Unblemished, through Christ

A friend recently shared the following “vision” she’d gotten one day. She’d been standing in faith against shingles, a painful condition. As she was saying, “Lord, I present my body to you,” (Romans 12:1-2), she  got a picture of herself as an unblemished lamb (cleansed from sin and redeemed from sickness through Christ’s finished sacrificial work at the cross). The Word proclaims that God forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases (Psalm 103:3).

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

Present your body, holy and acceptable to God–

of His mercies, being sure…

that by the blood of Jesus, God’s Lamb, 

you’ve become a “living sacrifice” that’s pure.

Only lambs without blemish were presented to God

by priests who were following God’s ways.

No such lamb could have disease–

neither do you, the Word says–give Him praise!

He’s forgiven all your sins AND healed your diseases–

believe that, with your renewed mind.

God has made you a lamb without blemish through Christ–

that’s how you, as a Christian, are defined.

P. A. Oltrogge

“But He was pierced through for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

“And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.’” Matthew 8:16,17

“Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:3

(The person who shared the above “vision” is J. Vetter, a guest contributor to The Porch of the Lord blog.)

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