For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
The Bible in this picture was given to Father Church in November 1946. It was the influence which presented the gospel and led him to receive Christ as his savior. Ever since this “Living Word” has been the anchor and compass of his life and ministry. In these Timeless teachings he shares the dynamic and dramatic truths which changed his life and became the foundation of his lifelong ministry. Father Church is in the process of revising his autobiography “I shall come forth as gold”.
Understanding and Interpreting the Bible
The eight rules for interpreting and understanding the Bible
- The Rule of Definition
- The Rule of Usage
- The Rule of Context
- The Rule of Historical Background
- The Rule of Logic
- The Rule of Precedent
- The Rule of Unity
- The Rule of Inference
Holy Spirit – Number 1.
This is a study I did on The Work of the Holy Spirit in The Life of a Believer. Interestingly, when I completed the study, it turned out the number of specific functions of The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer added up to 40, and the number 40 is a very significant numeral in the Bible. It is too extensive to explain fully now, but 40 is always associated with the victory or completion of a period of testing. Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and the Israelites were in the desert 40 years.
The First Function of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer is “REGENERATION“. It comes from two Greek words which, when combined, mean “new birth”. It is used in Titus 3:5; “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 Spirit”. It is the communication of a new life. The life of God, the Holy Spirit, which replaces the “old life” and comes to live in us. In the King James version, James 1:18 is translated, “Of His own will He begat us”. The Amplified Bible gives the modern rendering as, “It was of His own free will that He gave us birth…”. In John 3:3, Jesus says, “You must be born again”. Then in verse 5 He says, “..unless one is born of water and The Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God”. The reference to water and washing speaks of the cleansing from sin, the forgiveness and the New Life which begins the moment we receive Christ, when we are “born again”. We will learn more about this as we progress in the work of The Holy Spirit in The Life of the Believer.
Thank you for your fellowship and friendship in the Gospel, Peter.
Holy Spirit No. 2
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER.
1. HE REGENERATES.
2. HE INDWELLS: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” I Corinthians 3:16.
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”.
The experience of the new birth, regeneration, takes place when we believe on the Lord Jesus and invite Him to come into our heart, Acts 16:32. The experience is also called being saved. 1John 5:11,12 is the basis for our assurance because it says. “he who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life”. In the Old Testament, the people of God knew His presence was in the Temple because the Ark of the Covenant was there in the Holy of Holies. Our assurance of God’s presence is the promise, that when we believe, God the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and we become the living temple of God. This has many consequences and in verse 17 of 1 Cor. 3 Paul warns us to take care of ourselves because our bodies are the temple of God.
We will see in later studies, when we accept Christ by faith, the place in which the Holy Spirit comes to live is our heart. This is a critical truth because the heart is the governing principle of life. So when Christ, In the Person of the Holy Spirit, comes to dwell in the heart, He begins to change the seat of power. The bottom line of the Christian life is, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27. This makes the Christian faith different from any religious system; It is a living relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who live in our hearts by faith.
AMEN – SO BE IT!
Holy Spirit No 3
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER.
1. HE REGENERATES.
2. HE INDWELLS.
3. HE ANOINTS; “God ANOINTED Jesus of Nazareth with The Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”. Acts 10:38
“You have an ANOINTING from the Holy One, and you know all things”. “The ANOINTING which you have received abides in you.” 1 John 2:20 and 27.
The Greek word used in these passages is “chrio”. It signifies the act of applying a special, or sacred, oil on a person for the purpose of setting that person apart for the Lord. It was used in the Old Testament to dedicate, set Priests apart, to God for the service of the Temple. Once a priest, or article in the Temple, was anointed with this sacred oil, they belonged to God. They were “set apart” The word for this is “sanctify”, or “holy”.
The 1John 2:2 and 27 passage means that when we” Believe” the Holy Spirit not only comes to dwell in he Believer, but now the believer is set apart, belongs to God. In Ephesians 1:18 we are called, “the glory of His inheritance”, and 1 Peter 2:9 declares, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation…..”. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us, marks us and sets apart as God’s chosen people, and gives us the ability to “know and understand” all the mysteries of the things of God. So, because the Spirit of God is in us, and never leaves us, we read and study the Word of God and the Holy Spirit makes the words plain. Therefore, the word of God lives and endures forever.
In Luke 4:18 Jesus affirms the word of Isaiah61:1-2(and through vs.3). The word “Christ” means “The Anointed One”. He was the Promised One, was anointed by The Holy Spirit and set apart for the Divine Purpose of Redemption.
In order to fully understand the anointing of the Holy Spirit I make the following distinction: We are anointed, set apart as God’s children when the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us. I call this the HOLY SPIRIT IN US FOR SALVATION.
Then, when Jesus was ready to ascend, He told His disciples to “Tarry in Jerusalem until you are endued (clothed) with power from on high”. Then in Acts 1:8 He said, “You will receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come on you…”. So , going back to Acts 10:38, Jesus was anointed with power to accomplish His Father’s purposes. My second point is, THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON US FOR SERVICE.
The great preacher A.W.Tozer said, “If the Holy Spirit were taken out of the church, 90% of the activities would continue on as though nothing happened. As we go further on in the study, all these truths will be explained and expanded.
ROMANS 1:16, 17
A definition of the 12 key words of Romans 1:16, 17
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith’ as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (NKJ)
1. Gospel (Euangelion) “A good message” English: Evangel “In the N.T., it denotes the good tidings of the Kingdom of God and of salvation through Christ, to be received by faith, on the basis of His expiatory death, His burial, resurrection, and ascension.” (Vine’s Expository Dict) “The glad, merry tidings which makes men jump for joy.” (Old English)
2. Christ (Christos) “Anointed”. Used of the Lord Jesus, as a proper name. The Anointed One. Hebrew: “Messiah” Priests and Kings were anointed.
Acts 2:36 Jesus is His name – His Humanity Lord is His title – His Deity Christ is His office – His Ministry
3. Power (Dunamis) “Power” The power or might inherent in God. One of His Attributes. Denotes God’s unlimited, unbounded ability to do and accomplish everything He chooses. This power is manifested in creation and the miracles recorded in the Bible. The supernatural power of God is frequently rendered as “miraculous power”.
4. God (Theos) Occurs more than 1300 times in the N.T. Most of these presuppose the Old Testemant name “Elohim”. It means “The Great and Mighty One who makes covenants which He will never break”. There are four primary names for God in the Old Testament which reveal His Nature, Character and Person.
5. Salvation (Soteria) Deliverance. “The word denotes the spiritual and eternal deliverance granted by God to those who receive Christ and the present experience of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin, and the future deliverance of believers at the appearing of Christ for His saints.” (See 2 Corinthians 1:10 – we have been saved, we are being saved and we will be saved; past, present, future)
6. Believe (Pisteuo) To be persuaded of, to place confidence in, to rely on. It is not mere intellectual agreement. It is the verb of the word “faith”. It means to actively and personally receive Christ. (John 1:10-12)
7. Jew (Ioudaios) Originally, the designation of the Southern two tribes of Israel as distinct from the Northern Kingdom following the division of the Nation. The name came to distinguish the difference between the people of the old covenant and those who accepted Jesus as the Messiah. They were generally in opposition to Christ and opposed the Apostles. The name derives from the Tribe of Judah.
8. Greek/Gentiles (Ethnos) A nation, a people. A non-Jewish person, also referred to as “Gentile”. The terms became interchangeable.
9. Righteousness (Dikaiosune) The character or quality of being right. It is an attribute of God. It denotes the quality of Holiness in Him which finds its expression in His condemnation of sin. Paul uses it to convey the right relationship which is the gift of God to all who believe in Christ. It is the condition of being right with God.
10. Revealed (Apokalupto) To uncover or unveil. It is the truth declared in the Gospel. It is to make plain the position into which the believer is received as a result of repentance and receiving Christ. See Romans 2:16 and Galations 1:2.
11. Faith (Pistis) Firm persuasion, a conviction based on hearing. It is a response, a reaction, to a fact. It is the response of personal trust by which the Grace of God is received and the gift of salvation is bestowed by God.
12. Just (Dikaios) It is the root of Dikaiosune, “righteousness”; the state of being right with God. The revelation of the doctrine, “justification by faith”, is the truth which gave birth and impetus to the Protestant Reformation. It is the truth which has accompanied all the major Awakenings of Christian History.
A distinguishing mark of the renewals, revivals and great awakenings of the Christian faith under leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley and many others, is the rediscovery and proclamation of Romans 1:16, 17.
This truth is the heart and soul of the Evangelical movement. “Righteousness” and “Justification” are terms which convey a relationship of acceptance and peace with God. They are a position of complete and total forgiveness of sin which is bestowed as a gift when a sinner turns to God in repentance, and wholly trusts in the sacrifice of Christ and His resurrection from the dead.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)