The Basics of the Christian Life – Salvation2016-10-12T06:02:30+00:00

Salvation

Salvation comes by faith through grace. Today a person is saved by believing that Christ died for their sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 41. God is offering salvation by grace, not works2. Grace is God’s attitude whereby He gives a benefit without the consideration of merit. In other words, you cannot earn salvation because God is not offering salvation based upon works, who you are, or even who you will become – no merit is considered3. What God requires for salvation is that you take Him at His Word. Faith is the undergirding4 of that which is hoped for, the evidence of accomplished deeds5 not seen and is always based upon a promise6. Direct faith at Christ through the facts of the good news by which we are saved (believing that He died for your sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day) and God has promised that you will be saved7. There is no other way to obtain salvation8.

Why do we need salvation?

To understand why we need salvation we need to go back to the beginning when God created humans. He created Adam in His image and likeness and built Eve from his side[9]. Adam was given a commandment by God that he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he ate from it, his punishment would be death[10]. Not just physical death, but also spiritual death – dying you will die. Although Eve was thoroughly deceived and transgressed the law, Adam was not deceived and chose to disobey God. The result was spiritual separation from God and being subject to physical death. Did God setup Adam and Eve to fail? Absolutely not. He gave them all they needed to success. Satan deceived Eve into eating the fruit from the tree; however, Adam was not deceived at all and of his own free will chose to eat, knowing he was disobeying God[11].

So what does this have to do with us and why we need salvation? Adam was created in the image and likeness of God[12], as offspring from Adam and Eve we take on the likeness and image of Adam. However, since no children were born to them until after he sinned, the likeness and image we receive is that of his condition after he disobeyed God[13].

Humans are tri-part beings. We have a spirit, a soul, and a physical body[14]. Our spirit is our rational, intelligent part[15], our soul is our emotion center[16], and our physical body is the house in which we live[17]. When Adam trespassed (when he determined to sin even though he knew that his actions would be contrary to God’s law), his spirit became separated from God resulting in spiritual death[18]. When he sinned, the penalty was physical death[19]. These deaths were passed on to his children; therefore, even though we are still rational, intelligent beings, we are born separated from God in our spirit, possessing a nature that is bent towards rejecting Him, under condemnation[20], and subject to physical death because we are all seen as one creation[21].

Since Adam’s sin is attributed to all[22], all of us sinned and were caused to fall short of God’s proper opinion[23]; therefore, we are condemned[24] in Adam and separated from God. Even though we inherit death and condemnation from Adam, God is not, and has never been, obligated to save us, for it is by our own free will that we continue to disobey and chose separation from God[25]; yet, He freely chose to express love towards the world by giving His Son[26], through whom salvation has come. For God so loved the world that He gave His one of a kind unique Son, in order that all the ones believing upon Him should not perish but have eternal life, John 3:16. God loved when He gave His Son. Although He is no longer expressing love to the world[27], the result of this one act is still affecting the world today, for all who take Him at His Word concerning Christ are saved[28]. Since God chose not to base salvation upon a person’s works, but rather by whether or not that person takes Him at His word, the only means provided today for salvation is by believing that Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4. All made possible because of His single act of Love.

It is true that God is a loving God, and He is kind, but He is also righteous[29]. Therefore, sin[30] has to be punished[31], and the punishment is both physical and spiritual death[32]. Adam could not just say that he was sorry, repent of his sin and God would forgive him. The debt had to be paid for his sin, which was his life. This penalty did not just sit upon Adam’s head but upon all his offspring. Because of this, we need someone that can serve as an advocate for us before God in order to restore peace with Him by making a sacrifice for our sins. This has to be one who is righteous and able to communicate with God. Since we are all born separated, condemned in Adam and continually reject God, none of us qualify. In addition, the one serving as our advocate could not himself have sinned, or he would not qualify to make such a sacrifice[33]. The only one who could do this is God. So the Second Person of the Godhead wrapped Himself in the image of a man and died on our behalf[34]. He has both given a sacrifice sufficient for our sins, not only for our sins but the sins of the entire world[35], and now serves as the saint’s advocate before God[36], because the Father raised Him from the dead and placed Him at His right hand[37].

It is God’s desire that all humans are saved[38]; however, since no one accepts God’s way of salvation He chose to save some, even though He is not obligated to save any. God sends no one to hell, that is the choice of all those who go. Therefore, anyone rejecting God’s offer is without excuse. Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient for all sins, not just for some who are chosen[39]. Those who are chosen are done so by God’s own free will[40], not by self effort or even self desire to be saved – for that desire is always against God’s way of salvation. True, we are all born condemn, but it is also true that God offers salvation to all.

What Happens When We Believe?

When we believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scripture, two things happen simultaneously: we are regenerated and washed by the Holy Spirit and we are placed into the Body of the Christ[41]. Although there is no change to us that can be physically seen at this time; nonetheless, significant changes happen that directly affect us for the rest of our lives. These changes begin with being born again unto God; becoming alive in our spirit to God, and then being placed in the body of the Christ as a son[42]; a special place of privilege before God, which gives us specific possessions and privileges. Even though we are still waiting for the redemption of our soul and body, which God has promised will happen when we see Christ[43], we now have everything that is needed to live a godly life.

Regeneration and Washing

Regeneration happens when the Holy Spirit causes us to become again connected  in our spirit to God and washes us from sin[44], reversing the death that was caused by Adam’s trespass. This is a birth that is from above and is a result of God’s seed being placed into the believer[45] making the believer His legitimate child[46]. Along with being born again the Holy Spirit washes each new saint from all sin, permanently dealing with the sins that separated us from the life of God.

Since this birth is one from above, not an earthly birth, it happens within the human spirit.

Unlike other saints prior to the Church, and even those who will come after the Church is taken away, we now have immediate access to eternal life because the Son indwells us – all other saints will receive eternal life at their resurrection. Eternal life is God’s quality of life; it is life that has no beginning or end. We have this life now because God has given it to us in His Son[47], who indwells each believer in the Church. All humans possess everlasting life, which is a life that has a beginning but no ending; however, eternal life is only given to those who are saved.

Along with the Son indwelling believers, the Holy Spirit also takes up residence and through His work makes it possible for the saints to manifest Christ in their lives by producing the character of Christ in them when the saint’s mind is framed on things above and is living according to the desires of the Spirit[48], not the flesh [49].

In addition, the rebirth of our spirit to God results in a renewed mind that is able to receive the things from the Spirit[50]. We now have the ability to understand the things of God and share in a quality of His Divine Nature[51]. This produces a living hope[52] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ[53].

Prior to the Dispensation[54] of Grace[55], the Holy Spirit only came upon a believer and would leave as He determined[56]. Now the Spirit indwells the believer and never leaves because He is the down payment given by God as evidence and assurance that God will complete what He has promised[57]. Because the Holy Spirit indwells us, He influences our desires[58].  Since His influence is internal, He has no need to speak to us, show us signs, or work miracles, which were all used to verify God’s Word prior to it being written; rather, we hear Him by yielding to the desires He produces in us to do what is right and manifest the character of Christ to those around us[59].

Although all three members of the Godhead indwell the believer[60], the primary focus at this time is the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit[61]. When the Spirit fills us[62], He assists, teaches us to abide[63], communicates to the Father on our behalf[64], and supports us within our salvation so we can mature in Christ and live out a quality of the character of Christ who also indwells us – Christ living out through us[65]. This filling is a normal part of the Christian life. The only time a saint would not be filled with the Holy Spirit is when that saint is focused on the desires of the flesh and not yielding to the Spirit’s desires. This does not take away the value of the information we learn from good Pastors and teachers doing their jobs. This information needs to be taken and applied correctly to our live. As we apply the truth of Scripture the Spirit works with us and teaches us how to properly use what God has given us to be able to live a godly life. As a Pastor I can show you in Scripture, and even give real life examples, of how to abide in Christ, but that is only head knowledge. In order for you to abide, you must be lead by the Spirit and taught how to properly take the truths I show you and apply this correctly in your life so that you settle down and feel at ease with who you are in Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can experientially show you how to do this. Therefore, we are to govern our lives by the Spirit, taking each step according to His desires.

Placed into the Body of The Christ

When Christ was raised from the dead, God created the Body of “The Christ”. Therefore, since[66] someone is in Christ: a new creation[67], ancient things have passed away, behold all things have become new, 2 Corinthians 5:17. “The Christ” is a new creation in which Christ is the head and the Church is the body[68].  The ancient things[69] are those things that go back to what we inherited from Adam. In Adam we are all condemned and separated from God[70]. The new things are what we now have in Christ. In Christ there is no longer any condemnation[71]. We are not under judgment because God no longer sees us as being in Adam but in Christ. The old man, who we were in Adam, has been crucified with Christ so that we are no longer slaves to its desires, but rather are able to live a life that seeks after righteousness[72].

Each person who has been saved since the beginning of the Church[73] has been placed into the body of The Christ by Spirit immersion[74] and given one Spiritual gift that corresponds with his or her position in the body[75]. This is still true today, and will continue until just before the tribulation[76] period when God removes the Church from the earth[77]. Understanding the Spiritual gifts is important for the Christian life. There are some gifts that are no longer active due to their original purpose, such as speaking in another language, healing, miracles, word of knowledge, prophecy, and such like [78] that were all used to show the Jewish nation that God is doing something different among them[79] and to provide the early Church with instructions on how to live under this New Covenant[80] while the remainder of Scripture was being written[81]. The remaining gifts are focused on the edification of the saints within the body of The Christ. The Spiritual gift[82] that each member of the body receives allows them to properly relate to and support the Body as a whole.

Context is always important when examining Scripture as to whether “The Christ”, “Resurrected, Glorified One”[83], “the Messiah”, or “Anointed one” is being used when you find the word “Christ”. Often times in the original there is a definite article (the) before the word “Christ” when the author is referring to the Body of The Christ, but that is not always required; however, most English translation leave out the articles to make it easier to read; therefore, a good interlinear is helpful to identify the distinctions. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16 that he for himself is not ashamed of the good news of The Christ but many English translations either leave out the word “the” or completely leave out “Christ”[84]. The good news that Paul is writing about encompasses more than just believing that Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose again according the Scripture – initial salvation, but also the fact that we are regenerated (born again) and placed into the Body, which gives us the ability to live out this salvation that we now possess[85].

Our Position in Christ

Within the body of the Christ there is no distinction between male or female, slave or free, Jew or Gentile. We are all equal in Christ[86]. This was not true under the Mosaic Law, which gave precedence to the Jews and the males. Now, both male and female are priests, have equal access to God, and receive the same content of salvation. There is still a proper order, which is why only males can serve as Pastors and Deacons[87], but that does not put the female in a lower position within the body. The Pastor is not the head of the Church. As a matter of fact, the Pastor is specifically instructed in Scripture not to use his position to lord[88] over the church. He is the authority in the realm of Scripture and nothing else[89]. This, among other reasons, is why it is so important to have a Pastor that first and foremost seeks to feed the flock with spiritual food, leading by example. One of the main reason the woman is not permitted to usurp authority of the male goes back to when Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden by Satan. She was thoroughly deceived, were Adam was not[90]. In addition, within the Church all saints are to submit to other saints and work together, showing true love, edifying, and caring for each other[91].

Scripture describes the body of The Christ likened to our physical body. It has many parts, yet it is still one body[92]. Being part of the Body of Christ comes with some rather incredible benefits. We are now seen as righteous before God[93]. We are priests and therefore can communicate with God and offer spiritual sacrifices. We are no longer condemned and separated from God. We now have the ability to live out eternal life, which is God’s quality of life because Christ indwells us and the Holy Spirit produces His character through us. Each member of the body plays a very vital role for the body as a whole. No member is of more value than another. Can the eye say to the foot that it has no need of it? In a similar way as within our own body each member serves its purpose, so within the body of The Christ each saint has a position that was determined by the Holy Spirit for the edification and well being of the body of The Christ.

1 Moreover, I have made known to you, brethren, the good news which I gospelized (brought good news) to you, which also you received, in which also you are in a state of standing, through which you are saved, by which word I gospelized to you since you hold fast, except if you believed without an object. For I delivered to you at first, that which also I received, that Christ died on behalf of your sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

[2] Ephesians 2:8 For by the grace you have been saved through faith and this is not out from you, [the faith] a gift from God.

[3] Grace is not just shown to fallen mankind nor to only those who are unrighteous; therefore, it cannot be defined as unmerited favor, for if a righteous person is shown grace, who would deserve anything good offered, then the definition cannot be limited to one’s work, or lack thereof. Jesus was shown grace by God, One who justly deserved everything He received because He always did what was right. Luke 2:40; Philippians 2:9 graciously gave to Him the name above all names.

[4] That which supports, the foundation, undergirding

[5]  “pragma” is never defined as just a “thing”. It is “an accomplished deed, event, or task”. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon 4371

[6] Hebrews 11:1; Romans 8:23 – 25. We are saved from our suffering by the previously mentioned promise of the resurrection of our bodies (v23).

[7] Man is justified before God by faith, not works, Romans 3:28. Having been justified out from faith we have peace with God, Romans 5:1.

[8] And there is no salvation in another, for no different name is given under heaven among men by which it is necessary for us to be saved, Acts 4:12. Scripture does not support salvation by confession or repentance of sin. That is a false gospel. Salvation comes by taking God at His word and believing. Nothing else is required according to Scripture. Actually, anything else would be contrary to Scripture.

[9] Then Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept. Then He took one from his side and closed the flesh underneath. Then Jehovah God built the side which He took from Adam into the woman and He brought her to the man, Genesis 2:21,22

[10] …but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you will not eat from it because in the day you earth from it dying you will die, Genesis 2:17. Although many of the translations take the statement “dying you will die” as if it is emphasized – surely you will die – the Hebrews language uses this phrase to indicate two deaths – there are literally two deaths stated. In other passages of Scripture where this phrase is used it can be taken as emphatic, but still carries the meaning that death is upon a person and as a result they will die. This is not the sole passage that reveals two deaths. Hebrew is a simpler language than the Greek. When we get into the Greek New Testament God reveals in Romans 15:12-21 that two deaths occurred – spiritual and physical. How can Adam die twice? God breathed into Adam the breath of lives in Genesis 2:7 (note: in the original language “life” is plural”). God breathed both physical and spiritual life into Adam – the only two types of live man possesses.

[11] And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived coming to be in [a] transgression, 1 Timothy 2:14

[12] “Image” means to look like. God dwells in light; therefore, Adam had a garment of light. “Likeness” refers to our intelligence. We are rational, intelligent creatures, unlike animals that are only emotional or instinct centered. 1 Timothy 6:16 the only One having immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, which no man has seen with discernment, nor is able to see with discernment, to whom honor and eternal strength, amen.

[13] …and Adam lived one hundred and thirty years and begat in his own likeness and after his image, Genesis 5:3.

[14] 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may God Himself sanctify you entirely and may the spirit and the soul and the body belonging to you be kept blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The original Greek specifically separates the spirit, soul, and body as three different things. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword and able to penetrate up to the point both of the soul and the spirit… . Scripture is very clear that the spirit, soul, and body are three different parts of a human.

[15] 1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man intuitively knows the things of the man, expect the spirit of the man, the one in him.

[16] The soul is directly associated with our physical life and is used to describe both our emotional center and physical life; therefore, it is important to consider context when examining the soul to understand how it relates to our being. Through it we express our emotions, Matthew 12:18 being pleased; Matthew 26:38 grief; Mark 14:34 sorrow; John 12:27 trouble; Acts 2:43 fear; Acts 15:24 cause to be upset (disturbed); Ephesians 6:6 We can serve God out from our soul; 1 Peter 1:22 the soul can be purified in sincere love for the brethren; 1 Peter 2:11 the sin nature wars against the soul (uses our emotions against us).

[17] 2 Corinthians 5:1, 2 For we intuitively know that if perhaps our earthly house, the tent, was destroyed, we have a house out from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For also in this we groan desiring to be clothed with our house out from heaven.

[18] Death in Scripture always refers to separation, not annihilation. When we physically die we do not cease to exist, but our soul and spirit are separated from this physical body. Spiritual death is the separation from God in the realm of our spirit, which directly affects our ability to receive the things from God. 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the soulish man does not receive the things belonging to the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he does not have the natural ability to know them because they are spiritually discerned.

[19] James 1:14,15; Romans 5:12, 13; 8:13

[20] Romans 5:12-21 Because of this, just as through one man the sin entered the world and through the sin the death, also thus unto all men the death passed, on the basis that all sinned. For until law, sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed, being no law. But the death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those not sinning upon the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who is a type of the one about to come. But not as the trespass, thus also is the gracious gift. For since by the trespass of the one [man] the many died, how much more the grace from God and the gift by grace by the one man Jesus Christ abounds unto the many. And the gift is not as through one having sinned. For on the one hand judgment out from one [having sinned] unto condemnation, on the other hand the gracious gift out from many trespasses unto justification. For since by the one [man’s] trespass the death reigned through the one [man], how much more the ones having received the abundance of the grace and the gift of righteousness in life will reign through the one Jesus Christ. Therefore then, as through one trespass unto all men unto condemnation, thus also through one act of righteousness unto all men unto justification of life. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were constituted sinners, thus also through the obedience of the one [man], the many are constituted righteous. And law, having entered, in order that the trespass should abound; moreover, where the sin [nature] abounded, the grace super abounded in order that just as the sin nature reigned by the death, thus also the grace should reign through righteousness because of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[21] God only created Adam, the first man. He made Eve from his side and all other humans exist through procreation, so within Adam was all mankind – both male and female created in one act. Genesis 1:27 God created Adam in his own image. Genesis 2:22 God made Eve (she was created in Adam – Genesis 5:2). Genesis 4:1 Adam and Eve produced an offspring. Genesis 5:3 Adam’s offspring is after his fallen image.

[22] Because of this just as through one man the sin entered the world and through the sin the death, thus also unto all men the death passed on the basis that all sinned, Romans 5:12

[23] Romans 3:23 For all sinned and were caused to fall short of God’s opinion; “Sin” is defined in Scripture as lawlessness, 1 John 3:4; This sin is a single sin at a point in time, which would be Adam’s sin. As a result all men have been caused to fall short of God’s opinion of mankind.

[24] One who is under judgment waiting to be sentenced.

[25] Humans have a free will, and are free to choose to accept or reject God, but they are not free from the consequences of their choice.

[26] “Son” is not referring to being born from, but the place of privilege. The Son of God is the Second Person of the Godhead and therefore is fully God.

[27] 1 John 2:14 Do not love the world nor the things of the world, If perhaps anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in Him

[28] Ephesians 2:8 for by grace we are saved through the Faith and this is not out from us; a gift from God.

[29] Romans 3:25 Christ was displayed to show God’s righteousness as a satisfaction of the righteousness of God through faith in His blood. Revelation 15:3; Revelation 16:7

[30] Sin is lawlessness – acting as if God has no standard by which you are to live. 1 John 3:4 Every one doing the sin also does the lawlessness. And the sin is the lawlessness.

[31] 2 Thessalonians 1:6 it is right for God to recompense tribulation for tribulation

[32] God told Adam that if he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that dying he would die. In Genesis 2:17 He was speaking about the two deaths that man will face. Our English version express this with the translation “surely die”; however, this leaves out some of the meaning of the original language, which actually uses death twice. The first is an infinitive – to die, and the second is an imperfect, which means, “dying”. We have one death that took place right away while another death is incomplete but progressing towards completion. Spiritual separation from God happened immediately, physical death then took some time to fully manifest.

[33] For we do not have a High Priest that does not have the natural ability to sympathize with our weaknesses, but having been tempted according to all things according to a similarity, apart from sin, Hebrews 4:15

[34] Philippians 2:5-8 For let this frame of mind to be in you that also is in Christ Jesus, who existing in the form of God did not regard equality with God robbery, but emptied Himself, receiving the form of a servant, having come to be in a likeness of man and being found in the outward shape as a man, humbled Himself, becoming obedient up to the point of death, even a cross death.

[35] And He is a satisfaction concerning our sins, not only concerning out sins, but the also concerning the sins of the world, 1 John 2:2

[36] And because of this He is a mediator of a new covenant, thus death having come to be unto redemption of the transgressions upon the first covenant, the ones having been called should receive the promise of the eternal inheritance Hebrews 9:15; For [there is] one God, and one mediator of God and men, [the] man Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:5; But the mediator is not of one, but the God is One. Galatians 3:20

[37] Therefore, having been exalted at the right hand of God; both having receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He poured out this, which you see and hear, Acts 2:33; Since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God, Colossians 3:1

[38] …who desires that all men should be saved and come unto a full experiential knowledge of truth, 1 Timothy 2:4

[39] and He is a satisfaction concerning out sins, not concerning our sins only, but also concerning the whole world, 1 John 2:2

[40] Therefore then, not of the one desirously willing nor the one running, but of the mercy from God, Romans 9:16.

[41] not out from work, the ones in righteousness, which we did, but according to His mercy He saved us through a washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

[42] Since sonship is referring to the position we have and not the sex of a person, it applies to both male and female. Within the culture of the time, one placed as a son was put in a position within the family of being just below the father, but above all the servants of the house and had authority to govern the house. Although this was typically the first male child, it is not restricted to only a male.

[43] Beloved, now we are children of God, and who we are does not yet appear, but we intuitively know that when He appears we will be like Him because we will see Him with discernment just as He is, 1 John 3:2

[44] Not out from works, the ones in righteousness, which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us through washing of regeneration and renewal from the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5. But the one having been joined to the Lord is one quality of spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:17

[45] John 3:3 …unless you are born from above. Both the KJV and the NAS incorrectly translate “from above” as “born again” in the beginning of John 3 even though the translators clearly knew what the word meant. John 3:31 is the same word that is in John 3:3 and 3:7, but here they both translate it “from above”. Note: 1 Peter 1:3 uses the correct term for “born again”.

[46] 1 John 3:9 His seed abides in us (believers); 1 John 3:2 We (believers) are children of God. “Children” is a specific term meaning “born ones”. A mistranslation in the KJV and NAS of a word that means, “to place as a son” by using the English word “adoption” leads to confusion. This does not mean to adopt, but to place as a son, which is looking at the position not the inclusion in the family. Galatians 4:1-3 explains the concept of being placed as a son. (Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:5; Romans 8:15, 23; 9:4.)

[47] For the wages of the sin [nature] are spiritual death, but the gracious gift from God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, Romans 6:23. “Sin” is singular, not referring to personal sins, but the sin nature we received from Adam (Romans 6:2). “Death” within the context is clearly spiritual death (separation from God in our spirit), which was a result of Adam’s trespass (Romans 5:15).

[48] For the mind framed on the flesh is death, but the mind framed on the Spirit is life and peace, Romans 8:6.

[49] And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son, 1 John 5:11

[50] Romans 12:2 Many of our modern translations make the word “renewing” a verb, but it is a noun in the original. And stop being outwardly conformed to this age (the legal age), but be transformed by the renewedness of your mind, for the purpose that you test, for approval, what is the desirous will of God, the good and well pleasing and mature. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit out from God, in order that we should intuitively know the things from God, the ones having been graciously given to us, which things also we speak not in teachings of man’s wise words, but in teachings from the Holy Spirit, comparing spiritual words with spiritual concepts. But the soulish man is not able to receive the things from the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him, and he does not have the ability to experientially know them, because they are spiritually examined. But the one who is pertaining to the Spirit, on the one hand, examines all things, on the other hand, is not examined by anyone. For who has known the mind of the Lord? The one who will be knit together with Him. And we have a quality of the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:17 but the one joined to the Lord is one quality of spirit

[51] as all to us His Divine Natural ability, the things facing life and godliness He has given through the full experiential knowledge of the one having called up by His very own proper opinion and excellence through which the precious and great to us promises He has given in order that through this we should become partakers of a quality of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption in this world by lusts, 2 Peter 1:3, 4.

[52] Hope is always based upon a promise. A living hope comes from a promise that the benefits of the promise can be accessed now, even though the promise has not yet been brought to its completion. Although we are only saved at this time in the spirit, God allows us full access to the benefits of our complete salvation now so that we can live out this hope we have. Romans 8:23-24 and not only, but also ourselves, the ones having the first fruit of the Spirit, also we ourselves groan within ourselves eagerly waiting the placement of sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in the hope we are saved, but hope that is seen is not hope. For that which is seen who hopes for? But since that which is not seen is hoped for, through patience we eagerly wait.

[53] 1 Peter 1:3 Well spoken of is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One accord to His abundant mercy caused us to be born into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ out from the dead.

[54] Dispensation: A household.

[55] Indeed, since you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, the one given to me for you, Ephesians 3:2

[56] … the Spirit of the truth, which the world does not have the ability to receive, because it does not see Him, nor experientially knows Him, but you experientially know Him because He abides alongside you and He will be in you, John 14:17

[57] … in whom also you, having heard the word of the truth of the gospel of your salvation, in whom also when you believed you were sealed by the Holy Spirit of truth, who is an earnest of your inheritance unto the redemption of the possession unto praise of a proper opinion of Him, Ephesians 1:13, 14

[58] For the flesh desires against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh…, Galatians 5:17

[59] The fruit belonging to the Holy Spirit is the manifestation of the character of Christ. Love, Joy (contentment in any situation), Peace (an unruffled mind), Longsuffering (a long holding out of one’s anger against unreasonable people), Kindness (making others feel at ease), Goodness (that which is beneficial), Faith (taking God at His Word), Meekness (an objective frame of mind), self-control, Galatians 5:22, 23

[60] And what agreement does the holy of holies of God have with idols? For you are the holy of holies of living God, just as God said, that I will dwell in them and walk about and I will be their God and they will be my people, 2 Corinthians 6:16

[61] And since the Spirit of the one having raised Jesus out from the dead dwells in you, the one having raised Christ out from the dead will also give life to your bodies through His Spirit that dwells in you, Romans 8:11; You hold the example of the healthy word which you heard from me in faith and love, the one faith in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposited faith through the Holy Spirit, the one dwelling in you, 2 Timothy 1:13, 14

[62] The type of filling today is a filling up where lacking. In Ephesians 5:18 the saint is instructed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He makes it possible through His energizing work for the saint to manifest the character of Christ. Saints prior to the resurrection of Christ were filled in a way where they were mentally controlled (He imposed His will upon them) by the Holy Spirit. Two different Greek words are used to clarify the different types of filling. The saint today when yielding to the Spirit is assisted by the Spirit in living a godly life. The Spirit never leaves the saint, so it is not a matter of Him being with the saint, but the willingness of the saint to work with Him.

[63] and for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you and you do not have a need in order that anyone should teach you, as the same anointing teaches you concerning all, and He is true, and He is not a lie, and just as He teaches you, abide in Him, 1 John 2:27

[64] And likewise also the Spirit helps us with our weakness for the thing, what we should worship, in so far is necessary, we do not intuitively know, but the Spirit Himself intercedes with inexpressible groaning, Romans 8:26

[65] I have been crucified with Christ, but I live, not I, but Christ lives in me… Galatians 2:20; to whom God desired to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, Colossians 1:27

[66] “if” is a translation of a special type of Greek word that has conditions. There are different ways that the Greek language can say “if”, just as the English language can. In this case, this is a first class “if” which means, “if, assuming it is true”. The English word “since” is a more appropriate translation of this word in this context because it is not questioning the fact but stating that since this is true then the following is true. “Since” assumes that the statement is true; since this happened, then this will result from that action.

[67] Ktivsi” (ktisis) is the word “creation”, and never used of the creature resulting from creation, which is expressed by ktivsma (ktisma). Creation: Mark 10:6; 13:19; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:15; Galatians 6:15. Creature – the result of an act of creation: 1 Timothy 4:4; James 1:18; Revelation 5:13; 8:9. Some translation add in the words “he is” which are not in the Original manuscripts. Many of the older translations that include this extra statement put it in italics, informing the reader that it is not part of the original; however, many of the newer ones simply include it even though there is no support for it. There is no verb in the sentence between Christ and a new creation, implied or otherwise. The new creation is The Christ, not the someone who is in Christ.

[68] Ephesians 1:22, 23; 1 Corinthians 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members but all the member of the body, being many, are one body, thus also is The Christ.

[69] Those things from old. Going back to where something originally started.

[70] Romans 5:12 Because of this, just as through one man the sin entered the world and through the sin the death, also thus unto all men the death passed, on the basis that all sinned.

[71] Then we intuitively know there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1. Some translations, like the KJV, add, “…who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” because it is found in some of the later manuscripts; however, it is very obvious when examining these manuscripts that is a late addition and therefore not part of the original. A scribe decided that it was not ok for there just to be no condemnation in Christ based upon what Christ has done, but rather there is only no condemnation when walking by the Spirit so he took this phrase from verse 4 and added it to verse 1. There is no condemnation in Christ because there is no judgment. We are not under a sentence of death and separation in Christ and therefore not under condemnation.

[72] Experientially knowing this, that our old man has been co-crucified, in order that the body of the sin [nature] should be rendered ineffective so that we are no longer slaves to the sin [nature], Romans 6:6. … to put us aside, after the former conduct of the old man, the one corrupting itself according to its desires, Ephesians 4:22. Stop lying to one another, having stripped off for yourselves the old man with its practices, Colossians 3:9

[73] The Church began on the day of Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ when the Holy Spirit came and entered into the Disciples waiting in the upper room in Jerusalem. This was a fulfillment of the promise given by Christ that even though the Spirit was with the disciples during Christ’s earthly ministry, there would be a change of relationship, which came about due to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. He would not be in them. John 14:17; Acts 2:1-4

[74] 1 Corinthians 12:13. The English word “Baptize” comes directly from the Greek word “βαπτίζω”, which means to immerse. There is a heresy predominate in some sects that sprinkling is an acceptable form of Baptism; however, neither the English word nor the original Greek word carry this meaning.

[75] 1 Corinthians 12:11 and all these He works out, the one even the same Spirit, distributing to one’s own to each just as He determines. 1 Peter 4:10 each just as He gave a gracious gift unto yourself the same serving, just as good stewards of the manifest grace of God. Note: in the KJV version the word “severally” does not mean “several” as in more than one, but rather “apart from others” or “individually”.

[76] A seven-year period just before Christ returns to reign on earth where God exacts judgment upon the earth.

[77] Then we, the living ones, the ones remaining, we will be snatched up at the same time the dead into a meeting of the Lord in the air, and thus will always be with the Lord, 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Some refer to the return of the Lord for the Church as the “rapture”, although this term is not used in Scripture. Rather, Scripture defines it as a time when the Lord will return in the air to snatch His saints off of the earth or the coming of the Lord and the departure of the saints.  And I encourage you, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering with Him, so that you should not be quickly shaken from the mind, neither troubled, neither through a spirit, or through a word, or through a letter as through us, as that the day of the Christ is present. Do not let anyone deceive you, according to no manner, because except their come the departure first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

[78] The love never falls, but whether prophecy, it will be rendered ineffective, whether languages, they will cause themselves to cease, whether knowledge, it will be rendered ineffective. For we experientially know out from a part and we prophecy out from a part, but when the complete testimony comes, the out from a part will be rendered ineffective, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

[79] And the believers out from the circumcision were amazed, as man as came with Peter, because also upon the Gentiles the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out, Acts 10:45

[80] But now he has obtained a different religious service, as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which upon better promises is legislated, Hebrews 8:6

[81] The love never falls, but whether prophecies they will be rendered ineffective, whether tongues, they will cause themselves to cease, whether knowledge, it will be rendered ineffective. For out from a part we experientially know and out form a part we prophecy, but when the complete comes, then the out from a part will be rendered ineffective, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10. In the context of 1 Corinthians, prophecies, tongues (speaking in another language), and knowledge are all Spiritual gifts given to the Church that will cease. Prophecies and the word of knowledge will cease because the entire Scripture is written. No more prophecy is being given to the Church and there is no need for the Spiritual gift of knowledge since all of the instructions for the Church are now written down. Speaking in another language is unique in this list. It actually causes itself to cease because it was given specifically as a sign for the Jews (Acts 10:44-46). The completed thing (perfect in some translations) refers to the testimony of God, 1 Corinthians 2:1. The Greek grammar only permits the word “complete” to modify “witness” because it is the only word in contexts that agrees with the adjective (complete). The original book of 1 Corinthians was actually a letter. It is broken into chapters and verse for our ease in reading and recalling specific passages, but they do not govern the meaning of the book. Therefore, Paul is drawing from the entire letter, not just the chapters.

[82] But the one and same Spirit works all these things distributing each one his own just as He determines, 1 Corinthians 12:11. Just as each one receives a gracious gift, unto himself the same serve just as a steward of the manifest grace of God, 1 Peter 4:10.

[83] The resurrected, glorified one. The definition of “Christ” is changed from “Messiah” to “the Resurrected Glorified One” by God in Acts 2:23-36 v.36 – Therefore, let all the household of Israel surely know that also God has made Him Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Since Jesus was already the Messiah (Christ) to the Jewish nation, the title “Christ” here cannot mean that same thing since God made Him both Lord and Christ after His resurrection. Now He is the risen glorified one, who is over the Church, along with the Lord of all of mankind.

[84] There is substantial support from the older manuscripts of Scripture that Christ is in this verse.

[85] The Good news that Paul was preaching was more than initial salvation. Romans 2:16 – judgment, Romans 16:25 –being established, 2 Timothy 2:8 – Christ raised from the dead.

[86] Galatians 3:28 There is not Jew nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.

[87] In the requirements for a Bishop (pastor) given in the book of 1 Timothy, a Pastor is to be a one-woman type of man. Women are not to teach or set themselves up as an authority over men, 1 Timothy 2:12. The purpose for this is given in Chapter two verse fourteen – the woman was thoroughly deceived, where Adam was not deceived. When Adam disobeyed God and took from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he did it by choice, knowing full well that he was violating God’s law. Eve on the other hand did it because Satan deceived her into believing that eating of the fruit would make her wise like God. As part of her punishment she would be ruled over by the man, Genesis 3:1-6, 16. In addition, since the woman was made for the man, not the man for the woman, she is to have authority over her because of the angels, 1 Corinthians 11:10. Spirit Being always do things in order, they never bring a blasphemous accusation against one who is greater than they are, unlike humans, Jude 1:9, 10 But Michael the archangel, when the devil, being a doubting one, disputed concerning the body of Moses did not dare to inflict a blasphemous judgment, but he said, “The Lord rebukes you”. But these (false teachers) as much as they do not intuitively know they blaspheme, but as much as understanding as living creatures without reason, by this they are being corrupted. Therefore by having authority over her head she is showing respect for the position that God has placed her in, which is seen as an example to the angels.

[88] A term used of those who rule over others as with a king, governor, or lord. Matthew 20:25; Mark 10:42 – Gentiles ruling over other Gentiles.

[89] Shepherd the flock of God, the one with you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, not for dishonest gain but willingly, nor as one exercising dominion over the possession, but becoming an example concerning the flock, 1 Peter 5:2, 3

[90] But I do not permit a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over a man, but to be in quietness, for it was Adam who was formed first, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was thoroughly deceived having come to be in a transgression.   1 Timothy 2:12 – 14.

[91] Ephesians 5:21

[92] For just as the body is one and has many members but all members of the body are one, being many, thus also is the Christ, 1 Corinthians 12:12; For also by one Spirit we all were immersed into one body, whether Jew, whether Gentile, whether slave, whether free, and all drink of one Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:13. Scripture only sees three races on the earth today. During the dispensation of law, two races existed: Jew and Gentile. Now three exist: Jew, Gentile, and the Church of God, 1 Corinthians 10:32. The concept of “race” is highly abused in America when applied to people of different colors. “Race” is referring to one’s origin. Since all mankind came from Adam, all are of the same race; however, God took from the race of man and made a nation unto Himself, so the Jewish nation now has a separate origin from other humans. In a similar way the Church of God now has a different origin from the Jews and the Gentiles, even though we all come from the same human. The source of the Jewish nation was out from Abraham, where those of the Church are children of God because He places His seed in them.

[93] 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made the One not knowing sin sin on our behalf, in order that we should become a righteousness of God in Him.