SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL UPON ABIDING IN CHRIST- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The state of being saved is the state of being in Jesus Christ who Himself is the Savior from sin and sinning.

Matthew 1:21- AND SHE SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THOU SHALT CALL HIS NAME JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

The condition of being saved is always spoken of as being conditional, continuous and ongoing.

1 John 1:7- But IF we WALK IN THE LIGHT, AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP ONE WITH ANOTHER AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN.

The condition of having the blood of Jesus Christ cleansing you from all your sin is based upon the condition that you walk in the light (truth, obedience) of God and to God.

This means when you cease to walk in the light, walk in the truth, walk in obedience to God, you cease to have fellowship with Him and as you cease to have fellowship with Him, His blood ceases to cleanse you from your sin at that point.

John 15:10- IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE, EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHER’S COMMANDMENTS AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE.

The condition of you abiding in His love is based upon the condition you keep (obey, follow) His commandments.

When you cease to keep His commandments (obey, follow) then you cease to abide in His love.

John 10:27-28- MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME:

AND I WILL GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND.

The condition of having eternal life is based upon the condition of hearing His voice, knowing Him, obeying Him and following Him.

If those conditions are met then you shall never perish and no man (including yourself) shall pluck you out of His hand.

When you cease to hear, obey, know, and follow His voice, His commands, His Word, then at that point you have no biblical assurance of eternal life, of fellowship with Him, of abiding and remaining in Him, and of the cleansing of the blood for your sins.

John 17:3- AND THIS IS LIFE ETERNAL, THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW THEE THE ONLY TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST, WHOM THOU HAST SENT.

Eternal life is not a gift separate from the person of Jesus Christ. He is the gift, He is the life (John 14:6, 1 John 5:12).

It is knowing Him intimately, being in contact with Him, being in communion with Him, being in fellowship with Him, being intertwined with Him.

Not just knowing about Him or memorizing a formula or doctrinal statement (although that is important and necessary to knowing Him).

1 John 2:3-4- HEREBY WE DO KNOW THAT WE KNOW HIM, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS

HE THAT SAITH, I KNOW HIM, AND KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.

The Bible evidence and proof that a person knows Him and has eternal life is that they obey Him and keep His commandments.

At the point a person ceases to obey Him and keep His commandments, that person ceases to be intimate with and have fellowship with (know) the Lord Jesus Christ.

At that point they cease to have fellowship with Him, and therefore cease to have any biblical grounds to claim they have eternal life and the blood of Jesus Christ is presently cleansing them from their unrepentant sin and disobedience.

John 6:53-57- VERILY, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, EXCEPT YE EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD YE HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU.

WHOSO EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, HATH ETERNAL LIFE; AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY.

FOR MY FLESH IS MEAT INDEED AND MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED.

HE THAT EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, DWELLETH IN ME, AND I IN HIM.

AS THE LIVING FATHER HATH SENT ME, AND I LIVE BY THE FATHER, SO HE THAT EATETH ME EVEN HE SHALL LIVE BY ME.

When Jesus speaks of eating His flesh and drinking His blood He is speaking of having fellowship and communion with Him.

He is speaking of feasting on the Word of God, on the Bible, on the Person of Jesus Christ, on the Holy Ghost, on prayer, and on doing the will of God (John 4:34).

This is the person who has eternal life abiding in them. This is the person who has Jesus Christ dwelling in them and dwells in the person of Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:5-6- AND YE KNOW THAT HE WAS MANIFESTED TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS; AND IN HIM IS NO SIN.

WHOSOEVER ABIDETH IN HIM SINNETH NOT: WHOSOEVER SINNETH HATH NOT SEEN HIM NEITHER KNOWN HIM.

If you are in Christ then you cannot be in sin.

He is the light and in Him is no darkness (1 John 1:5-6).

If you are in sin then you cannot be in Christ.

To get into sin you must come out of Christ.

To get into Christ you must depart from your sin (2 Timothy 2:19).

This is conditional, ongoing and continuous.

There is no salvation without fellowship with Jesus Christ.

There is no fellowship with Jesus Christ while a person is walking in darkness, disobedience to God or sin.

There is no eternal life without fellowship and obedience to Jesus Christ.

He is the Savior of them that obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).

If you are sinning you are disobeying Him and have no biblical grounds to claim you are saved.

There is no cleansing from sin without obedience and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no salvation without the blood cleansing you from your sin (Hebrews 9:22, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19).

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SOME SCRIPTURES THAT REFUTE THE DUAL HERESIES OF MODALISM (ONENESS) AND ARIANISM (JESUS A CREATED BEING AND LESS THAN GOD)- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Here are just a few verses of many that refute both twin heresies of modalism (oneness) and arianism (Jesus was created, less than the Father and not equal to the Father):

Hebrews 1:8- But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy Kingdom.

Here we have God the Father speaking to God the Son and calling Him God.

John 5:23- That all men should honor the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him.

Here we have Jesus the Son claiming He should be honored in the same way as the Father is honored.

Phillipians 2:6-8- Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Here we see before Jesus came to earth in the form of a man He was with the Father, in the form of God, and equal to God.

John 5:17-18- But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

John 1:1-2- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,

The same was in the beginning with God.

John 17:5- And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.

He we see Jesus as God, with God, sharing the same glory as the Father, distinct from the Father, before the world was.

Hebrews 1:6- And again when He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, and let all the angels of God worship Him.

Here we see the God the Father, bringing God the Son who had been with Him in the form of God before the world was, into the world, as a man and commanding Him to be worshiped.

1 John 5:7- For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

John 8:16-18- And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of Me.

Jesus speaks of the Father and Himself being two witnesses, being sent by the Father, being not alone, but being with the Father.

One God Three persons

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THOUGHTS ON MEDITATION IN RELATION TO PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The Bible teaches and explains various types of prayer such as thanksgiving, praise, worship, petition, supplication, intercession (Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:1).

I have always believed and considered the practice of meditation to be of vital importance to any prayer life.

In our praying of all these different types and manner of prayer we are commanded to take “the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD” (Ephesians 6:17-18).

In our prayers and spiritual warfare we are to be standing upon the Word of God from a position of victory (Ephesians 6:10-18).

The Lord Jesus Christ was no doubt in a constant meditation during His fasting, consecration and testing in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13).

This was how Jesus defeated the devil in the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13).

As important as reading and study are meditation is as or perhaps even more important.

We are commanded to meditate upon the Word of God day and night.

Joshua 1:8- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,; but THOU SHALT MEDITATE THEREIN DAY AND NIGHT, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalm 1:2- But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and IN HIS LAW DOTH HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT.

Meditation upon the Word of God, upon the scriptures, upon Bible subjects, upon certain verses, upon certain passages, is one way that gets the Bible from our head to our hearts.

Meditating upon the scriptures, pondering them, quoting them, repeating them, praying them, chewing them, ruminating upon them brings spiritual knowledge, understanding and revelation.

Putting God in remembrance of His Word, putting the devil in remembrance of the Word of God, and putting ourselves in remembrance of them builds and develops faith.

Meditation turns Bible information into spiritual understanding.

Meditation turns Bible head knowledge into heart knowledge.

Meditation turns Bible information into revelation knowledge.

Meditation turns Bible information into practical understanding whereby we can wield the Sword of the Spirit.

Meditation turns the letter into the Sword of the Spirit.

This is the type of wisdom and understanding spoken of in the book of Proverbs and in the parables of the sower respectively (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8).

The greater the study, prayer and meditation upon any Bible subject, topic or discipline the more understanding and revelation we obtain.

The more understanding and revelation we obtain the more of a practical reality the subject, topic or discipline becomes to us.

The more we practically apply ourselves to these the more effective and fruitful we become in them.

Revelation knowledge and spiritual understanding of the Word of God is the foundation of faith in God and in His Word.

Revelation knowledge and spiritual understanding of the Word of God is the result of meditation and practical application of the Word of God.

This is the means by which the Holy Ghost opens the eyes of our understanding, the eyes of our heart, and opens to us the scriptures (Ephesians 1:17-18, Psalm 119:18, Luke 24:45).

Weak faith and shallow understanding is the product of little or no meditation upon the Word of God.

Meditation was obviously the practice of the patriarchs:

Genesis 24:63- And Isaac went out to MEDITATE in the field at eventide.

David practiced meditating upon the Word of God all through the Psalms during his times of prayer, worship, communion, petitions and intercession (Psalm 1:2).

Psalm 19:14- Let the words of my mouth, and the MEDITATION OF MY HEART, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Psalm 63:6- When I remember Thee upon my bed, and MEDITATE UPON THEE IN THE NIGHT WATCHES.

Psalm 104:34- My MEDITATION OF HIM shall be sweet:

Psalm 119:48- My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I WILL MEDITATE IN THY STATUTES.

Psalm 119:78 (b)- I WILL MEDITATE IN THY PRECEPTS.

Psalm 119:97- I how I love thy law! It is my MEDITATION ALL THE DAY.

The consistent practice of meditating upon the Word of God gave David more understanding than both his teaches and the ancients.

A person who loves the Word of God will at times sacrifice sleep, food and time to be able to spend time meditating upon the Bible.

Psalm 119:148- Mine eyes prevent the night watches, THAT I MIGHT MEDITATE IN THY WORD.

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PUTTING 1 JOHN 1:8 IN CONTEXT TO REFUTE EXCUSES FOR SINNING- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

1 John 1:8- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we pull this verse out it contradicts the rest of the chapter as well as the whole book of 1 John.

1 John 1:6- If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN.

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

1 John 2:1- My little children these things write I unto you THAT YE SIN NOT.

1 John 3:3- And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, EVEN AS HE IS PURE.

1 John 3:6- Whosoever abideth in Him SINNETH NOT: WHOSOEVER SINNETH HATH NOT SEEN HIM NEITHER KNOWN HIM.

1 John 3:8- HE THAT COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL;

1 John 3:9- WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN;

1 John 5:18- WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD SINNETH NOT

So either the Bible contradicts itself or something is being taken out of context.

Here is the context of 1 John 1:8.

The context is our fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).

1 John 1:5- This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:6- If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

If a person uses 1 John 1:8 to claim a believer cannot claim they have no sin then that contradicts 1 John 1:6 because God is light and the only way to have fellowship with Him is to walk in the light.

It is impossible to walk in light and darkness at the same time. It is impossible to go right and left at the same time. It is impossible to go north and south at the same time.

Either we are walking in the light or walking in darkness. If we are walking in darkness (sin) then we are not walking in the light and have no fellowship with Him.

1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN.

We are commanded by God who is light to walk in the light as He is in the light. God would not command us to walk in the light if it was impossible to do so and if He did not expect us to do so.

If and only if we are walking in the light as He is in the light then the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us FROM ALL SIN.

How can we claim to be simultaneously walking in the light and having His blood cleanse us from ALL SIN while still walking in darkness and having sin?

1 John 1:8- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

From the context of this passage and the rest of the book He is obviously referring to a person who is not walking in the light and walking in darkness out of right fellowship with the Father who is deceiving themselves and claiming they have no sin.

He tells them what to do in the next verse.

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

It is impossible to be cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus and still have sin (1 John 1:7). It is impossible to be forgiven of all sin and cleansed from all unrighteousness and still have sin (1 John 1:9). All means ALL.

The person who is claiming to be walking in the light and in fellowship with Him but is actually walking in sin and darkness is commanded not to deceive themselves and say they have no sin when they do. He is told to confess his sins and forsake them and God is faithful to cleanse him from all his sin and all his unrighteousness.

1 John 3:5- And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; AND IN HIM IS NO SIN.

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ARE YOU ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Some people will boldly quote with the apostle Paul:

Romans 1:16-17- For I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION TO EVERYONE THAT BELIEVETH; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

But are they really not ashamed?

Many of these people seem to be ashamed, embarrassed, and afraid to claim anything Paul mentioned after that.

After that Paul talks about God’s wrath being revealed against wicked men because they reject the truth of God (Romans 1:18), men refusing to acknowledge God as the Creator and being without excuse before Him (Romans 1:19-20), men being vain with darkened, foolish, unthankful hearts for rejecting the truth of God (Romans 1:21-22), making a God into their own image (Romans 1:23-25), and then giving himself up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own heart, dishonoring their own bodies (Romans 1:24).

Here we see the downward spiral man must go into to accept and normalize homosexuality.

When it comes to mentioning anything about this sin most people are ashamed, embarrassed, and cowardly to speak out and stand against it because of the social stigma and opposition that goes along with it.

Romans 1:26-28- For THIS CAUSE GOD GAVE THEM UP UNTO VILE AFFECTIONS: FOR EVEN THEIR WOMEN DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE;

and LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST, ONE TOWARD ANOTHER; MEN WITH MEN WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY,and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

And EVEN AS THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND, TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT CONVENIENT;

Ten verses after the apostle Paul inspired by God declares how he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, he describes the downward spiral of man rejecting the truth of God, how it results in homosexuality and how God is opposed to it and what He thinks about it.

Many people who claim they are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ with the apostle Paul never seem to mention, preach about or condemn the sins Paul talks about after that.

Jesus said:

Mark 8:38- Whosoever therefore SHALL BE ASHAMED OF ME AND OF MY WORDS IN THIS ADULTEROUS AND SINFUL GENERATION; OF HIM ALSO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE ASHAMED, WHEN HE COMETH IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER WITH THE HOLY ANGELS.

Jesus did not just say whosoever would be ashamed of Me I will be ashamed.

He said whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and OF MY WORDS I WILL BE ASHAMED.

Many are claiming they are not ashamed of Jesus Christ or His gospel but they are ashamed of his words.

Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1, John 1:14, Revelation 19:13) and all scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16).

If you are ashamed of His words then you are ashamed of Him.

You cannot be for the positive but not for what is considered negative by society and culture.

If you only oppose sins that are not deemed politically incorrect then you are a man pleaser, ashamed of the gospel, ashamed of Christ, a friend of the world and an enemy of God.

That is called being a friend of the world which makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-16).

It is called being ashamed of His words in this adulterous and sinful generation that embraces, accepts and tolerates what He condemns.

You cannot defend, justify and coddle what Jesus was nailed to the cross for and why a place called Hell was necessary.

Jesus came and died to save sinners (including homosexuals) because they are condemned (John 3:16-21).

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THE SCRIPTURAL DISTINCTION BETWEEN BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT AND BAPTIZED IN THE SPIRIT- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The New Testament makes a clear distinction between being born of the Spirit (born again- John 3:3-8) and being baptized in the Spirit (baptism in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues-Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:1-6).

These are two separate and distinct experiences.

Usually when a discussion comes up about the baptism in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues these two experiences get confused and mixed together.

Here are several points of confusion:

1) People who are born of the Spirit (born again) but do not have the baptism in the Holy Ghost will claim they already have the baptism in the Holy Ghost.

2) People who are born of the Spirit (born again) but do not have the baptism in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues think you are claiming you are not saved unless you speak in tongues.

3) Those who are baptized in the Holy Ghost often come across as if the born again believer who has been born of the Spirit does not have the Holy Ghost at all.

The purpose of this article is to clear up confusion on the three above points. It is not intended to be a comprehensive article on the subject of the Holy Ghost.

I am hopeful this will help answer some questions and expect it to raise more questions about the subject.

I would like to cite the following two passages of scripture as examples of being born of the Spirit and being baptized in the Spirit respectively:

BORN OF THE SPIRIT

John 4:14- But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the WATER that I shall give him shall be IN HIM a WELL OF WATER springing up into EVERLASTING LIFE.

Water is a type of the Spirit of God. Here it is spoken of as being a well in us that springs up in us in everlasting life (John 17:3, 1 John 5:12, John 14:6).

This is a type of being born again (John 3:3-16).

BAPTIZED IN THE SPIRIT

John 7:37-39- If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that BELIEVETH ON ME, as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER. (But this spake He of THE SPIRIT, which they that BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE: for the HOLY GHOST was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.

Here the water is spoken of as a river flowing out of the believer. This is a type of the baptism in the Holy Ghost as the rivers flow out from our innermost being to those around us for the purpose of being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8).

A born again believer is born of the Spirit of God (John 3:3-8) and has the Spirit of God dwelling in them (John 1:12, Romans 8:14, Romans 8:16, 1 Corinthians 3:16) but this is not what it means to be baptized in the Holy Ghost.

Phillip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them (Acts 8:5). After Phillip’s preaching, healing the sick and casting out devils (Acts 8:6-11) the Bible states:

Acts 8:12- But when they BELIEVED Phillip, preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of JESUS CHRIST, they were BAPTIZED both men and women.

After Phillip’s preaching they believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were baptized.

According to Jesus Christ: Mark 16:16- He that BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED;

So according to Jesus Christ these Samaritans were saved. They believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were baptized.

Romans 10:9-10- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised Him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. For WITH THE HEART MAN BELIEVETH unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto SALVATION.

Acts 16:31- and they said, BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED, and thy house.

If one receives the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord they become a son of God.

John 1:12- But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them gave He power (authority) to become the SONS OF GOD, even to them that BELIEVE ON HIS NAME.

Those that receive the Lord Jesus Christ become sons of God or children of God. They have been born of His Spirit and have the witness of the Spirit of God that they are a child of God.

Romans 8:16- The SPIRIT ITSELF beareth witness with our spirit that WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD.

To have the witness of the Spirit of God that you are a child of God, you have to have the Spirit of God on the inside of of you.

1 Corinthians 3:16- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU.

You would have to have the witness of the Spirit of God and have the ability to be led by the Spirit of God to be a son of God and a child of God. The Bible uses these two terms interchangeably (son of God-child of God).

Romans 8:14- For as many as are led by THE SPIRIT OF GOD THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD.

Romans 8:15- For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear ; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The sons of God are led by the Spirit of God and have the witness of the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14-16). This is not a different Holy Ghost than the one who baptizes in the Holy Ghost. It is the same Spirit but a different experiences.

Just as the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) are produced by the same Holy Ghost.

The ones who have received the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12) have become sons of God and children of God and have the witness and leading of the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14-16).

The Samaritans in Acts 8:12 believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were baptized in water (Mark 16:16, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10). They were saved. They were born again. They were children of God.

They were born of the Spirit of God.

1 Peter 1:23- BEING BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth forever.

Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-3, John 1:14, Revelation 19:13).

Titus 3:5-7- Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy HE SAVED US, by the washing of REGENERATION, and RENEWING OF THE HOLY GHOST, which He shed on us abundantly THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR, that being JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE, we should be made HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.

This passage is speaking of salvation, speaking of justification by grace, speaking of regeneration, speaking of eternal life, and speaking of the work of the Holy Ghost.

John 3:3- Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

This is speaking of salvation.

John 3:5-7- 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

The Samaritans after Phillip’s preaching in Acts 8:12 believed his preaching about Jesus Christ and proved it by being baptized in water. They were saved. They were born again. They were born of the Spirit. They were children of God. They had the witness of the Spirit. They were sons of God.

They were not however baptized in the Holy Ghost.

Acts 8:14-17- Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria HAD RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD (1 Peter 1:23, John 3:3-7, Titus 3:5-7), they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST: (For as yet HE WAS FALLEN UPON none of them: only they were BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.) Then laid they their hands on them, and THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.

Phillip had preached Christ unto them (Acts 8:5). They received the Word of God, believed and were baptized (Acts 8:12, Acts 14, 1 Peter 1:23, John 1:12, Mark 16:16).

They were saved, they were born again, they were regenerated of the Spirit of God, they were children of God, they were justified by faith, but the apostles at Jerusalem sent Peter and John to pray for them to receive the Holy Ghost because He had not yet fallen UPON THEM.

They were born of the Spirit but not yet baptized or filled with the Holy Ghost.

Acts 1:8- 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 Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.

Luke 24:49- And, behold, I send the promise of My Father UPON YOU: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem UNTIL YE BE ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.

This experience of having Peter and John come and pray for the Holy Ghost to fall upon them was a separate and distinct experience from previously receiving the Word of God, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and being baptized. This was being baptized in the Holy Ghost, being endued with power from on high, being filled with the Holy Ghost for the purpose of being a witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each time in the book of Acts where believers experienced this baptism of the Holy Ghost, this enduing of power from on high, this initial filling of the Holy Ghost it was accompanied with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

Acts 2:4- And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE.

Acts 10:44-46- While Peter yet spake these words, THE HOLY GHOST FELL ON ALL THEM WHICH HEARD THE WORD. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also WAS POURED OUT THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST. For THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES, AND MAGNIFY GOD.

Acts 19:2-6- He said unto them, HAVE YE RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST SINCE YE BELIEVED? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any HOLY GHOST. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should BELIEVE ON HIM WHICH SHOULD COME AFTER HIM, THAT IS, ON CHRIST JESUS. When they heard this, THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, THE HOLY GHOST CAME ON THEM; and they SPAKE WITH TONGUES AND PROPHESIED.

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TWO CONDITIONS OF CONFIDENCE IN GETTING PRAYERS ANSWERED FROM 1 JOHN 1- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

To get our prayers answered we must be confident of two things:

1) Confident that our heart is right with God, there is nothing between us and Him, and we are in obedience to Him.

1 John 3:20-22- For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

Beloved, IF OUR HEART CONDEMN US NOT, THEN HAVE WE CONFIDENCE TOWARD GOD.

And WHATSOEVER WE ASK, WE RECEIVE OF HIM, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, AND DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT.

2) Confident that we are praying according to His will. It is impossible to pray in faith with confidence if we do not know the will of God (James 1:6-8).

1 John 5:14- And this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARETH US:

And if we know that He heareth us, WHATSOEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE DESIRED OF HIM.

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