FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (4)


“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. A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an 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… I will also save you from all uncleanness and I will call for the corn, and will increase it and lay no famine upon you” Ezekiel 36:25-27 & 29.


LIGHT FOR NOW: The born again man was the promise contained in Ezekiel’s prophecy.


It is clear that Ezekiel’s prophecy was focused on the recipient receiving new life (a fresh life). Now, let’s get back to Jesus’ explanation in John Synoptic account; “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” (John 3:3-5). Recall, the term “born again” means to be born anew or born from above; this refers to the newness of birth or the new birth. Now observe Jesus’ explanation of the term “born anew”; …Except a man be born of water and of the spirit. The word “and” used in this case was a further explanation. Hence, the word “water” is not literal but was further substantiated by the word “the spirit”. This is a clear explanation of Ezekiel’s prophecy considered in this study. Observe that the word “water” to the Jews implies that which cleanses or brings refreshing or freshness; hence, cleansing is also in view. This again shows that the agency of this cleansing is the spirit. Also, observe Jesus’ use of the word “water” in the John’s synoptic account; “Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knowest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:10 & 14). Thus, in John 4, it (that is, the word “water”) was used to explain the gift of God; that is, everlasting life.


INSTRUCTION: God’s promise fulfilled in Christ in the New Testament was the focus of the Old Testament. Don’t miss this in your study of the scriptures.


PRAYER: I have access into revelation knowledge and the deep things of God, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The new creation in Christ was God’s promise in the Old Testament fulfilled in Christ in the New Testament.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 7; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1

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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