FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (1)


“I will also save you from all your uncleanness: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you” Ezekiel 36:29


LIGHT FOR NOW: It is in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that the prophecy about man being rescued or cleansed from sin was fulfilled.


The subject or concept of forgiveness is an all-encompassing subject. This subject can be taught from different angles. For instance, this subject can be taught as deliverance (deliverance from the power of darkness), that is, it could be taught in the light of deliverance. It could also be taught in the light of redemption; it could be taught in the light or repentance and many more. It is a very important subject taught in the scriptures and thus, must be well understood.

However, in our studies now and in the subsequent days, we will be studying the subject of forgiveness only in the light of the new birth. So, just like forgiveness was taught from different light/angles in the scriptures, it was also taught as the new birth in the scriptures. Our opening text is a perfect example of the subject of forgiveness in the light of the new birth. Our opening text obviously is Ezekiel’s prophecy. Now, to ascertain clarity on this prophecy, key words that make up this text must be explained even as we will study into seeing the fulfilment of this prophecy in the New Testament. To start with, let us examine the word “save” used in the opening text. This word “save” is the word “yasha” in the Hebrew and it means to rescue, deliver or save. However, the word that is a key issue in our opening text is the word “uncleanness” which is the word “tumah” in the Hebrew; this word (uncleanness) means filthiness.

The utterance here in this text is therefore a prophetic statement to explain how God will rescue or separate man from sin. Now, let’s observe the preceding statement in this prophecy for further clarity.
“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols, will I cleanse you” (Ezekiel 36:25). The question that readily comes to the fore from Ezekiel 36:25 is what does the phrase “sprinkle clean water upon you” imply? This phrase “sprinkle clean water upon you” refers to the very act of cleansing and again notice what the effect will be on the individual; ….and ye shall be clean from all your filthiness… The text will open up in the course of our studies in subsequent days.
Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: You cannot outgrow knowledge, don’t lose that fact.


PRAYER: I declare that the eye of my understanding is enlightened in Jesus Name. Amen!!

QUOTE: In your understanding of Christ from the scriptures comes from your understanding of the scriptures.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EZEKIEL CHAPTER 36; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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