I was doing a little studying the other day and I found this scripture. Then I did a search on the word ‘bear’ and found a lot of interesting verses that I put into an evangelistic message. Here it is:
Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Lev 5:17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wish it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
People who are not saved are in the Old Testament and are subject to the Law and its punishments by God. They have no Messiah, no forgiveness and no reward. You have a Messiah if you believe in the true Messiah, Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross. You have to bear your iniquity when it is not forgiven, what you have done. You bear your guilt and iniquity.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
It is like being found guilty of a crime. Not just feeling guilty. Jesus death though, paid the price for that crime and He and the Father forgive the crime and take away the guilt for the crime. We are subject to the laws of the land for judgment for a crime too.
Lev 16:22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
The goat bore the sins in the Old Testament sometimes in the Old Testament. Jesus is the scapegoat. He took on Himself all the sins of the people- Jews, Gentiles outside the camp. Something or someone had to, ‘for there is no remission of sin w/o the shedding of blood.’ The goat was sent out into the wilderness and to die by the wild beasts and never to be heard of again. A type of Christ- because God’s forgiveness makes forgotten all sins previously confessed.
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. God was willing to bear them but weary and He did, until Jesus came and died.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Mary bore a Son, the Messiah he was to hold the sins of man and they were many, and he was the sacrifice. God carried us and all our sinfulness until Jesus came. Freed God too.
Isa 46:4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
God made us, He bore us and He carried us everyday such a load that the hairs on His back got gnarly and irritating and harsh. He even went so far as to deliver us, think of that love- so willing, so sacrificing.
The Jewish Israelis claim to be followers of Moses and God. They continue to sin like everybody else, but they have no more sacrifice for sin. No prophets, no priests and no sacrifice. No animals to bear their sin, no Messiah. But they call themselves righteous.
We, Christians, are forgiven, we don’t have to bear our guilt. We repent and are forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross. We have found that we can use our strength for better things than resisting God’s conviction and fighting our guilt because guilt is not of the Lord. We admit we are wrong and we know that God deals with it justly and mercifully. God is gentle and lowly in heart, He wants us to have a relationship with HIM. He wants us to admit we are wrong when we are and come to Him for forgiveness. He wants us to talk about our sin and find a way to stop it. He wants us to do good instead and to Love Him this way. This is what He wants, what Christ died for and is the source of your life in Him.
That brings us back to Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Rom 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Rom 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
We have been made free. Now we can help other people to get over their sin, their burdens and whatever is keeping them from being free and whole. For their betterment, to get closer to God and to be able to carry their own weight when they are able. Not pleasing ourselves because we are already complete in the Lord and ready for a reward in heaven. Most of us have persecutions and reproaches and holiness issues that we need help with.
Gal 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. The guy now or in the New Testament preaching a false gospel and promoting division is still having to bear his guilt.
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
But again we are free and can have a ministry to others Christian or not. But the key is becoming Christian. Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Jesus is still there to bear our sins and will come again to receive us to salvation. Mat 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Jesus Christ even bears our sicknesses with us, leading us.
And lastly Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
We have help with our infirmities from the Holy Spirit of GOD. We are not stuck in them and bearing the weight of guilt and squirming a little under the weight. The scriptures can lead to freedom and Jesus calls it free indeed. We have leading from God! And from other experienced people, so we can help others in the ways I have stated.