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THE "RAP", THE "PUMP" & THE CURSE
THREE THINGS ACCOMPLISHED FOR US ON THE CROSS
There are three things Jesus accomplished by His death & resurrection that every believer should know and celebrate.
On the Cross
• He took our “rap”, and gave us His righteousness.
• He took our “pump” and gave us His life.
• He took our curse and gave us His blessing.
1. HE TOOK OUR RAP
The death of Jesus was not merely a martyr’s death. On the Cross God transferred on to Jesus all the guilt, shame, condemnation of all of us. He took the “rap” – the blame and punishment of our sin. “The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa 53.6)
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses to them, …
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5.19, 21)
This is the amazing, accomplished of the Cross nearly 2,000 years before any of us alive today were even born, God transferred our condemnation sin and guilt on to Jesus so that it can be lifted from us. It is not a myth – it is an accomplished fact, a done deal.
However, this truth does us no good unless we believe it and deliberately receive its benefits. The gospel is the invitation for people everywhere to believe and receive the benefits of this established fact of history.
When we put our faith in this great fact, not only is the weight of guilt, sin and shame lifted from us, but God transfers the righteousness of Jesus on to us. Wow! He transferred our guilt on to Jesus and now He transfers His legal righteousness on to us. This is what Paul calls “justification”.
From this new restored position, we can now, begin a new life in the care of God with our sins, the
sin of Adam and of our ancestors removed from our record. We are living at the reverse side of the Cross and the reverse side of condemnation, fully restored to the grace of God.
2. HE TOOK OUR “PUMP”
Physicians tell us that the heart is a pump that pumps blood around the thousands of miles of blood vessels packed into our bodies. Jesus speaks of a corrupt heart that is within all of us that pumps evil within us..
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mk 7)
No amount of religion can remove this defiling “pump” or “heart” that we all inherited from our grandfather Adam. Sin came into his heart and it is passed down through the generations to us. There is something within all of us that emits pride, lust greed etc. We do not like it, but it is in us whether we like it or not.
However God promised a solution to this corrupt part of our nature. He promised not only to provide a Savior to bear our sins but to go further and ‘extract’ this corrupt heart from within us.
‘I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.’ (Ezekiel 36.25-27)
This is exactly what Jesus accomplished through His Cross and Resurrection. Not only did He take our rap, He also took that sinful part of our nature ‘the heart of stone” to the Cross with Himself. When we come to Him and deliberately lay down our heart of stone, He will extract this polluting “pump” (heart) from within us and replace it with His own Spirit and nature.
While the old heart pumped corrupt attitudes within us, the new heart/pump, which is the Spirit of Jesus, pumps nothing but love, peace, joy and every kind of goodness within us. This new heart/pump, new Spirit and new nature, is God’s own life. It is His antidote to sin.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.(Galatians 5.19-23)
Jesus came to remove the old pump (which is our old sin nature). He took it to the Cross with Himself 2,000 years before we were born, and then gives to all who will receive His Spirit to be their new heart.
Our part is to deliberately receive the Holy Spirit as our new “pump”, to continually draw from this new “pump” and to refuse to draw from the old “pump”. The old “pump” is not improved nor cannot be - it is removed and replaced. The gift of the Holy Spirit is Jesus’ resurrection gift of life to all who will receive Him.
3. He Took Our Curse
We see that on the Cross Jesus took our “rap” and our old “pump” but He also did another great work for us - He took our curse and gave us the blessing.
Through our first ancestor humanity fell under a curse. By responding to Satan’s advice, Adam opened a gateway for Satan and his demons to oppress us. This is the curse.
On the Cross, Jesus took that curse that oppressed us and restored us to the blessing of Our Heavenly Father.
“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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3.13-14)
"The curse of the Law" (Deuteronomy 28) is the misery that falls on us when we are separated from God’s blessing and providences. The curse include crushing poverty, sickness, disease, mental illness, marital breakdown, addictions etc. etc.
It is the oppression that has come upon us through the sins of our ancestors and through our own personal sin. We can see it plainly in the great social problems of the world today and the sea of misery that sin has created.
Jesus came to take on Himself the curse for all, so that we can be lifted out of this “horrible pit” and restored to the love and blessing of our Heavenly Father.
When we believe in Him and return to the care of God, our Heavenly Father, we are lifted out of the curse and restored to the blessing. Being blessed does not mean that our lives will be without tribulation or problems but that we are lifted from the demonic oppression. and empowered by the Spirit to be a blessing to many.
Just as Abraham was blessed so we believers are blessed now. Like Abraham believers can say that, because of what Jesus has done, we are blessed as Abraham was blessed, and destined to be a blessing to many.
When God lifts us out of the curse we enter into the plans and purposes He has for us. He gives us a new destiny to live as His sons and daughters.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”(Ephesians 1.5)
We can walk in the awareness that we are restored, through the Cross, to the full favor and blessing of God. We are in a new realm of blessing and destiny. We have a new heritage that we could never earn – we are God’s adopted sons and daughters.
Life will still have its tribulations and difficulties, but through it all, and in at all, we will walk as blessed sons and daughters of God’s and be a blessing to those around us.
The historical fact of Jesus’ death and resurrection is celebrated by believers around the world in the season of Passover and Resurrection. However, the reality of what Jesus has won for us through His Cross and Resurrection is only dimly understood by most believers.
Let’s not just celebrate the fact of His death and resurrection but also appropriate the full benefits of what He ACCOMPLISHED for us. May we allow the Holy Spirit to make active and effective in our lives today the fulness of what Yeshua won for us.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
Worldly Goals Crowding Out Our Main Mission
One of pressing cultural issues facing Christians in 2018 is the challenge of mission creep. By this I mean, the struggle in allowing worldly goals and objectives to crowd out or dilute our mission for the kingdom of Jesus.
While we should not shrink from engaging in the political world, when we are defined within our community by these peripheral identities, we reveal that some other mission has diluted the kingdom mission to which Jesus has called us.
In the midst of this chaos, Christians need to remain focused on Jesus’ mission for the church: to show and share His love in a broken and hurting world. - Ed Stetzer, Executive Director, Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College
Pro Life – Beyond Political Activism
Over 60 million lives have been lost to abortion in the United States. Pro-life Christians have not ignored these deaths. We marched, we enacted legislation, and we raised awareness about the humanity of unborn life.
Yet, much of the pro-life movement’s focus has been on the legality of abortion. We must also address our cultural desire for abortion. Laws don’t always change hearts. But, the church through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can.
For too many Christians, abortion is a political problem, not a ministry and discipleship opportunity. Our research found that nearly four in ten women who had abortions were attending church, at least monthly. These women believed that their local abortion provider was a better alternative than their church family to help them in their time of great need. ….. Pastors and church members need to retake their rightful place in the pro-life movement by recognizing that ministering to the abortion vulnerable is the Great Commission, pro abundant life as God desires.
- Roland C. Warren, CEO, Care Net
Problems Facing Church In West
Biblical literacy is a huge problem in the American church…. Quite simply, people in churches (and even more so those not in churches) may pay lip service to the importance of the Bible, but by and large they do not read it or know it. Surveys have found that 82 percent of Americans think “God helps those who help themselves,” is a Bible verse. 12 percent think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. 50 percent of graduating high school students think Sodom and Gomorrah!
Entanglements of Allegiances
This has been a struggle for the church since her earliest days. In what sense does a person’s allegiance to empire or nation or some other secular community interact with their allegiance to Christ and his church? Today we’re seeing this play out in the messy entanglements of Christians in politics, to the point that we have to say out loud that trickle-down economics and the right to bear arms are political, not biblical values. - Brett McCracken (Author Of “Uncomfortable”)
The Law V. The Gospel
The Law demands holiness – the Gospel gives it!
The Law Says “Do.” – The Gospel says “Done!”
The Law extorts the unwilling service of a slave - the gospel wins the loving service of son and friend.
The Law makes blessings the result of obedience - the gospel makes obedience the result of blessings.
The Law says ‘if’. - The gospel says ‘therefore’.
The Law was given to restrain the “old man.”
The gospel was given to bring liberty to the new man.
Under the Law salvation was wageS - Under the gospel salvation is a gift.
- Hannah Whitall Smith “The Christian’s Secret Of a Happy Life “
PAUL & NUALA'S NEWS
The greatest revelation of all is to know the true meaning of what was done for us by the Death, Burial & Resurrection of Jesus and the complete transformation that comes to us when His life is imparted into us, received by us and released through us.
Ministry In Europe
As we write this newsletter we are preparing to return to Ireland, U.K. for the months of April and May, where we have a full calendar of meetings. We need your prayers for these meetings to be fruitful and effective.
Ministry In Florida
These last months in Stuart have been filled with activity. We have been greatly blessed by our Thursday Bible studies in the home of Frank & Chris Storino and our weekly meetings in Ft. Pierce in the home of Lanell Williams. Sundays have been occupied with ministry in various local churches including Open Door House Of Prayer in Ft. Pierce, Vero Worship Center, in Vero Beach, Victory In Christ in Jupiter, Love and Hope In Action in Stuart. The theme of our Bible Studies this winter has been “The Book of Hebrews” What relevant messages we discover in the tremendous revelations packed into this Book!
The other theme of our teachings and studies has been preparing, praying and working for new awakenings of the Spirit.
While we always rejoice at the millions of dedicated believers in our society, we are painfully aware that there are even more who seem to have no interest in Our Heavenly Father’s’ wonderful love and gifts of salvation and life. We pray that believers will be stirred to pay more attention to the needs of those who are yet outside the Kingdom of God than to those who are already in it, and develop hearts for true compassionate evangelism and missions.
Our Tour to Israel once again is planned for September 18th - 27th this year. We would love to have you come with us.
We are continually made aware of misinformation about Israel and the Jewish people endlessly disseminated through parts of the media and some politicians. We have written some articles on this subject with facts to enable people answer this disinformation. (See this link to article on our website
Our deepest thanks to all who help us with your encouragement, prayers and financial support. This ministry does not function without you. Let us know if we can serve you in any way in 2019.
One in His great love and service,
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