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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (7)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW: Your right and privileges in Christ cannot be maximized when not known.

Knowledge is the greatest need of the believer upon being saved. Your faith will only work to the degree of the knowledge of Christ you have. To live in the robust of your rights and privileges in Christ, you must first of all know your rights and privileges in Christ. You cannot live in the realities of what you have not known. Your faith will work to the degree of how much you know of what belongs to you in Christ. Your faith cannot work beyond your understanding of your rights and privileges in Christ. Instead of looking for more faith, look for more knowledge. That said, it is time for us to now begin to travel through the pages of scriptures beginning from a historical analysis of the concept of the believer’s authority and bring to the fore the fact of the believer’s authority, and the questions intended to be answered in this study will begin to be answered.

To substantiate the proper understanding of the believer’s authority in Christ, we must be able to look at Christ as spoken of in the scriptures in this wise. This therefore, will lead us back to the Old Testament as the investigation gets detailed and this will bring the fact that the authority of the believer in Christ is not an afterthought of the father. And also this investigation will lead us to now see the correctness or incorrectness inherent in the idea or theology that “God created man (Adam) in his own image and likeness, and man had the life of God and God gave him authority and dominion in which he (Adam) sinned one day and lost that dominion or authority to Satan. God then had to send Jesus to come and die and get back that authority to man”. So, where is this text in the Old Testament where the historical analysis of the believers’ authority in Christ will be explored? The text is Genesis 1:26-28. 

INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is key, go for it.

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Until what is to be known by the knower is known by the knower, then what is to be known by the knower does not profit the knower.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:GENESIS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2

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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (6)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer in Christ who is effective in knowledge is ineffective in ignorance.

The believer is the status of someone who is already in Christ. He is called a believer because he has believed; hence, he doesn’t have a faith problem. However, the extent to which your faith works will be determined by knowledge, how do we know, it’s knowledge? Paul now makes it clear in verse 6 “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ”. That word “communication” implies fellowship, participation or sharing. The word “effectual” here is the Greek word “energes” which means active or operative. The word “acknowledging” here is from the Greek word “epignosis” which means a precise, complete knowledge. Epignosis is a word used for a 360 degree understanding, which is an understanding that covers all angles. In essence, the sharing of the Christian faith is effective for a believer by precise knowledge. We have seen that a believer doesn’t have a love problem; neither does he have a faith problem. But a believer can have a knowledge problem. Ignorance is therefore disadvantageous to the believer. The realities of the believer’s identity cannot be maximized in ignorance. Ignorance of what God in Christ has made available for the believer is the reason the believer can live less of his realities.

Your faith thus cannot work beyond your understanding of your rights and privileges in Christ. Notice Paul says “by the acknowledging of every good thing in you in Christ Jesus”. So it is not one thing, but every good thing which in essence means these things we have in Christ are many; they are numerous. And the believer’s authority is one of these good things that we have in Christ. We can therefore at this point say that the believer does not have an authority problem, he can only have the problem of lack of knowledge of the authority he has in Christ Jesus.

INSTRUCTION:If there is anything to seek after, seek after knowledge.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my desire, zeal and passion to know you more in knowing your word stirs up like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The degree to which you stay in ignorance is the degree to which you are ineffective in your Christian walk.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (5)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW:Knowledge will determine the extent to which your faith works.

We have said that a believer that is in authority but doesn’t know that he is in authority will live his life as though he had no authority. That is why you cannot know your authority in error; you cannot know your authority in ignorance. It will take knowledge to know your authority. And that is why the degree to which a believer exercises his authority is the degree to which he knows his authority. This is the reason for knowledge. Hence, Paul in his letter to Philemon above (Philemon 1:4-6) focuses his prayers on knowledge, how do we know? Notice, he says “I thank my God… Hearing of thy love and faith…” He says “hearing of thy love and faith”, he wasn’t praying for love and faith. The believer does not have a love problem, that’s why Paul in Romans 5:5 says “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”. So the love of God is the nature of our spirit. That’s why it is ignorance for a believer to pray to God to give him the capacity to love; it’s like a man praying to be a man. You don’t need the capacity to love, it is in your nature to love. That’s why walking in love as taught in the epistles is walking in your nature which is also synonymous to walking in the spirit. So a believer that is not walking in love is acting beside himself.

Paul also wasn’t praying for faith in verse 5 of the above text. The believer doesn’t have a faith problem. The faith of God is a gift given to sinners, and not to sons. It is that faith given to sinners at salvation that moves them to sons. After salvation, we are not looking for faith, we already have faith. The believer does not have a salvation problem, a love problem nor a faith problem. The believer is not praying to be saved, he is the saved. The believer is not praying to receive grace to love; the love of God is the native of his spirit. The believer is not praying for more faith; when the gospel was heard and believed, faith was supplied to the believer. The believer can only pray to have a precise knowledge of his nature (love), the nature of the faith he has received and the workings of that faith. And that is why knowledge will determine the extent to which your faith works.   

INSTRUCTION: Place premium on knowledge.

PRAYER: I declare that the zeal to know increases in me like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: You can’t be in ignorance and be effective in your Christian walk.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: PHILEMON CHAPTER 1

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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (4)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW:You cannot live in the robust of your realities in Christ if you are ignorant of your realities in Christ.

We are looking at the good thing in the believer in which we are directing the study towards the believer’s authority. We have said that the believer’s authority is not just available, it is a necessity. God did not give believers authority as an ornament; the responsibility that awaits the believer upon being saved necessitates the authority. So a vital truth every believer must comprehend is his authority; the believer’s authority must be known by the believer if it must be maximized and if the believer wants to live in the victory that God has provided in Christ. Hence, Paul’s words in Philemon 1:4-6 are very critical as we begin to unbundle vital truths. Authority available but not known is of no use. Remember, the believer’s authority is a product of his identification with Christ. It is one thing for the authority to be available, but it is another thing to know that the authority is available and then enforce the authority that is available.

This is why knowledge cannot be overemphasized. A believer that is in ignorance cannot live in the robust of his realities. And in talking about authority, part of the believer’s reality by virtue of his identity in Christ is his authority. A believer that is thus ignorant of his realities in Christ cannot live in the robust of that reality. A believer that is in authority but doesn’t know that he is in authority will live his life as though he were not in authority. And this becomes identity crisis. It is identity crisis to live below your possibilities, abilities and capacity in Christ. This calls for the necessity of knowledge. The knowledge of who you are in Christ is critical if you must have an effective Christian walk on the earth. A believer who has given ignorance a kingly seat in his life can’t know his authority in Christ or his realities in what God in Christ has accomplished in us. It is for this reason that Paul prays the above prayer in our key text above which will be unbundled in subsequent studies. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.

PRAYER: I declare that I am passionate for knowledge like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: A believer that is in authority but doesn’t know that he is in authority will live his life as though he were not in authority.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3

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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (3)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW: Authority is not without responsibility because it is responsibility that defines authority.

The believer’s authority is not just available in Christ to the believer, it is a necessity; it is necessary. The believer’s authority is not something that is given without reasons, the believer’s authority is given with reasons and as the study proceeds, the reasons will be clear. But truth is, for there to be authority, there must be reasons. At salvation, the saved man who was saved by Jesus’ finished work was ushered into the ongoing work of Christ and this ongoing work puts responsibility on the saved, hence his authority. That is, responsibility will define authority (this will be explained as the study continues). The authority of the believer is not given without reasons, the believer’s authority is with reasons; it is because the believer has responsibility after salvation, hence, his authority. So if responsibility will define authority, it will mean the kind or extent of authority that the believer has will be to the degree of responsibility he has. Having set the pace in which the thoughts in this study will be targeted towards, the facts that will come to the fore by our investigation in this study are:

  • What is authority (the believers’ authority)?
  • How do we know that the believer is in authority?
  • What is the “why” of authority?
  • What is the reason for the believers’ authority?
  • Is it enough to just know your authority? What about enforcing your authority and living in the victory that God in Christ has provided?
  • Can the believer in authority, in dominion, in power lose his authority/dominion or power?
  •   And how do we reconcile the question before this one with the idea or theology that says “God created Adam in his own image and likeness with the very life of God in Adam. And God gave Adam authority and dominion, but when man (Adam) sinned he lost that authority to Satan. So God had to send Jesus to come and die for man and get back the authority back to man”. How correct is this theology and true is if this theology is correct, it means just like Adam, when a believer today sins, he loses his authority to Satan and just like it took Jesus to die and get back the authority to man according to that theology, then it must equally take Jesus to die again in order to get the authority back and give it back to the man who lost it.
  • The authority of the believer is not an afterthought of the Father, how do we know?

Follow the studies as the above questions and many more will come to light.

INSTRUCTION:Read your bible.

PRAYER: I declare that God’s word becomes real to me as I study through, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: If you cannot read your bible, then you have settled for another gospel.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3

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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (2)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW: Coming with the believers’ identity is his authority in Christ.

We have said that the concept of the believer’s authority is a vital fact of the gospel. Thus, living as a believer without knowing your authority is living as though there was no authority at all. The authority of the believer is not something that you wouldn’t need, it is a must need and that is why God made it available to every believer. As we keep studying, you will discover that your authority in Christ as a believer is not just available, it is a necessity. Your authority as a believer is not like an ornament; it is necessary. God knew you will need it and that is why it is available for you in Christ. More so, as we study through, you will discover that the authority of the believer is not an afterthought of the father. God knew you will need this authority as a believer; hence, he made it available. And there is no way authority is given without reasons. So what then is the reason for the believer’s authority? The authority of the believer is not just available, it is a necessity. 

Part of what you have by your identity in Christ is your authority in Christ. So, the believer’s authority is a vital fact of the believer’s identity. That is why the authority is “in Christ”. By saying “in Christ” which will open up as the study progresses, “in Christ” carries the concept of identification. Our realities in Christ are a product of our identification with Christ. One of these realities in Christ is our authority in Christ. So this authority that we will be investigating in this study is not political authority or any kind of authority, it is the authority that transcends all other kinds of authority. It is the authority of the believer in Christ. So, this authority only functions in Christ, and thus outside Christ a man cannot operate this authority. 

INSTRUCTION:Follow the study.

PRAYER: The understanding of my authority comes to the fore in this study, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The believer’s authority is a by-product of the believers’ identity.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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THE GOOD THING IN YOU; YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST (1)

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by THE the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowing and understanding the believer’s authority is vital as a believer.

The concept of the believer’s authority is a vital concept/fact of the gospel. Understanding your authority as a believer is very critical because in knowing and understanding your authority in Christ comes the ability to maximize or utilize the authority. An authority that is available but not known is like an authority that is not available at all. Truth is, if many believers know and understand the extent of their authority, they won’t live their lives under the mercy of the devil; they won’t live their lives under the mercy of circumstances around them. Many believers today are living in defeat in their Christian walk here on earth based on this lack of understanding of their authority in Christ. When circumstances of life hit most believers today or when things don’t go the way they ought to go, you see them quake and shake and equally stay awake in doubt and worries. Most people don’t even understand the power of God on their inside. And most people who know about the power of God on their inside have a mental approach to this knowledge, they don’t have a working knowledge of this; that is, they are not living in the power of God.

How can a believer in authority be intimidated by sickness and diseases? How can a believer in authority be intimidated by circumstances of life? How can a believer in authority live as though he were not in authority at all? How can a believer who is the trophy of Christ’s victory or the proof of Christ’s victory accept defeat as his reality? How can a believer in authority run to a native doctor to see for him what his problem in life is? How can a believer in authority be intimidated by gods, idols, sorceries or diabolic things? How can a man who is in charge live as though he is not in charge? How can a man in dominion live as though were not in dominion? You won’t understand all the above rhetoric questions until you understand the extent of your authority and the weight of your authority. This is the reason for this month’s devotional; we want to show you who you are; the authority you occupy so that you can enforce this and live in victory in the earth… Glory!!!     

INSTRUCTION:Stay with the study.

PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding as the study begins to unfold, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Authority that is available but not known is like an authority that is not available at all even though available.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (30)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten so, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world: but that through him the world might be saved” John 3:16-17.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The goodness or love of God for humanity is seen in salvation.

We saw in our studies previously that God’s involvement where sin and its wages were concerned is the offer of the gift of eternal life. For eternal life to be called a gift will mean it is not worked for, earned or deserved. Thus, eternal life is the gift of God’s grace. Eternal life is salvation and vice versa. In other words, salvation is not earned, worked for or deserved; it is purely the work of God’s grace. Paul echoes in Ephesians 2:8-9 which reads “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. Therefore, salvation is the gift of God’s grace. And how is this gift of God’s grace received? Paul answered by saying, “Through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). Thus, a man is saved; a man receives eternal life by faith in Christ. That is why John 3:16 above echoes, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”. So faith/believe in Christ is what draws the line between the saved and the damned. Faith in Christ marks the dividing line between the condemned and the redeemed. Though salvation is available, salvation is not automatic upon all; a man will have to believe in the message of the gospel to be saved. What is this message?

Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church in his first epistle spells out this message, it reads, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for sins according to the scriptures, And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1Corinthians 15:3-4). Therefore, the message of His death, burial and resurrection is the message of salvation; it is faith in this fact that He died, He was buried and He rose from the dead that has the capacity to save a man. No wonder Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believed” (Romans 1:16). Therefore, the saving ability of God is the good news of the gospel, which reveals God’s goodness to humanity. It is in the fact that He died, was buried and He rose from the dead that we can say yes, Jesus loves man. Jesus therefore, is the gift of God’s love; He is the expression of God’s love. Jesus is the proof of God’s love and goodness for humanity; He is the light that shines out of darkness; He is life as a tree in Genesis, He is the seed of the woman, He is the spirit of God hovering upon the face of waters, He is the light in whom life is found. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You are the one God has shown mercy; just think!

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your unconditional love revealed in your son, in Jesus Name, Amen!

QUOTE: Jesus is the expression and disposition of God’s love.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (29)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten so, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world: but that through him the world might be saved” John 3:16-17.

LIGHT FOR NOW: Eternal life is available for all but eternal life is not automatic upon all.

In the incarnation, the seed of the woman in the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 showed up. That is, God took on flesh to save the fallen man. Remember, the coming of Jesus in the flesh is to establish the legality of redemption. Legality demanded that if man sinned then man must redeem man. However, man cannot redeem himself because man is already a captive; man is already in sin. It will take the death of a sinless man (who however will become substitute for sinful man) to redeem man from sin. Therefore, God in His love/goodness for humanity having drawn the plan of salvation in Genesis 1 manifested or became a man to execute His blueprint of redemption. Paul in his words “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Remember, we have said in our studies that God’s involvement in sin and its predicament (death) is the solution to it. Meaning His involvement in sin is not the sin, but the solution to it. In similar fashion, Paul in Romans 6:23 is saying that God’s involvement in sin and its wages (death) is the offer of His gift of eternal life which is in Christ Jesus. Therefore, the involvement of God in man’s problem is actually the solution to man’s problem.

Notice, Paul calls eternal life a gift here in Romans 6:23. For eternal life to be a gift, it means it is not earned, it is undeserved, unmerited. Eternal life is God’s gift for humanity in Christ. Eternal life is God’s gift of grace; meaning nobody deserved it, nobody worked for it. The death of Jesus on the cross was not an answer to man’s cry for help; the death of Jesus or the price Jesus paid was love motivated. Hence, why eternal life is a gift, and if it is a gift, it means eternal life is for all humanity even though it is not automatic upon all. Eternal life is available for all but it is not automatic upon all because all have not yet believed the gospel, not all have received Jesus, and not all are in Christ. Eternal life is a gift for all but received by faith in Christ. This is why we have the ministry of reconciliation, to get men to this reality of God’s plan in their life. Hallelujah!     

INSTRUCTION:Reconcile men to God.

PRAYER: I declare my effectiveness in the ministry of reconciliation, in Jesus Name. Amen!

QUOTE: By the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, all are fit to be saved but outside faith in Christ a man cannot be saved.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (28)

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten so, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world: but that through him the world might be saved” John 3:16-17.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The goodness of God is seen in salvation.

We have seen that before man sinned in Genesis 3, God accommodates Genesis 3 in Genesis 1 where we have His salvation plan. And even after man fell in Genesis 3, God in verse 15 still announced His redemption plan, “…the seed of the woman shall bruise thy head…” This is God’s promise of redemption in which Satan will be defeated and his authority rendered redundant or better still God will become a man to pay the price of sin in His death, burial and resurrection to free humanity from the bondage and authority of sin. Remember that man sinned and sin birthed death. Paul says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The word “wages” here is the Greek word “opsonion” which means salary, payment or retribution. Man sinned, so man received a payment called death. For man to receive this payment, then it means man worked for it. And this is what we have seen in the Garden of Eden scenario, man worked for sin, how? By his choice of unbelief to God’s word. So man worked for sin and sin paid man wages called death; so man was in a grave state after his choice of unbelief to God’s word. But God loves man and in that love, He had mapped out plans ahead of time to redeem man before man even conceived sin.

But man sinned, so the legality of redemption is that man must redeem man. But God loves man. However, in His form as God, He cannot die because God cannot be killed and He cannot redeem man as God because it will be illegal, in that legality demands man to redeem man. But man is already dead in sin and trespasses. Man is helpless and thus, cannot help himself. So what did God do in man’s state of helplessness? God became a man to save man. God changed form, He changed shape, He took on flesh; that is, He incarnated, why? For the purpose of executing the blue print of redemption. The seed of the woman (in Genesis 3:15 prophecy) took on flesh so that as a man, the legality of redemption can be met as He pays the price of sin to sin and redeems the fallen man from the captivity of sin. This is the goodness of God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Live in the goodness of God.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your goodness in my life; thank you for the life I have in you in which I am saved to the uttermost, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus’ incarnation was necessary for salvation because it was to establish the legality of redemption.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (27)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is God’s plan for humanity.

We have stated from a careful analysis of the Genesis scenario that God does not react but He pro-acts. Salvation, the new creation, eternal life or redemption were not reactionary but pro-actionary. So the bible opens up with the revelation of God’s love for humanity; that is, salvation, the new creation, eternal life. So the goodness of God is the message of the bible. Salvation in Christ is the crux of the message of the bible. The bible therefore, is God’s love book or God’s love story. Remember, salvation is in the saviour. So the message of salvation will be understood in Christ (the saviour). So, “soteriology” (the study of salvation) is “Christology” (the study of Christ). Back to Genesis; recall, the light of Genesis 1:3 is the tree of life of Genesis 2:16-17 which man rejects as an act of his own will. But even after man rejected God’s plan in Genesis 3:6, God again in Genesis 3:15 still announces the plan of redemption, it reads “…the seed of the woman shall bruise thy head…” This is the promise of redemption. The seed of the woman here is Christ in prophecy; this is the prophecy of the incarnation where God will become a man to save man; that is, God will execute the plan of Genesis 1:1-3 in that incarnation where God becomes a man to save man. This again is the love of God.

So, the spirit of God in Genesis 1:2B which is the light in verse 3 and the image of God in verse 26-28 which is also the tree of life in Genesis 2:16-17 is the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15. So, this is Christ communicated in different shades, in different figures of speech. Jesus therefore, is the plan of God’s love and goodness will be seen in Christ, why?

  • He is the saviour.
  • Salvation is found in Him.
  • He is the redeemer who makes redemption available.
  • He is the believer that delivers from the rule of darkness.
  • He is the life, eternal life is found in Him; outside of Jesus, you don’t have life. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You are the loved of God; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you my Lord for your unconditional love that found me; changed my state from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Life outside Christ lifeless.

DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (26)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the answer to man in darkness.

We have seen that man (Adam) rejected God’s offer of the tree of life (Christ) and thus faced an outcome of his choice which is man-made. This outcome is sin in which death is found. Notice, God did not plan for man to sin, but in the plan of God, He accommodated the sin of man, why? So that salvation will not be a reaction but a pro-action. Remember, God is not involved in sin (He is not responsible for it) but God is involved in sin; God’s involvement in sin is not the sin itself but the solution to the sin which is salvation. Recall, as we started this study we said that you cannot talk about salvation without talking about sin because fundamentally, salvation deals with sin. So, we see the goodness of God in His plan or promise of salvation in Genesis 1:1-3 which was in place before man’s choice in Genesis 3. This shows that God does not react, God only pro-acts. For God to react means He was taken by surprise and thus He is no more omniscience.

God is omniscience (He knows all) but even though He knows all, He is not responsible for all that happens on the earth. That is why the will of man is powerful. A man’s choice can get him what he wants and a man’s choice can get him outcomes that is beyond his control. This is the case of Adam, He made a choice to reject God’s offer of love to him (eternal life) and He (Adam) faced an outcome that was beyond his control. God offered man (Adam) eternal life in Genesis but he rejected it so Adam never had the life of God. The life of God will be a function of faith in Christ; hence, in the Eden scenario Adam was to eat of (that is belief) of the tree of life (Christ), and thus since he rejected that offer, sin entered into the world and death by sin. So sin and death is man-made, not God. Remember, “…by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin…” (Romans 5:12). So, man’s choice brought sin; man’s choice brought death. Sin is man’s creation and by responsibility death which is an aftermath of sin is man’s creation. Man cannot live without Jesus; man’s state without Christ is terrible; he is empty and nothing. Jesus is the answer to man in darkness. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Reconcile men to God.

PRAYER:I declare that I am efficient in the ministry of reconciliation committed to my trust, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God does not react, God only pro-acts.

DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (25)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: God is not involved in sin even though God has an involvement in sin.

We have seen that the light of Genesis 1:3 is the tree of life of Genesis 2:16-17. The darkness of Genesis 1:2a is the tree of knowledge of good and evil of Genesis 2:16-17. Man’s choice of unbelief in Genesis 3:6 is what Paul explains as sin in Romans 5:12 which also unbundles the tree of knowledge of good and evil of Genesis 2:16-17 and the darkness of Genesis 1:2a. So the origin of sin has been tracked; man’s choice of unbelief to God’s word. Sin and death is thus, man-made. But do we have God’s involvement in sin and death? The answer is yes, but the question is, what is this involvement of God in sin and death which is the predicament of man’s choice? The involvement of God in sin and death of the predicament of man’s choice is God’s solution to that predicament. That is what we have been reading so far in the above Genesis 1:1-3. Genesis 1:2a is the outcome of man’s choice of unbelief to God’s word. But Genesis 1:2b into 3 is God’s solution to man’s predicament in Genesis 1:2a which is God’s involvement in sin and death.

Notice, man did not make this choice in Genesis 1:2a, man made this choice in Genesis 3. In other words, the reason for Genesis 1:2a is to solve the problem of Genesis 3 in Genesis 1:2b into verse 3. The solution to Genesis 3 is Genesis 1. So the solution to man’s predicament in Genesis 3 is in Genesis 1. So Genesis 1 solves the Genesis 3 problem. Already, this shows you that salvation is not a reaction but a pro-action. So the bible opens up with the solution to man’s problem before man’s problem. That solution of God to man’s problem is God’s involvement in man’s problem. So God’s involvement in sin and death is “the spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters… God’s utterance of light”. Therefore, the sin of man did not take God by surprise. The fall of man did not get God unawares. God knew that man will fall, God was involved in that fall but the involvement of God in that fall is not the fall but the solution to the fall. God knew that man will sin, God was involved in that sin but the involvement of God in that sin is not the sin but the solution to the sin. Simply, the involvement of God in sin is salvation even though God is not involved in sin. 

INSTRUCTION: Give an undivided attention to the study.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the revelation of your love in the person of Jesus, Amen.

QUOTE: God’s love for man is not reactionary but pro-actionary.

DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (24)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: Any choice of man that exonerates God has an outcome that is man-made.

We have seen that the light of Genesis 1:3 is the tree of life of Genesis 2:16-17 which was God’s offer to man. This is the goodness of God offered to man for man to make a choice of faith or unbelief. God in His goodness warns man of the after effect of a choice that if man makes will result in death (spiritual death which will now birth physical death). But what choice did man make? Let’s see Genesis 3:6 “…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat”. Man made the choice of unbelief to God’s word. Man rejected God’s offer and plan. Man made a choice independent of God’s offer. Man exonerated God by his choice and because man has exonerated God by his choice, the outcome of that choice is man-made; God is not responsible for the outcome of a choice of man that exonerates His offer and plan. This choice of man and predicament is what Paul explains in Romans 5 as sin by sin…” So Paul calls that choice of man in Eden sin which brought death or in which death is found. Remember death was found in the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In other words, the tree of knowledge of good and evil was figurative of sin as Paul has unbundled in the above for us as death is found in sin. That choice of unbelief to God’s offer of life (eternal life/life as a tree in Eden) is what Moses was communicating as the tree of knowledge of good and evil where death is found. We can now call the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17) the darkness of Genesis 1:2a, how?

Death is found in the darkness, and similarly death is found in the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In the midst of man’s choice of unbelief to God’s word, have you seen what the goodness of God is there? We will see that in the next study. However, we can now deduce that whatever happens in a choice of man that exonerates God is man-made, then we can track the origin of sin. The origin of sin is man; that is, man’s desires or choice is where sin could be tracked. Sin thus, is not a creation of God but creation of man. Sin and death therefore, was the predicament of man’s choice; sin and death was/is not God’s punishment for man’s unbelief, sin and death is the outcome of man’s choice. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study carefully.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Don’t blame God for the outcome of a choice of man that exonerates God.

DAILY READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JAMES CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (23)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: When man makes a choice of rejecting God’s offer, the outcome of that choice is man-made and not God.

Having understood the above text, it is now easy to ascertain that in Genesis 2:16-17, the tree of life will be Christ figuratively portrayed. In other words, the light of Genesis 1:3 in who is life is the tree of life of Genesis 2:16-17. The tree of life can better be understood as “life as a tree” rather than “the tree of life” because there is no such tree as the tree of life. Using the grammatical construction “life as a tree” captures the fact that this was the person of Jesus (the life) communicated by Moses as a tree. Eating of that tree will now be figurative of faith in Christ, and the opposite of this, that is, not eating of the tree of life is unbelief which equals the tree of knowledge of good and evil. No wonder in John 6, Jesus will say “I am the bread of life, he that eateth of my body…” How can you eat of Jesus’ body? You cannot literally eat of His body, which was a figure of speech for faith in him; hence the context of John 6 elucidates that fact.

Notice, death is in the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17) and in Genesis 1:2a, death was in darkness. Remember that darkness in Genesis 1:2a was not God’s doing, it was the absence of the light of God. Similarly, the tree of knowledge of good and evil will not be God’s offer to man, it will be the absence of God’s offer to man which is the tree of life. Meaning the tree of life is God’s offering to man, the absence of this offering or man rejecting this offer is what Moses communicated as the tree of knowledge of good and evil, even though Moses in his vision analysis of chapter 2 presents  it as though God offered these two trees to man, but no. God’s plan as we have seen has always been Christ, and thus God’s offer to man was His plan who is Christ (life as a tree) and man not persuading to this offer of God is what Moses in his vision calls the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That is why a vision is subject to interpretation and it is in the place of careful interpretation that things can be put in their proper perspective. So God offers man His plan for man to make his choice but God who knows ahead of time warns man of a choice that if he makes, he (man/Adam) will die; notice God is not the one responsible for the death, the death will be the outcome of man’s choice of unbelief to God’s word. So the tree of life was the gospel of God, gospel of Christ, eternal life, salvation plan offered to man or preached to man for man to choose to eat off (belief) or not eat of (unbelief). This is the goodness of God to humanity but what was humanity’s choice? Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study.

PRAYER:I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God cannot be responsible for the outcome of any choice of man.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (22)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s new creation project is God’s goodness and love revealed to humanity.

With the analysis done so far, it’s clear that the above text is the promise of God’s new creation project or God’s salvation project. Remember, death is in the darkness (Genesis 1:2) and life is in the light (Genesis 1:3). Already, the analysis done so far unveils to you that the bible opens up with the revelation of God’s love for humanity. And this love is seen in salvation; this love is seen in His new creation project. And remember that salvation, eternal life or the new creation is not a reaction but a pro-action. In essence, the love of God is not a reaction but a pro-action. The goodness of God is not reactionary but pro-actionary. Also remember that the darkness is not from God but the darkness is the absence of the light of God. The death is not from God but the death is the absence of the life of God. Why these details?

Man (Adam) is formed in chapter 2 verse 7 of Genesis and now hear this in verses 16 and 17 “And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die…” Now, it is important to be observant here. Having understood that Genesis 1:1-3 is God’s plan of eternal life/salvation/the new creation, it will not be difficult to now ascertain that this plan of God in Genesis 1:1-3 is now offered to man in Genesis 2:16-17 as the tree of life. Remember, life is in the light and this is in reference to the person of Jesus; the light in whom life (eternal life) is found in or the saviour in whom is salvation. This therefore, will not be difficult to settle that the tree of life was figurative of the person of Jesus who is the life (John 14:6), why? This is because there is no such tree called the tree of life, that is, a tree that you will eat of and have life. Therefore, the tree of life was metaphoric for Christ. In other words, God’s plan of Genesis 1:1, 1:2b into verse 3 is now offered to man as the tree of life for man to make a choice of either accepting God’s plan or rejecting it. That accepting (faith in Christ) or rejecting (unbelief) is now the reason for the next figure of speech “eat of” or “eat not of”. In other words, eating of the tree of life was a figure of speech for faith in Christ, and Adam not eating of it is unbelief to God’s plan and offer. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Pay keen attention.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God’s plan of salvation was not a second thought of God but the thought of God.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (21)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW:God’s plan of salvation was not an afterthought, it was the real thought.

In unbundling how the bible opens up, we have come to discover that the bible opens up with the promise of the new creation, salvation, redemption and the indwelling of the spirit. We have seen the state of man in darkness; man, empty of the light. The solution to man in this state is in the next statement; “And the spirit of God moved upon the face… Light be…” So this is an utterance of salvation and this utterance of salvation which is God’s promise in prophetic utterance is the solution to man in darkness; man without the light, the life and the spirit. Keep in mind that this salvation plan or promise is in Genesis 1:1-3 before man was ever formed in Genesis 2 and made his choice in Genesis 3.

Now, it’s thus clear that verse 2 into 3 of Genesis 1 where man’s state in darkness is revealed, the solution to that problem is still in that verse 2 into 3; the solution is salvation, redemption, the new creation, the spirit of God hovering upon the face of waters. That is why verse 1 of Genesis 1 says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. Heaven and earth here are imageries of God’s union with man. That union or amalgamation of God and man is called heaven and earth. Remember, we have already seen that earth (verse 2) was figurative for man; so it won’t be difficult to identify at this point that earth in verse 1 was figurative for man, and heaven will thus be for God. So heaven and earth there is new creation and the new creation is found in salvation. Verse 1 of Genesis can now be understood as “In the beginning God’s creation was the new creation”. Don’t forget that this is God’s plan or promise in prophetic utterance. The new creation therefore is God’s solution to man in darkness, and this buttresses the fact that the bible opens up with God’s plan of salvation, God’s plan of redemption, God’s plan of eternal life, God’s plan of the new creation. Thus, salvation is not an afterthought, salvation is not a plan B; salvation plan will not be God’s reaction to the fall of man. Salvation plan was a pro-action even before man ever thought of falling. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You were not an afterthought of God. Think!

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the revelation of your word growing big on my inside till nothing else matters, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The new creation is not an afterthought; not a reaction but a pro-action.

DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (20)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW:The bible opens up with the revelation of God’s plan for humanity.

We have seen the state of man in prophetic utterance of verse 2 of the above text; man in the state of darkness, man in the state of spiritual death, why? This is because man is tohoboho (that is, man is empty of the light). Notice again, the darkness is not from God, it’s not a creation of God, it’s not an act of God; rather, the darkness is the absence of the light of God. Also remember, life is in the light and death will be thus found in the darkness. So if the darkness is not a doing of God but rather the absence of God, the death will not be a doing of God but the absence of God. In other words, spiritual death is the absence of the life of God. In essence, Genesis 1:2 is a prophetic utterance of man in a state of spiritual death (this is even before the formation of man in Genesis 2 and man’s choice in Genesis 3). But coming with this utterance in verse 2 where man is in a state of spiritual death is the solution to the state of man in spiritual death. And what is this solution? The next statement is the solution “And the spirit of God moved… And God said light be…” One of the facts we’ve deduced from verse 3 is “father said son” and this is in view of salvation. And so we’ve said that the reason for Father and Son (and Holy Ghost inclusive) is for salvation. So the question is, we’ve seen Father and Son (in verse 3) but what about the Holy Ghost? The answer is right before us, this is it, “And the spirit of God moved…” That term “spirit of God” is the Hebrew word “Elohim ruach” and you know when the Holy Spirit/Spirit of God is mentioned, then resurrection is in the picture, why? This is because it is in the resurrection that we have the offer of God’s spirit or the indwelling of the spirit is in the resurrection. Why the indwelling of the spirit? This is because it is the proof of salvation. So the reason for Holy Spirit, Father and Son is salvation. Remember, “the face of the waters” refers to man; so the moving of God’s spirit upon the face of the waters was to figuratively communicate the offer of God’s spirit to man in the resurrection of Jesus. Hence, the next statement said, “God said light be” which is the indwelling of the spirit in the heart of the born again man and this equals salvation. So before us in Genesis 1:1-3 is the promise of: the resurrection, salvation, the indwelling of the spirit and the new creation. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION:Follow through the study!

PRAYER:I declare that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Redemption plan had been before man, sin, death or even Satan came to be.

DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (19)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: It is because of salvation that we have Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

From the analysis done so far, we are beginning to see that the bible opens up with the utterance of salvation and this will become very clear shortly. Remember that the utterance of verse 3 of the above text is the person of Jesus and this encapsulates God’s salvation plan found in Him. So God’s first utterance was Christ, and why Christ? The answer is for the salvation of humanity. Recall that light shining out of darkness is salvation (John 1:1-5). Also, the terminologies “face of the deep” and “face of waters” were descriptive terminologies for man; that is, man in darkness, man that is “tohoboho” (nothing, nothing) or man that is empty of the light. Recall also, life is in the light (eternal life in salvation which is in the saviour), and thus, death will be in darkness. In other words, the statement “the earth was without form and void; darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to show us the state of man without Christ, that is, man without Christ is dead (spiritual death), man without Christ is empty, man without Christ is nothing, man without Christ is in a state of emergency (he/she needs immediate help). Man cannot afford to be without Christ. Follow carefully and you will soon see that salvation is reactionary, salvation was not a plan B, salvation was not an afterthought; salvation was God’s plan even before man ever thought of falling.

Recall, man was formed in Genesis 2:7, but in Genesis 1:2, we have already seen man in a state of darkness/death/sin in prophetic utterance. Now, what is the solution to the state of man in darkness? The next statement in verse 2 into 3 answers the question, “And the spirit of God moved… And said light be”. Remember, “face of waters” is in reference to man, and also recall that in verse 3, one of the inference we saw is that “father said son” and this was to point to the incarnation where God will become a man to save the fallen man. And so we said the trinity (father, son and Holy Ghost) is for the purpose of salvation. Father, son and Holy Ghost are not different Gods seating down in three different chairs/thrones. It is because of salvation that we have Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and we have seen Father and Son in the explanation so far. Let’s look at the Holy Ghost in next study. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION:Be full of the word.

PRAYER: The revelation of your word comes alive in me, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Salvation plan is the reason God (the Father) became the son (Christ the man) so that as a man He can die for the fallen man and upon resurrection the Father who became the son will now become the Holy Ghost dwelling in our hearts.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (18)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW:Salvation is God’s solution to man in darkness.

From John’s explanation of Genesis 1:1-3 and Paul’s explanation in 2Corinthians 4:6, let’s begin to draw certain inference as touching verse 2 of Genesis having known verse 3. From 2Corinthians 4:6, the light is shining in the heart of men, hence, darkness is the state of man’s heart without light. The statement “and darkness was upon the   face of the deep” was to describe man’s heart without the light. The earth was “tohoboho” (nothing, nothing), that is man without the light is nothing and empty. The earth in verse 2 was figurative for man. And thus, the two statements “face of the deep” and “face of the waters” which were personifications were descriptive terminologies for man. That is, the face of the deep, the face of waters and the earth in that verse referred to man. So, “darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to describe man (figuratively portrayed as earth) being without the light or empty of the light (the person of Jesus). That already shows you that man without Christ is empty; man without Christ is nothing, and this man is in darkness or this man is of darkness.

Remember that we saw that life is in the light. So when God said “let there be light”, then it can be deduced that life is in that light, and that is why eternal life is in salvation. Now if life is in the light, then invariably, death is in darkness. In other words, the man without Christ is a dead man (spiritually dead). Man cannot afford to be without Christ. So death is in the darkness and thus, that darkness will be figurative for sin because it is in sin we can find death. The death is not from God; the death is the absence of the light of God. What then is the solution to man in darkness or man being without form and void? The next statement from verse 2 into verse 3 is the answer, “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light…”    Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: You are of the light when you got saved; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Son Jesus in whom I am found, saved and indwelt by your spirit, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God’s solution to man in darkness is salvation.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (17)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The light of Genesis 1:3 is the person of Jesus.

With the understanding of John 1:1-5 where Genesis 1:1-3 is explained, it can be deduced that the utterance “let there be light” in verse 3 is an utterance of salvation. Remember light refers to the person of Jesus and it encapsulates God’s salvation plan found in Him. Also remember that Jesus is God (John 1:1). In 1John 1:5, John says “…God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all…” In other words, Genesis 1:3 could be understood as:

  • “God said let there be”
  • “God said Jesus…” and this already points you to the incarnation which was for the purpose of executing God’s plan of salvation which was already in prophetic utterance in Genesis 1:1-3. It was in the incarnation that God became Jesus Christ (the son).
  • “Father said son…” That is why the son is the Father manifest and the Father is the son revealed.

All of the above can be summed up to one fact that the utterance in Genesis 1:3 is salvation. In other words, the reason for father, son (and let me add Holy Ghost) is for salvation. That is, the trinity is a concept of redemption. Don’t forget we see the Father and Son in verse 3; the Father (God), and the Son (light/Jesus). Now where is the Holy Ghost? Having known that verse 3 of Genesis 1 is in reference to the person of Jesus or light shining in darkness which is Christ in the heart of men, let’s buttress this with Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6 where Paul was equally explaining Genesis, it reads “For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness hath shine in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. Have you seen that? Where is the light shining? The light is shining in our hearts (the heart of men). In essence, if the light is shining in men’s heart, then darkness will be the state of man’s heart without the light. This explanation already unveils verse 2 of Genesis 1 to us, “And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be diligent in your study of the bible.

PRAYER: I receive revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The message of Genesis is the message of Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (16)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The person of Jesus is the life and in the life is the light.

We proceeded in our analysis to bring the light in Genesis to the spotlight in other to be able to unbundle the darkness in verse 2 and other spiritual truths. Remember in John 1:1-5 where John is explaining Genesis 1, John lets us know in verse 4 that “All these things (life and light) existed in him”. So in the beginning, life was found in Christ and that life (eternal life) in him is the light of men. Notice the next verse “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5). Remember, in Christ was the life which was the light of men. In other words, we will have light in the life and vice versa. In John 8:12, Jesus said “I am the light of the world”. Light is thus figurative of the person of Christ in whom salvation is found. Thus the statement “And the light shineth in darkness” is salvation, that is Christ in the heart of man. Thus, darkness in verse 5 was figurative of men, hence why verse 4 already said “light of men”. “Light of men” (verse 4) was to figuratively communicate the truth that Jesus is the saviour of mankind, hence, the next statement “And the light shineth in darkness…” that is, Christ in the heart of man (the man in darkness) and the darkness could not withstand it (that is, a change of state from darkness to light). So, when Christ enters a man’s heart, there is a change of state from darkness to light. That light shining out of darkness is Christ in the heart of man which is salvation.

In other words, darkness will now stand to be man’s state or heart without the light. Jesus is the light; He is the light that shines out of darkness (salvation). So the light denotes the person of Jesus and salvation found in Him, that is why He is the savior. Also remember the light in the life and vice versa. Jesus in John 14:6 says “I am the life”. So, the person of Jesus is life and light; life is in the light, the light is in the life. In other words, eternal life is in salvation or the person of Jesus who is the saviour that makes salvation available is the custodian of eternal life. Now, this analysis already unbundles Genesis for us. Let’s bring the analysis back to Genesis 1:1-3 in our next study. 

INSTRUCTION: Let’s study carefully.

PRAYER: I declare that the light of your word comes clear to me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The person of Jesus is light and life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (15)

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.

LIGHT FOR NOW: In the beginning, life and light existed in Christ.

We’ve said that the statement “Let there be light” in verse 3 is not in reference to a literal light. The way the statement “Let there be light” is constructed in the Hebrew lexicon is “light be”, that is, “And God said, light be”. Now, to understand the statements “and the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon…”, let’s understand the light in verse 3. The light in that verse will help us understand the darkness in verse 2. In John chapter 1, John brings Genesis 1:1-3 to the fore, it reads “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5). The word “in the beginning” in verse 1 of John is in reference to Genesis. So John is saying “In Genesis was the word, and the word was with…” The “word” (“logos” in Greek) there is a person, hence it was replaced with the pronoun “Him” in verses 3 and 4 pointing out to us that the “logos” in the beginning who was with God and who was God Himself is a person. The context reveals that the “logos” is a person, hence verse 14 says “And the word (logos) was made flesh…” and that’s the person of Jesus because Jesus is God who took on flesh. He took on flesh for the purpose of salvation.

Notice the phrase “made flesh” in verse 14, it means to change form, or shape, to exist as. So the word existed as flesh. That same phrase “made flesh” in verse 14 is the same phrase “were made” in verse 3 (they are both “ginomai” in Greek and it does not mean to create but it means to exist or change form as we said earlier). So verse 3 is “All things existed by him…”, and the “all things” in context could be rendered as “all these things” because the next verse shows these specific things, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men”. So light and life existed in Him. So, “All these things (life and light) existed in him”. Therefore, from the beginning (Genesis), what existed in Christ? Life and light existed in Him or as Him in Genesis. The life existing in Him will be eternal life and this life (the person of Jesus) is the light of men. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Life and light existed in Christ from the beginning.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (14)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Most often in bible interpretation, figurative expressions when used communicate spiritual truth.

We have seen that the word “without form and void” means nothing, nothing. If the earth was nothing, nothing, then we can’t have waters. So if Moses says the earth was nothing and later says “face of waters”, then it means that Moses was using a figure of speech. The statement “the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters” there is called personification in English Language. Why is it a personification? Waters don’t have a face, it takes a human or an animate being to have a face, and water is an inanimate being. So in literature, when a human quality is being ascribed to an inanimate object, that figure of speech is called a personification. Notice, he had earlier said “darkness was upon the face of the deep” which is another personification. So we have already located two figurative statements in verse 2 of Genesis 1. Most often in bible interpretation, where we have figurative expressions, the communication aimed, is always spiritual truth. So those two personifications above are spiritual truth and we will see what they denote soon.

Notice the figurative expression “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to further explain the previous statement “And the earth was without form and void”, hence, why the semi-colon was rightly inserted by the King James translators after the word “void”. Let’s now unbundle the entire figurative expressions in verse 2 as we pay keen attention to verse 3, “And God said, let there be light: and there was light”. Let’s quickly point out the fact that the light God commanded in verse 3 is not the sun, moon or stars, it was also figurative because in the context of chapter 1 verses 14 to 16, that is where we have the creation of light and it is in that context that we have what is referred to as the solar system. So if we have the literal lights within verses 14 to 16, then verse 3 will stand out to be figurative and if it is figurative, then it will be a spiritual truth being communicated using figures of speech. So, the question now is what is the light in verse 3? We will see that in the next study. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Always read the bible in context and with the understanding of grammar.

Prayer: I declare that I have the capacity to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Contextual investigation and grammatical investigation are vital in bible interpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (13)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: The creation story in Genesis was used as a parable to communicate the salvation story.

We are currently investigating into how the bible opens up. Genesis 1:1-3 reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light”. We have established that the language of Genesis made heavy use of figures of speech because it was a vision’s analysis. You know the opening of the above text appears to be the creation story but the truth is the creation story in there is in itself a salvation story. The creation story in Genesis was used figuratively to communicate salvation story, and we will see this soon. You know, in Genesis chapters 1, 2 and 3, you will not see the word Jesus, salvation; even till the last chapter of Genesis, you won’t see the name Jesus Christ but Jesus is the climax of the message there. You won’t see Jesus spelt out but Jesus is the message there because the Old Testament is a mystery that is only demystified in the New Testament. The above text (Genesis 1:1-3) can be explained as only the creation story if the grammar of the text is not carefully investigated and the explanation of it is not subject to the epistle (New Testament). Observe in verse 1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. Remember, verse 1 is summative, so what is heaven and earth?

Let’s begin to explore verse 2 into 3. Notice the statement “And the earth was without form and void”. The word “form and void” is the Hebrew word “tohoboho” which implies nothing, nothing. Now notice carefully, if the earth is “tohoboho” (that is nothing, nothing), we can’t have “the spirit of God moved upon the face of water”. Water is a component or part of the earth, so if there was nothing in the earth, then there can’t be waters. Thus, for Moses to say “nothing, nothing in the earth” and later say “God’s spirit moved upon the face of waters” will imply that the “earth” there was figurative and “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters” will also be figurative. So, what did they mean? Let’s see in the next study. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: When you are careless in your study of the bible, you will be careless in your interpretation of the bible.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD REVEALED IN SALVATION (12)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17

LIGHT FOR NOW:  In bible interpretation, never make the figurative, literal and the literal, figurative.

With the analysis done so far, let’s now take a lead as we unbundle how the bible opens up. Follow the reading carefully, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). Now, at this point in time, don’t always lose sight of the fact that the New Testament unveils the Old Testament. If you have been following our devotionals carefully, you will know clearly that the Old Testament is a mystery (“musterion” in Greek; meaning something hidden that is to be explained) and the New Testament explains the Old Testament. That is, the Old Testament which was to be known or explained is now made known in the New Testament. The understanding of this will play in our explanation of Genesis 1:1-3. Notice that verse 1 of Genesis 1 is summative (that is, like a summary writing) while from verse 2, the writer begins to give and expose what was said earlier in verse 1 using summative formal.

It is also important that we point out here that Moses (the writer of Genesis) wrote Genesis from a vision, how do we know? This is because the writer (Moses) was not present in Genesis when he wrote Genesis. Moses was born in Exodus 2 and the bible is not in order of Exodus, Genesis, Leviticus, etc. That is, Genesis comes before Exodus, and thus if Moses was born in Exodus, it means he was not present when the event he documented in Genesis happened. Genesis therefore, is an analysis derived from a vision. Why are we pointing out this fact? This is because if you don’t get this in the first place, you won’t understand why Moses employed the language he used in Genesis. Thus, Genesis was a visions’ analysis and in visions analysis, there is heavy involvement of figures of speech, you won’t find it difficult to now comprehend that Moses employed a heavy use of figures of speech in this account. So take note of these two facts below:

  • Moses was not present in Genesis account and thus, the Genesis account is a visions’ analysis or a third party reportage.
  • And because of how the account was communicated to Moses, Moses thus employed heavy use of figurative expressions.

Take note of this as we continue in subsequent study. In bible interpretation, when you make the figurative literal and the literal figurative, then a vital truth will be lost and you are not far from misinterpreting a bible text. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never make the figurative literal and the literal figurative in bible study.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that diligence and dutifulness in the place of bible study is stirred up in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Your attempt to make the literal figurative and the figurative literal in bible study will land you in improper bible interpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

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