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

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (9)

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 born again man is born of the living word.

We came to deduce from Apostle Peter’s word in 1Peter 1:23 that the term “word of God” there is in reference to the person of Jesus and not a book written with paper and ink; that is, the bible. However, lets pay a close attention again to the previous verses, it reads “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God” (1Peter 1:18-21). Obviously, from his words in these verses, it is clear that he was talking about a person (Christ Jesus) and so when he said “by the word of God” in verse 23, he was referring to this person. But before we examine the word “word” for further clarity, observe the statement in verse 20, “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world”. Notice, he is talking about the redemption plan of God in Christ (verses 18 and 19) and he says in verse 20 that God foreknew it before the foundation of the world. Now, the statement “before the foundation of the world” or “from the foundation of the world” is in reference to the book of Genesis (the written word). So what comes to mind now? The word of God is a person (Jesus, the living word), but God’s plan of redemption before the foundation of the world (Genesis) in this person can be found there in Genesis, the written word. In other words, the written word (the bible) points to the living word (Jesus). In essence, the word is a person not a book, but the revelation of this person is in a book. In other words, the bible is God’s written word whose message is God’s living word (that is, the person of Jesus). So, the reason for the written word (the bible) is the living word (Christ Jesus) because the living word (Christ Jesus) is what makes the written word (the bible) the word of God. Meaning, if you take away Jesus from the bible, it can no longer be called the word of God because the person of Jesus is what makes the bible to be called the word of God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: In all thy getting, get understanding.

PRAYER: Father, the eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The message of the written word (the bible) is the living word (Jesus Christ).

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

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (8)

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 word of God communicated in God’s written word.

As we proceeded in this subject, we came to see that the birth of the believer is of the incorruptible seed, which is the word of God that lives and abides forever. Now the question that came to the fore which when properly answered will clarify more questions we eluded in our previous studies is, what could the term “word of God” in this text be referring to? Observe 1Peter 1:23 again, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. So, when he said “word of God” here, was he referring to a book or a person? Now, let’s begin this analysis by reading in context first, now observe Peter’s words in previous verses to unbundle this fact, it reads, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God” (1Peter 1:18-21); his focus was on a person; the person of Christ; our redemption was by His precious blood which was without blemish or spot; He was the one foreordained before the foundation of the world; He was the one who was raised from the dead. So, when he now says, “by the word of God” in verse 23, he wouldn’t have been saying that the born again man was born by a book, but the born again man was born by a person and this person is the word of God. That’s why if you replace the phrase “the word of God” with the word “bible” here, you will discover that it sounds out of place; “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the bible, which liveth and abideth forever”.  So, he wouldn’t have been referring to a book but a person. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: The person of Jesus gave birth to you; acknowledge this.

PRAYER: I receive clarity and understanding from the study of God’s word, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The person of Jesus is the word of God who is the message of the written word called the bible.

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

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (7)

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 man born of God is born of incorruptible seed which is the word of God that liveth and abideth forever.

In our previous studies, we established that the born again man is not born of incorruptible seed nor of a mortal origin (seed, sperm) but of an origin that is immortal or incorruptible. In other words, his birth is not natural nor is it a function of a natural procreation or natural generation, but his birth is a supernatural birth. So the question that comes to the fore which will be carefully handled from this point into proceeding days in our studies before we get back to the issue of generational problems is what could be this supernatural birth? Observe 1Peter 1:23 carefully for the answer; “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. So what is this supernatural birth? The born again man is born of incorruptible seed which is what he explains as the word of God which liveth and abideth forever. Notice, he says “by the word of God…” So the big question that now comes to the fore which we will carefully investigate is what is this word of God that lives and abides forever? What could Apostle Peter refer to by using the term “word” or “word of God”? Could he have been referring to the bible (that is, the written word)? Or could he have been referring to the living word (that is, the person of Jesus)? If he was referring to the bible as the word of God, let’s now fix the word “bible” in place of the word “the word of God” and see how it will sound; it reads, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the bible, which lives and abides forever”. How does it sound? Keep how it sounds to yourself for now until we’ve examined the word “word” used in this context grammatically and its corroboration in the New Testament; and moreover understand the difference between the written word and the living word. Also, if the use of the term “word of God” here is in reference to the living word (the person of Jesus) even backed up by the fact that he says “which lives and abides forever”, then let’s apply substitution by elimination (that is, replace the term “word of God” with the person of Jesus) and hear how it sounds, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by Jesus who lives and abides forever”; how does it sound? Still keep how it sounds to you until we are done investigating properly. So other questions in the line of this thought is; is the bible the word of God or is Jesus the word of God? Or are they both the word of God? If there is a difference between the two, what could the difference be? Between the two, which one points to the other? And between the two, which one is the reason for the other? So don’t be in a hurry and run to conclusions, study patiently. Hallelujah!     

INSTRUCTION: Bible study cannot be done in a rush of blood; so be patient.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the revelation of your word that is growing big on my inside, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: When you are looking for understanding in a hurry, you will land in a misunderstanding.

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

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (6)

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 is not of a mortal origin.

In our previous study, we began a careful investigation into what gave birth into the born again man; what he is born of, because in knowing what he is born of then we can track what he is  not born of. Let’s hear the words of Peter again which is very key to our explanation, it reads “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1Peter 1:23). Observe the Amplified rendering of this verse “You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting word of God”. Recall, the implication of the term “corruptible seed” which the Amplified translation made it more clearer by saying “not of mortal origin” is that the birth of the born again man (the new creation) is not natural; that is, is not a product of a natural procreation or a product of a natural generation. In other words, you cannot trace the birth of the born again man to a natural generation or procreation. His birth is not natural but his birth is the exact opposite of the natural which is the supernatural and this is what he explains as “by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever” (1Peter 1:23b).

We will in the course of our studies in subsequent days come back to the generational problem because another gospel has made it look like the new creation has a generational problem; he still has generational curses to break; he still has ancestral covenants to break; he still has a faulty foundation, and so if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do? So, he still has a foundational problem that needs to be dwelt with. And the funny truth is that another gospel has scriptures to back up its opinion, but those scriptures has only been made to mean what it doesn’t mean. Generational problem, curses, ancestral covenants, and foundational problems do not apply to the born again man at all. But when you pick up the scriptures with a pre-conceived notion, you can make it say what it is not saying. And that is why in bible interpretation, when the bible is wrongly interpreted, a vital truth is lost. So, we will investigate into the supernatural birth of this man (the born again man) in proceeding studies and then get back to analyze carefully this generational problem in order to free man from the deception of the devil communicated via another gospel. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You are a candidate for deception if you refuse to be knowledgeable in God’s word; so go for knowledge.

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

QUOTE: The born again man is not born of a natural generation, but he is born of God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JAMES CHAPTER 1

IDENTITY DISCOVERY; THE CURE TO IDENTITY CRISIS (5)

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 born again man is not born of the corruptible seed.

As we proceed in this subject, let’s track what gave birth to the born again; what is he born of? Apostle Peter in his epistle echoes an important fact that will be vital in this analysis; he says in chapter one verse 23 of his first epistle, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible seed, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1Peter 1:23). Notice what Peter says: He says the born again man is not born of corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible seed, and he explains this incorruptible seed as the word of God that lives and abodes forever. Now, what could Apostle Peter mean by the use of the term corruptible seed? The Amplified translation of this text will bring the answer to the spotlight; it reads, “You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting word of God”. Notice carefully how the Amplified translation presents this text above.

First, it calls being born again regeneration. And then it appears, this regeneration (that is, new birth or to be born again) as not of mortal origin (that is seed or sperm). The new birth which is not of mortal origin as alludes by the Amplified translation is what the King James translation presents as not of corruptible seed. In other words, by saying, “not of corruptible seed” or “not of mortal origin”, it is to explain the fact that the new birth is not natural; it is not of a natural procreation. So your birth as a believer is not natural; your birth is not a product of a natural generation. If you believe and understand the implication of this, then you will not believe that the new creation has a generational problem. The new creation is born not of a natural generation, so why do you trace a generational problem in the natural to a man whose birth is not of the natural? This explanation is coming to the spotlight in subsequent days. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Know who you are.

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

QUOTE: The born again man is not a product of a natural procreation, neither is he a product of a natural generation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3

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