From Mark 2, it is evident that Jesus Christ could forgive sin. Did that make him GOD? And if Jesus Christ could forgive sin, why did he have to die on a cross to do so?
Let us start with Mark 2.
Mark 2:4-11 (NKJV)
And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. (5) When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” (6) And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, (7) “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (8) But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? (9) Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? (10) But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the paralytic, (11) I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
By now you should understand that GOD wants to bring many Sons to glory. This was made possible by sacrificing one Son so that many Sons could rise from the dead:
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. (10) For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings
You should also understand that Jesus Christ is our older brother, an example of who we are, so that we may know what is expected of us in the resurrection day, or second coming.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
You will realise why it is important for us to explain that you are also a Son once you understand what the purpose is of a Son on the earth and that Sons are without sin, or “not lame”. The lameness experienced by the person in Mark 2, is a condition. GOD had to give us a picture of what sin looks like in the Spirit.
The Greek word used for ‘sin’ in the above-mentioned verse (Mark 2:5) is hamartia. When translated to English, it means ‘to miss the mark’ or ‘not share in the prize’.
Consider the following parable for better understanding.
GOD calls two Christian people to leave their current jobs and lifestyles to become pastors. HE instructs them to raise more Sons of GOD so that the church may mature and obtain the promise of ‘Sonship’ and thus not missing the mark anymore. If they are obedient, GOD will give them the next instruction in the ways of HIS Kingdom so that the Kingdom of GOD can become visible on earth. After every obedient act, GOD will give the next instruction and so forth.
Person one is a loving husband and father of three and very well mannered. He is well positioned financially and a great friend and neighbour. He even takes his family to church every Sunday. Nevertheless, he does not leave his job and lifestyle to answer to GOD’s call and instruction but continues with his current life where he is a great guy and loved by all.
Person two is a drug addict that abuses, steals and lies to get cash for his addiction. His family no longer makes any effort to contact him. He is in and out of jail and is no model citizen. He also does not adhere to GOD’s call and instruction and continue his way of life.
Who is sinning?
Both are sinning. Both individuals are missing the mark by not following the instruction of GOD. Genesis speaks of two trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The Tree of Life is GOOD as opposed to the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is BAD. Both of these individuals represent the bad tree, even though one bears good fruit and the other bad fruit; it is fruit from the same tree! The knowledge of the good is especially confusing to most Christians as it looks good and sounds good. But it is not life, there is no obedience towards GOD! Both individuals are still kings over their own lives, not allowing GOD to reign as King and Ruler over their lives.
With that said, let us compare the parable to Mark 2. Both individuals are ‘paralytic’ and of no use, spiritually speaking, because they do not listen to the instructions of GOD and therefore cannot make the Kingdom of GOD visible. GOD cannot use them in HIS plan.
Sons, on the other hand, GOD can use because Sons will follow the instructions of GOD as their fruit is from the Tree of Life. They will lay down their lives and follow the instructions of GOD accurately, as Jesus Christ and Paul did.
Through Mark 2, GOD shows us that “the Son of man” will one day have the power to forgive sins (to not miss the mark), because they will teach people the mind of GOD with HIS glory (view, judgement, opinion). Referring to the parable, both individuals, through the power of Christ in them (as born from above Christians) are Sons of GOD. They both have the Godly ability to make choices as trees of life and not as trees of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus Christ cannot take their sin away or ‘not miss the mark’ on their behalf. It is absurd to argue or believe that Jesus Christ has to make your decisions for you or take your sin away for you, which is one and the same thing. He already delivered us from the position of sin, now we can change our minds to not sin anymore. Both individuals must grow up from spiritual children to mature Sons of GOD (Gal 4) and choose to be obedient and allow GOD to work through them – that is how the Kingdom of GOD becomes visible. This will take them from a state of paralysis to a state of “Arise”, thereby becoming useful to GOD, as per Mark 2.
The Sons of GOD will remove the condition of paralysis from mankind as Jesus Christ rightfully showed us. The more Christians realise that they are also Sons of GOD, the more the ‘paralytic’ state will disappear in their lives. They will move from trees of the knowledge of good and evil to trees of life and bear righteous fruit.
Let us read another scripture on this:
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (23) If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Again, the Greek word used for ‘sin’ in this scripture is hamartia – to miss the mark. So what Jesus Christ is saying to his apostles (teachers), or mature Sons of GOD, is that they will have the ability to teach people who and what they are so that they will also grow up to be mature Sons and not sin (miss the mark) any longer. And if the apostles choose not to teach the people who and what they are, the people will continue to sin, continue to miss the mark (and so will the apostles).
GOD’s dream is for HIS people to be the Tree of Life and not the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil as illustrated in the parable.
At Christ in Me International, we teach people who and what they are so that sin, or the ‘paralytic’ condition, can be removed from their lives. We testify of the works of Jesus Christ through our lives by the GOD-instructed decisions we make.