Empowered By The HOLY SPIRIT
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"He who believes in The SON has Eternal Life; but he who does not obey The SON shall not see Life, but The Wrath Of GOD Abides on him."John 3:36.
..."In HIM, you also, after listening to The Message Of Truth, The Gospel Of your Salvation - having also believed, you were Sealed In HIM with The HOLY SPIRIT Of Promise, WHO Is Given as A Pledge Of our Inheritance, with a view to The Redemption Of Possession, to the praise Of HIS Glory..." Ephesians 1:13-14.
Some translations have the word here written above in verse 14 as 'Pledge', translated as, 'Earnest' ( kjv ), or, 'guarantee' ( nkjv ). Translated as above, 'Pledge' is written from the nasb. This word, from the original Scriptures Written in Greek, is, 'Arrabon', which means 'Earnest', or 'Pledge'. In its original meaning in itself, 'Arrabon' does not mean on its own 'Guarantee'. Though, of course, when a pledge has been given it is given as to what will be the guarantee, though the guarantee is only as such when successfully culminating to the point for which the pledge was given. That is, when the purpose for which the pledge has been given has been fulfilled to requirements, it is returned in full to the one who gave whatever had been given as the pledge, but in The Matter for Which GOD Has Given HIS HOLY SPIRIT, to those who will live by faith in GOD The SON, Grace Culminates and The Inheritance is not temporal but Is Eternal. The Pledge Is Given By GOD, HIS HOLY SPIRIT As a Pledge Of our Inheritance. Our part is faith. The Guarantee is only possible By The Power Of The HOLY SPIRIT, and The HOLY SPIRIT Can only, even, Will only, Work GOD'S Power through the believer's faith. The Gospel Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, The Power Of GOD for Salvation To everyone who believes. The other side of this, is that if the requirements for that which a pledge is given are not met, not fulfilled, then a pledge is forfeited, or, its value of 'guarantee' is lost through failure of adherence to its specified requirements, and the requirement here in all matters pertaining to GOD, our requirement is, obedience of faith in The LORD JESUS CHRIST working through love.
Verse 13 of Ephesians Chapter 1, in The LORD JESUS CHRIST, we, after listening to HIS Words, HIS Words Being The Message Of Truth-The Gospel Of our Salvation, having also believed, which means hearing, and hearing means that we are effectual doers, Sealed In HIM With The HOLY SPIRIT Of Promise. This means that by faith, obeying because we believe in HIM, thus we are Sealed In HIM With The HOLY SPIRIT Of Promise. And our ability to be effectual doers is nothing of what we hold in ourselves, that is, in our flesh, but is By The Power Of The HOLY SPIRIT that we may obey JESUS CHRIST And be Sprinkled With HIS Blood ( 1 Peter 1:2 ).
"And do not grieve The HOLY SPIRIT Of GOD, By WHOM you were Sealed For The Day Of Redemption." Ephesians 4:30.
By Grace through faith GOD Gives To us HIS HOLY SPIRIT As A Pledge Of The Inheritance with the Saints. This Is The Promise.
Then By Grace through faith begins the renewing of our inner man.
"HE Saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but According to HIS Mercy, By The Washing Of Regeneration And Renewing By The HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM HE Poured Out Upon us Richly Through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOUR, that being Justified By HIS Grace we might be Made heirs According to The Hope Of Eternal Life. This Is A Trustworthy Statement; and concerning these things i want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed GOD may be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men..." Titus 3:5-8.
Nothing of works, but in A Manner Corresponding to HIS Mercy; By The Power Of HIS HOLY SPIRIT, Thus HIS Working in us ( v5 ), WHOM HE Poured Out Upon us Richly Through our faith in The SON Of GOD ( v6 ), that being Justified By HIS Grace ( Through faith ) we might be made heirs in The Manner Corresponding To Hope Of Eternal Life, and faith Is Hope Assured "Now faith is The Assurance Of Things Hoped for, the conviction of things not seen..." Hebrews 11:1 ( v7 ).
Through this Work Of The HOLY SPIRIT, The Apostle Paul could write,
"For The Love Of CHRIST Controls us, having concluded this, that ONE Died for All, therefore all died; and HE Died for All, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for HIM WHO Died And Rose Again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognise no man according to the flesh; even though we have known CHRIST according to the flesh, yet now we know HIM thus no longer. Therefore if any man is in CHRIST, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now All These Things Are From GOD, WHO Reconciled us to HIMSELF Through CHRIST, And Gave us The Ministry Of Reconciliation, Namely that GOD Was In CHRIST Reconciling the world to HIMSELF, not counting their trespasses against them, and HE Has Committed to us The Word Of Reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:14-19.
A natural man cannot understand The Things Of The SPIRIT Of GOD because They Are Spiritually Appraised. But he who is Spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. In CHRIST Alone we are a new creature, and all Things Are From GOD, WHO Has Reconciled us to HIMSELF Through CHRIST Alone, GOD HIMSELF WHO Humbled HIMSELF; Emptied HIMSELF; Taking The Form of a Man ( Philippians 2:3-11 ), WHO Lived By The Power Of The HOLY SPIRIT In The Days Of HIS Flesh, WHO Came not to Judge but to Save, taking upon HIMSELF the penalty for all sin, entrusting to us The Gospel.
Ephesians Chapter 1 Verse 14, The HOLY SPIRIT Is Given As A Pledge Of our Inheritance, with The Intention of ( The Purpose, The Goal ) The Redemption Of Possession.
We are Redeemed With The Precious Blood Of CHRIST,
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all The Flock, among Which The HOLY SPIRIT Has Made you overseers, to shepherd The Church Of GOD Which HE Purchased With HIS Own Blood..." Acts 20:28.
"I press on toward The Goal for The Prize Of The Upward Call Of GOD In CHRIST JESUS..." Philippians 3:14.
Israel was Redeemed out of Egypt, just as we who call upon The Name Of The LORD are Redeemed out of the world.
"Was it not THOU WHO Dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; WHO Made the depths of the sea A Pathway for The Redeemed to cross over?" Isaiah 51:10.
"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we An Imperishable. Therefore i run in such a way, as not without aim; i box in such a way, as not beating the air; but i buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after i have preached to others, i myself should be disqualified..." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
..."Truly, truly, I Say to you, he who does not enter by The Door into The Fold Of The sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters By The Door Is a shepherd of The sheep. To him The Doorkeeper Opens, and The sheep hear HIS Voice, and HE Calls HIS Own sheep by name, and Leads them out. When HE Puts Forth All HIS Own, HE Goes Before them, and The sheep follow HIM because they know HIS Voice. And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."... ...JESUS Therefore Said To them again, "Truly, truly, I Say To you, I Am The Door Of The sheep. All who came before ME are thieves and robbers, but The sheep did not hear them. I Am The Door; if anyone enters Through ME, he Shall Be Saved, And Shall go in and out, and find Pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I Came that they might have Life, and might have it Abundantly. I Am The Good SHEPHERD; The Good SHEPHERD Lays Down HIS Life For The sheep. He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not The Owner Of The sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves The sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about The sheep. I Am The Good SHEPHERD; And I Know MY Own, and MY Own know ME, even as The FATHER Knows ME And I Know The FATHER; And I Lay Down MY Life For The sheep. And I Have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I Must Bring them also, and they shall hear MY Voice; and they Shall Become One Flock With One SHEPHERD. For this Reason The FATHER Loves ME, Because I Lay Down MY Life that I May Take It Again. No one takes It away from ME, but I Lay It Down On MY Own Initiative. I Have Authority to Lay It Down, And I Have Authority To Take It Up Again. This Commandment I Received From MY FATHER."... John 10:1-5 & 7-18.
Verses 17-18, and so it is for us to do. In CHRIST we are Given this authority; the position that commands such power or right, the evidence, the testimony, the confidence resulting from our faith in The ALMIGHTY; that we also may take it up again.
..."Truly, truly, I Say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much Fruit. He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to Life Eternal. If anyone serves ME, let him follow ME; and where I Am, there shall MY servant Be also; if anyone serves ME, The FATHER Will Honour him..." John 12:24-26.
"If anyone comes to ME, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be MY Disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after ME cannot be MY Disciple..." Luke 14:26-27.
..."JESUS Answered them, "I Told you, and you do not believe; The Works That I Do In MY FATHER'S Name, These Bear Witness Of ME. But you do not believe, because you are not of MY sheep. MY sheep hear MY Voice, And I Know them, and they follow ME; and I Give Eternal Life To them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of MY Hand. MY FATHER, WHO Has Given them To ME, Is Greater Than All; no one is able to snatch them out of The FATHER'S Hand. I And The FATHER Are ONE." John 10:25-30.
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are In CHRIST JESUS. For The Law Of The SPIRIT Of Life In CHRIST JESUS Has Set me Free from The Law of sin and death. For what The Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, GOD Did: Sending HIS Own SON in the likeness of sinful flesh and As An Offering for sin, HE Condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of The Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but According To The SPIRIT. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are According To The SPIRIT, The Things Of The SPIRIT. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on The SPIRIT Is Life And Peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward GOD; for it does not subject itself to The Law Of GOD, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please GOD. However, you are not in the flesh, but In The SPIRIT, if indeed The SPIRIT Of GOD Dwells In you. But if anyone does not have The Spirit Of CHRIST, he does not belong to HIM. And if CHRIST Is In you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is alive because Of Righteousness. But if The SPIRIT Of HIM WHO Raised JESUS From the dead Dwells In you, HE WHO Raised CHRIST JESUS From the dead Will Also Give Life to your mortal bodies Because HIS SPIRIT WHO Indwells you. So then, Brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if By The SPIRIT you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will Live. For all who are being Led By The SPIRIT Of GOD, these are sons Of GOD. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have Received A Spirit Of Adoption as sons By Which we cry out, "ABBA!, FATHER!" The SPIRIT HIMSELF Bears Witness With our Spirit that we are children Of GOD, and if children, heirs also, heirs Of GOD And fellow heirs With CHRIST, if indeed we suffer With HIM in order that we may also be Glorified With HIM... ...What then shall we say to these things? If GOD Is For us, who is against us? HE WHO did not Spare HIS Own SON, but Delivered HIM Up For us all, how will HE not also With HIM Freely Give us All Things? Who will bring a charge against GOD'S Elect? GOD Is The One WHO Justifies; who is the one who condemns? CHRIST JESUS Is HE WHO Died, yes, rather WHO Was Raised, WHO Is At The Right Hand Of GOD, WHO Also Intercedes For us. Who shall separate us from The Love Of CHRIST? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as It Is Written, "For THY Sake we are being put to death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through HIM WHO Loved us. For i am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, not things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other Created thing, shall be able to separate us from The Love Of GOD, Which Is In CHRIST JESUS our LORD." Romans 8:1-17 & 31-39.
The Promise Which Is Eternal Life. The Promise In CHRIST JESUS Through The Gospel ( Ephesians 3:6 ).
"...'Not by might nor by power, But By MY SPIRIT', Says The LORD Of Hosts..." Zechariah 4:6.
Earnest; 1 a part of something given in advance as a guarantee of the remainder. 2 any token of something to follow.
From The Word Of GOD:
..."If you love ME, you will keep MY Commandments. And I Will Ask The FATHER, And HE Will Give you Another HELPER, that HE May Be With you Forever; That Is The SPIRIT Of Truth, WHOM the world cannot Receive, because it does not behold HIM or know HIM, but you know HIM because HE Abides With you, and Will Be In you. I will not leave you as orphans; I Will Come to you. After a little while the world will behold ME no more; but you will behold ME; because I Live, you shall Live also. In that day you shall know that I Am In MY FATHER, And you in ME, And I In you. He who has MY Commandments and keeps Them, he it is who loves ME; and he who loves ME Shall Be Loved By MY FATHER, And I Will Love him." Judas ( not Iscariot ) said to HIM, "LORD, what then has happened that YOU Are Going To Disclose YOURSELF To us, and not To the world?" JESUS Answered And Said to 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 Abode With him. He who does not love ME does not keep MY Words; And The Word Which you hear Is not MINE, But The FATHER'S WHO Sent ME. These Things I Have Spoken To you, while Abiding with you. But The HELPER, The HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM The FATHER Will Send In MY Name, HE Will Teach you All Things, And Bring to your remembrance All That I Said To you..." John 14:15-26.
Pledge; (noun) 1 a formal or solemn promise or agreement. 2a collateral for the payment of a debt or the performance of an obligation. 2b the condition of being collateral (esp. in in pledge). 3 a token: eg, 'the gift is a pledge of their sincerity'. 4 an assurance of support or goodwill, 5 a person who binds himself, as by becoming bail or surety for another, 6 to make a vow to abstain. (verb) 7 to promise formally or solemnly, 8 to bind by or as if by a pledge, 9 to give or offer ( one's word, freedom, property, etc ) as a guarantee.
From The Word Of GOD:
..."But we have This Treasure in earthen vessels, that The Surpassing Greatness Of The Power may Be Of GOD and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying Of JESUS, that The Life Of JESUS also may be Manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for JESUS' Sake, that The Life Of JESUS Also may be Manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the Same Spirit of faith, according to What Is Written, "I believed, therefore i spoke," we also believe, therefore also we speak; knowing that HE WHO Raised The LORD JESUS Will Raise us also With JESUS and Will Present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that The Grace Which Is Spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to The Glory Of GOD. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an Eternal Weight Of Glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things Which are not seen are Eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have A Building From GOD, A House not Made with hands, Eternal In The Heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be Clothed with our Dwelling From Heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up By Life. Now HE WHO Prepared us for this very Purpose Is GOD, WHO Gave To us The SPIRIT As A Pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from The LORD- for we walk by faith, not by sight- we are of good courage, i say, and prefer to be absent from the body and to be at Home With The LORD. Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to HIM. For we must all appear before The Judgement Seat Of CHRIST, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of The LORD, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to GOD; and i hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences." 2 Corinthians 4:7- 5:11.
Guarantee; (noun) 1 a formal assurance, esp. in writing, that a product, service, etc., will meet certain standards or specifications. 2 Law. a promise, esp. a collateral agreement, to answer for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another. 3a a person, company, etc., to whom a guarantee is made. 3b a person, company, etc., who gives a guarantee. 4 a person who acts as a guarantor. 5 something that makes a specified condition or outcome certain. (verb) 6 to take responsibility for ( someone else's debts, obligations, etc. ). 7 to serve as a guarantee for. 8 to secure or furnish security for. 9 to undertake, to protect or keep secure, as against injury, loss, etc. 10 to ensure. 11 to promise or make certain.
From The Word Of GOD:
..."But we should always give thanks to GOD for you, Brethren Beloved By The LORD, because GOD Has Chosen you from the beginning for Salvation Through Sanctification By The SPIRIT And faith In The Truth. And it was for This HE Called you through our Gospel, that you may Gain The Glory Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. So then, Brethren, stand firm and hold to The Traditions Which you were Taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.Now may our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF And GOD our FATHER, WHO Has Loved us And Given us Eternal Comfort And Good Hope By Grace, Comfort And Strengthen your hearts in every Good Work And Word. " 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
"Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us..." Philippians 3:17.
"The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; And The GOD Of Peace Shall Be With you." Philippians 4:9.
..."Therefore do not be ashamed Of The Testimony Of our LORD, or of me HIS prisoner; but join with me in suffering for The Gospel according to The Power Of GOD, WHO Has Saved us, And Called us with A Holy Calling, not according to our works, but According to HIS Own Purpose And Grace Which Was Granted us In CHRIST JESUS From All Eternity, but now has been Revealed By The Appearing Of our SAVIOUR CHRIST JESUS, WHO Abolished death, And Brought Life And Immortality To Light Through The Gospel,..." 2 Timothy 1:8-10.
..."Therefore, Beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be Found By HIM in Peace, spotless and blameless, and regard The Patience Of our LORD to be Salvation; just as also our Beloved Brother Paul, according to The Wisdom Given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of The Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, Beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in The Grace And Knowledge Of our LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. To HIM Be The Glory, Both now And To The Day Of Eternity. Amen." 2 Peter 3:14-18.
In Numbers Chapter 11, when Israel was complaining to Moses and so he spoke to GOD, The LORD GOD did not say to find 70 men and get them to help you. The LORD GOD Said to Moses to gather for HIM 70 whom Moses knew to be elders of the people and their officers, so that GOD would Put The SPIRIT WHO was Upon Moses and Put HIM Upon them, that they also should bear the burden of the people with Moses that he did not bear it alone. And it is for us all in CHRIST that we live By The Power Of The HOLY SPIRIT and by nothing of the flesh. Flesh and blood cannot Inherit The Kingdom Of GOD,
"Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy Is From GOD, WHO Also Made us Adequate as servants of a New Covenant, not of The Letter, but Of The SPIRIT; for The Letter kills, but The SPIRIT Gives Life." 2 Corinthians 3:5-6
"THOU Hast Ascended On High, THOU Hast Led Captive THY captives; THOU Hast Received Gifts among men, even among the rebellious also, that The LORD GOD May Dwell there. Blessed Be The LORD, WHO Daily Bears our burden, The GOD WHO Is our Salvation. GOD Is To us A GOD Of Deliverances; And To GOD The LORD Belong escapes from death..." Psalm 68:18-20.