for is for Jesus to come to earth again to go on the cross again.

This is not required as Jesus dealt with ALL sin for ALL me for ALL time once and once only (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Our prayers should be prayers of thanks and prayers of appropriation.

This is a good prayer, “Thank you Lord that I have been healed through Jesus and His finished work, I speak out that healing now in the mighty name of Jesus”.

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

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

DIG for Saturday the 7th of January…..”but now”, what a powerful wee phrase…..Romans 6 v 22

I’ve just been listening to some teaching that I will use at the Bible school we are launching next week.

The lecturer was describing that the Bible is a book of unfolding revelation; that not all truth was given at the one time.

The ultimate revelation came eventually through Jesus Christ.

The phrase “but now” is used many times in Scripture, showing us that there was also a “then”.

Things have changed, from law to grace, from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant for example.

For example prior to Jesus men were slaves to sin, and could not do anything to free themselves from sin.

When Jesus came He dealt with all our sin on the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

This is why Paul was able write Romans 6 v 22.

He said, “But now being made free from sin”.

Back “then” people under the Old Covenant were slaves to sin, “but now” we are free from sin because of Jesus; we live under grace, under the New Covenant.

Many people pull verse out of the Word and say this is for us as it is in the Bible.

Not everything written in the Word is for us today, not for us to literally live by.

Some of the Word was for “then”, we live in the “now”.

“Then” was an inferior revelation, but “now”, because of Jesus is a superior revelation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and under the New Covenant, thank you that I live NOW”.

Romans 6 v 22…..But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life

DIG for Monday the 26th of December…..His birth told us about His death…..John 1 v 36

Over the recent weeks we have been celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

As we have seen His birth was a picture of His death; He was born as a sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world.

Jesus dealt with all sin for all men forever through His death and resurrection (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

In John chapter 1 we see the account to Jesus being baptised by John.

Prior to His baptism John says, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1 v 29).

John then baptises Jesus, and we know this is a picture of His death and resurrection.

The next day when he sees Jesus John just says, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1 v 36).

You see, after His death and resurrection sin is no longer an issue, it has been dealt with.

Being born at Migdal Eder we see that Jesus was our sacrificial lamb, born to die for all our sin.

Our sin was taken away at the cross, and is no loner an issue between God and us.

By looking at the birth of Jesus we can see what His mission was, we can see why He came and what He came to do.

Jesus did what he came to do; He has dealt with all your sin; that is also something worth celebrating.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus, thank you that He has already dealt with all my sin”.

John 1 v 36…..And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God

DIG for Sunday the 18th of December…..what part of “it is finished” do people not understand…..John 19 v 30

I was saddened this morning to see a post of Facebook saying that God had struck American with the Twin Towers disaster and that He had judged Russia and turned it into a Third World country.

If this was the case then Jesus coming to earth as a man, dying on the cross and being raised from the dead was a waste of time.

If God still requires to judge nations and people for sin then Jesus’ work was not the finished work that I keep writing about.

If God still requires to judge nations and people we should rip Hebrews 9 and 10 from our Bibles, as Jesus would not have dealt with all sin forever at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

If God requires to judge nations and people then Jesus was a liar as He said, “It is finished” (John 19 v 30).

Jesus came in the flesh as a man to deal with all the sin of mankind, past, present and future.

Jesus took all this sin (and sickness), all the judgement, on His body at the cross so there is nothing left to judge with regards to sin.

If God were to judge a nation for their sin He would actually be judging the work of Jesus Christ as not good enough.

I know that is not true, I know His work was perfect, a once for all work.

He came in the flesh so that He could perform this finished work.

We celebrate His coming at this time of year, coming as Emmanuel to be among us and coming as Jesus to save us from our sin.

If He was successful in His mission God will not judge any nation ever again!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that the finished work of Jesus was a perfect and once for all work”.

John 19 v 30…..When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

DIG for Friday the 18th of November…..you can forgive as you have been forgiven…..Ephesians 4 v 32

One of the hardest things that a person can do is forgive another for hurt done to them.

I know this from personal experience; I think we all do.

Forgiveness is not easy to give; yet we are told in the Word that we are meant to forgive other people.

In fact my understanding of Scripture is that we are to forgive all people for all things done against us.

Ephesians 4 v 32 tells us we are to be kind and tender and also to forgive others.

It also tells us how this is possible.

It is only possible through an understanding of how much God has forgiven us.

Through the shed blood of Jesus, through giving up His Son, God has already forgiven us for everything (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14- Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14)

Once we realise how much we have been forgiven we can forgive others.

If you are saying to me today, “I cannot forgive that person”, then you do not understand how much God has forgiven you.

You may be thinking that I do not know how big the hurt was against you, and that of course is true, however God knows and God has already forgiven that person for what they did to you.

The only person being hurt through your unforgiveness is yourself.

Release yourself today; forgive the person you know you need to forgive!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the shed blood of Jesus I have already been forgiven for all my sin”.

Ephesians 4 v 32…..And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you

DIG for Monday the 14th of November…..only One can forgive, and He has already done so…..Ephesians 1 v 7

I heard an alarming report on the radio today about certain men being able to forgive, on God’s behalf, certain ‘bad’ sins.

The rules were being changed so that lower ranking clergy could now do this job, whereas before only bishops and the like could do such a thing.

I thought that I must have been imagining things, as this is absolute nonsense, but no I was not, I was listening to it with my own ears!

The Bible is very clear on this, men cannot forgive a person for their sin.

Nowhere in the Bible can this doctrine be shown to be true; this is a tradition of men warned about by Paul in Colossians 2 v 8.

God can only give forgiveness for sin.

And the good news is that all men have been forgiven for all sin already!

That is what Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14 says, that forgiveness flowed with the blood of Jesus.

Forgiveness is not coming or waiting to come, forgiveness has been delivered through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus dealt with all sin from all men once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

We do not need to go to any man to have our sins forgiven, no matter how ‘bad’ they are.

Forgiveness is a done deal because of Jesus and what He has done.

Rejoice tonight that you have been forgiven and give Him thanks.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have already been forgiven for all my sin through the shed blood of Jesus”.

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