This is a question that we need to ask, did Jesus the Christ succeed?
Many will say, “Yes how can it be any other way?” But when we pay closer attention it seems like religion believes that Christ did not finish what He came to do, or even worse, that He must come back to try to clean up the mess a second time.
So, let’s look at what Jesus came to do in the first place, and did He succeed?
To take away our sins
Joh 1:29 (AMP) “The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus came to take away the sin of the WORLD
1Jn 3:5 (AMP) “And you know that He was revealed that He might take away our sins, and in Him is no sin.”
Jesus was revealed to take away sin. This is awesome news. He surely did take it away, and not some sin, not only believers’ sins but the sin of the WORLD.
No, No Gerhard this can’t be! Well, John further adds in 1John 3:5 “and in Him is no sin”. So, all that is in Christ is forever free of sin just because they are in Christ. I know most will say amen to that. Let’s go even more into this.
Eph 1:7 -10 (AMP) “In Him, we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor. Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence), Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth”.
Did you read, it was not human’s work or human’s faith but God, who “unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth”. So, all things are in Christ, every human reconciled with God in Christ forever. This is our new existence, our new being. So, all are now consummated in Christ, therefore in Him, there is no sin. So, every person on this earth is not in sin but in right standing with God, not because of their efforts but by Jesus’ saving work.
You may think, what Gerhard, are you saying it is not faith that places us in Christ, that it is not our faith that saves us?
Yes, it is not your faith that saved you but His (Christ’s) faith.
Eph 2:8 (AMP) “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through faith. And this is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;”
The faith the Bible talks about is Christ’s faith and not our own effort or striving, or what we would like to call faith.
Eph 2:9-10 (AMP) “Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
We must realize that we are not our own invention or our own handiwork but God’s. We cannot give birth to ourselves and make ourselves a new creation. He is the Father, Jesus, the Life-giving Spirit. Your birth was His work and not your confession.
I know that there is jumping up a lot of questions now but just hang on, we are going to get to them, just continue to read.
Gal 2:20 (KJVA) “ 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 Gospel was never meant to disqualify you but gives the Good News that He qualified you.
Heb 12:2-3 (AMP) “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.”
What does it mean when we say Jesus is the source of our faith?
It means faith does not have its origin from you but Jesus, so it’s His faith that saves you not your faith.
Jesus had faith that by enduring the cross for sinners He will save them all.
A life-giving Spirit
1Co 15:45 (AMP) “Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].”
The first Adam brought forth people in his image, a fallen creation short of the glory of God.
The last Adam is a life-giving Spirit that gave birth to a new creation.
Rom 3:23-24 (AMP) Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,”
The life-giving Spirit gave us birth. Let’s take off the old spectacles of religion that were handed down to us, that make us read stuff over and over in the same old way with the same old understanding. Let’s look at scripture from a new perspective.
Joh 3:3(AMP) “Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.”
What does Jesus say here? The only way to experience the Kingdom is to be born into the Kingdom.
What is not said by Jesus here: Your faith gives you birth into the Kingdom.
Joh 3:4-5 (AMP) “Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.”
Do you see this “unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit”
The water here is also the Spirit (Eph 5:25 -26; Joh 7:37-39) and the Spirit gives birth to a new creation; it is not the new creation that gave birth to itself. But the Life-giving Spirit that created us a new in Him in the Kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 (AMP) “What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
What was born of Adam was like Adam, but now Jesus gave birth to a new creation in His likeness, free from sin and in right standing with Himself.
The flesh does not give life to Spirit. So, no man can be born-again from above by himself, or by his faith. To be born from heaven or give birth from heaven one must first self be in heaven.
Our new birth was all Jesus, bringing the old creation to an end and gave birth to a new creation that lives in Him.
Joh 3:7-8 (AMP) “Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above). The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit”
Jesus tells Nicodemus that all will be born anew from above and His Spirit gone do it and everyone who is born from the Spirit will not even know where thy comes from. For he will give life to all.
Our work is not to try to get people to believe so that they can get saved, our work is to bring the Good news that Jesus succeeded and gave birth to a new creation and all can now enjoy intimacy with Him.
Gal 2:20 (KJVA) “ 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.”
What was sin?
If Jesus came to take away the sin of the world as He did, then we must ask ourselves what was sin?
In the New Testament Greek, it is the word (hamartano) and it simply means “to miss the mark”
Isa 55:11 (AMP) “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Jesus is the Word (Johan 1: 1-2) and was sent to do the will of the Father and so He did accomplish what He was sent for. According to religion, most people are going to the place they call Hell. And God will torment them for eternity.
What a ridiculous statement, the truth is if Jesus loses just one person, He would be the world’s biggest sinner. For He would have missed the mark He set Himself which was to reconcile all things back to Him.
Col 1:19-20 (AMP) “For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently. And God purposed that through by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.”
If we say the penalty for sin was eternal torment then Jesus did not pay the full price, for He did not suffer eternal torment. Then He missed the mark again and His saving work was a failure. If sin made us in debt with God and eternal torment was the only way to settle the account, then Jesus must have taken my place in eternal torment.
What if it was never about debt but the forgiveness of a loving Father.
The “Gospel” means Good News. Good News is not news that produces fear, nor news that brings separation. No, it is news that is good and brings joy and peace to its listeners. We need to hear the Good News for it brings the reality of what Christ paid for on the cross to us.
2Co 5:19 (AMP) “It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).”
The Gospel is all about reconciliation between God and man.
The Bible gives us the history of many different encounters between God and man but in essence, the Bible is conveying one message: Reconciliation between God and man. We have to understand that the whole Bible is one message, it tells us how man was separated from God and how God reconcile man back to Himself.
2Co 5:18 (AMP) “But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation].”
It is time for the World to hear the Good News, to hear the message of reconciliation that Jesus has brought, it is time for the church to step up to the ministry it was given. To tell all that thy were reconcile to a loving Father.
To destroy the Devil.
1Jn 3:8 (AMP) “[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].”
Humanity was in sin, so all were of the devil in that sense, all took part of his character. So Jesus came to undo the works of the devil so that humanity can now only be from Him and take part in His character.
But Jesus did not only deal with the works of the devil (sin) but with the devil himself.
Heb 2:14 (MKJV) “Since then the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise partook of the same; that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death (that is, the Devil)”
The only devil left is the one in people’s minds that religion and tradition placed there by their indoctrination so that we can blame someone else for mistakes and our own failures.
Mar 7:13 (AMP) “Thus you are nullifying and making void and of no effect [the authority of] the Word of God through your tradition, which you [in turn] hand on. And many things of this kind you are doing.”
To be the Savior of the World.
The imperishable, unfading love of God is a reality, and you are invited to trust, accept, believe, embrace and experience it. The Gospel is misrepresented if all it does is to encourage some to boast in themselves, “there faith, there works”.
If we look at history even Biblical history, we find always that people think that they are the chosen they are the elect. All religions believe they are the only right ones all churches believe they are the ones that know the truth, and all have this entitlement issue, we are right.
The Bible presents Christ’s work as much wider than the salvation of a few individuals. It is about the restoration and renewal of all fallen creations because He loves them. God’s love is big enough to save All.
Luke 19:10 (AMP)” For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Did Jesus succeed? He didn’t say He came to save some of the lost. He came to save that which was lost, everyone.
Luke 3:6(AMP) “And all mankind shall see (behold and understand and at last acknowledge) the salvation of God (the deliverance from eternal death decreed by God)”
Did Jesus succeed? Or was He just a crowd-pleaser like a politician only making promises.
Joh 3:17(AMP) “For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.”
Joh 6:33(AMP) “For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”
He doesn’t offer life to the world–He gives it!
Joh 12:32(AMP) “And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself.”
Not a select group, all men!
1Jn 2:2(AMP) “And He is the propitiation concerning our sins, and not concerning ours only, but also concerning the sins of all the world.”
Rom 5:18(AMP) “Therefore as by one offense sentence came on all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came to all men to justification of life.”
Rom 11:32(AMP) “For God has shut up all in unbelief, so that He might show mercy to all.”
Rom 5:15(AMP) “For if by the offense of the one many died, much more the grace of God, and the gift in grace; which is of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.”
1Co 15:22(AMP) “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive.”
1Ti 2:3-4(KJVA) “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
God wanted all men to be saved. He sent Jesus to die for all men. God is sovereign. Therefore, all were saved.
There are so much more scriptures that bring the same message