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  1. New Creation 3 The essence of, John 14:20, is to pinpoint vividly the purpose of the Day of Pentecost. Once again we hear Jesus explaining the purpose of the Holy Spirit by what would happen on that day. In John 14:20, Jesus focuses the entire plan of God to the believer receiving the Holy Spirit and anchors it all to the happenings on that day. Jesus says that on that day, the Day of Pentecost, the believer will know something. Now here is where the new creation believer is demanding the true Gospel. Jesus did not just say the believer would receive something or the believer would receive power or the believer would become someone within himself. What He plainly says is that the believer will come to know something. It is so sad that so many who claim to experience a baptism have never come to this knowing. But look further, Jesus said the thing believers would know is that as He was in the Father, so would they know that He was in them and that they were in Him. What a revolutionary statement, a statement that Satan has generally kept away from most believers. The modern Church has not really understood Pentecost and the Father’s purpose on that day. Jesus plainly says that the essence of the Pentecostal experience is a believer coming to the revelation that Christ is his only life. The new creation believers will not be denied this part of the Gospel any longer. There is only one work of grace, the birthing of the Father. But the strategic ministry of the Holy Spirit is to make that birthing continuous and ever-growing. The Church, the true Church of Jesus Christ is a formidable weapon of God against the forces of Satan. In fact, I see the Church as the major force to perpetuate and make known the Word of God. However, it is because of this that Satan’s major attack, aside from the individual believer, is against the Church. Satan works at causing division, bringing schisms, confusing the Word that is preached and, finally, making the Church a laughing stock. There is little wonder that there are probably more saints truly born again outside church buildings in America than inside them. Notice that I said church buildings. Sad to say, many believers have come to believe that a building is the Church. In fact, so many are being deprived the true Gospel so much that, through the erroneous preaching of the day, buildings have become a spiritual criterion. Preacher after preacher has made a new building, or the next building to build the essence of the gospel.
  2. How did I know you already had an answer, if I was you I would stay away from the Hebrew and the Greek untill you get the scriptures fixed in you by the HolySpirit. If you can't read as written, your doing yourself an injustice.
  3. New Creation 2 Saving faith is of the Father, for He has given to every man a measure of faith so that when he hears the gospel he will have the ability to believe. Then after the new birth, the believer grows in the Lord out of his own independence to the Christ-life. As this takes place, all of the personality traits of the Christ within begin to surface. The act, on the believer’s part, that makes this possible is love. The love of God working in and through the believer places more and more responsibility on the Christ within until finally everything that the believer does is Christ. The great asset of faith eventually is seen by the believer to be the faith of Christ. This, of course, is almost an opposite to religion’s idea of faith. This is because Satan, who operates religion, wants to keep the believer mentally separated from the Christ within. There is no area where Satan accomplishes this more greatly than with faith. The believer who is always seeking faith, always going to some faith building meeting, always trusting some “man of faith,” always believing that his faith is weak, is a tool for Satan’s work of separatism. Not only does this place the believer in a vulnerable place to be defeated, but it denies him the rest which resides in knowing that the only life he has is Christ. So many believers are trapped by an erroneous gospel that says we can be something or we can believe for something aside from the Christ within. This is where the growth of the believer reaches Galatians 2:20. Finally, when the believer sees that he is “crucified with Christ,” his independence killed out at Calvary, he is ready to enter into the sonship the Father intended by the birthing. He is ready to now say, “The life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.” What a glorious position to be in, no longer just depending upon self, no longer groping outside of one’s Christ-life for an answer, no longer going to and fro for help, but living by the “faith of the Son of God.” It is a very natural thing now for the Christ within to do all the loving, the hoping, the working and, most of all, the believing. It is not our faith now, nor has it ever been our faith. We, the “crucified with Christ,” have given our selves to Him to use as Himself, so as we have no life of our own, no faith of our own, but we have the total faith of the Son of God.
  4. New Creation God would depend on His own nature, Christ in us, as the means of saving us. This was the most important thing the Father ever did. Saving mankind by placing another person in them was to accomplish the two greatest demands to God’s justice. The creature was to remain a free moral person to make an open decision for God, and upon the creature’s decision, God would place the kind of nature in him that God could depend on. That nature, or spirit, would be a person, Christ. It would be the birthing of that Son in us that would be our salvation. Thus, salvation would never become a thing. Salvation was to be a person, a new person operating out of the creature for the glory of God. Salvation was never intended by God to be incorporated with other things to make it complete. It was to be a personal act by God who would place His own seed in the believer and, by that, conceive another person as that believer. All of the rites and doctrines of man, whether baptism, acts of righteousness, affiliations or good works, would have no place in adding to this initial act of birthing. Sad to say, these works of man would become more prominent in men’s minds than the birthing miracle to the extent that multitudes today are churched, sanctified and even go into a ministry without understanding that they are saved by another person in them, Romans 5:10, and only by that person in them. All of the other things the church, preacher or doctrines do must be secondary to this salvation provided by God alone. The people of the new creation will no longer tolerate a watered down gospel that denies the heart of the Scriptures, a people who are consistently dedicated to God’s eternal plan of salvation by another person. All over the earth, it is as if the Father has said that a time is at hand that in the church there will be a people who see the ultimate of God.
  5. Knowing Christ Paul says, in 2 Corinthians 5:16, that if we did once know Christ in the flesh, now, that is not how we should know Him. ."Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more." What a beautiful transition Paul presents here. Jesus of Nazareth was so prominent in the early Church that those who had seen and talked with Jesus were very prominent believers. This was wonderful, just to hear first-hand about the Savior, but this Jesus, the Jesus who lived in the body given to Him by Mary of Nazareth, was not the Lord who was to be the life of every man born again. The Holy Spirit had formed a new and greater body at Pentecost, and Christ was to be and is the life of that body, sharing that incorruptible life with every member. This is why Paul taught that we are no longer to know Jesus in the flesh, meaning Jesus of Nazareth. But let us pay special attention to the “now” here. This now is the essence of what the Father is doing today. Now, right now, the Spirit is revealing the Son in the believers as never before. The “now generation” is alive and well. Jesus is alive in believers who are seeing Christ as their only life. What a glorious move of the Spirit this is. Perhaps the most popular "now" is the now in Galatians, 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Paul says that the life he now lived was Christ. It was a life that he lived in the flesh, his flesh, and he lived it by the faith of the Son of God. Oh, the glories found in this now. While so many misled believers are attempting to perfect their flesh by their own self-effort, Paul says that Jesus, God’s gift of life to the believer, has elected to live in the believer’s flesh (body) now, no waiting, no self-effort to perfect the body, but now. This idea does not fit with religion. Religion would actually deny the believer this now Christ, awaiting some sort of probationary process to fit its own creeds. Religion would say that if the believer had Christ in him as simply as this, the believer could not possibly live the life. But Paul goes on to say that this life is not lived by his faith, but by the faith of the in-dwelling Christ. This little line could be the salvation of all the weary believers wrapped up in the hyper-faith movement. They are becoming so weary of exercising their own faith and keeping it alive that sooner or later they will welcome a revelation of Christ as their life and begin to use and glory in His faith. This is in-deed the rest for the weary, His rest.
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    One Gospel

    One gospel A new gospel, is this what is needed in our world today. Has the “grand old gospel” failed us. These are questions that hungry, sincere believers are asking today. Everywhere, we see different gospels preached that seem to be contrary to the way that the Spirit is leading many truly hungry hearts. Often there seems to be a different gospel for every ministry, and multitudes are being deceived by them. There can be only one true gospel from our Father. There can be only one true message brought by the Holy Spirit. Yet, those who claim to hear from God seem to say different things. Hungry hearts are left to discerning, on their own, what truths they are to follow, as if the Scriptures never give a distinct sound or bring a clear message. It is not a new gospel that we need. The “grand old gospel” has not failed us. In fact, most believers do not even know what the “grand old gospel” is. It is an unbelievable fact that the Bible, which has been the most read book in history and is the very life-line of every true believer, still holds the basic truth of the gospel, but the average believer is oblivious to its message. Modern believers are constantly diverted from the truth of God’s message by seeking their own answers, instead of God’s purpose, in the Bible. While God’s Word is dedicated to meeting human need, it’s far greater purpose is showing forth God’s purpose in mankind. God’s purpose in mankind is for Him to find a people to fill His house and train those people in His kind of love. So it is not a great revival that we need. It is not the winning of more souls that we need. It is not human success with God that is important. The problem of Christianity is much more acute than this. The real problem is in the gospel that we preach. Now, the true Gospel must, most of all, be based on God’s ultimate intention for man. The first chronological mention of man in the Scriptures is in Ephesians 1:4, where Paul says man was chosen to be in Christ, before the foundation of the world. That means the first thought God ever had concerning mankind, as far as the written record goes, was that believers would be in Christ. I see this as God’s prime and ultimate intention for man. To ignore the importance of this is to pervert the gospel and that is what many have done today. If you do not start with this primary “God idea,” every other place you start to understand God will be lacking. The believer “chosen in Christ” is the only foundation that the Father and the Scriptures build upon. Most in religion have failed to realize this. Keeping believers from understanding is Satan’s main objective.
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    The Mystery

    The Mystery The most important search a believer can give himself to is finding out what God’s ultimate intention is and how he fits into it. This should be a lifetime search, Eph. 1:4. "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." It is an ever expanding search, finding its way into every part of life’s incidents, and always coming to the same knowledge that God’s intention is indeed working, and working for our good and His glory. Sometimes a believer lives most of his life before coming to this conclusion, but in time, God’s grace is sufficient to his coming to know this great truth. It is wonderful to see that we are not just struggling to find the answers to life, God, in His divine providence, is arranging “converging powers” to bring this great understanding to us. It is an act of God’s love, one which will not suffer us to be ignorant of His plan and intention, Gal. 4:1-2. 1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. The great hindrance to this is religion. Religion continually intervenes, subjecting the believer to a lesser understanding based on man’s evaluations rather than on God’s Word. This is a very subtle work of Satan, for his greatest desire is to keep us from seeing what God is doing in the world and for His children. But, in all of this, love will triumph. His love for the believer is greater than any force, even our own misled, religious knowledge. It is most comforting to know, in these troubled days, that He is ever moving toward His ultimate intention. That intention is simply to have children whom He has redeemed filling His house. Praise God, this is happening with a startling acceleration every day.
  8. I'm not for sure many in here know about Luther, with mostly the younger generation being the net savvy one's. In the mega churchs I'm not real sure what they teach I have only been to a couple. Seems we have come full circle based on what I see in different media outlets. I may be stepping out of turn and speak in general terms, but it seems the church has become more educated and less spiritual. I have always held to the fact "where brilliance ends, revelation begins." Thank you both for your comments.
  9. Nature to nature relationship The way to have a relationship with your Father is a nature-to-nature relationship with Him through the Son nature that is your nature now. This type of relationship is where the fruit of the Spirit is expressed. Have you ever given much thought to how Adam loved Eve, or those in the Old Testament expressed their feelings. They had no nature to nature, spirit to spirit, face to face relationship with God the Father. The only way for them to have a relationship was in soul-mind, which is far less than what was in the Father from before the beginning. The major difference in the world today is the cross. The world is still the same in their relationship, at best it is a soul to soul, mind to mind relationship with each other. The world cannot run it self by the knowledge of good and evil. Two knowledges exist, only one is capable of making things work properly. Whether it is a relationship or the world. Only the knowledge of the lord will properly function in any environment. To know about Christ is not knowing Him, many know about Him. There is a knowledge that is gained, revealed, His knowledge, His mind. Human beings created in the image of God can love, but it is not the same love as Spirit love, nature to nature love. The image and likeness Adam was created with became depraved. Adam could not birth children in the image and likeness of God even if he never fell, only God can do this. Everything the believer is looking for is found in the nature to nature relationship with the Christ in them, and their Father. Everything Paul preached came from his revelation of the indwelling Christ, Gal. 1:11-12, 15-16, 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Without this same revelation believers are left to try to understand God on their own. Everything else is soulish, we judge each other based on soul. We judge the world based on soul. We are complete in spirit only and being completed in soul until the day you die. You will never find completeness until you have a nature to nature relationship with your Father based on Paul's revelation, John 17:22, 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
  10. #1 There is no such thing as one believer receiving more of God than another. This would be so foolish as to say that a biological father who has birthed a large family has put more of his seed into one child than he has in another. What the biological father literally does is to place his seed directly into the mother, and a child is brought forth according to that seed. It is never the father's intention that one child be lesser or greater than another. Yet, religion promotes the idea that there is more of God in one person, or in one place, or by one doctrine, or by one understanding than there is in another. Such foolishness as this has caused the children of the world to openly reject and rebel against God. When a believer is born again, he receives as much God as any believer. God does not place more of His Son in one believer than He does in another. Thus there is never any over payment of a debt by God in the Christ life. When every believer sees that the life he now lives is Christ, it is because he sees that God's one Son has been birthed in him by an act of love from the Father. This is not to take away from the fact that the Christ in every believer will be expressed differently in each believer, for it is Christ in us, as us.
  11. Lessons To Be Learned From Martin Luther All attempts to repay God for Christ as our life, though ever so sincere, serve only to frustrate the believer in his growth and, moreover, lower the loving kindness of God to the level of barter and trade made as an aspect of repayment of debt to God. Hardly any great ministry of this day is free from this tactic that says God will bless you and you will have a fuller life if you do this or that, especially if money is the prerequisite. Martin Luther was very clear, when the Reformation Church was brought about, to say that man is saved by faith alone and justified by God alone. In his day, indulgences made by the people had become the form of salvation. Indulgences were, operations of the church whereby giving or doing something would earn you blessings from God. We have come full circle, and the religion of law has brought us back to indulgences once again. Believers will give and serve because they know Christ is the giver and the server in them. To serve in order to receive carnal blessings or favor with God is to deny Christ within, and as Paul said, is to recrucify the Son of God. We will always faithfully serve Him out of love but never try to repay Him. Service is the Christian's means of expressing his love and devotion to God, even as God has expressed His love to those whom He has birthed by placing Christ in them. It, therefore becomes necessary that those who have received Christ as their life be protective over the purity of their motives in service, always knowing that it is not they who are serving at all, but He, always aware that they have no ministry of their own but that He is their life and it is His ministry.
  12. No one can save themselves Since God has fixed the creature so that he cannot save himself and needs another to save him, it is obvious that the Christ-Life in that creature could never be withheld because of the creatures failure or sin. So also Christ finds His greatest triumph and glory in the sphere of human helplessness. This is the great difference between the Christ Life and religion. Religion means in its simplest definition, "man doing something to please God." On the other hand, the issue of Satan being the sinner in the creature must be confronted. Satan, as the sinner, must be disposed of forever. 1st John 3:8 tells us that it was Satan who was the sinner from the beginning. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. When Adam and Eve believed what Satan said in the Garden of Eden, there was birthed in them the Satan nature. At the time, they, being without any nature at all, awaiting the moment that their minds came to believe what truth they were to be identified with, were subtly and deceitfully taken over by Satan's nature. Christ, the Lamb of God, came into the world and took away the sin of the world by His vicarious work at Calvary, John 1:29 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. The "sin of the world" is the sin nature; dead as Jesus was on calvary, killed out by the cross. When he laid a dead head on a dead shoulder, you died, all in Adam. Paul would say in 1 Cor. 2:2, 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. It is not talking about the sins you commit after being born again, those are sins of the flesh. It's the oldest law in God is; "life comes out of death," John 12:24 24 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.
  13. It is finished One of the most wonderful moments ever lived was the moment when Jesus on the cross said, "It is finished." It was not only a great moment for sinners in their need for salvation, but it was a long expected and needed moment for all who believe the Scriptures. The most crucial moment in Gods eternal plan had come to a finished conclusion. What exactly was finished? Certainly the ordeal of His death was finished. But that was not what was so important. He was born to die. His earthly living in the persecution He had endured here was finished. But that was not what prompted the words "it is finished."What was behind the statement "it is finished" were two important events; in fact, possibly the two most important events of theFathers eternal plan. Both of these events were prophesied in a time before the world was created, before there were humans, before there was a devil working against God's plan and before there was sin. The first of these events is stated by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians, Chapter 1, verse four: "According as He (the Father) has chosen us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world." This event could not take place until Christ died and finished the work that would be necessary for the Father to place humans in Christ. Finished were all the other methods God had used in the Old Testament to get people saved and holy before him. Now, in one moment, Christ had made it possible for the Father to put Christ in humans and have the kind of family He had always wanted. All other means for humans to please God was finished. The other event that was finished was what Christ accomplished by His death on the cross. This event was the second thing that was prophesied before the world was created, 1st Peter 1:19-20. No more sin offering had to be made by humans no more self effort could be applied by humans to please God no more self improvement would be acceptable to God. The sin of Adam was finished once and for all. The work of Satan in lying and deceiving humans that they had to pay for their own sin was finished, done away with, banished and nullified. The final blood offering had been made and now there was eternal life for all who believed. The power of death, Hell and the grave we're finished and the two major factors in God's final gospel were complete. The cry of Christ on the cross, "it is finished," is the cry of ultimate victory for every human who believes. The simplicity of salvation for hell-bound sinners is to simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved Acts 16:31.
  14. Colossians 2:10 "ye are complete in him" The greatest discovery that any human being can ever make is the discovery of the all sufficiency of Christ. When God created human beings, He made them after His image and likeness. However, every human being is created differently and, just as there are no two leaves on a tree alike, so are there no two human beings created alike. It was never God’s intention that a human being be anything within himself. In fact, in the creation of human beings, God left a great hole, as it were, that must be filled. This means that all human beings were created with a woeful lacking, that lacking is Christ. Thus, the New Testament is filled with the awesome message that except a human being is fulfilled and completed by Christ in him, he is not all there. That great open hole and the depth of it is the explanation for how human beings become everything opposite to the image and likeness of God. This means that man is utterly worthless without Christ in him. Therefore, the message we bear is very simple, it is the same message Jesus said to Nicodemus, that except a man be born again, he cannot see or enter the things of God, or, we might add, he will never complete God’s purpose for him. Because multitudes have not been born again, and further, because multitudes of born-again believers have not come to know Christ as their life, they have never fulfilled what God created them for. Scripture has made it very plain with its strongest message. The believer is in Christ, and Christ is in the believer; and now Paul says in these wonderful verses in Colossians 2 that it is only by Christ dwelling in the believer that the believer has ever reached his full-ness. The fact that Christ is all is emphasized throughout the entire Epistle to the Colossians. Chapter 1, verse 18, says, “that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Verse 19 says, “in him should all fulness dwell.” And in Colossians 2:3, Paul says, “…in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:9 says, “in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” And says that Christ is the head of all principalities and powers, and in 3:11 it says “Christ is all and in all.” These verses certainly leave no doubt as to the completeness that the human being must have in Christ. This is not only something that the human being obtains when he becomes a Christian, which is taught in all Christianity, but the fact that the human being never becomes what he is created to be except Christ be in him is a message which is greatly needed today. Scripture is most clear on this, that only through the believer containing Christ does he become complete. Therefore, the Epistle to the Colossians is a positive presentation of the antidote to every form of heresy.
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