FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (13)


“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: At new birth, the Holy Spirit took up residence in you never to leave you.


In the course of our studies on this subject, we’ve come to establish that verses 26 to 27 of Ezekiel’s prophecy were words concerning the indwelling of the spirit in the heart of the born again man which were promissory in his words (that is, Ezekiel’s words). That is, in Ezekiel’s prophecy in verses 26 and 27, we see the promise of God’s spirit indwelling man. This promise was fulfilled in Christ in His resurrection from the dead and thus, the promise of the spirit as contained in Ezekiel’s prophecy is the present day reality of the man in Christ today. More so, we have seen overwhelming texts in the course of this study that buttresses the fact that the man in Christ has received the spirit. Thus, the indwelling of the spirit has been done in Christ and effected in the life of the man who has believed in the gospel of Christ. Therefore, we as believers affirm what has been done, the Holy Spirit lives in us forever. We should not in any way contradict our realities in our words, prayers or songs. That is, our words must be an affirmation of our realities and not a contradiction to our realities; our prayers must be an affirmation of our realities and not a contradiction to our realities; our songs also must be an affirmation to our realities and not a contradiction to our realities. In the context of our studies, we have seen that we have received the spirit of God (we are sealed with the Holy Spirit); therefore, what should be affirmed should be what has been done. It is only the ignorance of these realities that is the bedrock of certain words, prayers or songs used by some folks which are opposite to these realities. For instance, you hear a believer (one who has been indwelt by God’s spirit) singing “come come come Holy Ghost come … Holy Ghost come, come oooo….” Such a believer singing the above song is contradicting his realities. The first question he should be asked is, where did the Holy Ghost travel to? The Holy Ghost never left you and travelled to anywhere, He lives in you. Instead of contradicting your realities with such words contained in the above song, sit down and humble yourself to learn from God’s word and then you will know what to sing. Praise God! We affirm what Jesus has done.


INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.


PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: The knowledge of your realities is vital as a believer.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PSALM CHAPTER 51; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3

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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