FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (8)


“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: Our cleansing was in salvation by the Spirit of our God.


In the course of our studies on the subject of forgiveness in the light of the new birth, we have come to establish firmly that the climax of Ezekiel’s statement (that is, his prophecy in Ezekiel 36) was salvation because it is in salvation that a man has newness of life or freshness of life which is not an improvement of the previous life, but rather life in Christ. No wonder the cleansing as implied in Ezekiel’s prophecy was to the end that the recipient becomes a new man, which is why the saved man is a new man. So, the indwelling of the spirit or eternal life is in salvation. Also, we can safely deduce that since the focus of this prophecy was salvation, then the saved man has the fulfillment of this prophecy which was contained in this prophecy as a promise. In other words, the saved man has the reality of what Ezekiel was communicating in his prophecy. Meaning, the saved man is a new man; He has been cleansed from filthiness or he has been separated from filth which is sin; the saved man has been indwelt by God’s spirit; He has the gift of eternal life. There are overwhelming evidences in scriptures that affirms that the realities stated above are the realities of the saved man (the born again man or the believer in Christ). First, the saved man is a new man: Paul in his second epistle to the Corinthians lays credence to this fact, it reads “Therefore, if any man be Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Corinthians 5:17). Paul here in his words to the Corinthians calls the man in Christ (the born again man) a new creature. What did Paul mean by the use of the term “New Creature”? The question above will be answered in the course of our studies in subsequent days. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: You have to place your priority on knowledge.


PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding from your word, and I declare that the revelation of your word grows big on my inside till nothing else matter, In Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Not knowing the personality of Jesus in the revelation of the written word is the fabric for identity crisis where your realities as a believer are concerned.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; 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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