FORGIVENESS IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW BIRTH (15)


“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 the temple where God lives.


From what have been explained so far in the course of our studies on this subject, it is very clear that the indwelling of the spirit as prophesied by Ezekiel in the above text (verses 26 and 27) is what was fulfilled upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. And thus, this is the reality of the man who has received Christ by faith in the Gospel of Christ. The indwelling of the spirit (as contained in Ezekiel’s prophecy above) is what was fulfilled upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. And this is the reality of the man who has received Christ by faith in the gospel of Christ. The indwelling of the Spirit as contained in Ezekiel’s prophecy above is what Paul explains as the adoption of sons in his letter to the Roman church; “For as many as are led by Spirit of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father” (Romans 8:14-15). It is important to note that in the context of Romans 8, Paul used other semantics like the spirit/the spirit of life/the spirit of Him/the spirit of Christ, etc. still referring to the same thing as the spirit of adoption. Also in context, he uses the term “in the flesh or of the flesh” to refer to the nature of the man without the spirit, while he used the term “in the spirit or of the spirit” to refer to the nature of the man indwelt by the spirit… The believer and this is the son of God.
So, what is the nature of the believer in Christ? He is indwelt by God’s spirit (that is his nature). Hence, to say that the Spirit of God left the believer is to say that the believer lost his nature; he has lost his sonship because it is the spirit of God in us that makes us sons of God; this will be an error because the believer has the spirit of God by nature and thus, can never lose his nature. We have God’s spirit in us; we are the temple of the Holy Ghost; Paul echoed this consistently in his letter to the Corinthian church; “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1Corinthians 3:16). “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1Corinthians 6:19). “And what agreement hath 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). Therefore, we are God’s temple; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the residential address of God; that is, if you are looking for where God lives, you should look at yourself because you are the residential address of God. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: You are God’s eternal address; acknowledge this.


PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me your dwelling place. Thank you for these realities even as I walk in them like never before in Jesus Name, Amen.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3; 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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