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June 17, 2014
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In John 3:3-7, Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus that the miracles He was doing were connected to the Kingdom of God that Jesus was preaching. It says us in Mark 1:14, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God." In Young's Literal Translation, it says, "And after the delivering up of John, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of the reign of God."
Before we can understand the miracles that Jesus was doing that caused Nicodemus to come to Jesus, we must understand "the good news of the reign of God," that Jesus was preaching. The Kingdom of God that most translations call it, is not like any kingdom here on earth. It is not an earthly kingdom. In John 18:36, it says, "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."
The Kingdom of God is not like earthly kingdoms where there are groups of people under the King that carry out the orders of the King. In the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit gives the orders to each person individually. Then the Holy Spirit anoints that individual person with the power and ability to do what the Holy Spirit called them to do. There are no other people between the person that the Holy Spirit anoints and the Holy Spirit Himself. It is a one on one operation of the anointing of the Holy Spirit on each person individually. Each person is anointed, individually, with the power of the Holy Spirit to do whatsoever the Holy Spirit desires for that individual person to do.
This is made clear in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, where it lists the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, how that the Holy Spirit anoints each one individually with a gift, as the Holy Spirit desires. It is not an operation like any earthly kingdom here on earth.
The Holy Spirit is in direct control of what each individual does in the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:7-11). The Holy Spirit works those in the Body Christ together that they each do whatsoever the Holy Spirit anointed them to do. In 1 Corinthians 12:11, it says, "But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." The Holy Spirit is not limited to the nine gifts of the Spirit but also controls the ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, intercessors, worship leaders, and etc. (1 Cor. 12:28-30).
What is called "the Kingdom of God," in the Bible is truly "the reign of God" in the lives of those who enter into "the reign of God the Holy Spirit," after they have been born again into the Body of Christ, which is also called the Church (Col. 1:18).
First a person must become born again by receiving Jesus Christ as their personal LORD and Savior. This is explained in John 1:10-13. This is a personal "new birth," which can only take place in those who personally receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior. That is how a person is born again and becomes a part of the Body of Christ, which is called the Church.
Following the new birth into the body of Christ, a born again Christian needs to enter into "the Kingdom of God," which is "the reign of God the Holy Spirit." This is done by the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is what Jesus was trying to explain to Nicodemus in John 3:1-7.
The miracles that Jesus was doing in Jerusalem when Nicodemus came to Jesus were not "Jesus doing the miracles Himself." It was the anointing of the Holy Spirit in operation in Jesus' life.
Jesus received the Holy Spirit following His baptism in water by John the Baptist, when the Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Jesus. In Matthew 3:16, it says, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him." That day, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power to do the miracles that Jesus was doing. In Acts 10:38, it says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Christians enter into the reign of God the Holy Spirit when they become Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Christians must first be born again, before they can enter into the Kingdom of God. That is what Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus (John 3:5).
The working of miracles are connected with the Kingdom of God. They are a sign of the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Kingdom of God is, "the reign of God the Holy Spirit." When the Holy Spirit is reigning on earth, there should be signs which includes miracles. To be more specific, all nine of the gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, are signs of the reign of God the Holy Spirit here on earth.
In John 3:3, it says, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The subject that Jesus was speaking of to Nicodemus here is "the kingdom of God," and "born again." The word "see" is a symbolic word, meaning, "understand." Therefore, in John 3:3, Jesus was telling Nicodemus that he must be "born again," before he can "understand" the Kingdom of God, which is the reign of the Holy Spirit.
In John 3:4, it says, "Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Then in John 3:5, it says, "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water (hudor) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
The subject in John 3:5, is not "born of the flesh or born of the Spirit" The subject is "a person must be "born again before" they can enter into the Kingdom of God, which is "the reign of God the Holy Spirit."
Not everyone who is born again can go about doing the miracles that Jesus was doing. Only those who enter into the Kingdom of God, which is the reign of God the Holy Spirit, can do the miracles that Jesus was doing.
Why cannot all born again Christians do the miracles that Jesus was doing? To do the miracles that Jesus was doing, a born again Christian must be "baptized in the Holy Spirit, whereby they receive the anointing, which is the Power" to do the miracles that Jesus was doing. Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Jesus Himself, received the power to do miracles when He was baptized in the Holy Spirit at about the age of thirty. Acts 10:38 says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
The power to do miracles, is in "the anointing of the Holy Spirit." The anointing of the Holy Spirit comes when a born again Christian is baptized in the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is the very presence of the Holy Spirit Himself. The anointing and the Holy Spirit are one in the same. You cannot have the anointing without having the Holy Spirit abiding in you. Once Jesus had the Holy Spirit abiding in Him, Jesus had the power to do the miracles He went about doing.
Just being "born again" in Christ Jesus does not give a person "the anointing to miracles." It is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit that gives born again Christians the power to do miracles.
There are two elements to the new birth, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. In 1 Peter 1:23, it says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." Jesus is "the Word of God" (John 1:1,2). Jesus is "the incorruptible seed" of the new birth. The Holy Spirit takes the incorruptible of Seed and uses it to cause a new birth in a person. That is why it says in John 1:13, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." It is the Holy Spirit that takes the incorruptible Seed, which is the Word of God, and places it in a person who is already born of the flesh. At the same time, the Holy Spirit takes the new created person and places them into the Spirit of Christ. Therefore, they are no longer in Adam but they are in Christ. Romans 8:9 says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." When a person, who was in Adam is born again, they are "in Christ." Therefore, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Then John 3:6, Jesus explained that there are two births for people who receive the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus said to Nicodemus, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." These are two different births. The first birth is born of the flesh. The second birth is born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
In John 3:7, Jesus said, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." Unless a person is "born again" they cannot enter into the Kingdom of God, which is the reign of God the Holy Spirit. The New Brith is totally a work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
If we take the statement made by Jesus in John 3:3-7, out of context, we will easily misunderstand what Jesus was saying to Nicodemus. Until we know and understand who Jesus truly is, we will not understand spiritual things.
Before Jesus was raised again from the dead, He was "the Son of God and the Son of Man," both at the same time. Jesus was the Son of God from the time God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit become one.
In 1 John 5:7, it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Before Jesus came into this world, born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman, He was "the Word of God." Jesus is still "the Word of God," one of three persons in the Godhead.
After that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit, He became Christ (the Anointed One). Being anointed with the Holy Spirit and Power, Jesus had "Authority" from God the Father to do many things. Among all the things that Jesus did, He gave His disciples "power" to do miracles. Even before Jesus' disciples were born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit, they had been given "Power," to "cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, etc." (Matt. 10:1, Luke 9:1, 10:1).
When Jesus was in the flesh of mankind, born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman, He did not operate as God. Jesus operated by the "power and authority" given to Him by God the Father and the Holy Spirit. God the Father authorized Jesus of Nazareth to give His disciples "power, to cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead and etc."
Now that Jesus completed what He came to do, so that people could become "born again in Christ Jesus," Jesus went back to be with God the Father in heaven (Acts 1:9). Then God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to continue to teach and do the miracles that Jesus began to do (Acts 1-3).
Now, the Holy Spirit empowers Born Again, Spirit filled Christians to do the same works that Jesus did. Jesus authorizes Christians to use His Name, and the Holy Spirit empowers Christians do the works.
Christians need to understand that God the Father is the Head of the Godhead, and the Son and the Holy Spirit are one with the Father. Satan, the devil is a god (2 Cor. 4:4), with supernatural powers in the spiritual realm, who goes about trying to destroy what God has created. Satan is limited by God as to what he can do and how he can do what he does (Job. 1:12, 2:6).
This is the Gospel of the Kingdom of
God that Jesus was perching, after John the Baptist was put into prison by King Herod. This is the Gospel that Christians are told to peach throughout the world, until Jesus returns. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
In the beginning of Jesus' ministry, Jesus called to Himself twelve disciples, who were called apostles later. These men were not all Levites, of the tribe of Levi. They were of the Children of Israel, but unlearned men in the Scriptures. They learned from Jesus "what the will of God was." The Pharisees and the Sadducees were the ones who should have known the Scriptures. They taught strictly their version of the Law of Moses. The Sabbath day was one of the main issues they used against Jesus.
When we understand the Law of Moses properly, it was a schoolmaster to bring them to the knowledge of God (Gal. 3:24). The Law of Moses was not rules and regulations that would keep a person in bondage. The Law was good, in that, if a person lived according to it, they could prosper and be in good health (Joshua 1:8). But the Law could not take the place of a personal relationship with God. It helped the Children of Israel to have fellowship with God but they could not become born again by following the Law. They could not receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit by the Law.
When Jesus chose His disciples, He chose them based upon the will of the Father. Everyone of Jesus disciples were given to Him by His Father (John 17:6,9). These disciples did what Jesus taught them to do. They cast out devils, cleansed the lepers, healed the sick, raised the dead, etc. They do not do these things according to the Law. They did them by grace through faith.
Jesus lived under the Old Covenant, but brought in the New Covenant. Much of Jesus' teaching was according to the New Covenant, sealed in His blood (Luke 22:20).
The New Covenant is different from the Old Covenant of the Law. Yet, the New Covenant was not a Covenant that did not exist until Jesus came and fulfilled the Old Covenant. The Covenant of Faith came before the Law. The Law could not change the Covenant of Faith.
Galatians 3:16,17, explains it this way, saying, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ...And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect."
The Covenant of Faith was already in effect at the time of Abraham. The Law could not change the Covenant of Faith.
The Covenant of Faith that was established with Abraham was not based upon rules and regulations. The Law of Moses, which was rules and regulations could not change the Covenant of Faith. The New Covenant is based upon grace and truth, and "The just shall live by faith" (Rom. 1:17, Gal. 3:11, Heb. 10:38).
Jesus taught His disciples to live by faith, not by the Law of Moses. Christians should understand this Covenant, for it is not something that God came up with after Jesus came into this world. It was established from the foundation of the world, even before Adam and Eve were created. God always honored faith as the means to obtain all that God has planned for man. Already in Genesis, Chapter four, we see that Abel brought an offering to the LORD, and it was accepted, because he offered it "by faith" (Heb. 11:4).
In Genesis 15:6, we see that Abraham "believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Righteousness does not come by obeying the Law of Moses. It comes by faith, believing in what God has declared as already done from the foundation of the world. When we believe God, and what He has done for us in Christ Jesus, then it is counted unto to us as "righteousness."
The Law was only a schoolmaster until Jesus sealed the New Covenant with His blood (Luke 22:20). While Jesus was hanging on the Cross, knowing that all things were accomplished that the Scripture could be fulfilled, Jesus cried out "it is finished" (John 19:20-30). Even though, "the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world," the Scriptures had to be fulfilled. Satan had to be judged, and defeated, by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Had the demonic spirits of this world known it, they would not have crucified the LORD of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8).
Christians must discern the Scriptures properly, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15). The price was paid from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). But the Scriptures had to be fulfilled, and the covenant sealed by the blood of the Lamb.
The Law of Moses was only a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might live by faith and not by our works of righteousness. If there was no law, there would be no understanding of the things that pertain to God and His righteousness. The Law of Moses teaches us the things of God and the things that are not of God.
Keeping the Law of Moses does not produce eternal life, but it keeps us from the powers of darkness, and helps us to walk in the Light of the Truth (1 John 1:6,7). If we live by the Law, we will be judged by the Law (Rom. 2:12). But if we live by faith, we will be justified by the faith of Jesus Christ.
Many of those who preach the Law are preaching a sin gospel, whereas those who preach faith are preaching a righteousness gospel. The Law cannot produce eternal life, but by faith we can receive eternal life and live forever with the LORD. It is not by our works of righteousness, but by what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.
When Jesus taught His disciples to follow Him, He taught them to "walk by faith and not by sight." Jesus never accused His disciples of sin. But He often rebuked them for a lack of faith. Sin was not the issue in the teachings of Jesus. Faith was the basis of Jesus' teachings. When the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the Law, Jesus rebuked them for not knowing the Love of God that came to set them free.
Jesus taught faith, in every way He could. Jesus demonstrated His faith by the works He did. Then Jesus taught others to "walk by faith, and not by sight." By faith, Jesus rebuked the wind and calmed the sea. In Mark 4:39 it says, "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." Another time, Jesus, seeing a fig tree having leaves and no fruit, rebuked it and it died. Mark 11:13,14 says, "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet...And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it."
It takes faith to speak to a tree and command it to die. Jesus taught His disciples faith by what He said and what He did. When they brought the sick and lame people to Jesus, by faith, Jesus spoke words and they were healed.
Many times, Jesus commended certain people because of their faith. He told them, it was because of their faith that they were made whole. The woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years, came in faith and touched Jesus' garment. Jesus said to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour" (Matt. 9:22). In Matthew 9:29, Jesus touched the eyes of two blind men and said unto them "According to your faith be it unto you." Then in verse 30 it tells us, "And their eyes were opened..." Mark, Chapter Ten, tells us of blind Bartimaeus. In Mark 10:51,52, it says, "Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight...And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way."
In the beginning of Jesus' teachings, He "went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read" (Luke 4:16). Jesus read from Isaiah 61, saying, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised...To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18,19).
Jesus did not come to condemn. Jesus came "to preach the gospel," the good news. Jesus came to show us the love of God the Father for all who will receive His Son and believe upon Him. God is Love, and Jesus came to show us the love of the Father. Jesus did not come to destroy the Law, He came to fulfill it for those who were under the Law. The Gentiles were never under the Law, only the Children of Israel were under the Law.
In Mark 1:14, it says, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God." What is the gospel of the Kingdom of God? It is the good news of what man could not do, God did for us in Christ Jesus. It includes, not only what God had already done for us, but what God wants to do through us by the power of His Holy Spirit. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). It is not what we can do. It's what God wants to do in us and through us. The kingdom of God is "the reign of God within us." It is, God dwelling in man to do His good pleasure.
In preaching the gospel, Jesus told His disciples of the purpose for His coming. Matthew 16:21 says, "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." In Matthew 20:17-19 it says, "And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them...Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death...And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again."
This was all prophesied before Jesus was born into this world. Through Jesus' death and resurrection, He destroyed sin, death, and the Devil, who has the power of death. This Jesus did, that we might have eternal life and have it abundantly. Jesus was our substitute. Jesus bore our sins and death for us that we could have eternal life. Jesus did not come to condemn. Jesus came to save.
This is all a part of the gospel that Jesus preached during His three and one half years of ministry. He came that we might have eternal life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus came that we might drink of the water (Word) of life freely. In John 7:37-39, it says, "Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink...He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (Word)...(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
Although the works were finished from the foundation of the world, Jesus had to come that the Scriptures could be fulfilled.
Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom of God. Jesus fulfilled all Scripture that we might have eternal life in Him. He is the source of all life. Without Him, we could not exist. Without Him, we cannot have eternal life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 6:14).
The gospel that Jesus preached is not a sin gospel. It is a gospel of the Good News, of what God did for us in Christ Jesus. The Gospel teaches us, how that Jesus took away the sin of the world, that we might have eternal life with the Father for all eternity.
Jesus did not come because of sin. Jesus came because the Father desired that people would inherit eternity with Him forever and ever. When sin came into the world, Jesus took the responsibility for what Adam did and destroyed sin and death for us.
Unknown to many, Adam and Eve could have eaten of the Tree of Life before they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Had they eaten of the Tree of Life they would have had eternal life, regardless of sin or no sin. (There is not a Christian living today that does not have sin in their lives. Yet there are multitudes of Christians today that will spend eternity with God forever and ever). Sin did not stop God from fulfilling His purpose for creating man. When sin came into the world, Jesus defeated it, that we should not be lost but have eternal life in Him. Why are Christians preaching a sin gospel?
Now, let's look at the gospel that the Apostle Paul preached. Remember, already in 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul wrote, "I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." So, what is the most important thing the world should know about the gospel? Paul preached the same gospel that Jesus preached. In 1 Corinthians 15:1 Paul wrote, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand." From there on, Paul explains the gospel He preached in 1 Corinthians 15:2-4, saying, "By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain...For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures...And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
This is the gospel that all Christians should know and understand. How that "Christ died for our sins...that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
As we continue in the fifteenth Chapter of 1 Corinthians, we see the arguments that arise. Yet, for us who believe, the most important part is in, "Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Cor. 15:20).
Now, let us see what the gospel says concerning sin in 1 Corinthians 15:21,22. It says, "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead...For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
In Verse 22, right in the middle of the Gospel that Paul preached, there is a very important statement, saying, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Those who are not born again are not in Christ. They will die and spend eternity with the devil. But those who are in Christ shall be made alive.
Now, let us compare this with 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, which says, "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption...It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power...It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."
Adam did not have a spiritual body like those who are born again of the Spirit (John 3:5,6). Adam did not eat of the Tree of Life. But all who are in Christ have a spiritual body, by which we are raised up with Christ to sit in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). Galatians 3:22 tells us that, "...the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."
We were all in Adam when sin entered into mankind. We all had sin and death resident in us. Adam was not spiritual. Adam was natural, of this earth. Jesus was spiritual, and came that we might have eternal life in Him for all eternity. Look at 1 Corinthians 15:45-49, which says, "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit...Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual...The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven...As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly...And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."
How can Spirit-filled Christians preach another gospel and say that Adam was spiritual? How can Christians teach that Adam was "a spirit," with "a body" of flesh and "a soul" from God? Where does it say that in the Bible? How can they teach that "Adam was clothed with the glory of God?" How can they teach that God and Adam walked daily together in the garden of Eden, having perfect fellowship with each other?
Adam did hear the voice of the LORD God on the sixth day of creation, and again later in Genesis 3:8-23. On the sixth day, the LORD God spoke to Adam in Genesis 2:16,17. Adam named every living creature in Genesis 2:18-20. In Genesis 2:23-25, Adam prophesied, following the creation of woman, concerning marriage, whereby two become one flesh. That is all recorded in the Bible. But, where are they getting their other information from that is not in the Bible? If it is in the Bible, where is it? If it is not in the Bible, why are Spirit-filled Christians teaching it? Where are they getting their information from? If it does not agree with Genesis 2:7, and 1 Corinthians 15:45-49, there is something wrong. If any teaching does not agree with the Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation, it cannot be from God.
Let us see the rest of the gospel that Paul preached. The first of importance is verse 50, which says, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." A person must first be born again of the Spirit before they can enter into the kingdom of God. After that, the mystery of God is revealed to them as it is here in 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, saying, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed...In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed...For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality...So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory...O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?...The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law...But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
The victory is not of ourselves. It is "in our LORD Jesus Christ." It is not in what we did or did not do. It is what God did for us in our LORD Jesus Christ. In Christ Jesus we are the righteousness of God. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (2 Cor. 5:21).
Who is it that is preaching another gospel? To the Galatians, Paul wrote, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?...This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?...Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:1-3).
What if the gospel Jesus preached was true? What would Christians do? Would they receive it or would they set it aside as though it were not true?
When Jesus went about teaching, He taught the gospel of the kingdom of God. In Mark 1:14,15 it says, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God...And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."
When Jesus was preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, He was not talking about a kingdom like the kingdoms of this world. Jesus said to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36).
What kind of a gospel was Jesus preaching? It wasn't "how you can have whatsoever you desire on this earth!" It wasn't "how you can obtain the desires of your mind!" It wasn't "a formula of how you can receive all that you desire!"
The gospel Jesus was preaching was the gospel of "the kingdom of God," meaning, "the reign of God." A kingdom where God "the Holy Spirit" reigns in His power and might. It is a kingdom where the will of God is done here on earth as it is in heaven.
It is a kingdom, where the Holy Spirit is in control, not men. It is a kingdom where only the will of God is done, not the will of men. It is a kingdom where men must die to themselves and let the life of the Spirit of Christ have control of what they do.
Christians have two lives. When we came into this world we had soul life (psuche), in the Greek. When we become born again of the Spirit we receive spiritual life (zoe), in the Greek. These are two different lives, one is of the flesh the other is of the Spirit. Jesus said in John 3:6, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
Our life in the flesh, which is controlled by our soul life must die. Our life of the Spirit, which is spirit life must live. Yet, the word "die" does not always mean "cease to exist." Our soul will always exist. It is eternal. The word "die," pertaining to "must die," means "it cannot have control, it must yield its control to the Holy Spirit."
The Holy Spirit is the one that makes us a new creature in Christ. We are born of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, into the family of God. Our spiritual life is dependent upon the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit we would not have spiritual life.
The Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of God," He is also "the Spirit of Christ." The Holy Spirit is God along with the Father and the Son. These three make up the total of God (three person in one). The same life that the Father has is in the Son and in the Holy Spirit. The Son of God proceeded, or came out from the Father. Jesus said, "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself" (John 5:26). The very same life the Father has in Himself, He gave the Son to have in Himself. It is the same life! It is One life! The Father and the Son share the same life. It is not a different life than what the Father has. It is "Spiritual life" the very life of the Father in the Son. They are not separate, and cannot be separated. The Father and the Son are One in life, but individuals in purposes. In 1 John 5:7 it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." The Son of God is called "the Word," in this verse. In 2 John 9, it says, "...He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." A person cannot be born again and not have both the Father and the Son.
In John 15:26, it says, "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." The word "proceedeth" means, "came out from." Therefore, the Holy Spirit also came out from the Father. The very life of the Father is in the Holy Spirit. It is the same life that the Father has that the Holy Spirit has. It is not a different life like the Father has, but the same life that the Father has. The Holy Spirit is One with the Father and the Son.
When a person is born again of the Spirit, they receive the very same life that the Father has, which is the very same life the Son has and the very same life the Holy Spirit has. A born again Christian is "One Spirit with the LORD" (1 Cor. 6:17). Christians are joined to the LORD by the very same life that is in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. When we are "in Christ," we share the very life of God with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thereby, "...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature..." (2 Cor. 5:17). Colossians 3:3 tells us, "...your life is hid with Christ in God."
Now, that a Christian is a new creature in Christ, having the very same life (zoe) in themselves as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; "we must deny our soul life (psuche) that the spiritual life (zoe) in us can be in control of what we do." Jesus said in John 12:24,25, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit...He that loveth his life (psuche) shall lose it; and he that hateth his life (psuche) in this world shall keep it unto life (zoe) eternal."
John 12:24 is an example, to explain John 12:25. The soul life (psuche) we have must be "denied," that we can live by the Spiritual life (zoe) we received in the new birth. The Spiritual life in us cannot "reign" unless we deny the right of our soul life to reign. There cannot be two masters, either the soul life or the spiritual life must be "master," that is, "in control of what we do."
God will not force anyone to obey the Holy Spirit, as He guides, leads, teaches, comforts, and helps us from our spirit. Unless we, of our own free will, yield over to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit cannot reign in our lives. Until the soul life gives up, and permits the Spiritual life in us to have control, we cannot do the will of God. The Will of God is "that we deny ourselves and let the Holy Spirit control our lives." This is the Will of God for every Christian, not just a few.
Jesus said in Luke 14:26, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." This requires a total and complete surrender of our will, and our desires, to become a disciple of Jesus. In Luke 14:33, Jesus said, "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
What would happen if Christians truly believed what Jesus said in Luke 14:26 and 14:33? Is it possible that Jesus didn't mean what He said? Is it possible that there is another way to become a disciple of Jesus? Can we follow Jesus without denying ourselves, our lives, and completely surrendering to the leading of the Holy Spirit? Can we continue to do our will of the flesh and still be a disciple of Jesus?
In Galatians 1:6-8 the apostle Paul wrote: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel...Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ...But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Some seem to have perverted the true gospel today. Jesus came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which is "the reign of God the Holy Spirit." There is a question among many Churches today, concerning "the reign of the Holy Spirit." Is the Holy Spirit in control of what is happening in some of the Churches today? Or, are some of the Churches today operating according to the will of men, who claim to be doing the will of God?
Where is the evidence of the Holy Spirit working in some of the Churches today? The evidence should be, like the evidence that Jesus had while He was living in this world as the Son of God, and the Son of Man.
In Acts 10:38, it tells us that, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power..." Jesus "...went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Jesus said in Mark 16:16-18, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues...They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Why are not these signs following those who say they are Christians, going to Churches that say they are Christians?
Many Churches today have their own leaders, operating as though they are in control of everything that happens in their churches. Where is the Holy Spirit in these Churches? Jesus did not come to set up a kingdom like the kingdoms of this world, where certain individuals claim to be the head of the organization or denomination. Each one having a board of directors, and officials, who make all of the decisions within their organization or denomination.
When Jesus went to be with God the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to be in control of everything pertaining to the Kingdom of God here on earth (Acts 1:1-3). In the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit is to be in direct contact with everyone who is in the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit anoints and empowers every individual to do the same works that Jesus did.
The Holy Spirit is to be in total control of everything that happens in the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit is to be our teacher, guide, leader, helper, and comforter in everything we do. Every individual Christian is to be taught by God. Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."
In Isaiah 28:9-12, it says, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts...For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people...To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear."
In John 14:26, Jesus said, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
In John 16:13, Jesus said, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
Then in 1 John 2:27, it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." What is written in 1 John 2:27, is not clear in the way it is translated from the Greek to English. The anointing is the Holy Spirit Himself. When we receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, we receive "both the anointing and the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is the anointing, and controls the anointing Himself.
When Jesus received the Holy Spirit at about the age of thirty, following His baptism in water by John the Baptist, Jesus received both the Holy Spirit and the anointing of the Holy Spirit at the same time.
This is where many are misled by the teachings of men. The anointing is the Holy Spirit, who controls all of the manifestations of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7-11,28; Gal. 5:22,23).
When Jesus went about doing good and destroying the works of the Devil, it was the Holy Spirit in Jesus working by the anointing that did the works. God the Father authorized Jesus of Nazareth to do the works, when the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jesus. In Luke 4:18,19, Jesus read from the Book of Isaiah, saying, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised...To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." When Jesus received the Holy Spirit He received the anointing to do the works that Jesus did.
No one can do the same miracles that Jesus was doing, unless it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit within them doing the works. All the works that Jesus did were done by the anointing of the Holy Spirit within Him (John 14:10).
When Jesus went to be with God the Father in Acts 1:9, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower "born again Christians" with the same anointing He had while He went about destroying the works of the Devil (Acts 10:38).
Those who received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day, received the anointing of the Holy Spirit to do the works they did. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit includes the anointing, which is controlled by the Holy Spirit, who is the anointing Himself.
After Jesus went to be with God the Father, the reign of God the Holy Spirit came in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. From that time on, and until Jesus returns, the Holy Spirit is in control of everything that God does upon this earth.
In Acts 13:2, it says, "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them." When the Holy Spirit is in control of the churches, these signs should be following those who believe. The LORD is not the one who called Barnabas and Saul, it was the Holy Spirit that called them to do the work, the Holy Spirit called them to do.
The Churches today are to be under the control of the Holy Spirit, operating by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Churches today are not to be doing what they do by their own ability. The Churches today are to be doing the works by the anointing of the Holy Spirit working in and through them.
In Acts 13:4, it says, "So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus." It was the Holy Spirit that sent Barnabas and Saul out to do the work the Holy Spirit called them to do. It was not the LORD that sent them, it was the Holy Spirit that sent them out. As they went from place to place, they were to be led by the Holy Spirit, not according to what they wanted to do and not where they wanted to go.
One example of the Holy Spirit making the decisions as to where they were to go is in Acts 16:6-8, where it says, "Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia...After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not...And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas."
The Holy Spirit was not following the ideas of those who were with the Apostle Paul. The Holy Spirit works individually with those whom He calls. When Christians want to do their own will and make their own decisions, the Holy Spirit is not in on it.
Then in Acts 18:9,10, it says, "And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us...And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them."
Christians today are to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit after they are truly born again. Then they are to continue in the Word and prayer, so that the Holy Spirit can teach them all things (1 John 2:27). As the Holy Spirit teaches each individual, how to be led by the Holy Spirit, and how to know when the Holy Spirit is leading them, they can do the work of the ministry. When they are doing the work of the ministry, it should be by the anointing of the Holy Spirit working in them and through them. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that should be teaching, helping, guiding, leading, and comforting each individual Christian according to the will of God, led by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit operates by the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28, and the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22,23. These signs should be following those who enter into the Kingdom of God, after they are born again.
If the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 are not in operation in the churches today, where is the Holy Spirit? Have some of the Churches today found another way to operate without the Holy Spirit in control?
Are some of the Churches preaching another gospel, not the same as the Gospel Jesus preached, and not the same Gospel that the Apostles preached? What will become of those who preach another gospel, other than the one Jesus preached?
The Holy Spirit is striving with people, that they would desire the true gospel not some other gospel. In the days of Noah, Genesis 6:1-3, it says, "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them...That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose...And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." In the Scriptures, the sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14).
At the time of Noah, those who were led by the Spirit of God were no longer following the leading of the Holy Spirit. They were doing their own will, and not the will of God. They were given one hundred and twenty years to repent, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. But they did not repent, therefore the flood came just God had spoken through Noah.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:37-39, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be...For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark...And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
Just as it was in the days of Noah, many of those who were once led by the Spirit seem to be looking to another gospel. What happened to the teaching of the true gospel of the Kingdom of God?
The Holy Spirit cannot and will not operate where He is not received and welcomed by those who are truly born again. First comes the new birth, whereby a person becomes born again into the Body of Christ. Then, those who are born again, must receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, as the disciples did in Acts 2:4. When a born again Christian receives the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, they also receive the Anointing of the Holy Spirit to do the will of God in their lives.
Christians need the Anointing of the Holy Spirit operating in their lives today. The Anointing is for every born again Christian, to enable them to be "taught, guided, helped, led, and comforted by the Holy Spirit."
Once a person is truly born again, and then baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will work with them "helping, guiding, leading, comforting, and teaching them," so that they can do the will of God in their lives. Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Christians cannot do the will of God in their lives. Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." If God "the Holy Spirit" is not working in us, we cannot do the will of God in our lives.
It is the will of God that every born again Christians receives "the Anointing" to do the will of God in their lives. It is the Anointing that will teach us all things (John 14:26, 16:13; 1 John 2:27).
If Christians refuse to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the anointing to teach them all things, how can the Holy Spirit teach them?
Prayers for the New Birth &
the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
If anyone reading this Mini-Book is not positive beyond all doubt that they are truly born again, please read the following.
In John 1:10-13, it tells us how to become born again. It says, "He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not...He came unto his own, and his own received him not...But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name...Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
The new birth cannot come by what someone else did. It can only come by an individual person receiving of Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior themselves. God cannot violate the free will of a person. Therefore, God cannot come into the life of an individual person without their receiving Him.
Those who do not receive Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior themselves may be saved, but not truly born again. Saved and born again are not the same thing. Saved is "delivered and or protected." Born again is "a new creature in Christ Jesus."
John 1:12, makes it very clear, by saying, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons (children) of God, even to them that believe on his name.
"But as many as received him..." means only those who receive Him. Every individual person must "believe and receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior themselves." For the New Birth is "a birth into the Spirit of Christ," which includes the "zoe" life of God dwelling in that individual person. The New Birth, causes a person to receive both, God the Father and Jesus Christ in their Spirit.
The Gospel of John tells us that, Jesus was in the world. All things were made by Him and for Him (John 1:3). Jesus came to His own people (the Jewish people, the children of Israel). But, many of the Jewish people did not receive Jesus for who He truly was (the Son of God and the Savior of all who would believe on Him) (John 3:16-21).
Every person and every "living creature" has a "free will." God the Father has a free will, God the Son has a free will. God the Holy Spirit has a free will. Angels have a free will. People have a free will. God will not violate our free will.
By our own free will, we must receive Jesus Christ as our personal LORD and Savior, whereby, we become born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. (Do not be deceived by the teachings of men. God's Word is Truth, and it cannot be changed). Jesus is "...the Way, the Truth, and the Life (zoe)" (John 14:6).
When an individual person makes a commitment to receive Jesus as LORD and Savior, God does the rest. God causes them to become a new creature in Christ Jesus, "born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit" (1 Peter 1:23, John 3:5,6).
When a person is truly born again, God the Father, and Jesus dwell in them and they become true Children of God. God the Father becomes their true Father. Jesus becomes their LORD and Savior.
The word "LORD" means, "supreme in authority." We must make Jesus LORD not just Savior. Savior, means "deliverer." God translates us from "the power of darkness... into the kingdom of his dear Son" (which is the body of Christ) (Col. 1:13)
To make Jesus Christ your LORD, not just Savior, You must ask Jesus to come into your life and become your LORD. Therefore, you should say a prayer similar to the following prayer:
"LORD Jesus, I know that You are the Son of God. I know that You died on the cross for me. I know that God raised You from the dead.
Jesus, forgive me of all my sins, wash me clean in Your blood; that I may be the righteousness of God in You. Thank You, Jesus!
Jesus, I ask You to come into my life? Live Your life in me! Let Your will be done in me! Let the will of God be done in my life as it was in Your life. I surrender my life to You, Jesus!
You lead me by Your Spirit and I will follow to the best of my ability. I will live for You all the days of my life, as You lead me by Your Spirit.
I receive You now, as my LORD, and SAVIOR for all eternity. I will be with You here on earth, and I will be with You in heaven, forever and ever. I will give You all the Glory, it is for You that I will live forever. Amen."
If anyone reading this Mini-Book is not Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you should ask to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
When you pray for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, you need to understand, God is not going to do the speaking for you. The Holy Spirit will give you the anointing to speak in tongues. BUT, You must do the speaking ,out of your mouth. The tongues will come up from you innermost being (belly), but you must speak out of your mouth what comes from you belly. If you hold back and do not speak, it is your own fault. God's part is to give you the Holy Spirit with the anointing to do the speaking. It is your part to do the speaking.
In Luke 11:13, Jesus said, "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?...Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?...If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
Therefore, from you heart, not just from your mind, pray, while believing in your heart on what God has promised you in His Word.
"Jesus, You said in Mark 16:17, that in Your name I can cast out devils.
Satan, in the name of Jesus' I cast you out of my mind. You have no authority over my mind. My mind is clear of all demonic oppression in Jesus' name.
Father, according to Your Word in Luke 11:13, You promised me the Holy Spirit if I ask. Father, I am now asking You to give me the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Your heavenly language. I receive Him from You now, in Jesus' name."
Continue to pray in your new tongue, praise and worship the Father in His heavenly language.
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