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Receiving The Baptism Of The Spirit After Pentecost

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Isaiah 64:8

Receiving the Baptism of the Spirit After Pentecost

Post By Pastor Dennis Smith

Pastor Smith’s Previous Post: “Does God Forget”?

Not every believer was present at Pentecost.  A practical question might be, how did believers receive the baptism of the Spirit after Pentecost?  The answer is found in the book of Acts.  On a couple occasions the Spirit fell on a group while Peter spoke to them, (Acts 10:44-46; 11:15-17).  It appears that God led the church to receive the baptism of the Spirit in a more orderly way by the laying on of hands also, (Acts 8:12-17; 19:1-6).  Note in Acts 8 the individuals of Samaria were led by the Spirit to accept Christ and be baptized. Yet they had not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Peter and John came to them from Jerusalem for the specific purpose to lay hands on them and pray for the baptism of the Spirit to come upon them.  This is a clear indication that water baptism and Spirit baptism are two separate experiences.  The Spirit leads an individual to accept Christ and be baptized in water.  This is a different work than the baptism of the Spirit, which must be sought separately when one becomes aware of it.  We see in Acts that Paul also received the baptism of the Spirit by the laying on of hands and prayer, (Acts 9:17).  The one performing this prayer with laying on of hands should be a believer who has received the baptism of the Holy Spirit themselves.

When a member asks to be prayed for to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit an example of a prayer that might be used with the laying on of hands on the head of the requester is as follows.

 

“Heavenly Father, we come into Your presence in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  When on earth Jesus said; If we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more is our heavenly Father willing to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.  And your servant Paul said that we receive the gift of the Spirit by faith.  So Father, we come before you seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit for (name).  In the name of Jesus Christ I claim the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit for (name).  I pray that You will so infill (name) with the presence of Jesus that His character will be fully manifest through (name).  I pray that the fruit of the Spirit will be seen in (name) life and that (name) witness for Jesus will be attended as never before by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you Father for hearing our prayer.  In Jesus name, amen.”

 

A believer desiring the baptism of the Holy Spirit does not necessarily have to have someone pray for them with laying on of hands.  When I first began sharing this teaching with our church one of the members decided that very evening to seek the baptism of the Spirit.  She earnestly prayed for God to fill her with His Spirit.  She said later that she felt the greatest peace that she ever felt come over her.  God has not limited Himself to only one method of receiving the baptism of the Spirit.  I do believe that the special ceremony of praying with laying on of hands is a wonderful way to seek the infilling of the Spirit.  It is always a special blessing to share in this sacred experience with a fellow believer.

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WHEN YOU PRAY…SHUT YOUR DOOR.. MATTHEW 6:6

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∙”Action without prayer is arrogance, prayer without action is hypocrisy.”-

 

Jesus said ‘“…When you pray, go into your inner room… shut your door,pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you”‘ Matthew 6:6

 

With these few words, Jesus set the common perception of prayer on its ear. He said prayer was not to be a public demonstration of how ‘spiritual’ we are. No, the intimate nature of our communication with God calls for getting alone, away from all interruptions and distractions. Why? Because it’s just you and your Father in a family discussion.

 

When people say they don’t know how to pray, what they usually mean is that they don’t know how to pray like some of us. They don’t know how to use our ‘Christian jargon’. Jesus said you don’t need to worry about getting all the words right because'”…your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him”‘ Matthew 6:8

God’s listening to our heart more than our words. We don’t have to be self-conscious about our praying; God isn’t grading us on how well we express ourselves. Again, compare prayer to breathing. Our breathing is done without our conscious attention to it, or even awareness that we’re doing it. It is the natural expression of our moment-by-moment dependence on oxygen. That’s how God wants us to treat our communication with Him.

 

He wants prayer to be the air we breathe, the environment in which we live. Isn’t that wonderful? Through prayer we can live in continuous contact with God. Just think how much that can change us and improve the quality of our lives. This is how to know if you’ve fully surrendered. When you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your own agenda or control the situation.

 

The Bible refers to “the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart” as prayer

 

You don’t have to be in charge, you simply let go and let God have His way.

 

∙”Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God

Jeremiah 29:11-14

4 Steps to Heaven

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Here are 4 simple steps to heaven. They are not hard, and should be done EVERY DAY.

1. Pray for the Holy Spirit (see Luke 11:13).

When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, wonderful things will begin to happen.

Conscience is more easily convicted. The Bible comes alive. The Lord is more able to guide us.

2. Ask Jesus to give you a “pure” heart (see Matthew 5:8).

If the root of a plant is good, its fruit will be good.

It’s the same with us.

If our hearts become pure and clean by the grace of God, this will result in good behavior.

3. Memorize God’s Word (see Psalm 119:11).

Scripture is the key to all spiritual growth.

The more we meditate on God’s Word, and learn its teachings,

the more we will “know the Lord” and His will for our lives.

4. Trust completely in Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 1:12,13). Look not to self, but to the Savior.

These 4 steps are not formal, but living and dynamic.

If you will take these steps EVERY DAY,

your chances of entering The Pearly Gates are outstanding.

Steve Wohlberg
Speaker/Director, White Horse Media

Sit Still And Do Nothing! The Tyranny Of The Urgent!

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Post by Thomas Merton

“Some of us need to discover that we will not begin to live more fully until we have the courage to do and see and taste and experience much less than usual… There are times, then, when in order to keep ourselves in existence at all we simply have to sit back for a while and do nothing. And for a man who has let himself be drawn completely out of himself by his activity, nothing is more difficult than to sit still and rest, doing nothing at all. The very act of resting is the hardest and most courageous act he can perform.”

 

 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen”.  Winston Churchill

 

We all need to just chill out sometimes!!

Jesus said “Come apart and rest awhile” Mark 6:31

And I say “Come apart and rest awhile or come apart”!!

Does God Forget?

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Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future.  John 17:3

 

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Forgotten Sins

By Pastor Dennis Smith

It seems to be a natural response of man to want to do something to make amends for his sins.  This is why the false doctrine of meritorious penitent acts of contrition became a part of Christianity.  The Christian may also find himself sometimes confessing a sin more than once to God if in his mind the sin is very grievous.

A sin need be confessed only once.

 

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9

 

The story of David and his sin of adultery and murder is a wonderful example of God’s complete forgiveness of the sinner.  It seems David had forgotten about his sin and went on about his business as king.  So God sent Nathan the prophet to David to call attention to his sin.  Nathan told a story about a poor man’s little yew lamb that was taken by a rich man for a feast who had many sheep of his own.  David became enraged and was ready to pass judgment on the rich man for his unjust act against the poor man.  Then Nathan said:

 

“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife [to be] thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.” 2Samuel 12:7-9

 

David deeply repented of his sin.  His prayer of repentance is found in Psalm 51:1-5. (Read all of Psalm 51) God accepted David’s confession and forgave him.

Years later, Jeroboam was king, but was leading Israel away from God.  Therefore, God sent a prophet to him to confront him with his sin.  We read of the encounter in 1Kings.  God told the prophet:

 

“Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,  And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;  1Kings 14:7-8

 

Notice who God used as an example of faithfulness to God in contrast to Jeroboam’s unfaithfulness.  God said, “thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;”  God forgot!  In God’s mind David was an obedient servant of God.

God tells all who repent of their sin and ask for forgiveness:

 

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

 

“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

 

God’s forgiveness is complete.  He never brings our sins to mind.  They are totally forgotten by God.

What a wonderful gift God has given us in His act of forgiving our sins.  We too should not bring to mind our past sins and let them weigh us down.  This is the only way to experience the full and complete forgiveness God offers, and have peace in our heart.  As God’s forgiveness becomes a reality in our heart our love for God will grow deeper and deeper.  We will come to know what a truly loving heavenly Father we have.

Hebrews 8:12

Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future.  John 17:3

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Salvation’s Vital Concepts-1a

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The Grand Canyon

What follows are Five Vital Salvation Concepts. Please Post your comments and views. Are these concepts sufficient for Salvation? Or is there more to it? What’s missing?

The Gospel of Jesus

The Gospel is Christ dwelling inside us by faith ALONE and the Preaching of The Gospel is making known to others of the possibility of Christ dwelling inside them!  Jesus ALONE saves, you believe—that’s it!! 1Thessalonians 5:23-24,2Corinthians 3:18.

Colossians 1:27, Romans 1:16-17,8:3-4,11,10:9, John 14:15-18, 1John 4:8,16,

 

 

God’s Love Is Other Centered and Extravagant

God himself is love. 1John 4:8,16, Hosea 11:1-2. He designed everything to function in harmony with His law of love which is all things freely giving to others. The law of love is the law of giving —- the law of life. Love always involves doing what is good regardless of how one feels. Doing what is in the best interest of another, love is selfless. When we love we live. When we stop loving, we die. It is this other centered love that God wants us to comprehend, Ephesians 3:18-19, Ephesians 5:25, 2Thessalonians 3:5.

 

John 3:16, 1Corinthians 13:5, 1John 4:11-12, Isaiah 43:1, Isaiah 49:15-16, Psalm 36:5, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 103:1-14, Isaiah 53:4-7,Isaiah 61:1-3

 

 

Connection In Relationship Is Our Prime Reality

 

Our connection with relationship is prime reality and experience for all of us.

On the other hand, separation is the most horrific experience of reality that a human will ever encounter.

 

Jesus cried out My God My God why have you forsaken me?

Paul states the remedy for separation in Romans 8:38-39. Jesus says that “knowing me intimately is essential in order to have eternal life”,John 17:3.

 

 

God’s Love Heals Separation While Reconciling Us To Himself.

 

The one thing above all others that Jesus desires us to know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him.

Knowing Jesus intimately comes only through the daily presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Romans 8:9-11,14, 2Corinthians 3:18,4:16,Ephesians 5:18.

 

John 17:26, Romans 8:38-39, Jeremiah 31:3, 1John 4:8,, Hosea 11:1-2, Psalm 94:18, 2Corinthians 5:14, 1John 4:10, 2Corinthians 5:14-21, Galatians 5:22-23.

 

 

Reconciliation Is Our Final Message Of Hope To The World.

Revelation 14:6-12, 2Corinthians 5:14-20.

Jesus Our Great Heavenly Physician, Will Perfectly Heal, Restore And Save Us!!

This Is The Gospel!! Praise God!!!!

 

The God Who Won’t Give Up

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By Max Lucado

Not everyone in Jesus’ world gave him a warm welcome. Not everyone received him with grace. And many didn’t just ignore him, they rejected him.

Isaiah prophesied his reception like this: “He was despised and rejected by men” (Isa. 53:3 NIV).

John summarized the rejection of Jesus with these words: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10-11 NIV).

How did Christ endure treatment like that? At any point he could have said, “I quit. I’ve had enough.” Why didn’t he? What kept him from giving up?

I wonder if Lee Ielpi understands the answer? He is a retired firefighter, a New York City firefighter. He gave twenty-six years to the city. But on September 11, 2001, he gave much more. He gave his son. Jonathan Ielpi was a fireman as well. When the Twin Towers fell, he was there.

Firefighters are a loyal clan. When one perishes in the line of duty, the body is left where it is until a firefighter who knows the person can come and quite literally pick it up. Le made the discovery of his son’s body his personal mission. He dug daily with dozens of others at the sixteen-acre graveyard. One Tuesday, December 11, three months after the disaster, his son was found. And Lee was there to carry him out.

He didn’t give up. The father didn’t quit. He refused to turn and leave. Why? Because his love for his son was greater than the pain of the search. Can’t the same be said about Christ? Why didn’t he quit? Because the love for his children was greater than the pain of the journey. He came to pull you out. Your world had collapsed. That’s why he came. You were dead, dead to sin. That’s why he came. He loves you. That’s why he came.

That’s why he endured the distance between us. “Love…endures all things.”

That’s why he endured the resistance from us. “Love…endures all things.”

That’s why he went the final step of the incarnation: “God made him who had not sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV).

Why did Jesus do that? There is only one answer. And that answer has one word. Love. And that love of Christ “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7 NKJV).

Think about that for a moment. Drink from that for a moment. Drink deeply. Don’t just sip or nip. It’s time to gulp. It’s time to let his love cover all things in your life. All secrets. All hurts. All hours of evil, minutes of worry.

The mornings you awoke in the bed of a stranger? His love will cover that. The years you peddled prejudice and pride? His love will cover that. Every promise broken, drug taken, penny stolen. Every cross word, cuss word, and harsh word. His love covers all things.

Let it. Discover along with the psalmist. “He…loads me with love and mercy” (Ps. 103:4). Picture a giant dump truck full of love. There you are behind it. God lifts the bed until the love starts to slide. Slowly at first, then down, down, down until you are hidden, buried, covered in his love.

“Hey, where are you?” someone asks.

“In here, covered in love.”

Let his love cover all things.

Do it for his sake. To the glory of his name.

Do it for your sake. For the peace of your heart.

And do it for their sake. For the people in your life. Let his love fall on you so yours can fall on them.

The Old Dented Bucket

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Jeremiah 31:3

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of  Johns Hopkins Hospital in  Baltimore …  We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the clinic.
One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door.  I opened it to see a truly awful looking man.  “Why, he’s hardly taller than my 8-year-old,” I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body.  But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.
Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, “Good evening.  I’ve come to see if you’ve a room for just one night.  I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there’s no bus ’til morning.”
He told me he’d been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seemed to have a room.  “I guess it’s my face …. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments ..”
For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: “I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch.  My bus leaves early in the morning.”
I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch..  I went inside and finished getting supper.  When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us.  “No, thank you.  I have plenty.”  And he held up a  brown paper bag.
When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes.  It didn’t take a long time to see that this old man had an over-sized heart crowded into that tiny body.  He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her 5 children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.
He didn’t tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was preface with a thanks to God for a blessing.  He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer.  He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going…
At bedtime, we put a  camp cot in the children’s room for him.  When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the little man was out on the porch.
He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, “Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment?  I won’t put you out a bit.  I can sleep fine in a chair.”  He paused a moment and then added, “Your children made me feel at home.  Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don’t seem to mind.”I told him he was welcome to come again.
And, on his next trip, he arrived a little after 7 in the morning.  As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen!  He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they’d be nice and fresh.  I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. And I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.
In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.
Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed.  Knowing that he must walk 3 miles to mail these, and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.
When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning.
“Did you keep that awful looking man last night?  I turned him away!  You can lose roomers by putting up such people!”
Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice.  But, oh!, if only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear.
I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.
Recently I was visiting a friend, who has a greenhouse, as she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms.  But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket.

I thought to myself, “If this were my plant, I’d put it in the loveliest container I had!”
My friend changed my mind.  “I ran short of pots,” she explained, “and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn’t mind starting out in this old pail.  It’s just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden.”
She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven.
“Here’s an especially beautiful one,” God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman.  “He won’t mind starting in this small body.”
All this happened long ago – and now, in God’s garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at..  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Jeremiah 31:3

The Sabbath”Rest”Is God’s Love- A Brief Bible Study

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What would lead God to set a limit to His creative activity and mark the occasion by hallowing the seventh day?

Clearly by ceasing His creation, the Creator stoops to the level of His creatures because God’s heart desire is to be with His creation. The relation marker becomes clear! This is true because God is love! And God’s love “does not seek its own” 1Corinthians 13:5, NKJV “is not self-seeking” 1Corinthians 13:5, NIV or “never seeks its own advantage or does not insist on its own way ” 1Corinthians 13:5

Indeed, the reason why He refrains from further activity on the seventh day is that He has found the object of His love and has no need for any further works!

This is a staggering thought. On the one hand, God’s love thus magnifies human value, showing forth in bold print the worth of human beings to God! On the other hand, the seventh day thus understood brings God’s love into focus at Creation, placing love at the front and center of God’s character and activity from the very beginning.

In the New Testament John makes love the centerpiece of his description of God. “Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love. 1John 4:8. Love is God’s defining attribute from the beginning. From first to last love is the wellspring from which all other actions radiate and around all else unites.

What is most important about God at Creation is that God is love. 1John 4:16. God ceases from working on the seventh to enjoy the company of the person God has created. It is as if we hear God speaking, “I am ceasing on the seventh day not only that you may acknowledge and love me, but in order to make it known that I recognize and love you.

I pray that the lost meaning of The Sabbath will come alive in your heart right now and cause you to have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad.

Max Lucado On Life

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The following is a one of Max Lucado’s 172 questions and answers from the new book, Max on Life.

QUESTION #62:
I’m a new Christian who is trying to figure out how to grow closer to God. Friends tell me I need to have a quiet time with God each day, but I can’t figure out exactly what to do.

Denalyn and I like to go to the same restaurants over and over again. You could call our dates predictable, but for us they are special. We like the food. We like the servers. We like the atmosphere. When we’re there, we remember special moments we’ve shared before. Our hearts open up . . . we lose track of time . . . because we’re comfortable in that place. We talk to each other, listen to each other, laugh, and cry. I love those times!

A quiet time with God is very similar to a date. Here are some tools to help you keep your very special date with God.

Decide on a regular time and place. Select a slot in your schedule and a corner of your world, and claim it for God. A familiar place will remind you of similar feelings you experienced before with God. You need to get comfortable.

How much time should you take? As much as you need. Value quality over quantity. Your time with God should last long enough for you to say what you want and for God to say what he wants.

You should bring on your date an open Bible—God’s Word, his love letter to you. You won’t necessarily hear God speak out loud, but you can hear what he has to say through his eternal dialogue with humanity.

You also need a listening heart. Don’t forget the admonition from James: “The man who looks into the perfect mirror of God’s law, the law of liberty, and makes a habit of so doing, is not the man who sees and forgets. He puts that law into practice and he wins true happiness” (James 1:25 ). Listen to the lover of your soul. Don’t just nod your head, pretending to hear. Your date knows when you’re engaged.

So does God. Just as you wouldn’t miss your date with a loved one, claiming you were too busy, make sure your date with God is on the calendar, and do everything in your power to keep it special.

New Book!

MAX ON LIFE:

Answers and Insights to your Most Important Questions

Issues In The Final Crisis- The Gospel-1

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Jesus says that when the Gospel is proclaimed in all the world, the end will come and Jesus will return to receive us , “thus we shall always be with the Lord”! Jesus further says “to comfort each other with this hope”!! 1Thessalonians 4:15-18,  Matthew 24:14, Acts 1:9-11, Revelation 1:7, 6:12-17.

So this final message of Hope and Salvation is the proclamation of the Everlasting Gospel, Revelation 14:6-7. Jesus The Blessed Hope Is About To Appear!! Titus 2:13

This post is part 1 of a three part campmeeting series. Parts 2 & 3 will be appear in the category “Seminars”  soon!

In the mean time please leave your comments!

 

Now Just What Is The Gospel?

 

The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried and that He rose again. 1Corinthains 16:1-4.

 

The Gospel is God’s Creative Power of His love to save us from sin! Ephesians 3:17-19, Romans 1:16-17,19-20, Psalm 33:6-9, John 17:26, Romans 8:38-39.

 

The Gospel declares that Christ is the power of God 1Corinthaians 1:23-24, therefore Jesus is the Gospel who is everything to us!  And Jesus says to believe in the Gospel (Jesus). Mark 1:15,  1Corinthians 1:29-31

 

Christ’s Salvation comes only through the cross  of Jesus by faith alone.  1Corinthains 1:18

 

The Gospel is a mystery that has now been revealed, and Jesus Himself will complete The Gospel “in us”, Praise God!! Ephesians 6:19; 3:3-9, Colossians 1:19-23,27, Revelation 10:7,14:14-16, 1John 3:2,5:11-13. Jesus , Himself, will complete The Gospel “in us”!

 

The mystery of the Gospel is God manifest in us. So Christ dwelling inside us by faith is all the fullness of God in us. The fullness of God is His transforming love for “God is love” 1 John 4:8 Colossians 1:19-23,27, Ephesians 3:17-19.

So here is a great working definition of the Gospel of Jesus:

The Gospel is Christ dwelling inside us by faith, in His transforming- reconciling love and the Preaching of The Gospel is making known to others of the possibility of Christ dwelling inside them!

 

Faith Is Trusting Jesus With Our Life—-Period!!! Jesus Alone Saves Us!! Romans 4:20-25, Hebrews 11:8-10

The Gospel proclaims that we have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our life, that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in our future or ourselves. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior. Romans 3:26, Romans 4:19-25, 1John 5:11-13, Matthew 1:21.

 

 

 

How does Christ dwell inside us?

Jesus lives inside us through the Holy Spirit. Praise God!!  Romans 8:8-11, John 14:16-18, John 16:7, John 17:20-26.

 

How do I know if Jesus is dwelling inside me?

The greatest demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit is love!! In other words God’s love dominates you and makes you more and more like Jesus!!

 

Here is how Pastor Lloyd Grolimund putts it:

“What happens when you receive the Holy Spirit?

 

  1. Christ comes to live inside you.
  2. You become loving, gentile, patient, peaceful and kind!!
  3. You become Jesus’ mouth, hands, and feet—preaching, teaching, healing, and casting out demons.
  4. This is what the world is crying out for—a manifestation of Christ in full power in the lives of believers!!” Praise God!!

Galatians 5:22-23, 1Corinthains 13:4-8, John 3:16-17.

 

Once Christ is inside us what happens then?

 

Again, Once we trust Jesus with our lives, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in our future or ourselves. This is reconciliation/atonement.  2Corinthains 5:17-18, 1John 3:1-3.

 

He literally lives out His life of victory inside us. Romans 8.: 3-4,8-11,Romans 5:10-11. All of this is accomplished in me because God is love. 1John 4:8, Jeremiah 31:3, 1Thessalonians 5:23-24 , Ezekiel 36:26-27.

 

Everything God does flows through His love to us!! This is why Paul says that we must comprehend God’s love, Ephesians 3:18.

 

This process is called Sanctification. Sanctification is nothing less than the process by which Christians become progressively more loving. Let me repeat that, Sanctification is the process by which we become more and more loving, making us more and more “just like Jesus!!” This is true Sanctification. 1John 3:2, Romans 3:26.

 

My part is to simply believe in Jesus with all of my heart and open the door and let Jesus in!! Revelation 3:20 Romans 4:19-21, Romans 10:9, Mark 12:28-31, John 17:20-26

 

God wants us to sit down and enjoy all the blessings we have in Christ.  He wants us to enjoy what He has done for us and realize that we are not to try to work at attaining these blessings.  They are ours by faith.  We are forgiven by faith, we are righteous by faith, we have eternal life by faith, and we are to be victorious over temptation and sin by faith. The truth is that Christ wants to literally live out His life in us; not simply add His power to our feeble efforts. 1Corinthians 1:30-31

 

Once more, we have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our life, that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in our future or ourselves. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior alone. 1John 5:11-13.

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves Jesus!! John 17:26

Truly this is righteousness by faith alone in Jesus!! Romans 3:26, Romans 4:21-25.

 

Jesus Our Great Heavenly Physician, Will Perfectly Heal, Restore And Save Us!!

This Is The Gospel!! Praise God!!!!

All of God’s Creative Power Is Available To Save Us!! Psalm 33:6-9, Romans 1:16-17, Titus 2:3-7