Obedient Steps of Faith – BT23

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Without faith, we won’t even get the promised seal of the indwelling Holy Spirit



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We introduced this in the last BLOG.  Jesus promised the Spirit-baptism:  To the Samaritan women at the well, Jesus promised “living water” as the “dorea ‘gift didomi bestowed upon us’ of God” (a).  Later at a great feast of the Jews, Jesus said:  “Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me shall absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT thirst at-any-time/ever” (b).   Jesus “stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his innermost belly/womb (c) will flow rivers of living water.’  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who had trusting-relying-faith in Him were to presently/ongoingly lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been [given,] because Jesus was not yet glorified [after His resurrection]” (d).  <Notes> a) Koilia physically is the “interior cavity, gullet, or womb” of a man, but translated from the OT Hebrew as “the innermost part, soul, or heart of man as the seat of thought, feeling, and choice.”  This is one of the times Jesus and other rabbis quoted scripture that we do not have today, but have been lost in time.  Contrary to Christian propaganda, the bible we have now is not complete – see Bible Info<Notes> a) John 4:10, b) John 6:35, c) koilia:  a place of reproduction, implying that this is where God’s creative power will now reside and operate, d) John 7:37-39.


Paul promised this in his gospel:  “In Christ you also, when you heard the logos message of The Truth (a) – the gospel of your salvation – in whom [you] also having-had trusting-relying-faith, [you] had been sealed with the Spirit, the of-the-promise [one], the Holy [one], who is the guarantee of our inheritance” (b).  To Jewish-Christians tempted to Law-teachers to go back to Moses, Paul asks:  “Did you already lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive the Spirit ek out-from the works of [singular] Law or ek out-from akouo hearing/listening to understand/know of/belonging to trusting-relying-faith?  Are you so foolish?” (c). When Paul met some believers in Ephesus is Acts 19:1-7, the first question out of his mouth, which shows His priorities that should be ours is:  “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you had trusting-relying-faith?”  But he wasn’t asking about if they prayed ‘the sinner’s prayer,’ because when they said, “No” the next thing out of his mouth was “Into what then were you water-baptized?”  When he found it was only John the Baptist’s, he preached the gospel to them, got them water-baptized, and THAT IS WHEN they got Spirit-baptized with the visible signs of tongues and prophesying.  They expected both baptisms to occur in the “one baptism” of The Christian Faith (d).  <Notes> a) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, b) Ephesians 1:13-14, c) Galatians 3:2, 5, d) Ephesians 4:5.


Paul also promises: “In Christ, the blessing of Abraham (eternal inheritance) might also come to the Gentiles, in order that we [all] may receive the promised Spirit (a) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b), not by obedience to OT commandments.  “The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same Body, and/thus koinonia partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the gospel” (c), “when you heard the logos message of The Truth (d) that is, the gospel of your salvation (e).  Many churches are ripping people off with their bad doctrine of separating the saving, depositing, and filling functions of water-Spirit baptism! I have in the BLOGs because so much is written about the function of each, but they really belong together!  <Notes> c) the logos word/message of God in the NT has radically been redefined from the OT because of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  In the NT 99% of the time it’s either refers to Jesus Christ Himself as with John 1:1 or His gospel message, as here. <Notes> a) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33, b) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, c) Ephesians 3:6, d) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, e) Ephesians 1:13.




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