"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.
God is one Spirit. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He has created the whole universe from nothing. He exists from eternal past. God has three souls or persons in his Spirit. The persons are God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. God has created man in his own image, and after his likeness.
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3. God created Man; in His image, & after His
"1 John 1:5 says, ... God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." So, God is not only Spirit and he is also light. So, God has created the Spirit of man also, as spirit as well as light, to be like him. So, spirit of man was made as light; but it was like to candlelight, whereas God is brighter than the sun. However, both are lights. Let us see how God created this light.In Genesis, there are two accounts of God creating light. "Genesis 1:3 God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Verse 5 says, it was the first day" Then verses 14 to 19 tells about the creation of the fourth day, which is also light. Verse 16 says, "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." On the fourth day God made sun, moon, and stars. It is the light that we see. It is illumination or brightness. But what was the light that he created on the first day? John 1:4. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." It was the light of men that has life, and it was the spirit of men also; so, the spirit and the light are synonyms. God made the complete light of men in one day; and made Jesus Christ as the warehouse or custodian. Jesus Christ will give the light to whomsoever he wills. So, 'the spirit of men' is 'the light of men'; it is in the likeness of God, but it is in miniature form; and is kept with Jesus Christ.
Genesis 2:1-3 say, that God has finished his work of creation and rested on the seventh day and declared it as the sabbath day. Verses 4-6 say, that after the sabbath day, grasses and plants were not to be found. But the creation was complete; how did they disappear? They did not disappear but since they were created in the form of seeds and were in the earth. They need water to grow above the earth. So, nobody could see them, even though the creation was complete. 5 says that, ".. there was not a man to till the ground." But the creation of man was done. Where did he go? He was created as a soul, a body was not given to him yet, and so, he could not be seen. Please notice; our soul is the actual person, and a body is given to us for us to live. We think that we are the body, but it is not. Our souls will live even after our bodies die. We are the souls. "Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." So, the soul of man and woman, both were created on the same day, and in the same image of the soul of God. Their bodies were given to them later. The body of Adam was made from the dust, and the body of Eve was made from the ribs of Adam. But the souls are them, their bodies were given to them, to live on the earth. Genesis 2:7 says, "... the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, .." Now, the body was made and given to the soul. The body was a living body, and it was not a clay toy. The life of the body is in the blood, according to Genesis 9:4&5, Leviticus 17:11&14, and Deuteronomy 12:23. It was like the animal body, they live even though they do not have a soul. So also, the body of the man was also a living body, and it was given to the soul. The soul is a person. So, now the man is also a person, since he has a soul. The soul did not give the body life. He was living because of the blood. 7 Continues to say, "LORD God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." This is a misunderstood verse in the creation of man. So please listen. We are taught that a clay man was made, and God breathed into the nostrils of the clay, and the clay became a man. But it was not so. A life body was given to the soul, and he was a living man. God breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of the living man, but not on the clay. The breath of life was the spirit of man; and this spirit converted the man as living soul. So, how was man created? His spirit was created on the first day; his soul was created on the sixth day; and his body was created after the sabbath day rest. The real person is the soul; God gave him the body first; and then God breathed the spirit into him. It is how God has created man. We are also in the same way. We are souls; our bodies are given to us in our mother's womb; and we were born. Now, we must be born again of the Spirit, to become complete, as a living soul. If not, we will be a living flesh and a dead soul. Our soul is made same as the soul of God; our spirit is like the spirit of God, but in miniature form, and our body is from the dust of the earth.
God has created the soul of man exactly as the same as the soul of God. God's soul is in his Spirit, and our soul must be born again and receive the Spirit. If it does, the soul of man will be capable to do what the soul of God can do. The attributes of the souls of God are holiness and righteousness. "1 Peter 1:15 says, as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." God did not requires us to be omnipotent, since he did not make our spirit as his spirit, our spirit is a miniature spirit, we cannot do what God can do. But our soul is the same as the soul of God; so we can do what God's soul can do. That is why, we must be holy and righteous. "Jesus says in Matthew 5:20 ... except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Revelation 22:11 ... he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Since our soul is created exactly as God's soul, God requires us to be holy and righteous like him. Jesus lived a holy life when he was a man and proved that a man can live a holy life. But we struggle and we are not able to live a holy life; why? Because we do not have the power. Say, that we are born again; have received the holy spirit; and still we do not have power. Then what? John 3:34 says, that the spirit is given by measure, and Jesus has received the spirit beyond measure. So, it is not just born of the spirit, but how much Spirit we receive. If you just receive a cup of spirit, how much power you will have? John 7:37-39 say that you can drink all you want until the spirit flows out of your belly. Or, will you be satisfied with a full cup. What kind of thirst do we have; we will drink that much of spirit. An ounce of tonic will do the work of an ounce, and a gallon of tonic will do the work of a gallon. You will drink as much as your ambition and goal. If your ambition is great, you will drink a lot, until you overflow.
. Receive the Spirit, it is Light, it is Life to the Soul.
. Receive the Spirit, it is Light, it is Life to the Soul.
John 1:4. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." This light was in Jesus Christ; it is the light of men; it gives life to the soul of men; it will make the living flesh to a living soul; and it is by the holy spirit. Verse 9 says, "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." So, Jesus Christ is the store house of this light and he gives this light to every person, who will come to him. Now, I must tell you this. I was involved in church ministry for forty years and served as a pastor for 12 years. People know the scriptures; they love God and they love the world also. God wants them to be godly, but they want to be religious. They will not meet God where he wanted them to be, but they are satisfied where they are. They think that they are spiritual, but they are religious. Christians think, receiving Jesus Christ is like receiving potatoes. But he is not that cheap. Don't think of him as projection of a man, friend, playmate, helper, or a servant. Jesus Christ is God in the omnipotent Spirit. John 8:12 says, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Jesus Christ tells us to follow him. Christians are taught that Jesus Christ follows us, he calls us, he loves us, he is doing so much good to us, he begs us to give him a chance, and so on. All these are decorative lies from the devil. But your favorite preacher will preach such messages; because the devil got him; and he will deceive you also through him. The preacher will not preach the pure word of God, but he will mix it with sugary enticing words, which is poison. But Jesus Christ says that if we follow him, we will have the light of life, that is, which is the holy spirit. Jesus Christ will ignite this light, which is the spirit, in our souls to lead us in the ways of God. We must not assume and take it for granted that we are born again. If we have received the spirit, we will become righteous, and we should take it as proof. If we assume without righteous fruit, we may be deceiving ourselves. If we are born again, or born of the spirit, then we become a complete person, or a living soul, with body, soul and spirit. When we die, our bodies go back to dust according to Genesis 3:19 & 1 Corinthians 15:50. "Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." The soul (I made a mistake on the video; a slip of the tongue; instead of soul, I said as spirit, but it must be soul) will rest in the bosom of Abraham, as in Luke 16:22&23. In the second coming, the spirit will be glorified and come with Jesus Christ, it will join with the soul from Abraham's bosom. They will inherit heaven as glorified sons of God or as bride of Christ. They will be like Jesus Christ in glory. If a man is not born again, he will not have the spirit. When he dies, his body goes to dust, his soul will be naked as in 2 Corinthians 5:3. Then he will be in the lake of fire as in Revelation 20:14.
The holy spirit is not the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is God and the holy
spirit is a gift. It is neither the baptism, nor the gift of tongues.
Not seen, nor heard, nor in heart, which God prepared.
9. It is not the baptism; the Holy Spirit is given by measure.
"1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." Isaiah 64:4 says the same thing. But we all talk about heaven; we think that we know all about it; and we think it is like Disney land. But God says that we don't even have the hardware to put the program about heaven. The holy spirit is the only hardware, that God will put the program in, and then only we will understand heaven. It is the place that is filled with the glory of God. Are you a complete person, with the holy spirit in you? If not, receive the holy spirit from God. Not only he teaches you about heaven, but he will lead you to heaven.
The holy spirit is not the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is God and the holy spirit is a gift. It is neither the baptism, nor the gift of tongues.