The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Come in faith — expectant — like the Early Church. Acts e. Receive power to witness.
The Promise of the Father
Receive a heavenly language. Develop a Personal Relationship with the Holy Spirit. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Thank God for the Fulfillment of the Promise! Wait on the Spirit. Do you need strength to sustain the race of a life of faith? Do you need supernatural courage to face what God has you facing right now? I challenge you to wait on the Spirit, slow down, get somewhere quiet and give Him time to refresh and renew you. You will find it challenging to accomplish but in the end, you will find it extremely rewarding.
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Now he which established us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. This births us anew and brings us into a relationship of a SON with the Father, and make us joint-heirs with Christ. But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts , crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. First Time Ever.
Waiting for the Promise of the Father (Acts )
Jesus said so. Have we realized that before The Promise of the Father was given in Acts 2 that no one had ever before been born again? That is a fact. Read the following:. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
But this spoke 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. John And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. But you could not be born again.
For them, this was not a matter of receiving a SECOND blessing or baptism, but a matter of them receiving the one and only Promise of the Father, which was not possible to receive until Acts 2. The reason is now more clear: Jesus had to finish His redemptive work. He had to ascend. Clearly, Jesus could not dwell IN people through the Spirit all the while He was standing there bodily. He had to first ascend before His people could be baptized into Him through the Spirit. These passages, and many more, prove that Acts 2 was the first time Jesus ever dwelt in anyone through the Holy Spirit, and consequently, was the first time anyone was ever born again into the kingdom of God.
But there is even yet another big proof to which we can turn to verify:.
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. Mat Notice that Jesus says that John was the greatest human being that had ever been born since Adam.
Of course John is said to literally embody the Old Testament. It was all summed up in him -- he was, "the voice crying in the wilderness," to make way for the Lord -- which is really in large part what the OT was in written form. So John was the greatest human being of all -- and this would include being the greatest of all who were saved under the Old Covenant system.
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But Jesus said that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John. This is direct proof that John had NOT been born again into that kingdom. The statement would be nonsense otherwise. It could not be more clear. Thus, John could not have been born again into the kingdom, if the least in the kingdom were greater than he.
The conclusion is that if John was the greatest of all men under the Old Covenant, and he wasn't born again into the kingdom, then surely no one else was born again up to that point because everyone born of woman was less than him. If you look at the passage, it would seem that the entire point Jesus is making, other than to affirm John's calling, is to show the VERY FACT that no one is yet born again -- because if John is less than the least who are born again, then certainly he was not born again, and neither are the rest of mankind under him. This proves no one was born again under the Old Covenant -- meaning Acts 2 was the first time anyone was born again.
Now, just as an aside, the rest of the passage becomes clear. Jesus said, And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. So what is Jesus saying? His words are built upon the fact that He has just said that no one can yet been born again into the kingdom. Even the disciples tried to do that -- they wanted the kingdom their way. This was the constant temptation of Satan on Jesus -- bring the kingdom without the Cross. Note especially Matt. There is no other conclusion possible. This means Acts 2 was the first time anyone was ever born again through the Holy Spirit; the first time Christ ever came to dwell IN a person.
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