REDEMPTION VS BONDAGE
Col 2:13-15 – And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14) having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15) Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
1) Through Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross the written ordinances (laws) that were against us were fully removed from us. (all 613)
2) By removing the law He also took away the transgressions invoked through disobedience to the law.
3) As He has removed our transgression, He has also taken away the penalty for those transgression and fully paid for all mankind’s transgressions, past, present and future.
4) As He has paid the penalty for our transgressions He also disarmed the devil who was and still is the executioner of the penalty of our sin. Gal 3:13-14 – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Of course this promise is given to all mankind. The law, sin, transgression and the curses were removed at the cross through Jesus Christ. Rom 5:18-19 – Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19) For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
This gift of redemption is conditional upon obedience to one commandment, to both believers and non-belieiver. Matt 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15) But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Unforgiveness is a deal breaker. This means when a person walks in unforgiveness because of the offenses committed against them by another, the one in unforgiveness comes back under the law, is guilty of their transgressions of the law, will pay the penalty for their sin of which the devil will gladly follow through. The devil is armed to follow out all the curses against this violator. This is not all. Titus 3:1-2 – Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2) to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. The Greek word for speak evil means to rail against, revile or treat with reproach. James 4:11-12 – Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12) There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? The Greek word for speak evil here means to criminate or vilify. To speak evil by railing against, reviling, criminating or vilifying is to disregard (treat with contempt) the work of the cross and the forgiveness of all sin. Again these come out from under grace and redemption and come back under the law.
1 Cor 11:29-30 – For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30) For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 1 Cor 11:17-34 gives the detailed account. They dishonored one another and dishonored the communion they had come together to take part in. John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. 1 John 1:6-7- If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
It is gravely unfortunate that many Christians have no regard for the communion when they take it. If there is unforgiveness in their hearts and striving against one another as it was in the Corinthian church their evil speaking will take them out of God gracious covering. Many Christians are weak, sick, and many have died, because they rejected the compelling power of Gods grace and love to govern their lives. The world is in utter chaos because of unforgiveness and strife, but we can expect this from the world. However, because iniquity abounds in the world, it has flooded the church. Matt 24:12 – And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. This is a sign that we are in the last days. Luke 6:36 – Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. James 2:13 – For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. The revelation of our communion with Christ and the church is a lifestyle of right relationship with one another in His love with His grace compelling us onward for the transforming of our soul.
Do we agree with the Fathers gracious sacrifice of His only Son Jesus Christ on the cross and redemption for all mankind through it? James 3:11-13 – Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12) Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. Matt 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The purity of the God’s church in the last days will be evident in their speech.