Saturday, September 20, 2014

God’s preparation for the Rapture of the Church...The inner work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of a believer

• The Holy Spirit reproves the hearts of sinful men and leads them to repentance. John 16:8-9...And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;

• After repentance the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ.1 Cor 12:13... For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

• A believer is thus sealed with the Holy Spirit...Eph 1:13...In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

• A member of the body of Christ is regenerated by the Spirit of God through the new birth. Titus 3:5...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;

• The Holy Spirit testifies and reveals Christ to the hearts of members of the body of Christ...John 15:26...But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

• The Holy Spirit shows members of the body of Christ how to get rid of the Adamic nature that still tries to rule their lives...Rom 6:6...that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

• In the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire…The Holy Spirit purifies the heart of the believer from the Adamic life and nature that still tries to rule...Acts 15:8-9...And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

• After the sanctifying power of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost is experienced, members of the body of Christ are…renewed by the Spirit. Rom 12:1-2...that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

• All believers patiently await the Rapture of the Church. 1 Thess 4:13-17...But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

• The Church (universal) in the Rapture is a Church that is holy, and without spot or blemish...Eph 5:27...That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

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