And if they get their healing, they’ll say, praise God! But they would never say that it’s a part of Jesus’ atonement, that he provided healing just as much as he’s provided salvation, and forgiveness of sins. Most Christians would say, no, that’s not true. They look at healing, deliverance, prosperity, joy, peace, as being possible, but additional to salvation. But this word salvation in the Greek includes healing, prosperity, deliverance, and all the blessings God has provided for us.
Jesus paid it all. It’s not based on my performance; it’s based on my faith in what he did. Salvation is the gift of God unto the forgiveness of sins, the healing of your body, your prosperity, joy, peace, deliverance, emotional stability, and many more. For some Christians, this may seem like a radical thought to them; that healing has been purchased through Jesus for them just as much as forgiveness of sins. Prosperity has been purchased for them just as much as forgiveness of sins. Deliverance from oppression, depression, fear, anxiety, and anger, has been purchased for you through what Jesus did. You don’t have to do something else to earn it. It isn’t an addition to salvation, it’s an integral part of salvation. Jesus wants you healed, delivered, set free, and prospered, just as much as he wants you forgiven of your sins. And it’s the gospel that releases that power of salvation for healing, deliverance, joy, peace, and forgiveness of sins.
It’s understanding the gospel that releases the effects of salvation. Therefore, if you are sick, poor, afraid, bound by unforgiveness, depressed, and so forth with all of these negative things that even Christian’s experience, it’s because you don’t understand the gospel. The gospel is the power of God to salvation, which is inclusive of all these things that I’ve mentioned. If you are struggling in any of those areas, then you are struggling to understand how truly good news the gospel is, and what Jesus did for you when he saved your life. Colossians 1:13 shows us what happens when we get born again. It says he has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the son of his love. He has delivered us from the power of darkness. What’s that? What’s the power of darkness? The power of darkness is the power of the enemy over this Earth. The curse that’s on the earth because of the sin of Adam and Eve.
Everything that deals with death, sickness, loss, destruction, trauma, heartache, fear, etc. All these kinds of negative things: whether they are with negative circumstances or emotions, that’s the power of darkness. There is a ruler of darkness, and he is Satan. He’s been defeated at the cross but for those who don’t know the Lord and the gospel, they are still under the influence of Satan. The Bible says God has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us or transferred us into the kingdom of his dear son Jesus. What does that mean? Is that just words to fill a page or is that really a substantial declaration that we should take active notice of? If I’m no longer living under the power of darkness, what does that mean? How does that impact my life? How should I then live? These are good questions. The darkness of this world is the power to deceive you, and to blind your eyes and spiritual life so you won’t see.
As we look around our society today, we can look at any number of places, perhaps where you work, and you see people that are deceived. They are blind to the truth. Many of them don’t want to even hear the truth. They reject the truth and so, that’s the power of darkness at work. But when we get born again, the power of the gospel frees us from the power of darkness. Therefore, we should begin to see changes in our lives and the way we think, and perceive things, as well as the way we talk and act. Those things should be evolving to reflect the power of the gospel to our salvation rather than the power of darkness.