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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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (12)

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 born of the word and your realities are in the word, so know the word.

We’ve established in our previous studies that the world cannot define the born again, only the word can. A believer in Christ must not let the world define him because the world doesn’t know him. You are only revealed in the word; outside the word, you cannot be revealed. Recall from Jesus’ word in John 17:11, you are one with him. Though you are in the world, you cannot be defined by the world because by faith in Christ, you now belong to a new world which is Christ and it is only in that new world that you can be defined. Hear Jesus further in verses 20 to 23 of John 17; it reads “Neither pray I for thee alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”. By faith in Christ, you are one with Him, stay in Him and know yourself in Him. You are known by the word not by the world. Little wonder Apostle John in his epistle echoed this which reads “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (1John 3:1). The world did not know Him, so the world cannot know you. The born again man cannot be known or revealed by a scientific observation. No medical encyclopedia can reveal the man in Christ to the man in Christ. A medical doctor cannot reveal the man in Christ with medical knowledge because the man in Christ was not read by the medical doctor in medical school; the medical doctor only studies human body but has no idea who the born again man is and what he can do. Psychologists are deficient of the revelation of the born again man because the man in Christ is not known by studying psychology but by the word. The psychologist doesn’t know you; sociologist doesn’t know you; medical doctors don’t know you; you are only known in Christ. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You are not a scientific innovation; you are in Christ. Stay in Christ and know yourself.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are opened up to my realities, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The born again man is not a product of scientific innovation, so he cannot be known by scientific observation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 17 EVENING: 1 PETER CHAPTER 1

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (11)

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 world cannot define you, only the word can.

We have come to deduce in this study so far that the revelation of the believer in Christ is in Christ and this revelation is only restricted within the confines of the 66 books God has given to us which is the bible. Hence, an attempt to come to the revelation of your identity via external biblical sources is an attempt that will end you in error. Don’t forget that you are in Christ, and Christ is only revealed in the written word, so if Christ is revealed within these set apart writings called the bible, how then do you want to leave the bible and find your identity elsewhere. This will only result in identity crisis. Remember, identification connotes sameness or oneness. So, if you are identified with Christ, then the same Christ is known by the word, you are also known by the word. What defines Christ is what defines you; what cannot define Christ cannot define you. If the revelation of Christ is not subjected to the world’s view, then the revelation of yourself is not also subjected to the world’s view. Jesus has this to say in chapter 17 verses 11 of John’s synoptic, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are”. So you are in the world but though you are in the world, the world cannot define you because you are in Christ. The world cannot know you because the world doesn’t know Jesus.

The world cannot explain you because it can’t explain Jesus. Any definition of you subjected to the world’s view is false. Your identity is not in the world; your identity is in the word. So don’t leave the word and go to the world to know yourself; the world cannot know you. The world lacks the ability to explain the born again man. You are not born of the world; you are born of the word so the revelation of your identity is only subjected to the word; only the word can reveal yourself to you. You are one with Christ; you are in Christ. In Christ is where you live; in Christ is your environment; in Christ is your new world. So, it’s only in Christ that you can best be explained. Hallelujah!        

INSTRUCTION: Know yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the glorious gospel of Christ that moved me out of the systems of this world into Christ who is my new world where I reign and dominate, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: The world cannot define you; only the word can.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 17 EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (10)

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 born of the word, so you cannot know yourself outside the word.

We’ve established in our previous studies that God has committed all of His revelation in Christ in 66 books called the bible. The believer in Christ is thus revealed in the same (that is, in these 66 books). So, where the identity of the believer is concerned, he cannot rely on external biblical sources. He can rely only on the sacred writings which are the 66 books of the bible. Don’t forget that the believer is born of the word, and thus for him to know himself it will still be by the word. Little wonder Apostle Peter echoed in 1Peter 2:2 which reads “As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby”. So the believer is:

  • Born of the word
  • He started by the word
  • He continues with the word
  • He grows by the word and
  • He will finish with the word

So the word of God is your start to finish; if you started by the word, then it will be out of place for you to start relying on external biblical sources to continue because you did not start there. The same way Jesus is known by the word, you are also known by the word. Your true identity cannot be found outside the word, it can only be found within the word. As a believer, any attempt to know yourself outside Christ in the written word will land you in false identity. Any revelation of yourself you have outside the word is not a true revelation of yourself. Your identity in Christ is restricted only within the conduit or the boundaries of the bible. Any revelation of you outside Christ as a believer is not valid. No matter how deep the revelation may sound from an eternal biblical material, if it is not within the written word (the 66 books which God inspired), then it’s not from God. God in Christ has unveiled the man in Christ in these 66 books called the bible. There is no bigger revelation of God in Christ outside the written word. There is no bigger revelation of you in Christ outside the written word. So stay with the 66 books God gave to you.

INSTRUCTION: There is no greater revelation you will find of yourself outside the bible; Stay with the bible.

PRAYER: Thankyou Lord for your word which birthed me; I declare that I stay with it and grow thereby, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The man in Christ, who begins in Christ, continues in Christ and will finish in Christ can only be known in Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 2

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (9)

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

LIGHT FOR NOW: Any definition of yourself outside the word is a false definition of yourself.

In the course of this study, we have established that to know Christ you must read the bible. More so, for the believer to be known, then Christ must be known because the believer is in Christ. Since Christ is known in the written word, then the believer in Christ will be known in the same. The word of God to us is all of God’s revelation to us; all of the revelation of Christ to us and all that reveals ourselves to us. Many folks are caught up in the trap of trying to know Jesus from external biblical materials. That’s a dangerous trap. God has given you 66 books in one book and you are not contented with it?  Are these 66 books are not enough for you such that you want an extra material?  If you ask most of those folks, how many of the books among the sixty six books in the bible they have read well and understood, you would discover that they’ve not even read one among the 66 books in its entirety and understood. God has given you 66 books and you are not satisfied, you have not even finished reading the 66 books but you are looking for something extra. You are looking for the books that were not included among the canon of scriptures; you are looking out for the seven books of Moses; you are looking out for the books that were not included among the 66 books? If I may ask, what is your motive for such a search? Is it that you want to sound deeper than the 66 books God had given to you? Don’t embark on such search. Reading the books that were not included in the 66 books is not healthy for you. Consequently, knowledge acquired from such books is not healthy as well. If you start looking for such knowledge; before you know it, you will start questioning the authenticity of the 66 books that God has given to you. Outside the bible, there is no other book referred to as “Holy Scriptures”; that is, sacred or set apart writings. The bible is the only sacred or set apart material that reveals God to you; reveals Jesus to you; and reveals you to yourself. External biblical materials are of zero percent importance where the revelation of God in Christ and the believer in Christ is concerned. So my identity in Christ will not be known in external biblical materials, but it will be known in Christ in the understanding of the 66 books of the bible God has given to me. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the 66 books you have, it is enough for you.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that the desire to know your word communicated to me in these 66 books called the bible grows in me like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The message of the written word (the bible) is the living word (Jesus Christ).

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 16; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (8)

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 only book where Christ is revealed and the believer in him is the bible.

Most of us grew up hearing and singing this song: “Read your bible, pray every day; if you want to grow”. But truth is, so many folks just stop at singing that song or having a nice time with that song, but they don’t act on that song. That is why we are struggling or suffering from identity crisis. Growth in your Christian walk can never be outside the knowledge of God’s written word. There is no book in the world that God has given to us to know Christ besides the bible. And there is no book in this world that God has given to us to know ourselves outside the bible. All of God’s revelation from eternity past to eternity future has been communicated in a written document called the bible. Any attempt on your part to know God outside the written word will land you in error. In other words, all you ever need to know about yourself as a believer is in a book called the bible. The message of this book is a Person and you are in this Person. So, to know yourself, you will have to know this Person and to know this Person, you will have to read this book. You will not know Jesus by head knowledge; you will not know Jesus by academic knowledge; logic does not have what it takes to reveal Jesus to you. Experiences, feelings and hearsays cannot be relied upon where the revelation of Christ is concerned. Same way, you will not know Jesus by head knowledge, you will not know yourselves also by head knowledge because you are in Christ. Same way academic knowledge doesn’t reveal Christ, academic knowledge cannot also reveal the man in Christ. Same way Jesus cannot be revealed by logic, man’s logic can’t reveal the man in Christ. Don’t forget one of the implications of the word “identity” is sameness or oneness; so what cannot reveal Jesus cannot reveal the believer in Him. The written word is the only revelation of Christ that the believer has. Thus, the only revelation of myself that I have is in Christ in the written word. Glory!  

INSTRUCTION: Read your bible!!!

PRAYER: I am a student, committed to the learning of your word forever, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Failure of reading the bible is the reason many are tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 2

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (7)

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 reality of God’s word is predicated on Jesus.

We have seen from a body of scriptures that the bible is a Christ-centered material. So, if the bible is Christ centered, then its message is Christ centered. Jesus is the word in the bible; Christ is the explanation of all things. Now, it is important to note that your appreciation of the bible will first start from reading it. And in your reading of it, you will come to see Jesus in the message of the bible. The reality of the word of God is a person called Jesus. The person of Jesus is the efficacy of the word of God. God’s promise in the Old Testament books is Christ; Jesus is God’s promise and God’s promise fulfilled. The promise of the gospel is Christ Jesus. So, the word is an efficacious statement; the word of God is a person called Jesus. The reality of God’s word is predicated on Jesus, the fact that He died and rose and is seated at the right hand of the Father. That said; don’t forget that your appreciation of the bible will first start from reading it. You have to read your bible and don’t forget that Jesus who is the personality of the word is contained in these writings (the bible). So the revelation of Jesus should not be subjected to dreams, visions or experiences. The written word which is the bible reveals Jesus to us. So, how will you know Jesus if you are not reading your bible? In fact, how can Jesus even be taught or preached without the bible? It is in the bible that we know Jesus; so, we must learn to read it even as we are taught from the same. If Jesus is known through the written word, then the believer would also be known through the written word because the believer is known in Christ and Christ is known through the written word. In other words, the same way the revelation of Christ has been committed to writings (in a book called the bible), the revelation of the believer also has been communicated to same writings (in this book called the bible). Don’t forget we are on “knowing yourself in Christ”. So, if I may ask: where will we know Christ? In the bible. Where are you? In Christ. So, where would the believer be known? In the bible. And which material has God given to us to know Christ and ourselves in Him? The bible. Further clarity is coming in subsequent studies.   

INSTRCTION: Read your bible that you may grow in the knowledge of Christ which results in the knowledge of yourself as well!!!

PRAYER: I pray dear Lord that the culture of reading never ceases in my life; rather, it will be on an increase like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: You are not ready to grow spiritually if your bible study only stops in church services.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 22

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (6)

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 is the word in the bible.

We’ve said that the testimony of the scriptures is a person. In John 5:39-40, Jesus has this to say “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”. So the bible on its own is not the word of God; the bible is only the word of God because it testifies of the person “Jesus Christ”. The bible is a Christ centered material. Jesus in Luke 24:25-27 echoes same fact, it reads “Then he said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. So, Jesus began at Moses and all the prophets, and what he explained in all the scriptures was what? It was things concerning himself. More so, in verse 44 of Luke 24, he says “And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the laws of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me”. So, the things that were to be fulfilled were concerning him. So the bible is a Christ centered material. This is why Apostle John calls Jesus the word in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God”. So, in the bible, the word is a person. Jesus is the word in the bible; Jesus is the explanation of all things. The writer of Hebrews has this to say “God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3). So, the explanation of all things is a person. The scriptures will find their explanation in Christ.  

INSTRUCTION: Go after the word.

PRAYER: I grow in the understanding your word, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The bible in our hands is Jesus’ book and thus, must be read in the light of Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (5)

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 inspiration of the bible is a message.

We’ve said that no book is inspired of God on its own. A book, a CD or a message is only inspired to the degree where it agrees with the Holy Bible. In other words, the word of God must be the final authority where bible teaching is concerned. We don’t accept what you are saying or teaching because of who you are; that is, because of your title; rather, we accept what you are saying or teaching because of where it derives its authority from. If what you are saying or teaching doesn’t derive its authority from the written word with proper bible interpretation as the basic, then what you are saying is not valid. So, I accept a book or a CD or a teaching to the degree of which it agrees with the bible. In the interpretation of the bible is a message, and that message is the person of Jesus. Jesus has this to say in John 5:39-40 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”. So, the testimony of the scriptures is a person. That is why the bible is the word of God because it testifies of a Person. The Person of Jesus makes the bible the word of God. Remove Jesus from the bible and it is no more the word of God. So, when you hear “word of God”, don’t just think of a person and also don’t always think of a book; rather, what you should ask when you hear “word of God” is the word of God in which context; as a person or as a book or as a person in a book? For clarity, Jesus is God’s word and thoughts; the bible expresses God’s word and thoughts in a vocabulary. So, the word of God is a person, and the word of God is also a book; but the book on its own is not the word of God; rather, it is the person (Jesus) in the book that makes the book to be called the word of God. The bible is the word of God not because of the book itself, but because of the inspiration behind the book, that inspiration is the person of Jesus.   

INSTRUCTION: Be thorough in bible study.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that I remain a student of your word and never a master of your word, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The bible is the word of God not because of the book itself, but because of the inspiration being the book.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (4)

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 degrading in your Christian life if you find it difficult to appreciate the scriptures.

We have established that only the scriptures are valid for teachings. Only the scriptures are valid for evidence, and not your experiences, dreams, visions, hearsays, nuances, idiosyncrasies and testimonies. Someone’s testimony on vision or experience is not potent enough for bible teachings. You can’t even teach “salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” by your experience at all. Hear Paul again in 2Timothy 3:15-17 which reads “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. So, what’s the only thing that validates your salvation? The scriptures validate your salvation. Only the scriptures can teach your salvation to you. Only the scriptures can correct you. You are degrading in your Christian life if you find it difficult to appreciate the scriptures. In other words, if you are finding it difficult to appreciate the scriptures, it shows the degree of degrading in your Christian life; it shows that something has corroded about you. Only the scriptures attest to your faith; only the scriptures are inspired. The word “inspired/inspiration” (in 2Timothy 3:16) means to be breathed upon by God, that is, something that came from God. No book is inspired of God on its own. A book is only inspired to the degree where it agrees with the bible. The degree to which a believer validates what he is saying is from the scriptures. I accept a book to the degree of which it agrees with the bible. I accept a message/preaching or a teaching to the degree of which it agrees with the bible; it must take all of its authority from the scriptures. The scripture is the final authority. Any teaching that does not derive its authority from the bible is another gospel. And also, any gospel that goes into the bible to pick verses and phrases in order to back up what is in the mind of the speaker and not necessarily saying what the text is saying is still erroneous. You are not to make the scriptures say what you want it to say, you are to say what the scriptures is saying. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Read your bible, don’t just have a bible.

PRAYER: I declare that my appreciation for the scriptures increases till nothing else matter, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Don’t just have a bible, read your bible.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (3)

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: Outside the bible which in it is contained the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, no other book can produce salvation.

It’s seen in this study that the man born of God is born by the word. In essence, you are born again by the word. And don’t forget, God and His word are the same. So your first appreciation as a believer must be appreciation for the word. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, a fellow minister of the gospel, he has this to say “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. Notice again, the preposition “in Christ” comes up here again in Paul’s letter to Timothy. Now, the word “Holy Scriptures” (2Timothy 3:15) here means sacred writings. Only the bible is called sacred writings or holy writings. This means the bible cannot be treated like any other writings. The only book in the world that contains the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ which produces salvation is the bible (2Timothy 3:15-17).

The word “doctrine” refers to teaching or explanation and the other words reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness are an aftermath of doctrine or a product of sound doctrine or what is found in sound doctrine. So, only the scriptures are valid for teachings; only the scriptures are valid for reproof; that is, evidence. In essence, no one’s video, testimony, experience or visions are valid for teaching or evidence; it is only the scriptures that is valid for teaching or evidences. That is why in teaching bible concepts, the only authority we have is the bible, not someone’s dreams, feelings, emotions or testimony. Whoever went to hell and heaven and came back with messages is insignificant to bible teachings. Your testimony of how you died and went to hell and came back (which is a fable in itself) with messages of how hell is divided into segments and how they are building mansions in heaven for believers who are working out their salvation with fear and trembling holds no weight in bible teaching because it already reveals the degree of your ignorance. Only the scriptures validate your salvation; only the scriptures can teach salvation. Only the scriptures can correct you. We don’t subject the scriptures to your dreams, visions and testimonies; we subject your testimonies, dreams and visions to the scriptures. The bible remains the final authority, not your vision, dreams or experiences. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You have to know the word if you must know and detect what is not the word. Know the word!

PRAYER: Father, I declare that the revelation of your word grows in me till nothing else matters, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Our authority in bible teaching is the bible and not your feelings, dreams, testimonies and visions.

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

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YOURSELF IN CHRIST (2)

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: God’s word is the first thing you must identify yourself with as a believer.

The importance of knowing your identity in Christ cannot be overemphasized, because your ignorance of it will be a minus to you and not to God. Now, keep our key text in mind because in the course of our studies on this subject, we will carefully explore this text. More vitally, don’t lose sight of the word “acknowledging” (in verse 6) and the phrase “in Christ” which is the bedrock of the epistles because we are coming back to all of that. Furthermore, keep verses 5 of Philemon 1 in mind because we are going to investigate into it more carefully in the course of our study. Now let’s begin to establish few basics that you must not lose sight of as far as our investigation is concerned. As a believer, the very first thing you must identify yourself with and appreciate is God’s word. You cannot be born again but by God’s word. Outside God’s word (the person of Jesus who is the living word, and the written word which is the bible), we cannot have the born again man. So outside the word, no one can be born again. Little wonder Peter echoed in 1Peter 1:23 which reads “Being born again not of the corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. So you are born again by what? By the word. God and his word are the same. Hear John in his synoptic as he unveils the person of the word who is the reality of God’s word or better still God’s written word, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. The first appreciation that a believer must thus have is appreciation for the word. In chapter 2 verse 2 of Peter’s epistle, hear what he has to say “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby”. In essence, the word is a person (John 1:1-4; 1:14; 1Peter 1:23), but the word is also a book or in a book which is the bible (1Peter 2:2). Hence, when Peter said “desire the sincere milk of the word”, it was in reference to this book called the bible. So, the appreciation for the word that we are talking about in this study is appreciation for the book called the bible. So, God’s word (the bible, the scriptures) is the first thing you must identify yourself with as a believer. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Desire the sincere milk of the word.

PRAYER: My desire for your word is stirred in me like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: You are born again by the word so desire the sincere milk of the word.

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

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KNOWING YOURSELF IN CHRIST (1)

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 your identity is not an option, it is vital.

Knowing yourself in Christ which is literally the subject we will be studying through is an all-encompassing subject. We are still on the subject on “the believer’s identity” which we began last month and in this month, we will take this subject further by bringing to the fore who the believer really is and who he is not; what is the believer’s nature or what is natural to believers by virtue of the new birth and how he should naturally walk in what is natural to him or what is his nature. Truth is, many believers are living in false identity and this is because they have not understood their true identity. You cannot walk in the reality that you have not understood. You cannot harness fully what you have not comprehended fully; you cannot walk in the fullness of who you are if you are ignorant of the knowledge of who you are. So the knowledge of who you are, what you have and what you can do is very vital if your Christian life and walk must be effective; if not identity crisis will be the result of the absence of this knowledge. That said, we are going to start by giving simple definitions of the word “identity” in normal parlance that must be kept in mind as we travel through this study. In normal parlance, the word “identity” carries the meaning below:

  • Sameness; the quality or fact of several specified things being the same.
  • The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.
  • A name or a person – the mask or appearance one presents to the world – by which one is known.
  • Sense of who one is.

Keep the above probable definitions of the word “identity” in mind as we proceed in this study. So, mentioning the word “identity” is the same as mentioning the words:

  • Sameness
  • Oneness
  • Unity
  • Personality

So, by saying “knowing yourself in Christ”, we aim to communicate your:

  • Sameness in Christ
  • Oneness in Christ
  • What your union in Christ has made out of you.
  • Your personality in Christ

More so, the word “yourself” in “knowing yourself in Christ” is specific to the believer. So it is the believer in Christ that will be known in Christ and not any other person, but the revelation of Christ will demystify one, unveil the other and expose another, and in the course of this study, we will see this. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Don’t make it an option to know your identity, make it a must.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray that the revelation of my identity be made known to me as I study through your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: If you don’t make it a must to know your true identity, then you have decided to live in a false identity.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (30)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are in the New Covenant where God in Christ forgave iniquities.

Having explored Exodus 20:5, Ezekiel’s words in Ezekiel 18:2-19 and Jeremiah’s words in Jeremiah 31:29-34, it is obvious that these texts do not suggest God punishing innocent children for the iniquities of their fathers. Recall, in our previous study where we began observing Jeremiah’s words concerning what Moses and Ezekiel said it was noticed that:

  • In verse 30 “…every man shall die for his own iniquity…”
  • In verse 33; in the New Covenant, God forgives their iniquity and remembers their sin no more.

It is important to note that the writer of Hebrews in chapter 8 quoted Jeremiah 31:31-33, it reads “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10-12). Hence, of the entire tree that spoke about the sins of the fathers in relation to their children, Jeremiah is the closest to the New Testament. So, with that analysis done so far, should Exodus 20:5 be used for generational curses? No. That was why he said in verse 6 that he was going to show mercy to thousands that love him and keep his commandments; it reads “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:6). So if someone looks at you as a believer and says, you need to break generational curses from your father’s house, is he talking to you? No. If he says your foundation is faulty, is he still talking to you? No. For Christ is my sure foundation. So, do generational curses, family altar, faulty foundation and ancestral covenant apply to you in Christ? No.

So, stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has redeemed you. Don’t let another gospel toss you to and fro. You don’t have a generational curse problem; you don’t have a foundation problem. The believer in Christ can only have a knowledge problem; hence, why Paul’s prayer in our key scripture (Ephesians 1:15-19) focused on knowledge. The antidote for identity crisis is identity discovery. I know who I am, my genealogy is in Christ; Christ is my sure foundation; God’s DNA is at work in me; I am the residential address of God. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Consistently acknowledge your realities.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for uncovering my realities in you through your word disclosed to me via this medium, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The antidote for identity crisis is identity discovery.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (29)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: In the New Covenant, God forgives iniquity.

In the course of examining the phrase “visiting the iniquity” which is the Hebrew word “paqad” (Exodus 20:5), we came to discover that this word wasn’t used to connote anything negative. And thus, God meant “I will take care of it” and not that he will punish innocent children for the iniquities of their fathers. In our previous study, we began examining Ezekiel who spoke in relation to this in Ezekiel 18:2-19 and we came to deduce that God does not visit the sin of the fathers upon the children. That was why in verse 13 of Ezekiel 18, he echoed “Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? He shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him”. And also in verse 19, “Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live”. In other words, it is clear that:

  • If the son does not do what the father does, he does not bear the iniquity of his father.
  • That a man will be judged for his own iniquity.

More so, let’s observe Jeremiah’s words concerning what Moses and Ezekiel said, it reads “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:29-34). Notice, in verse 30, “…every man shall die for his own iniquity…” And in verse 33; in the new covenant God forgives their iniquity and remembers their sin no more. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my appetite for the word is increased like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: God forgives iniquity in the New Covenant.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JEREMIAH CHAPTER 31; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 8

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (28)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The visiting of iniquity in Exodus 20:5 is not bad news but good news.

In our previous studies, we began investigating Exodus 20:5 where the misconception of that verse lies in the misunderstanding of the phrase “visiting the iniquity”. And we saw that this phrase is the Hebrew word “paqad” and from careful examination of this word, we came to see that this word is not a negative word. So what God actually meant in Exodus 20:5 was that “I will take care of it” and not that he was going to punish innocent children for the iniquity of their fathers. Now, Ezekiel also spoke about the sins of the fathers in relation to the children in Ezekiel 18, it reads “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God. If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife, Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment. That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.” (Ezekiel 18:2-19). Observe Ezekiel’s words in the above texts:

  • Verse 4: “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die…”
  • Verse 5: “if a man be just, and do what is lawful and right”.
  • Verse 9: “…he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God…”

In other words, God does not visit the sin of the fathers upon their children. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Don’t exalt experiences above the written word.

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

QUOTE: A text of scripture when properly interpreted equals revelation knowledge.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (27)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: When the bible is wrongly interpreted a vital truth is lost.

We’ve come to see and establish clearly that generational curses, faulty foundations/ancestral covenant from the natural generation of a born again man does not in any way apply to that man because at salvation, Christ became this man’s location, foundation, ancestor and genealogy. Now let’s pay close attention to Exodus 20:5 which is a key Old Testament text used by many folks for generational curses, it reads “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”. When he said here in verse 5 “thou shall not bow down thyself to them”, it was in reference to the graven image (idols) he spoke off in the pretext (verse 4). Now, the misconception in Exodus 20:5 is from the misunderstanding of the phrase “visiting the iniquity”; it seems as though God is saying I will punish the children (up to the third and fourth generation) for the iniquities of their fathers. But that’s not true; hence, the need to unbundle this verse by examining the phrase “visiting the iniquity” and see how it was used corroboratively in the Old Testament text. That said, the phrase “visiting the iniquity” was from the Hebrew word “Paqad”. The word “Paqad” means to attend to, take note of, and care for. The word is not negative. In Genesis 39:4 and 5, this word was used twice translated as “overseer”, it reads “And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field”. In Genesis 41:34, the same word “paqad” was rendered as “and let him appoint”; it reads “Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years”. Notice, in this two references (Genesis 39:4-5; 41:34), “paqad” doesn’t connote anything negative. It was also used in Genesis 50:24, Exodus 3:16, Exodus 4:31 and they were all translated here as visit/visited and again in all these references, “paqad” is not a negative word. In other words, from the way “paqad” was used in the above texts, it is obvious it is not negative. In essence, in Exodus 20:5, what God said was “I will take care of it”, and not that he was going to punish innocent children of the iniquity of the fathers. Gory!  

INSTRUCTION: Never ignore proper bible interpretation.

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

QUOTE: When the bible is wrongly interpreted, a vital truth is lost.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (26)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believers’ foundation is a person or is in a person and that is Christ Jesus.

We’ve come to see in the course of our studies on this subject that upon salvation, the born again man is one generation away; he and Christ. Christ is his foundation and thus, this salvation can’t be faulty; to say you want to break the foundation of the man in Christ is to say you want to break Christ and how can you break Christ? Recall Isaiah in prophecy (Isaiah 28:16) says this foundation is sure, it’s a sure foundation, Jesus is that foundation, he is that stone. The Amplified rendering of Isaiah 28:16 makes it clearer, it reads “Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not [a]be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic]”. The Amplified rendering already makes it clear that the stone is a person and that person is the Christ. And the fulfillment in 1Peter 2:4-6 echoes this fact that Jesus is the foundation; he is the chief corner stone. And that’s why as we saw in previous studies, Paul in 1Corinthians 3:11 calls Christ the foundation. That said observe Ephesians 2:19-22 in this same line of thoughts, it reads “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit”. Again, the same truth is implied here; so at the point of salvation, Christ became your genealogy and foundation and so generational curses from your natural generation does not in any way apply to you at all.

So now, the big question we are going to handle in our proceeding studies is, what about Exodus 20:5? How come Moses said “God will visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children even into the third and the fourth generation?” Wasn’t this about a general curse? This will be answered in our next studies.

INSTRUCTION: Your foundation is sure, acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the privilege of belonging in the household of faith where my foundation is sure and not faulty because Jesus Himself is the chief corner stone, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: At new birth, you became a member of the household of God.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (25)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW:  You are in Christ and in Him your foundation is sure.

We have established that any definition of the born again man outside Christ is a misplaced identity. Your true identity is in Christ. In Christ, you don’t have any generational curse to break because such don’t exist in this genealogy. Don’t let anyone define you from your natural generation so as to intimidate you; your true definition is in Christ. Born again means you began in Him (in Christ); in Him you are one generation away. Anyone who picks Psalm 11:3 and tells you for you to break free, you have to break certain things in your foundation just misinterpreted that text to suite his desire. Hear Isaiah again in Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste”. Jesus is my sure foundation. Hear Paul in the epistles, he echoes in 1Corinthians 3:11 which reads, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”. My foundation is Christ, my foundation is in Christ, and this foundation is not faulty. In fact, hear Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 28:16 in the fulfillment as Apostle Peter picks up this text and expounds, it reads “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded” (1Peter 2:4-6). Who told you that you have a faulty foundation? From where? There is not scriptures in the epistles that suggests that the born again man has a generational curse or can be affected by a generational curse, ancestral covenant, etc from his father’s house in the natural. You are one generation away; you don’t have any generational curse pursuing you. You don’t have any foundation to break; or do you want to break Christ? This is because he is your foundation. You don’t have any ancestral covenant to break; or do you want to break Christ? He is your ancestor. In fact, in our next studies, we are going to employ proper bible interpretation and unbundle Exodus 20:5 which has been a key text used by many folks to deceive many into believing that a born again man in Christ can still be affected by generational curses from his natural genealogy. Even though we are not going to carry out an expository study on it (that is, verse by verse interpretation or contextual analysis), but we are going to make sure that the key words making up that text (Exodus 20:5) is well analysed grammatically. You cannot be a victim in the hands of deception, because the  truth is,  when you fall into their hands and believe those lies they say, it will work or have effect in you; don’t say you did not know because if you accept that lie from your natural genealogy as the truth even after you’ve come into Christ, that believe in that lie will affect the lie to be your reality. I am in Christ, I don’t have a faulty foundation here; no generational curses here, only blessings. Glory!   

INSTRUCTION: Place premium on knowledge.

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

QUOTE: If you have settled for ignorance, get ready for deception.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 28; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 2

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (24)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW:  Generational issues from the natural generation do not apply at all to the man’s whose genealogy is in Christ.

From the analysis done so far in 1Peter 1:23 and other body of scriptures, it’s clear that the born again man is not a product of a natural generation. And thus, if he is not a product of a natural generation, to define him from the perspective of his natural generation is a misplaced identity. This man is in Christ, whatever is in Christ is in him; whatever is not in Christ is not in him. Any definition given to the born again man outside of Christ is not valid. You are in Christ, if someone must define you and that definition of you is valid, then it must be Christ. You are in Christ; your identity is in Christ and not in your natural generation. Any issue (maybe generational curses, faulty foundations, ancestral covenants, etc.) in your natural generation does not apply to you; it does not apply to you at all. If someone looks at you and tells you that until you break the generational curses in your father’s house, you cannot be free, look at him and tell him you are not talking to me, why? Because in my father’s house (which is in Christ), there is no such thing as breaking generational curses; in your genealogy you don’t have curses, you have blessings.

What if someone looks at you and then picks Psalm 11:3 which reads, “If the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” And then say to you “the foundation of your father’s house is faulty, that is why you cannot rise up; so for you to rise up you have to pay this amount of money to me so I can deal with your foundational issue”; look at that kind of person and say to him “Jesus is my foundation and Jesus is not faulty”; in fact, if he needs scriptures, give him scriptures. Hear Isaiah in prophecy, he says “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16). Isaiah heard prophecies about Christ (Zion in prophecy) and he calls him a sure foundation. Your foundation is sure; it’s not faulty. If Christ is your foundation as a born again man, and somebody looks at you and says you need to break foundational curses to break free, do you know what he has just said by implication? He just said you need to break Christ; is that kind of a person okay? How can I break Christ? That kind of person was not talking to you because in Christ where I am, my foundation is sure; curses don’t exist here, only blessings. Don’t let anybody jerry pick a verse of scripture (from the Old Testament) and deceive you with another gospel. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: If you are ignorant of who you are in Christ, you will be a candidate for deception; so don’t settle for ignorance.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes are opened up to know who I am in you; what I have in you and what I can do through you, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: When you settle for ignorance as a believer, you will be a candidate for deception.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 28; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (23)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW:  When deity takes up residence in humanity, it is called “born again”.

In our analysis on this terminology “born again”, we came to deduce conclusively in our previous study that to say I am born again means:

  • I am born anew
  • I am born from above
  • I am born of the spirit
  • I am born or begotten of by God
  • I am indwelt by God’s spirit or I am born by God’s spirit
  • I am born by the living word who is the person of Jesus Christ

Meaning, all of the above facts are in reference to the same spiritual truth, the New Birth. So, when God’s spirit takes up residence in a man, which is called what? Born again. When God and man unite in Christ, that is called what? Born again. In other words, born again is the union, marriage or amalgamation of God and man. When deity takes up residence in humanity, that is called born again. Now if “born again” means that God gives birth to me or am begotten of by God (James 1:17-18), then it means my genetic makeup is God’s genetic makeup; God’s DNA is my DNA. That is why Peter lets us know that our seed is incorruptible. Now the word seed is the Greek word “sperma” which implies life source; what begins a process; your genes, your heredity, your DNA. Meaning, at the point of new birth (or salvation) my genealogy began in Christ. Paul says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Corinthians 5:17). Don’t forget that from our explanation of 1Peter 1:23, it’s clear that the born again man is not of a natural procreation or generation. So, to trace a generational problem in the natural to a man (the born again) whose genealogy is in Christ is a misplaced identity. Don’t forget, this man is in Christ; he is one generation away (he and Christ). Don’t also forget that this man is in Christ, so to know this man it will be in Christ. So, if this man has a generational problem; that is a generational curse, covenant, ancestral covenant or foundational problem, it has to be in Christ, why? Christ is his generation or his genealogy is in Christ, Christ is his foundation; Christ is his ancestor.

But in Jesus’ genealogy, is there any generational curse? No. in Jesus’ genealogy, where he himself is our ancestor, is the any ancestral covenant? No. In Jesus’ genealogy, where he himself is the foundation, is there any foundational problem or could Christ be a faulty foundation? No. So, when you are talking of ancestral covenant, generational curses, faulty foundations, family altar, etc. in the natural or from the natural generation of this man (the born again man), you are obviously not talking to this man because this man is in Christ and he cannot be known outside Christ; so whatever is not in Christ or in his genealogy in Christ is not in him. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

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

QUOTE: The man in Christ is in Christ, and thus, you cannot know this man in Christ outside Christ.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (22)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are born of God.                                    

In our investigation into the term “born again”, we’ve come to see clearly that from how it was used in 1Peter 1:23 as grammatically analysed and from its corroborative analysis in John’s synoptic account, it is clear that it is a spiritual truth; it is not a second birth but a new birth. Recall, in John 3, Jesus explained this birth (that is, being born again) as being born of the spirit. Don’t forget that “gennao anothen” (born again) means to be born anew or to be born from above. Now, recall, the use of the word “anothen” in John 3 as again is what James in his rendering translated as “above” which is the same Greek word anothen. Observe James 1:17-18 again, it reads “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures”. Recall, the good and perfect gift in context is the born again man; hence, the term “of his own will begat he us”. Also, when he says the good and perfect gift (the born again man) is from above, he was not saying he is from the sky but he is from God; and thus, why he now speaks of God birthing us of His will. In other words, when I say I am born of God, I just said I am born again. So with all the explanation on this term “born again”, we can deduce that born again means:

  • To be born anew
  • To be born from above
  • To be born of the spirit
  • To be born or begotten of or by God
  • To be indwelt by God’s spirit or to be born by God’s spirit.
  • To be born by the living word (that is, the person of Jesus).

All the above meaning communicates one and the same spiritual truth which is the new birth. I am born again, I am born of God, I am born of the spirit, I am indwelt by the spirit, I am born from above. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never stop acknowledging your realities in Christ.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for these spiritual realities I have in Christ, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ will not be known outside Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 2

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (21)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Being born again is being born of God.

In our studies so far as we’ve been exploring the term “born again” as used by Peter in 1Peter 1:23 and Jesus in his discussion with Nicodemus in John chapter 3, it is established that the term born again communicates a spiritual truth or  a spiritual reality; a reality different from a natural birth. That’s why from Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus in John 3, the emphasis was on the spirit; hence, a spiritual birth. Meaning, to be born again is to be born of the spirit or to be indwelt by God’s spirit. Now, don’t forget that the word “gennao anothen” (born again) means to be born anew or to be born from above. I hope at this point, you should not be looking at the sky when we say “to be born from above”. And in case you look up when we say born from above, I don’t think your looking up should be literal, it should rather be an imagery (a figure of speech); an imagery for what now? An imagery for God; don’t forget the birth is spiritual; that is, by God’s spirit. So born from God or born by his spirit which is the same thing as being born anew. James will clarify this more for us in James 1:17-18 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures”. The statements “of his own will begat he us” already speaks of the born again man and thus, the good and perfect gift in context is the born again man. But notice, he says this good and perfect gift (the born again man) is from above, and the term “from above” here is the same Greek word “anothen” translated as “again” in John 3. And so, he explained the “above” in context is the father of lights (that is God). In other words, the implication of the statement “the born again man is from above” (James 1:17) means the born again man is from God. Hence, verse 18 “of his own will begat he us”. So, born again also means I am born of God; God gave birth to me. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You are born of God; acknowledge it.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for these spiritual truths that are unfolding to me in the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The born again man was birthed by God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (20)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: New birth and re-birth are not one and the same.

From our careful observation of Peter’s words in 1Peter 1:23, and Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus in John 3, we’ve come to establish that the term “born again” is not a physical birth but a spiritual birth. The use of the word “again” in the word “born again” as we have seen does not mean the second time; rather, the implication of the word “again” (anothen in the Greek) implies from above. Hence, why the word “born again” (gennao anothen) means to be born from above or to be born anew, and this is not being born from the sky neither is it a re-birth but a new birth. Of course, from the meaning of the word re-birth in normal parlance (as we saw in previous studies), it is obviously out of place to connect it with the word “gennao anothen” because “gennaoanothen” does not imply a re-incarnation, that is a new birth subsequent to one’s first; it doesn’t also imply a revival, spiritual renewal or a reinvigoration. So, is the new birth a rebirth? No, the new birth is the new birth.

Now, observe the following questions carefully:

  • Could there be revival in the new birth? Yes, but is the new birth a revival? No
  • Could there be a reinvigoration or revitalization in the new birth? Yes, but is the new birth a reinvigoration? No
  • Could we have renewal in the new birth? Yes but is the new birth a renewal? No

So, revival, reinvigoration or revitalization are in the new birth; that is why when your mortal body is sick, you can make power available in the place of prayer (praying in your understanding or praying in the spirit) and then revitalize your mortal body. Also, in the place of consecration to the ongoing work of Christ, there could be renewal and revival, but none of this is the new birth. The new birth is, God’s spirit taking residence in me. I am the residential address of deity; immortality resides in my mortality. This is the new birth. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You have been indwelt by God’s spirit; acknowledge this.

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

QUOTE: To be born again is to be born of God’s spirit.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (19)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Born again is not a rebirth, born again is a new birth.

As we proceed in this study, we began exploring the word “born again” used in 1Peter 1:23 and we discovered that it was in reference to being born anew. Now, we began observing Jesus’ explanation of this word in John 3 (in His discussion with Nicodemus) for further clarity and we discovered that the word “born again” does mean a second birth, neither does it mean to be born from the sky, but rather in the context of Jesus’ explanation, Jesus pointed our attention to the spirit. In other words, it was a spiritual birth and not a birth in terms of numbers. That is why “born again” is not a re-birth, but a new birth. So the big question that now comes to the fore is why is it not a rebirth? Just by understanding what the word rebirth means in normal parlance and understanding what “born again” means from Greek etymology as we have explained, you won’t think of “born again” as a rebirth but a new birth. In normal parlance, the word “re-birth” implies a reincarnation, that is, a new birth subsequent to one’s first. So questions:

  • Is born again a reincarnation? No
  • Is born again a new birth subsequent to one’s first birth (that is, in order of numbers)? No
  • Is born again a revival or a spiritual renewal? No
  • So, what is born again? Simply from Jesus’ explanation in John 3, born again means to be born of the spirit. It is a spiritual birth, it is not numbers.

Recall, Jesus in John 3 used the word water as figurative (that is, symbolic of the spirit). So, born again is a spiritual birth. In essence, being born again is when the Spirit of God takes up residence in a man. Our last question for today, when the Spirit of God takes up residence in a man, is that a re-birth or a new birth? A new birth. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the written word.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that the eyes of my understanding are opened up to my realities like never before in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Born again is not a re-birth, born again is a new birth.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (18)          

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man born of the word is born from above.

In our previous studies, we began investigating into the word “born again” as used by Peter in 1Peter 1:23; observe the reading again, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. Now, let’s observe the discourse of Jesus with Nicodemus in John 3 in order they bring that word “born again” to the spotlight, it read “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:3-6). Obviously, from the response of Nicodemus in verse 4, you could see that he was thinking of a natural birth when Jesus said “born again”, whereas Jesus was speaking of a spiritual truth. Again, observe the word “born again” shows forth here in verse 3 and is translated here as “gennao anothen” in the Greek which means to be born anew or to be born from above. Again, whereas Nicodemus was thinking numbers (second birth in the natural), Jesus was speaking spiritual truths (to be born from above or anew). Now, when we say to be born from above, please don’t look at the sky; because it is not to be born from the sky. That is why in context, Jesus now says, “except a man be born of water and the spirit” (verse 5). Now by saying “water and the spirit” here, he is not talking of two elements, that is water baptism and Holy Ghost baptism. The word “water” here stood as a figurative expression for the word spirit, and that is why the word “and” used between them (water and the spirit) being translated as “kai” in the Greek is used in an explanatory fashion and thus implies “that is” or “which is”. Meaning, Jesus was saying “except a man be born of water, that is the spirit”; so the water was symbolic of the spirit and that is why that word “water” was used once there but the emphasis was on the spirit. In essence, when Jesus was talking about being born again, he was not talking about being born the second time or being born from the sky; but rather, he was referring to the new birth, a spiritual birth, to be born anew or from above. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You are born from above, acknowledge this.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I thank you that I am in you; born of you and living in you, In Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Born again is not a second birth, born again is the new birth.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 12

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (17)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man born of the word is born anew.

It suffices us to say from the analysis done so far that being birthed to the person of Jesus is being birthed by the ever living and lasting word of God because Jesus is God’s word living, moving, walking, talking or God’s word personified. But to know the person of the word (Jesus), you cannot ignore the writings (the bible). So, God’s thoughts, plan, reason, intent (that is, Jesus) has been clothed in vocabulary (that is, the bible). That means, any attempt to find God, Jesus, the born again man outside the written word will definitely lead to error. So being born by the ever living and lasting word of God is being birthed by Jesus Christ. Now, let’s backtrack to 1Peter 1:23 and begin to examine the impact of the word “born again”; it reads, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. The word “born again” used here by Peter is the word “anagennao” in the Greek. Now, before we observe this word “born again” carefully, it is important to note firstly that when the bible says “born again”, it does not mean born the second time; that is, it does not imply a second birth. In other words, the implication of that word “again” in the term “born again” is not number (that is, like saying to be born the second time) but rather, a spiritual truth or reality. When Peter uses the word “anagennao” (born again), what he meant was being born anew and not being born twice. In other words, by saying “born anew”, this differentiates this birth from the physical birth in the natural which is a function of a natural procreation or generation. Meaning, this birth is a different birth from a natural birth, it is a spiritual truth. Again, this buttresses the fact that the born again man is not a product of a natural generation; hence, to trace this man back to generational problems/issues of his father’s house (in the natural) is out of place totally, because this man by virtue of the new birth has a new genealogy.

INSTRUCTION: Subject experiences to God’s word and not God’s word to experiences.

Prayer: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Experiences should be subjected to God’s word and not God’s word to experiences.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (16)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus who is the word birthed the born again man.

Having seen carefully in our analysis so far, it is clear that the word of God is a person. But the knowledge or revelation of this person is in a book called the bible. Hence, why it suffices us to say that:

  • The bible is God’s written word.
  • Jesus is God’s living word.

And the reason for the written word is the living word, hence why Jesus is the message of the bible. That said, let’s backtrack to 1Peter 1:23 for further analysis, it reads “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. Again, observe the Amplified rendering of this verse, it reads “You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting word of God”. So, it’s now clear that when the King James Version said “by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever” which the Amplified bible rendered as “by the ever living and lasting word of God”, it was in reference to the person of Jesus. So, can we now say boldly that Jesus is the word of God? Yes, we can. Can we also say that the bible is the word of God? Yes, but why? This is because there in (the bible) is the revelation of the person of Jesus. In other words, the living word (Jesus) is what/who makes the written word (the bible) to be called the word of God. So, what then gives substantiality to the bible? Jesus.

Now, having understood the implication of the term “by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever”, in our subsequent studies, we are going to handle the terminology “born again” used by Peter here and later on unbundle what it means to be born of the incorruptible seed, and then finally bring it down on the implication of this analysis on generational, foundational, ancestral problem/covenant problems/issues. However, don’t forget the fact that Jesus who is the word birthed you.

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities.

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

QUOTE: Jesus who is the living word revealed in the written word gave birth to the born again man.

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

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (15)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Your birth as a new creation was not of a natural procreation. So you are not a product of a natural generation.

We’ve clearly come to understand from our analysis so far what the word of God is; we’ve explained it in two faces:

  • The written word (the bible).
  • The living word (the person of Jesus; who is the message of the bible).

That seen clearly, lets backtrack to Apostle Peter’s words again in 1Peter 1:23 which reads, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. So from the analysis so far, will the term “by the word of God” here be in reference to a book or a person? A person (Jesus); this person is the incorruptible seed we are born of; He is the living word who is the message of the written word. So without much ado, the “logos” here is a person, having also seen how it was used in John 1. Let’s hear James in the line of this, he says Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1:17-18). James (just like Peter) in the above text is talking about God’s good and perfect gift (verse 17) and he was not referring to a car or house, rather he explains the good and perfect gift in context as the born again man (in verse 18). When he said “of his own will begat he us with the word of truth”, he was talking about the born again man. Again, the word “word” is used here (word of truth) translated from the same Greek word “logos” and again is in reference to the person of Jesus because he is the word of truth. Apostle John in Revelation makes it more clearly, it reads “And he was clothed in vesture dipped in blood: and his name called the word of God” (Revelation 19:13). So, Jesus is the word of God. So, the incorruptible seed we are born of is Christ (who is the word of God); this is what James explains as being born from above which in other words means this birth is not natural or it is not of a natural procreation or generation.

In our proceeding studies, we will now begin to investigate the impact of this carefully unbundling the fact that this man who is not of a natural generation/procreation has no business with generational problems, curses, ancestral problems, foundational problems, etc. Believers who have been made to believe that they are having any of these generational problems are suffering from identity crisis. So, let’s continue learning and also unlearn and relearn where necessary.        

INSTRUCTION: If God’s thinking pattern is Christ, then make sure your thinking pattern in your study of scriptures is Christ.

PRAYER: Father, my eyes and heart are open to receive the revelation in your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus is God’s thinking pattern.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: REVELATION CHAPTER 19 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (14)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The scriptures testify of a person.

We came to deduce from our previous studies that the reason for the written word (the bible) is the living word (Jesus Christ). So I cannot know Jesus outside my bible. If I must know Jesus, I must read my bible because all of God’s revelation in Christ has been put into writing in a written document called the bible. God’s plan, idea, reasoning or intent which is Christ Jesus can only be known in this written document called the bible. So it will take the written word to know the living word, but it will take the living word to verify the correctness of the written word. What was written was written to be read, but what is to be read must be read in the eyes of Christ because this will be my litmus test to know what is written that is form God and what is written that is a product of men’s assumption about God. So, the litmus test to proper bibliology is Christology. That is why the scriptures have a central message which is Christ Jesus. No wonder Jesus echoes in John 5:39 which reads Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. So, the scriptures are a testimony of Jesus; it testifies of him. So the message in the book (called the bible) is a person. That’s why Jesus upon His resurrection explains to His disciples that the words of the prophets were concerning His sufferings and glory that followed, it reads, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27). So the sufferings of Christ and the glory that followed was the focus of the prophecies of the prophets. This is why Jesus is called the logos; we explain God perfectly through Him and He is the subject matter of the bible. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Don’t miss out of the Christology of scriptures if you must get the theology of scriptures properly.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for bringing me to a place of clarity through the study of your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: In the “rhema” of the prophets, Jesus the “logos” is the logic of those utterances.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5 EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (13)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: You can’t know the living word (Christ) outside studying the written word (the bible). 

In the course of this studies, we came to observe that the word “word” as Peter used in 1Peter 1:25 is different from the word “word” he used in verse 23. In verse 23, the word “word” (used twice) is from the Greek word “rhema” which refers to the prophets’ utterances. While the word “word” used in verse 23 in the Greek word “logos” which refers to the intent, idea, plan, reason, concept, message or subject matter. This word “logos” is in reference to the person of Jesus who is God’s reasoning capacity and the reason behind the scriptures. What qualified the “rhema” of the prophets to be called the word of God were the words they spoke concerning the “logos” of God or the “logos” of the scriptures. In other words, the Christ centered utterances of the prophets were the words that came from God. So, the question, is everything in the written word “words” that came from God? No; how will I know words documented in the written word that did not come from God? I will fix my eyes on the living word (Jesus) that is the message of the written word to know what in the written word came from God and what did not come from God.

Next set of questions; between the written word (the bible) and the living word (Jesus), which one will I use to check the correctness of the other? The living word (the person of Jesus); because the living word is the logic of the written word or the reason for the written word is the living word or the written word points or testifies of the living word. So more accurately, is the word (logos) of God paper and ink (a book; a bible) or a person? It’s a person; but does that invalidate the writing? No, because you can’t know the person without the writing; it will take the reading of the written word to come to the revelation of the living word. So, the bible is God’s word documented, that is, the written word and the message of this written word is the living word (the person of Jesus). So to clear the air on this, both the person and the book are God’s word but one (the person, the living word) is the reason for the other (the bible; the written word). Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: You must be dutiful in study.                   

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

QUOTE: Bibliology (the study of the bible) is Christology (the study of Christ).

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

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IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (12)

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:15-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: The person of Jesus is the reason for the scriptures.

Having seen the word “rhema” used twice in 1Peter 1:25 which refers to the utterances of the prophets in the Holy Scriptures (Genesis to Malachi), we began investigating into the word “logos” used in verse 23 of 1Peter 1. Observe again how the word was used in John’s synoptic; it reads In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). Again, observe he uses the word “logos” thrice in verse 1, and in verses 3 and 4, he replaces the word “logos” with the preposition and pronoun ‘by him’ respectively denoting that the word “logos” is a person. Recall, the word “logos” implies the intent, idea, plan, reason, concept, message or a subject matter. We said that one vital reason Jesus is called the “logos” is because we explain God perfectly through Him. In other words, having known the meaning of the word “logos”, we can thus deduce that Jesus is the intent of God, He is God’s idea, He is God’s plan, purpose, message; He is the subject matter and the reasoning capacity of God. Recall, in the “rhema” (utterances of the prophets), the word that came from God were their Christ centered utterance because Jesus is God’s “logos”. In other words, in the “rhema” of the prophets, the “logos” is the focus or the “logos” in their “rhema” was what made their “rhema” to be called the word of the Lord. In essence, Jesus is the reason for their utterances; Jesus is the reason for their writings. Little wonder Apostle Peter echoed earlier in verses 10 and 11 of his first epistle which reads “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”. Where do we find the utterances of the prophets concerning the suffering of Christ and the glory that should follow? In the Old Testament books (Genesis to Malachi). So, when I turn to the Old Testament books, have I turned to God’s word? Yes. Why? This is because in there, I will find the utterances of the prophets concerning Christ who is the logic of the scriptures. But is everything written in there (Genesis to Malachi) God’s word or words that came from God? No, because words that came from God in the Old Testament are words the prophet spoke concerning Christ; and in the Old Testament, God spoke but also, Satan spoke, donkey spoke and  men who in their attempt to know God spoke words which mutilated God’s character. So, within God’s written word (the bible), there are words written that were not from God. So how will I know words that came from God while studying God’s written word? I will look at Jesus who is the living word and I will be able to know what is God and what is not God is in the written word. In order words, what Jesus did and did not do during his earthly walk point to what God does and would not do. Jesus did not do evil rather He went about doing good, so God cannot do evil for in Him there is no darkness at all. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Don’t be lackadaisical in bible study.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the understanding given me by the learning of your word, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Always study the written word in the lenses of the living word so that you can be able to detect what is God in the written word and what is not God in the written word.

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

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