Many articles have been written on a man called Jesus that have different views of who Jesus really was. Some have said he was a teacher, a prophet, a son of David, the redeemer, or the Son of God. What is interesting is that even the demons know Him as Son of the most high God. If we were to exam the scriptures, we can see that there is a thread all through the bible that reveals that we need someone to deliver us from a very predictable path on which we are heading. For those who are unregenerate to a new birth, they are walking in a spiritual darkness. If people learn to cope in the darkness then there is no need for any help. People believe they are self-sufficient enough to handle their own problems. Isn't that what some people think? Imagine being in a dark room, all you can see is darkness, but you know something is there because you are bumping into things. What if you had the knowledge to flip the switch that is on the wall; the power makes the connection. Now, the light is turned on, and you see things you could never imagine. You now have an understanding that far exceeds your very expectation of life. When you were in the darkness you saw nothing, but wondered why life is so dark.
How Did This Happen?
The story goes that it was a wonderful day in the garden, peaceful, until the crafty one came and used his charm on an innocent young lady named Eve. The crafty one said, “look at that wonderful fruit on that tree. Don’t you know if you partake of that fruit, you will have great knowledge, such knowledge is too awesome, not to die for, right?”
So, Eve being deceived, and Adam disobeying God’s rules, they found themselves in a different position with God. They were now marked with sin, living under the wrath of God, and living in a dying body. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12 (KJV). But God loved Adam and Eve too much to leave them where they were. He had a plan. First, God gave the punishment, and then He gave deliverance. (Read Genesis 3-4)
How Does This Affect Me?
Man needs deliverance. There are a few words that help bring an understanding of salvation. Words like imputation (to place upon). When Adam fell in the garden, sin was placed on them. Adam and Eve lost a lot of things when they fell in the garden. They also learned new words, like death, sickness, despair, murder, guilt, blame the other, and depression. What is man to do with his sin? No man could ever pay for his own sins. Man had to seek God, and repent of his sins that separated him from his creator. If man would come to God, he would have atonement (to cover). God temporarily covered man’s sins until Christ came. In the Old Testament all the sacrifices were a picture of a final sacrifice to come. Then Jesus came as prophesied in Daniel 9:24-25; Isaiah 7, and 53, and imputed that sin upon himself by dying on the cross. Jesus then imputed His righteousness upon all those who would come to him, and then man would have remission of sin. Remember the old way? “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.” Hebrews 10:11-12 (KJV)
Not only does Jesus give those who would come to Him His righteousness, but He adopts them into the family of God, seals them, indwells them with the Holy Spirit, and gives the promises of old. All He is saying is, “trust me, I’ve got you covered.”
A New Standing With God
Now, the repented man has a new position with God. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) The past is the past with the Lord. God has forgiven you; it is time to forgive yourself, let go and seek Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 (KJV)
The repented man’s sin has been removed “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from him.” Psalm 103:12 (KJV) He now has a mediator, “for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:6-7 (KJV) “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 (KJV) Therefore, when we pray with our petition in hand, we are at His throne in spirit, in the very presence of the creator of the universe. Think about it. Do the math: repentance + deliverance = a home in heaven and a new life with the Lord.