On Monday 16th August, 2021 Rev Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng led the morning devotion at the General Assembly. He read from Ephesians 1:3-14 and John 8:12-18. In his exhortation, he said if the theme was discussed in a theological or academic environment it would have elicited varied forms of explanations.
He said after two thousand years of Christian history, the nature of Christ is still an enigma. Jesus Christ own statement about himself, however, gives an idea who he is. He describes himself as the light of the world. This description was made in the courtyard of the women in the temple which was well-lit with oil-filled lamps during the feast of Tabernacles. It is in this context that Jesus called himself the light of the world. This is a clear indication the Jesus Christ is God.
Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng went on and said from the very beginning of the gospel, Jesus is described as light. In the Old Testament the Jews used light as a metaphor for God. In the New Testament, Jesus is described as light in the writings of John. By this self-description, Jesus Christ declares that he is God, the creator and the giver of life.
Again Jesus declaring he is the light of the world means he is the messiah. Isaiah 9:27, Malachi also talks about sin as darkness.
Moreover, as light, Jesus is pure and holy. Light does not contain any evil; it rather exposes it. Hence Jesus as the light of the world is without evil and sin. He is he Lord God on earth; He died sinless and morally qualifies to save sinners.
Additionally, Jesus is not a monopoly to any particular people, he is for all people. He is the only authentic light of the world. In him all things are made clearer. He said all other religious personalities are inadequate. God’s personality is understood only through Jesus Christ. He is the one who reveals truth to all people.
Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng stressed that Jesus Christ’s statement about himself calls for a response. It calls for dedicated fellowship to know him as lord and saviour and to submit to him totally. He is the dependable leader. He must be followed as lord and saviour.
He pointed out that following Jesus Christ comes with some benefits. These benefits are revealed in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul emphasize God’s choosing us and adopting us, destined to inherit eternal life. The salvation of gentiles has been part of God’s plan since the beginning of creation. Hence the Gentiles have all along been in God’s plans.
Paul also stresses that we were chosen before creation by the grace of God. All that we are is just by the grace of God. This is one of the spiritual blessings that we have from Christ. He is the reason why were God’s children. The coming of Christ brought redemption from sin and satan. He did this through the shedding of his blood on blood on the cross. He is our liberator.
The text reveals two images of the holy spirit. He is the seal identifying us children of God and because of that we are protected through all the trials of our lives. He is also the deposit guaranteeing our salvation. The holy spirit gives us a foretaste of what would be ours in Christ. The phrase: the praise of his glory, reveals that God’s ultimate purpose in our salvation is for his glory. We have to praise God and Jesus Christ for our salvation.
He concluded by posing the question: who then is Jesus Christ? He is the one we should follow, worship and adore.
Rev. Prof Emmanuel Adow Obeng concluded his exhortation with a prayer. He led the Assembly to sing PH 518 in the memory of the late Rev. Samuel Odjelua. The Assembly shared in the words of the grace.
On Tuesday 17th August, 2021 Rev Josephine Ankrah led the Morning Devotion. She read from Ephesians 1:3-14 and John 8:12-16.
Rev. Josephine Ankrah, spoke on the sub-theme: Jesus, the son of God sent as light. In her sermon she called on commissioners and corresponding members to thank God for all that is happening in the world. Jesus has sent us to witness to the whole world that now lives in the darkness of sin.
She went on to say that Jesus is the sun that brings light into our lives. It is this light that we have been sent to proclaim to the world as a church. There is therefore the need for our eyes to be opened to see the ills of this life so that we would be positioned properly to witness to the world. The Lord has chosen and sent us to the world on a mission. Christ knew where he has come from and where he was heading to. So should we also know where we have come from and where we are heading to as we do mission.
Since light travels in straight paths, we should also make sure our lives reflect the righteousness of God. We should follow our church traditions that are straight so that we affect our world. We should depend on the wavelength of prayer to be empowered to shine as light to the world. Again since light is the source of energy for grow, it is imperative for us to tap into the light of the world so that our congregations and other courts would see growth.
Concluding, she challenged the Assembly to imitate what Christ has done and go out to witness as light to the sinful dark world. She then prayed and the Lord Prayer was said. PH 276:3.