I'M A CHRISTIAN...NOW WHAT?
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Hello, my name is Mark Diaz. Welcome to chapter 9 of the book ‘I’m A Christian…Now What?” In this chapter we begin to explore the Holy Spirit. Who He is and what He does in our lives. Also we will continue to expose the enemy’s tactics regarding Spiritual warfare. We will examine the tactics he’s used over the ages. By knowing his predictable tactics we are able to be proactive against him…using God’s full armor of protection.
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Chapter 9: The Holy Spirit 101…An Introduction To Full Gospel Christianity
In 1st Corinthians 13:8 it says: “Love never fails (vanish away). But whether there are prophecies, they will fail (vanish away), whether there are tongues, (speaking in tongues) they will cease, whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect (complete or mature) has come, then that which is in part (incomplete) will be done away”.
That’s another Scripture that has a whole lot of learning to do in it…so let’s examine what it means: “Love never fails” or will never vanish away…of course not, God holds love at the top of the list all through the Scriptures and will hold love at the top of the list into eternity (Love is mentioned 573 times in 334 articles in the New King James Bible).
In the second half of the same sentence in verse 8 Paul begins speaking about certain Gifts from the Holy Spirit. Gifts such as prophecy (discernment, knowing God’s Will) and speaking in tongues…(foreign languages…some of them in the language of heaven)…then in verse 9 he says that we “know in part” and prophecy in part. Then in verse 10 he tells us that eventually these Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be done away…he clearly says that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be done away with when “that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part (incomplete) will be done away with”.
There are some groups that make this very simple Scripture extremely complicated in order to teach that the Holy Spirit no longer performs miracles in our lives.
They take those few, elegant, straightforward thoughts from God and elongate them to several pages of rambling text. Their argument is, basically, that since the New Testament wasn’t widely available until after the original Disciples had passed away, the knowledge was just ‘partial’. They say that the ‘that which is perfect has come’ part spoken of in the above Scripture was the New Testament after it was available…and therefore, since the written word was available eventually, God’s Miracles are no longer needed because once the New Testament was available it became the ‘that which is perfect has come’.
This does not sound like the ‘simplicity that is in Christ’. Paul writes: “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3).
It is clear that the phrase ‘that which is perfect has come’ is Christ coming for the second time…His return to claim His Kingdom. Once that occurs, there will be no need for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit such as healing: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…(2) I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4) Please also prayerfully study Isaiah the 35th chapter.
Here is another obvious flaw in the logic of those who would diminish the Holy Spirit’s active roles in our lives today: If the Holy Spirit no longer performs miracles, bestows Blessings or Gifts on modern day Christians, what was the purpose of those hundreds of thousands of words that God saw fit to inspire, as an example for us thousands of years later?
Why all of the accounts of the Holy Spirit’s Work? God doesn’t do anything for no good reason. In fact the entire purpose of all the Scriptures is to teach and reprove (prove over and over again). This is clear in 2nd Timothy 3:16-17.
If we are to believe that the Holy Spirit became impotent after the New Testament was widely available…or after the original disciples passed away then that turns the Holy Spirit into a mere historical figure of very little value for us today. History books are a dime a dozen! Does anyone believe Christ died and the ‘Helper’…the ‘Comforter’, the Holy Spirit, came just to be an historical figure?
The phrase ‘that which is perfect has come’ clearly means the time when Christ returns. At that time the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will no longer be needed. Death and tears and mourning and pain will all be done away with.
Throughout Scripture, Jesus or God is referred to as “perfect”…the New Testament was never referred to as “that which is perfect”.
Psalm 18:30; “His way is perfect”.
Deuteronomy 32:4; “His way is perfect”.
Psalm 50:2; “…the perfection of beauty…God will shine forth.
Psalm 36:1; “Man’s wickedness and God’s Perfection”.
Job 37:16; “Those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge”?
Job 36:4; “One who is perfect in knowledge is with you”.
Ephesians 4:13; “…the knowledge of the Son of God, a perfect man…”
2nd Samuel 22:31: “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven”.
Hebrews 7:28: “…appoints the Son who has been perfected forever”.
Again, throughout Scripture, Jesus or God is referred to as perfect…the New Testament was never referred to as “that which is perfect”.
So back to the corruption of the Church through the enemy’s tactic of false teaching:
In 2nd Corinthians 11:2-4 Paul writes to the Congregation in Corinth: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ (in other words no corruption what-so-ever) (3) But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (4) For if he comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached (cults folks), or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it (accept it)”…you may well accept it….hmmmmm.
WOW! More strong words from the Apostle Paul! There is a lot of Spiritual meat in that Scripture folks. Notice the last sentence “a different gospel”…gospel means ‘good news’…the good news of Salvation through Christ…that verse also ties in to the good news regarding the “Helper”…the ‘Comforter’…’the Holy Spirit (verse 4).
Paul goes on to say: “or if you receive a different spirit”…Let’s look at it from the enemy’s point of view; if the Holy Spirit no longer performs miracles or gives His Gifts as he did back when Paul wrote this…then that means this is a ‘different Spirit’ than the one they received. So the Spirit taught about today in many Christian congregations doesn’t sound like the same one at all that the first disciples knew. So who is in error…the Apostle Paul or those who teach a different Holy Spirit? The detractors cannot have it both ways!
Does anyone believe Christ died and the ‘Helper’, the Holy Spirit, came just to be an historical figure?
Yes! The enemy teaches that all over the world! That Christ was merely another prophet…and that the Holy Spirit is impotent!
After all, the world (satan) cannot receive the Holy Spirit:
Jesus speaking: “If you love Me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth, whom the world (satan) cannot receive, for He (the Helper, the Holy Spirit) dwells with you and will be in you ( John 14:15-17). The enemy (satan, the world) cannot receive the Holy Spirit.
There will be in depth studies regarding the various Gifts of The Holy Spirit but for now we are focusing on the basics.
To begin: The gift of prophecy, spoken of above, does not, necessarily, mean forth telling the future…it can mean that but most often it means knowing God’s Will and delivering a word of Knowledge to others, without the one delivering the message knowing the complete meaning of the prophecy.
Note that in 1st Corinthians 13: 9 Paul says: “For we know in part so we prophesy in part”. Of course this is the case…God seldom paints a complete picture or draws the entire road map for us…if He did we would not need faith…and without faith we would not have free will…we would do everything out of a set of per-programmed instructions…’instinct’…as animals do. This would not be fulfilling to God or to us, we would not be able to truly love God if we did not do so out of free will.
After all, the entire point for the Israelites to wander in the desert wilderness for forty years, a trek that could have been accomplished in a few days, was because they were rebellious to God and He was waiting for them to truly demonstrate love and faith and obedience to Him from their hearts…from their own free will. He allowed their stubbornness as an example…to give us humans a history that proves that He is the only One qualified to govern us. Please refer to chapter 2 of this book ‘Mankind’s History With God…God’s Ultimate Patience” and prayerfully consider all the Scriptural references.
What is clear in Scripture is that the Holy Spirit was sent to us fifty days after the time of Jesus’ glorification as a ‘Helper’, the One from Whom God’s Blessings and Miracles come…God on earth in Spirit form... the 2nd chapter of Acts documents this as the birthdate of the Christian Church, (Pentecost of 33 A.D. when God ratified the New Covenant with the early, emerging Church.
Being Taught About The Holy Spirit:
In Acts the 19th chapter beginning with the first verse it tells of an account regarding the Apostle Paul in Ephesus: This account is pivotal some two thousand years later regarding Spiritual Warfare and the end times…because without the Holy Spirit working actively in our lives we are left vulnerable to the enemy’s tactics. We will discover two precedences that make it very clear that in order to receive the Holy Spirit we have to; (1) be taught about Him and (2); have ‘laying on of hands’ by Spiritually mature Christians who are qualified to disciple us.
The Scripture says: (1) “And it happened...that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” (3) And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “into John’s baptism.” (4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. (7) Now the men were about twelve in all.” Note: There will be more on speaking in tongues and the other Gifts of the Holy Spirit in subsequent chapters of this book but for now let’s concentrate on the basics.
This is a crucial Scripture, folks, as we will see in this chapter introducing the Holy Spirit and His importance in our lives.
So after inquiring, Paul determined that they had been baptized by John the Baptist (a different man from the Apostle John) and that indeed they had repented of their sins through baptism rather than the various blood sacrifices and other ceremonies God required under the old Mosaic Covenant. This was possible because the men knew that the Messiah’s arrival was imminent through studying the Old Testament Scriptures.
They were able to discern that it was appropriate for them to be baptized for the remission of their sins…but they did not receive the Holy Spirit because Jesus had not yet begun His ministry and the Holy Spirit had not yet been sent as a ‘Helper’ for us:
Later, during His ministry and just before His death, Jesus told His disciples: “But when the Helper (Comforter, Greek word Parakletos) comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me (John 15:26-27).
Again, Jesus speaking: ”These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring you to your remembrance all things that I said to you (John 14:25-26)”.
Jesus went on to say: “If you love Me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth, whom the world (satan) cannot receive, for He (the Helper) dwells with you and will be in you ( John 14:15-17).
There is another precedence that there were others baptized without knowledge of the Holy Spirit and so had not received Him…in this case, however, Jesus had already died and become the Christ…He had been glorified: In Acts 8:12-17, quite clearly those Christians had not been taught about the Holy Spirit and yet these disciples knew that Jesus Christ was the Messiah…and still they had not been taught about the Holy Spirit:
Beginning in verse 12 of Acts the 8th Chapter: “…when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (13) Then Simon (the magician) himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done. (14) Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, (the Apostle John, not John the Baptist), (15) who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen on none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (17) Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit”.
In both situations the new Christians had to be taught about the Holy Spirit and the ‘laying on of hands’ after they received salvation. Being taught about the Holy Spirit and the ‘laying on of hands’ was necessary for them to receive the Holy Spirit…more on what it means to receive the Holy Spirit later…but for now we are headed for a foundation of why we have to be discipled regarding the Holy Spirit…and remember, the blessings and miracles brought about by receiving the Holy Spirit are separate from Salvation… they are in addition to Salvation through Christ. Please study all preceding chapters of this book and all of the Scriptural references prayerfully for the deepest understanding.
Remember in Mathew 28:19 when Jesus gave the early disciples their work to do fulfilling the Great Commission (our prime directive as Christians): He told them quite specifically to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Notice it says “and of the Holy Spirit”.
In the first case noted above, in the case of the disciples that Paul came across, it is easy to understand why those disciples had not been taught about the Holy Spirit because Jesus was not yet known as the Messiah…and the Holy Spirit did not come to earth as a ‘Helper’ for Christians until after Jesus’ Glorification…after His death…and Jesus had not yet come on the scene to command the disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mathew 28:19).
But what about the Apostle Philip? Why didn’t he teach his group of men about the Holy Spirit? Philip clearly new that Christ was the Messiah and he knew about the Holy Spirit and he knew that whoever baptized anyone was commanded to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit…and yet Philip failed to do so…the new disciples that Philip baptized did not receive the Holy Spirit until Apostles Peter and John came along and ‘laid hands on them’ and taught them about the Holy Spirit…then they received Him.
So the question is begged why was such an important part of their baptism over looked by Philip? Why were they not taught about the Holy Spirit when Philip baptized them in verse 12 of Acts chapter 8 noted above? Why was it not until the Apostles Peter and John came along and prayed for these new Christians and laid hands on them and taught them about the Holy Spirit…that they received the Holy Spirit and everything that means?
Remember Philip had to be admonished by Jesus earlier in John 14:8-9: Philip was talking to Jesus and said “Lord, show us the Father…” Jesus admonished Philip: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you such a long time”? In other words…Get a CLUE Philip…WAKE UP”! Refer to chapter 2 for Scriptural references and deeper understanding).
Also Philip was the one who Jesus tested regarding the bread. They had a ‘multitude’ of people to feed. Jesus knew what He was going to do…another miracle…but He asked Philip “Where shall we buy bread that these many may eat?” Philip said that “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may have a little”. Jesus must have gotten a chuckle out of that knowing they would end up carrying off 12 baskets full of fragments as left overs…left over from 5 loaves of bread. (John 6:4-14).
Were there deeper levels of faith and understanding and trust and obedience among the early Christians just as there is today? Yes. Even after Jesus had given instructions to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son AND the Holy Spirit, Philip ignored this instruction given by Jesus Himself at least in this one instance
Just because Philip was an Apostle does not mean he was completely faithful and obedient…he was human…had free will like all of us…he was an imperfect human.
Look to the Apostle Peter on one side of the spectrum for example: Peter was the only one in the fishing boat who, when he saw Jesus walking on water, had enough faith and obedience to ask Jesus to command him to walk on water toward Jesus…and he did! And remember…Peter had just met Jesus…his faith was not yet mature. Because of his faith, his name was changed from ‘Simon’ to Peter…meaning ‘ROCK’. Additionally Peter was the first disciple to address Jesus as Lord…Peter recognized Jesus early on as the Messiah. (Mark 6:45-52, John 6:14-21, Mathew 14:22-33).
On the other side of the spectrum is Judas of Iscariot. Judas actually betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Spiritual Warfare folks…it wasn’t God who placed the thought in Judas’ mind to betray Jesus.
Am I condemning Philip for his non-actions? Of course not! Condemnation is God’s job alone and obviously Philip found great favor with God. He is mentioned, in good company, some three dozen times in the Bible.
Philip was also the apostle who was ‘caught up’ by the Holy Spirit and transported to Azotus where “he preached in all the cities until he came to Caesarea”. WOW! It is extremely rare in Scripture for someone to be caught up and transported supernaturally! What an honor! And a HUGE blessing for Philip !!!
Also there is the example of Peter who was a zealot for Christ…the most faithful to Jesus…and yet even his human weaknesses and fears crept in when he denied knowing Jesus three times out of fear of being found guilty by association. Peter’s reconciled relationship with Christ was later confirmed when Peter was the very first Apostle to see the risen Christ.
This all goes to show God’s Mercy and Understanding…He knows our imperfections and makes provisions…He knows our hearts and judges according to that.
What we are pointing out is that unless one is purposefully discipled regarding the Holy Spirit and a ‘laying on of hands’ occurs…the new disciples will miss out on God’s Blessings and miracles as delivered by the Holy Spirit.
Can God intervene with miracles in cases that involve ‘non-believers’? Of course! He is God…He can do anything that suits His purposes…but as a practical matter of Theology, our Scriptural Models teach us to honor Jesus’ command to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and to disciple regarding the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands.
There are two ways to lie; one is by ‘commission’ (the direct telling of misleading statements) and the other way to lie is by ‘omission’ (purposely leaving out vital information).
Are there Christian congregations today who teach falsely through omission? Yes…that is one of the reasons Father has commissioned this book and presumably many other writer’s work…to undue some two thousand years of false teaching (by omission and commission) in many Christian congregations.
Many congrgations teach falsely by omission…they purposely omit the role of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives. Others leave out this vital information out of a lack of knowledge, not malice, because they were never taught in seminary about the Holy Spirit. God has provisions in every case that He deems appropriate…but the fact remains that we are commanded to teach about the Holy Spirit and to lay on of hands for the Holy Spirit to be received.
Think about it…the Holy Spirit was missing in the lives of the men mentioned earlier until the Apostles Peter and John baptized them in Acts 8:17 noted above. The Scriptures tell us that they had to be discipled or taught about the Holy Spirit…they had hands laid upon them after learning about the Holy Spirit and then all kinds of supernatural things began to happen…much more about that in subsequent chapters of this book.
Many Christian denominations today teach that “Yes the Holy Spirit exists but He no longer performs miracles in our lives”. These Christian sects cannot deny the Holy Spirit exists, there are 105 occurrences in 81 articles in the New King James Bible discussing the Holy Spirit…who He is and what His function on earth is…they can’t flat out deny His existence, so false religious doctrine has opted to ignore Him…to remove His Power in our lives by teaching that He is Spiritually impotent.
This is taught sometimes out of malice…sometimes out of a lack of knowledge. Whether they do this out of malice or ignorance is not important. What is important is that we know the truth and act accordingly.
Here is an analogy: Let’s say that we have a gas fired oven. This oven has a pilot light that stays on but you can’t bake bread with this oven because the flame doesn’t work. If you can’t bake bread…the entire purpose of the oven is negated.
By teaching that ‘yes’ the Holy Spirit does exists on earth but He no longer performs miracles in our lives, Some Christian sects, whether through ignorance or by design, effectively negate the entire purpose of the Holy Spirit being here…you can’t bake bread with just a pilot light. And it is quite clear that unless we are taught about the Holy Spirit and ask for God’s blessings and miracles by the Holy Spirit…those blessings and miracles will probably not occur…we have to ask for them…we have to first KNOW to ask…and the only way to know to ask is to read the instruction manual…God’s Written Word…and to spend personal time with Father studying His Will…God requires this of us…mere logic requires this.
The Scriptures say: “Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures (James 4:3).
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Folks not only do we have to ask for God’s Blessings from His Holy Spirit but we have to know what is proper to ask for! Prayerfully study chapters 5 and 6 and all of the Scriptural references therein for the deepest understanding.
We clearly have to be properly discipled by qualified, mature Christians regarding all facets of Christian Theology, including ‘laying the on of hands’ and receiving the Holy Spirit but from there we are expected to prayerfully study God’s Word on our own so that we too can mature in our faith. The entire purpose for this is to better equip us to fulfill the Great Commission. Only through personal prayer and study and practice can our personal Spiritual maturity develop. God gives us these Gifts to be used in His Work.
If we depend on someone else to do our homework for us, our knowledge will be only as accurate and deep as theirs…refer to the men who were baptized by Philip…they did receive Salvation through Christ…but God’s Miracles and blessings would probably have been missing in their lives except that Peter and John came along and taught them about the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand, perhaps this example with Philip occurred so that we, thousands of years later…not having the luxury of knowing Jesus in the flesh would notice the importance of the Helper, the Holy Spirit in our lives in modern times through that account--after all, we see God today through His every day Miracles.
Why would some denominations leave out such crucial information regarding the Holy Spirit? Note we are not saying that every Christian congregation that leaves this Theology out of their discipleship programs are working for the enemy…but many are…it is up to God to sort them out.
For those denominations who are maliciously leaving out this crucial fact to maintain power; religious, political and economic power…as the Jewish Priests and Pharisees did in Jesus’ day…the answer is simple: It is part of the enemy’s tactics…Spiritual Warfare…he can negate the Holy Spirit by getting the teachers to ignore Him.
Just as the Jewish Priests and the Pharisees had full knowledge of the prophecies regarding the Messiah and chose to ignore the obvious out of lust for power…so many in church leadership today ignore the Holy Spirit. They prefer to have God’s little sheep come to them for salvation and blessings…rather than to God through Christ.
The corruption of the Church and Church Doctrine by the enemy’s influence by some of the power hungry, prideful and idolatrous leaders has existed since the earliest Christian congregations…this corruption still exists today and the enemy has had thousands of years to expand his market share through corrupt leaders, cults and false teaching …apostasy.
John, writing in Revelation, devotes two chapters to this in God’s own words when he wrote admonishments to the 7 early congregations in Revelation chapters 2 and 3…please prayerfully study these for a deeper understanding. If corruption of the congregations existed then…and clearly it did…just imagine how the cancer has grown…not gotten smaller…in the last two thousand years or so.
In Revelation 3:1-3 John writes in Christ’s Own Words to the congregation of Sardis: “…….I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. (2) Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. (3) Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent…”
He says that their deeds are not complete…they are told to remember what they have received and what they heard…the leaders of the congregation of Sardis undoubtedly received many things including the Holy Spirit…and heard about the Holy Spirit…and we are all commanded to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit…so perhaps it is in order that many Christian congregations and their leaders today need to ‘wake up'!
The Apostle Paul recognized the corruption of the Church even as the early Christian Church was emerging…even then the Spiritual battlefield that is the human mind was active and teeming with the enemy’s ability to plant thoughts in the human mind…just as it was in the very beginning with Eve…and Adam…and Cain…and the Apostle Judas of Escariot and countless others to this day.
Paul wrote in Acts 20: 29-31: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse (misleading) things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears” (see also Luke 6:43-45, 2 Peter 2:1, Mat. 24:11, Mat. 7:15, Mark 13:22, 1 John 4:1).
Paul saw it coming in the early Church…even from among the men he was writing to…in some of the very congregations he had planted…For three years he warned them tearfully.
Does anyone think that the corruption of the Church has gotten any less in the last two thousand years or so? No it hasn’t…it has become more corrupt and will continue until Christ returns to claim His Kingdom…when “that which is perfect” comes (Rev. 21).
It is quite clear in the Scriptures: In Mathew 24:5 and 24:24 Jesus said that in the latter times many will come claiming to be Him and will produce many wonders to deceive even the Elect if possible.
In 1st Timothy 4:1-2 a now aged Apostle Paul was writing Timothy regarding the latter times: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”…notice the verbiage; doctrines of demons. Those are pretty strong words…doctrines of demons in the church.
There IS good news in all of this and we will touch on that in later chapters regarding how simple it will be to spot the main anti-Christ, how God will protect His people during the Great Tribulation and other important messages. Right now we need to learn the basics of WHY the truth regarding the Holy Spirit has been corrupted out of many of the Christian Church’s Doctrines regarding the Miracles He performs now…in every day life…and into the future (reference 2 Peter 2:1-3, Mat. 7:15, Mat. 24:11 and 24:5, Mat 24:24, Mark 13:22, John 4:1, 1st Timothy 4:1-3)
So why would the enemy want to teach that the Holy Spirit no longer performs miracles? Why would the enemy want to corrupt true Christian Doctrine and replace it with the ‘doctrine of demons’ spoken of in 1 Timothy 4:1-3?
Simple…that has been the enemy’s mission from the beginning…to usurp God’s Authority and be as great as God…the enemy operates quietly and patiently and skillfully in the battlefield that is the human mind…where a man allows his mind to wander he will follow…free will…our choice as individuals…no one else can do it for us…moment by moment…day by day…into eternity…either with God or without Him…our individual choices to make…free will.
So who IS the Holy Spirit? What is His role in our lives?
Basically The Holy Spirit is God on earth in Spiritual form (and He is the ONLY True God on earth). He came after Jesus’ death to, among other reasons, protect and comfort and to provide miracles for those who exhibit the greatest love and faith and works. (Please study all previous chapters of this book and prayerfully study all Scriptural references for a deeper understanding).
Remember, God is Omnipotent (Revelation 19:6) He has unlimited authority, He can be anything and everything, He is Omnipresent, He can be anywhere and everywhere all at the same time and He is Omniscient, He knows everything…is aware of everything…the only thing God cannot do is lie…be evil.
1st John 5:6-8: (6) “This is He who came by water and blood-Jesus Christ, not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness because the Spirit is truth. (7) For there are three that bear witness in heaven; the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. (8) And there are three that bear witness on earth; the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
We will learn that consistently all throughout the Scriptures the Holy Spirit is God in Spiritual form on earth.
1st John 5:6-8 is very telling regarding the Holy Spirit’s authority on earth. In verse 8 it teaches us that there are 3 on earth who bear witness to God’s Authority and resultant Salvation and Blessings; the Holy Spirit, the water, (baptism for the remission of sins through Christ) and the blood…Christ’s blood which proved that a perfect human with free will could resist satan’s temptations, endure all forms of humiliation and torturous pain out of love, trust and obedience to God…and defy death at his resurrection…(please study chapter 3 and all of the Scriptural references prayerfully).
John 7:37-39 (37) “On the last day’ that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (38) He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of flowing water.” (39) But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive, for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (see also John 12:16, 13:31, 17:5).
John 15:26-27; (Jesus speaking) "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning”.
This is another telling Scripture…how will the Holy Spirit ‘testify of Christ’? The Holy Spirit began testifying of Christ and continues today to testify of Christ through the many miracles that He has performed both then and today. We will learn later that indeed the Holy Spirit did arrive after Jesus’ death…Jesus’ Glorification.
In John 16:1-11 Jesus continues prophesying about the importance of the Helper…the Holy Spirit…how the world…the enemy…hates Him because the Holy Spirit will “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness…and of judgment”…in other words the Holy Spirit recognizes and points out, both righteous behavior and unrighteous behavior and judges and rewards accordingly.
Satan (the world), hates Jesus (and Christians) because the Holy Spirit (God in Spiritual form on earth) condemns the unrighteous ones and blesses the righteous ones.
The enemy already knows his judgment and wants to steal as many souls as possible…he has done everything possible to corrupt the world, even the church, through false doctrine that tries to render the Holy Spirit’s Power nearly impotent.
All the enemy had to do was corrupt a few of the early Religious leaders into teaching that ‘yes’ the Holy Spirit exists but no longer performs miracles. This false teaching has passed empirically down through the ages and is taught as fact in Theological doctrine of many Christian sects.
This strategy effectively disallows millions, perhaps tens or hundreds of millions of Christians around the world from seeing Christ through the miracles God performs…healing miracles, miracles of prosperity and protection from the enemy.
In John 20:27-29. Jesus is talking to the Apostle Thomas. Remember Thomas wasn’t doubting Christ…He Knew Jesus…Thomas was confirming that this was indeed his friend and Lord Jesus risen from the dead to become the Christ.When the Apostle Thomas experienced Christ with all of his senses he knew without any doubt that he was seeing his Lord and God Jesus the Christ Who had risen from death…he knew he wasn’t being fooled by rumor or someone pretending to be someone they are not…Thomas knew he was not fooling himself or being fooled. All of the other Apostles had seen Christ…it was Thomas’ turn.
Upon seeing and touching the actual nail holes and after talking to and hearing Jesus Thomas said: ”My Lord and my God”…he began to worship Jesus now the Christ. He would not have done so by any other means…not by hearing about it…not by reading about it…only with his full senses could he examine the truth.
Christ said to Thomas: “Thomas, because you have seen Me (in person), you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen me (in person) and yet have believed (also 1Cor. 15:5). Notice He said; “blessed are those who have NOT seen me (in person) and yet have believed”
How do we see Christ today? We see Him Wth our personal experiences doing His Work in the lives of those to whom we minister…real people in the real world…using all of the senses God gave us. Not by only reading about His Miracles or hearing about His Miracles…but by fellowshipping and witnessing to flesh and blood people who are accountable to a real community…by actually experiencing God’s Miracles with all of our senses…watching Him Work while we are doing His Work (please study chapters 5 and 6 of this book studying all the Scriptural references prayerfully for the deepest understanding).
Those who teach that the Holy Spirit is impotent…or don’t teach about Him at all are failing to see Christ…they are missing out on God’s Blessings and Miracles: “blessed are those who have not seen me (in person) and yet have believed.
Healing is one common Miracle that God (the Holy Spirit) can perform in our lives and in the lives of those to whom we minister.
Healing can come in the form of Spiritual healing, emotional healing and physical healing but if we don’t have faith…then it will not likely occur. Miracles can come in the form of blessings and protection…but if we doubt…then it will not occur. Please refer to chapter 5, “God’s Recipe For Miracles…His Truly Magic Ways” and chapter 6 “Why Won’t God Heal Me?” Consider all the Scriptural references prayerfully.
All of this begins in the human mind…from those who began the false teaching and passed it on to the minds of those in their flocks who are too Spiritually lazy to actually study God’s Word for themselves…they don’t even know it is all there for their Spiritual feasting. Those are the ones who depend on others to develop their relationship with God.
By definition a personal relationship requires the investment of personal time…lots and lots of time. We get to know God as a person through prayer and study…personal time with Father God. To get to know what makes Him smile on our efforts, what makes Him laugh, what makes Him grumpy, what makes Him angry…what grieves Him…what makes Him cry. He wants us to see Him as a person…the Ultimate, Wise, Loving Father. We were created in His Image…His attributes are our attributes perfected.
The Holy Spirit…how important is God’s Spiritual power on earth to us? In Acts 7:51 it is recounting how the Israelites had grieved God so treacherously that He now has made provisions for all…not just the Israelites…to be able to gain salvation through the New Covenant, through Christ; He says to the Jews: (Acts 7:51-52) “You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit, as your fathers did, so do you. (52) Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you have now become the betrayers and murderers…”
They resisted the Holy Spirit and not only rejected Christ but murdered Him and those prophets that foretold of His coming! WOW! They rejected the Spirit of truth…they became murderers of Christ…sounds like they should NOT have tried to render the Holy Spirit impotent…sounds like anyone who rejects the Holy Spirit today would be in the same sinking boat! Sounds like anyone who teaches that the Holy Spirit is impotent is teaching falsely!
Let’s recount from chapter 6 of this book what God says about false teachers: Jude 1:12-13 says this about false teachers: “These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots, raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackest of darkness forever”. Please prayerfully study the entire 6th chapter of this book and all Scriptural references for deeper understanding.
False teachers…”wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackest of darkness forever”.
Resisting or grieving the Holy Spirit…very serious business folks.
Under the Covenant with Moses, God demonstrated His ultimate patience. The Israelites were blessed and protected and witnessed miraculous, supernatural Work by our Heavenly Father. In time their love, trust and obedience to God corrupted to the point God instituted a New Covenant with mankind…Salvation through Christ.
King David certainly saw this coming. He knew first hand the power of God with the Holy Spirit in his life. As much as David was a champion defeating Goliath as a mere boy he knew the consequences of going against God’s Will…and yet He was a man after God’s Own Heart.
King David, after having lusted after another man’s wife (Bathsheba), and sending her husband to the front lines of a battle knowing he would be killed came to contrition before God and asked for mercy and confessed his sins to God in prose and commissioned the Chief Musician to compose music to the words of contrition and praise from King David to God. Please study the entire chapter for context but beginning in verse 10 he writes “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (11) Do not cast me away from your presence, And do not take your Holy Spirit from me”. King David certainly knew who the Holy Spirit was and the importance of being filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
Later, as time went on the rebellious and corrupt nation of Israel grieved the Holy Spirit so terribly that they lost God’s Blessings and miracles and they were no longer His chosen People. David paid for the consequences of his actions but because of God's grace and David's contrite heart condition, he was still blessed and, argueably, the greatest of all the kings of Israel.
The prophet Isaiah remembers God’s Mercy in prose beginning with the 63rd chapter verse 7 through verse 9 in the book of Isaiah. In verse 10 the nation of Israel’s downfall is documented: (10) “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit so He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them”.
Notice God didn’t just begin to ignore the nation of Israel…He actively began to fight against them because they had grieved God's Holy Spirit..
He had given mankind countless generations to prove to ourselves that we were never meant to govern ourselves. Theocracy (ruled by God) and not Kings or democracy or any other form of human government can resist corruption. This was the very issue in the Garden of Eden and will continue until Christ returns to claim His Kingdom. Please prayerfully study chapter two of this book “Mankind’s History With God…God’s Ultimate Patience”…and all of the Scriptural references therein for deepest understanding.
In the very early days of the emerging Christian Church the Apostles were faced with having to appoint leadership in order to distribute food to those in need. They summoned the multitude of the new disciples and gave them instructions on how to appoint seven men to these leadership responsibilities: Acts 6:3: “Therefore, brethren, seek out among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business, (4) but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word”.
From the earliest days of the Old Mosaic Covenant until the establishment of the New Covenant through the Blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit has been God on earth in Spiritual Form.
In Luke the 1st chapter beginning in verse 26 we read the account of Gabriel visiting Mary the mother of Jesus announcing His birth to her: (26) Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And having come in, the angel said to her “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women!”
(29) But when she saw him she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. (30) Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. (32) He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. (33) And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end”.
(34) Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
(35) And the angel answered to her and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that Holy One who is born will be called the Son of God”.
How important is it for us to receive the Holy Spirit? Without Him actively in our minds, hearts and souls…in our daily lives…Without the Holy Spirit...it’s like trying to bake bread in an oven with no flame.
Well…that concludes chapter 9 of the book, “I’m A Christian…Now What?” For additional Scriptures on the Holy Spirit please refer to the written version of this chapter.
God continue to bless you.
Additional Scriptures regarding the Holy Spirit:
Chapter 10 (4) [Acts 10:44]
The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still speaking these words,
Chapter 2 [1 Corinthians 2:13]
which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with
Chapter 2 (2) [Acts 2:1]
Coming of the Holy Spirit When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all
Chapter 1 (3) [Acts 1:4]
The Holy Spirit Promised And being assembled together with them, He commanded them
Chapter 8 (4) [Acts 8:15]
for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon
Chapter 7 (2) [Acts 7:51]
Israel Resists the Holy Spirit 51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart
Chapter 7 [John 7:39]
believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not
Chapter 4 (2) [Acts 4:25]
sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said:
Chapter 12 [1 Corinthians 12:3]
can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. There are diversities of gifts
Chapter 19 (3) [Acts 19:2]
he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him
Chapter 15 [John 15:26]
The Promise of the Holy Spirit 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to
Chapter 5 (2) [Acts 5:1]
Lying to the Holy Spirit But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
Chapter 63 (2) [Isaiah 63:10]
But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them
Chapter 2 (2) [Luke 2:25]
for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed
Chapter 13 (2) [Acts 13:4]
in Cyprus So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from
Chapter 1 [Luke 1:67]
father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed
Chapter 6 (2) [Acts 6:3]
seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this
Chapter 1 (2) [1 Thessalonians 1:5]
only, but also in power, hand in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know
Chapter 1 (2) [Matthew 1:18]
together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being
Chapter 11 (2) [Acts 11:15]
saved.’ 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning
Chapter 6 [1 Corinthians 6:19]
know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God,
Chapter 16 [Acts 16:6]
Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After
Chapter 13 [2 Corinthians 13:14]
of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Chapter 1 [John 1:33]
Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that
Psalm 51 [Psalm 51:11]
Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of
Chapter 1 [Luke 1:35]
angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the
Chapter 5 [1 John 5:7]
heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; land these three are one. 8 And there
Chapter 2 [Acts 2:33]
received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see
Chapter 12 (2) [Luke 12:10]
; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. 11 “Now
Chapter 1 [2 Peter 1:21]
of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Jude [Jude 20]
your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God
Chapter 20 (2) [Acts 20:23]
happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains
Chapter 9 [Acts 9:31]
of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. Aeneas Healed
Chapter 4 [Ephesians 4:30]
hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the
Chapter 15 [Romans 15:16]
might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I have reason to glory
Chapter 12 [Matthew 12:22]
Pharisees Blaspheme the Holy Spirit Mark 3:22–27; Luke 11:17–23 22 Then one was brought
Chapter 12 [Matthew 12:32]
forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in
Chapter 7 [Acts 7:55]
teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory
Chapter 1 [1 Peter 1:12]
have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels
Chapter 4 [1 Thessalonians 4:8]
but God, who 1has also given us His Holy Spirit. A Brotherly and Orderly Life 9 But
Chapter 3 [Mark 3:29]
29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject
Chapter 12 [Mark 12:36]
? 36 For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit
Chapter 1 [Luke 1:15]
drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16
Chapter 3 [Luke 3:22]
prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon
Chapter 1 [Luke 1:41]
womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice
Chapter 4 [Luke 4:1]
4 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led
Chapter 21 [Acts 21:11]
hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind
Chapter 11 [Luke 11:13]
more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Christ Heals the
Chapter 1 [Acts 1:2]
1He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles
Chapter 13 [Acts 13:2]
ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas
Chapter 3 [Hebrews 3:7]
Be Faithful 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice
Chapter 28 [Matthew 28:19]
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all
Chapter 1 [2 Timothy 1:14]
which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 15 This you know,
Chapter 2 [Hebrews 2:4]
various miracles, and gifts 3of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? The Son
Chapter 10 [Hebrews 10:15]
are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had
Chapter 9 [Hebrews 9:8]
people’s sins committed in ignorance; 8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into
Chapter 9 [Romans 9:1]
conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual
Chapter 1 [Ephesians 1:13]
having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who 4is the 5guarantee
Chapter 5 [Romans 5:5]
has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Christ in Our Place
Chapter 15 [Romans 15:13]
may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. From Jerusalem to Illyricum 14 Now
Chapter 3 [Titus 3:5]
washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly
Chapter 6 [Hebrews 6:4]
gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of
Chapter 11 [Acts 11:24]
For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people
Chapter 4 [Acts 4:8]
this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and
Chapter 20 [John 20:22]
on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any
Chapter 6 [2 Corinthians 6:6]
, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word
Chapter 3 [Matthew 3:11]
carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit 1and fire. His winnowing fan
Chapter 1 [Mark 1:8]
water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” The Baptism of the Servant Matt. 3:13
Chapter 15 [Acts 15:28]
of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater
Chapter 14 [Romans 14:17]
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in 5these
Chapter 5 [Acts 5:32]
witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey
Chapter 1 [Acts 1:16]
Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning
Chapter 13 [Acts 13:52]
were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Chapter 14 [John 14:26]
with you. 26 But the 7Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name
Chapter 9 [Acts 9:17]
receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his
Chapter 10 [Acts 10:38]
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing
Chapter 15 [Acts 15:8]
acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made
Chapter 28 [Acts 28:25]
departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet
Chapter 13 [Mark 13:11]
for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Now brother will betray brother
Chapter 3 [Luke 3:16]
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in