“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:15-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the New Covenant, God forgives iniquity.
In the course of examining the phrase “visiting the iniquity” which is the Hebrew word “paqad” (Exodus 20:5), we came to discover that this word wasn’t used to connote anything negative. And thus, God meant “I will take care of it” and not that he will punish innocent children for the iniquities of their fathers. In our previous study, we began examining Ezekiel who spoke in relation to this in Ezekiel 18:2-19 and we came to deduce that God does not visit the sin of the fathers upon the children. That was why in verse 13 of Ezekiel 18, he echoed “Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? He shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him”. And also in verse 19, “Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live”. In other words, it is clear that:
- If the son does not do what the father does, he does not bear the iniquity of his father.
- That a man will be judged for his own iniquity.
More so, let’s observe Jeremiah’s words concerning what Moses and Ezekiel said, it reads “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:29-34). Notice, in verse 30, “…every man shall die for his own iniquity…” And in verse 33; in the new covenant God forgives their iniquity and remembers their sin no more. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that my appetite for the word is increased like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God forgives iniquity in the New Covenant.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JEREMIAH CHAPTER 31; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 8