FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (6)


“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: We have been washed and made clean.


In the course of our studies on this subject, we’ve come to understand what the focus of Ezekiel’s prophecy was; Ezekiel’s prophecy focused on giving new life or a fresh life to the recipient. And thus, it is clear that the aim of the cleansing is to the end that the recipient will become a new man. Meaning the cleansing from filthiness which is forgiveness or separation from filth is going to be possible by making the recipient a new being in that a new spirit will be given to the recipient. Furthermore, we’ve seen Jesus’ explanation of this prophecy in the synoptic account (John 3) and Jesus’ explanation has brought this statement in Ezekiel’s prophecy to the spotlight. Recall, in Ezekiel’s prophecy, what was being inferred to as “sprinkling clean water upon you” was the very act of cleansing (cleansing from filthiness). And thus, the water was not literal but rather used figuratively for the spirit in context of Ezekiel’s prophecy. Again, Jesus did the same in John 3; he says “Except a man be born of water and the spirit”, and thus, water was used figuratively for the spirit (meaning Jesus wasn’t talking about a literal water just like Ezekiel wasn’t talking about a literal water). In addition, we also saw that when Jesus said “except a man be born of water and the spirit”, cleansing was in view by the use of the term water; hence why water in Jewish culture was used figuratively for cleansing and Jesus taught it as the giving of the spirit and eternal life. In other words, just like cleansing was in view in Ezekiel’s prophecy by the use of the term “sprinkle clean water upon you”, cleansing was also in view by Jesus’ use of the phrase “except a man be born of water and of the spirit”. Thus, Jesus’ words brought Ezekiel’s prophecy to light; that is, in Jesus’ words, it is clear that Ezekiel’s prophecy was about being born of the spirit; the indwelling of the spirit and the gift of eternal life. So, what was in view of Ezekiel’s prophecy? The indwelling of the spirit or the gift of eternal life which is salvation was in view of Ezekiel’s prophecy. The man in Christ today has the reality of Ezekiel’s prophecy. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your reality.


PRAYER: I walk in the consciousness of my reality in you, in Jesus Name. Amen.


QUOTE: Never undervalue your reality and value what is not your reality.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5

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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