FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (5)


“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: You have been cleansed by God’s spirit.


We saw from Jesus’ words in John 3 (where Ezekiel’s prophecy was brought to the spotlight) that to be born again is to be born anew. Furthermore, we alluded that the word “water” to the Jews implies that which cleanses or brings refreshing or freshness; hence, in John 3, cleansing was also in view. We also saw that in John 4:10, 4:14, the word “water” was used to explain the gift of God, which is everlasting life in the son. Let’s observe how the word “water” was used in John 7:37-39 which reads “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (But this spake he of the spirit which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)”. It was used here in John 7:37-39 for the giving of the spirit. Hence, the term “water” in Jewish culture for cleansing was figurative and Jesus taught it as the giving of the spirit or eternal life. No wonder in verse 6 of John 3, Jesus echoed, “That which is born of flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit”. This clearly shows that the term “born again” in verse 3 of John 3 refers to being born of the spirit. Hence, the spirit becomes the parent and Jesus said this will be, by believing in him; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).


Hence, cleansing from sin as prophesied by the Prophet Ezekiel will be by being born of the spirit; that is, the indwelling of the spirit, and the gift of eternal life. Thus, Ezekiel’s prophecy was fulfilled in Christ Jesus in the resurrection where we have the born again man who has eternal life; who is indwelt by God’s spirit and who has been cleansed by God’s spirit. Therefore, the fulfillment of that prophecy is in us in Christ in the resurrection. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: You are indwelt by God’s spirit; God’s Spirit has never left you since the day He took residence inside of you; ponder on this..


PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Spirit in me which has cleansed me; thank you Lord for eternal life available in your son which I have received by faith in the same. I boldly declare that I am a living expression of your life; a living expression of your personality in this world, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The resurrection is the crux of the fulfillment of God’s promise.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8

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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