“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 is deliverance in Christ.
We’ve seen from Jesus’ word in Luke 4:18-19 where forgiveness of sins or deliverance is implied, it is clear from His words that the emphasis was on preaching. Hear him again, 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” (Luke 4:18-19). So Jesus’ emphasis was on preaching forgiveness of sins or deliverance. And Paul in Colossians 1:12-14 explains our deliverance from the power of darkness (verse 13) as forgiveness of sins (verse 14). As we have seen, the word “aphesis” is used for sins; to let go of sins; complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. Deliverance in Christ is forgiveness of sins. “Deliverance” can be used interchangeably with the term “forgiveness of sins”. The man who is born again has received it. Aphesis in Greek is a strong word; it’s used for a perfect action; complete forgiveness, that is, “you can’t have more than this”. In Luke 24:47, Jesus spoke about this also, it reads “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. The word repentance here is used in the light of remission of sins; hence, the word “and” used in between repentance and remission can better be understood as “that is” because it’s explanatory. In other words, Jesus is saying “And that repentance, that is, remission of sins…” The word “remission” here is the same word “aphesis” rendered as forgiveness in Acts 26:18 and deliverance in Luke 4:18-19. So basically, the preaching of the gospel is the preaching of deliverance. The preaching of the gospel is the preaching of forgiveness of sins. The gospel of what Christ did for our sins is the message of deliverance. The believer was delivered from sin; from condemnation to forgiveness. You are not the condemned, you are the redeemed. Your sins; past, present and future were forgiven in Christ not because you confessed them but because you confessed Christ and what He has done which is forgiveness of sins. So, we can accurately say that forgiveness is a message to be preached, believed and received. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You are not the condemned, you are the redeemed of the Lord. Acknowledge this.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the gift of no condemnation which I have in Christ Jesus, Amen.
QUOTE: The man in Christ has the gift of no condemnation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 20