"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The light that God created on the first day is Holy Spirit. God seals this Holy Spirit to establish us in Christ, for eternal life. Holy Ghost Baptism and the gifts are as ordination and license to do the ministry of God. Power and boldness were given as needed, as they were filled with Holy Ghost.
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Praise the Lord, Alleluia. This is, Declaration of Faith # 5; Topic is: Born of the Holy Spirit and Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Two different Spirits, one is Holy Spirit, the other is Holy Ghost. In the beginning when God created man, he has done it in three steps. First, he created the soul, then the body from the dust and gave it to the soul, and the soul became a man. Then, God breathed a life into the man, and the man became a living soul. "Genesis 2:7 says, God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." The body of man is mortal, and it will die and return to the dust. But the soul will never die. The life given to the soul is everlasting. So, this life in Genesis is everlasting life. Scripture says that this life is Spirit, and it is the Holy Spirit. That is, the life that God breathed into Adam was the Holy Spirit, even though in Genesis it was not mentioned by its name.
Light is spirit, it is life to the soul.
Light is spirit, it is life to the soul.
The gospel of John 1:4 says, "In him was life;" Here, ‘him’ was Jesus Christ. And the life, was the Holy Spirit. Then the verse says, "the life was the light of men." So, the name of this life is "light" and it is for men. The life that God breathed into man in Genesis, of course it is the holy spirit, but the name given here is "light". So, this light is everlasting life.
Let us see where the light came from. In Genesis, there are two accounts of God creating light. Let us see both. "Genesis 1:3 God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Verse 5 says that it was the first day" So, God created light on the first day. Then God describes in verses 14 to 19, about the creation of the fourth day, which is also light. Let me read Verse 16. "God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Verse 19 says that it was the fourth day." So, God created light on the fourth day also. On the fourth day he made sun, moon, and stars. It is the light that we can see. It is illumination or brightness. Further, we make plenty of lights, most of them are electric lights. So, we are familiar with the light that God has created on the fourth day. But, what was the Light that he created on the first day? This was the light, that we saw in the gospel of John. This light was in Jesus Christ, it is the light of men, but it was given as life to the soul of men, and it is everlasting life.
Let us see the gospel one more time. John 1:4. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." So, the life in Jesus, is the light of men. Verse 9 says, "That was the true Light, (it refers to the person Jesus Christ) which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." It means that Jesus Christ is the store house of this light and he gives this light to every man and woman, who will come to him. Jesus says in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world: (again he confirms that he is the store house of this light, and he can give this light to the whole world. Again he says,) he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, (Usually we take this as illumination light and think that if he is light, we can see from it. But it is not like the light we see, it is spirit light. So, he says again,) but shall have the light of life." That is, we will not just see from the light he has, but we will have the light in ourselves. Jesus Christ will give the light inside of us, the light or the spirit will lead us in the ways of God. This light is the holy spirit that leads us to everlasting life. So, the light that God has created on the first day, is given to Jesus Christ as custodian of the light and to distribute it to the world. This light is the holy spirit, and it is the life to the souls of men. This is a little difficult subject, it must be studied to understand. You will find the transcript in the website. If you have any doubts, you can write to me and I will clarify it to you.
Since this light is the holy spirit, let us see one more thing. "2 Corinthians 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." God establishes us with Christ and anoints us with the spirit. God gives the light that is life in our hearts. It is the earnest of the spirit. Why is it called the earnest? Because it is as an advance sum, for our inheritance in the kingdom of God. That is, we will become the sons of God and as sons, we will inherit the kingdom of God. "Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." So, this light or life is the earnest, which is the token of the great glory, which we will receive and witness in heaven, which is God’s kingdom.
Now let us see the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is a controversial topic. Many Christians say that it is of the devil and they hate the gift of speaking in tongues. In one way, I do not blame them, because they see the polluted tongues that are counterfeit. Many celebrity preachers are also against the Holy Ghost baptism. To become more famous, they blaspheme the Holy Ghost, for a show, without knowing the basics of the word of God. They commit the unpardonable sin and seal their own eternity into the lake of fire. They enjoy their wits and funs now, but they guarantee themselves outer darkness. It is pathetic, shameful, and tragic.
Matthew 3:14&15 tells us about the water baptism Jesus took under John the Baptist. "16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." That is, soon after the water baptism, God the Father and the Holy Ghost baptized Jesus with the Holy Ghost. Following that, Jesus Christ started his ministry. So, Jesus waited for the Holy Ghost baptism to start his ministry. In Acts 1: we will see the grand finale of the Lord Jesus Christ, at the end of his world mission, just before his ascension. It is a glorious incident. During this great moment, Jesus Christ gave his disciples one great advice, concerning his ministry. Let us look at it. "4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." We Jesus Christ told them to wait until they receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the power of God, before starting their ministry. We will think that Christians will follow the advice of Jesus Christ. But, most Christians do not even pay attention to this advice on this spectacular event. Jesus Christ waited for his Holy Ghost baptism to begin his ministry. Now he told his disciples to wait until they receive their baptism of the Holy Ghost and power from God, and then begin their ministry. Holy Ghost baptism is the ordination given by God. The gifts of the Holy Ghost are the license given by God to do the ministry of God. Now, ordination and license are given by churches and schools to qualify them as ministers of God. They took the place of God. But, if the church congregation has not received the holy Spirit, and if the minister doesn't have the baptism of the Holy Ghost, then God considers the church as dead. However, Holy Ghost baptism is not required for eternal life, but the holy spirit is required for eternal life. Let us see how the baptism of the Holy Ghost is given.
"Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." This is the baptism with the Holy Ghost. Here, all those who received the baptism of the Holy ghost are Jews. Let us see a report by Peter about the baptism of the Holy Ghost to the gentiles. "Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost." Here, the baptism is referred, as the Holy Ghost fell on them. It is mentioned that they were also baptized, as it was in the beginning, in the same way it happened with the Jews.
As a person receives the baptism for the first time, God ordains, gives gifts and power, to enable them to do ministry. Then, the Holy Ghost gives them power repeatedly, and it is referred as filling of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost imparts power and boldness every time. In "Acts 4:8 Peter (was), filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, and so on." In "Acts 4:31 when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." We see Paul in "Acts 13:8 Elymas the sorcerer … withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Paul … filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? … and the deputy became blind." So, God does not stop with the initial baptism, but he follows it up, by giving power and boldness to continue the ministry. But, the Holy Ghost baptism is not a one-day event to learn how to speak in tongues, or to make some noise.
Thank you very much for listening. God bless you. May his presence go with you. Amen.
Please notice that the Holy Ghost baptism is not the abiding of the Holy Ghost. Baptism is just to dip in and to come out. In this case, the Holy Ghost just visit the person and gives a gift or a few gifts to use it in the ministry of God with power of God. Abiding is to live in the person. If the Holy Ghost abides in us, we will be the temple of the Holy Ghost.
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God Bless You