FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (9)


“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 are a new creature.


We have seen so far from our analysis on this subject that salvation (in Christ) where the indwelling of the spirit or the gift of eternal life in Christ is the focus of Ezekiel’s prophecy in the above text. In our previous study, we alluded to the fact that the man in Christ has the reality of what was contained in Ezekiel’s prophecy as a promise. In other words, the promise in Ezekiel’s prophecy is what the believer has as a fulfillment in Christ by faith in Christ. First, we eluded the reality that the man in Christ is a new man, and in our previous study, we saw Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church which lays credence to this fact. Let’s backtrack to 2Corinthians 5:17 and pay attention to Paul’s words as we bring this text to the spotlight in understanding what Paul meant by the use of the term “new creature”. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”. By saying “new creature”, the term “new” was translated from the Greek word “kainos”. The word “kainos” implies freshness. Thus, the term “new creature” refers to a fresh kind of being; a new kind; species, one or kind that had never been in existence before. Thus, by using the term “new creature” where freshness is implied, it means the man in Christ is a new man. This shows the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy in the new creature in Christ; now the question is how does this come in? Recall, from Ezekiel’s prophecy, the focus was to give a new or fresh life to the recipient (that is, freshness is implied); and moreover, the cleansing as implied in Ezekiel’s prophecy was to the end that the recipient will become a new man. This is in tandem with Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:17 because freshness is implied by the use of the term “new creature”. Thus, in the new creature, we see the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s words because the new creature is a new man; this man has a fresh life which is not an improvement on the previous. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: Your realities must be known; go for knowledge.


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

QUOTE: The beginning of the man in Christ is in Christ; hence, in Christ is where the new creature began.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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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