GOD THE LIGHT (2)

“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: Life without the light is incomplete

In our previous lesson we gave a definition of what light is and who light is that is to say, light means illumination and God is this light we are talking about. To delve deeper, John 8:12 says when Jesus spoke again to the people, he said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. The statement “I am the light” has its root in Jesus’ relationship with the father. John Stephen Piper an American New Testament scholar states, “Jesus speaks from God and for God and as God”. We will have limited capacity and ability to understand ourselves outside Christ, hence proper knowledge and understanding of who we are in him and what we can do through him. Life can be beautiful on earth but without Christ it is incomplete, just as one sun lights the whole world; so does one Christ, as such we need no other as there won’t even be another Christ. Furthermore, darkness in John 8:12 is the Greek word “Skotia” and is defined as the darkness due o the want of light and is used to describe ignorance of divine things. Being ignorant or oblivious of the dark leaves us wanting and man will come to the end of himself in hopelessness if he traverses this earth without Christ.

Jesus extends his light to the man that was born blind in John 9:5-7. “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world when he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay and said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, he went his way therefore and washed and came back seeing”. Jesus’ healing hands being stretched into that ugly situation is regarding as him sending his light to expel the darkness that had blinded that man for years. It is important to note therefore that God is too good to glory in a man’s downfall or pains and as such he doesn’t use evil to punish any man. Light is akin to freedom so the entrance of light which is God into a man is automatically the entrance of freedom. Also, in Mark 5:26, the bible records that there was a woman who was subject to bleeding for twelve years but a mere touching of the hem of Jesus’ garment, she got instantly healed. This shows how mighty Jesus healing ministry is where just the hem of the garment radiated light to heal that woman’s body. Hence, believers should also come to the understanding that they can also transmit this light just as Christ did because at salvation we are reconciled with the father and everything which makes God, God is deposited on our inside. It is therefore, our responsibility as believers who have the indwelling of the light to radiate this light to others. Christ will not come back to preach the gospel to unbelievers for us; so it is in our place to take the message which we have heard and known to unbelievers who are yet to know what we know. It is of utmost importance to note that Christ being the light did not just hoard this light or keep it to himself rather he shone the light by healing the sick raising the dead, casting out demons an even reconciling us with the father, thus we also who have the indwelling of the spirit do these things and more. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: As believers shine your light to the unsaved by making the word of God your lifestyle.

CONFESSION: I declare that I am a carrier and a transmitter of the light of God.

QUOTE: In Christ, we have the absolute fullness of light.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11

GOD THE LIGHT (1)

“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: God is light and darkness can never be traceable to him.

The word “Light” spelt in Hebrew “ohr” means divine while in Greek it means illumination or bright. In the bible, the word light is used metaphorical for God’s divine presence salvation and life. Light is a representation of a person’s moral, mental and spiritual life and it is synonymous with believers. It is important to note that our holy book which is the bible does not entertain the thought concept or notion that any form of darkness can match God’s light or should even be attributed to God. This out rightly or expressly means that if we confess that “God is good all the time” we should not try to twist God’s nature when situations or circumstances do not turn out in our favour. John in his message as seen in our text above emphasizes that the light being spoken about goes beyond the physical light to speak of a person or a personality which is Jesus Christ. So, for John to say that this light is pure he means that you cannot trace any form of darkness to him because wherever God is, darkness is absent and the light which is God is the solution to darkness (death and condemnation). Therefore in Genesis 1:3 when God said “let there be light”, he was announcing his personality that is light is who God is and light is what God does.

The fact that God is light sets up a contrast with darkness. If light is considered metaphorically for righteousness, goodness, illumination, salvation life and darkness signifies death and condemnation, evil and sin then it will be fallacious to say or proclaim in bad times that God is causing that to his glory. Note that John in 1st John 1:5 did not say “God is a light” rather he said “God is light” which means that light is a person and this person is Jesus Christ. Just like in 1John 4:8 “For he that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love” Love is God’s essence and so is Light. So, the message will therefore be that God is totally, completely, candidly, unreservedly and absolutely holy with no trace or admixture of sin, darkness, no iniquity and no hint of injustice. John 1:9 “… that is the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”, tells us that Jesus the son of God is the true light and we the believers who are his sons by adoption are to reflect that light in our lives and daily dealings with people in this dark world of evil and sin. Unlike some heads of other beliefs that tend to put its worshippers in bondage Jesus reflects the light in his teachings as his power, dominion and authority illuminates and also expels every form of darkness, condemnation, religiosity, exploitation, oppression and self-interest therefore, inviting everyone to believe in him so that they might be free from the shackles of darkness and immediately launched into the realm of righteousness, salvation and the life of God which is life eternal. Believers should come to the consciousness of the fact that when they receive the life which Christ offers they become like Christ and as such should replicate those Christ-like characteristics in this world. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Shine your light unapologetically.

CONFESSION: I acknowledge that God is my light an in him there is no shadow of turning.

QUOTE: God is light by nature and character.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2

THE FRAMEWORK OF PREDESTINATION

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s plan before the beginning of time was to save man.

“Proorizo” is the Greek word for predestination. It has two words “pro” which means “before” and “horizo” which means boundary; that means God has already mapped out boundaries or plans for the salvation of man. Predestination tells us that salvation is entirely due to God’s decree. An in-depth study of predestination would require us to look at areas like foreknowledge man’s will and how divinity interacts with humanity. However, foreknowledge is a part of God’s omniscience. God before creation had predetermined that man should be saved and translated from darkness to light. The love of God towards man is basically the motive for predestination. Paul in some Bible passages talks about predestination (2Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:28-29) and it is clearly stated that God’s choice of predestination is unconditional. Salvation and eternal life is God’s gift to man. If salvation is deserved, it therefore ceases to be a gift, and then it entirely becomes a reward. The character of salvation as a gift and the merciful provision of salvation are bound with the doctrine of God’s complete freedom in predestination. Our relationship with the sovereign God is a gift from God; we did nothing to deserve it. Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:16 “You didn’t choose me but I choose you”. God had chosen us from the beginning to be saved, justified and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

A vivid example of God’s sovereignty in salvation is in the life of Paul. He was completely soaked in his prejudices. He wasn’t a bright prospect for conversion, but as a result of divine intervention he got converted and his body, spirit and soul saved. Predestination is comforting because it is a natural gift from God. People who believe and receive the gift of salvation, reconciliation, adoption and the indwelling of the spirit share in God’s inheritance in the saints in light. Note, the bible emphasize the doctrine of predestination, as such, believers ought to embrace it without hesitation for it is true and in it we have light.

INSTRUCTION: Align yourself with God’s Plan.

CONFESSION: I declare that my faith in God’s Plan for me is unwavering and i walk in that light, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The doctrine of predestination is simply eternity.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3

ORDAINED FOR SALVATION

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s plan, your cursor for salvation

The light of God’s word as revealed in the above text shows the grand plan of God about man. The plan of God’s Salvation unto the people was pre-thought and assigned to happen even before man came into the knowledge of such plan. The plan of God is the intention he has even before the creation of the world. His plan for man was predestined and it is shown through his actions towards man, by doing everything necessary to achieve that intention. The Bible in Jeremiah 1:5 shows that God knows us even before we were born and he has set plans for our lives even until the end thereof as shown in Jeremiah 33:3. God’s plan is revealed in the lives of men. He comes into counsel with himself and executes the counsel in the actions of men and also gives the choice to man to either accept such plan and be saved; or reject and be damned. God sets a compass for man even before the man is born into the world: these plans are beautiful and befitting for the man loved by God. Those plans include what we will do and how we can do them as shown in Revelation 3:8, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name”.

Having knowledge of this fact, we see that God knows us very well even before the beginning of time and He places us in a position which is required to fulfil those plans. Even though circumstances may seem to derail God’s plan for us, we are encouraged to stay glued to God that we may fulfil his intention for God had ordained us for His salvation and light and no circumstance can cut that away. As shown in Acts 4:28, God had determined whatsoever, before it was done. It therefore reveals that God is in the business of ensuring that we fulfil His original plan for us as he had ordained it to be. Despite the fact that God had mapped out plans for the salvation, God leaves man with the choice to either accept or reject the plans, he sets man on a path to be what he had ordained them to be but in that, man still has the discretion to follow that path or not. No one knows the mind of God except it be revealed and such revelation is evident in the actions of the man when he receives the Spirit of God and lives according to his commandments, see John 1:14 where God’s plan for human salvation was revealed as flesh and walked among us; and we beheld that plan face to face in its glory. In that, we are charged to work according to God’s plan by accepting the path and modalities crafted by God which will be for our benefit.

INSTRUCTION: Be steadfast in living according to the plan of God.

CONFESSION: I am anointed and ordained to be saved by God. I’m a part of God’s plan and I will walk according to those dictates and benefit God’s plan fully. Amen!

QUOTE: The mind of God is for men to attain salvation and that attainment is what pleases God.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK (4)

“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Redemption is God’s perfect will for man.

Jesus Christ bought our freedom, and His blood became the payment for man’s redemption. Therefore, Jesus is man’s one and only redeemer who was divinely appointed by God himself. Christ’s redemptive work is a representation of His love for mankind and the father’s (God) love for mankind. However, having established this, it is of utmost importance to look into some implications of Christ’s redemptive work. Redemption results in adoption. Galatians 4:4-6 says “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father”.

When a believer receives the life which Christ offers, he automatically becomes a son of God and shares in God’s divine inheritance as seen in Colossians 1:12. Furthermore, redemption assures us of complete and total forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7 says “In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of the grace. Also, redemption is the reason for the believer’s justification. Romans 3:23-24 records this. Redemption offers a believer eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15 “Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance,  since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant”. So, redemption offers us eternal inheritance on a platter. It is important to note that the inheritance being spoken of is not cars, house, money, shoes or clothes rather it is eternal life. In redemption, all believers are redeemed as kings and Priest. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Know your realities in Christ!

CONFESSION: I declare that I am the redeemed of the Lord in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The Redemptive work of Christ offers a believer eternal life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK (3)

“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ redemptive work expresses God’s Love at its peak.

In our previous lesson, we established the meaning of redemption, and the confirmation believers have that they have been redeemed. So, in this lesson our focal point will be the concept of redemption. The simply means, how does Christ redeem us? According to the book “Christ: The Crux of salvation” authored by Prophet Dr. John Linus, man’s redemption is in three-fold and these folds are: The spirit, soul (mind) and the body. These are the three parts that make a whole (that is these form a man) and Jesus’ redemptive work consummated these constituents. 1Thessalonians 5:23 says “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. If you read further in that passage, you’d see that when it says “God sanctifies us wholly” it goes further to mention, spirit, soul and body. So, this tells us that when God redeems us he doesn’t just redeem the soul and leave the spirit or body rather; his redemption encapsulates man’s entire being.

Man’s spirit at the point of salvation is renewed, recreated and regenerated; totally made anew. This spirit changes to the spirit of God and this keeps man in an eternal amalgamation or union with God. This is visible in 1Corinthians 2:12. The soul on the other hand has to do with man’s mind (thoughts). The word “soul” is used in many passages of the bible at different times, depict different things. So, here ours will deal with the mind, thought, pattern or reasoning.  Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”.

It is pertinent for a believer to renew his mind daily with the word, because the word is what gives us an edge over the world. So, renewing of the mind (soul) is an integral part of redemption. The third constituent which is redeemed at salvation is the body. The body is what our physical eyes can see. Body is the Greek word “Soma” which refers to bodily substance and it is used figuratively. The believer’s body is not yet redeemed but has been paid for by Christ. The spirit in us is the proof that our bodies shall be redeemed. Philippians 3:20-21. For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Jesus changes our body to be like His resurrected body and after we die, time, space and matter will matter no more. We are comforted that we have a life after here in that even if we die on earth, we know that life eternal is available unto us. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge what God through Christ has done for you.

CONFESSION: I declare that my mind has the capacity to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Redemption is the reason for the believer’s justification.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 20; EVENING: EZEKIEL CHAPTER 18

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