Now is the judgment of this
world: now shall the prince of
this world be cast out.
Who believes what we've heard and seen? Who would have thought God's saving power would look like this? The
servant grew up before God - a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive
about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who
suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried - our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought
it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and
tore and crushed him - our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get
healed. We're all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost. We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but
he didn't say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off - and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought
for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave
with a rich man, Even though he'd never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn't true.
Still, it's what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for
sin so that he'd see life come from it - life, life, and more life. And God's plan will deeply prosper through him. Out of
that terrible travail of soul, he'll see that it's worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my
righteous one, my servant, will make many "righteous ones," as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I'll reward him extravagantly - the best of everything, the highest honors - Because he looked death in the
face and didn't flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of
the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep. Isaiah 53...the message
himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver
them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15
glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. Hebrews 2:9
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2 Cor 5:14
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now
live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Cor 15:22
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32
I used to wonder just why anybody had to die.... I would think, "what did I do that was so bad that Christ
had to die for me? Then it started to dawn on me that if I am a sinner by nature, I didn't do anything to
make me a sinner....I was born that way. As I progressed in that thinking, I would make jokes about how
Adam was going to get one more "beatin" when I get to heaven for saddling all of us with the sin nature.
Things would go so much better for us if we weren't compelled to SIN!!! I just hate it. But, in all
honesty, I have to admit that there is one good thing about sin...it makes me call on Jesus! And I
believe that was it's whole purpose. It reveals how helpless we are within ourselves. Once I realized that
sinning was written into Adam and Eve's script I stopped holding a grudge against them. In fact, I stopped
holding grudges, period.
Isn't it amazing that the God of the universe came up with a plan like that to draw us close to Him? Isn't it
amazing that He wants us? Evidently, we needed sin to take us through some process in this earth life
that brings us to the end of ourselves. We read in the Bible that the lamb of God was slain before the
foundation of the world. Because of that we can be assured that He never had in mind to burn billions of
people in some endless inferno.
Death, not hell, was the wages of sin and Jesus tasted it for everyone of us. Not only did He taste it, He
conquered it when He came back to life. Paul said to the Corinthian church, "in Adam all die and in Christ
ALL are made alive." Even us pitiful humans won't punish someone if his crime has already been paid
for.... but we think God will?? We just haven't understood the reality and the power of the cross.
Here's how Isaiah saw it......
JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins.
Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.
Just what happened on that Cross? (The Judgment of the World)
It's the same story and you have probably heard it before, yet it comes in many forms. I am talking about the story that most
Christians tell the world when they want to explain how Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, while simultaneously professing that
he will NOT save most people at all. Here is how it usually goes:
"It's like if a boat is sinking and the Coast Guard tosses a life vest to a drowning man. The Coast Guard officer is the savior, but it is
up to the drowning man to accept the vest."
Or how about this one?
"It's like if someone is in a burning building, and the fireman wants to save the person, but the person doesn't want to be saved."
Try this one on for size:
"Supposing a parent leaves money on the table for his kid to get his haircut. But the kid doesn't accept the money and so does not
get the haircut. The parent tried."
As a young Christian scratching your head, did you ever hear one of these demonstrations from a fellow pew mate? You can see a
certain tortured logic at work here. On one hand they need to say "Jesus Christ is the savior of the world!" But at the same time,
they must find a way to rationalize how Jesus also is NOT the savior of the world, since they must also believe that most people will
actually not be saved! Nice, huh?
But, taking a look at the sketches above we can see how truly flawed they are, and how far removed they are from God's true
character. If a boat is sinking, the Coast Guard does not simply throw a vest into the water, then give up if the vest is not taken. He
will dive into the water and drag the drowning man to safety! A fireman does not wait for approval. He drags every living thing out of
the burning building before they have time to think about why they might not want to be rescued! And if a parent wants their child to
get a haircut, a parent drags the child to the car, drives them to the barber, and sits there while the child gets it done. That's called
Suppose a man has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the 99 sheep grazing in the pasture and look for the lost
sheep until he finds it?
The answer, of course, is "yes." In this paper, we will discover the meaning of the cross and what Jesus Christ did there. In doing
this, the fact that Christ is the savior of the world will never be disputed, nor will it be watered down into non-existence by silly
analogies. These are things you may never hear in church, because we will establish that Jesus Christ can actually finish the work
he started. As a rescuer rescues, a fireman puts out fire and as a parent loves a child, the savior of the world is not just in title only,
but by actual results.
Note: throughout this paper, certain points of scripture will be underlined, bolded and italicized for emphasis.
The Meaning Of The Cross
At the suggestion that Jesus Christ will save the world, many people wonder "If that were so, then why did Christ have to die on the
cross?" An odd question since he died on the cross to save the world. Nevertheless, in this paper we will take a look at a deeper
meaning of Jesus' death on the cross, and his consequent resurrection, and how both events affect the world at large.
Here is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the Bible, yet it figures deeply into the meaning of the cross of Christ:
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your
own salvation with fear and trembling.
This scripture does not mean we are to figure out our own salvation, to put it into our minds to find out what it means. Certainly,
there is nothing wrong with doing that, only that is not what this scripture means. Notice that the term "work out" is translated from
the Greek word "katergazomai." According to Strong's Concordance the word means "cause, do (deed), perform, work (out)." It
means to outwardly work. Here are a couple examples:
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh (katergazomai) patience.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will (meaning to want to do good) is present with me; but
how to perform (katergazomai) that which is good I find not.
This tends to make Christians nervous. Anytime you mention "works" you get a raised eyebrow. So, let's nip it in the bud right away.
We should understand first, that salvation is a gift from God and cannot be received by man's working. As the scripture says: "By
grace ye are saved, not of works, but faith. And that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God." (Eph 2:8). We can therefore also
understand, that having received salvation as a gift, we then perform or work it outwardly from within us. We bear the fruits of
salvation, rather than attaining it through works. Big difference. As the Bible says "If someone listens to God's word but doesn't do
what it says, he is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror, studies his features, goes away, and immediately forgets what he
looks like" (Jam 1:23)
Think about this: healing, and prophecy. Are they works? Yes. And, they are also gifts. They are the works of the Spirit within us.
The book of 1 Corinthians 12 speaks all about it.
Grace is as Grace does
By grace we are saved! How many times in church are we taught that Grace equates to God's ignorance? Many people in the
Christian church believe that grace is how God cannot see man's sin, he can only see Christ on the cross. Or worse yet, he sees it
but ignores it. After all, we are not justified by works, but by faith right? Therefore if we have faith, our sins are forgiven and we can
"get into heaven" no matter what we do. Christ was judged in our place right? This is such a shallow understanding of the cross.
The scripture is utterly clear with a child's logic:
1 John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He (God) is righteous.
It seems John was concerned about a certain deception floating around the churches, by way of whispered theories and vain
teachings: That because Christ died for the world, even those who work depravity and all forms of foul wickedness may be
considered righteous by God. God says "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isa 5:20). The Lord does not consider evil men to be good men, and any
such deception subverts the true meaning of the cross. Certainly, Jesus died for us, but by understanding grace, and what it
actually does, we will enter into a deeper understanding of what "Christ died for our sins" really means.
The word "grace" comes from a Greek word "charis" meaning good will, favor, benefit etc. Grace comes through faith. The Bible
says that we "have access into grace by faith" (Romans 5:2). So once we have faith, let's take a good hard look at just how God
shows his grace, His good will and favor to our benefit:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching (Greek - paideuo) us that, denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all
iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Wow! What a rich understanding of how God uses his undeserved, unmerited, favor to our benefit through the gift of faith. He
chastises us. That's right. The word "teaching" in the above verse is translated from the Greek "paideuo" meaning "to chasten."
See how it is used in other contexts:
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the
Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth (paiduo), and scourgeth every son whom he
receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
That is how God shows his grace and mercy toward us! By CHASTENING the sin right out of us, so that we may live Godly lives and
be zealous of good works! Grace is not chastisement itself. God shows his grace by doing alot of things, like giving spiritual gifts
that they may be worked through the saints. Jesus Christ wishes to "PURIFY unto himself a peculiar people who are zealous for
good works by faith in Him."
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference
between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
God does not look the other way, he PUTS sin away. If God does not see our sin, because all he can see is Christ on the cross,
how then can he chasten us, rebuke us, scourge us, so that we can be free from sin? Do we not see that by faith we have access
to this chastening, that through chastening we are being shown mercy, because it frees us from sin? He gets involved. God does
something about sin! As the scripture says:
The next day John (the baptist) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
Here is where the orthodox Christian church begins to spiral downward in its understanding of what it means for Jesus Christ to take
away the world's sin. Let's look at it with a child's logic: If sin is still there, is it taken away? Of course not! If sin is there, IT'S STILL
THERE. But if it is taken away, IT'S GONE. Pretty darn simple, huh? But, the church believes that since Christ died on the cross,
Jesus took the punishment, and now God cannot see our sins. He only sees the blood of Jesus.
But, we see clearly that God's Grace chastises us to live godly (SINLESS) lives, and to be zealous (hungering) for good works in
Him. Again, if sin is chastised out of us, does it remain? Or, through chastisement is it taken away? It is truly taken away, so that
what remains is the fruit of righteousness (virtue, integrity, purity of life):
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Look very closely at what John says "the Lamb who taketh (TAKES) away the sin of the world." Jesus TAKES (not took) away the
sin of the world. It is present tense. It is a continuing process of Jesus taking our sins away by his grace. Discover how he takes it
The Likeness of Sinful Flesh (The judgment of the world)
Jesus said something of considerable weight just before he died, something that once understood in its fullness sheds light on the
judgment of the whole world:
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all
men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.
How many Christians understand that the Cross is the judgment of the world? They say that the Cross is the way OUT of judgment,
but Christ says that God judges the whole world BY the cross, and that the time had come. That was 2,000 years ago. That
statement signified what death Jesus would die.
As Hebrews states: "If we endure God's chastening, he deals with us as sons." Now let's get this straight: Jesus never sinned. Yet to
show Love, God sent his son to die for us. But, does that mean that God sent Jesus to die as a criminal, so that we could remain
criminals and not be chastised into purity? You can only believe that by throwing out the book of Hebrews, and Corinthians etc.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for
sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Christ came in the LIKENESS of sinful flesh, but he knew no sin. So, as he was in the likeness (Greek - homoiomia - likeness,
representation, figure, image), he wasn't ACTUALLY sinful. We know who is ACTUALLY sinful. The Bible says "All have sinned and
fallen short of the glory of God." (Rom 3:23)
That means Christ came in OUR likeness, the likeness of OUR flesh. What happened next? Jesus died on the cross. That means
that the sinful flesh died (remembering that this act is a likeness, the actuality will soon follow). Now if the likeness of sinful flesh
died, what does that make the cross? The cross therefore is likeness of the death of the sinful flesh. See here what Jesus did: He
condemned sin in the flesh. Jesus gave sin a death sentence. The cross is a proclamation to the world of what would happen in
them who carry the Spirit through grace by faith. The RESULT of this death, is that the virtue, the goodness, the righteousness of
the Law may be fulfilled in us who walk after the SPIRIT.
Baptism (into Christ's Death)
According to the church, Jesus died so we would not have to. What a lie. The Bible says the opposite. The truth is that Jesus died,
so that we could join him in his judgment, his death. Then we can walk in newness of life:
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him
by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the LIKENESS of his death, we shall be also in the LIKENESS of his
resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should
not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
This is an absolutely astonishing scripture! So much about the cross, and what happened there, is understood in this simple
passage. When we are baptized, we JOIN Christ in his death. We know that Christ's flesh was the likeness of sinful flesh. We know
that our flesh is actually sinful. Remember that Jesus came in the likeness of us. That means if he literally died, WE die in His
likeness. Therefore, when we die to sin, we are set free. And our newness of life is therefore in the LIKENESS of his literal
resurrection. We are resurrected from sinful lives.
But, which baptism into this death is being spoken about here? Do we join Christ's death, of the sinful flesh, through the carnal act
of being dipped in physical water? Or does that water represent the much more powerful Holy Spirit (the water of life)? Observe the
method the Apostle Paul used to baptize people:
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding
certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so
much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
And they said, Unto John's (the baptist's) baptism (note JOHN BAPTISED WITH WATER). Then said Paul, John verily baptized with
the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Notice something very important here. The Bible distinguishes between John's baptism and and another much higher baptism.
When Paul came upon believing disciples, he asked if they received the Holy Spirit. They had never heard of it. They had been
baptized according to John. John, at it is well known, had done this with water. How interesting that Paul did not take them back out
into the river to wash them with water again. Paul's baptism was done by laying hands on upon them and when he did this, the Spirit
came upon them. They were baptized then into Jesus Christ's death.
For John truly baptized with water; but (HOWEVER) you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
John himself says:
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I
am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
There is according to scripture, ONE baptism.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, ONE BAPTISM.
IF there is ONE baptism, which one is it? Water or spirit? And if there is one baptism, and that is by Spirit (a much more mighty
baptism than John's by his own mouth) do we not see that when the Spirit enters into us, we are baptized into Christ's death on the
cross? When we are baptized into Christ's death, the Spirit comes upon us and into us, that God may CHASTISE us by grace
through faith to live Godly lives! Henceforth: we die with Jesus Christ, the death of OUR sinful flesh. Henceforth, being set free from
sin, we may work this salvation outwardly in the form of healings, ministry, laying on of hands, in short: love.
Judgment begins with the House of God
Lest we forget, let us return to the simple truth about the judgment of the entire world: There is only ONE judgment of it. As Christ
said himself: "NOW is the judgment of the world. NOW shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I if I be lifted up from the earth
will draw ALL men to me. He said this to signify the death that he would die."
First of all, there is no other judgment of this world than the death that Jesus died, the death of the sinful flesh. If anyone thinks that
there is another judgment than the cross, then they still have no idea what the judgment of the world is, even though Jesus himself
declared it. Once gain, it is the death that Jesus died and that happened 2000 years ago. And that is the judgment we are baptized
into by the Spirit today in our daily walk. Thank God his judgments produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness in us.
1 Peter 4:16-17
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that
judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Now, if the judgment of the world is the death that Jesus died, and judgment also begins with the House of God, what do we know?
Both judgments are ONE and THE SAME. The judgment of the cross, FIRST begins with the House of God, and what will become of
them that do not obey? THE JUDGMENT OF THE CROSS. Is judgment fun? No, but it does produce the fruit of God's desire:
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the
earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in
the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
Behold, the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The anger of
the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it
According to Isaiah, if God shows favor to the wicked, will he learn righteousness? No, he will deal unjustly and will not behold the
majesty of the Lord. SO BEHOLD a whirlwind of anger goes forth upon the wicked, and does not return, until it executes the
thoughts of HIS heart. What are the thoughts of his heart? THAT THE WORLD LEARN RIGHTEOUSNESS. That is the purpose of
his judgments in the earth, and this blazing fire FIRST begins with the house of God:
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (various trials); Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh
1 Peter 1:6-7
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations (great trials):
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto
praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ
God does not desire the death of the wicked, but would rather they mend their ways and live (Ezekiel 33:11). So the purpose of his
judgments, the intent of his heart, is that they mend their ways and live. This great trial, this great judgment by God's blazing fire,
what does that produce? What does this judgment - that FIRST begins with the House of God - produce? Patience, experience,
hope, and a faith that is much more precious than any gold. And when patience, hope, experience and faith are produced in us,
what happens to our sinful flesh?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself (his sinful flesh), and take up his cross, and
follow me (unto the death of the sinful flesh).
It is put to death, so that we may be resurrected into a newness of life. Through this baptism in the Spirit, our sinful flesh is judged
daily out of us.
Jesus Died for the Whole World
Again, we must remind ourselves always that there is one judgment of this world, ONE.
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw
(Greek - helkuo) all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Christ did not die for Christians alone. He also did the same for the whole world (1 John 2:2), and he will draw all men to himself.
The word for "draw" in the above scripture is the Greek helkuo. According to Thayer Bible Dictionary the word means "to draw, drag
off." In order for Christ to submerge all men in the death of the sinful flesh, is there any doubt that he must drag them (even if
kicking and screaming) to him, to the death that he died? Look at some other contexts:
Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew (helkuo) the net to land full of
great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Do fish want to be caught? What happens when you bring a fish out of the depths of the water? They flop around in protest. They
must be dragged into the boat by a stronger hand. Peter is instructed to DRAG the fish into the boat. Sooner or later, Christ would
make Peter a fisher of men (Matt 4:19). Jesus himself will drag all men into the death of their sinful flesh.
EVERY TIME the word helkuo is used in the scripture it is used to describe it happening to an unwitting, or unwilling subject:
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (helkuo - drag) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw (helkuo - drag) you before the judgment seats?
Does not the sinful flesh resist being DRAGGED to the cross?
And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew (helkuo- dragged) them
into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble
And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew (helkuo - dragged) him out of the temple:
and forthwith the doors were shut.
Yes, speaking about his own death, Christ said I will DRAG ALL MEN TO ME! In case we do not believe that Jesus was sent to be
the savior of all men, let us consult the scripture:
We're not ashamed to have this confidence, because God's love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (by baptism),
who has been given to us. Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people (who
were in the sinful flesh). Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die
for a good person. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many
offenses unto justification.
For if by one man's offense (Adam) death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace (which chastises us
to live Godly lives) and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offense of one
judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto
justification (Greek - dikaiosis) of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one
shall many BE MADE RIGHTEOUS.
By ONE MAN (Adam) many, that is all, were made sinners, by ONE MAN (Jesus) shall many, that is all, be MADE righteous. Let's
look into the very next chapter as Paul clarifies how this is done. Here is what justification means:
For if we have been planted together in the LIKENESS of his death, we shall be also in the LIKENESS of his resurrection: Knowing
this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not SERVE SIN. For
he that is dead is freed (dikaioo) from sin.
Justification is FREEDOM from sin. The Greek word dikaioo means to free, to MAKE just and righteous. But HE THAT IS DEAD is
freed from sin. That does not mean literal death. We have been planted together in the LIKENESS of Christ's death by the baptism
of the Spirit we receive. And the great news, the glorious gospel, is that this gift of justification has been promised to ALL MEN on
the cross. Jesus didn't just condemn sin for some people, but for ALL people. It was a gift given on the cross, and it is FULFILLED
in the Spirit when he puts the sin in us to death by our baptism in the Spirit.
Justified By Faith (The promise of the Cross fulfilled in us daily)
Now we see why justification comes by faith: "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that (God) might be just, and the
justifier (the liberator) of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 3:26). The word dikaioo carries the weight of being rendered,
being made, being conformed to purity, not simply considered pure when actually evil. God never considers evil to be pure or right.
Therefore, if justification is freedom from sin, and he that is dead to sin is free, we now can understand why believing in Jesus does
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching (chastising) us that, denying ungodliness and
worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
By believing in Jesus, we are able to come into knowledge of God. And knowledge of God is absolutely essential in understanding
His ways. We are freed from sin when the Spirit of Christ puts our sin to death, by the cross we take up to follow him, so that we
may adopt his ways. Both the death and resurrection of Jesus is represented in our daily walk:
2 Corinthians 4:10-11
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For
we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
The reason God does not impute our sins when we have faith, is because by faith we access Grace. That means the death of the
Cross is within us. When God chastises, it is not the fruit of Him lacking forgiveness. It is not the fruit of holding our sins against us,
or making us guilty. It is the fruit of love booting the sin out of our lives, thereby freeing us from guilt! God's discipline is the most
merciful thing he could do for us.
This is summed up here:
Therefore being justified (dikaioo) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access
by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
That is why we are told not to despise the chastening of the Lord. When we were in the sinful flesh, Christ came in the flesh to
CONDEMN sin on our behalf. When he was resurrected, we received the Spirit. Therefore, Jesus FULFILLS the death sentence
against sin, by filling us with the Spirit, and removing that power of sin in our lives that we may no longer serve it.
When he died on the cross, it was a promise to all man, not just they who call themselves Christian, that by grace God will chastise
the sin out of the entire mass of human hearts, that we will all die with him. ALL MEN were reconciled when Christ died on the cross.
It is done, and cannot be added to or subtracted from. And, this reconciliation is FULFILLED in the Spirit, and will continue to be
fulfilled, until it fills the whole of creation. You see, we are not justified by God considering us righteous, when we are not. God
MAKES us righteous, when before we could not, and he does that by the Spirit.
Jesus said: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matt 5:6)
He did not say "blessed are they which do hunger and thirst for righteousness for I shall look the other way and consider them
righteous no matter what kind of evil deed they do, if only they call themselves Christian." What kind of saving grace is that? No, he
said they will be FILLED with righteousness (virtue, purity, power against sin).
Through Christ in us, God forms, shapes, develops, instructs, and ultimately perfects us into his image by baptism into Christ's
judgment on the cross (the death of sinful flesh). This judgment on the world's behalf is within us, and we go THROUGH it to God.
Nobody will go to the Father but through Christ. As God has said in his Word, He is not in the business of pretending that sin does
not exist because you have a bumper-sticker fish on your car. God is in the business of FREEING you from sin, by chastising it out
of you through his grace which you access through faith.
But what about those who do not believe?
What about the people who do not have faith? Do they render the cross moot, and all it's intended effectiveness? When God
intends to do something, can he be reversed by man's weakness of faith?
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but
every man a liar.
The faith of Jesus Christ put him on the cross. Man had nothing to do with that. The same which were made sinners in Adam,
SHALL BE made righteous by Jesus, who sealed that fate on the cross, without man's approval first. They will be led to repentance
by the goodness of God, not a passive goodness, but active in removing sin.
The cross is a condemnation Jesus made against sin, ON BEHALF OF ALL MANKIND. It is not a promise given only to those in the
Christian religion. It is a promise made to the world, and therefore, all mankind SHALL BE MADE RIGHTEOUS by God. To be made
into something means to form, to render, to cause to become pure and right before God. That is why, the prophets say, "when
God's judgments come upon the earth, THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD LEARN RIGHTEOUSNESS." It does not say that the
judgment of God (the cross) makes everyone instantly righteous, but that men LEARN it. That is a matter of being FORMED by the
Spiritual baptism into Jesus Christ's death.
So the question "If everyone will be saved, why did Jesus die on the cross?" becomes a bit silly. What is the point of calling Jesus
the savior of the world, only to turn right around and tell us he cannot do it? Jesus died to demonstrate outright that ALL MEN
SHALL be saved. The question then becomes, if NOT everyone will be saved, why did Jesus die on the cross?
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There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr Christianson,a studious man who taught at a small college in the western
United States. Dr.Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was
required to take this course his or her freshman year, regardless of his or her major.
Although Dr Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students
looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery. Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity
This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of
going onto seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was
now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor's class.
One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him.
"How many push-ups can you do?"
Steve said, "I do about 200 every night."
"200? That's pretty good, Steve," Dr. Christianson said. "Do you think you could do 300?"
Steve replied, "I don't know.... I've never done 300 at a time."
"Do you think you could?" again asked Dr. Christianson.
"Well, I can try," said Steve.
"Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to
work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it," said the professor.
Steve said, "Well... I think I can...yeah, I can do it"
Dr. Christianson said, "Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind."
Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box
of donuts. No, these weren't the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting
swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going
to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson's class.
Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, "Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?"
Cynthia said, "Yes."
Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?"
"Sure." Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on
Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, "Joe, do you want a donut?"
Joe said, "Yes." Dr. Christianson asked, "Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?"
Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten pushups for every person before they
got their donut.
Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as
Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.
When the professor asked, "Scott do you want a donut?"
Scott's reply was, "Well, can I do my own pushups?"
Dr. Christianson said, "No, Steve has to do them."
Then Scott said, "Well, I don't want one then."
Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten pushups so Scott can have a donut he
With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten pushups.
Scott said, "HEY! I said I didn't want one!"
Dr. Christianson said, "Look!, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you
don't want it." And he put a donut on Scott's desk.
Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort
to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.
Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry. Dr. Christianson asked Jenny,
"Jenny, do you want a donut?"
Sternly, Jenny said, "No."
Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, "Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?"
Steve did ten....Jenny got a donut.
By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room. The students were beginning to say "No" and there were all these uneaten
donuts on the desks.
Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these pushups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of
sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.
Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he
did the full ten pushups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts. He sent
Robert over to where Steve was so Robert could count the set and watch Steve closely.
Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and
sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room. When the professor realized this, he did a quick
count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.
Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough
time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.
Steve asked Dr Christianson, "Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?"
Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, "Well, they're your pushups. You are in charge now. You can do them any way that you
want." And Dr. Christianson went on.
A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in
one voice, "NO! Don't come in! Stay out!"
Jason didn't know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said, "No, let him come."
Professor Christianson said, "You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten pushups for him?"
Steve said, "Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut"
Dr. Christianson said, "Okay, Steve, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?"
Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on. "Yes," he said, "give me a donut."
"Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?"
Steve did ten pushups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.
Dr. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters. Steve's arms were now shaking
with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face,
there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room.
The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders, and very popular. Dr. Christianson went to
Linda, the second to last, and asked, "Linda, do you want a doughnut?"
Linda said, very sadly, "No, thank you."
Professor Christianson quietly asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?"
Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow pushups for Linda.
Then Dr Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. "Susan, do you want a donut?"
Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry. "Dr. Christianson, why can't I help him?"
Dr. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, "No, Steve has to do it alone, I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing
that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not. When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I
looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or
offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that
none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes."
"Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?"
As Steve very slowly finished his last pushup, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him,
having done 350 pushups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.
Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said. "And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, plead to the Father, 'into
thy hands I commend my spirit.' With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His
life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten."
Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile.
"Well done, good and faithful servant," said the professor, adding "Not all sermons are preached in words."
Turning to his class, the professor said, "My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and
mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spared not only His Begotten
Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole Church, now and forever. Whether or not we
choose to accept His gift to us, the price has been paid."