IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (15)

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: Your birth as a new creation was not of a natural procreation. So you are not a product of a natural generation.

We’ve clearly come to understand from our analysis so far what the word of God is; we’ve explained it in two faces:

  • The written word (the bible).
  • The living word (the person of Jesus; who is the message of the bible).

That seen clearly, lets backtrack to Apostle Peter’s words again in 1Peter 1:23 which reads, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. So from the analysis so far, will the term “by the word of God” here be in reference to a book or a person? A person (Jesus); this person is the incorruptible seed we are born of; He is the living word who is the message of the written word. So without much ado, the “logos” here is a person, having also seen how it was used in John 1. Let’s hear James in the line of this, he says Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1:17-18). James (just like Peter) in the above text is talking about God’s good and perfect gift (verse 17) and he was not referring to a car or house, rather he explains the good and perfect gift in context as the born again man (in verse 18). When he said “of his own will begat he us with the word of truth”, he was talking about the born again man. Again, the word “word” is used here (word of truth) translated from the same Greek word “logos” and again is in reference to the person of Jesus because he is the word of truth. Apostle John in Revelation makes it more clearly, it reads “And he was clothed in vesture dipped in blood: and his name called the word of God” (Revelation 19:13). So, Jesus is the word of God. So, the incorruptible seed we are born of is Christ (who is the word of God); this is what James explains as being born from above which in other words means this birth is not natural or it is not of a natural procreation or generation.

In our proceeding studies, we will now begin to investigate the impact of this carefully unbundling the fact that this man who is not of a natural generation/procreation has no business with generational problems, curses, ancestral problems, foundational problems, etc. Believers who have been made to believe that they are having any of these generational problems are suffering from identity crisis. So, let’s continue learning and also unlearn and relearn where necessary.        

INSTRUCTION: If God’s thinking pattern is Christ, then make sure your thinking pattern in your study of scriptures is Christ.

PRAYER: Father, my eyes and heart are open to receive the revelation in your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Jesus is God’s thinking pattern.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: REVELATION CHAPTER 19 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (14)

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: The scriptures testify of a person.

We came to deduce from our previous studies that the reason for the written word (the bible) is the living word (Jesus Christ). So I cannot know Jesus outside my bible. If I must know Jesus, I must read my bible because all of God’s revelation in Christ has been put into writing in a written document called the bible. God’s plan, idea, reasoning or intent which is Christ Jesus can only be known in this written document called the bible. So it will take the written word to know the living word, but it will take the living word to verify the correctness of the written word. What was written was written to be read, but what is to be read must be read in the eyes of Christ because this will be my litmus test to know what is written that is form God and what is written that is a product of men’s assumption about God. So, the litmus test to proper bibliology is Christology. That is why the scriptures have a central message which is Christ Jesus. No wonder Jesus echoes in John 5:39 which reads Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. So, the scriptures are a testimony of Jesus; it testifies of him. So the message in the book (called the bible) is a person. That’s why Jesus upon His resurrection explains to His disciples that the words of the prophets were concerning His sufferings and glory that followed, it reads, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27). So the sufferings of Christ and the glory that followed was the focus of the prophecies of the prophets. This is why Jesus is called the logos; we explain God perfectly through Him and He is the subject matter of the bible. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Don’t miss out of the Christology of scriptures if you must get the theology of scriptures properly.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for bringing me to a place of clarity through the study of your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: In the “rhema” of the prophets, Jesus the “logos” is the logic of those utterances.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5 EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (13)

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: You can’t know the living word (Christ) outside studying the written word (the bible). 

In the course of this studies, we came to observe that the word “word” as Peter used in 1Peter 1:25 is different from the word “word” he used in verse 23. In verse 23, the word “word” (used twice) is from the Greek word “rhema” which refers to the prophets’ utterances. While the word “word” used in verse 23 in the Greek word “logos” which refers to the intent, idea, plan, reason, concept, message or subject matter. This word “logos” is in reference to the person of Jesus who is God’s reasoning capacity and the reason behind the scriptures. What qualified the “rhema” of the prophets to be called the word of God were the words they spoke concerning the “logos” of God or the “logos” of the scriptures. In other words, the Christ centered utterances of the prophets were the words that came from God. So, the question, is everything in the written word “words” that came from God? No; how will I know words documented in the written word that did not come from God? I will fix my eyes on the living word (Jesus) that is the message of the written word to know what in the written word came from God and what did not come from God.

Next set of questions; between the written word (the bible) and the living word (Jesus), which one will I use to check the correctness of the other? The living word (the person of Jesus); because the living word is the logic of the written word or the reason for the written word is the living word or the written word points or testifies of the living word. So more accurately, is the word (logos) of God paper and ink (a book; a bible) or a person? It’s a person; but does that invalidate the writing? No, because you can’t know the person without the writing; it will take the reading of the written word to come to the revelation of the living word. So, the bible is God’s word documented, that is, the written word and the message of this written word is the living word (the person of Jesus). So to clear the air on this, both the person and the book are God’s word but one (the person, the living word) is the reason for the other (the bible; the written word). Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: You must be dutiful in study.                   

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Bibliology (the study of the bible) is Christology (the study of Christ).

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (12)

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: The person of Jesus is the reason for the scriptures.

Having seen the word “rhema” used twice in 1Peter 1:25 which refers to the utterances of the prophets in the Holy Scriptures (Genesis to Malachi), we began investigating into the word “logos” used in verse 23 of 1Peter 1. Observe again how the word was used in John’s synoptic; it reads In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). Again, observe he uses the word “logos” thrice in verse 1, and in verses 3 and 4, he replaces the word “logos” with the preposition and pronoun ‘by him’ respectively denoting that the word “logos” is a person. Recall, the word “logos” implies the intent, idea, plan, reason, concept, message or a subject matter. We said that one vital reason Jesus is called the “logos” is because we explain God perfectly through Him. In other words, having known the meaning of the word “logos”, we can thus deduce that Jesus is the intent of God, He is God’s idea, He is God’s plan, purpose, message; He is the subject matter and the reasoning capacity of God. Recall, in the “rhema” (utterances of the prophets), the word that came from God were their Christ centered utterance because Jesus is God’s “logos”. In other words, in the “rhema” of the prophets, the “logos” is the focus or the “logos” in their “rhema” was what made their “rhema” to be called the word of the Lord. In essence, Jesus is the reason for their utterances; Jesus is the reason for their writings. Little wonder Apostle Peter echoed earlier in verses 10 and 11 of his first epistle which reads “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow”. Where do we find the utterances of the prophets concerning the suffering of Christ and the glory that should follow? In the Old Testament books (Genesis to Malachi). So, when I turn to the Old Testament books, have I turned to God’s word? Yes. Why? This is because in there, I will find the utterances of the prophets concerning Christ who is the logic of the scriptures. But is everything written in there (Genesis to Malachi) God’s word or words that came from God? No, because words that came from God in the Old Testament are words the prophet spoke concerning Christ; and in the Old Testament, God spoke but also, Satan spoke, donkey spoke and  men who in their attempt to know God spoke words which mutilated God’s character. So, within God’s written word (the bible), there are words written that were not from God. So how will I know words that came from God while studying God’s written word? I will look at Jesus who is the living word and I will be able to know what is God and what is not God is in the written word. In order words, what Jesus did and did not do during his earthly walk point to what God does and would not do. Jesus did not do evil rather He went about doing good, so God cannot do evil for in Him there is no darkness at all. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Don’t be lackadaisical in bible study.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the understanding given me by the learning of your word, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: Always study the written word in the lenses of the living word so that you can be able to detect what is God in the written word and what is not God in the written word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (11)

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: Jesus gives substance to the bible.

From previous studies, we deduced that the term “word of God” used there was in reference to the person of Jesus. But don’t forget that this person; the word of God or the living word was contained in the written word in Genesis (before the foundation of the world). In other words, the message of the person (Jesus Christ) in the book called the bible is what gives substantiality to the book and thus, it is what validates the book (the bible) to be called the word of God. That’s why we deduced from our previous studies having examined the word “rhema” as used twice in verse 25 of 1Peter 1 that the utterances of the prophets that came from God were Christ centered utterances or utterances concerning Christ. Now, let’s observe the word “word” used in verse 23; it was translated from the Greek word “logos”. The word “logos” means the intent, idea, reason, plan, concept, message or subject matter. No character in the bible (from the Old Testament into the New Testament) is described as the logos except Jesus. So, why is Jesus called the logos? The way the word “logos” was used in John’s synoptic will provide more elucidation, it reads (John 1:1-4). Notice, he uses the word “logos” thrice in verse 1 and in verse 3 and 4, John uses the pronoun him repeatedly implying that “the word (logos)” is a person; the person, Christ Jesus. And so, in verse 14 of John 1, he now says “And the word was made flesh…” In other words, one vital reason why Jesus is called the “logos” is because we explain God perfectly through Him. That is why the study of God (theology) will be the study of Christ (Christology). And thus, outside Christ, a man cannot know God. Keep the meaning of the word “logos” in mind as the study continues in subsequent days. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Never try to know God outside Jesus.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that I am focused and fixated on the gospel of Christ and nothing more, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Bible theology outside Christology will only birth men’s ideology.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1 EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 1

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (10)

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: Jesus is the living word contained in the written word.

In our previous studies on this subject, we came to deduce that the term “word of God” in 1Peter 1:23 is in reference to the person of Jesus and not a book. However, we came to deduce that the implication of the term “before the foundation of the world” (in verse 20) is in reference to God’s redemption plan in context (verses 18 to 19) communicated or documented in Genesis (a book of the bible). In other words, within the books (Genesis to Malachi and Matthew to Revelation), we will find the person (who is Jesus Christ) or within the written word (the bible), we will find the living word (Jesus). You’ll observe in verse 25 of 1Peter 1, he says “But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”. Recall, we’ve not yet looked at the Greek implication of the word “word” in verse 23. But it is worthy of note that in verse 25 where he uses the same English word “word” as used earlier in verse 23; Peter here in verse 25 uses a different Greek word “word” from the one used in verse 23 which will be examined later in our studies. So, unlike the word “word” used in verse 23, he uses a different Greek word twice for the word “word” in verse 25 and it’s the word “rhema”. Recall, the Greek word “rhema” is different from the Greek word used in verse 23. The Greek word “rhema” refers to the utterances of the prophets. So, he calls “rhema” the word of the Lord and he says “the word of the Lord endureth forever”. So, what utterances of the prophets can be referred to the word of the Lord? Their Christ centered utterances. In other words, in the Old Testament, the word that came from God was the words the prophets spoke concerning Christ because Jesus is the word of God. That is why earlier on in verses 10 and 11 of the same chapter, he said “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow”. To be continued in our next study.  

INSTRUCTION: Know the word.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, ignite in me the zeal and passion for your word, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The words that came from God from the utterances of the prophets where Christ centered utterances.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

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