“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:13-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins being translated is a release from the bondage of wrong and is synonymous with deliverance.
We saw from Paul’s word in Acts 26:18 in previous studies that faith in Christ is what brings forgiveness of sins. And in our key text now (Romans 10:13-17), Paul says in verse 17 that “faith cometh by hearing the message of Christ”. If faith cometh by the message of Christ, can we say forgiveness of sins is in the message of Christ and thus, it is received by faith in that message? And can we accurately call forgiveness of sins a message and not a prayer? Let’s start by observing the grammatical implication of the word forgiveness. The word “forgiveness” is the word “aphesis” in Greek. Aphesis which is the word Paul used in Acts 26:18 mean a release from the bondage of wrong or a release from the bondage of iniquity. Now, it is worthy of note that the word “forgiveness” translated as “aphesis” is the same word Jesus used in Luke 4:18 translated as deliverance. Let’s hear the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19 as this gives us a lead to knowing if forgiveness of sins is a prayer or a message, it reads “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he had anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”. The word “deliverance” used here (in Luke 4:18-19) is the same word “aphesis” translated as forgiveness in Acts 26:18. In other words, deliverance in bible explanation is synonymous with forgiveness of sins. That is, forgiveness of sins is deliverance and vice versa. In other words, “to preach deliverance to the captives” is the same thing as saying “to preach forgiveness of sins to the captive”. Jesus here in Luke 4:18-19 is reading from Isaiah 61:1-2 and in our proceeding studies, more light is coming. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: The truth of God’s word is final, not hearsays. So stay with the truth.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are open up to my realities in you, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Your forgiveness was your deliverance, you don’t need deliverance after being delivered and you don’t need daily forgiveness of sins after you were forgiven once at the point of salvation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 4