Humans. We think we’re so smart. We’ve got it all figured out, right? WRONG. SO VERY WRONG. “For the wages of sin is death…” the Scripture reads. Don’t we think that most of the Bible is one big allegory? When reading The Word, we need to consider three aspects: 1) physical, 2) emotional, and 3) spiritual. We cannot separate them.
This thought process began when contemplating Jesus’s take on healing. Whenever He came to someone in need of physical healing, since that’s what’s obvious to us, sometimes He said, “Your sins are forgiven,” but other times He said, “Rise up and walk.” When debating with the religious sect about healing on the Sabbath, He even countered by saying one is basically saying the other. Is it? Have you ever wondered about that connection?
Physiologically speaking, any cell that has mutated is considered pre-cancerous. The medical world accounts for “different types of cancer.” For example: whether it is the physical sin of alcoholism or the emotional sin of unforgiveness (both of which equate to idolatry spiritually and are often intertwined), the cells in the body are changed through a chemical process. They become pre-cancerous. Did you read that? PRE-CANCEROUS. “For the wages of sin is death…” Think that’s an allegory now? Does that statement apply only to the spirit or are there physical implications?
Let’s consider the passage in Matthew 9. This man was paralyzed and prostrated by illness the Amplified Classic Version says. Although we’re unsure whether this man had cancer, can we surmise that physically speaking his cells had been mutated? Jesus tells him that his sins are forgiven. This man is instantly healed, picks up his mat and walks. Is it possible that this man’s sin put him in this physical state? Or even more, the sins of his fathers? Deuteronomy 5:9 says that the sins of the fathers will be upon the third and fourth generations.
My point is this: We don’t often connect emotional sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, rage, lust, and more to be a death sentence in every aspect—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, emphasis added). I ask you: What is that gift? LOVE! “For God so LOVED the world…” John 3:16 tells us. John 13 says the greatest commandment is to love one another just as He has loved us. Oh! Death has no hold on Jesus. Why? He only knows love.
We are to be Christ imitators according to Paul. If we were to model love in all we think, say, and do, what would the physical implications be? It would be life, and not death. Much disease and physical hardship would fall to the wayside. Examine yourself. Get rid of the sin that’s holding your heart captive. Love the way God loves, and watch your physical, emotional, and spiritual world come to life.