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SORTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (2)

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

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Refuse to allow anything keep you in bondage.

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

QUOTE: Glory is not a feeling.

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

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (4)

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

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

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

  • Information
  • Thoughts
  • Words
  • Habits
  • Character

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

INSTRUCTION: Feed your mind on the word.

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

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

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

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (2)

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Walk in the light.

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

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

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

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RENEWING YOUR MIND (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SINS (6)

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

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Forgive yourself!!!

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

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

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

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (5)

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTE: The flesh and the spirit are antagonists.                                   

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

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE SPIRIT’S WORK WHEN BELIEVERS SIN (1)

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Always read things in context.

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (8)

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION:Know God’s word wholesomely.

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (6)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (5)

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

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

Now, having established three facts that:

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

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

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

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

QUOTE: God’s corrective tool is His word.

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (2)

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the word.                                                               

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

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

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

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SIN AND THE BELIEVERS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHRIST CONFESSED, SINS FORGIVEN (2)

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

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Know the word patiently.

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

QUOTE: Faith in Christ forgives sins.                                           

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

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CHRIST CONFESSED, SINS FORGIVEN (1)

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the written word.                                                                      

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

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

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

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (4)

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTE: Forgiveness of sins is by faith in Christ.

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

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST (1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (6)

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

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

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

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

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

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the word and not the hearsays.

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

QUOTE: Faith in Christ equals forgiveness of sins.

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

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (4)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins is the believers’ inheritance the day he believes in Christ.

Paul in the above text makes it clear that forgiveness of sins is received; hence, the statement “that they may receive forgiveness of sins”. Now, notice the next word, he says “and inheritance”. Could Paul be saying two things, that is:

  • Forgiveness of sins and
  • Inheritance

Now, to understand this, let’s observe the word “and” used in between “forgiveness of sins, and inheritance”. This word “and” which is the word “kai” in the Greek is a word which is not always used in a conjunctive sense (that is, as a conjunction), but sometimes it is rather used in an explanatory fashion. The context reveals when the word “and” is used as a conjunction or as an explanation of what preceded it, and when it is used as an explanation, that word “and” (“kai”) means “that is” or “which is” in Greek. In the context of Acts 26:18, the word “and” is used in an explanatory fashion. In other words, Paul was saying “that they may receive forgiveness of sins, which is an inheritance”. In other words, the term “and inheritance” was to further explain the forgiveness of sins. This means that Paul is saying that forgiveness of sins is an inheritance. So we see two things now:

  • Forgiveness of sins is received
  • This forgiveness of sins which is received is an inheritance.

So Paul says forgiveness of sins is an inheritance, an inheritance among who? Without much ado, the next statement answers this, he says “among them which are sanctified”. Who are them that are sanctified? Without any exegesis, those who are sanctified are the believers. No wonder Paul in speaking to believers has this to say in 1Corinthians 6:11, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God”. So believers have been:

  • Washed (cleansed from sin)
  • Sanctified
  • Justified

And notice this washing/cleansing from sin, sanctification and justification is by the Lord Jesus, which is by the Spirit of our God. So the term “and by the Spirit of our God” in 1Corinthians 6:11 was to further explain “the Lord Jesus”. So sanctification, justification and cleansing from sins were done by Christ or in Christ. So it could be implied that forgiveness of sins is not made available outside Christ. Who made/makes forgiveness of sins available? Jesus made forgiveness of sins available in His redemptive sacrifice (in His death, burial and resurrection). So forgiveness is in Christ, outside Christ a man’s sin cannot be forgiven. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Forgiveness is your inheritance in Christ. Acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your redemptive sacrifice wherewith my sins are forgiven eternally, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: What we have in Christ is not an account of sin; it is the forgiveness of sin.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 26; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 27

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (3)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Always have a working knowledge of what is known and not just head knowledge of what is known.

We’ve come to establish that knowing God by mental assent is not God’s desire for us, God desires that we have a working knowledge of Him and not just have head knowledge of Him. We saw an instance of mental assent in the place of prayer in our previous studies. And we saw that having the exegesis on prayer is not equivalent to praying. You can know all you want to know about prayer , but if you are not praying then you are not effective. And we said that the effectiveness of prayer boils down to praying and not knowing. If you like be a working epignosis of prayer, if you are not praying, then the person who is praying but does not know is more effective than you who knows but does not pray. Let’s see another instance of mental assent. You know a person can have the details of walking in love and yet, he himself is not walking in love. Of course, such a person may know the Greek, Hebrew and didactic analysis of the love walk, but he himself is keeping grudges; he is backbiting and gossiping others; he cannot meet the needs of others even when he/she has the capacity; he/she lives in dishonour in the local assembly, etc. Such a person only had mental assent of the love walk, he/she did not allow what he knew transcend into what he does. God’s word is not just to be known, God’s word is to be acted upon.

That said; let’s now begin to establish some fundamentals on forgiveness as it will set the premise on which we will begin to examine the facts stated in day one of our study. Notice, Paul in our opening text says “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18). So, one of the first things to note is that forgiveness of sins is received. For it to be received, it thus means it has been made available. So the questions that will be answered as we proceed in this study in subsequent days are:

  • How forgiveness of sins was made available?
  • Who made forgiveness of sins available?
  • How is forgiveness of sins going to be received or how is forgiveness of sins received?

Notice, after Paul says “that they may receive forgiveness of sins”, he further says “and inheritance”. What could he mean? This will be answered in subsequent studies. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Don’t only know the word, act on the word.

PRAYER: As my eyes open up to your word as it unveils my realities to me, I declare that I walk in it, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: You have not well known the word until you have a working knowledge of the word and not just mental ascent.

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

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (2)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Don’t just have head knowledge of the word, have a working knowledge of the word.

We began setting the tone for what we will be investigating in this study. Truth is, most folks don’t comprehend the nitty-gritty of forgiveness. Some have been wrongly taught and thus, their understanding of forgiveness as it relates with sins is on the wrong premise. And also, some folks who are rightly taught on this only have a mental assent of it. Recall, God desires that we don’t just have a mental assent of His word, He desires we have a working knowledge of His word. Don’t just know the word, live the word out. Living the word out shows that you don’t just have head knowledge of the word (mental assent), it shows you have a working knowledge of the word. You know some folks for instance can give you the exegesis of prayer but they are not praying. They can give you the Greek analysis, Hebrew analysis, grammatical analysis and corroborative exegesis on prayer, but if you check their lives, they are not praying at all. Such people only have mental assent. That is, they know but they are not walking in the reality of what they know. And do you know what such people do when they want to justify their inability to live in what they know? Please don’t be deceived, your knowledge life does not substitute your prayer life. Growth in knowledge does not decrease your prayer life; growth in knowledge increases your prayer life. If your prayer life decreases because you have grown in knowledge, such knowledge needs to be questioned. Don’t be deceived, truth is, the effectiveness of prayers is not in knowing/knowledge, the effectiveness of prayers is in praying. No matter how knowledgeable you are in the subject of prayers, if you don’t pray then you are not effective at all. So it’s not knowing that makes prayer effective, it is praying that makes prayer effective even though prayers should be prayed in knowledge (but it is not the knowledge that determines its effectiveness, rather it is the prayer itself). So the power of prayer is not in knowing, the power of prayer is in praying. Don’t be careless to use quotes and justify your laziness, go and pray. Don’t just have head knowledge of the word, have a working knowledge of the word. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Don’t stop at head knowledge, have a working knowledge of what is known.

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

QUOTE: Until what is known is acted upon, then what is known is just a mental assent.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 8

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YOU ARE THE FORGIVEN (1)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Don’t just have a mental assent of the word, have a working knowledge of the word.

The scriptures must remain our final authority as far as biblical concept is concern. A teaching is only valid to the degree to which it draws its authority from the written word. The written word to us is God’s revelation to us and thus any revelation whatsoever that contradicts what is taught and explained in the written word is not valid. Here in our study in this month, we aim to handle the subject of forgiveness as it relates with sin. Let’s say this, E. W. Kenyon once said that what most believers have is “mental assent”. Most believers have mental assent of God’s word. What does this mean? In essence, by “mental assent”, we mean that most believers just have an intellectual knowledge of God’s word. That is, in their minds, they know God’s word which obviously is true but they don’t have a working knowledge of God’s word or better still they are not living in the reality of what they have known. In other words, by mental assent, we mean, they know the word but they are not living it out. Truth is, God’s desire is not just for us to know the word, God desires that we walk in it or better still, we live in it. That is, we should have a working knowledge of the word and not just a mental ascent of the word. A believer that has a mental assent of the word for instance can obviously know the details of the forgiveness of sins. That believer for instance knows that forgiveness is not what God does every time we sin; it is what God made available in Christ once and for all even before we ever thought of sinning. This fellow understands that forgiveness is not earned; it is a gift of grace. If forgiveness of sins is not what God does every time we sin, then this fellow thus understands that forgiveness of sins does not come on the daily confession of sins, rather it came on a one time confession of Christ as his Lord and Saviour. This means that this fellow understands that forgiveness of sins is received once for a lifetime. God does not forgive us twice, thrice, etc., he forgave us once and that one time forgiveness is for eternity.

Truth is, even with all your epignosis, you can sometimes tend to slip into works after receiving all things that God has given to you by grace. Stay with our study this month carefully because a lot will be unveiled as touching:

  • The fundamentals of forgiveness
  • Whether believers sin and what happens when believers sin?
  • What the Holy Spirit does to us when we sin?
  • What God does to us when we sin?
  • The believer and repentance
  • What is required on the part of the believer to deal with sin or habits of sin in his life?
  • Is being contrite and sorry for sinning or doing wrong sin consciousness? Should we judge ourselves or admit that we are wrong when we are wrong, or should we just go on saying “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” when we sin, without admitting that we have sinned? Or is admitting that you have sinned doubting the finished work of Christ? Learn carefully. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Don’t be a mental assent Christian.

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

QUOTE: Having a mental assent of the word and having a working knowledge of the word are two different things.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (31)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: The cure to identity crisis is knowledge.                   

We’ve seen and established that Paul’s emphasis on our key text is knowledge. So a Christian life deficient of knowledge will not be an active or effective Christian life. Christianity on its own is a knowledge based faith; even salvation functions in knowledge. So it’s a dangerous attempt to be ignorant of God’s word as a believer. You are in Christ; know yourself in Christ; read the bible; you can never outgrow reading the bible; you can never outgrow learning. Keep learning humbly as a student, not as a master because you can never be a master of God’s word except you have allowed pride into you unknowingly. How did Paul say our Christian life will be effective? Paul says it is going to be effective by the acknowledging of every good thing in you in Christ. Notice the preposition “In Christ” (even though we cannot unbundle it here in its entirety for now). The preposition “in Christ” is the signature of the gospel. “In Christ” is the heart of the epistles and the signature of the epistles. Paul’s signature in the epistles is the preposition “in Christ”. The biggest thing in the New Testament is the preposition “in Christ”. This preposition “in Christ” carries the concept of our identification and the imports of what that identification has made out of us. That is:

  • Who we are in Christ
  • What we have in Christ and
  • What Christ can do through us

So the epistles are for us to see who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ and what Christ can do through us through precise knowledge. It is only in knowledge that God’s ability in the believer can be revealed. Outside knowledge, God’s ability in the believer cannot be revealed. Let’s conclude with Apostle Peter’s words in 2Peter 3:18, it reads “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen”. Say “I grow in grace which is in the knowledge Jesus Christ”. You are born of the word; your realities are in the word. So grow in the knowledge of the word. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Place value on knowledge.

PRAYER: I declare that my knowledge life as a Christian is stirred up for more of you Lord, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Growth in grace is growth in knowledge.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2PETER CHAPTER 3; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (30)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: The effectiveness of the Christian walk is in knowledge.

In our opening text or better still key text, we have established that the love walk which is in the faith walk is effective in knowledge. The faith walk of the believer is better known as his Christian life. So Paul was saying that the effectiveness of the Christian is in knowledge. The word “effectual” here is the Greek word “energes” which implies active, effective, operative. In other words, the Christian life cannot be effective outside knowledge. The Christian life cannot be active outside knowledge. The Christian life cannot be operative outside knowledge. So a man who aims to have an effective and active Christian life outside the knowledge of God’s word is actually on a journey that will end him up in identity crisis. Your attempt to have an active Christian life outside the knowledge of God’s word will result in futility. Don’t forget:

  • It is only in the word that you can best be defined.
  • It is only in the word that you can best be explained.
  • It is only in the word that you can best be known.
  • It is only in the word that you can best be unveiled.

In other words, the believer doesn’t have any other identity elsewhere outside the word. The knowledge of God’s word should therefore not be an option to the believer, it should be a must. This is because how much of Christ you know in the word is how much of yourself you know in Christ in the word. So the emphasis on Paul’s prayer in our key text was on knowledge. Outside the knowledge of God’s word, identity crisis will be the end product. So knowing the written word is not just for knowing sake, it is for your own good. There is freedom in knowledge, there is bondage in ignorance. Do you choose to be free from identity crisis or you’ve chosen to be held in bondage by identity crisis. If you have chosen to be free from identity crisis, then go for knowledge.  

INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.

PRAYER: I am knowledge driven like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The antidote for ignorance is knowledge.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (29)                   

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Our love towards the Lord Jesus will be seen in our love towards the saints.

In our previous studies, we have carefully examined Paul’s words in Philippians 1:9-11. Now, bringing the import of this explanation back to our key text (Philemon 1:4-6), what would have Paul been referring to in verse 5 when he says “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints” or better still, what was “the love and faith” he was talking about? The “love” here (in verse 5 of Philemon 1) was reference to the believer’s love walk. The “faith” here (verse 5) was in reference to the believer’s walk of faith, and not faith as a tool to getting what you want. So it was in reference to the love walk found in the faith walk. In other words, part of our walk of faith is that we walk in love. Meaning, the love walk is in the faith walk. Notice, after he says “Hearing of thy love and faith”, he now says in the next statement “which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints”. The word “and” here can better be understood as “that is”. In other words, he was saying that the love walk which is in the faith walk, which is toward Jesus is towards the saints. That is, our love towards the Lord Jesus will be seen in our love towards the saints. In other words, loving the Lord Jesus here will mean loving the saints. Meaning your love for the Lord Jesus will be seen in your love towards the saints. Observe, he now says in verse 6 “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”. Don’t forget, the word “acknowledging” here means precise and accurate understanding. The word “fellowship” here which is the Greek word “koinonia” implies fellowship, participation, sharing. So he was saying “That the participation or fellowship of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”. Faith here will be in reference to what? Faith here will be in reference to the faith walk or better still the Christian life (just like in verse 5). In other words, he was saying that the believer’s Christian life is effective in knowledge. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Know the word and be effective in your walk of faith.

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

QUOTE: The Christian life is effective in knowledge.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (28)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: The discernment of the believer changed at salvation.

It’s clearly seen from the explanation of Philippians 1:9-11, that, knowledge is a major ingredient where the love walk of the believer is concerned. Knowledge is key to the believer’s love walk. And don’t forget that how a believer conducts himself is a function of what he knows. We saw the instance of the Corinthian church which Paul called carnal because of their conduct (1Corinthians 3:1-3). So what a man feeds his mind on will eventually determine his conduct. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed to this world. Hear this in Ephesians 4:22-24, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”. At salvation, the believer’s discernment has changed same as the source of influence. So, the walk is from the mind; the thinking pattern. God’s word is a re-education of the believer’s set of ideals. Hence, the reason for Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:9-11, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. What is the only antidote to offences? The love walk is the only antidote to offences. Walking in love therefore, is a choice we must make. The knowledge of God’s word is what strengthens this choice. The knowledge of God’s word reveals to us the reality of who we are in Christ, and consequently enables us to naturally walk in our nature (that is, walk in love which is the same thing as walking in honour and walking in the spirit). So, not walking in love is living contrary to our nature. Taking offences instead of initiating the love walk is acting who you are not. Love is your nature; it’s your identity, so walk in it. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Instead of taking offences, initiate the love walk.

PRAYER: I conduct myself in the realities of who I am in Christ, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Walking in love is the only antidote to offences.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (27)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: A vital ingredient to the believer’s love walk is knowledge.

From Paul’s prayer to the Philippian church in Philippian 1:9-11, we’ve come to deduce that Paul’s emphasis in this prayer was on knowledge. Knowledge therefore, is very important in the believer’s love walk. A believer’s conduct is a by-product of what he knows. A believer’s conduct is inseparable from his knowledge. So, what a man knows is the fabric upon which he does what he does. Simply, we cannot separate a believer’s conduct from what he knows. What will therefore be the reason why the love walk of some believers is inefficient? The reason why the love walk of some believers is not efficient is because they do not feed on this truth. The act like the believers Paul scolded in his letter to the church at Corinth, “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” (1Corinthians 3:3). Observe the pretext “And I brethren could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”

In other words, whatever you feed your minds on will eventually determine your conduct. Thus, the believer ought to purposely and sufficiently feed his or her mind on the written word. Little wonder Paul echoed in his letter to the church at Rome, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 4:17. Those influences received from the world should not be at the forefront, after a man that has been saved. That world’s system of living should not inform our actions anymore because we have been saved. We are men of the word and not of the world; we feed on the word; we place priority on knowledge, the knowledge in the written word. 

INSTRUCTION: You are born of the word; therefore, feed on the word.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your word that gave birth to me. Dear Lord I ask that you ignite the zeal in me to know your word like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Whatever you feed your mind on is a determinate to your conduct.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (26)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Walking in love should be a priority over taking offences as a believer.

In the course of explaining Philippians 1:9-11, we have come to deduce that in the interactions of believers with one another, the choice of walking in love is better or more important than being offended or taking offences. So the believer will not automatically walk in love. He is to initiate the love walk irrespective of perceived wrongdoings from fellow believers, church leaders and members. We must choose to see our leaders as God’s vessel and esteem them very highly for their work sake. Hear Paul in 1Thessalonians 5:12-13, “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves”. In 1Timothy 5:17-18, Paul has this to say, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And the labourer is worthy of his reward”. We must thus treat our pastors and leaders with respect and regard. Likewise, we must see fellow believers as members of the same body (the church) and treat them with high regard and respect. We must see them as God sees them, and treat them like God treats them. Little wonder Paul echoed in 1Corinthians 12:22-23, “Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness”.

Knowledge therefore, is very important in the believer’s love walk. Your love walk will be effective to the degree of the knowledge of Christ you have. We cannot separate a believer’s conduct from what he knows. We cannot separate what a man does from what he knows. So, as touching the believer’s conduct; what he knows informs what he does. So where the love walk of the believer is concerned, knowledge is key. How much he knows determines the progress he will make in his love walk.   

INSTRUCTION: Make knowledge a priority.                                            

PRAYER: The zeal to know your word and not just know it but also walk in the reality of it is stirred up in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: You cannot separate the believer’s conduct from what he knows.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (25)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW:  Learn to esteem the essential over the non-essential.

In the course of our studies, we began exploring Paul’s words in Philippians 1:9-11 which reads “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. In our previous study, we saw that the result of the prayer in verse 9 is verse 10. Don’t forget that the word “approve” which is “dokimazo” in Greek means to test run, to examine, and to discern. And the word “excellent” implies something that is better and important. So Paul is showing to us that in the believer’s love walk, there are choices. There are options he is faced with. Hence, the use of the word “excellent” is to let believers see that the choice of walking in love is better and important than being offended or taking offences in our interaction with others. In other words, Paul explained that when the believer has precise understanding of the word of God (the reality of who he is in Christ), it equips him with the ability to discern, and consequently influences his choices. Rather than take offences when he is wronged, he will choose to walk in love which is also walking in honour. Therefore, this implies that a believer will not automatically walk in love. There will be reasons to be offended or dishonour believers or fellow believers. However, when we increase in insight and understanding of God’s word, we will naturally make the right decision which is to love or to honour. Hence, it therefore suffices to say that walking in love is a spiritual initiative on the part of the believer; the believer must initiate the love walk. That is to say, walking in love towards fellow believers or living in honour to church leadership or membership is a decision or choice we all must make. For example, despite the perceived wrongdoings we might have, we must choose to see our leaders as God’s vessels and esteem them for their work sake. We are to initiate the love walk. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Initiate the love walk.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my realities unveiled in you; I declare that I walk in the fullness of it, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The understanding of who you are in Christ will influence your choices.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 5

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (24)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW:  Progress in your love walk cannot be possible outside knowledge.

We’ve come to see from careful observation of Paul’s word in Philippians 1:9-11 that the prayer of Paul was that believers will make progress in this love walk towards others. And Paul explained in context of verse 9 that this progress was going to be possible in knowledge and in all judgment. Let’s observe Philippians 1:9-11 again, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. As we deduced conclusively, Paul in essence was referring to the believer having a precise understanding of who he is in Christ; his nature which is love. Notice that Paul said “and in judgment” having said “in knowledge”. This shows that he was particular about the “judgment”. That is, the “judgment” was to further explain the essence of the “knowledge”. That word “judgment” which is “aisthesis” in Greek refers to your value, what you like and what you appreciate on your own.

In other words, Paul explained that the love walk presents choices. Thus, to walk in love simply means, I (the believer) have a choice to make; there is a choice that is apparent. The result of this prayer (verse 9) is seen in verse 10, “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ”. The word “approve” implies to test run, to examine, to discern. The word excellent which is “diaphero” in Greek implies something that is better and important. This shows that in the believer’s love walk, there are options. They are choices he is faced with. Hence, Paul used the word “diaphero” (“excellent”) to let the believers see that in our interactions with one another, the choice of walking in love is important or better than being offended or taking offences. So there will be reasons to be offended as far as human interactions is concerned, but the choice of walking in love is better and important than taking offences. Hallelujah!     

INSTRUCTION: Esteem what is more important over what is less important.

PRAYER: I declare that I give expression to my realities in my walk on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Growth in knowledge will make you esteem walking in love over taking offences.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (23)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW:  The believer will not make progress in his love walk towards others outside knowledge.

We have been examining Paul’s prayer to the church at Philippi in Philippians 1:9-11 which reads “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. Recall the term “your love” does not mean Paul was praying for “love” to abound; rather, he used this term or phrase to specifically refer to each believer’s love walk. Also recall that the word “abound” means “to increase” and the word “more” implies in a greater degree. In essence, Paul’s prayer was that the believer will make progress in his love walk towards others. The question now is, how will this be done? That is, how will the believer make progress in his love walk towards others? Paul answers this in context of verse 9; he says “in knowledge and in all judgment”. When he says “in knowledge and in all judgment”, the word “and” used here which is “kai” in Greek is used in an explanatory fashion in this context and not as a conjunction. Hence, the knowledge explains the judgment and vice versa. So the believer is going to make progress in his love walk towards others in knowledge. The word “knowledge” here is the word “epignosis” in Greek; it implies precise and accurate understanding.  It is worthy of note that this Greek word “epignosis” is the same word in verse 6 of our key text translated as the English word “acknowledging” (Philemon 1:6). So, ahead of time, when Paul used “acknowledging” in Philemon 1:6, it was to imply a precise and accurate understanding.

In essence, Paul in his prayers to the Philippian church which will also include his prayer to Philemon was emphatically referring to the believer having a precise understanding of who he is in Christ; that is, his nature which is love. So Paul was praying for the Philippian church to increase more and more (to a greater degree) in the knowledge of who they are in Christ. Meaning, a believer that lacks knowledge will be inefficient in his love walk, while a believer that has knowledge will be efficient in his Christian walk. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.

PRAYER: I declare that the knowledge of your word grows big on my inside till nothing else matters, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: If you are deficient in knowledge, don’t think you will be efficient in your love walk.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (22)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: You don’t increase in your nature, you only increase in the understanding of your nature.

We are still examining Paul’s words to the Philippian church in Philippians 1:9-11. And we’ve said that the word “your love” doesn’t mean that Paul was praying for love because love is the believers’ nature. And you don’t pray for what is your nature; you only pray to grow in the understanding of it and that happens by knowledge. So the term “your love” was used specifically to each believer’s love walk. Paul was not praying for love (the believers’ nature), but he was praying for the believer’s love walk (that is, for the believer to conduct himself in his nature or to walk in his nature). Let’s proceed as more understanding will come. Back to Philippians 1:9-11 as we read it again, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. Now having observed what the word “your love” means, let’s now observe another key word in verse 9 which is the word “abound”. The word “abound” which is the word “persseuo” in Greek means “to increase”. The question now is, will the prayer be for them to increase in their nature of love? The answer is No! Rather, the prayer was for them to increase in their walk of it. Now, observe a double emphasis of the word more, he says “more and more”. In essence, Paul prayed that the believer will make progress in his love walk towards others. So the love walk was what they were to abound in more and more. He prayed for an increase, not in the nature of love but in the walk of that nature or the walk which that nature produces. In other words, the nature of love in the believer is the reason why the believer can naturally walk in love. So, believers are to increase more and more in their love walk towards others. The next question is, how will this be done? This will be answered in proceeding studies. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Walking in love is natural to you; acknowledge it!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, as my realities are being unveiled to me through the word, I declare that I walk in these realities and not just have knowledge of these realities, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: When you first see love as your nature, then walking in love becomes you walking in your nature.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (21)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Your love walk will not amount in great degree if you don’t first see love as a nature.

As we proceeded in this study, we previously began examining Paul’s words in his prayers to the Philippian church. Philippians 1:9-11 reads “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. Recall the implication of the word “your” (love) does not mean Paul prayed for love, rather he prayed that the believers’ love should abound more. What this connotes is that every believer has the nature of love. So there is no such prayer like “Lord give me grace to love”. You cannot be asking for grace for what is already your nature. Where will God get grace from to give you to love when he has already made love your nature? You don’t pray for your nature; you only receive that nature by faith in Christ. You only pray to grow in that nature or you pray for the understanding of that nature to be made available to you via knowledge or better still you pray to grow and walk in your nature and not to receive grace for that nature.

So the phrase “your love” in verse 9 of Philippians 1 was referring specifically to each believer’s love walk. So instead of praying to receive grace to love, rather pray to walk in your nature which is love; the effectiveness of this prayer will be in knowledge. Love is your nature; it is your identity. You don’t pray to receive it; rather, your prayer should be to walk in it. So if you are praying to God to give you the grace to love, you are praying the wrong prayer. What is part of that grace that you received at salvation is the nature of love. The nature of love is part of that grace that you received when you got saved. So instead of praying amiss, know what is in that grace that you have received and see yourself walk naturally in it. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Know what is in the grace you have received.

Prayer: My eyes are opened up to the realities found in the grace I have received, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Your identity when revealed to you equips you to walk in it.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 1 JOHN CHAPTER 4

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (20)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Part of the identity of the believer which is his nature and also not an answer to prayer is the nature of love.

With what has been established in our studies in previous days, let’s now proceed in this study using a different trajectory but still unveiling the believer’s identity and nature. In our key text (Philemon 1:4-6), Paul in making mention of Philemon in his prayers says this in verse 5 which we will examine before we get to verse 6. Paul says in verse 5 “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints”. Notice, he uses “love” and “faith” in verse 5. Now the question is, what love is he talking about or what faith is he talking about? Don’t also forget that in verse 6, he uses the word “faith” again, “That the communication of thy faith…” So what did Paul mean in verse 5 when he used “love” and “faith”? Now this will come to the fore in subsequent days as we carefully observe and analyze a similar prayer to the church at Philippi, it reads “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11). Here in Paul’s letter to the Philippians in the above text, Paul uses key words that will be examined as we proceed.

In verse 9, he says “your love”. The word “your” (love), is the word “hymon” in the Greek, which implies “that which is”. Thus, when Paul said “your love” he was being specific or he was definite. That is, he wasn’t praying for love to “abound”. He was not praying that love should abound, rather he prayed that you (the believer’s) love should abound more and more. This thus brings to the fore that everyone (believers) that Paul prayed for here has love (as a nature). In other words, to believers in Christ, love is their nature. Love is part of their identity. Hence, the phrase “your love” refers specifically to each believer’s love walk. In other words, the “love walk” is a walk that is an offspring of a nature. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Know your nature and walk in it.

PRAYER: Father I declare that my eyes are opened up to my realities in you and I walk naturally in the same, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The love walk is a walk that is an outcome of a nature.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (19)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowing who you are equips you to live naturally in it.

In the course of this study, we have come to establish that outside Christ the believer cannot know Himself. The identity of the believer is in Christ and it is only in Christ that he can know himself. Just like the revelation of Jesus was not subjected to public opinion, the revelation of the believer or the unveiling of the believer in the revelation of Jesus is not also subject to public opinion. So no one can know the believer in Christ by how he thinks, feels or better still from his human perception, you can only know the man in Christ by revelation and this revelation is in the unveiling of Christ in the written word. So for the born again man to understand himself, he has to first of all understand Christ because it is in the understanding of Christ that he can understand himself. If the believer in Christ is less of the revelation of Christ, then he is less of the revelation of himself. How much of Christ you know will be equivalent to how much of yourself you know. Simply, if you don’t know Jesus, you cannot know yourself.

The believer is unveiled in the revelation of Jesus. God is demystified in the revelation of Jesus and Satan is exposed in the revelation. The revelation of Jesus is the fabric in all of these. If you miss it at the revelation of Jesus, then you have actually missed it because the absence of it will:

  • Make God mysterious
  • Make you veiled
  • Make Satan still hidden

It all starts at the revelation of Jesus. That is why He is the subject matter of the bible. He is the message of the bible. That is why the bible is Jesus’ book; it is Jesus’ story. Jesus is the explanation of all things. As it concerns the believer’s identity, the believer cannot naturally walk in it if it is not revealed to him. The revelation of the believer’s identity in Christ equips him to walk in it with ease or naturally. You cannot walk fully in what you have not known. Thus, the believer has to know himself fully in order to walk in it fully. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Don’t miss it at the revelation of Jesus.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes are opened to know Jesus from the scriptures and in Him come to the full understanding of myself in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus is the climax of revelation.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (18)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are not known until Jesus is known.

We have come to deduce three very vital facts from our examination of Matthew 16:13-18 which are:

  • The revelation of Jesus demystifies God.
  • The revelation of Jesus unveils the believer.
  • The revelation of Jesus exposes Satan

How will the believer’s identity be known? It will be known by revelation. The next question is, by the revelation of who? By the revelation of Christ. The next question is, where can we find the revelation of Christ? We can find it in the scriptures. The identity of the believer will not be subjected to public opinion or human views; it will be subjected to the written word. So the born again man is not known from human perception but by revelation, just like Jesus was known by revelation and not by human perception. Finally, in the light of this, let’s hear Paul as he echoes this truth; “Wherefore henceforth know we know man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Corinthians 5:16-17). Where do we know Christ after the flesh? In the four gospels, and Matthew 16:13-18 is a perfect example of this. So Paul says we should not know Jesus after the flesh (2Corinthians 5:16). And in verse 17, he speaks of “man in Christ” (that is, a humanity of men; male and female) who are new creatures.

So, “man in Christ” (male and female) are not known after the flesh because the person in whom they are in or the person who is the head of this humanity is not known after the flesh. So both Christ and the new creature are a revelation; Jesus revealed is the believer unveiled. Outside Jesus, a believer can never know his true identity. With this fundamental analysis done so far, we will in our subsequent studies get back to our key text and unveil a fact that is the believers’ nature and go as far as we can in this study. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: You are known in Christ. Don’t try to know yourself elsewhere.

PRAYER: Revelation knowledge grows big on my inside till nothing else matters, In Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Your identity still remains unknown to you until Jesus is made known to you.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (17)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus revealed demystifies God, unveils the believer and exposes Satan.

We’ve seen from the response the disciples gave to Jesus in Matthew 16:13-18 scenarios, that men’s perception of Him was based on natural lines. But in verse 15 of Matthew 16 when Jesus directed the question to His disciples “whom say ye that I am?” Peter responded in verse 16 and Jesus in verse 17 called that revelation, “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my father…” When Jesus said “flesh and blood did not reveal that to him”, He was referring to human acquaintance or human perception. So Jesus is not known by human perception but by revelation. Don’t forget that the revelation of Jesus demystified God (“but my Father which is in heaven”). Furthermore, after Peter revealed Jesus in verse 16, Jesus in verse 18 says “…That thou art Peter, and upon this rock…” In other words, that same revelation of Jesus which demystified God unveiled Peter. So Peter spoke about Jesus by revelation, and Jesus addressed Peter by revelation. So the revelation of Jesus which demystifies God unveils the believer. The believer’s identity is unveiled when Jesus is revealed. When Peter unveiled Christ, he discovered himself, his true identity was unveiled. So your true identity is unveiled when Jesus is known. The same way Jesus is known by revelation, God is known by revelation, the believer is also known by revelation. The father, the Son and the sons of God (believers) are a revelation.

Another important fact is in the next line of Jesus’ words in verse 18 “…the gate of hell shall not prevail…” The statement “gate of hell” refers to the authority of death and the undertone of this will be the devil, Satan. In essence, the revelation of Jesus which demystifies God, unveils the believer and exposes Satan. Knowing Christ Jesus exposes Satan because darkness is only exposed in the light. The revelation of Jesus does three important things:

  • It demystifies God
  • It unveils the believer
  • It exposes Satan

Jesus wasn’t known by human perception, He was known by revelation. The believer in Him is not known by human perception, he is known by revelation. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Know Jesus if you must know you, know God and expose Satan.

Prayer: I receive revelation knowledge as I sit on God’s word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Jesus revealed is God demystified, the believer unveiled and Satan exposed.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (16)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowing Christ after the flesh is limited.

Still on the scenario in Matthew 16:13-18, it is clear that the response of the disciples to Jesus’ question buttresses the fact that what all men knew about Him was along natural lines. That is why in Nazareth, they knew Him only after the flesh; they talked about His brothers and sisters in the flesh. A perfect example of this in the synoptic is Luke 4:22 which reads “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, is not this Joseph’s son?” They totally missed it. They saw Him as one of them and lost out of receiving from His ministry. The people in the days of Jesus Christ when he walked this earth had no capacity to function in revelation knowledge. That was why Jesus taught them in parables. They could only understand things that are on natural lines. The knowledge of Christ after the flesh is a limited knowledge. You will discover in Luke 24:13-31 which was after the resurrection, Jesus met two of His disciples on the road to a village called Emmaus. They were talking about the news of His resurrection from the dead. Jesus asked them what manner of conversation they were having. And they thought Jesus was a stranger who was not aware of what was happening. They began to tell Him about Jesus, that He was a great prophet; mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. They were talking about Jesus to Jesus and didn’t know that it was Jesus. They missed it even in the resurrection; they still called Jesus a prophet just like the scenario in Matthew 16. Jesus had to rebuke them for being dull of hearing, slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken of him, and for not believing what the scriptures said concerning him (Luke 24:25-26). And begining from the writings of Moses, Jesus expounded to them in all the scriptures things concerning himself (Luke 24:27). So Jesus had to take their eyes off human perception, and pointed them at the revelation of the scriptures. You will not know Christ after the flesh no more when you know the scriptures. Jesus thus is not known on natural lines, Jesus is known by revelation and the revelation of Jesus which is in the Father has been committed to writing. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: God’s word is all of God’s revelation in Christ to you. Know the word.

PRAYER: My desire and passion is stirred up to know your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: If you miss it in knowing Jesus, then you have missed it in knowing God.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (15)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus wasn’t known by human perception but by revelation.

We began examining the scenario between Jesus and His disciples in Matthew 16 where we want to bring out key facts surrounding the believer’s identity. Let’s once again listen to this account again, it reads “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the son of man am? They said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-18). You can see here that men had different views and opinion about Jesus which however was only restricted along natural lines. But their opinions, views and perceptions along natural lines was limited to knowing Jesus. Now observe what Jesus now did; Jesus now directed the question to His disciples in verse 15 “But whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter amongst the disciples now answered “Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God”. Jesus now calls Peter’s response to His question, revelation, “flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee…” So, is Jesus known by human perception, views and opinions? No. So, how is Jesus known? Jesus is known by revelation. Jesus wasn’t known by public opinion, Jesus was known by revelation. The Father revealed the fact to Peter; so the revelation of Jesus the Son is found in the Father. Same way the revelation of the Father (God) is found in the Son (Christ), and this revelation has been committed to the writing in a book called the bible. Notice, Peter revealed Jesus, Jesus revealed the Father. So the revelation of Jesus demystifies God; God remains unknown until Jesus is known. God remains veiled until Jesus is unveiled; God remains mysterious until Jesus is revealed. So the revelation of Jesus demystifies God. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

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

QUOTE: God remains unknown until Jesus is known.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (14)              

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus wasn’t known from the human point of view, so you won’t be known from human point of view.

In our previous studies, we began examining Jesus’ question to His disciples in Matthew 16. He did this because He wanted to know what they thought of Him. Let’s hear from the account again, “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the son of man am? They said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-18). Jesus was not surprised at what the answers was after he had asked about what men said about Him. Men only saw Him on the human angle; to them, Jesus was just a prophet. Different shades of opinion came out of these men that had been with Him for about three years and their opinion about Him was not good enough because human opinion or public opinion is limited where the revelation of Jesus is concerned. You don’t know Jesus by men’s opinion, you know Him by revelation and this is the reason all of his revelation has been put to writing in a book called the bible. Their attempt to know Jesus through the flesh was incorrect. You will end in identity crisis if all you want to know about Jesus is in or through the flesh. Men in their view gave their opinion of Jesus but it couldn’t hold weight because Jesus is not known by man’s opinion or by public opinion, but by revelation. Hence, that is why Jesus in His words in verse 17 places an emphasis on revelation. Jesus placed emphasis on accurate knowledge and not human’s opinion. Jesus wasn’t defined by the opinion of others. In the same vein, you who is in Him can’t be defined by the opinion of others. Who Jesus is wasn’t based on public opinion, so you are not defined by public opinion. Jesus was not known from human views, so, the believer in Him can’t be known from human views. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: You are known in Christ in the word. So know the word.

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

QUOTE: The revelation of Jesus is not subjected to public opinion, it is by the word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (13)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Don’t think you can reveal the man in Christ along natural lines because Jesus is not known along natural lines.

We’ve established in the course of this study that where the revelation of the born again man is concerned, it can’t be subjected to the world, it can only be subjected to the word. That said, it is important to bring ourselves to an understanding of a fact that happened when Jesus was on earth for further elucidation. Jesus when he was on earth in his earthly ministry asked His disciples a very fundamental question. The aim of the question was for Him to know what they thought of Him. This was after they had been with Him for about three years. He expected them to know who He really was in the light of the great ministry He led. They had seen all kinds of miracles and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost through miracles, signs and wonders. But the disciples could only think of Him along natural lines.

Let’s hear from the account, it reads “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the son of man am? They said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-18). Now observe that after Jesus asked about what man said of Him, the response obviously showed that many had an opinion of who he was. Many had a view of Him; however, their views were restricted to natural lines. They had an opinion of Him but that doesn’t mean that they were correct because they weren’t. So the revelation of Jesus cannot be subjected to human opinion. The revelation of Jesus wasn’t subjected to human views; the same way Jesus was not known via human views or public opinion, then the man in Him will not be known by public opinion. You are not a public opinion; you are what the word says you are.  

INSTRUCTION: Public opinions could not define Jesus. Don’t let public opinions define you.

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

QUOTE: You are not a public opinion; you are what the word says you are.

DAILY READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5

SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (12)


“But when, He, who had chosen and set me apart (even) before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favour and blessing), saw fit and was pleased to reveal (unveil disclose) His son within me so that I might proclaim Him among the gentiles (the non-Jewish world) as the glad tidings (Gospel), immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood (did not consult or counsel with and frail human being or communicate with anyone)” Galatians 1:15-17 (AMP).


LIGHT FOR NOW: The beginning of a life of exploits is to know what you have been graced for.


To be graced by God is to be divinely empowered for a unique purpose. It means to be uniquely gifted for something and to be favoured for exploits. Every man is born for a purpose. There is something that God has put in you that makes you unique and special from others. It is the defining factor that defines you, the mystery of divine ability and the Grace of God upon you for a specific assignment. The beginning of a life of exploits is to know what you have been graced for.

The Bible in Acts 10:38 tells about how Jesus was anointed (graced) by God and He did exploit in His area of calling. Your exploits or results are tied to your assignment. This means that you are graced for a specific purpose and you have to locate that purpose and stay there. Remember John the Baptist was graced to preach about the coming of Christ in the wilderness and He was excelling in that area until he decided to move from the wilderness (his purpose) into the palace where he was beheaded.
You cannot be everybody and you cannot do what everybody is doing. There is a particular area you have been graced for and you need to focus on that calling until you become a household name in that area.

To be graced for something is to be given special empowerment to do a particular thing. It means God has given you the ability to make things happen. You must therefore not desire to be like other people. It is an act of foolishness to try to be like another person when God has made you to be special as you are.


INSTRUCTION: Discover what you are good at and stay there.


PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the ability you have given me to make things happen, in Jesus Name.

QUOTE: Your exploit and result is tied to your assignment.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW 21; EVENING: 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 23

SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (11)


“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19


LIGHT FOR NOW: Living in surplus is a function of knowledge.


Your Christian walk on earth is as effective as the knowledge you have. As a believer, you need to have a precise knowledge of who you are in Christ Jesus. In as much as children need food for growth, believers also need an accurate knowledge of Christ for growth. The greatest need of a believer is not miracle, financial breakthrough nor healing but that of knowledge. When knowledge is in place, the world gathers for you.

All you need to know is the good thing in you – that good thing in Christ is also in you (Colossians 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:17-19; Philippians 1:9-11; Acts 20:32). It takes knowledge for you stand the test of trails. The understanding you have about spiritual things puts you on top of physical situations (1Peter 5:10). You can only address your problems from the standpoint of knowledge. Anytime you assume a position you don’t know, you become an obstruction. Position has a way of revealing incompetence. You must understand that as a new man in Christ, a good thing has been deposited in you and that good thing is Jesus. In salvation, you only receive Christ into your life and not give your life to Christ.
John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in his name.

Believing is not giving, but receiving. In salvation, a man receives life by faith in the gospel (John 3:16). Apostle Paul speaking in Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT) says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it; for we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the goods things he planned for us long ago”. Salvation is God coming to man. We didn’t have what it takes to go to God. A dead man has nothing to give. Dead people don’t have respect. The unsaved man (unbeliever) has nothing to offer. He has no life to give. Ephesians 2:1 (NLT) says, “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins”. When you believe and receive Christ, you are automatically receiving life. We are only made alive in Christ.


INSTRUCTION: Live in the consciousness of all good things in Christ.


PRAYER: Lord, I receive my portion of all good things You have provided, in Jesus name.

QUOTE: Everybody can hear the gospel, but not everybody accepts the gospel.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: AMOS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2 KINGS CHAPTER 10

SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (10)


“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” -1Corinthians 2:12


LIGHT FOR NOW: It is the spiritual that gives birth to the physical.


The understanding of the subject of salvation is fundamental to the spiritual growth of a believer. The man in CHRIST must understand the what, why, how and when of his salvation. Our understanding of salvation or new birth will affect the way we relate with God. The gospel you hear is also critical to how you relate with God. In salvation, a man receives life by faith in the gospel alone. Our faith or belief is the only response to salvation. Salvation is not an exchange of life but it is a new birth.

Believing in what Jesus gave is a law and it is the law of the Spirit. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.
As a new creature you are not a continuation of Adam neither are you his improvement but rather you are born out of the word (CHRIST). You are not repaired or a renovated neither are you an unbeliever that has decided to live right or change his behaviour. You are a brand new man in CHRIST. The old decayed life of sin and defeat is gone and a new life in CHRIST is made available which is a life of justification and dominion in CHRIST.

You are not struggling to overcome a life of sin but you are dead to sin. This is your testimony and confess it always “ I have been crucified with CHRIST; it is no longer I who live, but CHRIST lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of GOD who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal.2:20)
As a new man in CHRIST, you are born of an incorruptible seed no sexual relation was involved in your birth. You are born of the Spirit (1Peter 1:23). You abide in CHRIST and HE abides in you (1John 4:13). You are made a son and not a servant or slave. You have full access to your father’s inheritance. Though you are in the world in the flesh (mortal body) but your operations are Spiritual. As a partaker of GOD’s divine nature, you are a co-creator, you are capable of changing any situation and circumstances.
Enjoy your divine nature. Glory!!!


INSTRUCTION: Be conscious of your identity in Christ.


PRAYER: Lord, I receive grace to make use of every good thing that is in me, in Jesus Name.


DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW 26; EVENING: 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 28

SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (9)


“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” Romans 8:37.


LIGHT FOR NOW: A new man in Christ is victory personified.


Salvation is victory obtained for believers. When the Bible says that you are more than conquerors, it is an assurance of victory. It means that you are a victor in life and not a victim. You are absolutely indomitable. Nothing can hurt or affect you negatively. Jesus, in mark 16:18 says, “if thou shalt drink any deadly thing, it shall not harm thee”. This means that poison has no effect on a re-born man because the life he lives is divine. Nevertheless, a Christian who has not imbibed the Word and learnt to exercise his faith can easily be carried away by the storms of life. He has not learnt to put his faith to work. A simple stomach upset can have him fretting about what he ate. He is ignorant of his victorious life in Christ.


In Acts 28:5, Apostle Paul was bitten by a venomous snake. He did not cry out in pain, rather he simply shook it off into the fire without suffering any harm. The Bible records that those watching were waiting for Paul to swell, fall down and die as a result of the venom. But when that did not happen, they concluded that Paul must be a god. But then, the Bible in Psalms 28:6 calls us gods. It reads, “…ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High”. As a born again child of God, the life at work in you is divine. Your life is no longer based on your blood. This is why as a regenerated man; you are not permitted to suffer any blood disease. Now that you are in Christ, the Word of God is the life of your flesh. The Holy Spirit energises your body because your body is His living tabernacle. As a carrier of the Holy Spirit, sickness, diseases and infirmities cannot gain access into your body system. You cannot carry the Holy Ghost inside of you and still carry blood diseases around. It’s impossible for the Holy Ghost to dwell alongside ugly situations. The arrival of the Holy Ghost in your life is the exit of all ugly situations.


INSTRUCTION: Live a triumphant life through your constant meditation and confession of the Word of God.


PRAYER: Lord, I enforce my victory over all situations of life, in Jesus Name. Amen!

QUOTE: A believer in Christ Jesus walks in constant victory.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 5; EVENING: NEHEMIAH CHAPTER 7

SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (8)


“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:” Ephesians 1:17


LIGHT FOR NOW: Authority is the believer’s bill of right.


A man’s authority is dependent on what he knows. As a believer, the revelation of CHRIST births an authority that determines your establishment in life. Your senses cannot handle life because life is too complicated. Life is a function of revelation. You need authority to recover your lost grounds. Life is not in education but in revelation. If life were to consist of education, professors won’t be victims in life. The solution to our problems lies within us. Revelation means God giving you the master key of life. We need to exist in our identity because life is too complex. It takes wisdom to handle, dominate and succeed in life. How you function in life determines how powerful you are in life. You need revelation and wisdom to discern where to go to in life.

We need God to simplify life for us by revelation. You must not walk through life without consulting God. We need revelation to be able to avoid the potholes of life (Revelation 1:1). As you go through life, there are many potholes that delay your movement in life. Too many fake people come into our lives. The people we associate with determine how far we go in life. Therefore, we need revelation to know those to associate with.
We need revelation to connect with God for the now (Ephesians 1:18). Life is apportioned in times, seasons and space. God is the only one who reveals Himself yet remains a mystery. Revelation connects you to the mind, plans and intentions of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-7). Every day of our lives should come with new testimonies. We need revelation to be able to connect with our blessings. Blessings are revealed and if it is not revealed to you, you remain poor. You need revelation to know those that carry what you need in life. Whatever you don’t discover, you can’t recover.

Whatever is revealed is ours (Deuteronomy 29:29). Revelation brings victory. If something is not revealed to you, you cannot have it. Revelation makes you know your end. The end you know is the victory you have.


INSTRUCTION: Never take any step in life without asking God for direction.


PRAYER: Lord, I receive divine insight to rule my world, in Jesus Name.

QUOTE: Authority is revealed in the place of study.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW 22; EVENING: 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 24

SOTERIA: THE CONCEPT OF SALVATION (7)


“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” Hebrews 11:2.


LIGHT FOR NOW: A saved Man is a Man of Authority.


Until you hear God, situations of life will not hear you. Revelation means God giving you first-hand information about life. You are faithless if you are not informed by the gospel of Christ. What determines your dominion is what you know that others don’t know. Revelation has the power to establish, settle and make you fulfilled in life. Life is coded. The secret things of life are revealed through revelation. It takes revelation to decode life. A man of revelation can change his world at any time. It is not about the location but it is about the personality. If you want your life to be meaningful, locate a revelation. Revelation is you having an insight about something that others do not have. The foundation of the gospel is in revelation (1 Corinthians 3:10). Apostle Paul speaking in Ephesians 3:3-5 (NLT) says, “As I briefly wrote earlier, God Himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by His spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets”.


Never run your life by your physical senses. You need a revelation in order to avoid the potholes of life. Without revelation, you become a casualty of life. Revelation makes you victorious in life battles. When you know your end, you do not fret about whatever life brings your way because you know that you will definitely overcome. A man that watches a replay match is never under tension. Therefore, you need revelation to be able to stay calm in the midst of the storms of life. God is known by revelation. You do not know God by your physical senses. You can only know God based on the level He reveals Himself to you. Kingdom revelation is not taught in schools but it is caught as Galatians 1:12 clearly states, ‘For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ’.


INSTRUCTION: Purpose is discovered in knowledge.


PRAYER: Lord, open my eyes of understanding to see what others cannot see in Jesus Name.

QUOTE: A man that watches a replay match is not under tension.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW 21; EVENING: 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 23

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