Everything Jesus purchased on the cross was accepted and validated through the resurrection by God the Father. The resurrection is God’s eternal signature on and stamp of approval and acceptance that the death of Jesus was enough—it made atonement. Atonement is a biblical term that means reconciliation (the full restoration of fellowship and relationship) was restored between God and humanity as the effects of our sin were removed through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
Every believer is at-one-ment with God. Jesus satisfied God’s law that demanded the death of a righteous and perfect sacrifice for sin. Christ’s atonement cleansed the sin debt and brought release from the eternal consequences and effects of sin, and the restoration of God’s blessings and favor.
Sin entered the physical world through Adam ‘s disobedience, but it’s origin was in the heart of Lucifer when he rebelled against God. Sin brought sickness, disease, and ultimately death. None of those things were God’s will for humanity—then or now. We were not created to endure sickness or disease, to be tormented in soul and mind, nor experience death. That was never the will of God for any of his children. If it’s not God’s will, then his will must be that we enjoy and experience wholeness, life, health, and prosperity of spirit, soul, and body. That concept is contained in the Jewish word shalom—which is the fullness of life Jesus died to give each of us.
Few people would argue that Jesus died to save us, as long as by that you mean spiritually speaking. But the word sozo (Greek) from which come the terms “saved” and “salvation” means far more. Salvation is the redemption of forgiveness of sin, deliverance from torment, and healing of the body. The death of Jesus purchased all three. That’s right there is sozo in the atonement for the spirit, soul, and body.
Jesus did not come to die for a partial salvation. He came to bring complete and total salvation. When Adam and Eve tasted the fruit, death invaded and ultimately claimed their spirit, soul, and body. Jesus came to redeem, deliver, and heal all three. Salvation in Jesus Christ is complete, even though most Christians are only accessing one third of what Jesus paid for.
Isaiah prophesied about this amazing and complete atonement in Isaiah 53:4-5. “Surely our griefs [our sickness] He Himself bore, and our sorrows [pains] He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten [struck down] of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through [wounded] for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being [shalom—peace] fell upon Him, and by His scouring [stripes] we are healed.” This passage promises one who would come and bear the punishment for spirit, soul, and body. Jesus fulfilled these promises as he was beaten and crucified.
After Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and others in Capernaum, Matthew said, “He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases” (Matthew 8:17). Peter quoted the same passage in 1 Peter 2:24: “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds [by His stripes] you were healed.” When God emphasizes something once it is important, but when he does it three times it is essential and something we must pay attention to.
Let me sum up what I’m trying to say. The body of Jesus was scourged with a whip, his body broken and ripped—so we could enjoy physical healing. “By His stripes we are healed!” He was pierced through his hands, feet, side and forehead and his blood was spilled to pay for our sin debt. Total salvation—forgiveness of sin, deliverance from torment, and healing of the body—was purchased that day. Jesus came to reverse the curse of sin and his atoning work disempowered the devils hold over defilement, disease, demonization, and death. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
The atonement of Jesus is complete. Are you experiencing the totality of that atonement in your spirit, soul, and body today? If not, why not?