WHO – the who is Jesus; WHAT – the what is everything; WHEN – the when is 2000 years ago.
The point of this post is to examine whether the issues we face in life were; 1. resolved 2000 years ago on the cross – the process was concluded at that time, or; 2. whether Christ commenced a process at the cross and He is continuing to action it today.
This goes to the heart of how we exercise faith and participate in prayer. If these things were resolved and concluded at the cross, then my faith and prayer is a process of ‘taking hold of’ what already exists. If these things were commenced and continuing, then my faith and prayer is a process of ‘requesting’ God to bring something new into existence.
Let us use healing as an example; if it was resolved and concluded on the cross, then we are engaged in a process of receiving that which already exists – so we are not asking God to do something that is already done. If on the other hand our healing was commenced and continuing, then we are asking God to undertake something that does not yet exist – so we are asking asking God to do something not yet done.
My view is that the cross was a once and for all event, like tipping out a whole bucket of water – it is finished, as opposed to a tap – which continues to be turned on and off.
Typical of this thinking is the example Paul gave in Gal. 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ, I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”. The WHO is Christ, and I was taken into His death with Him, the WHAT is that I died just as He did, the WHEN is 2000 years ago when He gave himself for me.
Paul says here that ‘I no longer live’ – his entire existence is now a process of faith in Christ’s work on the cross. We can also say then that ‘sickness no longer lives’ – it’s existence is processed by faith in Christ’s work on the cross. So rather than asking God to heal us (commenced and continuing), we place faith in the fact that Christ has already (resolved and concluded) my healing.
Just as Christ died that ALL might come to the knowledge of the truth, so also Christ died that ALL sickness might be carried into His death.