Jesus Christ is King of Heaven and Earth
Gospel = Good News = Grace
Jesus is the Answer
Are you tired? Are you depressed? Are you sick? Are you struggling with temptation or identity? Are you exhausted by working for the bread that perishes? Jesus is the answer to anything that is oppressing you. He loves you so much and is longing to pour out His Holy Spirit on you. He is longing to see you walk in abundant joy and peace. He is longing to see you walk in freedom from sin, death and religious obligation or duty. He is longing to see you walk in the perfect health that He paid for on the cross. He is longing to see you richly provided for. He says this,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to Jesus for complete salvation! Come to Jesus and be united with God! Receive His abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness and learn how to reign in this life over sickness, sin, death, poverty, depression, anxiety and any enemy that would try and oppress you. Come into union with Jesus and receive the right to be a child of God!
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, NOT a result of works so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)
God is love, and His new testament of grace is eternal, infinite and immeasurable. The bible calls His grace hyper, mega, great and stacks grace upon grace for those who receive Jesus Christ. The gospel is called the gospel of grace and the word of His grace. God’s grace is eternal and unending and will never fade away! There is absolutely no limit or balance to God’s grace!
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16)
Now the law in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace HYPER-ABOUNDED all the more (Romans 5:20)
Hyper-abound comes from the greek word huperperisseuó, which is the combination of two greek words huper and perisseuó.
The greek word Huper is where we get our english word hyper and means, beyond or above.
The greek word perisseuó means to be over and above, to abound.
So where sin increases, God’s grace hyper abounds! His grace is beyond HYPER-GRACE!
His grace comes in ABUNDANCE...
...those who receive the ABUNDANCE of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)
His grace is great and large, MEGAS...
And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and MEGAS grace was upon them all.
Greek word “Megas” means large, great, in the widest sense.
As it is plain above, we all need a revelation of the hyper, mega, abundant and unending grace of God in our lives. When we look around, it appears as though disorder and chaos are running rampant in the earth. Sin and the domain of darkness are still very much at work in the earth, and it can be discouraging at times. The domain of darkness can look like an insurmountable mountain, but as Romans 5:20 states “where sin increases, grace hyper abounds all the more!” God’s grace is all-sufficient, and the light will completely dispel all darkness on the earth. Sin, sickness, death, disorder, chaos, all evil and everything under the domain of darkness are destined for complete and total obliteration! The mountain of sin, sickness, death, chaos and every evil thing will be leveled by the Holy Spirit through those who believe the good news of Jesus Christ.
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘GRACE, GRACE’ to it!’”
God’s love and grace are far beyond anything we can imagine or measure. Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal to the world who God really is. Mankind has been trying to work their way back into relationship with God and defining who they think God is based on what they see in the natural. Many people in the old testament of the bible had glimpses of who God is. Many even gazed upon or saw God. For instance Moses spoke to God face to face, and the 72 elders with Moses saw God. Daniel had a vision of the Ancient of Days, and Ezekiel and Isaiah also had visions of God. Yet, the first chapter of John in the New Testament tells us that no one had ever seen God until Jesus.
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is in the bosom of the father, he has made him known. (John 1:18)
The above examples demonstrate that people had looked upon God. So what did John mean? He meant that no one had truly seen the nature and character of God or known His will until Jesus came. Jesus came from the bosom of the Father that is, the heart of God and showed us who our God really is. He told us that when we see Him we see the Father also.
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. (John 14:7-10)
The book of Hebrews in the bible tells us that Jesus is God’s exact representation and that He came to do God’s will.
He is the radiance of the Glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature. (Hebrews 1:3)
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” (Hebrews 10:7)
Jesus reveals the will of God to mankind! Just as God is love, Jesus is the manifestation of love! When reading through the gospels, we see Him heal everyone who came to Him and forgive sins everywhere He goes. We see Him fellowshiping and unconditionally loving the “outcasts” of society. We see Him wash people’s feet, and protect people from religious oppression. We see Him ultimately take on all the sins and sickness of the world in His own body, and willingly pay mankind's debts owed to the law and to sin by offering Himself on the cross. Through the selfless act of love on the cross, He effectively destroyed all sin, sickness, death and every evil in the world, and reconciled those who believe in Him back to God the Father.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)
There are two kingdoms at work on the earth right now. There is the kingdom, domain, or tyranny of darkness and evil and there is the Kingdom of God. The domain of darkness works through fear and intimidation, control and manipulation. It works through the worship of man or man’s works and elevates human reasoning, human wisdom, human tradition and self-effort. It is the result of eating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and of men trying to rule outside of union with God. It guises itself as an angel of light and even can bring a sick satisfaction to the old man also called the flesh.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12)
The tyranny of darkness came in through the sin of the first man Adam, when he chose to believe the serpent (devil) instead of God and he thus subjected mankind and all of creation to the same condemnation and judgement of the devil and the domain of darkness. All of mankind are born into the domain of darkness, also called sin, and thus prone to and enslaved to sin and appointed to death and judgement. We can see mankind’s attempt throughout the ages to try and save ourselves from these things that we know to be evil. The only problem is that our own attempts that even seem good and just only bring us deeper into slavery and inflame sin, death, sickness and corruption etc.
But God, because He is rich in compassion and loves the earth and mankind so much sent His only Son Jesus to save all those who believe in Him from the tyranny of darkness!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18)
The bible tells us that because of the one man’s sin, it is appointed for man to die once, and then comes judgement.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)
But for those who dare to believe it we are saved from death and from the judgment of the tyranny of darkness.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
God does not force this salvation on anyone, and everyone has the choice to either remain in the tyranny of darkness and the condemnation it is under, or to believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and come into His beautiful Kingdom full of grace, love, eternal life, joy, peace, hope and every good thing imaginable and every great thing that we cannot even imagine! The domain of darkness is fading away and it’s ultimate end is complete obliteration. The kingdom of heaven will completely and totally cover the entire earth.
Because of mankind’s propensity to try and save ourselves and to create our own standards of righteousness and holiness and to try and distinguish good and evil in ourselves, the law of Moses came into the earth. The purpose of the law of Moses is to bring mankind to the end of themselves and realize their complete and utter dependence on God. It’s purpose is to kill and totally and completely condemn the old man and separation from God. It prevents any person from elevating themselves above another person. It shuts the mouth of anyone who would declare themselves to be righteous or holy and try to exalt themselves above other people.
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin (Romans 3:19-20)
When Jesus came to the earth, the Pharisees and some of the religious leaders of the day had watered down the law of Moses into something that they boasted that they could keep. Jesus came and highlighted the impossible standards of the law. In Matthew 5, Jesus says to us that if anyone is angry at his brother, that person is just as guilty as the murderer and anyone who has lust in their heart has committed adultery and is just as guilty as the adulterer. Jesus warned against relaxing any commandment of the law or teaching others to do likewise because the law and the prophets bring us to the end of ourselves and show us our complete and total dependence on God. No man can be justified by the law or keep the law of Moses and those who try remain under the condemnation or curse of the domain of darkness.
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:21-25)
Man cannot save other men, nor can we save ourselves by following the law of Moses or by doing good deeds. We are saved from the wrath of the law and the wages of sin ONLY by faith in Jesus Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, NOT a result of works so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
And there is salvation in no one else besides Jesus, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with
the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. (Romans 4:15)
The law exposes to us that our own attempts at righteousness and holiness are as filthy rags. Every single person is measured by the same standard, perfection
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:8)
All of us fall short of this impossible standard that only Jesus could fulfill. He fulfilled it for us and He freely glorifies, sanctifies, makes righteous and perfects those who believe in Him. His perfection is now our perfection through our faith in Him! Christ is the end of the law for all who believe. The law is fulfilled in us who put our faith in Jesus Christ.
The law brings the knowledge of sin, and causes people to shrink back in shame. The law of Moses drove Jesus to the cross. It is called the ministry of death, ministry of condemnation and the law of sin and death (2 Corinthians 3). The law is necessary for the crucifixion.
who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
(2 Corinthians 3:6)
Paul told us that He is always carrying the death of Jesus in the body so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in the body. He was teaching us that every day we have a choice whether to rely on ourselves or on the Holy Spirit. We have a choice every day to walk in the Spirit and every time we are tempted to come back under the law we can realize that the law is already fulfilled in us. We can then let the purpose of the law take its course. We can look fully at the law and realize that we can never ever keep it and thus give up our attempts at keeping it right then and there and turn back to Jesus. Jesus put it this way,
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
Paul reiterates that it is through the law that we die to the law and are crucified with Christ. We take up our cross, that is the cross of Jesus Christ for of course we don’t have to die on the cross for He did it for us. Here is how Paul defined taking up our crosses,
For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (Galatians 2:19-21)
When we believe in Jesus, we are co-crucified with Christ. His death becomes our death and we never have to die again.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; (2 Corinthians 5:14)
We die to our own self effort. We die to the old creation. We die to the law. We die to the fear of man and everything that tries to keep the world in bondage. We become a brand new creation and learn to walk in eternal life and in the power of the resurrection.
The law demands justice. The law demands punishment for sin. The law demands the shedding of blood.
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
The Law is the ministry of condemnation. those who put their hope in the law are condemned by the law as Jesus told the pharisees.
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Their is one who accuses you, Moses on whom you have set your hope. (John 5:45)
The law condemns the entire human race to death, because all who are under the law have to keep the entirety of the law. Anyone who breaks even one commandment is guilty of transgressing the entirety of the law and is therefore condemned under the law to die. The great news is that Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law! We are no longer condemned to die because Jesus died in our place, and redeemed us from the curse of the law and from the curse of sin!
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
As Sons and daughters of God, we are no longer under the law nor should we attempt to keep it. We are called to walk day by day in relationship with the Holy Spirit. The law is not for us to live by. The law is not our guide. We are called to live by faith in Jesus Christ, and come out from under the curse of the law.
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:10-14)
So today, come into the death of Jesus Christ so that His life may be manifest in your life. Come out from under your own self effort. Come out from the Law of sin and death and turn to Jesus Christ. Ask Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you all things. Come and receive eternal life!
that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may lay hold of the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-10)
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (1 Corinthians 15:3-9)
Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! Death could not contain Him! He has once for all put the last enemy of death under His feet. He has taken the keys of death and Hades and completely obliterated it.
and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (2 Timothy 1:10)
He was crucified to redeem mankind from the wages of sin and death. Through His death we are reconciled to God! It is through the power of the resurrection that we are saved from the condemnation and wrath that the tyranny of darkness is under! This includes sin, sickness, poverty, death, anxiety and every evil thing.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
(2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
Before Jesus went to the cross, He gave His disciples the metaphor of a woman groaning in the pains of childbirth. He was prophesying His death on the cross and His resurrection that would follow.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:20-22)
Isaiah also prophesied of the same moment that Jesus was speaking of.
“Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O Lord... Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.” (Isaiah 26:17,19)
Jesus was obviously the Son of God before His death burial and resurrection, but the bible tells us that Jesus was declared to be the Son of God through His resurrection from the dead.
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, (Romans 1:4-5)
In his sermon in Acts 13, Paul quoted the second Psalm in relation to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,“‘You are my Son,today I have begotten you.’ (Acts 13:32-33)
Paul shows us that this verse is in reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Here is the passage in the Psalms that he is quoting in relation to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. (Psalm 2:7-8)
Begotten means to give birth. This is why Jesus is called the Firstborn from the dead, and the firstborn of all Creation. He is the firstborn of the new creation.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)
Here are more verses telling us that Jesus is the firstborn of the dead and the firstborn of creation.
and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. (Revelation 1:5)
And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. (Psalm 89:27)
...the beginning of God’s creation. (Rev. 3:14)
that the Christ would suffer, and as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles." (Acts 26:23)
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)
Jesus is the head of the body, the church, that in everything He might be preeminent. In a birthing process, the head comes first. Jesus is the head and was the first to rise from the dead. As each new believer is born again they are resurrected from death to life.
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:5-6)
Isaiah prophesied the birth of the body of Christ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and said that God will finish what He started. As The body of Christ, we are called a “Holy Nation,” and our birthing began in one day through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
“Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?” says the LORD; “shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?” says your God. (Isaiah 66:7-9)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Now as each new believer receives the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the knowledge of the glory of God is beginning to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. The body of Christ is being birthed into the earth! All creation is groaning and longing for the full redemption of the body of Christ, that is more and more people to come into the body of Christ. We are all groaning and waiting to see more and more sons and daughters be birthed into the earth. All creation is waiting for the revealing of the Sons of God! All of creation is waiting for us to lay hold of the power of the resurrection and all that Jesus has accomplished for us!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it (Adam, emphasis mine), in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for the adoption of sons, the redemption of the body.
You Must Be Born Again
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-7)
More on what it means to be Born Again coming Soon!
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)
This is an incredibly bold statement! Jesus, the King of heaven and earth told his disciples that it was better for Him to go so that mankind could receive the promise of the Father.
And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The Holy Spirit has worked, is working, and will work through believers to destroy every work of the devil, and to transform all creation back to How God intended it. The Holy Spirit is Life, and is swallowing up all sin, death, sickness and evil as each new person receives the Holy Spirit. The blessing of Abraham promises that all the nations will be blessed, and this happens through the powerful working of the Holy Spirit.
so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:14)
The Holy Spirit is the power of God, the Kingdom of God, the salvation of God and gives life to those who receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Prophecy and Tongues almost always accompany the baptism in the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, that person is transformed and receives boldness, and is set free from the wisdom of man. The Holy Spirit teaches us all things, and even teaches us a new way to think. We are given the mind of Christ when we receive the Holy Spirit and learn to walk in the supernatural power of God. The Holy Spirit gives us victory over sin, and gives us the boldness to preach the gospel. The Holy Spirit destroys the works of the devil through any person who will submit to God’s love poured into their heart through the Holy Spirit given to them!
Before Jesus gave up His life on the cross, He told His disciples that He was leaving, but not to worry because He would come to them again through the Holy Spirit.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:17-18)
He then told them that He and the Father will come with the Holy Spirit and make their home with those who receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:22-23)
The fullness of deity comes with the Holy Spirit, and saves those who receive this promise from all sin, sickness, death, evil and any enemy of God that would oppress us. We are reconciled to God through the death of Jesus Christ and saved through His resurrection by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)
Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are baptized with Him into His death. His death becomes our death. The bible tells us that we are co-crucified with Him, and that when we receive Him, we are made a brand new creation.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore ALL have died; (2 Corinthians 5:14)
Jesus takes the death and judgement appointed to all men, and comes a second time to those who are eagerly awaiting Him through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28)
Again, Jesus told us that for us who believe we do not come into judgment, but have already passed from death to life.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
The world built through the wisdom of men and under the tyranny of darkness has been judged through the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and that judgment is carried out by the Holy Spirit through the bride of Jesus Christ. This includes anyone who puts their faith in Jesus, and has been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
And when he comes (The Holy Spirit), he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (John 16:8-11)
Jesus told us that we will do greater works than He did by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
We can see the early church walking this out, as everyone who came to them was healed and provided for. We can see them destroying the works of the devil by the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the book of Acts. There have been many evil teachings that have come into the body of Christ to diminish the working of the Holy Spirit through us today. Many have even deified (made out to be gods) the early apostles and disciples of Jesus so as to make it appear that they were the ones working the miracles and not the Holy Spirit through them. The promise of the Holy Spirit is the same for us today, and will continue to be the same for anyone who receives the Holy Spirit by faith in Jesus. Here is an account of the first out-pouring of the Holy Spirit. Notice how Peter says that this promise is for those far off, everyone whom the Lord calls to Himself...
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy... And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:17-18, 38-39)
Many believers around the world have been reconciled to God through the death of His son Jesus, but are not walking in the power of His resurrection through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts shows us that there is a distinction between being baptized in the name of Jesus thus surrendering our lives to Him, and being clothed with power from on High and thus resurrected from death to life. The following are two accounts where people had given their lives to Jesus and even been baptized in His name but were not immediately baptized in the Holy Spirit.
But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:12-17)
And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all. (Acts 19:2-7)
There is no formula to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Spirit can come before even being baptized in the name of Jesus as we see in Acts chapter 10...
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (Acts 10:44-48)
The gift of the Holy Spirit is for all who believe in Jesus. If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, first give your life to Him, and then ask Him to baptize you in the Holy Spirit. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, but are not walking in the power of the gospel, ask your Lord and Savior to baptize you in the Holy Spirit. God is eagerly desiring to give you the free gift of the Holy Spirit!
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)
He is waiting to pour out this amazing gift on you! He is waiting to give you all of Himself! You cannot earn the Holy Spirit, you can only ask for and receive the Holy Spirit.
Much More to Come...