“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: Jesus’ emphasis on forgiveness and deliverance was on preaching.
In Acts 26:18, it’s clear from Paul’s words that “forgiveness of sins which is our inheritance is received by faith in Christ” and Paul in our present key text (Romans 10:13-17) says in verse 17 that “faith comes by hearing the message of Christ”. If forgiveness of sins comes by faith in Christ, it does implies that a message must first be preached, so can we say that forgiveness of sins in the message of Christ is what we began investigating in our previous study? Is forgiveness a message or a prayer? Back to Luke 4:18-19 where we took our lead from, it reads “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath 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”. Recall the word deliverance used here (in Luke 4:18) is the same word “forgiveness” used in Acts 26:18 which were both translated from the Greek word “aphesis”. Remember we said ahead of time that deliverance is synonymous with forgiveness of sins. Now let’s observe Luke’s account of Luke 4:18-19 closely. Notice that in this account, Jesus’ emphasis and flow of thoughts was on preaching. He used this word “preach” between verse 18 and 19 thrice. The word “preach” implies to announce a good news, it is herald (as a public crier), to proclaim; publish. So Jesus’ emphasis in Luke 4:18-19 on deliverance or forgiveness of sins was on preaching. Don’t forget forgiveness (aphesis) means deliverance, which is a release from the bondage of wrong. So if Jesus’ emphasis on deliverance which is the forgiveness of sins was on preaching, it thus shows that there is a message of forgiveness of sins (that is, deliverance) which is the gospel; the gospel of Christ. The preaching of that message is the preaching of forgiveness of sins/deliverance. Notice Jesus in Luke 4:18-19 did not say “to pray deliverance to the captives” or “to pray forgiveness to the captives”, he said “to preach”. So forgiveness of sins is not a prayer, neither is an answer to pray nor a by-product of a daily confession of sins, forgiveness of sins is a preaching and faith in that message forgives a man’s sin eternally. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: What God’s word says about you is what you should accept and not hearsays.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: By faith in Christ, a man’s sin was forgiven eternally.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9