FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (14)


“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 are God’s dwelling place.


So far, in the course of our analysis on this subject, we’ve come to discover that the content in Ezekiel’s prophecy above was the promise of what God will do in Christ which has been done, and thus anyone who believes in Christ has received the reality of this fulfilled promise. Previously, we began to look into verses 26 and 27 of Ezekiel’s prophecy in which contained in it was the promise of the indwelling of the spirit which has been fulfilled in Christ in the resurrection and thus, this reality is available for all who believe. In other words, every believer has the spirit of God in him. It is only ignorance of this fact that makes some people assume that the Holy Spirit is not permanently indwelling us, but temporarily dwelling in us and that temporary dwelling only happens when we invite Him continually to come. This kind of assumption is one (the believer in Christ) robbing oneself of one’s realities.

In fact, if the Holy Spirit does not dwell in us permanently/eternally, then it means what Christ has done in us can be undone and nullified. That will therefore mean that there is no integrity in God’s words. However, we know that it is not true; God cannot lie and we can trust absolutely on the integrity of His word. If His word says, we are sealed with the Holy Ghost, we have His Spirit in us, then we are to trust His words and therefore let His words be our affirmation in our words, prayers and songs. If His word has let us know that we are indwelt by His spirit, then why should you say – “Holy Spirit you are welcome, fill this temple with you presence; we wait on you…”
Where are you welcoming Him from? In fact, which temple is He going to fill with His presence? Also, observe Jeremiah’s words in the epistles as it speaks in the light of its fulfillment: “And they shall be my people and I will be their God”. “And what agreement had the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2Corinthians 6:16). So, Paul calls us the temple of God (God dwells in us). The Holy Spirit is not going to be welcomed to come and fill His temple with His presence, No! We are His temple and the custodian of His presence. So, the believer should stop “waiting for Him to come and fill his temple”, if you are still waiting, then get born again. The day you got born again, Christ took up residence in you by His spirit and filled you to completion.


INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.


PRAYER: I declare that I am the residential address of the Holy Ghost; all of deity dwells in me in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The born again man is the residential address of deity.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS 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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