Sunday, March 18, 2012
Look To Jesus Who Is One With The Holy Ghost
Praise the Lord saints. Today Brother Bob wants you to view the beautiful picture above of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is one with the Holy Ghost represented by the dove on Jesus shoulder. Matthew 3:16 says And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. Today Brother Bob will show you by many scriptures from the Word of God that when a person receives Jesus crucified by faith in their hearts and confesses Jesus as Lord at the moment of salvation that person receives the Holy Ghost.
This bible study will show you scripturally how to be saved and receive the Holy Ghost. Brother Bob tells people everywhere not to judge and say a person does not have the Spirit or is not saved. We as Christians should not judge and say someone is not saved or does not have the Holy Ghost or Spirit of God. Christians should rather point their fingers back at themselves and work out their own salvation. We should tell others how to be saved but not judge other people. Philippians 2:12 says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Romans 14:13 says Let us not therefore judge one another any more but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Now Brother Bob is excited today to give you an awesome revelation given to me by Jesus about a basic truth of salvation. Romans 10:9 says 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. Notice two things must occur before someone is saved. First that person must confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and God and not a man or just a teacher or person. Second with the heart that person must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
Now important point: To believe in the resurrection of Jesus one must first believe in Jesus Christ crucified.As I've stated before one can not put the cart before the horse. The cross must be believed upon before one receives the power of the resurrection. And, when a person believes with his heart in Jesus Christ crucified that person automatically receives the power of the resurrection. Romans 6:5 says For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. Philippians 3:10 says That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death. To sum it all up: To be saved, a person must confess Jesus as God and believe in his heart that Jesus died on the cross for his or her sins.
This is why the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 2:2 says For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Galatians 6:14 says But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Now to the next major topic. When a person gets saved, at the point of their salvation that person also receives the Holy Spirit. There are several scriptures that speak to this subject which I'll list. First, Romans 8:9 says But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. This scripture proves that when a person receives Jesus and salvation, they also receive the Holy Ghost. Only if a person does not have Jesus and is not saved does that person not have the Holy Ghost. Second, Ephesians 1:13 says In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. In greek, the words after that ye believed means at the point of salvation while believing a person receives and is sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest or downpayment of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.
Now many people might say the Holy Ghost comes after salvation. But here are some more scriptures that state the Holy Ghost is received at the point of salvation. Titus 3:5 says Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. You see we were all saved by the renewing of the Holy Ghost and the Holy Ghost was present at the moment of salvation.1 Corinthians 12:3 says Wherefore, I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed. And that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Wow, remember I quoted above that to be saved one must confess with his mouth Jesus is Lord.. Well, according to 1 Corinthians 12:3 one can only confess Jesus is Lord by the Holy Ghost which again proves that the Holy Ghost is present at the point of salvation.
Also, note a very important verse on how to receive the Holy Ghost. Romans 8:2 says For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Notice it is a law of the Spirit of life. Laws are set and can not be changed. But also notice that to receive the Spirit of life, it is In Christ Jesus. So when a person by faith looks to the cross of Jesus with his or her heart, they automatically receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation with power.
Now my final point on this matter asks the question why did the apostles have to wait fifty days until the day of Pentecost to receive the Holy Ghost. To address this issue, one must look at two scriptures. First, Jesus appeared to the disciples at John 20:22 and stated And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Then later on at Acts 1:4 it says And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. After fifty days to fulfill bible prophecy, on the day of Pentecost all the apostles were filled with the Holy Ghost.
First, in addressing the issue of the timing on when the apostles received the Holy Ghost, Brother Bob states to you all that Jesus will never force salvation upon someone. For every person there might be a different time when they get saved and receive the Holy Ghost. Note, Jesus just stated at John 20:22 Receive ye the Holy Ghost but did not force the apostles to be saved and receive the Holy Ghost. Also, note that Judas Iscariot was not among the apostles that Jesus appeared to and that Matthias had not yet been selected to be the apostle that replaced Judas Iscariot. But in Acts 2 all the apostles which included Matthias got saved and filled with Holy Ghost. Each apostle received salvation and the Holy Ghost in Acts 2 and got saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.
Again, Brother Bob states do not judge any person about when or whether that person or bible character is saved. It could be at various times but as Christians we should just tell people how to be saved and pray like Jesus that all men come to repentance and salvation. We should all just work out our own salvation. 2 Peter 3:9 says The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Brother Bob tells all people reading this bible study, preach to others to be saved and receive the Holy Ghost at the moment of salvation for Jesus desires all people to be saved and filled with the precious Holy Ghost.
Now, saints I want you all to look at the wonderful picture above of Jesus offering the bread and wine to us all to daily remember what Jesus did for us all at the cross of calvary. The story of Jesus offering bread and wine is recorded at 1 Corinthians 11:24 and states And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take eat, this is my body, which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also, He took the cup, when He had supped saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, this do ye, as oft as ye drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come.
Brother Bob says as you all look at the above picture of Jesus offering you all bread and wine, Often remember daily every moment Jesus Christ crucified with your hearts. Jesus told us all often to take the bread and wine by faith with our hearts and remember that daily we can all place our worries fears and burdens on Jesus Christ crucified. You see communion is more than a wafer and grape juice. It's a constant remembrance of what our Lord Jesus did for us all at the cross of calvary by faith with our hearts daily. Also, very important, Brother Bob says after you daily give your problems to Jesus on the cross remember to thank Jesus for dying for you and giving you a chance to have peace and life. 1 Peter 5:7 says Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
Finally, it is interesting to note that Jesus appeared as Melchizedek to Abraham and offered Abraham bread and wine telling Abraham that the reason for any of his victories was because Jesus died for him at the cross and destroyed all his problems forever. Melchizedek was Jesus for Hebrews 7:3 describes Melchizedek as without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, not end of life, but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually which is Jesus. The communion Melchizedek had with Abraham is noted at Genesis 14:18 and says And Melchizedek King of Salem (Defined as King of Righteousness and King of Peace which is Jesus) brought forth bread and wine; and He was the priest of the most High God. And He blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most High God, possessor of heaven and earth.
Finally, for today I give you all a wonderful picture of Jesus telling Nicodemus at nighttime you must be born again. The story of the above picture is quoted at John 3:3 and says Jesus answered and said unto Him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus replied at John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
It took Brother Bob almost twenty years to fully understand what it means to be truly born again. The answer to this question can be found at John 1:11-13 and reads He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. So according to John 1:11-13 to be born of God or born again one must just believe on the name of Jesus.
Now finally to end up this bible study today, Brother Bob says when a person gets saved and born again, no demon or devil can possess or enter into that person. The devil or a demon might oppress a christian but it is impossible for that christian to be possessed by the devil or any demon. The scripture that proves this point is 1 John 5:18 which says We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not, but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. You see when a person gets saved and born again, the devil or any demon can never touch or possess or enter into that saved christian. One last revelation, Brother Bob has to share that I heard from a preacher this week. Look at John 9:35 that says Jesus heard that they had cast him out and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God. Note the KJV bibles read Son of God. Other translated bibles say Son of Man.
Brother Bob says just read the KJV bible. Jesus is the Son of God not the Son of Man. Jesus is God, came from God by a virgin and these translated bibles are in error and insult Jesus by saying He did not come from God but was only the Son of Man. Brother Bob says to all reading this get a KJV (King James Version) bible and read the KJV only to truly understand the word. Then go to the website blueletterbible and in the search box type any word and check the box in the upper right corner strongs concordance above the verse to see numbers by each word. Left click the numbers and then you can see the hebrew and greek meanings for each word in the bible.
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