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  JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (19)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the light of man.

As we began observing John’s words in John 1:1-5 where he picks up Genesis 1:1-3 to bring to the fore what Moses was communicating; we saw John saying that life was in Him (that is, Jesus who is the word in context) and that light that was in him is the light of men. And we saw by implications that when he says “the light of men”, then he is speaking of salvation and hence, why he further says in verse 5 “And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it”. The light shining in darkness is Christ in the heart of men which is salvation; so “darkness” in verse 5 was descriptive or figurative of men (men in the state of sin) as seen earlier in this study. So, verses  4 and 5 of John 1 are talking about salvation; Jesus the light of men; Jesus the light that shineth in darkness. Thus, in Genesis 1:3 where God said “Light be”, that was the light of men (John 1:4) and this is the light that shined in darkness (the man in the state of sin, the unsaved man) and his state could not withstand this light (meaning this light changed his state from darkness to light; from Satan to God; from sin to righteousness; from death to life). So, from John’s words, it is clear that the light will shine in the heart of men, and so darkness (in verse 5) stood out as figurative for men (the unsaved man). Now, if John is explaining Genesis and from his words, it is clear that the darkness in his account was figurative for men (the unsaved man), then that informs us that the darkness in Genesis 1:2 will stand out to be figurative (it will be a spiritual truth same way as the light in verse 3 was a spiritual truth and this will unfold in subsequent studies). But notice, John says the light is the light of men and thus, this light will shine in the hearts of men as explained, this obviously is in tandem with Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6 “For God who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. So now, the question that you should ponder on which in subsequent studies will be brought to elucidation is, if the light is shining in our hearts (that is, the hearts of men); then what will the darkness be? The darkness will be the state of man’s heart; that is, man without the light or man in the state of sin. So, with this understanding, you can now know ahead of time that the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was a spiritual truth and hence, why it is a figure of speech which will open up in subsequent studies. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Never let your zeal for proper bible interpretation not go down.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my heart is opened up to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: If you miss it at proper reading, you will miss it at proper interpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PSALMS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

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    JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (18)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: The person of Jesus is the light that shineth in darkness.

In a bid to unbundle the entire words of Moses in Genesis 1:1-3, we’ve come to discover John’s explanation of this in John 1:1-5. Recall, John said the word, who is the life and the life is the light of men which is salvation. And he further explains this as the light shining in darkness which darkness could not comprehend. So obviously, John in verses 4 and 5 was discussing salvation; Jesus the light of men; Jesus shines in darkness (men without the light) and their state could not withstand that light which means that light changed their status from darkness to light. So, darkness here (John 1:5) was figurative of men; that is, men in sin and that is the pretext (verse 4) already told you that the life was the light of men. So, verses 4 and 5 of John 1 are  talking about salvation. In other words, men’s status could not withstand the arrival of light in their heart; meaning, the arrival of Christ in the heart of a man changes his status from darkness (sin or man in the state of sin) to light (where we have salvation). So, notice two important things in John’s analysis:

  1. The life (who is the word, that is, Christ Jesus) is the light of men and this light shines in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it.
  2. In the light we will find life.

Recall, Jesus in John 8:12 said anyone who follows him (which means to believe) will have the light of life. Meaning from John 8:12, it could be deduced that life is in the light and in the first chapter of John’s synoptic, the same fact is echoed, “In him was life…” So, in Genesis 1:3 where we have “Light be”, it could be deduced that life is in that light and that is why eternal life is in salvation, just like spiritual death is in sin (darkness figuratively). So, when a man receives Christ, he is moved from darkness (sin) where we have spiritual death into light where we have eternal life which is salvation. 

INSTRUCTION: You have been moved from darkness into light, from the power of Satan into God; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for translating me into the kingdom of your dear son wherein I am of the light and I walk in the light, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Faith in Christ moves a man from death to life and from the power of Satan unto God.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (17)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the light that shined in darkness which the darkness could not withstand.

In our careful analysis of this subject, we have come to understand what Genesis 1:3 entails and we are now on the trajectory of unbundling the previous verses with the understanding of verse 3. Recall, from John 8:12 that the light is the light of life or life is in the light and from 2Corinthians 4:6, the light shines in the heart of men which is salvation by implication. Now in John 1, John says that life was in him (that is, Jesus who is described as the word in context of John 1) and this life was the light of men which obviously means salvation. In other words;

  • The word is a person
  • Life is in that person (the word) which in other words implies that life is a person
  • Light (which is salvation) is in that person and thus, light is a person.

So, when he now says in verse 5 that the light shined in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it; that will not be a literal light (like the bulb or sun light/moon light) shining in a literal darkness (like night, that is, the absent of sunlight or moonlight). Why is this so? It is so because we have seen in context that the light is in a person or the light is a person and this person is the light of men which implies salvation (verse 4). So “the light shineth in darkness…” will be salvation; that is, Christ (the light) in the heart of men. So darkness (in verse 5) will be descriptive of men without the light or men in the state of sin. Notice, this light shines in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it, which means when Christ enters into the heart of a man (man in darkness), his status changes from darkness to light, and this is salvation. So, darkness here was descriptive of men without the light or men in the state of sin and this thus, will reveal to us that when darkness was used in Genesis 1:2, it was descriptive or used figuratively for men. So, the light shineth in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it is salvation. So, “light be” in Genesis 1:3 is the same as saying “And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it” (John 1:5). Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:God’s thought has been communicated in written form, so know the written word.

Prayer: Father, I declare that my zeal and desire to know your word increases in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The person of Jesus is the person of the word, the person of light and the person of life.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (16)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Contained in Genesis 1:1-3 is the revelation of what Jesus did for mankind in prophetic utterance.

Now, from our studies so far, we have seen from overwhelming evidences in the body of scriptures that Jesus is being referred to as the light and thus, He was contained metaphorically in Genesis 1:3 as documented by Moses. Also, by this, we have also seen that salvation will be thus implied because the utterance in Genesis 1:3 is a revelation of God’s light shining in the hearts of men and that is salvation. Now, how does this understanding unveil the previous verses so that we can get the wholesome understanding of these three verses? Now in verse 3 of Genesis 1 is a spiritual truth which is salvation, then without doubt, verses 1 and 2 must be spiritually discerned because they obviously will also be spiritual truths. So, let’s see this; recall in 2Corinthians 4:6, the light will shine in men’s heart. Also, recall that the light is the light of life or life is in this light (John 8:12). Keep these two facts in mind as we flip to John 1 where John in his synoptic picks up Genesis 1 and unveils the truth in it, it reads “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5). Clearly, John is explaining Genesis 1:1-3 here. Notice from his words that life was in Him (that is the word who is Christ) and this life that was in him was the light of men. So, again we see life in the light or light in the life and we also see men (the life was the light of men). And this light shines in darkness and darkness could not withstand it. Let’s see what this will unveil to us in our subsequent studies. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that your word comes alive in me as I study and meditate on it, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Proper bible interpretation equals revelation knowledge.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (15)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s first utterance in the bible is salvation.

In our journey in this subject, we are still investigating Moses’ words in verse 3 of Genesis 1 which will unveil the previous verses in the course of this subject. We are looking at this in the eyes of the New Testament because the New Testament is the explanation of the Old Testament. That is why, if you read the Old Testament carefully, you will observe that the Old Testament conceals the New Testament while the New Testament reveals the Old Testament. So the concealed scriptures (the Old Testament) cannot be revealed if you are looking at the conceal scriptures on their own, it will take the revealed scriptures (the New Testament) to unveil the concealed scriptures (the Old Testament). So, right there in the Old Testament, we have the New Testament concealed and right here in the New Testament, we have the Old Testament revealed. That said; recall we are still examining verse 3 of Genesis 1, so that verses 1 and 2 can come to the spotlight. Let’s observe verse 3 of Genesis 1 again, it reads “And God said, let there be light: and there was light”. Let’s look at 1John 1:5 which reads “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”. Notice in Genesis 1:3, God said let there be light; in 1John 1:5, it is clear that God is light. In other words, in Genesis 1:3, God spoke of Himself; that is why in the Hebrew rendering, Genesis 1:3 reads as “God said light be…” In other words, God said “I (the light) be”; meaning, if we have men in Genesis 1:3 as we’ve seen in the course of this studies, then what God spoke in Genesis 1:3 was his existence or reality in the hearts of men. In other words, “light be in the hearts of men” and that is an utterance of salvation. So, God’s utterance of light in Genesis 1:3 was an utterance of salvation. Therefore, what is the first utterance in the bible? The first utterance in the bible was salvation. So, before man sinned in Genesis 3, salvation was already made available from Genesis 1. So, salvation preceded man’s sin or the fall of man; therefore, salvation will not be a reaction but a pro-action. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Place premium on accuraste knowledge.

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

QUOTE: In salvation, God never reacted, rather, God pro-acted.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (14)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: The person of Jesus is the light of God to the world.

In our attempt to bringing Moses’ words in Genesis 1:3 to the spotlight, we have seen from a body of scriptures in the New Testament where we have the revelation of the Old Testament that the light in Genesis 1:3 is the person of Christ and as we saw by implication, it is in this person that we will have a humanity of men who are indwelt by the light. And don’t forget, whenever Jesus is being referred to as the light, salvation is in view; hence, in Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6, it is clear that the light shines in the heart of men which obviously is salvation. Jesus also implies this in His words in John 8:12 where He calls Himself the light and further says, “He that followeth him will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life”. In other words, men were being implied; that is, Christ the light will shine in the hearts of men or a man will believe in Him and have the light of life. So, in the light (Christ Jesus) is also where life will be found. 

Now in John 3, Jesus lays credence to the fact that He is light, it reads “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth good cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:19-21). Jesus here in talking about the light was referring to Himself. He is the light; He is the light of the world; He is the light of men. So, the reason God would have uttered “Let there be light” in Genesis 1:3 will be the salvation of men. Jesus is the light of men; Jesus is the life of men. And don’t forget life is in the light. This will become clearer in subsequent days. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You have the life of God because you have been indwelt by the light; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for your life at work in me. I declare that I am in the light and I walk in the light, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus is the light of life.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (13)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW:Jesus is the light of the world.  

In the course of this study, we have come to establish that when Moses spoke of light in Genesis 1:3, he was speaking of the person of Christ and by implication, salvation in Christ where we have a humanity of men who are indwelt by Him (the light). That is why Paul in his words in 2Corinthians 4:6 implied men that are indwelt by Jesus. John 8:12 also implied men (the light will shine in the hearts of men and a man followeth Him shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life). So, in Genesis 1:3, we have men who are of the lights or indwelt by the light or born of the light. That’s why Jesus will say in Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hidden”. James also echoes in chapter 1 verses 17 and 18 of his epistles which reads “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow nor turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1:17-18). So James calls God the father of lights and then describes the new creature (who is the good and perfect will of God) as an offspring of the father of lights. So, just like God is light, the new creature (the born again man) is of the light. So, still in Genesis 1:3, we have the new creature and it is because of salvation that the born again man (the new creature is implied). So, the man born of God is born of the Father of light, and thus by virtue of this man being indwelt by Christ the light he is an offspring of the Father of light. The apostle John in his first epistle echoes this, “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). So Jesus who is God is absolute light and there is no darkness in him at all. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never overgrow the place of learning.

PRAYER: I receive understanding in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: We are children of light because we are begotten of the father of light.

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

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  JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (12)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is light expressed.

In the course of this study, we began unbundling Moses’ words in verse 3 of Genesis which an understanding of this will unveil the previous two verses. Now from Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6, it could be deduced without doubt that Christ is the light and since Paul further says the light shined in the hearts of men which by implication means salvation, then bringing that back to Genesis 1:3, it can be deduced that light here is Christ and since this light is shining in the hearts of men as opined by Paul, then in Genesis 1:3 we will have a spiritual truth of Christ the light and by implication, men indwelt by Christ the light which automatically means salvation. Now recall, from Jesus’ words in John 8:12, Jesus calls Himself light and it further says anyone (men) who follows Him (which means believe) will have the light of life. Take note of this ahead of time; Jesus says “light of life” which in other words means life is in the light (life is in Him). In other words, in Genesis 1:3 where we have the light, then we can deduce that life is in that light (this will be eternal life which equals salvation). So in Genesis 1:3, we have Christ the light and by saying Christ the light, we have just said salvation because by implication, we will have men indwelt by the light. Recall that they will be two categories of men in Genesis 1:1-3 and if we’ve seen the first in Genesis 1:3 where we have Christ Jesus in whom is a humanity of men indwelt by Him, then the statement “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep” will now stand out to be a spiritual truth of men not indwelt by Christ the light; and as the studies goes on, this will become clearer. In John 9:5, Jesus further affirms the fact that He is the light of the world; it reads “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”. So the light is in reference to the person of Jesus. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Stay with proper bible interpretations, it is safe.

PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding from your word in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus is the light, Jesus is the life and thus, life is in the light.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 9 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (11)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: The person of Jesus is the light of men.

As we proceeded in this subject of study, we began investigating into how the bible opens up. This is because an understanding of how the bible opens up will be a revelation of what Jesus did for us. So, in other words, to know what Jesus did for us all, it is important to know how the bible opens up because having an understanding of this carries with it the fact of what Jesus did for us. Recall that the understanding of the “light” in Genesis 1:3 as documented by Moses will be the conduit through which the previous verses will open up; hence, why we have to carefully look through the New Testament in order to settle in our minds what Moses was referring to when he said, “And God said let there be light”. Now, in 2Corinthians 4:6 where Paul unveils Genesis 1, Paul lets us know that the light God commanded to shine out of darkness has shined in our hearts and his words further lets us know that the light is a person, Jesus Christ. So if the light is shining in the hearts of men, then this will be a spiritual truth and an understanding of these facts will bring the statement of Moses in verse 2 which says “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” to the spotlight. If the light shining in the heart of men is Christ in the heart of men which automatically equals salvation, then the statement “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” will be a spiritual truth which will open up in subsequent studies. But before then, let’s get more overwhelming evidences from the scriptures laying credence to the fact that Jesus is the light. 

In John 8:12, Jesus spoke of Himself and this is what He said, it reads “Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not work in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. So here, Jesus calls Himself light and He further says He that follows Him will have the light of life. Notice in Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6, the light will shine in the hearts of men, and from Jesus’ words here, those (men) who will follow Him will have the light of life. So in these two accounts, men are being implied which means that in Genesis 1:1-3, you will have men in two categories and this opens up in subsequent studies.  

INSTRUCTION: Ignorance is not an excuse, go for knowledge.

PRAYER: Father I declare that my eyes are opened to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Christ in the heart of men is light in the heart of men and that is salvation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 9

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 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (10)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s redemption plan in Christ was at the very heart of Genesis. 

It has been established in previous studies that Moses’ words in verses 1 to 3 of Genesis were spiritual truths. It wasn’t creation but salvation story; they were not literal expressions but figurative expressions communicating a spiritual truth. Now, how do we know that they were figurative expressions communicating a spiritual truth? Let’s read Genesis 1 again as we give close attention to verse 3 because an understanding of verse 3 carefully with the eyes of the epistles will bring to the spotlight the facts we have tracking out, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). An understanding of what the light is in verse 3 will clear the air in the previous verses. Now, since the epistles are the explanation of the Old Testament, it is important we hear from them about this. Paul in 2Corinthians 4:6 picks Genesis 1:3 (with verse 2 in the undertone of it) and explains what Moses meant, it reads “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus”. Paul says “God who commanded” which is in the past tense, meaning it happened somewhere and obviously this is in Genesis 1. So he says “God who commanded the light to shine”, now where do we have this light? In Genesis 1:3. And when Paul says, “to shine out of darkness”, where do we have the darkness historically here? Genesis 1:2 (and darkness was upon the face of the deep). So, Paul now points out that this light that was commanded to shine out of darkness had shined in our hearts which does brings to the fore that Moses wouldn’t have been referring to the sun, moon and stars in Genesis 1:3 because as you read in context of Genesis 1, you’ll discover where or when the lights, that is, the literal sun, moon and stars were created (this is clear in verses 14 to 16 of Genesis 1). So, the light shines in our hearts, meaning it will not be a literal light but a metaphor for Jesus; hence, why Paul further says “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. So the light in Genesis 1:3 was a person and that is Jesus Christ and the next studies will unveil this for us. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: The knowledge of God’s word cannot be overemphasized. Go for it. 

PRAYER: Father I declare that the revelation knowledge of your word grows big on my inside like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The man indwelt by Christ is indwelt by the light.

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

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 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (9)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Contained in Genesis 1 is the story of man’s redemption in prophetic utterance. 

In previous study, we began a journey into investigating how Genesis 1 opens up. Let’s pay attention to the reading “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters. And God said let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). From our previous study, it was established that there is every possibility to view Moses’ words here as a documentation about the creation. But when on reads Genesis 1:1-3 carefully paying attention to details and reading it contextually (from verses 1 to the end), he would not have concluded that verses 1 to 3 of Genesis 1 is the creation story but salvation story. No doubt that within Genesis 1, we have the creation story. But within that Genesis 1 where we have the creation story is also the revelation of God’s redemptive plan (salvation story) before anything else. This is the reason for Genesis 1:1-3, which before Moses ever talked of creation, he had prophetically spoken of salvation in Christ. So, within the creation story, we have the salvation story which is the very opening of Genesis and thus, salvation preceded creation. So before creation took place in time, salvation had already been before time and so, when time began, God’s first utterance was salvation (His plan before time uttered in prophetic utterance in time) and you will soon see this.

Now, put your hands in Genesis 1, and let’s establish a fact in verse 2 that will give us a lead into understanding the three verses. If Moses says the earth was without form and void which means empty or nothing and now, let’s say that the thought or conclusion of the earth being without form and void should have now changed by reading “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. How come we have “waters” when the earth was nothing? This brings to the fore that the communication here was not creation but a spiritual truth (of God’s redemptive plan which we will soon see clearly), and therefore the statements:

  • “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters” will be figurative (figure of speech).
  • “And darkness was upon the face of the deep” will be figurative (a figure of speech) which was to further explain the term “the earth was without form and void” which is also figurative.

In other words, “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters” was figurative (verse 2), “darkness” was figurative (verse 2), “the earth” was figurative, “light” (verse 3) was figurative, “heaven and earth” in verse 1 was figurative and all these was a revelation or spiritual truth of God’s redemptive plan put in place to cure or as the solution of man in the state of darkness. In proceeding studies, you will see clearly. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Bible interpretation is key to revelation knowledge, Go for it.

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

QUOTE: The very first utterance of God in the beginning was salvation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PSALM CHAPTER 8; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

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 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (8)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Genesis opens up in time with the revelation of God’s plan of redemption ahead of time. 

In the course of this study, it has been said that deity’s definition of love is not an emotive feeling, but the domain of sacrifice. It has also been said that God’s love will not be God reacting, but God pro-acting. In the course of this study now and the proceeding days, this earlier established fact will be brought to the spotlight with careful scriptural observation. Recall, we said that an understanding of what man did will let us know what he will do which he did and an understanding of how Genesis (the beginning) opens up will show us ahead of time in prophecy what Jesus will do. So that said, let’s begin to hear from Moses (the writer of Genesis) in Genesis 1 from verses 1 to 3, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). How does this sound? You know, reading these first verses of Genesis 1; it may be difficult to see salvation in there because the first thing that comes into your mind is creation. So, in your mind, it is creation story that you are reading and not salvation or redemption story, because that is how it appears to be. So, most people in a hurry might be saying “how is this salvation when Moses is expressly discussing creation?” even backed up with how Moses started “In the beginning God created…” So, in your minds you might think Moses is saying in the beginning, God created the heaven (the atmospheric heaven) and the earth (the earth space, the planet or universe). And when he now says “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”, in your mind you picture the darkness in the earth there as night and when God now said “Let there be light…” in verse 3, you now think of the day or better still the sun, moon and stars. So with this, you can in a hurry not see redemption or salvation in Genesis 1:1-3 but creation. Thus, in our proceeding studies, we will carefully observe Moses’ words again with the revelation we have in the epistles to bring to the spotlight what Moses was actually communicating. But let’s leave ourselves with a question to ponder on and the question is, if the earth was without form and void; and the word form and void there means “nothing or empty or chaos”, then how come we see waters still in the same verse 2 when the earth was nothing or empty? Let’s ponder on this in anticipation for the subsequent study.   

INSTRUCTION: Never underestimate accurate knowledge.

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

QUOTE: In the very heart of the beginning is the revelation of God’s redemption plan before time contained in prophetic utterance in time. 

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

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 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (7)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s plan of redemption was the real thought and not an afterthought.

In our studies previously, we established that it is not just enough to sing “Jesus came and did it all for me”. It is needful to know what He did actually because there is a possibility of not knowing what He did even after singing “Jesus came and did it all for me”. So, what did He do? Now, whatever Jesus did will be the plan of God and this plan of God will be mapped out before time and manifested in time. Or what He did in time will have been pre-planned by God before time and thus, in this pre-plan, man’s excesses/sin would have been accommodated ahead of time. Thus, this will present a picture of a God that does not react, but pro-acts. Meaning, man’s sin could not have caught God unawares and thus, redemption cannot be seen as a plan B that is why He is omniscience; if He is omniscience and He is not aware ahead of time, that man would disobey Him, then He is not omniscience. For Him to be omniscience will mean He knew ahead of time what choice man will make even after giving man His word, and as a God who knows ahead of that, He must have planned man’s salvation in a man (the man Christ Jesus) ahead of time. But note that He is omniscience or sovereign does not mean He is responsible for the choice man will make. He only knew the choice man would make but He would not be responsible for the choice man would make because as we will see in the course of this study, man was given the autonomy of his will. So, God will not be responsible for what happened to man, man will be responsible for what happened to him because what happened to him will be an offspring of his choice to reject God’s word. Moreover, God will not interfere with his choice because the will of man is an institution that God Himself respects. God will not usurp a man’s will; so, it will be out of place with this analysis done so far to say that it is what God wants that happens. It is not what God wants that happens, it is what man allows that happens; so, thinking that the sovereignty of God means it is what God wants that happens or God is responsible for all that happens will be erroneous. God is sovereign yet He respects man’s choice. God will not force His plan on man because He is sovereign. To do that will be tyranny and God is not a tyrant; and if He were a tyrant, then Adam shouldn’t have had the choice to make between two trees, He should have told Adam, “Adam, come on and eat of the tree of life”. In the course of this study, this little information received in today’s study will open up. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never know God based on nuances, know Him by His word.

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

QUOTE: Before man came to sin in time, God’s plan of redemption had been before time.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (6)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s redemption plan is the love of God for man.

Having done some foundational analysis in previous studies about God’s love not being an emotive affection but a domain of sacrifice; now let’s proceed carefully in the subject of study. We have uttered in our words or sang songs like “Just for me, just for me. Jesus came and did it just for me”. And you can see the subject of this study which we have been on is quite literally titled “Jesus did it all for me”. And as we proceed in this subject of study in subsequent days, you’ll discover that the undertone in this subject is the concept of substitution (how one takes the place of another) and this concept of substitution will be seen right there in Isaiah’s prophecy in our key text which we will further examine the New Testament (the Epistles) where we have fulfillment. But it is not enough to sing “Jesus came and did it just for me”, why? This is because you could sing “Jesus came and did it just for me” and still don’t know what He did. Hence, the question you should ask after singing “Jesus came and did it just for me” is, what actually did He do? This is because if you don’t know what He did, you will think that what He did is not what He did and what He did not do is what He did. So, there is need to ask what actually did He do? Now, if what He did was not for Himself but for us, then we will need to ask what we that demanded what He did because in what He did will be the cure of what we did. 

In other words, an understanding of what man (Adam) did and the consequence which followed afterwards will then show us what Jesus will do which He did. And moreover, if what He did was not a reaction (which as we proceed in this studies, it will become clear) but a pro-action; then we need to ask, where do we see in prophecy what Jesus will do before man ever disobeyed God in Genesis 3? In other words, the cure to man’s choice and the predicament of that choice will precede Genesis 3. So, where do we find that cure to man’s state as a result of choice before Genesis 3? That cure to man’s state before Genesis 3 will be what Jesus did. And we will see this is how the bible opens up because right in Genesis 1 is the solution to humanities problem before humanities problem in Genesis 3. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Go for the word.

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

QUOTE: In the substitution of Jesus for us is the reconciliation of humanity back to deity.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: MICAH CHAPTER 7

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (5

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Before man ever thought of loving God, God had already loved man with an everlasting love.

We saw in our last study that what man calls love is not what deity defines love to be. In the context and conduit of deity’s definition of love, love is the domain of sacrifice. Love is not seen in what is said, but in what is done. So in God’s view, love is sacrifice; that is, God loves man and in loving man, He died man’s death and then gave man His life. So, it is not “if you love the Lord, jump up, sit down or clap your hands…” Jesus did not clap His hands to save humanity, Jesus died man’s death. So, don’t say clapping my hands shows that I love God or my shouting of hallelujah proves my love for God. You are actually clapping to maintain or (in accordance) to the tempo of the music going on, and also your shouting of hallelujah is your involvement in the service. More so, some folks can be caught up thinking that when we talk about loving God, we are talking about sleeping in the church day and night praying for your problems; that is not loving God. Some folks think because they pray during tarry nights, this shows they love God; meanwhile, all the tarry night prayers were for themselves. When your service to God is quantified, it is nothing in the face of God’s quality of love. When a man brags about how he loves God, it is because he has not understood the context and confines in which deity defines love. The scope of man’s love is so limited; it cannot score points with God. That is why God did not wait for you to love Him before He started loving you. Hence, Paul’s words in Romans 5:8 which reads “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.  

In Romans 8:35, Paul did not say “Who shall separate us from our love for Christ”, rather he said “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ”. So, it is not our love for Christ, it is His love for us. So, when we could not love Him, He loved us and that is why our love today is an offspring of His love for us. Our love for others follows the example of His love for us; He is our prototype, He is our archytype. That said, as we delve into this study in subsequent days, clarity is coming to the fore even as the investigation will get deeper and understanding will be chronologically coming clearer. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Stay secured in his love for you.

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for loving me unconditionally. I declare that I am secured in this love, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: God our father does not react, God our father pro-acts.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (4)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot use love from human perspective to define love from God’s perspective.

In the previous study on this subject, we saw how limited it is to want to define love or the love of God from human view. Truth is, when most folks say they love God, what they are thinking of is this human view of love. They think that loving God is like saying “I love my wife” or “I love my husband”. They are thinking of love founded on feelings and emotions; they are thinking of love as an expression or release of massive rush of hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc. This is how limited the scope of their love is but obviously, this their view or scope of love is a joke; this is not the kind of love we are talking about here. When we talk about love in the context of deity and divinity, we are talking about sacrifice. That is, we are talking about sacrifice in the terms where it involves a man dying (this is love from God’s perspective). Another joke some people actually exhibit in the name of loving God is when they say “I’m clapping my hands to show that I love Jesus”. So they will say “if you love the Lord, clap very loud”, and you will clap very loud. This is you playing in church when seriousness comes in; you will sit down to know how deity defines love. How on earth do you think that clapping your hands is loving God; can’t unbelievers also clap their hands? Even unbelievers can come to church and also join in shouting hallelujah; so how then do you think or define that as loving God. Clapping or you saying “if you love the Lord, say hallelujah” is just to get the service going or you getting your congregation involved in the service; don’t interpret or define that as love because that is not how deity defines love. John 3:16 did not say that God so loved the world, so He stood up and clapped for mankind or shouted hallelujah! Truth is, if that is what He did, humanity would have been lost in the consequences of his choice which was sin. “God so love the world that he gave…” so, in deity’s definition of love, it is the domain of sacrifice. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Where the knowledge of God’s word is concerned, place premium on it.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I declare that the revelation of your word grows big on my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The love of God is the reason that God gave us Jesus.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (3)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: When the love of God is implied, don’t see words, see actions.

In the course of our journey in this study, we’ve come to establish that love in the context or confines of divinity or deity’s interpretation or definition is sacrifice. So the love of God is not an emotive feeling; the love of God is a sacrifice. The reason why many folks have not comprehended this fact of God’s love is that they seem to define or interpret God’s love from human scope or human’s perspective of love. But human’s love cannot be used as litmus test for God’s love, why? 

  • Human’s love is reactionary, God’s love is proactionary.
  • Human love has reasons, God’s love has no reasons.
  • Human love can change over time. God’s love is eternal; that is why He has loved us with an everlasting love.
  • Human love most times or always is based on merits. God’s love is not based on merits, it is unmerited.
  • As far as human love is concerned, when something goes wrong, it can be withdrawn. But God’s love cannot be withdrawn because something went wrong or because you erred, why? This is because His love was not a reaction to your good actions, but rather, it was a pro-action before your good actions. So, it is not good actions (even though good actions are good) that make one merit God’s love, neither does bad actions disqualify a man from God’s love.
  • Human love is because of you (what you did). But God’s love is because of Christ (what Christ did), why? This is because Jesus is the expression of God’s love.
  • Human love is conditional; God’s love is unconditional.
  • Human love is work-based; God’s love is grace-based.

So, having seen that, the scope of man’s love is so limited that it will be injustice on your part to try to view God’s love from the perspective of human love. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Know the love of God.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes are opened to understand the reality of your love expressed and dispensed in your Son Jesus Christ, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The scope of man’s love is so limited where deity’s definition of love is concerned.

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

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JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (2)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s love is beyond speech, God’s love is an action.

In our previous study, we laid the foundation or framework upon which the trajectory of this study will be navigated towards. It is also important to note that in the undertone of this study is the substitution concept; how that Jesus took our place and gave us His place. And if you carefully observe Isaiah’s prophecy in our key text, you will notice in this concept of substitution implied here (which as we proceed in this studies, this will come to the fore). Recall, what is the key reason for this study? To reveal how much God loves mankind that in His love for mankind, He demonstrated it in sacrifice. That is, God became a man to save man. The creator became the “soter” (the saviour) for “soteria” (salvation) who did the work of “sozo” (the work of saving). Recall, we said earlier that God’s love for mankind is not just found in what He said, but also it is found in what He did. Meaning, in the context of deity’s interpretation or definition of love, love is not just what is spoken, but love is what is done. In fact, still in the context of deity’s definition of love, love is not a song, love is a sacrifice. Meaning, love is not sung (that is, you don’t sing love), love is acted (that is, love is seen in actions or sacrifices; and don’t forget that we are defining love in the context of deity’s definition or interpretation). So, when we talk about “the love of God”, don’t think of love as an aftermath or a bye-product of a heavy burst of hormones, but love is seen in actions; love is not said but demonstrated in what is done. That is, God so loved humanity; that in His love for humanity, He created an enabling environment to back up this love with action. And remember, this action was not a reaction but rather a pro-action; and in this study, the understanding of this fact will come to light. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Being full of the word is for your own good. Go for it!.

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for the knowledge of the word that has come my way and that is coming my way. I declare that I am receptive to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The proof of love is not words; the proof of love is action.

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

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (9)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The spirit of God and the spirit of the believer are indistinguishable. They are one and the same.

In our previous studies, we continued in Paul’s flow of thoughts where we began to examine his words in verse 15 of Romans 8 which reads, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father”. Recall, the word adoption differs from the literal scenario where a couple adopts a child. The word “adoption” being translated implies “to place as” or “to be in the position of” or “to be seen as a son”. In Galatians 4:5 and Ephesians 1:5, Paul echoes the same fact to these churches and what should be observed is that each time he explained adoption, he used the words “sons” or “children”. Hence, “adoption” for the believer will mean there is a placement in the stead of the son Christ Jesus; that is, being seen in the same way as Jesus. In essence, the spirit of adoption implies that those in Christ Jesus share the same identity of sons with Christ. The word “Abba” is a word that was used for affection and preciousness; thereby implying source and sustainer. It explains that we are precious to Him and He has affection for us. Thus, the work of the Spirit in the believer is to unfold to him the affectionate relationship He has with the Father (Father-son relationship). Again, Paul explained this in his letter to the Galatian church, it reads “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”. The statement “…God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts…” implies that His Spirit is in our hearts, and this is the core of our being. Let’s pay attention to Paul’s explanation in verse 16, it reads, “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). The phrase “beareth witness with” when translated implies a joint witness or evidence. Hence, the Spirit and our spirit are one and the same. It means two as one witness. That is, you will never be able to distinguish the Spirit of God from the spirit of the believer in Christ. This is the same truth he explained to the Corinthian church, it reads, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1Corinthians 6:17). Therefore, the man in Christ is indwelt by God’s Spirit, this is the Spirit of adoption; he is seen as a son; he is placed as a son. The same way Jesus is seen is the same way this man is seen; this man is the born again man. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You are a Son of God. Acknowledge it.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my realities unveiled to me in the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The born again man has received the spirit of adoption.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (8)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man in Christ has the spirit of adoption.

In our previous studies on this subject, we came to deduce after careful explanations that what Paul explained in Romans 8 was that the sons of God are led (that is, born) by the spirit of God; they are no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit; by the indwelling of the Spirit which is received at salvation. That is, by faith in the gospel, they (the man in Christ) has mortified the deeds of the body and is alive (the spirit is life). Paul echoes this in verse 10 of Romans 8, it reads “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness”. Now in verse 15, Paul points our attention to a vital fact of the indwelling of the spirit; it reads, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). Let’s pay attention to the word “adoption”. It is important to point out first that the word “adoption” used here by Paul is not the same as the literal scenario where a couple in need of a child for years gets to adopt a child maybe from an orphanage home or wherever. The word “adoption” here is the word “huiothesia” which implies “to place as” or “to be in the position of” or “to be seen as” a son. This thus differs in meaning to the literal scenario where a couple adopts a child as we said earlier. Paul explained the same fact in verse 15 of Romans 8 in his letter to the churches at Galatia and Ephesus, they read “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:5). “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:5). Now, a critical point to observe is that every time he explained it (that is, adoption), he used the words “sons” or “children”. So what could this tell us? Let’s see what this tells us in the proceeding study. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is key, go for it.

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

QUOTE: How effective your Christian walk is, is equivalent to how much you understand your realities encapsulated in the written word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (7)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The deeds of the body are mortified by faith in Christ.

From our previous study, it was established that the flesh (in Romans 8) refers to the nature of sin. And thus, when Paul spoke about the deeds of the body in Romans 8:13, he was not referring to the physical body but the body of sin; Romans 6:6 brings this to the spotlight, it reads, “knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”. Paul in Galatians 5:24 lays further credence to this, it reads “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”. The man in Christ is dead to sin and alive to God, by faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Thus, in Romans 8:13, the statement “deeds of the body” refers to “the body of sin” (in Romans 6:6). Hence, mortifying the deeds of the body through the spirit is the New Birth, which is why he concluded the statement with “…ye shall live”. He explained this further in verse 14 which reads “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Recall, the word “led” which is the word “ago” in the Greek implies to be carried, to be born. So in context, Paul was explaining being led from the flesh into the spirit; this is the New Birth. In other words, Paul explained that Sons of God are led (born) by the Spirit of God (they are no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit; by the indwelling of the Spirit received at salvation). That is, by faith in the gospel, they have mortified the deeds of the body and are alive; the spirit is life. This is what Paul was explaining, this is the reality of the man in Christ. This man is led (that is, born) by the Spirit of God. The spirit is the nature of this man. By faith in Christ, this man has mortified the deeds of the body (the body of sin). This man (indwelt by God’s Spirit by faith in Christ at salvation) is death to sin and alive to God. Hallelujah! I have been led from the flesh into the spirit. I now have the spirit as my DNA; my nature; the very core of my being. Glory to God forever more.    

INSTRUCTION: Let your realities fill up your entire mind till nothing else matters.

PRAYER: Thank you father for opening the eyes of my understanding into my realities in your son encapsulated in your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: At salvation found in the resurrection, the new creation was moved from the flesh into the spirit.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 7; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (6)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man in Christ is dead to sin and alive to God.

Having seen that the word “led” means to be born, then to be led from the flesh into the spirit means to be born again. In other words, the believer (the man in Christ; whom is indwelt by the Spirit) has been led from the flesh into the spirit; thus, he cannot live after the flesh, because he is alive in the spirit. Hence, Paul explained in verse 13 which reads “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”. Thus, the flesh refers to the nature of sin and thus, the deeds of the body in context were not referring to the physical body, why? This is because he had explained earlier in chapter 6, it reads “God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not that so many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we should also live with him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likeiwse, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:2-11). Notice the statement in verse 6, “…that the body of sin”. So the deeds of the body in context were not referring to the physical body but the body of sin. The man in Christ is dead to sin and alive unto God, by faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. I am dead to sin, I am alive to God. Glory to God forever more. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You have the nature of Christ; let this occupy your mind.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Spirit that dwells in me which has imparted into me your very nature and life. I give expressions to this nature in my walk on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Faith in Christ is how a man is led from the flesh into the spirit.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (5)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The spirit is the believer’s nature.

We saw in our previous study that the summation of Paul’s words in Romans 8 where the terminologies “the spirit of life”; “the spirit is life”; “the spirit of God”; “the spirit of adoption”, was to describe “the spirit” indwelling the believer. Let’s observe verses 11 to 14, it reads “But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. The word “quicken” (verse 11) is the word “zoopoieo” in the Greek and it implies to vitalize, make alive or to give life. Notice the initial statement, “…the spirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you…”, thus, implying that the man in the spirit is indwelt by the Spirit. Let’s pay attention to a keyword that will bring our subject of study to the spotlight. It’s the word “led”. This word “led” (verse 14) is the Greek word “ago” which implies to be carried, to be born. In context, what Paul explained was being led from the flesh into the spirit. This was in reference to the man in Christ (who is not in the flesh but in the spirit) because he is indwelt by the Spirit of him that raised Christ from the dead. This is his nature (the New Birth). Thus, verse 14 explains verses 12 and 13. The believer (who is indwelt by the Spirit) has been led from the flesh into the spirit; thus, he cannot live after the flesh, because he is alive in the spirit. In other words, having understood what the word “led” means, what does it therefore mean to be led out of the flesh into the spirit or to be led from the flesh into the spirit? It simply means to be born again. In other words, the born again man is the man who has been led from the flesh into the spirit because this man has been indwelt by God’s spirit. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never over-value who you are not and under-value who you are.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Spirit at work in me wherein I am led from the flesh into the spirit, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The born again man is the man who has been led from the flesh into the spirit.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (4)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man in Christ is indwelt by God’s spirit and thus is in the spirit.

In our previous studies, we came to deduce that by the indwelling of the spirit, a man is in the spirit. On the other hand, a man who is not indwelt by the Spirit of God is in the flesh. Hence, as we saw in our previous study, Paul within the same chapter calls those who are indwelt by the Spirit, sons of God (verses 14, 15, 16 and 17). Paul made a further distinction by stating that those who are led by the Spirit are those in Christ; they are indwelt by the Spirit and they are sons of God, while those who are not in Christ are in the flesh; they are dead and they are not sons of God. So, the terms “the spirit” and “the flesh” were used by Paul to describe humanity in Christ and humanity not in Christ respectively. Paul therefore called “the spirit of adoption” the “spirit of God” in verses 9 and 14 and in verse 10, he described the same as “the spirit is life”. Therefore, it can be deduced from the explanations done so far that;

  • A man is a Son of God by the indwelling of the spirit.
  • The indwelling of the spirit is the identity of the Son of God; that is his nature.
  • The essence of the emphatic use of the term “spirit” was for identification.
  • The spirit is life and vice versa.

In summation of Romans 8, all the terminologies that describe the word spirit (“the spirit of adoption”, “spirit of God”, “spirit is life”, “the spirit of life”) can be referred to as “the spirit” indwelling the believer. From verse 11 down to verse 14, Paul explains further, it reads “But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. What could Paul be saying in these verses (verses 11 to 14)? This will be clear in subsequent studies even as the word “led” will open up bringing to the fore what it means to be led out of the flesh into the spirit which is the topic of our study. 

INSTRUCTION: The cure for ignorance is knowledge; go for knowledge.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit that indwells me within which I am a Son of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The indwelling of the spirit is a man’s reality by faith in Christ.

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

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (3)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW:  The man in “the spirit” is not the same as the man in the flesh.

From our careful investigation of Paul’s words in Romans 8:1-4, 8:4-7 coupled with his words in the previous chapter (Romans 7:5, 6 and 13), it is thus clear that Paul drew a dichotomy between the term “the spirit” and the term “the flesh”. Most importantly, we observed that each time the phrases “the spirit” and “the flesh” were used by Paul, it was in repentance to man (we, us, those, them). In other words, the terms or phrases “the spirit” and “the flesh” were used by Paul, they were in reference to man (we, us, those, them). In other words, the terms or phrases “the flesh” and “the spirit” were in reference to “the man not in Christ” (the unbeliever) and “the man in Christ” (the believer). In verses 5 and 6 of our key text, Paul makes this so clear by giving a description of two “humanity”:

  • “They” that are after “the flesh”; they are carnally minded.
  • “They” that are after “the spirit”; they are spiritually minded.

Hence, in verse 8, He (Paul) categorically said, “so then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God”. In verse 9, he explained those who he said are “those in the flesh”. Verse 9 reads “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his”. So, those who are “in the flesh” are those who do not have the spirit of Christ. In other words, by the indwelling of the spirit, a man is in the spirit. Invariably, a man who is not indwelt by the Spirit of God is in the flesh. Hence, within the same chapter, Paul calls those who are indwelt by the Spirit sons of God (verses 14, 15, 16 and 17). So, by the indwelling of the spirit, a man is in the spirit and thus the absence of this (that is, the indwelling of the spirit) means a man is in the flesh. Therefore, we can safely say that the phrases “the flesh” and “the spirit” as used by Paul in Romans 8 was to describe two humanities:

  • Humanity not in Christ.
  • Humanity in Christ.

Humanity not in Christ will thus be the flesh (they are carnally minded). And humanity in Christ is “the spirit” (they are spiritually minded). I am in Christ; I belong to the humanity of men in Christ and by implication, men in “the spirit”.  

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities.

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

QUOTE: Humanity not in Christ and humanity in Christ are two different humanities.

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

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (2)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW:  The born again man is not in the flesh but in the spirit.

In our previous study, we saw that Paul draws an intelligent contrast in verses 2 and 3 of the above text. This contrast is:

  • The law of the spirit of life
  • And the law of sin and death.

Recall that his words here were the same thing he taught in the previous chapter which we saw clearly in his words in Romans 7:6. Notice that in verse 3, Paul spoke of the weakness of the law through “the flesh”, and then about God sending Jesus His son in the likeness of sinful flesh condemning sin in “the flesh”. Now, let’s proceed to observing his explanation from verse 4 to 7; it reads, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”. Here in the above text, it could be noticed that Paul spoke about “us” who walk after “the spirit”. He made a clear distinction between those who walk after the spirit (this will be those who are in Christ as seen in verse 1) and those who walk after the flesh (those who are dead in sin or those who are not in Christ). Observe verses 5 and 13 of the previous chapter, it reads “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law did work in our members to bring forth fruits unto death. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceedingly sinful” (Romans 7:5 and 13). So Paul thus draws a dichotomy between “the spirit” and “the flesh” and one important thing that should be noted so far is that every time he used the phrases “the flesh” and “the spirit”, it was in reference to man (hence, why he used the terms we; us, those, them); that is, “the man in Christ” and “the man not in Christ”. In other words, the believer (the man in Christ) is in the spirit, while the unbeliever (the man not in Christ) is in the flesh. So, the first thing to note as we will continue our investigation in subsequent days is that the born again man is not in “the flesh” but in “the spirit”. Glory!!  

INSTRUCTION: Know your realities in the word.

PRAYER: Father I declare that the eyes of my understanding open up to realities in You in your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: You are not in “the flesh” but in “the spirit” because you are indwelt by “God’s spirit”.

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

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YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (1)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW:  The law of the spirit of life is in Christ Jesus.

It is important to point out first as we begin our studies on this subject that there is a walk in the spirit or better say the leading in or of the Spirit where the believer (the man in Christ) subjects his decisions, actions, or activities to the guidance or leading of the Spirit. In other words, the believer makes his choice, takes course of actions and decisions by the Spirit’s leading. But that is not the leading we will be talking about in this subject. We will be looking at the leading implied by Paul in our key text (that is, being led out of the flesh into the spirit). What could this mean? In other words, what could Paul mean in Romans 8 where he talks about being led out of the flesh into the spirit? This question will be well answered in the course of this studies bringing from today into the subsequent days ahead. Now as we begin, observe Paul’s words in verse 1. In verse 1, he speaks of “them that are in Christ” and in His words, he made it clear that “them that are in Christ have no condemnation”. In other words, there is no condemnation for them. That is why he stated in verse 2 and 3 saying, “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”. Notice what Paul intelligently does here (verse 2 and 3); He presented a contrast which is:

  1. The law of the spirit of life.
  2. And the law of sin and death.

Now, he explained the former (that is, the law of the spirit of life) which is Christ Jesus. What Paul has said here is similar to what he taught in the earlier chapter (chapter 7); in Romans 7:6, Paul echoed “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit and not in the oldness of the letter”. So, in verse 3 of Romans 8, Paul spoke first about the weakness of the law through “the flesh”, and then about God sending His son (Jesus) in the likeness of sinful flesh, condemning sin in “the flesh”. We will carefully observe his explanation from verse 4 to 7 in subsequent studies for further clarity. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Let’s value knowledge.

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

QUOTE: The man in Christ is in the law of the spirit of life.

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

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (22)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: In the gospel is the unveiling of God’s love.

In our previous study as we look at Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 and Paul’s words in the epistles, it is clear that Jesus went to hell; He died the death He did not deserve and gave us the life we did not deserve. He delivered them who through fear of death were their entire lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:15). This is the gospel. He tasted death for us all; from the cross to the place of the dead (hell, called Hades). Hence, all of the Old Testament saints were released from the place (for they had believed the message of Christ preached unto them). The writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 12:23 calls them “the spirits of just men, perfected at last”. Observe the Matthew’s account in this same line of thoughts, it reads, “And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after resurrection, and went into the holy city and appeared unto many” (Matthew 27:51-53). The temple ceased to be “God’s legal place” for dealings. For, “it is finished”. So, when he said “it is finished”, He was not referring to redemption being finished, He was referring to the law; Jesus was referring to the law. His death ended the law. That was the High Priest’s last official assignment (His last sacrifice). Paul says in Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth”. Now as He rose, the saints of old rose with Him. The gates of hell could not prevail. That means the gates of hell could not withstand (it is not an offensive word but a defensive one). We still speak of His death; He will stay dead for three days. And when He is done, our joy will be full. If He had suffered for me, when I believe Him, I must not suffer the same. I can be rest assured knowing that when I am done on earth and my spirit departs my body, it goes not to the place of the spiritually dead, for my Saviour, Lord, Advocate, Redeemer, Brother, Friend and Substitute has been there for me. John says in John 5:24 “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to my words [who listens to my message] and believes and trust in and clings to and relies on Him who sent me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life” (Amplified Version). This is done on perfectly legal grounds. Jesus has been judged for us; He has been there. We are beneficiaries of His pains, His grieves, His descent into hell (the place of the spiritually dead). If He has saved me, then I am saved from the judgment of Hell. I will never come to judgment. Jesus is my substitute in judgment from the cross to hell (the place of the spiritually dead). Hallelujah! This is the gospel! Preach it!     

INSTRUCTION: Preach the word.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that the savor of your knowledge is made manifest through me, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: When the gospel is well presented, the sinner man doesn’t see how hot hell is, he sees how good God is that in His goodness, he went to that hell so that the sinner man upon believing in Him can never go to hell.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (21)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The story of redemption is love at its highest height.

It is clear from our studies (having seen the state and manner in which Jesus died) that He went to hell. Paul echoes this in Romans 10:6-7 which read, “But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)”. The word “deep” in the above text was translated from the Greek word “abussos” which means abyss. And the word “abyss” refers to hell as we saw in our previous study. In other words, the Greek word “abussos” means hell, chaos, darkness. Paul buttresses the same fact in this letter to the Ephesian church, it reads “(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had previously descended [from the heights of heaven] into the lower parts of the earth?” (Ephesians 4:9 AMP). He descended into the same place as Abraham, Lazarus and the rich man. He went to where spiritually dead people went to. He remained there for three days and three nights. He was separated from His father; He never ascended to Him till the third day. He would suffer the pangs and pains of sin punishment. Paul says in Romans 6:4 which reads, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death”. He was buried in man’s sins; these three days stand as eternity. Justice did not count calendars outside the earth’s clock; that was suffering in eternity. Thus, He had suffered for man’s sins yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever. Hear the writer of Hebrews, he says “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrew 2:9-15). This is the gospel; this is the good news of His goodness to humanity. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the message.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your goodness revealed in the gospel of your son wherein I am saved in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Jesus died our death and gave us His life. 

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (20)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus identified with the sinners state upon His death and will thus go to where spiritually dead people go to.

Having seen the state and manner Jesus died, the question now is, where did He go to after He died? Recall, He was made sin; He became an accursed object. He was rich but He became poor for us; so, it is easy to know the destination. Jesus went to hell. Peter’s account will help us. Peter had the benefit of Jesus explaining to them for 40 days; Let’s hear his words, it reads “For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy one to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with my countenance. Men and brethren let me fully speak unto you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses” (Acts 2:25-32). Jesus was not left in hell; He went there but never remained there. He rose from there; He fully identified with man. He had to bear the punishment in all of judgment’s wrath and fury. In the same breath, Jonah had prophetically spoken the same things, it reads “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice” (Jonah 2:2). Jonah was not there when this happened. The spirit of Christ in him spoke of Jesus. Let’s listen to Paul on the same subject. In Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, he echoed same, it reads, “But the righteousness based on faith (imputed by God and bringing right relation with him) says, do not say in your heart, who will ascend into heaven? That is to bring Christ down; or who will descend into the abyss? That is, to bring Christ up from the dead (as if we could be saved by our own efforts) (Romans 10:6-7; the Amplified version)”. So, He descended, He went down, just like the sinners (He substituted). He went into the abyss. Abyss means hell, chaos, darkness. Let’s keep investigating this in our proceeding studies. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Jesus loves you, rest in this assurance.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your love demonstrated in the person of your son. I therefore make manifest this love to the dying world via preaching it in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The bible is God’s love book within which is God’s love story is documented.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (19)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The state and manner in which Jesus died will reveal where He went to.

Recently in this studies, we began an investigation into where Jesus went to after He died. And we said that the state and manner in which Jesus died will determine the destination He went to. Still on that line of thoughts, let’s hear from Paul’s lips further in Galatians 3:13; it reads, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree”. So, one of the states in which He died was that He was cursed (He was an accursed object). He must never be in God’s presence this way. Under the law, this accursed thing is removed from the land (Deuteronomy 21:23). In this state, Jesus must go to where spiritually dead people go; He must suffer their pains. On earth, this is to happen for three days and nights. Outside the earth, we must never forget the son does not dwell there, it would not be three days and nights; it would be timeless. Luke’s account on the cross has left some wondering if Jesus went into a glorious bliss after his physical death. If He did, then we would have some “divine” tricks played on our souls. Let us listen to Luke, “And Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 24:43). Jesus here was talking to the believing criminal who believed that Christ died sinless (that is, Christ died without sin). This believing criminal had to be saved; he called Him Lord. Not knowing that the original language of the New Testament (Greek) had no commas, many have conferred divine inspiration on the placement of the commas by the translators; commas came centuries later. Jesus never went to paradise that day, his kingdom came only when He rose from the dead. In fact, having seen the state in which Jesus died in our preliminary explanations, then it will be out of place to say that Jesus went to paradise after He died. Let’s hear the Matthew and Luke’s synoptic again; they read, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). “And said unto them, thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day” (Luke 24:46). So having seen the state and manner in which Jesus died, He would not have gone to have a nice time in paradise. So, where did He go to? The next studies will answer this. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Place premium on knowledge as a believer.

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

QUOTE: The story of redemption is the story of God’s love manifest in the person of the Christ revealed in God’s love book which is the bible.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 22; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 12

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (18)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The state in which Jesus died reveals the destination he went to.

We saw in our previous study that without separation from God (spiritual death), physical death could never have been possible or could never have been created much less have the ability to hold man. Death is an enemy; Jesus died both spiritually (where He was separated from the Father) and physically (where His spirit left His body). So, in physical death, Jesus departs His body. John 19:30 reads “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, it is finished: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost”. So, He is now dead. Back to the question that we will be investigating into from this studies through subsequent studies ahead to arrive at the answer. The question is, when He died physically, where did He go? Did He (Jesus) go to heaven? If this were so (that is, if He went to heaven), it meant He never suffered for three days. This would mean He did not suffer, not even for a day. Did He remain in the grave after He died? If He died (that is, if He remained in the grave after He died), it meant it was a Hollywood script. Sin then would not have been portrayed in such a serious light as it is. A man cannot be dead if He remains in His body. The manner in which Jesus died and in what state will tell us His destination? Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:21 gives us a lead, it reads “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”. He was not a sinner; much more than that, He bore the sinners grief. He bore his state (that is, the sinners’ state). He bore the sinners’ punishment; He was made sin. Let’s hear from Paul’s lips again in 2 Corinthians 8:9; it reads “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich”. So, Jesus became poor. This is not referring to earthly possessions as some have mischievously tried to do in an attempt to preach material wealth. Rather, what this means is that He laid aside His status; His glory; His fellowship with the Father. The absence of this (His status, His glory and fellowship with the Father) is poverty. We all were poor because of sin; He was rich because of God. He and God were in fellowship; He was made poor so that we might be rich. Thus, to be rich is to be in fellowship with God. Hallelujah! We are in an eternal union and fellowship with the Father. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Go for the word of His grace.

PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding from your word as I am taught. I study and meditate upon it, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The new creation upon identification with the resurrection became rich in the Spirit by the indwelling of the spirit.

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

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (17)

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel is the message of the love of God.

The gospel is the power of God; the news in itself saves. It is a fact that when understood unveils the father’s heart of a loving God. It is the message of the love of God. It shows in details how much mercy and grace the sinner man was given. It is important to note that the events of the cross are pointers and not final in the acts of God’s saving power. Like we said in our previous study, redemption did not end at the cross; redemption only started at the cross. What happened on that cross was not final, what happened at that cross (redemption) only began. This is why Christ had to suffer and this He did for three days and three nights. He hung on that cross for some hours but He was dead for three days. This is what Paul echoes in 1Corinthians 15:1-4 where he presents the facts of the gospel; it reads, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 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”. Let’s go over the explanation of this death again for more clarity. His death was primarily spiritual; it was only after this that he died physically. For the penalty of man’s sin was pronounced by God in Genesis 2:16-17 in the garden; it reads, “And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die”. Notice the statement in verse 17, “in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die”, the Hebrew translation says “in dying, you shall die”. In other words, man would die spiritually and then physically afterwards. Without such a separation from God, physical death could never have been created much less have the ability to hold man. Death is an enemy; Jesus died spiritually and then physically. In physical death, Jesus departs His body. Let’s hear from John’s synoptic account where this is echoed; it reads, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar; he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30). So he is now dead. The question now is, after He died physically, where did He depart to? This will be answered in subsequent studies.

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

Prayer: Father, I declare that my zeal and desire to know your word increases in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The separation of man from God brought about extinction, but the separation of God from man (Christ the son) which brought about extinction is what brought about reconciliation which is what the new creation has in that resurrection.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (16)

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come– Matthew 24:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s goodness to mankind which is the good news of the gospel is seen in what He did in Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

On the cross (as we saw in our previous study), Jesus is the Lamb of God; He is Jehovah’s lamb. His cry became our joy; His pain became our gain; His sorrow became our triumph; His wounds became our healing. He took our place and we took His place. God put all sin on Jesus to bear the consequences, hence never again would we bear them. All judgment is now on Him. Justice is meted out to a Holy Being; unholy men can now have access to God on his merits and not theirs. Paul echoes in Romans 5:8 and 10 saying, “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life”. So, what He did was not for Him, it was for us. Now, it is important to point out that the full story of man’s redemption does not end on the cross; Christ must stand in man’s place now and meet eternity’s demands. He must suffer for three days and three nights. We have sung “Lord because of me you gave up your life on the cross of Calvary shedding your blood for me”; we have not sung the word… On the cross, we have heard Jesus say “…it is finished” in John 19:30, we must put scriptures side-by-side to understand. He was not referring to redemptive work when he said “it is finished” and this we will examine patiently in our studies in subsequent days. Hear from the lips of Jesus as recorded by the Matthew’s and John’s synoptic, they read “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). “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” (Luke 24:25-27). He would not enter into His glory until the third day; hence, in the post text of Luke 24, He clarifies this (Luke 24:44-46). So, He must bear man’s separation for three days. He must go to where sinners go; He must be fully identified with man in the present and after life. Just as the killing of the spotless (sinless) animal on the Day of Atonement, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is only the beginning. As the blood of the animal must be taken before God under the law, on the cross Jesus was slain. God had left Him and would do so until all the demands are met. Only at this point would Jesus’ blood be offered. This grueling account is grim and almost mind-numbing… but therein lays our redemption. The death of Jesus provides legal grounds for the reconciliation of man with God. For the gospel is wrapped around what happened from the cross to the grave; from the place of the dead to the resurrection and onwards to the ascension to the throne. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the gospel.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes and minds are not shifted away from this message wherein I stand, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Redemption did not end on the cross, redemption began on the cross.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3 EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 5

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (15)

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come– Matthew 24:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: Man’s iniquity was put on God’s Son on the cross.

We saw in previous studies that on the cross Jesus became the price for man’s sin. He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now, let’s observe Isaiah’s prophecy about this fact again. It reads “he is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteem him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:3-6). So, God put man’s iniquity on His Son. He must bear the grief, sorrow and travails of man’s iniquity. He must be abandoned. This is not physical death but spiritual (and for three days He must be so). Just like Adam, He died and then His body died. He had to die first spiritually before He could physically leave His body.

This death happened on the cross hours before the body died. Here, He bears our iniquity and sins. John echoes in John 1:29 saying, “behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world”. On the cross He is the Lamb of God. The good news of the cross is intriguing. Another’s pain becomes our gain. His cry is our joy. His sorrow, our triumph, His wounds, our health; for He has taken our place! This is the good news, that we might take His place. God gave Him up. He put all sins on Jesus to bear the consequences, hence never again would we bear them! Paul in his letter to the Colossian church echoes in Colossians 2:14 “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross”. He bore our grief; in that grief was our joy; in that cry was our joy; in that pain was our gain; in that sorrow was our triumph; in that wound was our healing. In fact, all He did on that cross by that price He paid on behalf of mankind. This is love at its highest. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: You are to preach the disposition of God’s love towards humanity which is seen in what He did in His Son in His death, burial and resurrection; preach it!

PRAYER: Thank you Father for stirring up my heart to reach out to the unsaved with the good news of your goodness to humanity, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: The good news of God’s goodness to humanity is the gospel in the gospel of Christ.

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

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GOD’S LOVE REVEALED IN THE GOSPEL (14)

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come– Matthew 24:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus became sin for us on the cross.                         

In our previous studies, we saw that the death in the garden was the separation of man from God. Jesus therefore will have to taste this death to pay for man. Meaning, the death of Jesus for us on the cross was a separation from God. Recall the cry of Jesus in Matthew 27:46 was not a lamentation but a declaration. This is to say, Jesus was not lamenting rather He was declaring His status. He was dead yet speaking just like Adam in the garden was dead yet speaking. Now, let us look at the spirit of truth in the Epistles as He plainly explains the cross to us. Paul in his letter to the Galatians church in Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law; being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree”. So, Jesus became a cursed thing on that cross just because of the love he has for mankind and under the law, look at what happens to such a cursed thing, it reads “his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance” (Deuteronomy 21:23).

Paul saw this (Deuteronomy 21:23) in Galatians 3:13. But here is the difference; in the garden, man moved from God; on the cross, God moved to die. God called out for man in the garden. Man (Jesus His son) called out for God on the cross. The former was man enduring the penalty for His sin, the latter is substitution. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul by the spirit keeps unveiling what happened to Jesus on the cross for us. It reads “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”. On the cross Jesus becomes sin for us. Let’s hear from Isaiah in prophecy in Isaiah 53:3-6. It reads “he is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteem him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all”. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: the message of Christ reveals the heart of a loving God towards the sinner. Preach it!!

PRAYER: Father I receive boldness to proclaim the gospel of your love for mankind in the person of your Son, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: The gospel is the good news that unveils God’s goodness to humanity.

For more light; get the message ‘Soul winning, Evangelism and Discipleship’ by Dr. John Linus

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 6

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JESUS OUR MESSAGE

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine” – 2 Timothy 4:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: We don’t preach ourselves; we preach Jesus.

Paul’s instruction to Timothy a protégé of his in our text was to preach the word. And he
(Timothy) was to be instant in this (preaching the word) in season and out of season. The word preach from its root word (“kerusso”) means to announce; to herald or to proclaim a news or message. Now, the Question is what was the word Timothy was to preach? Paul had already established in chapter 3 that Christ is the message (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Hence, the word Timothy was to preach is Christ Jesus (salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus). Timothy was not to preach himself; He was not to preach his achievement, neither was he to preach his experience. He was to preach the word and Jesus is the word. This fact is made louder in John Chapter 1 “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God”. The word in John chapter 1 was in reference to Jesus because Jesus is the word.
In verse 14 of John 1, “the word was made flesh”, God became a man. Christ Jesus is the
word who pre-existed as God in order to save man (John 1:1). He is the word; He is the
reason for the utterances of the prophet in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus therefore is the focus of the message we preach because he is the message himself. We are not to preach ourselves, we are to preach Jesus. We are disciples. We have a similar duty as the town crier. The town crier announces the message he is sent to announce, he doesn’t announce the message he feels he should announce. We are not to announce the message we feel we should announce, we have a specific message which is Christ Jesus. We are not to add details or power to the message. The message itself is power.
Paul mentions this in Romans 1:16, it reads “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jews first and also to the Greek”. The message on its own has its power. You are not the one making the message powerful; the message on its own has an inherent ability to do what it talks about. So, you can’t do more than to preach the message. Therefore we preach a Christ centered message.
He is the message; he is the word; he is the focus. The gospel of Christ does not focus on us, the gospel of Christ focuses on Christ. Jesus is the word. Hallelujah.

INSTRUCTION: Jesus is the word, preach the word.

PRAYER: Father, I stay consistent to the preaching of your word. I am instant in season and out of season; this I do to the glory of your name. Amen.

QUOTE: Christ is the Gospel, Focus on Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 Timothy chapter 3; EVENING: John chapter 1

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JESUS CHRIST: THE MESSAGE OF THE SCRIPTURES

‘In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins’.- Colossians 1:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ effected the redemption of man.

The subject of redemption is not well taught by most teachers,but simply paraphrased in sermons at Easter celebrations. It is absolutely important that every believer have a full grip on what redemption is and how it was effected. The concept of redemption is all-encompassing such that when accurately understood by a believer, everything Christ paid for will be maximally appropriated by that believer. It is saddening to observe that most believers live far below their potentials in Christ. These ones do not comprehend what Christ did on their behalf; hence, there is a vital need for a thorough teaching on the theme,‘Redemption’!

Salvation through Christ or Redemption by Christ must be taught to believers. Salvation was taught to Timothy, that is why the Apostle Paul admonished him to continue in the things he learned. ‘But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing whom thou has learned them: And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus’  (2 Timothy 3:14-15).Having commended Timothy for knowing the holy scriptures, Paulreminded him that the scripture is profitable for doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16). The word ‘doctrine’ in this context is translated from the Greek word ‘Didaskalia’, which means teaching or explanation. It can be rightly said that the profitability of the scriptures is in teaching salvation through faith in Christ Jesus! From the foregoing, we can deduce that the only way we can benefit from the scripture is when Salvation or Redemption is taught and understood!

No Pastor or leader in the Christendom is instructed to teach his experiences; all his experiences put together cannot save him, neither can it save another man. You are not the message of the Bible. The only message in the Bible is Salvation; and that message is a person -Jesus Christ! The common thread that runs through the Bible is Christ. If the message is not centered on Christ, then it is a sheer waste of time. Jesus Christ and Him alone is the message of the scriptures! He must be taught to everyone that believes, because He is the savior of the world! He alone effected the redemption of man!

INSTRUCTION:Determine to teach Christ and Him alone. Resolve to learn Christ and nothing else!

Prayer: I resolve today, I will ever learn and teach Christ; and Him alone, in Jesus Name.

QUOTE:A message not centered on Christ amounts to crises.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 22; EVENING: 2 CORINTHIANS. CHAPTER 2

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SALVATION: A REVELATION OF GOD’S LOVE

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you” 1 Peter 1:10

LIGHT FOR NOW:

Salvation is the love of God dispensed to humanity.

The love of God is revealed in salvation. Salvation is the love of God dispensed to humanity. The totality of the scriptures is salvation. Salvation is made available in a person and that person is called Christ. Salvation is only made possible by a savior. There can be no salvation without a savior. The savior is doing the work of saving. 1 Timothy 4:10 says “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men, specially of those that believe”. The word “savior” is from the Greek word “soter” which means the one who preserves.  The word “savior” had been used before Christ to mean those who conquered territories. A savior protects from dangers, harms and evils. The arrival of Jesus into our life is the arrival of everything because all of God is in Christ and all of Christ is in us. You cannot have salvation outside the person of Christ because Christ is the expression and the embodiment of God’s love. Salvation is the action which the savior came to carry out. To save a man, God had to walk out of His realm. He became a man to save man. Divinity took up humanity through virginity in order to save us from our iniquities. God’s love towards a man is not material things but the salvation of our souls. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:

Always remember the love of God towards humanity.

PRAYER:

Father, thank you for the salvation of my soul, in Jesus name!

QUOTE: Salvation is the action while the savior is the actor.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 4 

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