Day 114: Salvation Is More Than Forgiveness

Day 114: Salvation Is More Than Forgiveness
April 23, 2015 Joel Grantham

“Say to those who are fearful-hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with a recompense of God; He will come and save you.’  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing.  For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.”  Isaiah 35:4-6

The prophet Isaiah describes a beautiful picture about the coming of the Messiah which was fulfilled when Jesus Christ came to this earth.  However, this still has great significance for you and me today!

In Verse 4 the Prophet says, “He will come and save you.”  Sadly, the church still has a very limited understanding of what it actually means to be saved.  When Jesus Christ died on the cross He did MUCH MORE than just forgive our sins.  For you see, under the Old Covenant, through the animal sacrifices God would FORGIVE the sins of the Jews.  However, the Old Testament sacrifices lacked the ability to make those that offered them righteous.  (See Hebrews 10:1-4.)

If all Jesus did at the cross was forgive our sins, then He didn’t need to die at all!  We could have offered the sacrifices that Moses commanded and received forgiveness for our sin.  The blood of Jesus did much more than forgive our sin, it cleansed our sin!  It removed the stain left by sin, making the heart brand new.

If all Jesus did was forgive our sins, then we would be nothing more than forgiven sinners.  The problem would still remain.  We would still be “sinners”.  However, Jesus’ blood actually made us righteous.  (See 2 Corinthians 5:21)

At salvation we received much more than the forgiveness of sin.  We were not only made righteous, but we were also healed of every sickness and every disease.  (See 1 Peter 2:24.)  Right after the Prophet says, “He will come and save us,” he says, ‘THEN the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing.”

Do you see it?  Your salvation from sin INCLUDES healing for your body!  When Jesus purchased your salvation, He also purchased your healing!  If you have received Jesus as savior, physical healing belongs to you!  Physical healing is just as much a part of your salvation as the forgiveness of sin!

 

Confession:  My salvation includes healing for my body.  When Jesus saved me from my sin, He also healed me of my sickness and diseases.  I do not have to be sick anymore!

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