Balancing Spiritual & Carnal Part 4

Last time we said –
Jesus tells them that is not your business Jesus tells them “after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, ye shall (shall is future tense) receive power. But wait a minute. Jesus breathed on them and gave them the Holy Ghost before. Clearly, the apostles already had the Holy Ghost and after 40 days after the resurrection Jesus is telling them they shall receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon them? This is easy to explain and understand because it all ties in to our spirit man and the Kingdom of God. It is not a matter of Pentacostal or Baptist as some have taught, it is about the Kingdom of God.

In Acts Chapter 1 Jesus is telling his apostles to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. In context, the very next verse? Acts 1:4-5 KJV
” 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.”

Notice again the word “shall” which means future tense. It had not happened yet. Ye shall be. And notice baptized with not in?

We know when Jesus told his apostles this, he had already given them the Holy Ghost from John 20:21, 22. So what was Jesus telling them? What does the word baptized mean? By definition, immerse. One could be immersed in water, in orange juice, in marhmallows, in debt, in work, in hardships, in prosperity. That is why Jesus said John truly baptized with water. John immersed the people in water.

But being baptized “with” not in the Holy Ghost is what Jesus was telling them.
Acts 1:5 KJV  “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” And then Jesus explained what being baptized with the Holy Ghost meant.

Acts 1:8 KJV  “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.”
Another words, when you get saved you receive the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit quickens , makes alive, your spirit man towards God. And being baptized with the Holy Ghost is after you are saved you will be immersed with the Holy Ghost and you will receive power. What is this power? Verse 8 told us, we shall be witnesses unto Jesus.

Students of the word of God know, it is Acts Chapter 2 where the power of the Holy Ghost comes. When Pentecost came. Pente means 50. So Pentecost is 50 days after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The apostles already had the Holy Ghost but 50 days later,

Acts 2:1-12 KJV  “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
[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.
[5] And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
[6] Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
[7] And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
[8] And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
[9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
[10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
[11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
[12] And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?”

I am not going to get into why there were Jews in Jerusalem hearing these different languages. Or why Jews require a sign. Or why tongues / languages are for a sign.  But I am going to note every one of these tongues were a language someone recognized. It was not jibber jabber. These tongues were recognizable languages to everyone there. And the point is not about the tongues anyway. It is about the people speaking were preaching Jesus. Peter explained that in Acts 2:14-36.

So let’s set the scene. You have Jews, in Jerusalem, preaching to Jews. And the Holy Ghost, who is already in those believers, comes and gives them power to speak different languages so they could preach Jesus to everyone there, even those from Gentile areas, look at Acts.

So if we ask ourselves, what is different since the death, burial and resurrection? Clearly, it is the promise of the Father to send the Holy Ghost after Jesus was no longer here on earth. And the purpose? Basically –
~ To quicken our spirit man unto God
~ To seal us for God (Ephesians 1)
~ To immerse believers with the Holy Ghost so we had power to preach Jesus

And remember, at this point, everything is still focused on Jerusalem on Jews. And the believers never scattered to preach this good news of Acts 2:21 KJV
  “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” that Peter spoke of until persecution came. Then the people scattered.

Then this fellow named Saul comes on the scene in Acts 8 and Saul gets saved. God changes his name to Paul and God is going to work through Paul, as God told Ananias, Acts 9:13-15 KJV
“Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
[14] And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
[15] But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:”

Not only did Paul learn who Jesus is and get saved on the road to Damascus but Paul was filled with the Holy Ghost when Ananias put his hands on him.

Acts 9:17 KJV  “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

Notice the terminology change? Not baptized, but filled?

Now we begin to see God making a shift. Damascus is not Israel. And God says he is sending Paul to Gentiles, kings, and to the children of Israel. We know Paul always spoke to his kinsmen, Jewish people, but Paul’s focus was reaching Gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy. 

To understand this provoking, remember when the laborers were hired and the guy who started early in the morning received the same pay as the one who started near the end of the day? And the one who started early in the day complained to the master saying I’ve worked longer shouldn’t I get more pay? The master said, you agreed to be paid a penny for a day’s work, didn’t you? So the person who gets saved on their death bed receives the same inheritance as the child who gets saved. The difference? Rewards for our labor.

Question: What spiritual gifts did Peter teach or preach about? What did Peter teach about the “filling” of the Holy Ghost?  What did Peter teach about our spirit man? And who was Peter trying to reach with the gospel?

According to God’s word, the New Testament says there is neither Jew or Gentile, bond or free, but we are all one in Christ.  Shouldn’t Peter and Paul’s message be the same? But when Peter was speaking about Paul’s letters, epistles, Peter didn’t understand some of what God gave Paul. 2 Peter 3:15-16 KJV  “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
[16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

Notice Peter says Paul was given wisdom? God immersed Paul in the Holy Ghost and Paul was able to bring his body into subjection. Another words, Paul was spirit man living. So how do we live in our spirit man? And how does the Holy Ghost later called Holy Spirit by Paul, immerse believers today? Not what you might think. Until next time.

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