This is a part of a series
This is the first of the two. It is a gentle introduction to the legal system of the spiritual world. The second post (Settle matters quickly with your adversary) really nails the whole issue completely.
On this blog and in my personal life I’ve been teaching a view on what Jesus Christ did and what it means to to actually BE a Christian. The essence of what Jesus did is contained in this verse…
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God. – 2 Cor 1:20
My claim is simply what it says in that verse above, that absolutely every promise made in the Old Testament – every single one – is yes and amen because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That means that He has completed His work and all that remains is for us to receive His completed work by faith.
But hearing it is not enough. We have to receive it by our faith. To only hear it is not enough. satan knowns ouor scriptures but they don’t help him because he doesn’t live according to them. We have to hear and add our faith in order to receive it…
For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it – Heb 4:2
What frustrates me is how small we make Jesus Christ’s completed work.
The bible clearly says He set aside and abolished sin, and that He annulled death. John the baptist said that He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and this next verse is surely placed in the bible to ensure that we know it’s a gift for the whole world…
And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world. – 1 John 2:2
The law of double jeopardy
So what does this have to do with the law of double jeopardy?
Double jeopardy is a procedural defence that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction.
Based on this law… if you are convinced that Jesus Christ has paid for your sins and He has paid the penalty of death… if that is your declaration, then under the law you cannot be tried TWICE for those same crimes.
Let me put it simpler… if God (or satan) extracted a full payment for sins then why are you paying for that same sin again? Under the law of double jeopardy you do not have to make a second payment for that sin.
If Jesus Christ was found guilty for your crimes of sin and He paid the penalty then no further punishment is due.
Believe it. Declare it. Stand on it. Refuse to pay any more – it’s already paid for!
This post was just an introduction to the concept of this world having a spiritual legal system. Please read the second post (Settle matters quickly with your adversary) to really get the meat of how to defend yourself against the accuser of the brethren.