Archive for December 2013

In Christ 53 The Promise of the Spirit 10

Before launching into this lesson, go back and reread “The Promise of the Spirit, parts 1-9,” asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read in or order to give you the ability to have perfect insight and depth of understanding in this matter. Ask Him to roust your faith, poke it, prod [...]

In Christ 52 The Promise of the Spirit 9

When we speak in tongues it is not to show how powerful we are, or how “special” we are, or how much “superior” we are (these were all problems that the Corinthians exhibited and for which Paul had to chide them rather harshly). That’s why Paul, after telling the Corinthians that even though he spoke [...]

In Christ 51 The Promise of the Spirit 8

The moment one speaks of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, the specter of speaking in tongues raises it’s ugly head. Not that speaking in tongues is ugly; it’s only that people have made it an ugly point of controversy, rife with heated arguments, deeply held and strongly defended opinions, abuse, and every other sort [...]

In Christ 50 The Promise of the Spirit 7

When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we are filled with Christ, Himself. After all, not only is He Head of the Church, His Spirit is the Holy Spirit (1Peter 1:11). Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that all who believe in Him should not perish but have eternal [...]

In Christ 49 The Promise of the Spirit 6

Near the end of his prayer in the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul reveals the power of God that is available to help His children carry out His will in their lives. And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for [...]

In Christ 48 The Promise of the Spirit 5

Christianity is often thought of as believing in Jesus. But it goes just a bit further. One can believe that Jesus actually lived, that He is the Son of God, that He died on the cross and rose again 3 days later, and still not be a Christian. In fact, if You believe that God [...]

In Christ 47 The Promise of the Spirit part 4

The real problem with being infilled with the Holy Spirit is not the actual infilling itself, it the accompanying “speaking in tongues.” Because people have a way of distorting everything that God has made available to us, the church has greatly misused and misrepresented the whole intent of speaking in tongues. This marvelous adventure with [...]

In Christ 46 The Promise of the Spirit part 3

The infilling of the empowering Holy Spirit is to maximize our ability to carry out the one job that God has given us—go and make disciples. True, we are to be “good” people, we are to pray, assemble with other believers, help others, etc., etc. But all of these are just peripheral to our one [...]

In Christ 45 The Promise of the Spirit part 2

The “Promise of the Holy Spirit” is something that God has made available to us through our faith in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:13-14). And as we noted in the last lesson, this promise of the Holy Spirit is not, as in not, available to the world at large. I will ask the Father, and He [...]

In Christ 44 The Promise of the Spirit part 1

When we become members of the Body of Christ, we have the right to ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is different than being saved. Salvation is the transformation from a spirit linked to death to a spirit linked to Life, Himself. In salvation, our old spirit being is crucified with Christ, [...]