I am a retired pastor
of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Email: Pastor True Gospel
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"Genesis 1:3 God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 ... And the evening and the morning were the first day." So, God has created light on the first day, and there was darkness also. "14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: --- 16 And 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. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." So, God has created two kinds of lights on two days: on the first day, and on the fourth day. The fourth day light was the illumination. They were sun, moon, and stars, which give light to earth. Then, what was the light that God has created on the first day? It is not the light of illumination. Let us see what this light is. Jesus Christ says in John 8:12, "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 is the light of life; he has the light; and he will give this light to whoever follow him. This light is the light of LIFE, but not illumination. "Matthew 3:16 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:" Here, we see that the light is the Spirit of God, and now it is upon Jesus Christ. So, the first day creation, the total light of life, is transferred to Jesus Christ, and made him the custodian to the Spirit, which is the holy spirit, and this is the light. "John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." It says that Jesus Christ will light every person, that is, he will give the light to any person, like distributing flashlights, who will come to him; of course by repenting their sins and to obey God. "John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men." So, this light is the life of man, which will make him a living soul. It will quicken the souls of men, and it will raise them from the death in trespasses and sins, as in Ephesians 2:1&5.
"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." God is a Spirit, he is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Nobody can be in the image of his Spirit. God does not have a flesh body; but God has souls. So, God is Spirit and Soul. Nobody can be as his Spirit, and so God made us as his soul. But a soul is like a spirit, it is neither male nor female. Then, how did God make them male and female? Genesis 2:7 says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,.." This body of dust was made male and female, and God gave them to the souls of Adam and Eve, to live in their bodies. "Genesis 2:7 ... and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." If we are not careful, we may misunderstand this verse. Most Christians think that God made a clay statue of a man and breathed into his (its) nostrils the breath of life to make the statue to be a man. That is not what the verse says. He was already made a man with soul and body. Then, God breathed into him the holy spirit, not an empty air, and this man; who was already a living man, became a living soul; that is, he became a born-again man, or he was born of the spirit. God created man in two stages: first as an ordinary flesh man, and then, as a born-again man, or as spiritual man. Jesus Christ tells us also that we must be born again, and he gives us the holy spirit. So, in creation, God has created the spirit, or the light, on the first day. God has created the soul in his own image on the sixth day. Then, after the Sabbath day, God has created the flesh body from the dust. God put the soul in body; made an ordinary man. Then God gave the spirit, that is light, to this man and made him a living soul, or a spiritual man. This man is complete with body, soul, and spirit. At birth, we have body and soul only. So, we must be born again; that is, we must receive the spirit to become a complete person, even to see the kingdom of God. Without the holy spirit, a living man is a dead soul; but with the holy spirit, he is a 'living soul'. "Genesis 2:7 God ... breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Ephesians 2:1 you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ." The breath of life is the holy spirit. God gives the holy spirit to dead souls of who were sinning and makes them spiritual living souls.
"Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from that tree; and if they eat, they will die the same day. They disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, and they became dead souls, on the same day. "Genesis 3:6... she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;" Since Garden of Eden is paradise, their spirit must have been in the glorified state, and so, their bodies were covered with glory. Now they were spiritually dead, their glorious covering is gone, and they were found naked. They were dead souls; spiritually dead, but physically alive; and they lived for several more years in the world.
"Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men,..." The spiritual death of Adam was passed upon all of us. So, we are all born without the spirit. Many preachers take this topic as their foundation sermon, call it as the Original Sin of Adam, and produce it as an excuse for us to keep committing sin. So, Jesus tells us in John 3: "3 ... Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." If we are born again, it will be the end of the Original sin of Adam. And if we are born of the water and of the spirit, we will inherit the kingdom of God. "Luke 11:9 I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; 13.. how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" So, if we ask God as his children, God will give us the holy spirit to us. It is God's promise. So, we can set aside the consequence of the sin of Adam very easily, and we can have a new beginning. If we have the spirit body, we will not be found naked on that day as in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 and we will enter heaven with our glorified bodies.
Spiritual things cannot be sensed or proven by worldly means or intelligence. If we have not received the holy Spirit from God, we will not understand spiritual things. Proverb 20:27 says: "The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. 1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For 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." Here we see a key difference between the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost. It says that the 'spirit of man', that is the holy spirit that is in man, knows the things of man. Further, it says that the Holy Ghost that is God, knows the things of God that no man knows. 12 says: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." It refers to the holy spirit, which we have received from God. Since we have the holy Spirit, we will know the things that God freely gives. 13 says: "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." Since we have the holy spirit in us, we are able to speak the things that the Holy Ghost teaches. So, we understand spiritual things, that will enable us to compare spiritual things with spiritual. 14 says: "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." So, those without the holy spirit cannot comprehend spiritual things; to them, spiritual things appear to be foolishness. Bottom line is, the Holy Ghost teaches us through the holy spirit, and so, we understand.
Usually Christians think that holy spirit is God. This mistake arises because preachers are confused with the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost. God gives the holy spirit to a man as a gift to make the man holy. Isaiah 63:11 says: "he (God) put his holy Spirit within him (man)." Zechariah 12:1 says: "God form the spirit of man within him." So, the holy spirit is called as spirit of man, since it is given to man. 1 Corinthians 2:11 says: "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." Proverbs 20:27 says: "The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." Ecclesiastes 3:21 says: "Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?" Zechariah 12:1 says: "... the LORD, ... formeth the spirit of man within him." Notice that the names, "the spirit of man" and "the holy spirit" are used for the same spirit in man. So, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Man. However, man is not forced to follow the leading of the holy spirit. If the man chooses not to obey the holy spirit, and continue in sin, it grieves the holy spirit. Then, God will take the holy spirit away from him, or we may say that the man has quenched the spirit. David had sinned, and he was afraid that God would take the holy spirit away from him. He prayed to God in "Psalm 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me." David recognized that the holy spirit is a gift from God; as such, that God may also take it away. In Davidís case, God granted Davidís request. God did not take the holy spirit from him.
The holy spirit is light in us, and God tells us to manifest the light to others so that God may be glorified in us. Matthew 5 says: "14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Here Jesus explains that the light of the holy spirit is not to be hidden; rather, we must shine the light before other men, so that others may see our good works. Ephesians 2:10 says, born again people are "created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." So, receive the holy spirit from God, do good works, and let others see what God has done in your life.
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Matthew 28:20, & Mark 16:15. Jesus Christ preached his commandments to obey, as hisGospel; it is the true Gospel to inherit Eternal life. Genesis 3:1-4 & 2 Corinth 11:2-4. But Preachers, who are Serpents of Satan, preach the life of man Jesus just to believe, but not to live as a chaste virgin, as the gospel; it is another gospel, which cannot and will not give Eternal life.
The true gospel will convert evil people to do good and thereby they will inherit the kingdom in heaven.John 3:19-21 say that people are two kinds, evil and true. Evil doers will not come to the Light, who is God; but people of truth come to God for their deeds to be made manifest. We have good and evil people by our standard of our society or culture. These evil people may be converted to be doers of truth by the power of God, and they may inherit the kingdom of God in heaven.
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