Rev Busuyi Olabode
Rev Ken Igbinedion
For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.
All of God’s promises are in this one promise. This is why we have been instructed to fight a good fight of faith and lay hold on Eternal Life.
Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the saints who are living in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Who, through the purpose of God, have been made holy by the Spirit, disciples of Jesus, made clean by his blood: May you have grace and peace in full measure. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through his great mercy has given us a new birth and a living hope by the coming again of Jesus Christ from the dead, And a heritage fair, holy and for ever new, waiting in heaven for you, Who, by the power of God are kept, through faith, for that salvation, which will be seen at the last day. You have cause for great joy in this, though it may have been necessary for you to be troubled for a little time, being tested in all sorts of ways, So that the true metal of your faith, being of much greater value than gold which, though it comes to an end, is tested by fire, may come to light in praise and glory and honour, at the revelation of Jesus Christ: To whom your love is given, though you have not seen him; and the faith which you have in him, though you do not see him now, gives you joy greater than words and full of glory:
Jesus is not supposed to be looked for in the natural. He is full of glory. That glory is an effulgence of God’s Life. The unseen saviour is what the faith of the gentile church placed on, not the seen one or Jesus of Nazareth. This Life is to show in my flesh. What God designed to make us is the invisible Lord which is Christ Jesus the Lord. The Lord opened up the gentiles to an entirely different programme from the Jews. People like Paul found grace because they did not meet Jesus in the flesh. This made him to be separated unto a life of revelation to come and know the Lord in the Spirit and not the flesh and able to communicate the same to the saints for the epistles were letters of the Spirit to the saints.
2 Corinthians 3:3-
For you are clearly a letter of Christ, the fruit of our work, recorded not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in stone, but in hearts of flesh.
We were born again by the incorruptible word of God, before we even started reading the bible. It is this word that gave birth to us. It is the bread and life of God. We were born again from the word that is in God. When someone becomes born again and received the Holy Ghost, He starts ministering the word to us, not the scriptures. The bible is just a witness. The problem we have and the confusion of the church is the bible. Without the Holy Ghost, what was ordained to life will be unto death. In the bible, God commanded light to shine in a place and it shone. In other places, the words of the Lord were referred to as dark sayings/sentences. If the Lord speaks outside the scriptures, He is speaking spirit and life.
His mother said to the servants, Whatever he says to you, do it.
O family of Jacob, come, and let us go in the light of the Lord.
The light of the Lord is what he began to reveal to the apostles- The revelation of the everlasting God. We have not been saved easily because we do not walk in the Light of the lord. The epistles taught us that if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Many things preached today in the church, especially when it is to pass judgment on immorality, men like Samson are used as examples. Except the Holy Spirit sheds light on some events in the scriptures, they will be hidden from us.
Now to him who is able to make you strong in agreement with the good news which I gave you and the preaching of Jesus Christ, in the light of the revelation of that secret which has been kept through times eternal,
If you cannot stay in the epistles to understand them, you cannot understand the light from the face of Jesus because it is this light that reveals. God has never discussed the mysteries with anyone. The church can build up moral values without really coming into the revelation. The gospel is demonstration of the Spirit and power. We should pay more attention to getting the power rather than instituting moral values. The gospel is to treat from inside out and only the Spirit by His writings has the right and power to write. He writes by unveiling the mysteries of godliness.
And without argument, great is the secret of religion: He who was seen in the flesh, who was given God’s approval in the spirit, was seen by the angels, of whom the good news was given among the nations, in whom the world had faith, who was taken up in glory.
God made the apostles understand this mystery. Without the mysteries, we will not be able to do the will of God. It is a mystery that through the death of one man, every sin is remitted and conscience purged till now. This was done by the Spirit.
But is now made clear; and by the writings of the prophets, by the order of the eternal God, the knowledge of it has been given to all the nations, so that they may come under the rule of the faith;
There is a decree, a commandment for without it we cannot receive the writings of the prophets. It is about opening the churches to the light of the gospel, not to just create them. God is true and we have been called to know the only true God. God does not consider many things we consider like witches and the likes, in the realm of the Spirit for they do not exist in His realm. We have proofs of many things and respond to them but for us not to respond to all these, we need another light, a higher one. The gospel is therefore the power of God unto salvation unto them that believe. If only we can believe, light will shine and our reasoning will change. Knowledge of the gospel is light from the face of Jesus. Our Father is light and we are children of that light. We are meant to shine. When we come to the epistles, our differences disappear. The epistles unveil to us our own world.
The godhead bears a name. When Jesus came, it was an entrance for the godhead to manifest Himself. That name is being restored to the church. We pray not to lose that name.
1 John 2:5-8
But in every man who keeps his word, the love of God is made complete. By this we may be certain that we are in him: He who says that he is living in him, will do as he did. My loved ones, I do not give you a new law, but an old law which you had from the first; this old law is the word which came to your ears. Again, I give you a new law, which is true in him and in you; for the night is near its end and the true light is even now shining out.
The old commandment is not the Law of Moses. It is older than that. It is the word. The new commandment is the word and is true. In a process of time, the old commandment became new. The old was old because there was no proof. God in the beginning kept sounding and it got to a point where he ‘saw’. He saw that al h has sounded was good.
From the first he was the Word, and the Word was in relation with God and was God. This Word was from the first in relation with God. All things came into existence through him, and without him nothing was. What came into existence in him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light goes on shining in the dark; it is not overcome by the dark.
It is the same commandment. God Himself is the commandment. We are privileged when He said do my commandment. It is simply to do Him. We have not been called into denomination. When we denominate, we reduce in worth and quality. Men introduced into the word things that are not part of it and they become principalities and power. Principality is from principal which means skilled personnel capable to control many from a point. His position is a seat of wisdom. Some of these principalities have sight into the hidden intention of God. There primary assignment is not to kill. Their assignment is to by wisdom order life and veil people, nations, churches. They have capacity to receive light coming from God and cast their own shadow upon it. They are also called princes of darkness. God understands that they cannot just be killed but by wisdom, He in Genesis separated the light from the darkness. The epistle is so important to us.
These spirits originate doctrines and can even appoint a pastor to be in charge of a congregation. They have their own way of manipulation but God is all wise. Jesus in a course of time became Christ. He was made both Lord and Christ after he died and resurrected. There was a time when the testimony of God was pure and the light of men but along the line darkness came, although this did not catch God unawares. The darkness was fashioned in a way that men will see God’s light and reject it. Many gatherings today are miracle and gifts of the Spirit based, instead of the gifts of Christ. It is only the gifts of Christ that grows a man. Darkness produces fast on the outside. Whatever we think we need and therefore seek God to get, the devil can give also. What the Lord is interested in is that we will be enlightened in our inside. The heroes of faith did not do anything for the purpose of recordings. They were not acting, they were simply living their life. Christ did not drop a book when he was leaving, he left His Spirit. Some people are already formed in the church today, they have to be broken first before they can be enlightened.
The commandment is one, it is the word. It was once sounding but darkness came in after a while and prevailed giving man a course and way of life so that Christ will be removed completely. This is the spirit of the anti-Christ. It is the course of this world. If therefore any one loves the world, the love of God is not in him. He who loves the Lord walks in light and is not a normal human being. You do not practice the life, you live it. You cannot live it if you do not have the code. No one practices himself, one just live it.
There are courses in darkness: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and pride of life. All these are learnt in the school of darkness. One does not even know he is in the school learning these courses. We are being informed everyday not even conscious of what is happening. It is a system being written on the soul. Many do not have the strength for darkness but receives strength when they see others who they respect do the same thing. The rate at which men are walking in darkness is very alarming and they do not even know it.
What has come upon man is not a flimsy or easy issue. Man has been dealt with badly. But now, God is taking giant steps at making these things that have assaulted man taken away. The true light now shines and God is helping us to walk in this light. If we walk in the light as the Father is in the Light, we will be helped into this abode of Light and we ask oh Lord Jesus, Shine on our darkness, ignorance and blindness and make us lights.
The light that shines is of the heart. It is not an external thing. Women are people that have the tendencies of doing more of the external. But light is something much more than the externals. The word of God dwells in our hearts and the word of God is shown and swallowing up darkness. We no longer run the race of darkness or are enrolled in the school of darkness. We have been taken over by light and we now reside in it. We are set high on the mount and we cannot be hidden. As Christ’s light shines on us, we are touched, changed and we cannot live a double life.
Prayer: I pray that God will deliver me from this course of darkness. Grace will speak for me and the true light will shine forth from me. Free me Lord from the clutches of darkness and the activities of deception. Let Your grace be ministered to bring light into our heart. Shine Jesus Shine. Fill this my heart with the Father’s glory. Enlighten my darkness.