We talk about salvation but many times we do not understand the actual dynamics by which it takes place. To understand salvation, we must first understand the idea of transference. God transferred onto Yeshua (Jesus) all our sin and He died on the cross under the judgments of God. The sin had been placed on Christ, so the judgment went to Christ. Literally the judgment that God was bringing on us did not come to us because the sin was no longer on us. That is how salvation operates. Judgment came on Yeshua for our sins, but He did not retain the judgment. When Christ descended in death that judgment was placed on satan, and there was nothing the devil could do about it. There was nothing in Christ that allowed satan to throw off the judgments (John 14:30). If satan had understood God’s wisdom, he never would have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8). Why? Because if satan had not killed Christ then the sin would still be ours. Yeshua won our deliverance by virtue of that transference.
As Christians, we are to put on Christ; we must clothe ourselves with Him (Galatians 3:27). Everything we do and everything we are operates by this principle of transference. But one of the ways satan works is to try to throw off God’s judgment on him by transferring to us the very thing that God is judging. If God is judging satan and the satanic realm for division, then everything in that demonic realm is going to attempt to put on us that very division that God is judging. If satan is successful, then the judgment of God comes on us rather than on him because he has transferred the division to us. There must be an absolute freedom in us from every openness to the division that God is judging at this time.
In the power of Christ is the ability to love one another. “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).1 God’s love comes by transference. He sends His love to us, and we can become love for one another. It is not my love for you; it is the way Christ loves you. That is the love that Yeshua is commanding. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 15:12). It is not our love; it is His love for us. As we are filled with His love, the division will be pushed out.
Peter tied the importance of love to the end times, knowing that we would face tremendous judgments against division and hatred: “The end of all things is near. … Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:7–8). This will be the battleground, but love will provide our release. It will provide our salvation. It will provide our transformation. It is our release from division. If we fervently love, we will drive division into the abyss onto the head of satan. We will accomplish it by the powerful love of God that covers our sins and provides for us. Yeshua had to be free in His own spirit from what satan was trying to do. Likewise, there must be an absolute freedom in us from every openness to the division that God is judging in this day. Division is pushed out because God fills us with His love.
1 All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995).