CHRIST OUR NEW WORLD

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;behold, all things are new” – 2Corinthians 5:17

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ is our new world.

A very important and vital truth every believer must acknowledge and comprehend is the fact that though the believer is in the world, he is not of this world, then you will not let this world define you. The world doesn’t know you; hence the world cannot define you. Though you are in the world, you are not of this world. The new creature is not of this world’s make up, he is in Christ; Christ is his world. Hence, the definition of the new creature and the reality of the new creature cannot be known by the world, but known in Christ. In Christ, we see who we truly are; meaning that a definition of you outside of Christ is a wrong definition of impression of you. Christ is your environment; he is your dwelling place. Never take any definition of you outside Christ; you are not who the world says you are, you are who Christ says you are as revealed in scriptures.

An understanding of who Christ is revealed in the scripture is an understanding of who you are revealed in the scriptures; meaning you are only going to know yourself by knowing Christ through the written word of God. Your identity in Christ will only be unveiled when the word of God is revealed to you. So if you want to know who you are in Christ, don’t go to a psychologist or philosopher to unveil that to you. Science does not have the capacity to know you, not even to unveil you. The man in Christ is higher than the world; the man in Christ does not go to the world to know who he is, he goes to the word to know who he is because he is born of the word. If there’s anything you need to go for, it is knowledge; the knowledge of your identity in Christ. You need to know your authority in Christ. Paul in Ephesians 1:19-22 explains further on the believer’s authority. From this text, it can be deduced that the power that was wrought in Christ was wrought in the new creature; power that only functions effectively through the knowledge of God’s word and one’s identity in Christ.      

INSTRUCTION: Know who you are.

DECLARATION: I am the new creature, and I am in authority because I am not of this world; therefore, I grow in the knowledge of God’s word even as I consciously live out my realities, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Get the word and rule your world.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6

BIBLICAL LANGUAGE

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” – 2Timothy 3:16

LIGHT FOR NOW: Biblical language evokes rather than describes.

One of the fundamental tenets of Christianity is the belief in the inspiration of scripture. The author of 2Timothy writes “All scriptures is inspired by God”. The word translated as “inspired” literally means “God breathed”. And although the author of these words would have been speaking specifically about Hebrew Scriptures, believers have long recognized that inspired scriptures also include the New Testament. It may interest you to know that biblical language is not the same as English Language. The bible was written by inspired men who used solar and phallic frames to convey a message. Jesus, the very embodiment of inspiration would speak in parables.

Biblical language evokes rather than describes. It is telling of another world, another man and another age. In the book of Revelation, John sees Jerusalem become a woman, descending out of heaven adorned like a bride for her husband. And in the 5th chapter of Micah, we are told that Bethlehem is that woman out of which God comes. Listen to the words carefully, “You, O Bethlehem are so little to be among the thousands of Judah, yet from you will come forth for me, one who is to rule Israel, whose origin from of old, from ancient times. Therefore, he will give them up until that time when she who is in travail has brought forth”. Then we read in the Isaiah chapter 63, “O Lord, thou art our Father, our redeemer from of old is thy name?” Here we see the ancient of days as our Father and redeemer and like Bethlehem, God is in travail redeeming everything through his son, Christ Jesus. therefore, in order to avoid an erroneous interpretation of scriptures, one has to understand that bible language is not English language to fully grasp what message the authors of the bible were trying to convey and not mistake the vehicle for the instruction as the instruction itself, one would have to admit to the fact that the text of scripture came forth from these inspired men in response to what they believed about God and what God was doing. Their understanding of God and the world influenced the way they told their stories. However, in the New Testament writings or epistles, the authors’ experiences of Jesus influenced their reading of the Old Testament and their writing of the new. It would suffice to say that in order to fully understand scripture, one has to read scriptures through the lenses of Christ. The entirety of scripture is all about him, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

INSTRUCTION: Study carefully.

PRAYER: I pray that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened and that I can comprehend biblical language, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Bible language is not English language.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5

GOD’S POWER AT WORK IN US

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16

LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto our salvation.

In dealing with the subject of power, first thing to note is that God’s power cannot be explained outside salvation (Romans 1:16). The word “power” here was translated from the Greek word “dunamis” which implies inherent power; power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature. This means that the power of God is inherent in the gospel of Christ. Thus, when you hear God’s word, you are hearing power. The strength or power of anything is in the name of Jesus. The personality of Jesus is an embodiment of power on its own. The name of Jesus is power because heaven and earth recognises this name (John 1:12). Your connection with Jesus empowers you for a life of power. The potency in the name of Jesus confronts whatever confronts you in life.

The name of Jesus is so powerful that it offers safety to everyone who runs to him. Your relationship with Jesus gives you power over the circumstances of life. To enjoy a life of power and glory in all that you do, stay connected to Jesus. Just as it is in the natural that men boast of who they know to gain favour, the name of Jesus is the surest access to power, glory, favour and relevance. When you are in trouble, all you need is to demonstrate the power and glory of God embedded in your inside. Many have suffered what they shouldn’t have suffered because they never recognised the power in the name of Jesus that is at work in their inside. There is so much power in the name of Jesus that principalities and powers bow to His name. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Recognise the power in the name of Jesus that is at work in your inside.

PRAYER: I declare over my life that in this year, I will not live a powerless life. The name of Jesus will show up for me this year every time I need Him, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The power of God is inherent in the gospel of Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2

ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST (2)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” – John 5:24-27

LIGHT FOR NOW: As believers, eternal life is not what we will receive at the end of our lives when we die; it is what we receive at the beginning of our lives when we believed.                                              

The word “condemnation” used in verse 24 of our text above from its original manuscript (the Greek) implies judgment. In other words, the man that has eternal life shall not come into judgment, and this is because he has passed from death to life. Passing from death to life here is passing from spiritual death (separation from God) to life (eternal life in Christ or eternal union with God). The judgment in verse 27 of John 5 will not be executed on them that believe because those that believe shall not come to judgment, but they have passed from death to life. So the judgment here will be executed on the unbelieving ones. That’s why Paul says in 1Corinthians 6:2 “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” He calls believers saints, and he says “we (the saints) shall judge the world”. This is because we have the very life of God; we had passed from death to life; we had passed from condemnation or judgment unto righteousness. But for the man without Christ, he is condemned or judged already. This was made clear in John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”.

The phrase “condemned already” is the phrase “judged already”. Meaning, the judgment is even on the earth when he rejects the gospel. At the point of salvation where a man believes the gospel, he passes from condemnation/judgment/death unto life. This tells us that eternal life is not what we will receive at the end of our lives when we die; it is what we received at the beginning of our lives when we believed. Notice, both John 3 and John 5 lets us see that this eternal life is received in the present (on earth). He said in John 5:24 “He that believeth in me hath eternal life”. Eternal life is not after death, it is life on earth when we believe. It is the understanding of this fact that makes us not to mourn like those without hope when the believer dies physically because he had passed from death to life. That’s why for the believer in Christ, what happens when the spirit leaves his body is not death, the bible calls it a sleep because the believer will awake in glory in the end. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Be conscious of your eternal life in Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, I believe I have the very life of God, I have passed from death to life, I have passed from condemnation and judgment unto righteousness; therefore, eternal life is at work in my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Believers don’t die, believers sleep.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2

SAVED BY CHRIST, THE SAVIOUR

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are saved by an eternal saviour; therefore, your salvation is eternal.

Believers commonly talk about “salvation”, their “saviour”, and the need to be “saved”. But these bible terms are meaningless to many people. Even some believers are vague about what doctrine lies behind these terms. Salvation means to save, preserve and to protect. By having salvation, you must have a saviour because you can’t have salvation without a saviour. To be saved means to be rescued and spared to escape death and ruin, to be preserved from perishing. The “sheep that was lost” would certainly have perished if it had not been found by the shepherd. To find it was to save its life (Luke 15:3-7). It’s appropriate to speak of being “lost” as the opposite of being “saved”. To say a soul is lost is to say it is going to perish “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Having sent his son to die on the cross, God is able to “save” all who were perishing. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save them” (1Timothy 1:15). Now let’s ask, what are we saved from? A child rescued after it has fallen into a swimming pool, or someone pulled back who was about to walk in front of a bus, has experienced salvation. But what is it that we are saved from in the salvation Paul had in mind? The answer is in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. We were saved from the consequences of sin which is eternal death. The payment of sin is death, that means if one must redeem man from sin, you must pay the wages or price of sin which is death. “So therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). It is because of our faith in the Saviour’s ability to save that we have peace with God and eternal redemption. We are saved eternally because our saviour is eternal. It’s only an eternal being that can fulfill such a promise in that passage. It is important to note that in this study, no figure or personality will become an authority except the saviour and what he reveals in the apostles as the spirit of truth reveals. It is also important to note that a temporary product can not originate from an eternal being. Today, we are eternally saved because our saviour is eternal. The work of Christ which is salvation is not the study of what we have done or will do but what the saviour has done for us. Glory!    

INSTRUCTION: Know more about the saviour to better understand the salvation you have.

DECLARATION: I declare that I am eternally saved and that I grow in the knowledge of my eternal Saviour, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: My Saviour is eternal; therefore, my salvation is eternal.

DAILY BIBLEREADING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 16; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

GOD THE LIGHT (3)

“This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you that god is light and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1John 1:5

LIGHT FOR NOW: In Christ, light is our being.

It has been established that “light” is a person and this person is Jesus Christ. Since it has been confirmed that Jesus is by nature light and by character light then it is pertinent to consider how Jesus has shine this light on earth. John 11:1-44 gives account of Lazarus’ dead, but the striking part in the story seen when Jesus goes to resurrect his friend Lazarus. This was a situation of hopelessness. Mary and Martha had lost hope but Jesus shone this light by resurrecting Lazarus from dead. God’s character of light is seen in the uplifting of men freeing men from captivity and giving hope to the hopeless as such wherever there is a trace of darkness, God is absent. God is indeed light as he shows this by reconciling the lost back to himself. By virtue of our fallen condition, we were in darkness and were alienated from the zoe of God; but in Jesus Christ we have been reconciled to God and we have the right standing with him, Glory! This means that having been reconciled to God we have fellowship with the light and the light dwells in us.

Believers can also experience and manifest God’s light because we have God’s life in us. “John 1:4 says that the life of God is in the Lord Jesus and this life is the light of men” At the point of salvation where we receive Christ, this life entered into us and becomes “our light of life”. Note that; this light is not an objective light which enlightens us from without but a subjective light that enlightens and enriches us from within. For the fact that Jesus lives in us, He has automatically become the light of life in us. Matthew 8:16 reads “when evening came, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed and He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill”. The ability of Jesus to cast out demons with a word testifies of not just his sovereignty but also shinning of the light which He is. At the sight of the light (Jesus), demons (darkness) tremble. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. God reassures us in this portion that all his plans and promises for us are good and no trace of evil or darkness attached to it. Believers should debunk the notion that any evil that comes to them is permitted by God to happen rather they should know that God will only step in to settle that pain or struggle so as to expel that darkness. Conclusively, James in James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes from the father of lights with whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning”. As believers we ought to know that perfection cannot be given to us by the world rather Christ which is our father of light is the only giver of perfect gifts, hence, we should bank of his love towards us and also affirm daily that He is our light, we have the indwelling of this light and we dispense this light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Hold fast the word of life.

CONFESSION: I decree power, boldness and utterance be released to shine the light effectively.

QUOTE: The vocabulary of God in the bible is the vocabulary of man.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 9; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3

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