The Criteria of The Blood is not intentionally, as it were, seeking to Ďturn the tables overí, removing all that is on the table that speaks of that which attains to Godís way of salvation.
The table that is being over turned was set up by great men of the Christian Faith, who at the time, upset greatly the then established church and its ordinances that declared the way of salvation.
The Table set up by the Heroes was one, that in their conviction, was Centred in The Cross, doing away with idolatry, the Mass and a priesthood that applied to the few.
But on that Table with the Centred Cross which speaks of the shed blood of The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ,† is Christ,† not only as The Son of God, but as God The Son.
By inference and assumption, Jesus is seen as God and the Saviour, but not the Baptiser with Holy Spirit.† Because many of the said Heroes since the Reformation did not know that this work of Christ, ordained by His God and Father, was the reason for the work of the cross.††† Galatians 3: 14
They centred all his work into the work at the cross.
They did not understand that the plan of God, through His Christ, was that believers could be led into all Truth regarding His plan of Salvation and have understanding for each stanza of the Way.† This would only be available to those who knew the work of Christ as Baptiser with Holy Spirit.
Due to this fact, many Heroes who loved Christ, and preached with such vigour, faith and confidence were caught up in presumption.† The inferences became truths upon which even those Baptised with Holy Spirit, still hang onto today.
We would set the table with the Candlestick, which speaks of God our Father, with Seven Outlets as His seven Spirits by which He does His Work.† His Christ sits with Him as Christ and Lord, as The Son of God.† We will place the Cross as part of the ongoing purpose of the Blood that is shed for the forgiveness of Sins and that which is to play a major role in the believerís continuing life which calls for the believers to shed their blood in the course of oneís love and service to their God so as to enter eternal life.†††††† 1 John 2: 24-25
GOD FULFILS HIS OBLIGATIONS,
GOD JUSTIFIES BY THE CRITERIA OF THE BLOOD.
As those who have come to know Jesus Christ, believing in him as The Lamb of God, to be the Sacrifice for oneís sin, we would admit that to see that actually happening would confirm our experience of these facts.† Little did Israel, who did see this happening, realise the reality of God supplying His Lamb for the Sacrifice for sin, as He had promised.†††† Genesis 22: 8
Israel was used to the shedding of blood of animals by man.† Here on the cross, we see a man, as a Lamb.† †How awesome it would have been to see it and understand, while we believe and are called to understand.
For people who have not known the reality of sacrifice, it is very necessary to understand why such a sacrifice was necessary with all objectivity, rather than subjectivity.
The Story Line:
From Adamís time, to Noah many men did seek God, and they found Him.† During this time, God by His Spirit, continued to contend with men ever looking for any who would seek Him, who when they died, went to Paradise, a place of holding after physical death.† This was because Heaven was closed, as it had been from the time of Adam, by Godís will by His own Word, which stood in the way of fulfilling His promises to these men to enter such a place.
Genesis 5: 1-32††† Genesis 4: 26††† Hebrews 11: 11-16††† John 3:13
It was after the Flood that Godís Spirit no longer contended with men, but allowed the continuation of man being created in His Image.
It was after the Flood that God brought forth a Plan which no one else could have devised that would cover, heal, and bring restorations to many situations that appeared impossible to be rectified because of their seemingly impregnable position, so that Godís Justice (obligations) could be carried out.
Most Christians would be horrified to consider that God should have any obligations to fulfil, but that when one considers it is what He does with Grace every time a man would come to the place of desiring to be saved, and he shall be saved as he believes and is a doer of Godís will, †which is manís obligation.
The day that the Church remembers as Good Friday, is the day when it is to be remembered, that God fulfilled His obligations, to His plan, which He created willingly and placed Himself in, in order to redeem mankind, which applies to all mankind, now and until the end.
The Plan is what we call ĎThe Criteria of The Shed Bloodí, which is Godís plan that began at the time of Noah, and its application does not stop at the cross, but continues on to the end of time.
Genesis 9: 5-6**
What does Genesis 9: 5-6 have to do with the cross?† Ė† Just everything!!
WHAT CREATED THE NEED OF THE CROSS?†††† THE CRITERIA!
There were three main reasons.
GODíS WORD OF The Curse of Death and its judgement upon all mankind, because of Adamís disobedience to His Command which is fixed, unchangeable, even now to those who continue to disregard God.
Creates No 1 Problem:† The Word which did not allow the promises and riches of God to be known to those to whom He had promised, by The Criteria.
Genesis 2: 7-17,†† 3: 17-20,†† 6: 5-8††††††† Romans 6: 23†††††† Ephesians 1: 3-14
GODíS WORD† in Psalm 49 verses 7-9, because of Godís curse.
ďNo man can redeem the life of another, or give to God a ransom for him, the ransom for a life is costly.† No payment is ever enough, that he should live forever and not see decay.Ē
Creates No. 2 Problem:† This means that, no man can redeem another man.† This applies to our Lord Jesus who although he was seen as sinless and righteous : because he was a man, he could not redeem another man, †according to Godís Word.
ACCORDING TO GODíS WORD,† Heaven was closed to Adam and Eve and remained so since that time, so that all mankind, however righteous they had been in their lifetime, heaven was closed to them.† Jesus intimated this in John 3: 13.
No. 3 Problem:† God was unable to fulfil His Promises made to Abraham and other Holy men, of a city, being Heaven, because of a closed heaven, because of The Curse.
Hebrew 11: 13-16.
Question: ††††††††††† Why, if God be God, would He have a problem?
Answer: ††††††††††††† He does when it is in regard to His Word, which is unchangeable, as its effects are living and ongoing.† God had to make a way to revoke His own Word of The Curse which had covered all mankind, by creating a well formed alternative which would be His Word again, while keeping His Old Word in place, for those who disregard His New Word.
THE CROSS WAS THE MEANS BY WHICH GOD ANSWERED THE PROBLEMS.
Answer to Problem No. 1.†† Jesus as Godís Word.
Even while men would continue to disobey God, He made a Way by a New Word for whoever would seek to know Him and His Righteousness.† Jesus preached this Word of God, as Godís Word.
Man is to choose which word, the Old or the New.
Genesis 2: 15-17†††† John 1: 1†††† John 3: 16†††† Romans 6: 23†††† John 12: 49-50
Answer to Problem No. 2.†† Jesus as Godís Lamb and Immanuel, because of the Criteria Plan.
Jesus was sent from God where he was in the position as The Angel of The Lord, and came as Jesus, The Son of Man.† By that declaration, he was a man, who according to Godís Word, as a man, no matter how righteous Jesus was, he could not redeem mankind.† The Criteria would deal with Godís Word, which called for God Himself to die, because He had caused men to shed blood in accordance with His commands as to the shedding of blood.
How can God die, who cannot die?† Simple for God; by Himself dwelling in Jesus by His Spirit.
This was accomplished when God Baptised Jesus with The Spirit of Himself when †Jesus became Immanuel.† This is how the fullness of God was †In Jesus.† This is how God reconciled the world to Himself, through Jesus on the cross, as Jesus died as Godís Lamb.† Here, He indwelt His Lamb.
In order to say that He died, i.e. shed his blood, in order that what He had promised his Holy Ones could be fulfilled as His Criteria became operative.
Colossians 1: 19-20
How can God shed blood, when He has no blood?
Again, by the same means as did all men in the Old Testament, who by sacrifice symbolising their death; shed their blood by the sacrifices which were carried out according to Godís stipulations and regulations, e.g. circumcision and the sacrifices.††† God shed His blood by His Lamb.
God was able to fulfil His obligations and promises to the Holy Ones and to all who would come after them, putting their trust in The Living God.
Hebrews 11: 39-40†††† Hebrews 13: 13-14 ††††John 1: 29†††† Acts 20: 28
Answer to Problem No. 3.†† THE RESURRECTED CHRIST JESUS.
The closed Heaven.† By the death of Jesus as Godís Lamb, shedding blood for God, God orchestrated the way for heaven to be opened to receive the resurrected Christ, and those Holy Men who shed their blood, through the death of an animal, and who God had judged as being righteous in His sight.
As heaven had been closed to mankind : when they died, they went to Paradise waiting for God to fulfil His obligations of His Criteria to them.† When the death of Jesus occurred, a great and significant event occurred.† The Holy Ones were raised up, because God had fulfilled His obligation to them, according to His Criteria.† Jesus had died, shedding Godís blood for Him as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under The First Covenant, because they were under The Curse.
After Christ was raised out of Death by God, he ascended to His God and Father making the way open to heaven to take up his heavenly position as Christ and Lord.† The Holy Ones, went with him and became the foundation of the spiritual Temple of God, with Christ as The Cornerstone.
As a result of The Criteria, all those who believe in The Full Work of Jesus, as Lamb and as Baptiser, can now be spiritually seated in The Heavens that were once closed.
THE HOLY ONES ARE THE EVIDENCE OF THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE CRITERIA:
John 3: 13††† Hebrews 9: 24††† Matthew 27: 51-53††† Genesis 9: 5-6† ††Hebrews 9: 14-16††† Romans 1: 3-4††† Ephesians 4: 7-10††† Ephesians 2: 18-22††† Acts 2: 31-36††† Ephesians 2: 6††† Matthew 3: 11-12††† John 1: 29-34
THE OPERATION OF THE CRITERIA THAT INVOKES GODíS OBLIGATION Ė TO JUSTIFY AND CONTINUES TO DO SO AS WE COMPLY WITH IT.
The shedding of Godís blood, by His Lamb, Jesus, remains The Centre Point of The Cross.
Acts 20: 28†††† John 1: 29
The Criteria is:†††† Whoever sheds the blood of a man, BY MAN shall his blood be shed.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I will surely demand an accounting for your life blood,† I well demand
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† an accounting from every animal and from each man too I will
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.† Genesis 9: 5-6
THE CRITERIA CARRIED OUT.
The Holy men, throughout the Old Testament, by the death of an animal in their place shed their blood as a sign of obedience to God, because God called for them †to do this.†††† Why
God recognised this action of Faith, as being in obedience to Himself, declaring by the action of the sacrifice that the believer was dying to himself and to be alive to God.
Who caused man to shed blood?
It was God Himself who caused these men to shed their blood, in obedience to Him.† Because he caused this, He must fulfil His Word of His Criteria.† His Blood must be shed, as an obligation to His promises to these men, as there was no other way to establish His New Word of Redemption.
As God does not have blood, He shed His blood in the same way that the men of The Old Testament had doneÖ..but not by an animal, but by the sacrifice that God Himself provided, Jesus as His Lamb.†† Genesis 22: 8†††††† John 1:29
It was in this way that God faithfully fulfilled His purposeful, loaded obligation, created in His Criteria He justified Ė He kept and fulfilled His promise to The Holy Ones by the death of Jesus as His Lamb, whom He indwelt by His Spirit in order to reconcile the world to Himself by His presence in Jesus, who shed his blood, for his God and Father.
His New Word and Way was opened for all mankind and all who believe shall join those Holy Ones who wait for us.†††††† Hebrews 11: 40
Who was The Man who was to shed the blood of Him who caused blood to be shed?
Israel and Rome carried out the judgement, of The Man, of The Criteria.
The leaders and the people of Israel and Rome were the representatives of all mankind.† It was Israel who made captive Jesus, the accused, who stood in Godís place as His Lamb.† Israel by blackmail and cajoling, caused Rome to be the perpetrator of which both Israel and Rome were in agreement in the judgement that was made upon Godís Lamb, Jesus.
Even while Caiaphas, High Priest at that time prophesied about a man dying for the nation.
I am sure they did not realise the enormous role they played in Godís plan and outworking of His Criteria, as they saw only the moment of the day, and with self justification acted out their obligations because of their hatred of Godís Lamb.
John 12: 37†††† John 10: 22-42†††† John 18: 12†††† John 18: 19-24††† John 19: 12-24††† Matthew 23 †††††John 20: 19-21
The cross was Godís New Word and those who trust in the work done there shall never know the judgements of Death in The Lake of Fire, but let this not be your full confidence for those who are not baptised with Holy Spirit, and those who are, but fail to do Godís Will, will be judged in the Fiery Furnace or Outer Darkness.
The cross is The Way for men to be redeemed in order to receive The Promised Spirit of God.
The cross was the key that opened heaven because ĎGod was in Christí, on the cross, declaring a new way.† This is to be confirmed by Godís own Word, as Christ Baptises with Holy Spirit, God in us declares, ĎJesus is Lordí, giving entrance to heaven, because they believed.† Heaven remains closed to the unbaptised.
John 3: 16††† Mark 16: 14-18†††† Matthew 13: 37-42†††† Matthew 13: 47-50†††
Galatians 3: 14-22††† Colossians 1: 19-20††† Acts 2: 31-36†††† John 15: 26†††
1 Corinthians 12: 3†††† Romans 10: 9†††† Ephesians 2: 6
The cross and the knowledge of Godís Spirit in Jesus, gives great confidence to any believer who has been Baptised with The Holy Spirit of God by Christ, who are called Sons of God, calling us to be like Christ.††† Ephesians 4: 5-6††† John 14: 6-12
The Criteria still calls to us to shed our blood, by giving of ourselves totally to the will of God, continually.† It is coming against Adamís disobedience to the will of God which caused God to mightily extend his Love and Grace at such a price, paid by God and Jesus.
No wonder that God says, ďAnd where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.Ē
The Criteriaís main object is to reveal what God asks of us which is to give ourselves totally to God and by doing this we will not deliberately sin.
The Criteria and how it operates projects the full meaning of what it means to shed blood.
The Criteria will always continue to apply, for all who would desire to know God.
The Criteria which continues to call for us as believers to shed our blood, is not bypassing the work of the cross but is fulfilling the purpose of The Criteria, teaching us to fulfil our Obligations, in order that God will be called to fulfil His.
God laid The Criteria obligation upon Himself.† His great love and mercy, the motivating force.
The shedding of blood i.e. giving of our lives, is not to gain righteousness nor to save ourselves, it is our obligation.
For our salvation is only possible through trusting in the full work of God and of Christ.
John 5: 17
It is to, fulfil all Righteousness Ė being what God expects of us.† This is our obligation, which justifies us in Godís sight, enabling Him with all justice to give us Eternal Life, with Him and His Christ.
The choice is ours.
One will inherit Eternal Life, or one will not inherit Eternal Life.
Jesus said,† ďMany are called, but few are chosenĒ.† It will be those who do Godís Will.
†††††††††††††††††† It is our God who has the last say, and weíre so happy about that,
†††††††††††††††††† not being circumspect but totally trusting in His word.
Jesus being Baptised by His God and Father with Godís own Spirit was the launching pad of Godís precise plan to reconcile the world to Himself.
Because God was in Jesus, Jesus was called Immanuel.† Because of God being in Jesus on the cross God was able to reconcile the world to Himself.† While Jesus, as Godís Lamb, - died in Godís place Ė according to Old Testament regulations, he shed blood for His God and Father:† thus God shed His blood.
Colossians 1: 19-22†††† John 1: 29†††† Acts 20: 28
THE LORD GOD SAID
I will pour out MY SPIRIT and so He gave it to Christ to do this as Baptiser with Holy Spirit.†††† Acts 2: 31-36
THE ONE SPIRIT AND THE ONENESS OF GOD AND CHRIST.
These aspects of The One true God the Father and of His Son Jesus Christ, have been greatly misrepresented and misinterpreted.† They have given rise to Doctrine that has splintered and fragmented, simple Truth as to who is The One Spirit and what does The Oneness of God and of Christ really mean.
THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE GOD.† This is what Moses declared in the face of many nations around them who worshipped other gods.† It is a fact that there are other gods and there are those who believe they are gods, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO IS GOD.† God Himself says, ďWho can compare with Me : or Who is My equal?Ē
Isaiah 40: 25††† Philippians 2: 5-6
Anyone who has a different opinion must deal with God Himself.
There is only One Body of Christ in which are the Baptised believers, who are recognised by God as His, because they are Baptised with His Spirit and placed in the Body just where He wanted them to be.† There is no Other Body of believers who are recognised by God.† Just as there is only One God, who by His Spirit, placed those people †In that Body.† No other One can do this work.† This is speaking of The One Spirit, which is speaking of God, The Father Himself.
1 Corinthians 8: 6
The One Spirit is not speaking the same message as the oneness of God and Christ.
It is of utmost importance, in order for Godís Truth to flow simply to give clarification to what is His Work alone, apart from that of His Son Jesus Christ, and that the One Spirit is speaking of God The Father, who by His Spirit does His work.
Paul was being emphatic when he spoke under The direction of The Spirit of God, concerning The One Spirit, declaring that there was only One Person by whom we are Baptised into The One Body of Christ.†
There is only One Spirit of whom we are made to drink, when Christ Baptises us, with Godís Spirit.
It is not Christís Spirit we are Baptised into, but Godís Spirit, who then Baptises the believer into The Body of Christ, placing them just where He wants to.
Christ does not do this work, it is the work of God The Father alone, which He does by His Spirit : thus we see The One Spirit explained.
1 Corinthians 12: 13-18†††† Ephesians 4: 4-6†††† Matthew 15: 13
The churchís understanding of The Oneness of God and Christ, has thrown confusion into the meaning of The One Spirit, because of believing The Oneness of God and Christ is in Deity rather than in purpose, of mind and aim.
The One Spirit is speaking of a Person, whereas the oneness of God and Christ is descriptive of their unity in work.††† John 5: 17
God was in Jesus by His Spirit from the time of his Baptism with The Spirit of God Himself.
It was then that he began to fulfil his role as Immanuel.
Jesus being Baptised by His God and Father with The Spirit of Himself, was the launching pad of Godís precise plan to reconcile the world to Himself.† Because God was in Jesus, Jesus was called Immanuel.†
Because of God being in Jesus on the cross, (which was required to fulfil His Criteria of Genesis 9: 5-6), God was able to reconcile the world to Himself, while Jesus as Godís Lamb died in Godís place, according to The Old Testament Regulations.† He shed blood for his God and Father : thus God shed His blood.
Jesus, with the Fullness of Godís Spirit in him, began his ministry in Godís time, purpose and aim.† The miracles he did were accomplished by God in him.
God, by His Spirit was in Jesus, in the work of the cross.† This is how He reconciled the world to Himself.† After his death, God made him alive by His Spirit, and God exerted His Power, by His Spirit and raised Jesus out of Death.
Before his ascension Jesus gave instructions to the disciples by the power of The Holy Spirit of God The Father.† One of these instructions was to wait for Baptism with Holy Spirit and Fire, which would be accomplished by Christ himself when he returned to The Father.
The Baptism by Christ into The Spirit of God is to know Godís Work as The One and Only Spirit who places us into The Body of Christ, without which we cannot begin to know oneness with Him nor with Christ.
For Jesus to be In God, and God in him (that which Jesus said) does NOT mean that he is God, no more than it is for those who are in Godís Spirit through Baptism into his Spirit, thus having God by His Spirit dwelling in us.
Colossians 1: 19-20††† John 1: 29††† Acts 20: 28††† John 10: 25 & 36-38††† John 14: 10-12††† Ephesians 1: 17-20††† 1 Peter 3: 18††† Acts 1: 3-5††† John 14: 23††† Romans 8: 10-11
The error of believing Jesus to be God, because he claimed oneness with God The Father was the error of the Pharisees who made this judgement out of ignorance of their Scriptures.† Jesus challenged them, speaking of the fact that Israel were called gods because, ďThe Word of God has come to youĒ.† Jesus was testifying to his Oneness with His God and Father, because ďThe Word of God was in himĒ, in fact he was The Word of God, but they did not recognise this.† They did not understand that this Jesus in his pre-existence with God had been co-creator with God.† Even this fact does not give Jesus the title or position as God.† He worked with God and For God.
This is The Oneness that Jesus prayed for, for those called The Church, The Elect, those In Christ which speaks of all those In The Body, which is only possible because they are In Godís Spirit.
Only this will create Oneness with those of like mind.†††† John 17: 20-26
Our oneness with God and Christ is to be in oneness with Godís Will, as this is what Christ still does.
If there is Idolatry of Jesus as God, God has said† ďthey can serve in The Temple and the people but they cannot come near to Me and serve Me nor receive My Holy Things and offeringsĒ.
Ezekiel 41: 10-14†† Idolatry prevents Oneness with God.
Those In Christ will be judged by Christ as to their obedience to the Will of His Father.† The decision will depend upon whether or not one will inherit.† N.B. Those In Christ are to be judged.
CONSIDER† Matthew 7: 21-23††† 1 Thessalonians 4: 16††† 2 Corinthians 5: 10††† John 10: 34-38††† Proverbs 8: 23-36††† Colossians 1: 13-16††† Matthew 13: 47-50
The idolatry of Jesus as God has spawned what is called The Trinity.† Whatever idea or concoction one may hold concerning the Trinity, the fact remains that Jesus in not God, The Holy Spirit of God is not a separate identity or person but is of God Himself and describes how He does His work.
This allows the Truth of 1 Corinthians 8: 6 to be understood.
1 Corinthians 8: 6† For us there is One God, The FatherÖÖand there is one Lord Jesus ChristÖÖ.
Here we see the One God, The Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.† To claim Christ to be anything more or less than what God has positioned him to be, will not allow a believer to be all that God intended him to be.
1 John 3: 21-24††† 1 John 4: 15†††† 1 John 5: 1-5**
The understanding of Christ having his own Kingdom, which he will hand back to his Father, and The Kingdom of Heaven and The Kingdom of God as separate from Christís Kingdom has been excluded in its role of salvation and its process from The World to God Himself.
Colossians 1: 13-14††† Matthew 13: 37-42††† 2 Corinthians 1: 11††† Matthew 13: 47-50††† 1 Corinthians 15: 22-28
WHAT IS THE MYSTERY?††† Seven Spirits of One?†† We are Born Again by the same One, who raised Jesus from the dead.† God The Father is His Name.
Revelation 1: 4††† 1 Corinthians 12: 13-18††† John 3: 3-6††† Romans 8: 10-11††† Galatians 1: 1
Is this a problem?† God has seven Spirits!† What of The One?† There is NO PROBLEM when we know that there is only One Person who is God, and does His Work by His Spirit seven Ways.
THE LORD GOD IS ONE
THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO IS GOD
SEVEN MANIFESTATIONS OF THE ONE SOURCE
THAT OF GOD THE FATHER
It was in The Holy Place of The Tabernacle that we find The Candlestick.† This Candlestick spoke of God Himself.† It was no mistake that The Candlestick had seven outlets, all coming from one source.
This spoke of The Seven Spirits of God, which operate by One Person, God The Father, by His Spirit.
God The Father is One person and by His Spirit He manifests in seven ways, by Seven Spirits.
The Seven Spirits of God are:† Ephesians 1: 17† Wisdom and Revelation.††††† John 14: 15-17,† John 15: 26,† John 16: 8-15† is Truth.†††† Romans 8: 1-2† is Life.††††† Romans 8: 15† is Adoption.††††† 1 Peter 4: 14† is Glory.†††† Hebrews 10: 29† is Grace.†††† Romans 1: 3-4† is Holiness.
The Seven Spirits of God relating to God The Father Himself are revealed in Revelation 1: 4 & 4: 5 which has been said as relating to God The Father.
Revelation 5: 6 and Revelation 3: 1 is in relation to Jesus Christ, but NOT as The One to whom The Seven Spirits are and belong.† In these verses they are referring to The Spirit of God The Father who dwelt in His Fullness, in Jesus as The Son of Man.
When Jesus ascended to His Father and was exalted to Christ and Lord, he was given the work of Baptiser with the Spirit of God The Father, thus this is the reason Scripture declares that he holds The Seven Spirits of God, in order to Baptise us.
They are incorporated into all that God is i.e. His Fullness, His Works and Names.† We who are Baptised by Christ, are in Godís fullness, because God, by His Spirit is in us, through us and over us.
Any positions we gain spiritually In Christ were due to the full manifestation of Godís Seven Spirits at work by Himself, having their operation sealed because of a potent work which is called THE INSTANTANEOUS SPIRITUAL PROCESS, which is the work by which we are taken out of Death and into Life, by God.
Colossians 1: 19††† Ephesians 3: 14-19††† Acts 2: 31-36††† Ephesians 4: 5-6††† Romans 6: 3-14††† Colossians 2: 9-13††† Romans 8: 1-2††† Romans 2: 29
ALL SPEAK OF THE ONE TRUE GOD : GOD THE FATHERíS WORK.
All this should be of no surprise to us, no mystery, for just as God promised Redemption from the curse of Sin by the blood, He promised the giving of His Spirit throughout The Old Testament, e.g. Joel 2: 28†††† Ezekiel 36: 26-27
Jesus confirmed The Promise of Godís Spirit, laying down the condition of receiving and how to receive.† They are to be thirsty.† They are to come to him (as Baptiser with Holy Spirit) and to ask believing.
John 7: 37-39†††† John 14: 13†††† John 1: 29-34†††† Acts 2: 31-36
Jesus promised ďTHE SPIRIT OF TRUTHĒ which is one of Godís Seven Spirits.
John 14: 15-17†††† John 15: 26†††† John 16: 10-11†††† John 16: 13-15
N.B.† No one can receive The Spirit of God from or through Christ as Baptiser with Godís Spirit unless one has first received from God, The Spirit of Christ, through repentance and coming to the cross.
Matthew 3: 11-12††† Galatians 4: 6††† Romans 8: 10††† Colossians 1: 27-28††† Acts 3: 14
When the process of Baptisms instantaneously take placeÖ.,† Baptism by Christ and Baptism by God into The Body of Christ, God will testify that this work is accomplished, as He did on The Day of Pentecost.
Jesus said:† John 15: 26† ďThe Father shall testify of meĒ Ė When you receive the Spirit of Truth, (The Father Himself) through Baptism with Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12: 3 ††††††† No one says ďJesus is LordĒ except by The Holy Spirit, of God Himself.
Romans 10: 9 ††††††††††††††† Except a man confesses† ďJesus is LordĒ and believes that God raised him from the dead, he shall not be saved.
THAT IS :† Except a man is Baptised with Holy Spirit, he will not be able to confess by The Father, who is God, that Jesus is Lord, even though one may believe that God The Father raised Jesus from the dead.
1 Corinthians 12: 3†††† John 15: 26†††† Philippians 2: 10-11†††† Romans 8: 11†††† Galatians 1: 1†††† Ephesians 1: 19-20
Pentecost was the first time that God Himself testified to the work of Baptism by Holy Spirit, by the disciples in the language of The Spirit, Tongues.† This continues, as does The Baptism to be the case in communication by God and Christ to the believer, and the church, and the believer to them.
1 Corinthians 14: 2††† Romans 8: 26-27††† Jude 1: 20††† Ephesians 6: 18†††† Acts 8: 12-25††† Acts 11: 15-17
At Pentecost The One True God, The Father, fulfilled the Promise of His Spirit first upon the disciples of Jesus who had received from the resurrected Jesus his Spirit BEFORE PENTECOST.
Therefore they were ready to know Christís work as Baptiser with Holy Spirit.
AFTER HIS ASCENSION.† We are not Baptised into Christís Spirit because he is firstly to be in our spirit to make it alive.† Christ in us, qualifies the believer to be able to ask for the baptism, which work he is able to do when The instantaneous process described in Romans 6: 3-14 and in Colossians 2: 9-13 is accomplished.† It is then that the believer is Baptised into The One who raised Jesus from the dead and who in us will make our bodies alive.
To speak of One Spirit does not mean that there is only one Spirit, because apart from the myriads of them in the spiritual realm, we are only concerned with The Spirit of God and of Christ.
Because we know of Two Persons, God The Father and Jesus Christ, The Son of God Ė who by their own Spirit are able to indwell men Ė Paul has made an emphatic Truth to be known, that mere man is able to be Baptised with Holy Spirit of God Ė The Living God Himself and no other.† Paul identifies The One Spirit as being of God, as the same Spirit who Baptises us into The One Body where those Baptised with His Spirit are placed, as well as giving The Spiritual Gifts.
It is God Himself who does the works of The Spiritual Gifts, by His Spirit.† (The gift of prophet and Prophecy need both Jesus and the Father, to operate.)† Jesus has said that he expected us to do greater things because he would be with his God and Father while we have both God and Christ in us by their Spirits.
Due to being baptised with Holy Spirit by Christ, we are able to do what is the evidence of Baptism.† The gifts that Christ gives are received before Baptism, at the time of coming to the cross, but they are intended to work together with the Spiritual Gifts.
John 7: 37-39††† John 20: 23††† Acts 1: 4-5††† Acts 2: 31-36††† Acts 2: 4††† 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11††† Revelation 19: 10††† Ephesians 4: 7-11††† Romans 8: 10-11††† John 14: 10-12††† John 14: 23††† Mark 16: 15-18
It is by Godís Spirit working in and through us that we can gain the fruit of Himself i.e. Love, Joy, Peace etc.
This is attained by total trust and dependence on God The Father as God alone, and Jesus as The Son of God, our Head and our Brother as we belong to the household of God.
As Sons of God and co-heirs with Christ, we are to do the Will of God, by the power of His Spirit.
Galatians 5: 22-24††† 2 Peter 1: 3-11††† 1 Corinthians 2: 10†††† Hebrews 2: 9 - 3: 6††† Romans 8: 17††† 1 Peter 1: 3-9††† 2 Corinthians 3:3† and 17-18
DOING THE WILL OF GOD.†† Matthew 7: 21-23**†††† 2 Corinthians 5: 10
Note:†† Unless this oneness is a reality God in all His Power and Glory is not able to manifest all that He would : not only to the church itself but also the world.
These truths speak the Truth of Two Persons who work separately and who hold positions that differ from each other but are one in mind and purpose.† Seek to see in Scripture that Jesus and God are not the same person, and that their works are separate.††† John 5: 17