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SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION

“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.” – 1Peter 1:10-11

LIGHT FOR NOW: The crucifixion of Christ was necessary for the salvation of men.

The word “salvation” is the translation of the Greek word soteria which is derived from the word soter meaning “saviour”. The word “salvation” communicates the thought of deliverance, safety, preservation, soundness, restoration, and healing. However, its major use is to describe the work of God on behalf of men, and as such, it is a major doctrine of the bible which includes redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, conviction, repentance, faith, regeneration, forgiveness, justification, sanctification, preservation and glorification. On one hand, salvation describes the state of a man who has been saved and who is vitally renewed and made a partaker of the inheritance of the saints.

Our text today talks about the glory that was to follow after the crucifixion of Christ; part of that glory is the salvation of man. Without the crucifixion of Christ, man’s salvation could not have been accomplished. After the suffering of Christ, a life of glory ensued. You don’t need to pay only 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 live out your Christ-like realities to the fullest. 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. Today, sin, its effects and consequences have no dominion over you. You are free to serve God and to live for Him. You are now accepted in the beloved all because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Man was separated from glory due to Adam’s transgression but because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the glory has been restored. You are brought into that life of glory the moment you are born again. Glory!!!  

INSTRUCTION: You have the God-kind life, stay there.

CONFESSION: 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: Salvation is comprehensive.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4

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RIGHTEOUSNESS: YOUR REALITY IN CHRIST

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – 2Corinthians 5:21

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

It is important to note that the subject of righteousness is a concept that ought to be understood and comprehended by believers as our reality in Christ. At the point of salvation, the saved who confessed Jesus as his Lord and Saviour was made righteous. Paul in our opening text lets us see that Jesus was made sin for us. Notice, Jesus was made sin, He was not a sinner; He received all our sins on the cross and whosoever believes in his redemptive sacrifice is saved and in that salvation is righteousness; meaning a person is made righteous at the point where he believes in Christ.

A man is only righteous by faith in Christ; outside faith in Christ, a man cannot be righteous. Jesus became our substitute in his redemptive work. Apostle Paul in the book of Romans brings more clarity on this subject. In Romans 5:17, he said “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Righteousness is a gift. What is a gift? A gift is something you don’t work for. Thus, man did not work for righteousness and man will never work for righteousness; righteousness is what God has made available in Christ and is freely given to everyone at the point of salvation. That is why before God, morality at its highest form is faith in Christ. Righteousness is your very nature, righteousness is your state, it is your DNA; it is the very fabric of your nature. Glory!!!

INSTRUCTION: Your realities in Christ supersede the experiences of men; think about this.

CONFESSION: Heavenly Father, I thank you for your nature at work in me; I am what the word says I am, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Morality at its highest before God is faith in Christ.

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

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POWER AT WORK IN THE BELIEVER

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 1:18-20

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s power is at work in you.

The above text was Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians church; a prayer of knowledge and enlightenment to believers upon the redemptive or finished work of Christ. An understanding of Paul’s words in verse 19 of the above text lets us know what is at work in the believer by the indwelling of Christ in him. “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” (Ephesians 1:19). Among all other text in the epistles, his text has the greatest use of adjective that describes the power which is at work in the believer by the reason of Christ living in him. Paul uses five (5) important adjectives that require understanding. The first is the word “exceeding” which being translated implies to exceed the target or to throw beyond target. The second word is “greatness” which is used to describe might. The third is the word “workings” which is used to describe something that is effective and active. The fourth is the word “might” which is used to describe force or might. All these five adjectives put together are used to describe the power at work in the believer upon Jesus’ resurrection from the dead; meaning the power that was wrought in Christ when he was raised from the dead is the same power wrought in the believer at the point of salvation.

Hence, the believer does not have a power problem because all of God is in a believer. Thus, it will be out of place for the believer in prayers to be asking God to give him power; where will he get the power from when he has already embodied you with all the power? Do you know that you are the power house of God? Instead of praying that God fills you with power, you should be praying for the knowledge of the power you already have or that He has already filled you with. Stop asking for what you have, make use of it. Unleash this power inside of you in the place of prayers and you will see it go beyond target; you will see it go with might; you will see its activeness and effectiveness; you will see its strength, and it will change and rearrange things in your life. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Stop looking for what you already have, God’s power is at work in you; make use of it.

CONFESSION: Father, thank you for your power that is at work in me, may this power go forth to change and rearrange things in my life, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: You can’t walk in the totality of your reality when you are ignorant of your reality in Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 5

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THE NEED FOR KNOWLEDGE

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” – Ephesians 1:16-18

LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowledge is the greatest need of the believer.

It is important to note that Christianity becomes an adventure when the knowledge of what Christ accomplished in his death, burial and resurrection which made salvation available is comprehended by believers. The degree of knowledge you have about Christ determines the level of effectiveness in your Christian walk. You cannot afford to be ignorant of your realities in Christ. You must be knowledge driven; it is the knowledge of Christ that unveils who you are in Christ and what Christ can do through you. Thus, we can that your level of ignorance robs you of who you are in Christ and what Christ can do through you. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God”. When believers lack accurate and relevant spiritual information from God’s word, they experience defeat and failure. This isn’t because they are “weak” believers or what Christ has wrought in them has been found wanting; it’s just the plain and inevitable result of ignorance.

In the lives of some believers, things are not just happening the way they should; they are putting in all the effort they could, yet nothing is coming out. What’s the problem? Ignorance: “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness” (Psalm 82:5), destroyed by harsh elements of this world. Is this the lot for the man in Christ? Emphatically no! The bible declares, “But through knowledge shall the just be delivered” (Proverbs 11:9B). The knowledge of God’s word will build you up, and deliver your God-given inheritance into your hands (Acts 20:32). If you’ve been wondering why your experiences haven’t been as victorious as the word describes, you need to spend more time studying and meditating on the word. Build your faith with the word of God, for faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). As the word comes to you, don’t just agree by way of mental assent; respond by confessing the same things. Soon you’ll change the situation, why? Because you know. The knowledge of the believer is a necessity; it is not a suggestion; neither is it an opinion nor a wish; it is the believer’s greatest need. No wonder Paul in his letter to a fellow minister of the gospel by name Timothy lays more credence to this, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1Timothy 2:4). So, it is not enough to be saved, you need to come to the knowledge of the truth which is the salvation that you have in Christ. Glory!    

INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.

DECLARATION: Father, I declare that knowledge is my portion and I maximize all of my realities in you, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The knowledge of Christ influences the life you have.

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

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 THE BELIEVER AND SIN

“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” – 1John 2:1

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are born of the word; knowledge of the word is equivalent to knowledge about who you are.

A vital fact that must be comprehended from John’s submission in his epistles is that sin does not tamper, affect or break a believer’s union, relationship or fellowship with the Father. However, are we believers supposed to live in sin? Without much exegesis, the answer is No. James in his epistle explains this subject, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was” (James 1:22-24). We are saved by faith in Christ alone. We don’t do good things to make God find favour in us. He wants us to be doers of the word because we are God’s masterpiece created anew in Christ Jesus and he prepared good things for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

Staying active in this good work will keep us from becoming lukewarm. So, we should always fan into flames the spiritual gifts God has given us and follow the greatest commandment which is to love. Yes, being a doer of the word makes God’s word visible to other people. We should never grow tired of doing what is good. God is good and we should learn to imitate our Father as little children by doing good works. James 1:22 tells us not to just listen to God’s word. We must do what it says or else we are only deceiving ourselves. This scripture is in the middle of a passage entitled listening and doing (James 1:19-25). The passage begins by telling us we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to get angry because human anger isn’t typically productive. It often causes more harm than good. Then we should take in God’s word because the more we consciously study God’s word, it influences our behaviours, our thinking and then it enables us to take action and follow what God’s word says about us. Jesus also told us to be a doer of the word when he said, “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 14:23). And He also said, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28).

Thus, the problem with the believer in any sinful act is not the sin itself; such believer is not acknowledging his realities in Christ. James describes this as the perfect law of liberty in verse 25 of James 1. When your realities dawn on you, your appetite will change. Sinful habits will not go by prayers but by a conscious study of the word of God. Glory!    

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities in Christ.

CONFESSION: Father, I allow your word to influence my thoughts, words and my actions. I am a walking nature of God, a dispenser of good works, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The quality of your Christian walk is equivalent to the quality of the word of God you have in your inside.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CHRONICLES CHAPTER 7; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 24

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BELIEVING IS RECEIVING

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: A man receives salvation by confessing Christ and not individual sin.

The redemptive work of Christ made forgiveness of sins available. Forgiveness of sin is available in salvation. A man that is saved is forgiven and a man that is forgiven is saved. But how is forgiveness of sin received? To answer this question, it is important to note first that forgiveness of sin is a message and it must be preached. Jesus’ words in Luke 24:47 give credence to this. It reads, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. Forgiveness is a message preached to be received and believed. Thus, faith in Christ is what brings forgiveness to everyone.

If faith in Christ is what brings the forgiveness of sin, what then is the recipient of this forgiveness going to confess? Recall that forgiveness of sin is in salvation and Christ wrought salvation all by himself. Man’s effort was not needed in God’s salvation plan. Therefore, sin is forgiven at the point when he confesses Christ. It is only Christ that has the power to save you from sin. A man is therefore saved from sin after confessing Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and not sin. The word “confess” in Romans 10:9 was translated from the Greek word, “homologeo” meaning to acknowledge a message. Christ is the message. Thus, our confession is faith in the Gospel of Christ. Glory!!!

INSTRUCTION: Confess Christ and not sin.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for the salvation I have received in Christ, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Salvation is only the confession of Christ and we must hold fast this profession.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 15

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CHRIST OUR NEW WORLD

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;behold, all things are new” – 2Corinthians 5:17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ is our new world.

A very important and vital truth every believer must acknowledge and comprehend is the fact that though the believer is in the world, he is not of this world, then you will not let this world define you. The world doesn’t know you; hence the world cannot define you. Though you are in the world, you are not of this world. The new creature is not of this world’s make up, he is in Christ; Christ is his world. Hence, the definition of the new creature and the reality of the new creature cannot be known by the world, but known in Christ. In Christ, we see who we truly are; meaning that a definition of you outside of Christ is a wrong definition of impression of you. Christ is your environment; he is your dwelling place. Never take any definition of you outside Christ; you are not who the world says you are, you are who Christ says you are as revealed in scriptures.

An understanding of who Christ is revealed in the scripture is an understanding of who you are revealed in the scriptures; meaning you are only going to know yourself by knowing Christ through the written word of God. Your identity in Christ will only be unveiled when the word of God is revealed to you. So if you want to know who you are in Christ, don’t go to a psychologist or philosopher to unveil that to you. Science does not have the capacity to know you, not even to unveil you. The man in Christ is higher than the world; the man in Christ does not go to the world to know who he is, he goes to the word to know who he is because he is born of the word. If there’s anything you need to go for, it is knowledge; the knowledge of your identity in Christ. You need to know your authority in Christ. Paul in Ephesians 1:19-22 explains further on the believer’s authority. From this text, it can be deduced that the power that was wrought in Christ was wrought in the new creature; power that only functions effectively through the knowledge of God’s word and one’s identity in Christ.      

INSTRUCTION: Know who you are.

DECLARATION: I am the new creature, and I am in authority because I am not of this world; therefore, I grow in the knowledge of God’s word even as I consciously live out my realities, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Get the word and rule your world.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6

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BIBLICAL LANGUAGE

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” – 2Timothy 3:16

LIGHT FOR NOW: Biblical language evokes rather than describes.

One of the fundamental tenets of Christianity is the belief in the inspiration of scripture. The author of 2Timothy writes “All scriptures is inspired by God”. The word translated as “inspired” literally means “God breathed”. And although the author of these words would have been speaking specifically about Hebrew Scriptures, believers have long recognized that inspired scriptures also include the New Testament. It may interest you to know that biblical language is not the same as English Language. The bible was written by inspired men who used solar and phallic frames to convey a message. Jesus, the very embodiment of inspiration would speak in parables.

Biblical language evokes rather than describes. It is telling of another world, another man and another age. In the book of Revelation, John sees Jerusalem become a woman, descending out of heaven adorned like a bride for her husband. And in the 5th chapter of Micah, we are told that Bethlehem is that woman out of which God comes. Listen to the words carefully, “You, O Bethlehem are so little to be among the thousands of Judah, yet from you will come forth for me, one who is to rule Israel, whose origin from of old, from ancient times. Therefore, he will give them up until that time when she who is in travail has brought forth”. Then we read in the Isaiah chapter 63, “O Lord, thou art our Father, our redeemer from of old is thy name?” Here we see the ancient of days as our Father and redeemer and like Bethlehem, God is in travail redeeming everything through his son, Christ Jesus. therefore, in order to avoid an erroneous interpretation of scriptures, one has to understand that bible language is not English language to fully grasp what message the authors of the bible were trying to convey and not mistake the vehicle for the instruction as the instruction itself, one would have to admit to the fact that the text of scripture came forth from these inspired men in response to what they believed about God and what God was doing. Their understanding of God and the world influenced the way they told their stories. However, in the New Testament writings or epistles, the authors’ experiences of Jesus influenced their reading of the Old Testament and their writing of the new. It would suffice to say that in order to fully understand scripture, one has to read scriptures through the lenses of Christ. The entirety of scripture is all about him, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

INSTRUCTION: Study carefully.

PRAYER: I pray that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened and that I can comprehend biblical language, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Bible language is not English language.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5

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GOD’S POWER AT WORK IN US

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16

LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto our salvation.

In dealing with the subject of power, first thing to note is that God’s power cannot be explained outside salvation (Romans 1:16). The word “power” here was translated from the Greek word “dunamis” which implies inherent power; power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature. This means that the power of God is inherent in the gospel of Christ. Thus, when you hear God’s word, you are hearing power. The strength or power of anything is in the name of Jesus. The personality of Jesus is an embodiment of power on its own. The name of Jesus is power because heaven and earth recognises this name (John 1:12). Your connection with Jesus empowers you for a life of power. The potency in the name of Jesus confronts whatever confronts you in life.

The name of Jesus is so powerful that it offers safety to everyone who runs to him. Your relationship with Jesus gives you power over the circumstances of life. To enjoy a life of power and glory in all that you do, stay connected to Jesus. Just as it is in the natural that men boast of who they know to gain favour, the name of Jesus is the surest access to power, glory, favour and relevance. When you are in trouble, all you need is to demonstrate the power and glory of God embedded in your inside. Many have suffered what they shouldn’t have suffered because they never recognised the power in the name of Jesus that is at work in their inside. There is so much power in the name of Jesus that principalities and powers bow to His name. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Recognise the power in the name of Jesus that is at work in your inside.

PRAYER: I declare over my life that in this year, I will not live a powerless life. The name of Jesus will show up for me this year every time I need Him, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The power of God is inherent in the gospel of Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2

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ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST (2)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” – John 5:24-27

LIGHT FOR NOW: As believers, eternal life is not what we will receive at the end of our lives when we die; it is what we receive at the beginning of our lives when we believed.                                              

The word “condemnation” used in verse 24 of our text above from its original manuscript (the Greek) implies judgment. In other words, the man that has eternal life shall not come into judgment, and this is because he has passed from death to life. Passing from death to life here is passing from spiritual death (separation from God) to life (eternal life in Christ or eternal union with God). The judgment in verse 27 of John 5 will not be executed on them that believe because those that believe shall not come to judgment, but they have passed from death to life. So the judgment here will be executed on the unbelieving ones. That’s why Paul says in 1Corinthians 6:2 “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” He calls believers saints, and he says “we (the saints) shall judge the world”. This is because we have the very life of God; we had passed from death to life; we had passed from condemnation or judgment unto righteousness. But for the man without Christ, he is condemned or judged already. This was made clear in John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”.

The phrase “condemned already” is the phrase “judged already”. Meaning, the judgment is even on the earth when he rejects the gospel. At the point of salvation where a man believes the gospel, he passes from condemnation/judgment/death unto life. This tells us that eternal life is not what we will receive at the end of our lives when we die; it is what we received at the beginning of our lives when we believed. Notice, both John 3 and John 5 lets us see that this eternal life is received in the present (on earth). He said in John 5:24 “He that believeth in me hath eternal life”. Eternal life is not after death, it is life on earth when we believe. It is the understanding of this fact that makes us not to mourn like those without hope when the believer dies physically because he had passed from death to life. That’s why for the believer in Christ, what happens when the spirit leaves his body is not death, the bible calls it a sleep because the believer will awake in glory in the end. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Be conscious of your eternal life in Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, I believe I have the very life of God, I have passed from death to life, I have passed from condemnation and judgment unto righteousness; therefore, eternal life is at work in my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Believers don’t die, believers sleep.

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

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SAVED BY CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are saved by an eternal saviour; therefore, your salvation is eternal.

Believers commonly talk about “salvation”, their “saviour”, and the need to be “saved”. But these bible terms are meaningless to many people. Even some believers are vague about what doctrine lies behind these terms. Salvation means to save, preserve and to protect. By having salvation, you must have a saviour because you can’t have salvation without a saviour. To be saved means to be rescued and spared to escape death and ruin, to be preserved from perishing. The “sheep that was lost” would certainly have perished if it had not been found by the shepherd. To find it was to save its life (Luke 15:3-7). It’s appropriate to speak of being “lost” as the opposite of being “saved”. To say a soul is lost is to say it is going to perish “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Having sent his son to die on the cross, God is able to “save” all who were perishing. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save them” (1Timothy 1:15). Now let’s ask, what are we saved from? A child rescued after it has fallen into a swimming pool, or someone pulled back who was about to walk in front of a bus, has experienced salvation. But what is it that we are saved from in the salvation Paul had in mind? The answer is in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. We were saved from the consequences of sin which is eternal death. The payment of sin is death, that means if one must redeem man from sin, you must pay the wages or price of sin which is death. “So therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). It is because of our faith in the Saviour’s ability to save that we have peace with God and eternal redemption. We are saved eternally because our saviour is eternal. It’s only an eternal being that can fulfill such a promise in that passage. It is important to note that in this study, no figure or personality will become an authority except the saviour and what he reveals in the apostles as the spirit of truth reveals. It is also important to note that a temporary product can not originate from an eternal being. Today, we are eternally saved because our saviour is eternal. The work of Christ which is salvation is not the study of what we have done or will do but what the saviour has done for us. Glory!    

INSTRUCTION: Know more about the saviour to better understand the salvation you have.

DECLARATION: I declare that I am eternally saved and that I grow in the knowledge of my eternal Saviour, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: My Saviour is eternal; therefore, my salvation is eternal.

DAILY BIBLEREADING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 16; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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GOD THE LIGHT (3)

“This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you that god is light and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1John 1:5

LIGHT FOR NOW: In Christ, light is our being.

It has been established that “light” is a person and this person is Jesus Christ. Since it has been confirmed that Jesus is by nature light and by character light then it is pertinent to consider how Jesus has shine this light on earth. John 11:1-44 gives account of Lazarus’ dead, but the striking part in the story seen when Jesus goes to resurrect his friend Lazarus. This was a situation of hopelessness. Mary and Martha had lost hope but Jesus shone this light by resurrecting Lazarus from dead. God’s character of light is seen in the uplifting of men freeing men from captivity and giving hope to the hopeless as such wherever there is a trace of darkness, God is absent. God is indeed light as he shows this by reconciling the lost back to himself. By virtue of our fallen condition, we were in darkness and were alienated from the zoe of God; but in Jesus Christ we have been reconciled to God and we have the right standing with him, Glory! This means that having been reconciled to God we have fellowship with the light and the light dwells in us.

Believers can also experience and manifest God’s light because we have God’s life in us. “John 1:4 says that the life of God is in the Lord Jesus and this life is the light of men” At the point of salvation where we receive Christ, this life entered into us and becomes “our light of life”. Note that; this light is not an objective light which enlightens us from without but a subjective light that enlightens and enriches us from within. For the fact that Jesus lives in us, He has automatically become the light of life in us. Matthew 8:16 reads “when evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed and He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill”. The ability of Jesus to cast out demons with a word testifies of not just his sovereignty but also shinning of the light which He is. At the sight of the light (Jesus), demons (darkness) tremble. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. God reassures us in this portion that all his plans and promises for us are good and no trace of evil or darkness attached to it. Believers should debunk the notion that any evil that comes to them is permitted by God to happen rather they should know that God will only step in to settle that pain or struggle so as to expel that darkness. Conclusively, James in James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes from the father of lights with whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning”. As believers we ought to know that perfection cannot be given to us by the world rather Christ which is our father of light is the only giver of perfect gifts, hence, we should bank of his love towards us and also affirm daily that He is our light, we have the indwelling of this light and we dispense this light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Hold fast the word of life.

CONFESSION: I decree power, boldness and utterance be released to shine the light effectively.

QUOTE: The vocabulary of God in the bible is the vocabulary of man.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 9; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3

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GOD THE LIGHT (2)

“This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you that god is light and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1John 1:5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Life without the light is incomplete

In our previous lesson we gave a definition of what light is and who light is that is to say, light means illumination and God is this light we are talking about. To delve deeper, John 8:12 says when Jesus spoke again to the people, he said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. The statement “I am the light” has its root in Jesus’ relationship with the father. John Stephen Piper an American New Testament scholar states, “Jesus speaks from God and for God and as God”. We will have limited capacity and ability to understand ourselves outside Christ, hence proper knowledge and understanding of who we are in him and what we can do through him. Life can be beautiful on earth but without Christ it is incomplete, just as one sun lights the whole world; so does one Christ, as such we need no other as there won’t even be another Christ. Furthermore, darkness in John 8:12 is the Greek word “Skotia” and is defined as the darkness due o the want of light and is used to describe ignorance of divine things. Being ignorant or oblivious of the dark leaves us wanting and man will come to the end of himself in hopelessness if he traverses this earth without Christ.

Jesus extends his light to the man that was born blind in John 9:5-7. “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world when he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay and said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, he went his way therefore and washed and came back seeing”. Jesus’ healing hands being stretched into that ugly situation is regarding as him sending his light to expel the darkness that had blinded that man for years. It is important to note therefore that God is too good to glory in a man’s downfall or pains and as such he doesn’t use evil to punish any man. Light is akin to freedom so the entrance of light which is God into a man is automatically the entrance of freedom. Also, in Mark 5:26, the bible records that there was a woman who was subject to bleeding for twelve years but a mere touching of the hem of Jesus’ garment, she got instantly healed. This shows how mighty Jesus healing ministry is where just the hem of the garment radiated light to heal that woman’s body. Hence, believers should also come to the understanding that they can also transmit this light just as Christ did because at salvation we are reconciled with the father and everything which makes God, God is deposited on our inside. It is therefore, our responsibility as believers who have the indwelling of the light to radiate this light to others. Christ will not come back to preach the gospel to unbelievers for us; so it is in our place to take the message which we have heard and known to unbelievers who are yet to know what we know. It is of utmost importance to note that Christ being the light did not just hoard this light or keep it to himself rather he shone the light by healing the sick raising the dead, casting out demons an even reconciling us with the father, thus we also who have the indwelling of the spirit do these things and more. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: As believers shine your light to the unsaved by making the word of God your lifestyle.

CONFESSION: I declare that I am a carrier and a transmitter of the light of God.

QUOTE: In Christ, we have the absolute fullness of light.

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

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GOD THE LIGHT (1)

“This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you that god is light and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1John 1:5

LIGHT FOR NOW: God is light and darkness can never be traceable to him.

The word “Light” spelt in Hebrew “ohr” means divine while in Greek it means illumination or bright. In the bible, the word light is used metaphorical for God’s divine presence salvation and life. Light is a representation of a person’s moral, mental and spiritual life and it is synonymous with believers. It is important to note that our holy book which is the bible does not entertain the thought concept or notion that any form of darkness can match God’s light or should even be attributed to God. This out rightly or expressly means that if we confess that “God is good all the time” we should not try to twist God’s nature when situations or circumstances do not turn out in our favour. John in his message as seen in our text above emphasizes that the light being spoken about goes beyond the physical light to speak of a person or a personality which is Jesus Christ. So, for John to say that this light is pure he means that you cannot trace any form of darkness to him because wherever God is, darkness is absent and the light which is God is the solution to darkness (death and condemnation). Therefore in Genesis 1:3 when God said “let there be light”, he was announcing his personality that is light is who God is and light is what God does.

The fact that God is light sets up a contrast with darkness. If light is considered metaphorically for righteousness, goodness, illumination, salvation life and darkness signifies death and condemnation, evil and sin then it will be fallacious to say or proclaim in bad times that God is causing that to his glory. Note that John in 1st John 1:5 did not say “God is a light” rather he said “God is light” which means that light is a person and this person is Jesus Christ. Just like in 1John 4:8 “For he that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love” Love is God’s essence and so is Light. So, the message will therefore be that God is totally, completely, candidly, unreservedly and absolutely holy with no trace or admixture of sin, darkness, no iniquity and no hint of injustice. John 1:9 “… that is the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”, tells us that Jesus the son of God is the true light and we the believers who are his sons by adoption are to reflect that light in our lives and daily dealings with people in this dark world of evil and sin. Unlike some heads of other beliefs that tend to put its worshippers in bondage Jesus reflects the light in his teachings as his power, dominion and authority illuminates and also expels every form of darkness, condemnation, religiosity, exploitation, oppression and self-interest therefore, inviting everyone to believe in him so that they might be free from the shackles of darkness and immediately launched into the realm of righteousness, salvation and the life of God which is life eternal. Believers should come to the consciousness of the fact that when they receive the life which Christ offers they become like Christ and as such should replicate those Christ-like characteristics in this world. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Shine your light unapologetically.

CONFESSION: I acknowledge that God is my light an in him there is no shadow of turning.

QUOTE: God is light by nature and character.

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

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THE FRAMEWORK OF PREDESTINATION

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s plan before the beginning of time was to save man.

“Proorizo” is the Greek word for predestination. It has two words “pro” which means “before” and “horizo” which means boundary; that means God has already mapped out boundaries or plans for the salvation of man. Predestination tells us that salvation is entirely due to God’s decree. An in-depth study of predestination would require us to look at areas like foreknowledge man’s will and how divinity interacts with humanity. However, foreknowledge is a part of God’s omniscience. God before creation had predetermined that man should be saved and translated from darkness to light. The love of God towards man is basically the motive for predestination. Paul in some Bible passages talks about predestination (2Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:28-29) and it is clearly stated that God’s choice of predestination is unconditional. Salvation and eternal life is God’s gift to man. If salvation is deserved, it therefore ceases to be a gift, and then it entirely becomes a reward. The character of salvation as a gift and the merciful provision of salvation are bound with the doctrine of God’s complete freedom in predestination. Our relationship with the sovereign God is a gift from God; we did nothing to deserve it. Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:16 “You didn’t choose me but I choose you”. God had chosen us from the beginning to be saved, justified and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

A vivid example of God’s sovereignty in salvation is in the life of Paul. He was completely soaked in his prejudices. He wasn’t a bright prospect for conversion, but as a result of divine intervention he got converted and his body, spirit and soul saved. Predestination is comforting because it is a natural gift from God. People who believe and receive the gift of salvation, reconciliation, adoption and the indwelling of the spirit share in God’s inheritance in the saints in light. Note, the bible emphasize the doctrine of predestination, as such, believers ought to embrace it without hesitation for it is true and in it we have light.

INSTRUCTION: Align yourself with God’s Plan.

CONFESSION: I declare that my faith in God’s Plan for me is unwavering and i walk in that light, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The doctrine of predestination is simply eternity.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3

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ORDAINED FOR SALVATION

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s plan, your cursor for salvation

The light of God’s word as revealed in the above text shows the grand plan of God about man. The plan of God’s Salvation unto the people was pre-thought and assigned to happen even before man came into the knowledge of such plan. The plan of God is the intention he has even before the creation of the world. His plan for man was predestined and it is shown through his actions towards man, by doing everything necessary to achieve that intention. The Bible in Jeremiah 1:5 shows that God knows us even before we were born and he has set plans for our lives even until the end thereof as shown in Jeremiah 33:3. God’s plan is revealed in the lives of men. He comes into counsel with himself and executes the counsel in the actions of men and also gives the choice to man to either accept such plan and be saved; or reject and be damned. God sets a compass for man even before the man is born into the world: these plans are beautiful and befitting for the man loved by God. Those plans include what we will do and how we can do them as shown in Revelation 3:8, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name”.

Having knowledge of this fact, we see that God knows us very well even before the beginning of time and He places us in a position which is required to fulfil those plans. Even though circumstances may seem to derail God’s plan for us, we are encouraged to stay glued to God that we may fulfil his intention for God had ordained us for His salvation and light and no circumstance can cut that away. As shown in Acts 4:28, God had determined whatsoever, before it was done. It therefore reveals that God is in the business of ensuring that we fulfil His original plan for us as he had ordained it to be. Despite the fact that God had mapped out plans for the salvation, God leaves man with the choice to either accept or reject the plans, he sets man on a path to be what he had ordained them to be but in that, man still has the discretion to follow that path or not. No one knows the mind of God except it be revealed and such revelation is evident in the actions of the man when he receives the Spirit of God and lives according to his commandments, see John 1:14 where God’s plan for human salvation was revealed as flesh and walked among us; and we beheld that plan face to face in its glory. In that, we are charged to work according to God’s plan by accepting the path and modalities crafted by God which will be for our benefit.

INSTRUCTION: Be steadfast in living according to the plan of God.

CONFESSION: I am anointed and ordained to be saved by God. I’m a part of God’s plan and I will walk according to those dictates and benefit God’s plan fully. Amen!

QUOTE: The mind of God is for men to attain salvation and that attainment is what pleases God.

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

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CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK (4)

“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Redemption is God’s perfect will for man.

Jesus Christ bought our freedom, and His blood became the payment for man’s redemption. Therefore, Jesus is man’s one and only redeemer who was divinely appointed by God himself. Christ’s redemptive work is a representation of His love for mankind and the father’s (God) love for mankind. However, having established this, it is of utmost importance to look into some implications of Christ’s redemptive work. Redemption results in adoption. Galatians 4:4-6 says “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father”.

When a believer receives the life which Christ offers, he automatically becomes a son of God and shares in God’s divine inheritance as seen in Colossians 1:12. Furthermore, redemption assures us of complete and total forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7 says “In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of the grace. Also, redemption is the reason for the believer’s justification. Romans 3:23-24 records this. Redemption offers a believer eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15 “Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance,  since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant”. So, redemption offers us eternal inheritance on a platter. It is important to note that the inheritance being spoken of is not cars, house, money, shoes or clothes rather it is eternal life. In redemption, all believers are redeemed as kings and Priest. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Know your realities in Christ!

CONFESSION: I declare that I am the redeemed of the Lord in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The Redemptive work of Christ offers a believer eternal life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

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CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK (3)

“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ redemptive work expresses God’s Love at its peak.

In our previous lesson, we established the meaning of redemption, and the confirmation believers have that they have been redeemed. So, in this lesson our focal point will be the concept of redemption. The simply means, how does Christ redeem us? According to the book “Christ: The Crux of salvation” authored by Prophet Dr. John Linus, man’s redemption is in three-fold and these folds are: The spirit, soul (mind) and the body. These are the three parts that make a whole (that is these form a man) and Jesus’ redemptive work consummated these constituents. 1Thessalonians 5:23 says “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. If you read further in that passage, you’d see that when it says “God sanctifies us wholly” it goes further to mention, spirit, soul and body. So, this tells us that when God redeems us he doesn’t just redeem the soul and leave the spirit or body rather; his redemption encapsulates man’s entire being.

Man’s spirit at the point of salvation is renewed, recreated and regenerated; totally made anew. This spirit changes to the spirit of God and this keeps man in an eternal amalgamation or union with God. This is visible in 1Corinthians 2:12. The soul on the other hand has to do with man’s mind (thoughts). The word “soul” is used in many passages of the bible at different times, depict different things. So, here ours will deal with the mind, thought, pattern or reasoning.  Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this 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”.

It is pertinent for a believer to renew his mind daily with the word, because the word is what gives us an edge over the world. So, renewing of the mind (soul) is an integral part of redemption. The third constituent which is redeemed at salvation is the body. The body is what our physical eyes can see. Body is the Greek word “Soma” which refers to bodily substance and it is used figuratively. The believer’s body is not yet redeemed but has been paid for by Christ. The spirit in us is the proof that our bodies shall be redeemed. Philippians 3:20-21. For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Jesus changes our body to be like His resurrected body and after we die, time, space and matter will matter no more. We are comforted that we have a life after here in that even if we die on earth, we know that life eternal is available unto us. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge what God through Christ has done for you.

CONFESSION: I declare that my mind has the capacity to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Redemption is the reason for the believer’s justification.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 20; EVENING: EZEKIEL CHAPTER 18

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CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK (2)

“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Redemption results in adoption.

The old and the New Testament interrelate and believers must look at the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament because all that was written in the old testaments represented Christ. Meaning that the Old Testament was written in types and shadows and it will only take the New Testament for a believer to understand the Old Testament. Now, in the Old Testament, the law that had to do with punishment, when a person was assaulted or killed, it fell to the nearest kinsman, to bring the criminal to justice and to protect the lives and belongings of that relative. This was regarded as “redeeming and the man who was responsible for fulfilling this duty was called a redeemer”. Note that: the kinsman man redeemer in the Old Testament was a pointer to Jesus Christ.  For a person to be regarded as a redeemer both in the old and new testament,  some things had to be put into considerations and these things were?

  • The redeemer must be a near kinsman. For this to be fulfilled, Christ took on human form and made an appearance in the flesh.
  • The redeemer must not be coerced or forced to redeem. Rather, he must do it willingly. Christ was not forced to die for mankind; He did it willingly out of love. (Hebrews 10:4-10).
  • The redeemer must be able to redeem. The price of man’s redemption was shedding of blood(death) and Christ offered Himself for us (1Peter 1:18-19).
  • The redeemer must be righteous that he must be free from that which led to seeking for redemption. The redeemer cannot redeem Himself. This was the truth in the case of Christ because our main text above tells us this (1Peter 1:18-19).

Christ’s had all that was needed or required for the redemption of man and he did it willingly and out of love for man. Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Christ did it all for us. So, as believers we are justified, sanctified, made righteous and we reign with him in Glory as a result of our Christ’s redemptive work. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Be diligent in your place of study.

CONFESSION: I receive understanding as i study through the word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

For More Light; get the book titled, “Christ: The Crux of Salvation” by Prophet Dr. John Linus

QUOTE: The redemptive work of Christ goes beyond the price he paid.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: TITUS CHAPTER 2

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CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK (1)

“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Redemption makes God’s gift of eternal life available to us.

The word “redemption” is the word “lytron” in Greek and it refers to a price that must be paid to redeem, rescue or to deliver someone. Its root is a legal term that has to do with the substitution required for a person to be delivered from bondage. The redemptive work of Christ is the greatest event that has happened in the history of mankind. The scripture is built on this and there would be no salvation for mankind without the work of Christ on the Cross. The disobedience of man to God’s word brought sin into the world and as we know the wages of sin is death, so sin passed a death sentence on the human race. Therefore, man’s disobedience necessitated Christ’s redemptive work. The scripture says in Roman 3:23-25: all have sinned and deprived of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expatiation, through faith, by His blood, to prove His righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed.

This portion exhibits the effect of sin on man and God’s mercy towards man. Before talking exhaustively about Christ’s redemptive work, it is important for believers to know what Christ redeemed them from and its meaning. Christ redeemed us from sin or darkness. What then is sin? Sin is defined as lack of conformity to God’s moral law, in actions, attitude or nature. Christ in his all-knowing nature understood that if he doesn’t redeem man from darkness and sin, man would be eternally lost and damned. Hence, His reason for bringing man into existence will be completely defeated. God took into consideration man’s depravity, his alienation from God, inability to dominate and his dark nature thus sent his son to redeem man. However, Christ’s redemptive work lies on four pillars and they are: the incarnation of Christ, the crucifixion of Christ, the resurrection, ascension and glorification of Christ. It would have been impossible for the redemptive work to be accomplished, if Christ did not come in the flesh and John 1:14 confirms this “And the word (God) became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only son from the father full of grace and truth. Also, Christ had to be crucified in order to provide redemption to man. He became a curse and provided the perfect sacrifice the crucifixion afforded. Matthew 27 recounts the crucifixion story. Our redemptive story would have lacked basis if Christ had not resurrected from the death. Christ proved himself alive after his crucifixion for people to believe in him and He did! Glory! Matthew 28 gives us details about Christ’s resurrection. Finally, Christ ascended for our glorification. He went in order to come into man. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities in Christ redemptive work.

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

QUOTE: The inheritance of the forgiveness of sin is in the redemptive work of Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9

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THE BELIEVER’S ABILITY (3)

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” – Ephesians 1:17-19

LIGHT FOR THE NOW: Your knowledge of Christ determines the level of your authority in life.

God created the earth and all the things in it. He gave Adam dominion over all the works of his hands. In other words, Adam became the god of this world. Adam being a free moral agent then decided to sell out this dominion given him by God to Satan (darkness). He had the freedom and choice to choose light over darkness but he went for darkness. Satan however had the right to rule over this world till we became new creations and got into the body of Christ according to God’s predestined ordinances as can be seen in Colossians 1:12-13 “Giving thanks unto the father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves”. This is the very reason why Satan has no right or authority whatsoever to rule over us. Yet the average Christian puts more faith in Satan’s authority than in God’s.

The Bible in its entirety focuses more on the “second man” which in 1Corinthians 15:45 is called the “last man” (Jesus Christ) than the first man (Adam) yet some Christians focus more on the first man (Adam) than the last man (Jesus). Hence, their reason for always praying the forgiveness prayer. Believers should make Jesus Christ their focal point because all Jesus did; he did for us and not for himself. 1Corinthians 6:17 reads “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” you and Christ are one. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Your doing is a function of your knowing.

CONFESSION: I decree that i can do all things through the power of God which is in me.

QUOTE: As a believer, you are the exact image of God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 12; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

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THE BELIEVER’S ABILITY (2)

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” – Ephesians 1:17-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The authority of the believer is not only good but extremely necessary.

The believer’s authority is found in the resurrection and exaltation of Jesus Christ by God. In Ephesians 1:18 “I ask that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of your calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints”. Paul prays that the eyes of the understanding of the people of Ephesus be enlightened that is their spirits be opened to the truth. Paul wants the church to come to the knowledge of God and the power that lies therein. The issue of “authority of a believer” has been overlooked by so many Christians and some Christian denomination. A lot of believers don’t even know or they haven’t come to the consciousness that they have authority at all; hence, they are placed at a disadvantaged position where they can easily be oppressed by the kingdom of darkness, anytime, anywhere. A believer will never understand his authority only with his intellect; he must get the spiritual revelation of it and must believe it by faith. Ephesians 2:1 says “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”. Here, the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul says that we were dead in our transgressions but through his strength, he quickened us. This is the assurance that we have as believers, that we were once dead and lost but Christ found us and even found us worthy to be partakers of his divine calling.

In Ephesians 2:5-6, the passage talks about the conferment of authority on believers. It is visible that the head (Christ) and the Body (the church-believers) were raised together. This tells us that authority was not only given to the head but to the body also because the head and the body are one. When believers come to the knowledge that the authority that belongs to Christ also belongs to us then our lives will be completely changed and revolutionized. A believer’s authority can only be understood and effectively exercise when the believer has an in-depth knowledge of God and his knowledge is only situated within the confines of the rightly divided word of truth. As such, a believer must learn to endure sound doctrine. As a believer you have all it takes to rule, reign and dominate, so surrender yourself to be taught and go walking the surface of the earth like the God that you are. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Sound doctrine is only endured not enjoyed. So, sit and be taught.

CONFESSION: I declare that as a son, I exercise my authority in Christ.

QUOTE: As a believer, All of God is you and all of you is God.

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

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THE BELIEVER’S ABILITY (1)

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” – Ephesians 1:17-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The bible is a believer’s guide and a believer cannot know or exercise his rights, if he hasn’t surrendered himself to be taught.

The gospel is the power of God and news itself saves. The word “authority “spelt “exousia” in Greek means power, dominion over a certain realm, privilege or ability.  It is often seen that some Christians are fond of saying how long they have been of service to God or how long they have been Christians, yet their lives do not reflect the characteristics of the God they worship. This would mean that the Christian has only received Christ but has not come to the knowledge of the word of God. Believers ought to know that authority, power and dominion was given to them when they first became born again and at salvation there was an automatic merger between divinity and humanity that is a conglomeration of dominion, authority and power inside the believer.  Hence, when God takes residence in you, he chases darkness away and subdues the powerlessness that had before now existed in the life of that believer. So, a believer must know that to exercise full sonship rights he or she must first come to the knowledge of the “Him” factor which is Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:13-14 encourages “for he has rescued us from the dominion (exousia) of darkness and has brought us into the kinds of the son he loves (Jesus), in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sin”. A believer’s authority lies in the truth that he has been saved, he is eternally forgiven by God and as such he has a right standing with God. Hence, his mind should not be beclouded with the consciousness of sin rather his focus should be on all that Christ had done in his death, burial and resurrection which in turn gives us victory. The value and efficacy of a believer’s authority rests on the power behind that authority. God himself is the power behind every believer’s authority, Glory!

INSTRUCTION: A Believer should understand that they have the backing of God in them and should exercise their authority fearlessly.

CONFESSION: I affirm that God lives in me therefore I don’t have a power problem.

QUOTE: All that Christ paid for has placed the believer at an advantaged position.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 10 EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

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DISTINGUISHING THE OLD FROM THE NEW

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” – 2Timothy 3:16-17(NIV)

LIGHT FOR NOW: If it’s not about Christ, it is not the Gospel

The Gospel is a message of a person. If it’s not about the person of Jesus, then it’s not the Gospel. The believer has no business equating godliness with material things. Jesus is our satisfaction. Godliness with contentment is great gain. It is dangerous to equate spirituality with material wealth, you become a destitute. The believer has the joy of salvation. Once you lose that joy, depression sets in. The Gospel is the message of Christ and it is the power of God unto salvation. The New Testament makes the Old Testament retired. The Bible in Hebrews 8:7-9 says, “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to lead them out of the Land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant and I regarded them not, saith the Lord”.

The ministration of the old covenant was death and the ministration of the New Testament gives life. The old covenant was life before the cross and the new covenant is life after the cross. The law was not for the believer in Christ Jesus. It was for the sinners. The covenant in Christ predated the law. The law was an addendum to what God had already planned for man. It was an addition. Galatians 3:17-19 says, “And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect”. The old covenant was based on what you can do while the new covenant is based on what Christ has done. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Let go of the old. Embrace the new

CONFESSION: Father, I thank you for making me a partaker of the glorious Gospel of Christ in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The New covenant makes the old covenant retired.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 12, EVENING: PSALMS CHAPTER 6

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JESUS, THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” – John 5:39

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the climax of revelation.

Our opening text (John 5:39) was an interrogation between Jesus and the Pharisees; meaning the Pharisees where the audience whom this statement was made in John 5:39. Now, the way the King James manuscript translated the above text (John 5:39) seems to look like Jesus instructed the Pharisees to go and search the scriptures. However, this is not true because the Pharisees were men who by status and training had read the entire scriptures. The Greek manuscript renders the above text better; it is rendered as “…You search the scriptures…” Thus, Jesus’ words were not an instruction for the Pharisees to go and search the scriptures but a call to pay attention to how the Pharisees searched the scriptures “…For in them ye think…” The words “ye think” is the word “dokeo” in the Greek Lexicon and it implies “to expect to” or “to appear as”.

In other words, Jesus was questioning the art of study; they searched the scriptures without Christ in mind. They searched the scriptures without accepting the fact that the scriptures testifies of Jesus. We can deduce that your act of study is questionable if Jesus is not seen in you. The scriptures (the Old Testament) only open up when it is read in the light if Christ. The Bible therefore is Jesus’ book; he is not one of the characters in the bible, he is the main character of the bible. In the utterances of the prophets in the Old Testament, the focus was Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27 lays Credence to this: “Then he said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. Thus, “these things” in verse 26 of Luke 24 will be the suffering of Christ and the glory that followed. So, what was the focus of the utterances of the prophets? The sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. If we are to summarize the Old Testament in one sentence, what will that sentence be? It will be the sufferings of Christ and the glory that followed. Who then is the message or subject matter of the bible? Christ is the message; he is the subject matter. In verse 27 of Luke 24, Jesus expounded the things concerning himself. The word “concerning” in verse 27 implies the destination; that the prophecies of the prophets in the Holy Scriptures had a destination; the destination was Christ. Therefore, what binds the prophecies of the prophets in different times and dispensation in the Old Testament is Christ (that is, words spoken concerning Christ). Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Always look for Jesus in the bible

CONFESSION: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

QUOTE: When Jesus Is not revealed, scriptures are veiled; when Jesus is revealed, scriptures are unveiled.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1

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REIGNING IN CHRIST (2)

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:17

LIGHT FOR NOW: As a believer in Christ Jesus, you have been empowered to reign in life.

Everyone who is in Christ Jesus is designed to reign in this life and in the life to come. This is the original plan of God for the believer. In Genesis 1:28 -30 after God created Adam, He blessed man and gave man charge and dominion over all things. When Adam sinned by disobedience, man died and the entire creation became cursed. In Romans 3:23, the bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. It is the glory of God in a man that makes him to reign in life. Man therefore lost the glory of God and automatically lost his place of dominion. Christ Jesus was raised from the dead by the Spirit of Glory, unto glory to restore us back to the Glory of God so that we can reign with Him by grace and righteousness.

As believers, we are entitled to and we have received the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness to reign with Christ in the heavenlies. Once you rule in that realm, the earth is under your feet and you can decide what happens here on the earth. You become in charge of your life and decide what happens to you and what does not happen to you. According to Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:16- 22, God through His mighty power raised Christ Jesus from the dead and set him at his right hand in the heavenlies and has put all things under Him: both things in heaven, things on earth and things beneath the earth. And the Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:6 that God raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus to reign with Him. As a believer in Christ Jesus, you have been empowered to reign alongside Christ

INSTRUCTION: Rule your world. You have been empowered

CONFESSION: Lord, I enforce my reigning in life in Christ Jesus, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: when Jesus is revealed, scriptures are unveiled.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:ACTS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: PSALMS CHAPTER 18

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REIGNING IN CHRIST (1)

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:17

LIGHT FOR NOW: We can only reign through righteousness

Righteousness is the nature of God which was imparted to your spirit when you got born again. It is a gift of God. Just as you didn’t have to do anything to be called a sinner, you don’t have to do any work to be righteous. All you have to do is believe in the finished work of Christ on the Cross and you receive the gift of righteousness. Those who receive the gift of righteousness, according to the scriptures, shall reign in life. The Amplified Version says that they shall reign as kings in life. To reign is to exercise authority, Dominion and mastery. Righteousness makes us reign in life. We can only reign in righteousness. To be righteousness conscious is to eliminate all sense of guilt, condemnation or inferiority complex. It places us above and ahead of Satan and his accusations. It also gives us the boldness and confidence to pray to God and expect answers without being afraid or ashamed before Him, because we have His righteousness.

Without an understanding of righteousness, a born again Christian cannot live victoriously over the enemy. He will still be subject to the elements of this world without having the understanding of the extent and potency of his authority in Christ. This is why a born again Christian must grow in the knowledge of God’s word. Ephesians 4:14 says, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”. Also, Revelation 5:10 says, “And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth”. Be conscious that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. By virtue of your new life in Christ, and your position as a righteous king-priest, the whole world is subdued before you. You now have mastery over Satan and his cohorts of darkness. You are a champion for life. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You have been made a king. Exercise your authority and dominion.

DECLARATION: Father, I thank you for the gift of righteousness which made me reign here on earth, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Your reigning is not in the function of prayer but in the knowing.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 10; EVENING: JOB CHAPTER 37

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FORGIVENESS: OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST

“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses.” – Acts 13:38-39

LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness is your inheritance in Christ.

From our opening text, it is important to note first that it was Paul who gave this sermon in Acts 13. Notice, when Paul talked about the forgiveness of sins in verse 38, the preaching of it was inferred in the same verse; implying that the forgiveness of sins is preached. It is a message that ought to be preached. Faith in this message equals forgiveness. That is the forgivness of sins is received by faith in Christ. Hence, Paul’s words in verse 39 of the same Acts 3, “And by him all that believe are justified”. The “him” referred to here is Christ. So, forgiveness is a preaching. Jesus himself echoed same in Luke’s synoptic account, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). Note, the word “and” used between repentance and remission is not constructive but explanatory. It is gotten from the Greek word “kai” and in this context, it implies that is or which is. So Jesus here is saying, “And that repentance that is the remission of sins should be preached”. Again, it is clear from Jesus’ words that remission or forgiveness of sins is a preaching.

A man’s sin is not forgiven because he asked for it in the place of prayer. The price of sin is paid for not by apology or feelings of remorse but by death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christ paid the price for us by dying on the cross, being buried and rising again – all according to scriptures (1Corinthians 15:3-4). Christ paid for our redemption. The price Christ paid for you was precious – His precious blood. Here, blood is used to reference the totality of Christ’s atoning work. Forgiveness thus is what Jesus accomplished in his death, burial and resurrection and thus, sins are forgiven eternally by faith in this accomplishment. Forgiveness is not what you did, it is what Jesus did. You are forgiven not because you continually prayed for your sins to be forgiven but because you have believed in the gospel of Christ. Apostle Paul in our opening text said “through this man” (that is Jesus), and in Luke 24:47, it is clear that this remission is in the name of Jesus. Thus, forgiveness of sins fundamentally is the message of the gospel. Forgiveness therefore is in the gospel of Christ and not in a man’s prayer neither is it an answer to man’s prayer.

INSTRUCTION: You are eternally forgiven because you believe in the gospel, be conscious of this.

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the inheritance I have in you which is the forgiveness of sin. I am the saved and the sanctified; I am justified in you, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Forgiveness is not prayed, forgiveness is preached.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6

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