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THE BELIEVER; THE PERMANENT RESIDENCE OF THE FATHER (5)

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” – John 14:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: The day you believed in the gospel, you became the Father’s dwelling place.

It’s been deduced that if where He is, is where we are, then just as He explained to His disciples, everyone who has believed in the gospel is the dwelling place/abode of the Father. Hence, His going to prepare a place for us, was to come again to us and receive us to Himself. Observe, He further explained what He meant by Him coming again to us in verses 18 and 23; “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:18 & 23). Thus, the coming again to us was referring to the indwelling of the Father in us. Thus, the believer is the abode of the Father; the believer is the temple of the Father. So, His going was to make us dwelling places for the Father. That was why he explained to them in verses 16 to 18. “And I will pray the father and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18). Let’s ask a very vital question here; what did he mean by the spirit of truth? Observe his explanation in context (verse 18) “…I will not leave you comfortless: I will come again to you”. Remember, in verse 23 which we read earlier, he used the phrase “come unto” again. Hence, it was the Father that made us His abode in Christ. What then did He mean by the spirit of truth? This will be discovered in subsequent studies. However, what is your reality from the explanations done so far? You reality is that you are the Father’s abode. You are the temple of God. The day you believed in Christ, divinity made you His dwelling place. You carry God on your inside. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You carry God on your inside. Acknowledge this!

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me your walking and living temple, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God’s residential address is the believer.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3

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THE BELIEVER; THE PERMANENT RESIDENCE OF THE FATHER (3)

“In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” – John 14:2-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him.

We began our investigation into the above text to discover and uncover the truth or reality inherent in Jesus’ words above to His disciples. Recall, the implication of the word “in” in the context of this account was to unveil:

  • Jesus’ union with the Father.
  • And also, our union with the Father in him.

It was seen from our last study that the word “house” (John 14:2) translated from the Greek word “oikia” refers to a household; a group of people sharing the same identity and not a physical building or structure. The word “mansions” here being translated implies an individual dwelling – a place where one individual stays. Thus, Jesus was referring to just one spot – one position. In the light of the analysis done so far, John 14:2 can be better understood as: “In my father’s household/family, there are many dwelling places…” Observe the next word “prepare”. It was translated from the Greek word “hetoimazo”, which implies to make ready. Observe, He did not say “where I will be, there you will be” or “I go to prepare a place for me”. Rather, “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am you will be also”. Hence, what He did was for us. In other words, His going to the Father was to make us fit to dwell in the Father’s house. That was why He further stated in verse 3, “…I will come again and receive you unto myself; that, where I am, you may be also”. So the question is: where is He?

The proceeding verse gives us a lead; “Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, show us the father? Believest thou not that I am in the father, and the father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he doth the works. Believe me that I am in the father, and the father in me: or else believe me for the very work’s sake” (John 14:9-11). He is in the father! The father is in him! The father and Jesus are in the same “oikia”. They were and are in the same “mone”. What does this tell us? We will see in proceeding studies. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: The insight into the revelation of your word O Lord is granted me, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Getting it at proper reading will lead to getting it at proper interpretation.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14

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THE BELIEVER; THE PERMANENT RESIDENCE OF THE FATHER (4)

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” – John 14:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus was communicating our union with the Father in the above text.

We discovered from a careful contextual and grammatical analysis of the above text, that the text can be rendered as: “In my father’s household/family, there are many dwelling places…” Remember, “His going to prepare a place not for Himself but for us…” He said, “So that where I am, you may be also”. And we saw where He is in context; He is the Father! The Father and Jesus are in the same “oikia”. They were and are in the same “mone”. Hence, He told them emphatically in verse 9 “…he that has seen me has seen the father…” This means that when Jesus said in verse 3 “…where I am, there you will be”, what he explained was “the believer will be in the Father and the Father will be in Him”. That is, the believer will be in union with the Father in Him. Hence, the statement “where I am, you may be also” was not referring to being in the same location physically; He was actually referring to our identification with Him. That was why he explained further in the following texts:

  • Verse 10… In the Father, the Father in Me.
  • Verse 20… We will come and make our abode with Him.
  • Verse 23… In the Father, ye in Me, and I in you.

Hence, his “going to prepare a place for us”, was to make us as He is. It was not referring to a physical place or location; rather, a nature, a status, a condition. So, if where He is, is where we are, then just as He explained to His disciples… everyone who has believed the gospel is the dwelling place/abode of the Father. Recall, in verse 3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. Hence, His going to prepare a place for us was to come again to us and receive us to Himself; to make us like Him. You are in the Father and the Father is in you. You are the Father’s dwelling. The dwelling place or abode of the Father is in the believer. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the unveiling of my realities in you; I acknowledge it and see myself as God sees me, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The believer is the Father’s dwelling.

DAILY READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6

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THE BELIEVER; THE PERMANENT RESIDENCE OF THE FATHER (2)

“In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” – John 14:2-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: Words in the scriptures ought not to be read with negligence of the surrounding text.

We’ve said that for the above text to be understood and carefully interpreted, it is imperative for the context and grammar of the text to be understood in order to arrive at proper bible interpretation. The first thing to observe in the above text is the word “in”, it was used by Jesus severally in the entire chapter in his explanation (John 14:10-26). And from the way Jesus used that word “in” in the context of his explanation (if read in context), that preposition “in” was to reveal:

  • His union with the Father, “…I in the father and the father in me…” (John 14:11).
  • And also, our union with the Father in Him, “…I in the father, and ye in me, and I in you…” (John 14:20).

Now, let’s observe the word “father” there; it is the word “pater” in Greek which literally or figuratively implies parent. It was used by Jesus in the same chapter, 23 times and in context, he referred to God as the (“my”) father, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house…” (John 14”1-2). Observe the word “house” (in verse 2). It is from the word “oikia” in the Greek, and it implies a place of dwelling it is not used for a city; rather, where you stay and more appropriately, a family or a household. It was the same word Paul used in Ephesians 2:19 which reads “Now therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God”; and Philippians 4:22 which reads “All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household”. The word “household” in the above two texts are the same Greek word “oikia”. Thus, when “oikia” is used, it refers to a household’ that is, a group of people that share the same identity and not a physical building or structure.

So, having examined the word “house” already, that idea of Dangote’s cement being hired into heaven for the building of the believers’ houses should be totally erased from your mind because it is clear here that the word was in reference to a household. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Bible study demands careful attention.

PRAYER:I declare that my alertness and attentiveness is greatly increased in the study of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: When one misses it at proper study, then he will miss it at proper interpretation.

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

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THE BELIEVER; THE PERMANENT RESIDENCE OF THE FATHER (1)

“In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” – John 14:2-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: Proper bible interpretation cannot be hurriedly arrived at.

The above scenario was between Jesus and His disciples. Jesus here speaks of his Father’s house, and in this house, He says they are many mansions. However, many out of hasty reading, without paying attention to detail and by not critically examining the text contextually and grammatically assume that; When one gets born again, the foundation for his house in heaven is being laid. As he continues in the faith (for instance, he works out his salvation with fear and trembling), his house then moves from foundation level to the construction level where blocks are now being inserted into the foundation for construction purpose. And then he/she lives holy, doesn’t sin, prays well, fast, etc., his house in heaven then moves to the window level, then to lintel level. And if he/she endures to the end (dies without any act of sin), he/she will meet his mansion in heaven well completed with roof. What a child’s play! That is not what Jesus is saying in this text. The first question that should have come to mind after reading the above text is; what did Jesus mean by “my father’s house?” To come to think of it critically, it is out of place in English vocabulary, to have mansions in a house. You cannot have mansions in a house. You rather have houses in a mansion.

So if Jesus is saying “In my father’s house are many mansions” and it is impossible to have mansions in a house, it therefore means that Jesus could not have been referring to physical buildings as the “many mansions” in “his father’s house” (another physical building). Meaning, to understand Jesus’ communication in the above text, it is imperative to understand the context of this discussion and the grammatical analysis of the above text from its lexical or root translation, since it is grammatically impossible in normal parlance to have mansions in a house. So let’s explore the context and grammar of this text in subsequent studies. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Learn patiently

PRAYER: I declare that I am open up to revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Reading without paying attention to details equals shallow learning.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3

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THE PERFECT VIEW OF THE GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (22)

“God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets; Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things; by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high;” – Hebrews 1:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the substance that makes God real.

Having observed key words in verse 1 of the above text, and reading it into verse 2, let’s observe the statement “the express image of his person”. The word “person” in the above text is the word “hupostasis” in Greek, which implies that which makes the existence of another real. This word “person” (hupostasis) is the same word that was used in Hebrews 11:1 translated as “substance” and Hebrews 3:14 translated/rendered as confidence. In other words, the word “hupostasis” also implies “assurance” or “confidence”. Thus, the writer of Hebrews used it to depict an assurance or reality.

In essence, the writer of Hebrews used the word in reference to the fact that the person of Jesus is the “assurance”; that which gives reality to the revelation of the person and character of God; that is, Jesus is the substance of God that has not been seen. Therefore, seeing or knowing him is equivalent to seeing or knowing God. So, to know the father (God), we look at the son. The perfect view of God that we have is in the Son (Jesus Christ). Paul echoed in his letter to the Colossian church, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15). So we see God where? We see God in Christ; he is the image of the invisible God. The invisible God is made visible in the visible Christ.

Recall, John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the father he hath declared him”. The father has been declared in the son; that is, God has been explained in Christ. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

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

QUOTE: Jesus gives visibility to the invisible God.

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

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THE PERFECT VIEW OF THE GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (21)

“God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets; Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things; by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high;” – Hebrews 1:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: The revelation communicated by the prophets was progressively communicated, but God has climaxed his revelation in Christ.

Let’s pay careful attention to the above text as we will observe a vital truth in studying the Old Testament books. We will discover how the revelation of God was communicated unto the fathers by the prophets and we will see that God communicated the climax of his revelation in Christ. This understanding will guide you on how you read the Old Testament books. Observe the phrase “in sundry times” (in verse 1), it was translated from the Greek word “”polumeros”, which implies many parts/portions of a whole. The phrase “in diverse manners” is the word “polutropos” in Greek, which implies many ways. In essence, the sundry times and in diverse manners had to do with the prophets. Two inferences can be drawn from the above Greek words:

  • “Polumeros” implies what they said could not have been.
  • “Polutopos” implies the way they said it also was imperfect.

In verse2, observe the word “in” in the statement “…in these last days spoken…” it was translated from a Greek word for conceiving a child. Observe, “Hath in these last days spoken by his son”; the word “by” used here could be better replaced with the word “in”; that is, “Hath in these last days spoken in his son” not by his son, why? It is because Jesus is not God’s errand boy, Jesus is God revealing himself. Jesus is not God’s messenger, Jesus is the message. So, God in speaking spoke in his son. Look at the flow of thoughts from verse 1 into 2:

  • Spoken in the prophets (in many parts of a whole in many ways).
  • Spoken in the son (the brightness of his glory; the express image of his person).

So, when you put together all that the prophets said in many portions, and in many ways, you will have the substance of what they were saying in the son. That is, the whole, the announcement, the speaking is about the son. So, the “who” in verse 1, used by the King James translation had to do with the prophets; who spoke many portions of the truth in different ways unto the fathers; however, God in speaking, spoke in the son. Hence, the truth they revealed was in progressive revelation. It was the prophets who spoke in different portions of the truth and in different manners unto the fathers. That is why the syntax arrangement in the Greek doesn’t have the word God in verse 1; it is rendered thus; “At sundry times and in divers manners, the prophets spake unto the father. In these last days, God hath spoken to us in his son…” Hence, the complete, perfect revelation of the father is seen in the son (Jesus Christ). Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Stay with proper bible interpretations.

PRAYER: I pray that understanding is given me to comprehend your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Outside Christ, God is not perfectly revealed.

DAILY READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 11

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (20)

“While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).

LIGHT FOR NOW: God is well seen and well thought of in the person of Christ.

It is established clearly that it is in the son that we have the totality of the Father’s revelation. Jesus is God manifest. At this point, we want to examine carefully the above text and see how it lays credence to our subject of discussion. Notice the context of the above account (Matthew 17:5) is the scenario at the Mount of transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James and John to the mountain; so the above three characters were the ones present with Jesus when the occurrence in the above text took place. We are interested however in verse 5 where the statement, “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” is echoed. Many have read this and hastily concluded that God was saying Jesus has satisfied me or Jesus has pleased me, how correct are they? Let’s find out. The word “well pleased” from the above text was translated from the Greek word “eudokeo”. The word “dokeo” means to appear. This word is as well used for thinking. That is, to think well of. It’s actually stronger that in meaning; thus, in this context, what was implied was “this is my beloved son in whom I am well thought of” or “in whom you see me well”, not that he has satisfied or has pleased me. In other words, the Father was saying that He is well thought of in the son; that is, God is well thought of or well seen in the incarnation. Let me not stretch it further yet, but because of where we are heading, we will stretch this further in subsequent studies. Matthew 17:5 is actually a verse laying credence to the fact that it is in Jesus we see God. God is well seen in Christ. God is actually unveiling Himself in Christ.

To continue in the flow of thoughts for overwhelming evidence, the writer of Hebrews has this to say, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:” (Hebrews 1:1-3). Follow the studies as we will unbundle Hebrews 1:1-3 in subsequent studies. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION:See God in Christ.

PRAYER: My mind is opened up to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus is the perfect view and the only view of God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 7; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (19)

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1Timothy 3:16).

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the Father manifest; thus, He is God revealing Himself.

Recall, the word manifest in the above text implies to unveil, to reveal, to uncover. So, in Christ God has been uncovered; in Christ, God has been unveiled; in Christ, God has been revealed. Notice “God was manifest in the flesh”; that is, God (the Father) became a man (Christ Jesus, the son). So, the son is the Father manifest. That is, Jesus is God revealing Himself. That is why he is the Father manifest. It is vital to note that in the four gospels, Jesus always referred to God as Father. John chapter 8 is a perfect example of this (John 8:12-19). Here in John 8, he spoke about the Father so much that the Jews asked him a question in verse 9, “…where is thy father?” And in verse 19b, Jesus responded, “If you had known me, ye should have known my father also”. In other words, the Father is revealed in the son. There is no greater revelation of the Father outside of that which is in the son. Jesus, throughout that discussion with the Jews in John 8 referred to God as “my” or “the” Father. And He referred to Himself as the son twice in verses 35 and 36 “And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the son abideth ever. If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. Also, if you observe John 8 closely, you will see that Jesus said to the Jews that God is not their Father, He rather said that their father was the devil, why?This is because of unbelief in the gospel; this means that a man is a child of God or son of God and God his Father by faith in the gospel of Christ. It is thus in the son that we have the totality of God’s revelation.

In Matthew 17, there was a vital occurrence that laid credence to the facts we’ve established so far, it reads “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). Obviously, the idea many have about this statement “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” is that God is saying “Jesus has satisfied me or Jesus has pleased me”. But that is not what that statement implies; so let’s find out what it implies in the next study. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:Follow the study.

PRAYER: Spiritual wisdom and revelation is at work in me, therefore, my capacity is increased greatly to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: What is read wrongly cannot be interpreted rightly.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 7; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (18)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:6-10).

LIGHT FOR NOW: We know God in Christ. Outside Christ, we don’t know God.

We have deduced from Jesus’ response in verses 6 and 7 to Thomas’ question that the revelation of God that a man has is equivalent to the revelation of Jesus that he has. Furthermore, Jesus’ response in verses 9 and 10 to Philip’s question in verse 8 of the above text reveals the fact that there is no other greater revelation of the Father outside the person of Jesus. Meaning, the person of Jesus reveals God to us. The son reveals the Father; hence, you know the Father in the son. Thus, the son is the Father manifest. Paul also explained in 1Timothy 3 which reads “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy 3:16). Recall, the word “mystery” implies “hidden”, “a secret” or “to be explained”. The word “manifest” here which is the word “phaneroo” in the Greek implies to unveil, to reveal, to uncover. Notice also the phrase “seen of angels”. In other words, the Father revealed Himself to humanity and to angels, in the son; Jesus explains the Father to us. The son is the Father manifest. When you see the son, you see the Father. In the son the mystery, double mindedness, uncertainty, confusion, complexity about God in a mind of man is clarified, resolved and explained. In the son is the complete and                               perfect revelation of God. Thus, knowing the son is to know the Father. You can’t aim to be efficient in the revelation of God when you are deficient in the revelation of Jesus. The accurate, precise, exact and perfect revelation of God is only in the person of Jesus. So, missing it in knowing Jesus will be equivalent to missing it in knowing God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:Go for the revelation of Jesus.

PRAYER: I pray for my desire to know you like never before; I have insight into the knowledge of your person (Father), In Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Missing it in knowing Jesus will be equivalent to missing it in knowing God.

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

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (17)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:6-10).

LIGHT FOR NOW: It is only in the son that the Father can be accurately revealed or known.

It is clear from our previous investigation, that to have a perfect view of God, the approach is not science, psychology, philosophy but Jesus. Recall the word, “cometh” (in verse 6) of the above text which was translated from the Greek word “erchomai” implies to approach, to know, to see. Hence, in Jesus, we rightly approach God; we know God, we see God. That is why he explained further in verse 7, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:7). So, the revelation of Jesus that a man has is equivalent to the revelation of God that he has. That is, when you know Jesus, you know the Father. After Jesus answered Thomas’ question in verses 6 to 7, Philip asked him another question which is typical of the mindset that some have today, “Philip saith unto him, Lord shew us the the Father, and it sufficeth us” (John 14:8). Observe Jesus’ response in verses 9 and 10, “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”. The statement Jesus made above “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?” implies there is no other greater revelation of the Father outside the person of Jesus. The son reveals the Father.

In other words, when he said in verse 7, “…no man cometh to the Father but by me…” what he meant was, “this is how to know the Father”; the Father is only known in the son, “knowing the Father is knowing Him in the son”. Outside the son, any revelation you have of the Father is not accurate, why? It is because it is only in the son that the Father can be accurately revealed.

INSTRUCTION:Know God in Christ.

Prayer: Thank you Father for Jesus in whom I know you and know you accurately, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The “how” to knowing the Father is in the son.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3

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PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (15)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW:  Only the son reveals the Father perfectly and accurately.

In our previous studies, we had investigated into the fact that Jesus’ statement in John 1:18 was not a mere exaggeration. And we’ve seen a vital fact about the Old Testament which is the fact that men’s encounter and interaction with angels was equated to or regarded as interactions with God. Remember, before verse 18 of our key text above, Jesus earlier mentioned Moses (in verse 17). Meaning, the phrase “no man, nobody, not even one” includes Moses, all the prophets (Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) and even angels, and our analysis so far elucidates this fact. Hence, the perfect revelation of the Father is in the son, “…the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father hath declared him”. Observe the phrase “hath declared” used here; this was translated from the Greek word “exegeomai”, which is a term used to teach or explain; that is, “exegeomai” means to explain. In other words, “the only begotten son in whom we see God hath explained him”. So, two things come to mind here:

  • God is seen in Christ. Outside Christ, we cannot see God; outside Christ, there is no God.
  • God is explained in Christ.

Meaning, outside Christ we cannot explain God; outside Christ, God will still remain a mystery. But in Christ, God has been demystified. We can explain God in Christ. In Christ, we will have an understanding of:

  • Who God is
  • His personality and character
  • What He does
  • What He cannot do
  • Also, it is in Christ, that we will be able to correct the impressions of the Old Testament prophets about God that presents God as an ambiguous being who has dual identity because it is in what Jesus does that we can now know what God does. And thus, what Jesus does not do/did not do, God does not do/did not do.

Meaning, the revelation of God’s character is encapsulated in Christ. If your understanding of God is outside Christ, it will land you in error. This is because outside Christ, you cannot know God. If you miss Jesus, you have missed God. If you are deficient in the revelation of Christ, then you can’t be sufficient in your revelation of God, because there is no revelation of God anywhere outside Christ. And there is no study of God anywhere outside Christ. Glory!

INSTRUCTION:Don’t look for God outside Jesus.

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

QUOTE: In Jesus, you don’t look for God; in Jesus, you have found God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (14)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: Until the incarnation, no man, not even an angel ever saw God.

We have come to deduce from our analysis so far that under the Old Testament, the experience men had with angels were taken or seen as an experience with God. They were definitely interacting with angels. One of such encounters in the Old Testament is the account in Genesis 32, observe carefully the reading, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Genesis 32:24-30). Jacob’s encounter (verse 24 to 29) certainly was with an angel, he however described the experience as seeing God face to face in verse 30 “…I have seen God face to face…” Thus, his interpretation of seeing an angel was seeing God. And there are a lot of these instances over and over in the Old Testament books of the bible that will not be cited here. So, in the Old Testament, seeing an angel or interacting with an angel was regarded as seeing God or interacting with God. Recall, Jesus, Stephen (in the book of Acts), and also the epistles clarified that mindset that the people had; “No man hath seen God at any time…” (John 1:18); Acts 7:38, etc.

So, the very first time God was seen both by men and angels was in the son; Christ Jesus. His revelation of Himself to man and angels was in Christ. Little wonder Paul echoed “And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy 3:16). So, until the incarnation, no man, not even an angel saw God. God is seen in Christ. To know and understand the Father is to know the son. To the degree that a man understands the person of Jesus, is the degree to which he knows God. There is no revelation of the Father outside that which He revealed of Himself in the son. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Read your Old Testament with the New Testament as the foreground.

PRAYER: Thank you Father for your word revealed in and to me; I declare that I am opened up to understanding like never before, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The Old Testament is the background of the New Testament; the New Testament is the foreground of the Old Testament.

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

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (13)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: Experiences men had with angels in the Old Testament were equated to experiences with God.

From the analysis so far, we have seen that the principal actors in Exodus 20 were angels. Now the issue is with the statement in verse 22 of 20, “…the Lord said unto Moses”. So if it were angels, then why the statement “the Lord said unto Moses?” Is the Lord not referring to God? Now observe Exodus 3:2-4 again as we take a lead and proceed; it reads “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I”. Observe the narrative carefully:

  • In verse 2, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush.
  • In verse 3, Moses said, I will turn aside and see this great sight.
  • In verse 4, And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him.

So, what’s the inference to be drawn from the above observation? This is it; from Moses’ experience, it is evident that the prophets had interaction with angels. The same angel of the Lord in verse 2 (Exodus 3:2) was later referred to as “the Lord” in verse 4. So, the experiences men had with angels were taken or seen as an experience with God. They were definitely interacting with angels but they assumed and equated interacting with angels as interacting with God. Similarly, Exodus 20:22 will go likewise; that is, “the Lord” that spoke to Moses was an angel because they equated angels speaking to them in the Old Testament as God speaking to them. So when you read “the Lord” in the Old Testament or “God” in the Old Testament, you must read carefully, contextually and with the understanding which “Lord” or which “God” is being inferred or referred to because the word “God” or “Lord” in the Old Testament does not always refer to our God (the father of our Lord Jesus Christ). This is because under the Old Testament, men’s encounter with angels was being seen, regarded and documented as encounters with God. We will see another example of one such encounter in our next study and then backtrack to John 1:8 for further investigations. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You must be thorough in bible study.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my understanding capacity that has been greatly increased, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: When you are not thorough in your reading of the bible, then you will not be thorough in your interpretation of the bible.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 5.

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (12)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: There is no contradiction in the bible, there can only be a contradiction in the mind of the reader.

In our previous studies, the account of Exodus 20 has been brought to the spotlight. Paul’s words in Galatians 3:19, Stephen’s words in Acts 7:38, 53 and the words of the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 2:2 exonerate God from the scenario of Mount Sinai. Remember, the writer of Hebrews (which we saw last) described the law as the words spoken by angels. In chapter 12 of Hebrews, the writer here further explained the scenario on Mount Sinai when the law was given, it reads “For ye are not come unto the Mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them anymore: (for they could not endure that which was commended, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)” (Hebrews 12:18-21). Without any doubt, it is very clear that the above account was taken from Exodus 20 (Exodus 20:18-22). Observe what Jesus (the mediator) said carefully, “…so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake…”

In essence, the principal actors on Mount Sinai were angels. They were the ones involved in the thundering, lightning, the sound of the trumpet, fire, smoke, blackness, darkness that made the people terribly afraid. Now, observe verse 22 of Exodus, “…the Lord said unto Moses…” This is where many could get confused, and then deduce that maybe the bible is contradictory; why do we have “the Lord said unto Moses” in verse 20 if actually it was an angel Moses spoke with. Now follow carefully as we unbundle this because like we said earlier, the bible does not contradict itself; where they appear to be seeming contradictions, it is actually not from the bible itself but from the mind of the reader. Let’s backtrack to Moses’ first encounter in Exodus 3 as this will give us a lead in bringing verse 22 of Exodus to the spotlight, it reads “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the mist of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt”. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the mist of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I” (Exodus 3:2-4). How does this help us unbundle verse 22 of Exodus 20? We will see this in proceeding studies. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Bible study demands patient; you cannot rush.

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

QUOTE: The contradiction in the reading of the bible is not in the bible but in the mind of the reader reading the bible.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 32

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (11)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: On Mount Sinai, the principal actors were angels and not God.

In our last study, we looked at the Exodus 20 account which most folks read and hastily drawn to the logical conclusion that the principal actor on that Mount where Moses received the law is God. And so from here, many folks opine to the fact that Moses must have seen God. But we have seen from the New Testament where we have the revelation of the Old Testament that on Mount Sinai, the principal actors were angels and not God. Hear Stephen again, “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to Him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it” (Acts 7:38, 53). So, on Mount Sinai, was it God or an angel that spoke to Moses? It was an angel that spoke to Moses. How was the law received? The law was received by the disposition of angels. So, Stephen knew that the acts that made people fear and tremble (Moses inclusive) on Mount Sinai which was accorded to God were actually the activities of angels. So Stephen words in the book of Acts put the record straight.

Lets’ begin to explore the epistles. In Galatians 3:19, Paul has this to say “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgression, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator”. Notice, “it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator”. The mediator here is Moses. So, Paul here echoes same truth as Stephen echoed in Acts 7:38. Paul was very clear, it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. The writer of Hebrews in chapter 2 verse 2 has this to say, “For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward” (Hebrews 2:2). In like manner (just like Stephen and Paul), the writer of Hebrews also described the law as the words spoken by angels. So, when Jesus said, “no man hath seen God at any time”, Jesus knew what he was saying. Thus, from Acts 7:38, 53; Galatians 3:19 and Hebrews 2:2, it is evident that:

  • It was an angel who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai.
  • The law was received by the disposition of the angels.
  • The law were words spoken by angels.

INSTRUCTION:Always read the Old Testament with the eyes of the New Testament.

PRAYER: I declare that I am consistently diligent in the study of God’s word, in Jesus Name. Amen!!

QUOTE: The Old Testament conceals the revealed words; the New Testament reveals the concealed words.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

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 THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (10)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: Until Jesus, nobody at any time saw God.

Our key text above alludes that no man (not even one) had seen God at any time and this statement encapsulates the entire prophets including Moses. Meaning, none of them ever saw God. So, the questions that we will now handle in subsequent studies are:

  • What or who were the prophets in the Old Testament now seeing or relating with in their different encounters?
  • What about Moses, didn’t Moses see God?

Now, let’s begin from where the law was given to Moses in Exodus 20, and read key verses to unbundle key truths, “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven”. (18-22). In Exodus 20 above, the whole scenario on Mount Sinai appeared like it was God displaying the fire, thundering, lightning, smoke, and the noise of the trumpet, which made the Jews so afraid and such that they withdrew and asked Moses only to speak to them and not God lest they die. Even Moses confessed that he also was exceedingly afraid (Hebrews 12:21). Don’t forget the New Testament explains the Old Testament. In the New Testament books of the bible, the authors let us see the involvement of angels in the giving of the law. In Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7, the clarity on the character involved in the giving of the law in Mount Sinai is brought to the fore, “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angels which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels and have not kept it” (Acts 7:38, 53).

Notice, the first thing Stephen says concerning Moses’ experience on Sinai in verse 38 is “it was an angel who spoke to Moses in Mount Sinai”. Secondly, in verse 53, he said the law was received by the disposition of angels. So, in Mount Sinai, who spoke to Moses; was it God or an angel? It was an angel that spoke to Moses. The law Moses received, was it God or angels that gave it to him? He received the law by the disposition of angels. So, angels gave him the law. In other words, Stephen knew that on Mount Sinai, the acts that made people fear and tremble (Moses inclusive) which were accorded to God were actually the activities of angels. Thus, in Exodus 20, Moses never saw God, neither did he communicate with God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:Learning demands patience, so don’t be in haste.

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

QUOTE: The bible will be easily interpreted wrongly when it is hastily studied, but easily interpreted rightly when it is dutifully studied.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 7

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (9)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: No man had seen God at any time, but in Jesus we see God.

Let us begin by stating clearly here that the bible does not contradict itself. Wherever there is a seeming contradiction, the contradiction is not in the bible itself but in the mind of the reader. Now in our key text above, we saw that the word “no man” from its Greek origin implies no one; nobody, not even one. Meaning, until Jesus, nobody at any time had seen God. Now observe the phrase “in the bosom of”. It is a phrase that was used in the account of Abraham and Lazarus in Luke 16 which reads “And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime recievedst thy good things and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented” (22-25). Notice closely from the above texts that Lazarus was said to be in Abraham’s bosom, yet it was Abraham that did all the talking with the rich man. Even when Lazarus was mentioned by the rich man, it was for Abraham to send him to do what he requested. Hence, the phrase “in the bosom of” implies that they (Abraham and Lazarus) are together. The word (“bosom” which is the Greek word “Kolpos”) means “to see someone through another”. The implication of that term “kolpos” is that it is in Jesus that we see God. No man hath seen God, but in Jesus we see God.

Man sought/searched for God but could not find God out, but God Himself does the work of revealing Himself or making Himself known in Christ. Thus, in Christ, God has made Himself known. We see God in Jesus. Notice, when John in our key text said, “No man hath seen God at any time”, John had earlier mentioned Moses in verse 17, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). This implies that the phrase “no man, nobody, not even one” includes Moses, all the prophets (Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) Now, let’s approach Moses and through analysing Moses we will be equipped with some essential details in the operations of the Old Testament. And this understanding will guide your study of the Old Testament books. If Jesus says “no man hath seen God at any time”. The question now is:

  • Did Moses actually see God?
  • What or who were the prophets in the Old Testament now seeing or relating with in their different encounters? We will painstakingly clarify the above question. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be rooted in God’s word.

PRAYER: The knowledge of God’s word grows big on my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Until Jesus, nobody at any time had seen God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6

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THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (8)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Father is revealed in the son or the Father revealed Himself in the son.

Having established some fundamental facts in previous study, let us now proceed to our investigation of the Father revealed in the son. We are going to interpret our key text grammatically, contextually and carefully not losing sight of the fact that it is the New Testament that explains the Old Testament. Now, let’s begin with the word “no man” in our above text; it was translated from the Greek word “oudeis”, which implies no one, nobody, not even one. In other words, until Jesus, nobody at the time had seen God. This is Jesus Himself speaking, and He says “no man hath seen God at any time”. Now, where the revelation of God is concerned, the words of Moses, Isaiah and all the prophets will be subjected to that of Jesus because as we keep studying, we will see that Jesus is the only one with the firsthand information about God, why? This is because He is the express image of the Father. Jesus says “no man hath seen God”. And if Jesus says, “no man hath seen God” and you are saying “Moses saw God” because of the Old Testament text you’ve been reading, does it mean that Jesus is lying or the bible is contradictory? Or who is getting it wrong? Is it I the reader?Or the bible that is the document? Certainly, Jesus wouldn’t have been lying or exaggerating and the bible is not wrong because it is not contradictory. So, if you are having a problem with that statement of Jesus, it reveals that you (the reader) have wrongly interpreted that scripture in yourstudy of the bible; that is, you have not read the bible the way it ought to be read.

The bible ought to be read in the light of Christ and with the understanding of the fact that the New Testament explains the Old Testament. The Old Testament on its own is a mystery and cannot be understood without the New Testament. If Jesus is saying, “no man hath seen God at any time”, what a good student of the bible should do is not to argue with Jesus. By that statement of Jesus it tells you that you have need of a proper bible interpretation ifyou would still believe that Moses or any man/prophet hath seen God. So, what a good bible student should now do instead of arguing is to go back to Exodus 20 and read from verse 1 to the end paying close attention to details and subjecting it to the New Testament where it is now revealed.

INSTRUCTION: Diligently follow the study.

PRAYER: The student attitude of paying attention to details be stirred up in me as I study through your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Beyond intelligence, you need diligence in order that intelligence may be evidenced. As diligence breeds evidence to intelligence.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: EXODUS CHAPTER 3

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SORTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (2)

“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow”  1 Peter 1:10-11.

LIGHT FOR NOW: We have received a new life by His resurrection

After the suffering of Christ, a life of glory ensued. You don’t need to pay any additional price to attain this life. Christ Jesus had already paid for you to enjoy this beautiful life. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross qualifies you to live the good life and be all that God wants you to be. The sacrifice of Jesus was enough. Due to that sacrifice, you have become one with God; you are now a partaker of His life and righteousness. What God expects from you now is for you to enjoy your life and live to the best of His glory. Being born again is not a call to punishment. It is a call to the good, higher life. On the Cross, before His death, Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He announced the end of suffering to all mankind. Anyone who believes in Him and accepts His vicarious death on the cross is automatically ushered into this life of glory. Yes, Christ suffered for us. But that suffering brought us life eternal and righteousness.

Moreover, the story didn’t end with His death. The Bible says, “Thus, it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day” (Luke 24:46). Therefore, rather than lament about His death, we are to celebrate His death and much more, celebrate His resurrection from the dead. It is His resurrection from the dead that gave us a new life and made us associates of the God-kind. God wants you to live every day in the victory of the death, burial and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you are lying on the sick bed, it is time to rise up because His suffering brought an end to sickness, diseases and infirmities. Just as death and the grave could not hold him down, nothing from the pit of darkness should be able to exert control or influence over you. Refuse to allow anything keep you in bondage. Refuse to allow poverty take a hold of you because Jesus took your place of poverty that you have His place of riches (2 Corinthians 8:9). Whatever you could not have, be it children, jobs, breakthroughs etc., you can have them now because of the victory of Christ Jesus.

INSTRUCTION: Refuse to allow anything keep you in bondage.

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross which has restored me to my life of glory, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Glory is not a feeling.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: AMOS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2 KINGS CHAPTER 9

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (4)

And be not conformed to the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: To change any bad conduct, start first with a change in information.

From the explanations done so far on this study, we came to deduce that the expression “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” would imply that our conduct or lifestyle will be in accordance or in harmony with out nature (the spirit/light) if we renew, re-educate or remold our thinking. This renewal or re-education cannot be possible outside the word, but within the written word because it is in the word that we have our identity renewed. Hence, our culture as believers should be a culture of the word. We deduce the first inference in our previous studies which is “conducts will not change if thoughts do not change”. In other words, a change in thoughts leads to a change in conducts. How will there be a change in thought? For your thought to change, there has to be a change in information; meaning, any believer with a behavioural misconduct is with that because of the information he/she has fed his/her mind with or is feeding his/her mind with. The information is responsible for the thoughts and the thoughts are responsible for what he/she is doing. So, I will not change misconduct if I cannot the information I am feeding my mind on that is responsible for such misconduct. It will take a change in thoughts for there to be a change in action. So, a thought that is not your reality which is responsible for any behavioural misconduct is being exchanged with another thought which is your reality contained in the written word; and this is what is called repentance to the believer (a change in thinking). This means that the renewing of the mind is repentance to the believer. So a change in thinking brings a change in doings. Any change in doings without a change in thinking will land you in futility, why? This is because if the thoughts do not change, then the action will not change. So, five things are very vital:

  • Information
  • Thoughts
  • Words
  • Habits
  • Character

The information you expose your mind to forms the thoughts you think; your thoughts are responsible for your words; your words then form your habits; and character becomes an offshoot of all of this. So for there to be change at all in your character, it must begin first at a change in information. What are you feeding your mind with? Feed on the word and watch yourself live out your nature in this world. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Feed your mind on the word.

PRAYER: I declare that my mind is fed daily on your word and my life is a living expression of God in this world, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: For there to be a change in character, it must begin first at a change in information.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 2

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (3)

And be not conformed to the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: Any attempt to change conduct by mere saying is just mere works that will land you in futility.

We came to deduce that when Paul in Romans 12:2 said believers should not be conformed to this world, he was referring to us believers conducting ourselves in the reality of who we are in Christ; in our nature. It means we ought to walk in the Spirit; walk in the light. In other words, before we got saved, there was a lifestyle we had (Ephesians 2:1-3), that determined our thoughts, desires, words and actions. This usually, is a function of influence received from the world (the spirit that works in the children of disobedience). However, now that we are saved, we have a new nature (the spirit/light); thus, our conducts ought to reflect or be informed by or aligned with our nature. How was this going to be done? Paul in context of Romans 12:2 explained how this was going to be achieved or done, he says “but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. The word “transformed” here is the word “metamorphoo” in Greek which is where the English word metamorphosis was derived; it implies a change, a transformation from within to without. The word show developmental stages in growth. In essence, it implies an outward reflection of what is within/our nature. In other words, when there is a “transformation”, it will be seen or obvious in the believers’ conducts towards others. The word “mind” in our key text implies reasoning, mindset, intellect or understanding of issues, and the word “renewing” from its Greek word implies to re-educate, to remold or a renovation. Thus, the expression “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” would imply that our conducts or lifestyle will be in accordance or in harmony with our nature (the spirit/light) if we renew, re-educate or remold our thinking. This renewal or re-education will be the written word which reveals to us the realities of who we are in Christ. In other words, from the point of salvation, our culture as believers is the culture of the word. It is in the scriptures that we find our new identity. Our conducts will align to our realities when our thinking is remolded or when our mindset is renewed. In other words, you cannot change conducts by mere saying; this is because if the thoughts that makes you to do that thing is still there, you will still do it. To change conducts, change thoughts. When your thoughts change, your conducts will align to that change. Hallelujah!!!  

INSTRUCTION: Allow God’s word form the basis of your living.

PRAYER: My mind is renewed in your word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: To change an act of sin stops the thoughts responsible for that act; to change the thoughts responsible for the act, changes the information responsible for the thought.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (2)

And be not conformed to the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: As men born of the Spirit, our walk should be in the spirit.

In our previous study, we came to deduce that Paul in our key text above referred to the believers’ lifestyle, conduct, behaviour, having believed in the gospel or received salvation. In other words, after salvation, the believer should allow his conduct, lifestyle and behaviour to be patterned after the word and not the world’s systems. Notice the word “world” in Romans 12:2 above, it was translated from the Greek word “aion”, which implies time, age, and activities. In other words, Paul admonished believers not to be conformed to or fashioned like this age, time or activities. In Ephesians 2:2-3, Paul has this to say “Where in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in time past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others”. It is vital to note that the word “world” here was translated from a different Greek word; “kosmos”. This refers to the inhabitants or earth space, depending on the context it was used by the author. Thus, Paul here was referring to the activities or behavioural pattern of men which is according to the prince of the power of the air (the spirit that works in the children of disobedience to the gospel). This will be seen in their desires, mindset and consequently, their actions. The believer however, by faith in or obedience to the gospel has received, is indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise/Spirit of God/the Spirit. By faith in the gospel of Christ where we were indwelt by God’s Spirit, we received a new nature in Christ – The Spirit. Therefore, since at salvation, we received the nature of the Spirit, our walk should be in the Spirit (in who we are). Therefore, when Paul said in Romans 12:2 that believers should not be conformed to this world, he was referring to believers conducting themselves in the reality of who they are in Christ; in our nature. Since we are born of the Spirit, it means we are to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). We are born of the light, so we should walk in the light (Ephesians 5:8-9), and not according to the behavioural pattern of this world which relates to the Spirit that works in or influences the children of disobedience or unbelief. Hallelujah!!!  

INSTRUCTION: Walk in the light.

PRAYER: Thank you father for the new birth wherewith I have a new nature (the nature of the spirit), I declare that I walk in the reality of this nature, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: We can’t be born of the light and then allow men in darkness to create the pattern for our lives for us.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (1)

And be not conformed to the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: The lifestyle of the believer is not to be patterned after the world, but after the word.

The world we live in has its own ideas, principles, beliefs, philosophies, customs, and social behavior. Some of these differ according to time. Certain mindset will be molded based on our varying backgrounds as we grow older; the schools we attended must have built or molded certain mindset in us; interaction with friends, family, and the media inclusive. These eventually influence our thoughts, desires, choices, words and activities generally amongst men. There is still a tendency of patterning our lives after the system of the world even after we got saved but this should not be the case. This is because the lifestyle or conduct of every believer must be formed solely from the written word. Hence, in our above key text, Paul in his words to believers echoes this truth, he says “And be not conformed to the world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”. The word “conformed” in the above text being translated from its Greek word implies to act like. It refers to an abuse or to be fashioned like another. It also implies to use something for a purpose other than it was intended for or its intended use. The word “conformed” is used for a “lifestyle”. In essence, Paul was saying to us that we should not be conformed to this world in our lifestyle; that is, our lifestyle or behaviour should not be patterned after this world. For more clarity, that word “conformed” is the same word Peter used in 1Peter 1:4 in reference to the desires and conduct of believers, it reads “As obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance”. The word “fashioning” here is the same word “conformed” used in Romans 12:2. The statement “…not fashioning yourselves according to the former lust…” implies that Peter made reference to their behaviour before they got saved, and admonished them as believers, not to pattern their lifestyle after such. Hence, in verse 14a, he referred to them as obedient children, and this obedience is to the gospel (1Peter 1:2-3). So the phrase “obedient children” was to explain their faith in the resurrection of Christ (the gospel), and also the fact that in that resurrection, we are begotten of God again (the New Birth/Sonship). Likewise Paul in Romans 12:2 referred to the believers’ lifestyle, conduct, behaviour, having believed in the gospel or received salvation. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Your lifestyle is in the word, so know the word.

PRAYER: Father I declare that I live in the consciousness of my realities in the word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The believer who is born of the word will only know his lifestyle in the word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SINS (6)

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement whereof all are partakers, then ye are bastards, and not sons. – Hebrews 12:5-8

LIGHT FOR NOW: We see the Spirit’s rebuke and correction in the word and in our lives when we do wrong.

It is very clear at this point that though the Holy Spirit doesn’t condemn the believer when he sins, he however condemns that sinful misconduct for growth and edification to take place. So, rebuke and correction is the Spirit’s work when we sin. In essence, when we sin, we see His rebuke and correction all over the Epistles, yet affirming our identity in Christ but not the deeds done in the flesh. Moreover, the Spirit of God inside of you grieves when you do wrong (that is, when you sin). When Paul was talking about grieving the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4:30, it was as touching conduct. That is why the next verse (verse 31) of Ephesians 4 says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice”. So, the Holy Spirit inside of us grieves as touching bad conduct, what is this grieving? This grieving is the correction; that is, the judging of the bad conduct for correction to be effective. The rebuke and the correction explains the grieving; the judging of bad conduct is the Spirit grieving. The Holy Spirit does not get angry with us and leave us when we do wrong; He grieves and that is by judging our actions not for condemnation, rather for correction to effect. When the believer has allowed God’s correction from the scripture by the Spirit effective in him, the believer has himself or better still the believer has yielded to the correction of God’s Spirit. Note that the sole aim of this correction is for the believer to live out His realities and not for destruction (except the destruction of the flesh) or condemnation. This is because the believer in doing wrong does not change the fact that he is born of God and has the nature of God in him.

However, it is that nature of God in him that judges the bad actions which is not in sync with the nature of God in him for correction to effect. That is why the believer still has the authority to resist the devil even when he had done wrong/sinned. The authority does not leave because of misconduct; so never allow the devil accuse you or condemn you because you sinned. This is because your wrongdoing is not to the devil but within your father’s family and Satan is not your father neither is he part of that family. So while the correction is taking place by God’s Spirit via His word, don’t give the devil a place to harass you. This is why the word of God is critical, because if you do not know your place, status or right-standing with God, Satan will rob you of your realities and he will use your ignorance as an advantage to strike. And instance that the believer has given the devil a place to condemn him because of sin is when you hear the believer speak about doing or saying a lot of filthy things; meanwhile, God in Christ forgave you already before you ever thought of doing those dirty things. This reveals that such a believer has given Satan a place to harass and condemn him; and most importantly, the above statement reveals the level of such a believer’s ignorance of his reality in Christ; and because such a believer is ignorant, he sees sin as an end. Sin is not an end and you are not a messed up man. Don’t give up on your Christians walk and pursuits in life because you sinned. The problem is not God forgiving you because God forgave you already. But the problem is you forgiving yourself. Please forgive yourself, and if you have done that, let me take you through the next study which focuses on renewing your mind. Glory!!!       

INSTRUCTION: Forgive yourself!!!

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my realities in you, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Know God’s word so you can know when it is God and when it is Satan.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (5)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness because I go to my father, and ye see me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world is judged – John 16:8-11

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Spirit’s work as touching the believers’ misconduct is rebuke and correction.

It is thus clear that rebuke and correction is the Spirit’s work when we sin. Though the Spirit doesn’t condemn the believer because of a sinful misconduct or habits of sin, the Spirit condemns such conduct or habits to the end that spiritual growth occurs. So, rebuke and correction is an anti-grace concept. Hear Paul in 2Corinthians 12:21, it reads “And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed”. This correction/rebuke could make us very uncomfortable and remorseful but never unworthy of what he has called us in Christ, though our deeds could be. He corrects us for growth. Hear Paul in 2Corinthians 13:10, “Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction”. Paul says “not to destruction”. If any destruction at all, it’s the work of the flesh. Hear this in 1Corinthians 5:5 “To deliver such one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”. Satan here means opposition, and not Satan as a being. The spirit will always oppose the flesh. Paul has this to say in Galatians 5:17 which reads “For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”. The word “contrary” here means opponent. In other words, the flesh and the spirit are opponents. Let’s look at the Amplified version of Galatians 5:17, it reads, “For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the (Holy) Spirit and the (desires of the) Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other (continually withstanding and in conflict with each other), so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do”. This translation has expounded everything already. This is the Spirit’s work, rebuke and correction. So when we sin, we see His rebuke and correction all over the Epistles, yet affirming our identity in Christ but not the deeds done in the flesh. This is why we said earlier, the word of God is God’s corrective tool for the believer. Glory!!!

INSTRUCTION: Always allow God’s correction to effect in your spirit when necessary.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for revelation knowledge, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The flesh and the spirit are antagonists.                                   

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 12

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (4)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness because I go to my father, and ye see me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world is judged – John 16:8-11

LIGHT FOR NOW: Part of the grace concept is rebuke and correction.

We saw in Luke 24:25 that Jesus spotted out the faults or wrongs of his disciples. In verse 27, he corrected them; so faults or wrongs must be shown if correction must be effected. Without spotting the wrong deeds, there can’t be any correction. But it’s mere fault finding without instruction and information of what to do. So rebuke and correction is the Spirit’s work when we sin. Recall in 2Timothy 3:16, Paul says “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. The word “instruction” here is training a child, correction, and scolding. Recall, in Hebrews 12:6, the writer of Hebrews made it clear that God corrects whom He loves (His children). Now, observe verses 5 and 8 of Hebrews 12, it reads “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons”. This is the Spirit’s work, he chastises and rebukes. In 2Timothy 4:2, Paul says “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine”. Again, here there is correction and rebuke, that’s the Spirit’s work. In fact, all epistles carry this flavour; in Revelation 3:19, John says “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent”. Paul called men fools, foolish, fleshly, carnal, sinful (believers) same as Peter and John and James. That’s the Spirit’s work in the written word and definitely in our lives.

Some don’t understand the word condemnation and use it without context. They should be taught, and if they are properly taught, they will see that the Spirit judges. The Spirit judges not guilt and unworthiness because “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Yet he corrects and condemns our conduct when we go wrong, like Jesus did. And the reason for this is for us to receive instruction for growth and edification. Though the Spirit doesn’t condemn the believer because of sinful conducts (because in Christ, there is no condemnation), yet He condemns the bad conduct to the end that growth effects. That is why spiritual growth cures behavioural misconduct. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: When the Spirit corrects you, don’t be stubborn, receive the correction.

PRAYER: Father I declare that I allow your Spirit in me through your word to correct me where I need correction, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Rebuke and correction is not an anti-grace concept, it is in the grace itself.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (3)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness because I go to my father, and ye see me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world is judged – John 16:8-11

LIGHT FOR NOW:  Faults or wrongs are spotted out if correction must be effected.

Having understood that the above key text was not in reference to Christian living but Jesus’ resurrection, we began exploring certain facts about correction and fault-finding, and from Matthew 17:17, Mark 4:40, it is clear that Jesus pointed out their wrongs. That’s the Spirit speaking; the Spirit of God, telling them what they did wrong. However, the difference is correction teaches what you should do or should have done. Like a school class teacher marks your scripts, and then afterwards does a class correction to show what you should have written where you missed the mark or issues. In Luke 24:25, Jesus has this to say “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:” Did Jesus point out their faults or wrong actions here? The answer is yes, “O fools and slow of heart to believe…” They were slow of heart to believe; so fault-finding or wrong action was shown here. And verse 24 reads, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). So observe two things:

  • In Luke 24:25, their faults or wrong action was shown or pointed out.
  • In Luke 24:27, Jesus then corrected them.

Also, in Matthew 17:20 Jesus effected a correction, it reads, “And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder places: and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you”. So, there can’t be correction without spotting out the wrong deed; but it is mere fault-finding when there is no instruction and information of what to do. This is the Spirit’s work:

  • The Spirit rebukes when we go wrong.
  • And the Spirit corrects when we do wrong.

The Spirit spots out the wrongdoing, rebukes it and then corrects it. In essence, it will be impossible for the spirit to effect a correction without first spotting out the wrong deed, and thus, if wrong deeds are not first spotted out, then correction will be impossible. So does the Spirit rebuke us when we do wrong? Yes; this is not the law, this is still; and in grace, there is rebuke and correction. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never reject God’s rebuke and correction when you go wrong.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Spirit that lives in me wherewith I have your name, I declare that I can walk in the reality of this nature, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Rebuke and correction is part of grace, it is not law.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 17

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (1)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness because I go to my father, and ye see me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world is judged – John 16:8-11

LIGHT FOR NOW:  In bible study, never ignore context because context is king in proper interpretation.

Some people have argued or some even have the idea that the Holy Spirit literally does nothing when we sin. They believe that all the Holy Spirit does when we sin is to tell us we are righteous, it’s likely they were in a hurry listening to their teachers; that’s the danger of picking or listening to build your sermon or woo others. And this has happened with many bible concepts. The text John 6:9-11 used to support this notion is the only proof texted by those who use it. In the above text, the concept discussed was about His resurrection not Christian living. How do we know this? The background answer is this and it reads, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). If I may ask, when Jesus was talking about this in John 16:7, when was He referring to? Was Jesus referring to the incarnation or the resurrection? Jesus was referring to the resurrection. In other words, the comforter (the Holy Spirit) was going to come in the resurrection. So in John 16:9-11, was Jesus discussing Christian living or the resurrection in context? Jesus was discussing the resurrection and not Christian living. It’s going away is His death, burial and resurrection and it’s fact, and this is what He (the comforter/the Holy Spirit) will convince (reprove) on. Some people have likewise used the Apostle James’ word in James 1:5 to back up the fact that the Holy Spirit literally does nothing when a believer sins other than telling you that you are righteous. James 1:5 reads “If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men literally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. Now the question here is what exactly was James saying? Is it a text that supports the submission that God or the Holy Spirit does nothing when we sin other than telling us we are righteous? We are going to find out. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Always read things in context.

PRAYER: My eyes open up to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: A text is proof tested when such a text is interpreted neglecting the surrounding context.

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (8)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: When believers go wrong, the judging or correction from God’s word is to effect a correction in their lives.

Being contrite and sorry for wrongdoings isn’t sin consciousness. The born again man in his spirit finds sin repulsive. Saying you are sorry or admitting you sinned isn’t doubting the finished work of Christ or redemption; rather, doubting the finished work of redemption will be seen in you feeling condemned. Don’t forget that God judging when the believer goes wrong is to effect correction and not condemnation; it is not out of place to be contrite, apologize or feel sorry for acting below your realities. The reason for this is not to receive forgiveness because you have already been forgiven; it is because your nature repels sin, that is why this happened and it is also a proof that the correction is effective. It is when people don’t have the knowledge of God’s word, they will say, “when you sin as a believer, don’t feel sorry for it because that is condemnation; rather, always declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”. Anybody who tells you this is clearly confused. If all you do after a misconduct as a believer is to declare “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” and move on, then yourbeing born again needs to be questioned. If you are born of God, after declaring that, it should dawn on you that you are wrong and it will judge you for correction to be effective but if it does not, then you are a product of a misinformed gospel and because of that, you will go ahead misbehaving and be declaring “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” ignorantly. This is why you must learn the gospel wholesomely and not pick what you want to hear. When a believer yields to that judging, the proof of that will be repentance. The question you should ask is what is repentance to the believer? Repentance to a believer is the renewing of the mind. In our subsequent studies, we are going to unbundle and correct certain errors as touching what the Holy Spirit does when believers sin. Some people believe and have been taught that all the Holy Spirit does when we sin is to tell us that we are righteous and sad enough, they have scriptures for this. We will see how correct this is or if those scriptures have been misinterpreted. Hallelujah!!!   

INSTRUCTION:Know God’s word wholesomely.

PRAYER: My life on earth becomes a living expression of the character of the new creation, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Learning the word selectively gives you shallow knowledge and not deep knowledge.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (7)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: Being contrite and sorry for doing wrong is not sin consciousness.

We have said that God’s word is God’s corrective tool to us. Recall Paul in 2Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. Recall the word “correction” here implies ratification and it’s a word used for the improvement of life and character. So God in love corrects us by His word, he doesn’t harm us nor cause pain or misfortune on us. Recall the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 4:12 says the word of God is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” and that word “discerner” means to judge. In other words, as touching bad conduct, God by His word judges it, the judging is not for destruction or condemnation; rather, it is for correction to effect. And we said that when the believer yields to the judgement/correction, then he has judged himself. Hence, when judgement is used in relation to believers as touching conduct, it is not aimed at destruction or misfortune; rather, it is aimed at correction. The judging is not to condemn or destroy the believer, if there is any destruction at all; it is the destruction of his flesh which is a positive destruction because it’s for the believers’ good. As this correction/judging takes place, the believer feels wrong sorry for his wrongdoing which is appropriate. Being contrite and sorry for wrongdoing isn’t sin consciousness. The born again man in his spirit finds sin repulsive. Saying sorry and admitting you sinned isn’t doubting the finished work of redemption; rather, it is in feeling condemned. We judge ourselves and when we are wrong, we admit it as much as not denying the right standing we have with God which is without works. That is why the judging is not to bring condemnation but correction; and if the correction is truly effective, you will definitely feel sorry for the wrong doing. That is not sin consciousness at all, it is feeling condemned that becomes sin consciousness. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION:Allow God’s word to correct you when you go wrong.

Prayer:I declare by faith that my realities in word influence my conducts on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: God’s correction is within the conduit of his word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (6)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: One of the essence of God’s written word is for ratification as touching conduct.

We are God’s children and as His children He loves us. And because He loves us, He corrects us when we go wrong. He doesn’t pamper wrong doings but He corrects wrong doings. Paul in 2Timothy 3:16says “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. The word “correction” in this text implies ratification in the Greek. It is a word used for improvement of life or character. He doesn’t harm us, neither does He bring pain on us when we go wrong but He corrects us in love with His word. God’s word is God’s corrective tool. He only corrects us within the conduit of His word. The new creature has a new nature with the character traits of the new creature; hence, when he acts contrary to his nature, God with His word corrects him so he could live out his character traits as one who is born of God. The writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 4:12 let’s us know that the word of God is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. The word “discerner” used here implies judge; that is, it is used for judging; meaning that the word of God judges our thoughts and actions. So when a believer does wrong, we can say that the word of God in correcting him judges him. The aim of God’s word judging believers when they do wrong is not to condemn or punish them; rather, it is to correct them. That is, the judgment does not deal with the believer negatively but it deals with the bad actions to effect a correction to the end that life and character is improved. That is why another shade of the word “chasteneth” in Hebrews 12:6 is judging. That is, God in correcting our bad actions with His word doesn’t clap for the bad actions; He rather judges the action for the purpose of correction and not destruction. So what should the believer do to this correction? The believer is to yield to this correction as he yields to his realities and allow his realities manifest through him. We are to accept this correction from His word and by doing that; that is, by accepting or yielding to this correction/judging, then we have judged ourselves. No wonder Paul in 1Corinthians 11:31 says “If we judge ourselves” while talking to believers. And in the context of 1Corinthians 11, he was dealing with conduct. Thus, when he said, “If we judge ourselves”, he was speaking in reference to bad actions and this judging was for correction to effect. Hence, when judgment is used for the believer, it is not for destruction nor aimed at misfortune; rather, it is aimed at correction. So, believers judge themselves as touching bad conducts by allowing the corrections from the scriptures to effect in their lives. Hallelujah!!!   

INSTRUCTION:Allow God’s words become your daily mirror and you will not force the change, the change will come naturally.

PRAYER: Your word is final authority in my life, and therefore, I allow your word influence my thoughts, words and actions in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Stop trying to change yourself because you will fail, sit down and look into God’s word and see the change happen gradually.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (5)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s corrective tool for the man in Christ as touching sinful conduct is His word.

Now, having established three facts that:

  • Individual misdeeds cannot break our fellowship, relationship or union with God.
  • God does not take away His Spirit from any believer because of an act of sin.
  • God does not use Satan’s tool like sickness, poverty, accident and any other misfortune to teach any believer a lesson.

It is now important to ask, what then does God do as touching a believer’s behavioural misconduct or acts of sin? The answer is simple: God corrects the believer but not with Satan’s tools like sickness, poverty, etc., rather, God corrects through His word; and this correction is not reactionary, that is why He had given you His word before time as His corrective tool. Since God does not pamper sin, He does not condone sin, He does not clap for believers and say keep on sinning; He first punished sin on Himself by His death on the cross and then gave us His written word as His corrective tool for us. His word was before the foundation of the world and thus, His correction for us as touching conduct was documented before time for us. The writer of Hebrews elucidates this fact for us, it reads “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6). The word “chasteneth” here means to correct. However, still in this text the writer of Hebrews uses another word “scourgeth” which implies a misfortune or to cause pain or destruction. Obviously, this will be a wrong use of word because God our Father can’t bring scourge (misfortune) on us His children because of a misdeed. To ascertain clearly the writer’s use of word, we will have to examine where the writer quoted from in the Old Testament because he is quoting an Old Testament text which is Proverbs 3:12, it reads, “For whom the Lord loveth he corrected; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth”. From the original words where the writer quoted from, there is no use of the word scourge; only the word correction is used. God does not scourge His children, He only corrects us as a Father; He corrects us with His word. No wonder Paul echoed in his letter to Timothy in 2Timothy 3:16, he makes it clear that scriptures are given for correction and instruction in righteousness. Thus, as a Father who loves us His children, He does not condone misconducts; rather, He corrects us in love with His word. Hallelujah!!!  

INSTRUCTION:Sit with God’s word and see your character align to the character traits of the new creature.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God’s corrective tool is His word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (4)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: Ignorance is the reason many think that God uses sickness, poverty, accidents or any misfortune to teach the believer a lesson.

Now we have established clearly from John’s word in the above text that sin does not and cannot break the relationship or union or fellowship that the believer has with the Father. Secondly, we’ve also established that God does not take away His Spirit because of a believer’s misdeed; because to do that will mean that believer ceases to be a believer because a man cannot be born again but by the Spirit. Now if the two things above do not happen because of any believers’ misdeed, let’s see another assumption or idea many have as touching sinful misconduct and the believer before we begin to bring certain things to the spotlight. Many assume or have the idea or the misconception that God punishes the believer when he sins. That is, God for instance uses things like sickness, poverty, accidents and many other misfortunes to punish a believer when he sins. This assumption is an error in itself and moreover a misconception on the character of God. If God for instance uses sickness to teach the believer a lesson, then we can say that God causes people to be sick or that He is responsible for sickness. If this is so, God then shouldn’t have the moral right to instruct us His children to heal the sick, as He cannot be responsible for something He is instructing us to heal. There is no instance in the four gospels where Jesus who is the revelation of God’s character made somebody sick and then heals the person later. God therefore, will not make a believer sick as a means of teaching that believer a lesson and then heal him later. God does not cause sickness, He only heals. God can’t be the one causing sickness and healing at the same time. God is not dual in His character. If He is the healer, then He is not responsible for sicknesses. God can’t use Satan’s instrument to teach us lessons. So if you had that idea that God punishes with sickness, diseases, accidents, earthquakes or any other misfortune, please clear that from your mind because God is not behind such. You should have in mind that God is good all the time. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION:Place premium on God’s word above hearsays.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your goodness and mercy over my life, family, business, career, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God does not use Satan’s tool to teach his children lessons.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: PROVERBS CHAPTER 3

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (3)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: God does not take away His spirit from the believer because of a misdeed.

In our previous studies, we began investigating into what happens to a believer’s relationship with God when he/she sins and we’ve established and seen that acts of sin cannot affect God’s relationship or fellowship with the believer. Salvation is the amalgamation of the union of God in the man Christ Jesus. It is in that union that we have forgiveness of sins, and thus, if acts of sin can break that union, then that union was not a perfect union. All sins have been forgiven in Christ, not even after you sin but before you ever thought of sin. Some people even have the idea that when a believer sins, God takes away His Holy Spirit out of such a believer, and as such a believer comes back to God with a sincere heart seeking for forgiveness, God restores back the Holy Spirit to him; that is error. Without any exegesis, it is out of place to think that God takes away His spirit when a believer sins. For God to take away His spirit because you sinned means you are no longer born again, why? This is because being born again is by the Spirit. The new birth is not possible without the Holy Ghost. Being born again means the Holy Ghost entering and dwelling in you. The indwelling of the Spirit is what makes that new birth possible. That is why Jesus in His discussion with Nicodemus in John 3 says “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… Except a man be born of water and of the spirit” (John 3:3-5). So Jesus makes it clear that the born again experience is a spiritual reality. You cannot be born again except by the Spirit. So the indwelling of the spirit is the reality of the born again man. Therefore, God cannot take away His Spirit because we sinned; for the Holy Spirit to be taken away means that salvation was nullified. No individual sin has the power to undo what Christ had already done; so the Holy Spirit doesn’t leave us when we sin. Hear Paul in Ephesians 1:13 which reads “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise”. The word “sealed” here implies a stamp. In other words, the stamp on us as believers is the Holy Spirit. So, we’ve seen two things so far:

  • Acts of sin do not break our fellowship/relationship/union with God.
  • God does not take away His Spirit because of a sinful misdeed. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:You’ve been eternally sealed with the Holy Ghost.

Prayer: I grow in understanding like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The indwelling of the spirit is the reality of the born again experience.

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (2)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: Individual misdeeds cannot break a believer’s relationship and fellowship with God.

From John’s word in the above text, it is clear without a doubt that believers sin. And we’ve seen one other instance in Paul’s words to the Corinthian church in 1Corinthians 8:7-12 where it is clear that when a believer acts without considering the conscience of another believer, that action is sin, and thus, sin in this instance is acting contrary to the love of God in us. So the love of God defines sin to the born again man. However, one important and fundamental truth from John’s word is that sin cannot affect God’s relationship or fellowship with the believer. So any doctrine that tells you that each time you sin, God gets angry and then breaks His relationship with you, and then when you come back to Him promising Him that you will not sin again, He then has mercy and restores back the relationship is just erroneous, it is a gospel born out of confusion, why? This is because your salvation is that union and that relationship you have with God, and if God breaks it each time you sin, God takes away your salvation and when you come back to Him by daily confession of sins, He brings back your salvation to you. Do you know what this will mean? It will mean that what God did in Christ is not perfect; that is, God gave you a temporal salvation; He gave you a salvation that is dependent on your work; that is another gospel. If at salvation, forgiveness is received by confessing Christ and not your sinful act because it is not the confession of your sinful acts that has the power to forgive sins but Christ, then how can that sinful act that did not have the power to save you then have the power to stop you from being safe for a certain time after the Saviourhas saved you to the uttermost? Are you telling me that individual sin is stronger and more powerful than the forgiveness of sins we have in Christ? What God has done in Christ for us is eternal; acts of sin cannot undo them. That is why we said that forgiveness as taught in the scriptures is not what you receive from God daily, it is what you received once in Christ and that forgiveness is your inheritance. That is why forgiveness of sins did not come because you told God “I know I’m still bad, but from today, I will change my ways”; all that is a product of wrong teaching. Before you ever thought of changing your ways as a believer, God in Christ forgave you. This means that God’s forgiveness is not a reaction, but a pro-action. Hallelujah!!!  

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the word.                                                               

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

QUOTE: Forgiveness in Christ is not a reaction but a pro-action.

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (1)

My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world – 1John 2:1-2

LIGHT FOR NOW: Your union with the Father is an inseparable union, even your misdeeds cannot break it.

Having established the fundamental about forgiveness from day 1 to 13 of this study, let’s now begin to explore into the high point of this study as it relates with the believer and sin (misdeeds, errors, misconduct, acts of sin). It is very important that you don’t lose sight of the fundamental studies we’ve done so far because of the different directions we will be travelling through as the study continues. Recall, the believer is one whose sins have been forgiven eternally (past, present and future). Now we will begin to examine acts of sin and the believers’ relationship with God and this is to the end that we let the consciousness of who we are in Christ reflect our conducts. The first question we will ask and answer is, do believers sin? In our key text, John gives us a lead “My little children…” Now, who was he referring to as little children? It is important to note firstly that any time John spoke to believers in his epistles, he was specific. For instance, in 1John 2:12, he wrote to little children which was in reference to believers; in verse 13 of the same chapter, he made use of the word fathers and young men, however, still talking to believers. When he used the term “little children” in 1John 2:1, he was in no doubt talking to believers. Observe John’s next statement, “If any man sin” which is in reference to the believers he addressed as little children. He now says “we have an advocate”. Now John identifies with the believers by using the word “we”. This statement, “if any man sin, we have an advocate” includes the writer. So we can deduce that believers sin. But John now says we have an advocate with the Father and this advocate is the one who is the propitiation for our sins. So, John firstly, in writing about what happens if the believer sins show us that we have an advocate who offered Himself for our sins.

So John lets us know that sin cannot affect God’s relationship or fellowship with the believer. In 1Corinthians 8:7-12, there is an instance here where a believer sinned by acting without considering the conscience of another believer by eating food offered to idols. Sin in this instance is to act without considering other believers; that is, to act contrary to the love of God in us. So what defines sin to a new creature? The love of God is what defines sin to a new creature. Believers do sin when they act contrary to the word of God or when they act contrary to the realities revealed in the word of God. However, individual misconducts as believers donot change the fact that they are saved and forgiveness of sins is an inheritance in Christ. This means that salvation is too secured to the point that no individual misdeed can make such individual lose his salvation neither his fellowship nor relationship with the Father. This union we have with the Father is too strong that not even our misdeeds can separate us from the Father; it is called an inseparable union. No wonder our salvation is eternal. The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that we have eternal redemption in Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, He entered in once into the Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”. So, the redemption He obtained for us is eternal and nothing can be done to change that fact. You are saved to the uttermost. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: You have an inseparable union with God; acknowledge this.   

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for the inseparable union I have in you in your son, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Your salvation is eternal and thus your union with the Father is eternal.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 8 EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5

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CHRIST CONFESSED, SINS FORGIVEN (2)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed – Romans 10:9-11

LIGHT FOR NOW: Confession of sins is an anti-grace concept; receiving forgiveness is through faith in what Christ has done.

We have seen clearly that faith in Christ imparts forgiveness of sins. Hence, “forgiveness of sins” is a message. Remember, the word “confess” in verse 9 of the above text which is “homologeo” in Greek implies to consent to a message, to acknowledge it. That is, our confession is faith in the gospel of Christ (not faith in our individual misconducts). The epistles teach the confession of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins which is received once at the point of salvation and not when we confess our sins each time a sinful act is done. However, there exists only one verse in the epistles where it appears like confession of sins is implied. Many have adopted this verse as their reference point to teaching the confession of sins (individual misdeeds/misconduct) without understanding what this verse is about. This verse is 1John 1:9 which reads “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all righteousness”. In bible doctirine, a teaching is not established on the basis of single mention and thus it would be wrong to take the above text as a teaching on confessing sins because there is no corroboration or emphatic mention/teaching of it in the scriptures. However, what exactly was John communicating in this text? Is he admonishing us believers that for sins to be forgiven, we need to confess it daily before God? The answer is No. The believer is forgiven based on what Jesus did. And if you did not confess sin to be saved, after salvation you will not confess sins to stay saved because the Saviourwho saved you is able to save you to the uttermost. So a contextual analysis of 1John 1:9 is critical. 1John 1:3 gives us a lead to unbundling this text, it reads “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the father, and with his son Jesus Christ”.

So there are two groups he (John) was addressing in context; the first group did not have fellowship with the Father; the Son and other believers and moreover did not have eternal life in context. The second group (John inclusive) has eternal life and has fellowship with the Father, Son and other believers. The second group is the saved because they confessed Jesus as their Lord and Saviour since that’s where salvation is in. So, the first group which were not saved were the ones he was referring to in 1John 1:9. Recall that the word “confess” implies to acknowledge a message, that is, faith in the gospel of Christ. This means that the word “confess” is used for what Christ has done. So, obviously, the group John was referring to in 1John 1:9 were not to confess their individual sins because their individual sins is not what Christ has done. Forgiveness is what Christ has done. The message is not sin, the message is Christ; it is not faith in sin that will forgive their sins but faith in Christ. They are not confessing what they did but what Christ has done. In essence, they are confessing Christ their sin bearer and not their sins. 2Corinthians 5:21 letsus know that “Jesus was made sin for us…” Bringing 2Corinthians 5:21 back to 1John 1:9, it can thus be deduced that the sin they were to confess was Christ (who is our sin or sin bearer) and not their individual misdeeds. In fact, in the pretext, John clarified what they were to confess, “But if we walk in the light, as he is the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin” (1John 1:7). So, it is clear they were to confess what the blood of Jesus has done and how it has cleansed a man from his sins. They were to confess Jesus the propitiation for their sins (1John 2:2). So, this was not a text for confessing individual sins to God but confessing Christ who is the propitiation for sins directed to the first group (the unsaved) so they could come into fellowship with God and fellowship with the second group who are the saved already. Glory!!!      

INSTRUCTION: Know the word patiently.

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

QUOTE: Faith in Christ forgives sins.                                           

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

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CHRIST CONFESSED, SINS FORGIVEN (1)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed – Romans 10:9-11

LIGHT FOR NOW:Receiving forgiveness is the voice of faith in what Christ has done. 

We have seen clearly that forgiveness of sins is a message and thus it is preached, and not prayed. Forgiveness of sins is the message of Christ. So faith in Christ equals forgiveness of sins. When Jesus became our substitute on the cross, he died our death and when He rose, He made forgiveness of sins available. So forgiveness is what Christ has done, and thus our confession will be what Christ has done, and not what we’ve done. Don’t forget forgiveness is what God in Christ has done. Your individual misdeeds/errors/sins is not what God has done, is what you did, so at the point of salvation, are you to confess what you have done or what Christ has done? At the point of salvation, you confess what Christ has done. So it is not the confession of individual sins at the point of salvation that forgives sins, neither is forgiveness of sins received daily by confessing sins, but it is received by confessing Christ who was your perfect substitute for sins. That’s why Paul in verse 9 of our key text says “That if thou shalt confess with thine mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. So a man thus confesses Christ to be saved, and not sins. Don’t forget, at salvation we receive forgiveness of sins. A man’s sins are forgiven at the point when he confesses Christ and is saved. You do not confess sins to be saved, you only confess Christ to be saved. Moreover, it is not your sinful acts that died for you, it is Christ who died for you; it is Christ who bore your sins; it is Christ who became the substitute for your sins. So you are to confess your sin bearer (your substitute) at the point of salvation and not your sins. The word “confess” in Romans 10:9 is the Greek word “homologeo” which means to consent to a message; to acknowledge a message. Recall in verse 17 of the same context, he says “faith cometh by hearing the message of Christ”. So the “homologeo”, that is, the message to be acknowledged or to be consented to is the message of Christ (that is, the gospel). Thus, our confession is faith in the gospel. The epistle was loud about this. For instance, 1John 4:15 says “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the son of God, God dwelleth in Him, and he in God”. Therefore, we are to confess Christ Jesus; what he has done which is forgiveness of sins. The epistles don’t teach confession of sins. Confession of sins thus is an anti-grace concept; receiving forgiveness is the voice of faith in what Christ has done. Hallelujah!!!  

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the written word.                                                                      

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for what you’ve made available for me in Christ; I declare that I am the forgiven, I am the saved and therefore I live in the consciousness of this forever, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: You don’t receive forgiveness of sins more than once.

DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (4)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:13-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Faith in Christ is what forgives sins and not the confession of sins.

We’ve come to see from our studies that deliverance in Christ is forgiveness of sins. In other words, to say that “your sins are forgiven” is the same thing as saying “you are delivered”. The born again has received forgiveness of sins by faith in Christ, no wonder Paul said “that they may receive forgiveness of sins, which is an inheritance among the sanctified (believers) by faith that is in me in Christ” (Acts 26:18). So forgiveness of sins is received by faith in Christ, not by confession of sins (that is, individual sins or misdeeds). Faith in Christ is what forgives sins; it is not confession of sins that forgives sins. If it is faith in Christ that forgives sins, then it is the confession of Christ that forgives sins (in the proceeding studies, this will come to this light). In Luke 24:47, Jesus in like manner echoed “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. So just like in Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus’ emphasis was on preaching, He also echoes same fact here that the remission/forgiveness of sins should be preached. So forgiveness is a preaching; it is a message. Forgiveness is the message of Christ. The believer is forgiven by faith in that message. So for there to be forgiveness of sins, then a message must be preached. That’s why in our key text (Romans 10:13-17), Paul talks about preaching; there must be a preacher and there must be a preaching, and thus, faith cometh by the hearing of that message preached. It is the message of Christ; that message is the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness of sins is what Christ has done. Your individual sins is not what Christ has done, it is what you have done individually. It is not what you have done (your individual sins) that you will confess to be saved or forgiven, it is what Christ has done (which is forgiveness of sins) that you will confess and be forgiven. So it is not the confession of sins that forgives sins but the confession of Christ. So, faith in Christ forgives sins. Hallelujah!!!  

INSTRUCTION: The scripture is the final authority, stay with it.

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are flooded with light, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Forgiveness of sins is by faith in Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (4)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:13-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins is deliverance in Christ.                                        

We’ve seen from Jesus’ word in Luke 4:18-19 where forgiveness of sins or deliverance is implied, it is clear from His words that the emphasis was on preaching. Hear him again, it reads “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he had anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives; and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). So Jesus’ emphasis was on preaching forgiveness of sins or deliverance. And Paul in Colossians 1:12-14 explains our deliverance from the power of darkness (verse 13) as forgiveness of sins (verse 14). As we have seen, the word “aphesis” is used for sins; to let go of sins; complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. Deliverance in Christ is forgiveness of sins. “Deliverance” can be used interchangeably with the term “forgiveness of sins”. The man who is born again has received it. Aphesis in Greek is a strong word; it’s used for a perfect action; complete forgiveness, that is, “you can’t have more than this”. In Luke 24:47, Jesus spoke about this also, it reads “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. The word repentance here is used in the light of remission of sins; hence, the word “and” used in between repentance and remission can better be understood as “that is” because it’s explanatory. In other words, Jesus is saying “And that repentance, that is, remission of sins…” The word “remission” here is the same word “aphesis” rendered as forgiveness in Acts 26:18 and deliverance in Luke 4:18-19. So basically, the preaching of the gospel is the preaching of deliverance. The preaching of the gospel is the preaching of forgiveness of sins. The gospel of what Christ did for our sins is the message of deliverance. The believer was delivered from sin; from condemnation to forgiveness. You are not the condemned, you are the redeemed. Your sins; past, present and future were forgiven in Christ not because you confessed them but because you confessed Christ and what He has done which is forgiveness of sins. So, we can accurately say that forgiveness is a message to be preached, believed and received. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You are not the condemned, you are the redeemed of the Lord. Acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the gift of no condemnation which I have in Christ Jesus, Amen.

QUOTE: The man in Christ has the gift of no condemnation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 20

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (3)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:13-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins is to be preached, it is not to be prayed for.

From Paul’s word in Acts 26:18 where forgiveness of sins was implied and Paul explained it to be a by-product of faith in Christ, we began a journey into seeing accurately if forgiveness of sins was an answer to prayer or an everyday confession of sins (which is not scriptural) or if it was a preaching. Recall that the word forgiveness is synonymous with deliverance; hence why forgiveness implies deliverance or release from bondage of wrong, and thus in Luke 4:18-19 this word forgiveness was translated as deliverance. And from Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18-19, it is clear that His flow of thoughts was on preaching, hence why the word preaching was emphatically used three times; meaning, forgiveness is a message to be preached, it is the message of Christ. The message of forgiveness or deliverance is the message of the gospel. The preaching of the gospel is the preaching of forgiveness (deliverance from sins). Paul echoes same truth in Colossians 1:12-14 which reads “Giving thanks unto the father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear son; In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins”. The deliverance he is talking about here in verse 13 is the forgiveness of sins which he explained in verse 14. Don’t forget “forgiveness” is “aphesis” in Greek and it implies a release from the bondage of wrong; deliverance from iniquity. This deliverance is preached, in essence forgiveness is preached. And when a man believes that Jesus died for sins, then forgiveness of sins takes effect; meaning, it happens by believing that Jesus died for sins, and not confessing individual misdeeds or sins. Take note that the word “aphesis” is used for forgiveness of sins, to let go of sins. It was used for release from sins; to send away; complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. So the believer in Christ has complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You’ve been completely forgiven, acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the forgiveness of sins which is my present day reality based on Jesus’ finished work, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Forgiveness is a preaching and this preaching when believed is what gives complete freedom from sins’ bondage.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 10

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (2)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:13-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus’ emphasis on forgiveness and deliverance was on preaching.

In Acts 26:18, it’s clear from Paul’s words that “forgiveness of sins which is our inheritance is received by faith in Christ” and Paul in our present key text (Romans 10:13-17) says in verse 17 that “faith comes by hearing the message of Christ”. If forgiveness of sins comes by faith in Christ, it does implies that a message must first be preached, so can we say that forgiveness of sins in the message of Christ is what we began investigating in our previous study? Is forgiveness a message or a prayer? Back to Luke 4:18-19 where we took our lead from, it reads “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord”. Recall the word deliverance used here (in Luke 4:18) is the same word “forgiveness” used in Acts 26:18 which were both translated from the Greek word “aphesis”. Remember we said ahead of time that deliverance is synonymous with forgiveness of sins. Now let’s observe Luke’s account of Luke 4:18-19 closely. Notice that in this account, Jesus’ emphasis and flow of thoughts was on preaching. He used this word “preach” between verse 18 and 19 thrice. The word “preach” implies to announce a good news, it is herald (as a public crier), to proclaim; publish. So Jesus’ emphasis in Luke 4:18-19 on deliverance or forgiveness of sins was on preaching. Don’t forget forgiveness (aphesis) means deliverance, which is a release from the bondage of wrong. So if Jesus’ emphasis on deliverance which is the forgiveness of sins was on preaching, it thus shows that there is a message of forgiveness of sins (that is, deliverance) which is the gospel; the gospel of Christ. The preaching of that message is the preaching of forgiveness of sins/deliverance. Notice Jesus in Luke 4:18-19 did not say “to pray deliverance to the captives” or “to pray forgiveness to the captives”, he said “to preach”. So forgiveness of sins is not a prayer, neither is an answer to pray nor a by-product of a daily confession of sins, forgiveness of sins is a preaching and faith in that message forgives a man’s sin eternally. Hallelujah!!! 

INSTRUCTION: What God’s word says about you is what you should accept and not hearsays.

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

QUOTE: By faith in Christ, a man’s sin was forgiven eternally.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (1)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:13-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins being translated is a release from the bondage of wrong and is synonymous with deliverance.

We saw from Paul’s word in Acts 26:18 in previous studies that faith in Christ is what brings forgiveness of sins. And in our key text now (Romans 10:13-17), Paul says in verse 17 that “faith cometh by hearing the message of Christ”. If faith cometh by the message of Christ, can we say forgiveness of sins is in the message of Christ and thus, it is received by faith in that message? And can we accurately call forgiveness of sins a message and not a prayer? Let’s start by observing the grammatical implication of the word forgiveness. The word “forgiveness” is the word “aphesis” in Greek. Aphesis which is the word Paul used in Acts 26:18 mean a release from the bondage of wrong or a release from the bondage of iniquity. Now, it is worthy of note that the word “forgiveness” translated as “aphesis” is the same word Jesus used in Luke 4:18 translated as deliverance. Let’s hear the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19 as this gives us a lead to knowing if forgiveness of sins is a prayer or a message, it reads “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he had anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”. The word “deliverance” used here (in Luke 4:18-19) is the same word “aphesis” translated as forgiveness in Acts 26:18. In other words, deliverance in bible explanation is synonymous with forgiveness of sins. That is, forgiveness of sins is deliverance and vice versa. In other words, “to preach deliverance to the captives” is the same thing as saying “to preach forgiveness of sins to the captive”. Jesus here in Luke 4:18-19 is reading from Isaiah 61:1-2 and in our proceeding studies, more light is coming. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: The truth of God’s word is final, not hearsays. So stay with the truth.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are open up to my realities in you, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Your forgiveness was your deliverance, you don’t need deliverance after being delivered and you don’t need daily forgiveness of sins after you were forgiven once at the point of salvation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 4

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (6)

To open their eyes, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me – Acts 26:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: At the point of faith in Christ where a man confesses Christ, his sins were forgiven.

We established previously from Paul’s words in our key text that forgiveness of sins is received by faith in Christ. So we deduced that at the point of salvation, a man confesses Christ and is saved; he does not confess his sins to be saved; meaning, forgiveness of sins is not received by confessing sins at the point of salvation or by daily confession of sins after being saved, forgiveness of sins is received once at the point of salvation. At the point a man has faith in Christ and confesses him, his sins are forgiven. A man receives forgiveness of sins at the point of salvation, and not a daily experience each time one confesses his sins. In chapter 10 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he has this to say “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved… so then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:13, 17). Notice, Paul in verse 13 did not say “Whosoever shall call upon his sins (individual misdeeds) shall be saved”, he said “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord”. Then in verse 17 he says “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. The statement “hearing by the word of God” is best rendered in Greek as “the message of Christ”. In other words, “faith cometh by hearing the message of Christ”. Remember, Paul in our key text say that a man receives forgiveness of sins by faith in Christ, and he is now telling us now that “faith cometh by hearing the message of Christ”. In other words, for there to be faith in Christ where forgiveness of sins is found, a message must be preached and this preaching precedes it because it is this preaching that will supply faith. The next question we will begin to examine in subsequent studies is:

  • Can we accurately say that forgiveness is “a preaching” or can we say that forgiveness “a prayer”?
  • Is forgiveness an answer to a daily confession of sins or is it a by-product of a once and for all confession of Christ?
  • Do the epistles teach the confession of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins or the confessing of sins for the forgiveness of sins?
  • If the forgiveness of sins is not a product of a daily confession of sins, what about 1John 1:9; could it be contradictory?

Let’s get this question answered in subsequent studies and then get into the high point of this study where we will carefully examine what happens if believers sin, does sin break the believers’ relationship with God?, what does the Holy Spirit do when we sin?, what does God do as toughing a believer who sins?, how can a believer deal with acts of sin in his life and break free from habits of sin, etc.? Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the word and not the hearsays.

PRAYER: I declare a stirring in my heart for the knowledge of your word, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Faith in Christ equals forgiveness of sins.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 1

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (5)

To open their eyes, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me – Acts 26:18

LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins was made available on the basis of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

From Paul’s words in our key text, we deduced two things:

  • Forgiveness of sins is received
  • Forgiveness of sins is an inheritance.

Don’t forget those who are sanctified are the believers. Hence, Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 6:11which reads “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God”. So forgiveness of sins is received in Christ because it was made available by Christ by His death, burial and resurrection. No wonder Paul echoes the fact of the gospel in 1Corinthians 15:3-4 which reads “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. So it was on that basis of His death, burial and resurrection that forgiveness of sins was made available. Hence, in our key text, Paul shows us how forgiveness of sins is received, he says “forgiveness of sins is received as an inheritance among the sanctified (believers) by faith that is in me (that is, in Christ)”. So it is in Christ that a man’s sins are forgiven. So faith in Christ means my sins are forgiven. The day a man confesses Christ as His Lord and Saviour, he has received forgiveness and that forgiveness is received only once. That will mean the born again man receives forgiveness of sins only once and that was the day he believed. Paul in Acts 26:18 did not say “forgiveness of sins which is our inheritance as believers received by confession of sins or daily confession of sins”, Paul says it is received “by faith in Christ”. It is Christ that a man will have faith in and confess and then His sins are forgiven. It is not your sins, that is, the act of sin or individual misdeeds that you will have faith in and confess in order for your sins to be forgiven. In other words, the idea of a daily confession of your sins to God for it to be forgiven is erroneous; it is out of place. At the point of salvation, a man does not confess his sins to be saved, he confesses Christ and he is saved and it is in that salvation that we have forgiveness of sins; meaning we don’t pray for sins to be forgiven, we receive forgiveness of sins once in Christ at the point of salvation.  

INSTRUCTION: Faith in Christ redemption brought you eternal forgiveness; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the death, burial and resurrection of your son in which my sins were forgiven eternally, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Forgiveness of sins is not prayed for, it is received in Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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