Now a child of God

In Christ, we are no longer orphans…Father God understands the importance of fathers…and …He knows most of us have been orphaned in some way sometime in our lives…So He sent us a Helper and that Helper is His Spirit…[the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit].

The Holy Spirit is… the Lord’s Spirit…the Lord’s Presence…the Lord’s Breath…and God’s Prophetic promise as proclaimed to us by the prophet Joel [Joel 2:28-29]…

Through the Holy Spirit… God Reveals Himself & His purpose to us…

By the Holy Spirit… He Empowers us to fulfill His purpose…

The fulfilling of the promise of the Gift of the Holy Spirit took place on the day of Pentecost…and is described by the Apostle Peter in Act chapter 2:38…Peter says…People of all nations…repent… repent means “to change your mind”… so Peter is saying…”change your mind and be baptized…every one… in the name of Jesus Christ…for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” In order for us to receive the Holy Spirit…Jesus had to die first for the forgiveness of our sins…with our sins now forgiven…we can receive the Holy Spirit…Gods’ Spirit..!

Q.  What is it that we need to change our mind about..?

A. We need to change our mind about who we say Jesus is…We need to decide…Jesus is the Christ…the one who came to die in our place for our sins.  Jesus is the one we crucified…

Acts 2:36 [just 2 verses earlier Peter says]…”Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” … ESV

So Peter says…”Change your mind…then be baptized…every one…in the name of Jesus Christ…then…your sin is forgiven…and you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…the Helper..!”

The entire world changed that day…on the Day of Pentecost…Just a day or so earlier in Acts 1:15 the word says…”And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty)…” – Acts 1:15 NKJV… and then the Holy Spirit comes in Acts 2 and the word says in verse 42 …those who received his [Peters’] word…were baptized, and were added that day about three thousand souls…Acts 2:41 ESV

WOW…the Spirit of God can do…even greater things…

What Changed…? …from this day Pentecost and forever more… sin would no longer be failure to keep and fulfill the Law…sin was now simply “not having Jesus Christ at the center of your life”…and it is still the same today…by changing our mind about who Jesus is and being baptized in His name…our sins are forgiven…and because our sins are forgiven…we can once again enter into a relationship with Father God…and His Holy Spirit can become our Helper…

Now a little Definition and History lesson…someone asked me “when is Pentecost..?”

Pentecost literally means “The Fiftieth Day” pente-fiftieth and cost-day [the fiftieth day] in Greek…

And the History…For Ancient Israel “Pentecost”, and the Jewish holiday, called Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah [the Law] to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai, The date of Shavuot is directly linked to that of Passover.  Shavuot is always fifty days after Passover…and is celebrated either as Shavuot if your Jewish or as Pentecost if your Christian, but always fifty days after Passover. Passover dates back to Egypt and the blood of the lamb spread upon the door posts to be passed over by death…

So Father God chose to pour out His Holy Spirit [our helper] over all the earth on the very day that His Israelite nation…already celebrated “the day God gave Moses the Law at Mount Sinai… So we get to choose…  Shavuot or Pentecost… Law or Spirit…

Choose the Spirit & there will no longer be a knotty or nice list& that is called Liberty or Freedom.

Many people have chosen the Law rather than the Spirit as it says in 2 Corinthians 3:14-18

14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 ESV

Everybody’s story is the same but different…different details…same circumstances… somewhere someone abandoned me…someone didn’t protect me…someone deprived me of my God given advantages and stole my opportunities and now I am all alone…and there is no hope.

Simply put…I am damaged goods…God knows this…life has taken its toll on me…and I am no longer the person He created me to be…the good news is…He has a plan to restore me to whom I was created to be…I can’t do it myself…I have tried and failed and tried and failed over and over again…So he made a way through Jesus to send a helper to help me…and now there is hope…and I am a son of God.

I want to show you this in His word…in John Gospel 1:12-13 first in the English Stantard Version and then in the Kings James Version…

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,   who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13 ESV

12 But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: – John 1:12 KJV

It is right here in His word…He gave the right…He gave the power…to become…children of God…the sons of God…

…in John 3 Jesus tells Nicodemus…you must be born again to see the kingdom of God…and then says…unless one is born of water & the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…  BE BORN AGAIN..!

It is through these words that I now can see more clearly this picture of born again…

John the Baptist says in John 1 …but as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name… the King James says “He gave the power to become the sons of God” …the power is in the Holy Spirit and with the Holy Spirit [the Helper] we can become the sons of God..!

John the Baptist prophesied it…to be reborn…not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus Christ proclaimed it and died for it…that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is Spirit…he who believes in the Son has everlasting life…

The Holy Ghost delivered it…On the day of Pentecost…

and Peter proclaimed it in Acts 2…

Q. Will we receive this life God has for us or not..?

In the Kingdom of Godthe helper is the one who knows what I need before I even ask…He is the one who hands me the tools I need to finish His work…He is the one who supplies whatever I need whenever I need it…He even lets me know what it is that I need… sometimes even before I know that I need it.

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  5. Well laid out/organized presentation of the Gospel Steve! Be praying over these words (Isa 55:11) as God leads many to read them! (ITim 2:4) Bless!

  6. Good lesson Steve more on the same subject..
    1Jn 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
    1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
    How can this be true? This is hard to fully understand, In the flesh I’m a Zero! In the Spirit we are Christ like My Father is all knowing, He keep me well informed on demand only it seems. If you Need more scripture to back this up?
    Psa 81:10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
    Pro_28:5; Joh_10:4-5, Joh_14:26, Joh_16:13; 1Co_2:15; Heb_8:11

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