… And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:2-11
They caught her in the very act, they said. Ha! I wonder where the he was! Mosaic Law stated that both adulterer and adulteress should be stoned to death. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the man was a relative of one of the accusers, or a fellow Pharisee! He could even have bribed his way out of the scandalous mess. Religion has the capability of going to such extremes of hypocrisy.
That, however, is beside the point that I want to make in this post.
What I want to point out is that after this woman was brought to Him, Jesus did not perform ‘deliverance’ on her. There was no demon involved here. This was purely a case of a work of the flesh and there was only one solution to it, which only Jesus had. What wonderful news! Jesus did not say, ‘Aw, c’mon, guys, please forgive her. Let her go. C’mon, have a heart for the poor woman!’ What an abject defeat it would have been for the power of God’s grace. Jesus wanted to demonstrate that His gospel had the power to look sin in the face and defeat it.
Let me tell you what happened in this incidence. Jesus simply preached the true gospel, the power of God was manifested, and it set the woman free. It would take the damnedest, hell-bound unbeliever to doubt the fact that this adulterous woman was set completely free from the power of her sin after Jesus told her, “Go, and sin no more”! Her accusers, too, would have been set free from their sin had they swallowed their pride and embraced the grace that was there with Jesus. But they chose to walk away. It is clear that the law of Moses, on which these Pharisees depended, did not have the power to deal with sin. This is authenticated by the fact that when Jesus faced them with the Truth, we see all the accusers were condemned in their hearts by the sin that was eating at them, and they demonstrated it by walking away.
Jesus did not do ‘deliverance’ on the woman. There is something that has more power than the ‘deliverance’ ministry. It is the preaching of the right gospel. When we preach the right gospel, the Holy Spirit is involved and He sets men free. Anything besides the preaching of the gospel is pure manipulation and it does not take long for the condition that one was ‘delivered’ from to settle comfortably back. You cannot do ‘deliverance’ ministry on a work of the flesh. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:21: “…it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” We must preach the gospel!
And what is the right gospel that we should be preaching, the gospel that will bring men and women into the knowledge of the truth that will set them completely free? It is the gospel of the revelation of the Cross of Christ, the same gospel that the Apostle Paul preached and lived.
Today we want to substitute the preaching ministry with the dark scientology of conversing with demonic powers over live TV! We see this all the time on TV. Sometimes this takes hours and you are left wondering of what spiritual benefit this exercise is to anyone. Preachers are doing this and many other things all over on TV and elsewhere; but the people of God remain bound. Before the apostolic ministry arrived we had in our church a certain lady whom on every Sunday we would need to cast a demon out of. I do remember that clearly. When the apostolic ministry came and began dealing with the flesh through the preaching of the Truth we never had to cast a demon out of her again. The simple preaching of the gospel set her free! Is it not wonderful news today that since we have Jesus living in us we can walk in victory over sin and every demonic power? Why ever should we seek the black magic of ‘deliverance’ ministries to set us free from the power of sin? Neither the flesh; nor the world; nor sin; nor the powers of darkness; none of these things can overcome us – unless we have another Jesus in us, or we are being ministered to by another gospel, under another spirit, as the Apostle Paul clearly warns us in 1 Cor. 4:11!
True freedom comes in knowing Jesus. I wonder why we would not want to know the kind of gospel that the Apostle Paul preached. Or do we not believe that this man understood the concept of the death of Christ on the Cross in a manner slightly more revelatory and radical than our conventional understanding of the crucifixion? I have seen men and women weeping on watching “The Passion”. Paul probably met with a bigger experience than the movie version and would have felt absolutely nothing on watching the movie.
There is power in the gospel of Christ. We should not seek quick fixes; but rather let us desire to lay down our lives in order that we might discover real liberty in the spirit.