“To open their eyes, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” – Acts 26:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Don’t just have a mental assent of the word, have a working knowledge of the word.
The scriptures must remain our final authority as far as biblical concept is concern. A teaching is only valid to the degree to which it draws its authority from the written word. The written word to us is God’s revelation to us and thus any revelation whatsoever that contradicts what is taught and explained in the written word is not valid. Here in our study in this month, we aim to handle the subject of forgiveness as it relates with sin. Let’s say this, E. W. Kenyon once said that what most believers have is “mental assent”. Most believers have mental assent of God’s word. What does this mean? In essence, by “mental assent”, we mean that most believers just have an intellectual knowledge of God’s word. That is, in their minds, they know God’s word which obviously is true but they don’t have a working knowledge of God’s word or better still they are not living in the reality of what they have known. In other words, by mental assent, we mean, they know the word but they are not living it out. Truth is, God’s desire is not just for us to know the word, God desires that we walk in it or better still, we live in it. That is, we should have a working knowledge of the word and not just a mental ascent of the word. A believer that has a mental assent of the word for instance can obviously know the details of the forgiveness of sins. That believer for instance knows that forgiveness is not what God does every time we sin; it is what God made available in Christ once and for all even before we ever thought of sinning. This fellow understands that forgiveness is not earned; it is a gift of grace. If forgiveness of sins is not what God does every time we sin, then this fellow thus understands that forgiveness of sins does not come on the daily confession of sins, rather it came on a one time confession of Christ as his Lord and Saviour. This means that this fellow understands that forgiveness of sins is received once for a lifetime. God does not forgive us twice, thrice, etc., he forgave us once and that one time forgiveness is for eternity.
Truth is, even with all your epignosis, you can sometimes tend to slip into works after receiving all things that God has given to you by grace. Stay with our study this month carefully because a lot will be unveiled as touching:
- The fundamentals of forgiveness
- Whether believers sin and what happens when believers sin?
- What the Holy Spirit does to us when we sin?
- What God does to us when we sin?
- The believer and repentance
- What is required on the part of the believer to deal with sin or habits of sin in his life?
- Is being contrite and sorry for sinning or doing wrong sin consciousness? Should we judge ourselves or admit that we are wrong when we are wrong, or should we just go on saying “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” when we sin, without admitting that we have sinned? Or is admitting that you have sinned doubting the finished work of Christ? Learn carefully. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t be a mental assent Christian.
PRAYER: I receive revelation, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Having a mental assent of the word and having a working knowledge of the word are two different things.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24