Archive for October 2011

The Spirit part 6

Each of God’s children has the opportunity to be filled with the Holy Spirit with the concomitant ability to speak in the language of the Spirit. But, each of God’s children also has the right to accept the opportunity or deny it. Each is to make the decision on his/her own (Deut. 30:19). The infilling [...]

The Spirit part 5

Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy. But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a [...]

The Spirit part 4

We’re not ready to let go of our discussion of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, just yet. In our discussion last Sunday evening, we brought up the “why” of this baptism. After Jesus’ resurrection, He met with the disciples, And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to [...]

The Spirit Part 3

Right from the very outset of Jesus’ ministry, it was made clear that there is a difference between baptism for repentance and baptism with the Holy Spirit. In each of the four Gospels, John the Baptist clearly distinguished the two: Matt. 3:11 I indeed baptize you in (with) water because of repentance [that is, because [...]

The Spirit Part 2

God did not send His Holy Spirit as a one time “charm” to bless 120 people in an upper room in Jerusalem. God is not a nut job. He’s the real deal. His plan, after Adam’s treason in the Garden, was to re-establish His relationship with humanity in a more powerful way than it was [...]

The Spirit Part 1

We are going to recover some ground already discussed, but which needs re-discussing in light of God’s desire for us to live more fully in His will. 2011 is the year when we are to dive in and begin doing, living the Truth, not merely studying it. This is God’s direct communiqué to us. He [...]