by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
“And the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth. He will do it.” (1 Thes.5:23,24)
According to the Word of God that never fails, because of Jesus’ vicarious (substitutionary) death for us, Almighty God sanctifies us wholly (totally) spirit, soul, and body blameless (perfect, pure, well) until He returns!
“How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge you’re your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God? ” (Heb.9:14)
ONLY JESUS’ BLOOD PURGES OUR CONSCIENCES
“For Christ is not entered into the Holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us …So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Heb. 9:28)
“Then said He, Lo I come to do Thy will, O God, He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ, once for all.
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for Sins FOREVER, sat down on the Right Hand of God. For by ONE OFFERING, He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
“Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us; for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (When God forgives a sin, it is pointless to keep asking for His forgiveness. His BLOOD has cleansed them away)
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
“And having a high priest over the House of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an Evil Conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” (Heb.10: 7-12,14,17-21,23)
THE BLOOD OF JESUS SPEAKS FORGIVENESS
The Bible says: “And to Jesus the Mediator of the New covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh greater things than the blood of Abel.” (Heb. 12:24) What does that tell us?
When Cain killed Abel, his blood cried out for REVENGE. God said to Cain: “What is this that thou hast done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.” (Gen.4:10) When Jesus hung on the Cross dying for our sins, He cried out, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
The BLOOD of Jesus speaks of forgiveness, peace, healing, deliverance, and God’s blessings! His holy, pure, and perfect blood that was poured out for the human race, speaks our Rights in Christ which includes the forgiveness of sins, freedom from condemnation, fear, and demonic oppression. It speaks of divine healing from sickness and diseases. The Blood of Jesus speaks of deliverance, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost!
When we speak the Word of God and the promises of Jesus Christ in faith over ourselves and others, Satan must obey and depart from us! Sickness and disease will have to obey and depart and oppression must leave as we minister in the Name of Jesus Christ and plead the Blood of Jesus on those ministered unto.
The Bible states: “For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested that He might DESTROY the works of the Devil.” (1 John 3:8). The works of the Devil are Sin, Sickness and Disease, Fear, oppression, and Satan himself. Jesus defeated Satan during His Wilderness Temptation. He used the Word of God to defeat the devil! Repeatedly, He stated, “It is Written” speaking the Word of God. (Luke 4:12)
JESUS’ MISSION STATEMENT
After defeating the devil, He began his powerful Ministry of preaching repentance, healing the sick, and casting out evil spirits: “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee; and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
“And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to HEAL the brokenhearted, to preach Deliverance to the captives, and recovering sight to the blind, to set at, liberty them that are bruised. To preach the Acceptable Year of the Lord.” (Luke 4: 14-19)
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ANSWER
Christ is the Answer to the questions and problems of life! WHY? He created the world. He created man and when Adam fell, He rescued man by giving Himself freely through His death to make us Children of God. By rising from the dead and pouring out the Holy Spirit on His church, He offered liberty and freedom to lost humanity!
Jesus bore our sins and sicknesses in His own body on the cursed Tree, so that we do not need to bare them! He took our place on the cross as our substitute. The Bible states: “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth; Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:
“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 we were Healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (1 Peter 22-25)
JESUS! His name in Hebrew means, ‘The salvation of God’. The salvation of God is forgiveness of sins, healing for the sick, wounded spirits, tormented minds, and broken bodies. It is Eternal Life!
Satan is a Defeated Foe, a vanquished Enemy, but nevertheless, a ruthless Tyrant who uses every opportunely to advance his lying agenda of hatred, fear, violence, sickness, disease, and death! He has been soundly and eternally defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ, who purchased our Freedom from the powers of Darkness by meeting the righteous demands of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven!
When Jesus Christ was crucified, we were crucified with Him. St. Paul wrote: “I am crucified with Christ.” (Gal.2:20); “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ.” (Col.2;20). When Jesus Christ was buried, we were buried with Him.” (Col.2:12; Rom.6;6).
When Jesus Christ arose from the dead as the Mighty Conqueror, we arose with Him. (Col. 3:1; Rom.6: 4. 5). The Bible says,” Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ; and hath been raised us up TOGETHER in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph.2: 5,6)
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:10). Through Jesus Christ, God has made us a New Creation. Again the Scripture states: If any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE; Old things are passed away, behold all things are become New.” (2 Cor. 5:17)
It is Finished; It is Fulfilled; It is Paid!
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is FINISHED: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30)
Jesus spoke in the Greek language. The word He said was ‘Tetelestai’, taken from the Gr. verb teleo which essentially has three meanings: ‘To finish something and put an end to something; to fulfill something; to pay for that which is owed.’
Jesus had finished His plan of Redemption and He had put an end to Satan’s power over mankind. He had fulfilled every Old Testament Prophecy about the Messiah. He had paid for the sins and the sicknesses of the entire world, for all who would receive Him as Saviour and Lord!
SAUL MEETS JESUS ON THE DAMASCUS WAY
St. Paul, who had been a Zionist enforcer and kidnapper, was forcibly subdued and converted by Jesus Christ on the Damascus Road! He was a special vessel that God had chosen to evangelize the pagan and to build the Church in the Gentile world!
“And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of This Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined about him a light from Heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice, saying unto him, Saul, Daul, why persecutest Me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am JESUS whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
“And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt Thou have me do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be shown thee what thou must do. And he was three days without sight, neither did eat nor drink.” Acts 9:1-6,9)
St. Paul, who founded Christ’s Church in the Gentile world wrote at the end of his long, powerful, and miraculous Ministry: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love Hi appearing." (2 Tim.4: 6-8)