Monday, May 16, 2011

A Musical Word Picture About Faith

Recently I was meditating on how the Lord, through His atonement, has provided for us a complete salvation--body, soul, and spirit.

We are saved from every bondage or oppression that the enemy would ever want to throw at us or lay upon us. We are not only saved from sins, but also sickness, infirmity, and soul oppression or bondage. Jesus has provided for us a "triune salvation." And Guess what?-- It's all free!
It's the free gift. Salvation (the all inclusive word "sozo" or "soteria" in the Greek) is free!

Unfortunately, most of the church is never taught the all inclusive nature of salvation. They are only taught one third (salvation from sin) or maybe two thirds (healing of the soul) at the most. The other third, which has been equally provided for (see notes at end) and so vividly demonstrated by the Lord Jesus when He physically walked the earth, is freedom from physical sickness, disease, and infirmity. He never changes. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever--And this is The Kingdom--which is His good pleasure to give us--Freely! We have but to put our faith in Him and His finished work.

We put our faith in Him for our salvation from our sins, but again, we have not been taught to put our faith in Him for freedom and healing from physical infirmity.

So, as I meditated on this free gift, and how it is given to us by faith and not by anything we do or earn, the Holy Spirit dropped the following scene and lines from "The Music Man" into my spirit.

"…Never heard of any salesman Hill
…Now he doesn't know the territory.
…Doesn't know the territory?!?
…What’s the fellow’s line?
…Never worries ‘bout his line
…Never worries ‘bout his line?!?
…Or a doggone thing. He's just a bang beat, bell ringing, big haul, great go, neck or nothin’, rip roarin’, every time a bull's eye salesman. That’s Professor Harold Hill, Harold Hill...I don't know how he does it, but he lives like a king; and he dallies, and he gathers, and he plucks, and shines. And when the man dances, certainly boys, what else? The piper pays him! Yes sir, yes
sir, yes sir, yes sir. When the man dances, certainly boys, what else? The piper pays him! Yes sir, yes sir."

I saw how Professor Harold Hill is "A Musical Word Picture About Faith."
He doesn't worry about a thing. He doesn't have a line or know the territory...he's just living in the free gift so to speak.
Jesus has already paid for it all so now we get to reap the benefits.
We get to live like a king--dally, gather, pluck, and shine--and the enemy has to pay back everything he has ever taken or stolen from us!
"When the man dances, certainly boys, what else? The piper pays him! Yes sir, yes sir."

We place our faith in the finished work of Jesus. We know that it is His good pleasure to give us The Kingdom! He told us to pray, "'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.'"

Later in this movie, Professor Harold Hill makes a statement about what he "always think(s)." I believe it is his statement of faith and the answer to the other salesmen's incredulity concerning the source of his success.

How does he do it?---Harold Hill: "I always think there's a band..."--A statement of faith.

He always believes there is a band...We always believe in the finished work of Jesus--Our Source of Success--Jesus' Success is Our Source of Success!

May we catch this and make it our experience too! Complete Salvation! Body, Soul, and Spirit! The Free Gift! For it is His Good Pleasure to Give Us The Kingdom!

Isaiah 53 is a picture of the all inclusive atonement. Specifically look at verse four of this passage.

"Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,Smitten of God, and afflicted." Isaiah 53:4 NASB

The word translated as “griefs” by the NASB, KJV, and most English or American versions is the Hebrew word "choliy." The definition, though, of the word "choliy" in Strong's Concordance is "sickness."

"Choily" is used 24 times in the Old Testament, but it is only in Isaiah 53 that translators chose to make it "grief" or "griefs." Otherwise, "choliy" is translated as "sick," "sickness," "sicknesses," "illness," "disease," or "affliction."

Interlinear Bibles, as well as other translations such as the Hebrew Names Version, The Jerusalem Bible, or the Holman's Christian Standard Bible, translate this word by its original Hebrew definition.

Read Isaiah 53:4 out of one of these translations.

"Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted." Hebrew Names Version

The usage of "choily" as "sickness" or "sicknesses," in this passage on the atoning work of Christ, is supported by numerous other scriptures in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Specifically look at Psalm 103 and the benefits found within the Lord.

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies youryears with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle."
NASB Psalm 103:2-5 (Read the whole Psalm for ALL the benefits.)

The New Testament also specifically makes reference to Isaiah 53 as a testimony to the healing work found in Christ.

"When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: 'HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.'" Matthew 8:16-17

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