"Tetelestai" means "PAID IN FULL"

How Do You Defeat the Accuser?
Take Away His Ability to Accuse!

 The word “tetelestai” may very well be the most beautiful Greek word ever uttered.  For thousands of years mankind has pointed fingers at one another.  What’s even more unbelievable is that we “in Christ” continue to do the same thing.  It amazes me how little credit we give to Christ’s most precious gift.  We are so busy “covering ourselves” with “fig leaves”, we afford little or no time to doing Jesus’ work.  And going to church on a Saturday or a Sunday is NOT doing Jesus’ work nor is it fulfilling his commandments.  Not even close.  For we indeed have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God.  In fact if you really study the Word of God, you come to a really harsh conclusion.

We are all DOOMED!

What This Article Hopes to Accomplish

 All I hope to accomplish by writing this article is to give you peace.  For without peace, you cannot focus on sanctification, which is achieved through praise and a daily commitment to Jesus.  In fact, if you feel guilty for ANYTHING, this is a weapon the enemy will use against you.  For this reason alone, I must try to accomplish the impossible in a single, short and “to the point” article. 

 If I ramble on and quote endless verses of scripture that have been the driving force of demonic division between hundreds of “church factions” and “religions”, I will fail.  For some of you I will fail anyway.  But that’s okay.  It has been impressed upon my heart by the Holy Spirit that I must try anyway.

 My greatest hope is to help you feel FREE from the condemnation of sin.  To understand that when Jesus died on the cross it changed everything.  In fact, this single amazing act of “atonement” not only “raised the bar” but frees us from all expectation of the impossible task … the task of living “sin free”.

 Living sin free cannot be done.

But raising yourself up,
under the Blood of the Lamb,
blameless before him,
CAN!

A human, the “Son of Man”?

 When Jesus walked upon the earth, he had a most challenging job.  He had to live as the “Son of Man” (a human), and be spiritually the “Son of God”.  We underestimate this challenge.  We all assume, in an earthly sense,  he had something more than we have.  We believe when he came down off the mountain from prayer with God, he “floated down” in a divine light flying like an angel. 

 We never consider that Jesus was actually a man, a person.  He didn’t “float around” in an aura of light.  He slid down those hills on his butt just like the rest of us.  He got dirty and and needed a bath, just like the rest of us.  He was a MAN in the flesh on this earth and was subject to exactly the same temptations and challenges we are – but was expected to rise above it and OVERCOME. 

 Just like us.

 Being like us, is what makes his “atonement” so amazing.  Not only did he feel our pain, but he felt our frustrations.  He got angry like we do.  He laughed like we do.  He was tempted just like us.  But because he knew what was at stake, more than anyone could imagine, he BEHAVED as he had to behave.  He “bucked up” and took the pain, knowing what was at stake.  And for us, he conquered all.

The Mercy of God Through Our Lives

 Before I came “back to the Lord” I had collected things in my life that were “not good”.  Both “behaviors” and “items”.  In fact, you might even refer to them as “abominations”.   Sometimes I think it sucks that I was Baptised in the Holy Spirit at the age of 9.  What a huge responsibility that is for someone.  Before you have lived life at all, you have this awesome rush of power come down upon you that slams you to the ground in tears of unspeakable supernatural peace. 

But then came LIFE.  Life took over as it always does.  I stayed anchored in Jesus and study for about 6 or 7 years but then the worst temptation God ever gave us came into focus.  Girls!  My God given “need” to procreate took on more meaning than God’s word.  One thing led to another and it was down hill from there.  For decades I went through a series of roller coaster rides and came very close to making some deadly mistakes.  As I reflect back through that amazing journey, I keenly remember times when I should have been killed or put in jail for years, but by a “miracle” somehow I escaped life destroying trauma or death.

In one case, with my hands on the hood, and six police cruisers surrounding me and my friends while the officers were rifling through my car, a loud call came over the police radio.  At ONCE, all the police looked at each other and one yelled directly at me and said “Tonight is your lucky night boy!  Throw all this sh*t out and get the hell out of here!”  And to my utter amazement as my mouth dropped open in shock,  every single policeman jumped into all six of their cars and drove away together. Suffice it to say, if I didn’t spare you of all the details, you would realize how significant that act of God’s mercy was on my life.  Even though that happened 25+ years ago, it is not unlikely, should the search have progressed, that I would be writing you this email from jail even today.

I always remember, during those “back slidden” years, when the crap was hitting the fan – I was always in immediate prayer.  I wasn’t saying “Our Father who-art in Heaven” … no.  I was praying in tongues.  I didnt’ even realize it until after things had calmed down and my hands stopped shaking.  But without even realizing it, the Holy Spirit was coming back upon me and manifesting his power “through” me in divine prayer of power to our King.

More than once, it saved my LIFE. 

Temptation vs. Contemplation

I often wondered how do you overcome this “sin” thing?  Frankly to me, it seemed utterly futile.  I mean please!  Think about it for a second.  When Jesus’ ministry was in full force, he “raised the bar”.  Under Jesus’ commands, it was no longer good enough not to kill someone, you couldn’t even THINK ABOUT IT!  Common!  Under Jesus’ commands, it was no longer good enough not to “have sex” with your next door neighbor, you couldn’t even THINK ABOUT IT.

Now if there is ONE PERSON reading this article that can tell me that you don’t THINK ABOUT THINGS that you shouldn’t think about … then you are probably kidding yourself.  Let me give you an example of “anti-sin futility”.

You believe you are as “sin free” as possible.  Fully sanctified.  You praise Jesus all day long.  You read the Bible all day long.  You are 100% dedicated to God and your relationship with Jesus.  THEN!  Someone cuts you off on the highway or pushes your child down and makes him or her cry.  Or someone shoves you in the mall and knocks you down.  Whatever the case.  For that SPLIT SECOND of time, a surge of hatred emerges in you.  Even the MOST sanctified person is PISSED OFF.  Many of us will “let go” and start throwing “F” BOMBS.  It might only last for a couple seconds, but YOU BLEW IT.  You sinned. For that moment, you failed to keep Jesus’ most important commandment, to Love one another even more than you love yourself.

Maybe that’s not the best example, I don’t know.  But we all “think” about things we shouldn’t think about.  Being “Christ like” in our thoughts and behavior is a “process”.  It happens slowly over time.  It takes “discipleship” (look up the definition of that word).  And if you mess up you have to get “back on track”.

The difference between “temptation” and “contemplation” is that the act of “contemplation” is SIN.  We are always being bombarded by the demonic.  In fact the vast majority of our subconscious thought comes from the demonic.  Lucifer’s army of demons have to “knock us off course”.  They MUST distract us from Jesus!  They do this in thousands of ways.  With video games, television shows, long hours of work (so we can keep our “McMansions”), and SPORTS!  My own pastor, bless his awesome heart, loves to watch Nascar.  But he wouldn’t know the New World Order if it bit him in the ass!

Sitting on the porch of a restaurant and having a beer with friends is not sinning (no matter what any of those “Holier than Thou” folks might try to tell you).  Talking to a pretty waitress is NOT SINNING.  And having a momentary thought of her being “more than a waitress” is not sinning either.  That is TEMPTATION.  You begin to SIN when temptation turns into “contemplation” and you actually start to “undress” the waitress in your mind and seriously think about “doing stuff”.

STOP at the point of “temptation” and you win that battle – In Jesus Name!

Fig Leaves Covered Adam and Eve and “Religion” Covers us Now

Right after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they covered themselves with fig leaves.  Symbolically that was the establishment of the first “religion”.  We try to cover ourselves with “religious doctrine”.  We see a series of verses in the Bible and we start to “freak out”.  Trust me.  Nobody who is a serious reader of the Bible does not have periods of utter panic when they THINK a verse (or verses) has condemned them to eternal fire.

Consider this.  In Luke 10:1-12, Jesus selects 70 people from the crowds and tells them to go out into the country and visit people in their homes.  But this is the BEST PART!  He tells them to HEAL THE SICK!  No Way!  Do you suppose those 70 people were all SIN FREE?  Give me a break!  Not only were they sinners, they didn’t even have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  They were just a group of folks Jesus picked in the crowd.

Now what does that tell you?

If you are like me, and you “think too much”, then you quickly realize DOING THE WORK OF JESUS has nothing at all to do with you being “sin free”.  We are ALL SINNERS.  Period.  We need to stop feeling like we are “unworthy” and get focused on establishing a deep and rich relationship with Jesus.  You NEED that power to heal, and you need that power of peace … now more than ever before in your life.

Jesus’ followers, indeed the army of the Holy Spirit, has been held down by “fig leaves” for thousands of years.  You MUST rise up, in Jesus name, and stop feeling guilty for being “human” and take what is rightfully yours through Christ’s atonement.

Every single day you must ask the Father, who art in Heaven, to forgive you of your sins, IN JESUS NAME.
If you really want to cover your butt, then ask for forgiveness, in Jesus name, more than once a day.
Put forth an effort.  Really TRY.

WHY IS EVERYTHING IN JESUS NAME??

People, I have to share this with you, because it blew my mind and made me cry.  They were tears of utter amazement.  Listen to this!

Let’s assume you have already read the “Aliens, Demons, Nephilim, Time Travel & God” articles (all four).  By the time you finish those articles, you should have a pretty good idea that the Bible is just a snapshot in time.  It’s just a road map to salvation.  But wait! Salvation from what? 

Ahhhh … now I got you thinking.

Do you really think the only thing at stake here is “Hell” vs. “Heaven”?  I tell you with all my heart it is much bigger than that.  We all condense the Bible into this “man made” 6,000 years nonsense.  We assume Genesis 1 happened just a few years ago.  But here is the shocker.  God created “wheels within wheels” of supernatural dimensions, universes, and spiritual beings.  Read Ezekiel 1:15-21 and consider what is being described.  Go ahead.  Try to put on your “earthly” theological “hat” and tell me what is being described.  Never mind.  Just read it.

The universes have existed for millions of years.  God created a smorgasbord of life.  Then Lucifer, his second in command, rebelled against him and God kicked him and 1/3 of the “angles” (supernatural life forces) out of HIS dimension … “Heaven”.  When God kicked them out of Heaven, he tossed them all over the place.  Some went into other dimensions, some got shoved into the bowels of “Tartarus” and even buried in the hollowness of other planets in the “deep”. 

When this happened, spiritual war broke out.  Lucifer’s band of rebels did not like God’s plan to created “man in his image”.  Lucifer realized what God was up too.  God was creating a new group of leaders to “rule and reign” with his Son Jesus in the Heavens.  God created “man in his image” as his most prized creation of all time.  Our mission is to TAKE CHARGE of these universes after this “test on earth” is all over.

We pray, in the NAME OF JESUS, to our Heavenly Father, because we are Jesus’ new LEADERS in the spiritual cosmos.  (and the words “spirit” and “cosmos” do not do this concept justice).  Jesus is sitting on the right hand of God the Father WAITING for us to GRADUATE to become HIS LEADERS!

We pray, IN JESUS NAME, because our soul purpose is to become Jesus’ mighty leaders and take over the helm of ruling the universes under our KING.  Don’t you see how this “rule and reign” in Heaven paradigm suddenly starts to make sense?

 
The POWER of the ATONEMENT

When I started this article, my intent was to try and help those who still allow themselves to be held in bondage by some contrived church doctrine(s).  I studied and took notes for hours on “The Seventh Day” and the notion so many embrace of the importance of the “Sabbath”.  Then just this morning, God sent me an “angel”.  Out of the digital void, an email arrived.  It came from someone I had never heard from before.  This “angel” told me that I was reaching untold numbers of people and they were posting Tribulation-Now’s articles all over their discussion boards.

Once again, the Holy Spirit, changed my course.

We forget the POWER of the ATONEMENT.  The “atonement” was the greatest upset of demonic power in the history of all time.  What a TURN AROUND!  Talk about changing the score of the game in the last 10 seconds of the inning?  Don’t you see?  The Devil is the ACCUSER.  If you can be “accused of anything” then HE WINS and you lose.  This is not acceptable to our savior. 

The millions of Angels in Heaven and the demons in Hell (and other dimensions) were all ASTONISHED when Jesus said “TETELESTAI!”  He utterly destroyed their most powerful weapon.  No longer could “they” use ACCUSATION as the right to attack us.  When we are held blameless before our King, the demons are completely powerless over us.

The problem isn’t just the “Sabbath”.  The problems isn’t just if you follow the Law or are saved by Grace.  It is MUCH larger than that.  Don’t you see?  YES your behavior counts!  But the bar was raised!  Its not about following “Levitical” ceremonial procedures. 

For example, did you know that in Israel they have “Sabbath” elevators?  You bet.  You see, the orthodox Jews believe (there’s those fig leaves again), that you cannot even PUSH AN ELEVATOR BUTTON on the Sabbath.  They ride up and stop at every single floor to prevent from breaking the LAW! 

Trying to NOT SIN, is a good thing.  But the sanctification “process” just happens automatically when you establish a personal relationship with Jesus your future KING!  Talk to him all day long.  Praise him all day long.  Praise is the KEY.  Everything else “just happens”. 

Before you know it, the spirit of God will come down upon you and your attitudes will change.  Suddenly you stop undressing the waitress at the bar.  Suddenly you stop watching porn on your computer.  Suddenly the sin starts to diminish.  It just “happens”. 

Please make no mistake.  If you feel passionate about following the 10 commandments and going to church on Saturday because you think this will make you called FIRST in Heaven (yes I have read all the verses), then DO IT!  But stop thinking you have it all figured out because of some Levitical ritual you’ve adopted to your own personal satisfaction because none of us have ANYTHING figured out.

We will ALL BE VERY SURPRISED to see who actually makes it into Heaven.  A LOT more people than we think are going to make it.  You will see DRUG ADDICTS there, you will see gay people there, you will see ALL KINDS OF SINNERS THERE.

Guess Why?

  • Because those sinners, were recognized by JESUS their KING
  • Because they tried and they asked for forgiveness from the Father in Jesus Name
  • Jesus Forgave their SINS

THE ATONEMENT IS EVERYTHING
TETELESTAI 
PAID IN FULL
IN JESUS NAME
  

16 thoughts on “"Tetelestai" means "PAID IN FULL"”

  1. All I can say is WOW! It all makes PERFECT since to me now! Thank you John, you have helped me to understand things I would have never understood before. Like you say, our preachers do not get the just of God's plan therefore they do not prepare us in the proper way. Thank God the Holy Spirit is revealing it to us through you.

    Praise be to God!!!!
    Your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Cindy

  2. Thank you so much for the feedback.
    I can use all the encouragement I can get and so can we all.

    WE WIN IN JESUS NAME

  3. John,
    My name is Rick and I just read your article "Testelestai" and with tears in my eyes I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Words can't describe the huge burden that has begun to be lifted from me. God bless you for your commitment to Him.

    In His Service,
    Rick

  4. Thank God for his wonderful Holy Spirit. We all need a double-dose of that in today's times. Be Blessed IN JESUS NAME!!

  5. Hey Brother John-

    Excellently said and I agree with every word-thanks for this communication as it comes at a perfect time for me! Someday, if not here then "there", I'll share with you the details of how the Holy Spirit spoke clearly to me through this message. I've been in deep prayer for you and the other saints during this moment of trouble in the Gulf. I realize the Lord is in total control and fear has now left me in knowing that His will be done. Again brother, thank you for sharing these deep insights-truth does set one free.

    Dave

  6. PRAISE JESUS!!!!
    Thank you and please take the time to write me with anything that you wish to share.

    John

  7. I just read something after reading your article and it really makes sense: Sin is when we continue to try to live our lives the way WE SEE FIT, instead of losing our lives and living for the CROSS. If we hold onto that perspective, like you stated, we will become more and more Christ-like. Slowly, the sin will evaporate away because our hearts and minds will be continually directed towards pleasing (and PRAISING) the Savior — because as Christ said, His burden is light and his yoke is easy to bear.

    I find that if I go even an inch towards losing my life — God steps right in and provides the grace to go the extra mile. So, in the end I can really say, it's not me who lives, but it's Christ living through me. AMEN!

    Also, if you read the historical accounts of the early Chritians during the firt, second, and third centuries, it really blows your mind away to see how EAGER they were to do anything to lay down their lives for Christ and for one another. I remember reading something about the Apostle Peter and how he encouraged his wife to not look back and keep going towards martydom. Most husbands, would do the complete opposite and they would try to save their wives from impending danger. But those early Christians held NO REGARD (they could truly care less) for their lives whatsoever. They wanted that Crown of life and to hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant". Because to die is gain and to live is Christ.

    ~ Emily

  8. "John, thank you so much for your very intelligent and succinct witness for the Lord Jesus! I enjoy your writing very much! You bring up great points on serious issues and provide much food for both thought and Spirit! God bless you and stay strong as you continue in God's Word!!"

    Michael

  9. Thank you too Michael.
    Every word of encouragement is so valued for each and every one of us.

    Be Blessed in the Name of Jesus our AWESOME KING!

  10. Thank you for such a Holy Spirit inspired article! It blessed me greatly!! I shared it on my blog (http://veritasindagator.wordpress.com/) and sincerely hope this is Ok with you; I only wanted to reach as many as possible with such a Powerful Word. Keep up the good work, brother, and I will be bookmarking your site so I can visit often.
    Blessings
    Your SIC
    Novusanima

  11. Amen. Please do share everything that inspires and encourages people. We all need lots of THAT IN JESUS NAME!!!

  12. Praise God for your testimony, John. I am ever amazed that He saves a single one of us in spite of what the crimes we have committed against a holy God.

    “A LOT more people than we think are going to make it.” Really? Is that what Jesus said?

    Strive to enter in at the narrow gate. For broad is the way, and wide is the gate that leads to destruction, and many there be upon it. But strait (difficult) is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it.
    Matt. 7:13-14

    “You will see DRUG ADDICTS there, you will see gay people there, you will see ALL KINDS OF SINNERS THERE.”

    As those saved by faith in the blood of Christ and partakers of His divine nature, we should be wary of preaching any doctrine that claims unrepentant sinners will be in heaven. That’s not at all what Paul preached in 1 Cor. 6:

    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
    1 Cor. 6:9-11

    Notice Paul uses the past tense to describe a life of homosexuality, fornication, drunkenness and the rest.

    He also warns us that without literally being “set apart” for God, we will not be with Him:

    Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14

    Even Paul did not consider himself to have “attained” salvation simply by saying a prayer but rather forsaking his sins, trusting wholly in Christ and “pressing toward the mark”:

    Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

    Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
    Philippians 3:12-15

    And what was our Lord exhorting us to do during His earthly ministry?

    Go and sin no more. John 8:11

    Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matt. 5:48

    Repent (turn away, around, change your mind about your sin) or you will likewise perish. Luke 13:3

    Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” John 5:14

    Only by the Spirit of Christ can we live like Him. If any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. (Rom. 8:9)

    Speaking in tongues is certainly a spiritual gift, but doing so without living in holiness by the power of the Spirit could very well lead to self-deception.

    1. Amen well a lot of people will be saved on their death beds and many of the worst kinds of sinners will repent prior to their death and even more so during the Great Tribulation I believe so praise Jesus I pray that no one has to suffer the torments of Hell. Its a sad situation. We must be humble and pray.

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