FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (2)


“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: The Old Testament prophets in their utterances uttered words that found their fulfilment in Christ.


In our last study, we saw that the above text was Ezekiel’s prophecy. And this was a prophetic statement to explain how God will rescue or separate man from sin. Also recall that the phrase “sprinkle clean water upon you” in Ezekiel 36:25 refers to the very act of cleansing. Again, let’s notice what the effect will be on the individual; …and ye shall be clean from all your filthiness… Thus, the effect will be to clean from filthiness which is the same as what was said in verse 29 “…save you from all your uncleanness…” Recall, the word “uncleanness” being translated implies filthiness as we saw in previous study.

Thus, what is being said in verse 26 is what is being also inferred in verse 29. However, it is vital to note that the term “clean water” is not literal. The understanding of this will be vested upon reading the proceeding verses where the agency of this cleansing was explained; “A new heart also will I give to you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the strong heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

Now, observe that the phrase “a new heart also will I give you” was further explained by the phrase “a new spirit will I put within you”.
The term “new spirit” was translated from the Hebrew word “chadash ruach”; the word new (“chadash”) implies “fresh” or something that hasn’t been in use or given before and the word spirit (“ruach”) implies air, life or breathe. Thus, from the analysis so far, what could be deduced as the focus of this prophecy? We can deduce that the focus of this prophecy is to give a new/fresh life to the recipient and it is very clear from the analysis done so far. This however means that the cleansing is to the end that the recipient will become a new man.

Thus, cleansing from filthiness here; that is, forgiveness or separation from filth, will be by making the recipient a new being by giving a new spirit. Therefore, Ezekiel’s prophecy was about the new creation in Christ; the man who will be indwelt by God’s spirit. In other words, what is contained in Ezekiel’s prophecy here is the promise of the spirit (the Holy Spirit) indwelling man and this indwelling is what will separate man from filth. Shortly, in subsequent days, a full understanding of this prophecy will come to be.


INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.


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

QUOTE: In the prophecies of the prophets, Christ in whom we find the new creation is the focus.

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

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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