2013-05-11- Paul Godfrey – True Justice

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Scripture Reading:

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

John 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death;

Is it possible that you may never taste death?

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

What did Jesus to when He died on the cross that allows us to have eternal life, and is it just?

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

How does the cross of Christ work to make this proper and legal? The second part of this verse is the key to understanding what actually happened on the cross. Was Calvary just a mere someone good taking the place of someone bad. Did Jesus die instead of me? Is that true? Or did Jesus die as me? What does it mean for Jesus to have been put to death in the flesh?

Romans 5:12 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:

What does it mean that death passed upon all? Sin actually changed the make up of our bodies. There was a genetic reality taking place, that every son and daughter of Adam received broken genetics.

James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Sin is the breaking up of God’s original design of the human life. Death is the taking away of that life that God originally built. The DNA structure was faultless before sin. After, the DNA structure had problems.

Isaiah 1:4-6 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.From the sole of the foot even unto the head [there is] no soundness in it; [but] wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

Through sin the whole human organism is deranged, the mind is perverted, the imagination corrupted. Sin has degraded the faculties of the soul. Temptations from without find an answering chord within the heart, and the feet turn imperceptibly toward evil.  {8T 312.2}

Romans 3:10-19 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.   They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat [is] an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps [is] under their lips:  Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness:  Their feet [are] swift to shed blood:  Destruction and misery [are] in their ways:   And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

According to this scripture, all have the capacity to be just as bad as each other, if given the opportunity. So doesn’t humanity have one problem, not many? Sin. One problem, manifested in many variations in different people.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Not everybody has manifested these outward actions, but all these things are able to be manifested through the flesh. If you have sinful flesh, you have these things in you that can be manifested if you allow them to.

Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Those who are Christians will have killed the flesh, with the affections and lusts. These things will be mortified. If not, they will come up in various manifestations.

When Jesus died, was it just a good person dying for evil people? What did Christ actually bear?

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Sin, singular.  Jesus didn’t just take the punishment for evil people. He was destroying and taking away something – the sin of the world.

Is it just for Jesus to die and we receive life from  him?

Hebrews 10:4-5 For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

It wasn’t possible for the innocent lamb could take a way the guilt of the sinner. When Jesus came, a body was prepared for him. It wasn’t just, here is someone who didn’t sin, lets kill him. A body had to be prepared, so that there could be a just substitute for man. An angel couldn’t have died for mankind. What sort of body was prepared for Jesus?

Hebrews 2:14-15 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also 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.

It’s much more than just a righteous person dying for the sinner.

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Your sufferings, anguish, pain and experiences were part of the body that was prepared for Christ. His body had to house the sin of the world. It had to be there, so He could kill it.

Romans 8:3 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 Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:21 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.

Romans 6:5  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.

What did Jesus come to destroy? The body of sin. The character he developed had to fault, yet the body he had had the broken genetics.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

When Jesus died, what part of him died? His body. He was laid in the grace, but when he rose again, he was different. He wasn’t a different person, but he had a different body. It was one that would last forever. Christ actually destroyed the sinful body. What does that mean for you and I if we accept Christ as our savior? It’s not just a free ticket.

Romans 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

If Christ is truly in me, I cannot pursue my body.

Galatians 2:20 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.

The life we live now is to deny all the feelings of the body.

Colossians 3:1-5 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Ephesians 5:25-31 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Now the work is to purify his members. What would happen if a member of the body refused to be connected or purified?

Matthew 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off,…

I was pointed to the providence of God among His people and was shown that every trial made by the refining, purifying process upon professed Christians proves some to be dross. The fine gold does not always appear. In every religious crisis some fall under temptation. The shaking of God blows away multitudes like dry leaves. Prosperity multiplies a mass of professors. Adversity purges them out of the church. As a class, their spirits are not steadfast with God. They go out from us because they are not of us; for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, many are offended.  {4T 89.2}