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Holy Ghost Baptism

Dear Pastor John,

My name is Osmond and I found your ministry when searching for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I came to know the Lord at a Baptist church my first year in college and only within the last two years came to understand and believe Jesus is the same, He still heals, still delivers, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. I know Acts 1:8 and Luke 11 describe how the Holy Spirit empowers us for life and ministry and I have prayed and fasted, but have not gotten the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have seen God provide in amazing ways but I do not know how and when the baptism of the Holy Spirit will happen in my life. Can you help? Brother Osmond

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Greetings, Osmond, and thank you for writing!

The only thing the Bible tells us Gentiles to do to receive the holy Spirit baptism is to repent.  If there is anything more required, I do not know what it is.  The old saints who taught me Christ used to say, “Whatever keeps the holy ghost out of your life will keep you out of the kingdom of God.”  I believe that: so, I encourage you to make receiving the baptism of Christ THE priority of your life.

Men have invented many ways (church doctrines) by which they justify themselves and others, but as Jesus said to one such group, “God knows your heart.”  Do not believe those who tell you that you are born again and right with God without Jesus’ baptism of the holy ghost.  They are not the door; Jesus is, and when we satisfy him and His Father with our repentance, he baptizes us into his body (Rom. 6:3; 1Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27).  There is no other way to get into the body of Christ.

If you have further questions, please let us know.  May God richly bless you and fill you with His holy Spirit!  And do let us know how things go with you.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor John

 

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Ephesians 3:10

Do the principalities and powers over us know the wisdom of God by watching the congregation of God?  Is that what this verse is saying?

Eph. 3:10: “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God…”

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Yes.  That is what Paul is saying.  God has ordained that the truth about Him is made known to all creatures through those who walk in the Spirit of His Son.

Pastor John

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LORD and Lord

Pastor John,

“LORD” is The Father.  “Lord” is Jesus.  So when writing about Jesus, do we write with a lower case h (example .. he ) and only use upper case H when writing about the Father?

Beth D

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That’s what I do, Beth.

Pastor John

 

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John the Baptist and Jesus

Hi, Pastor John. 

Since John the Baptist was a shadow type of Jesus and was sent only to the Jews to introduce them to Jesus, would that be the same as Jesus being sent (in spirit at Pentecost) to the sons of God (those who were chosen before the foundations of the world) to present (“introduce”) us to his Father?

Thanks,

Billy M.

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Hi Billy.

The Spirit is really what introduced the Father and the Son to men, for even when Jesus was here among us, men did not know him because they did not have the Spirit within. So, you are on the right track with that.

Pastor John

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Conversion and Salvation

I Would like to understand the difference between salvation and conversion. Will you please help? 

Shirley

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Hi, Shirley.

There is a great difference between “conversion” and “salvation”.  Conversion is experienced in this life.  It is to be “born again”.  Conversion happens when our sins are washed away, which takes place when we are baptized with the Spirit of God.  The disciples were converted and had their sins washed away on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2:1-4).

Salvation, on the other hand, is God’s reward for the faithful.  Jesus will bring that reward with him when he returns to catch away his faithful saints.  As for any unfaithful believer, though converted, he will not receive salvation but God “will cut him off and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.  In that place, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth!” (Mt. 24:51).

No believer who is still living on earth has received his salvation yet because Jesus has not yet comes.  Paul said that “our salvation is nearer than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11), and that is true.  Every day, our salvation draws nearer because every day, the coming of the Lord is nearer.

Do not follow those who teach that you receive salvation now, in this life.  Jesus is the Judge, not them.

Pastor John

 

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Knowing Satan Was Evil

John, 

Since no one really knew the Son before Pentecost, is it true that no one really knew Satan either?

Wendell

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Yes, Wendell, that’s right.​

Before Pentecost, no one ​but Jesus understood that ​Satan was evil.  Even if ​people believed Jesus when he said ​that ​Satan was evil, they ​themselves had no way of knowing why Jesus would say that.  ​What evil ​deed ​Satan had ​ever ​done​ during the Old Testament?

​Pastor John

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If I Don’t Speak in Tongues

Pastor John, 

If I don’t speak in tongues will I go to hell?

Erica A.

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Hi Erica. 

If you don’t obey God, you most certainly will be cast into Hell.  And if you do obey God, you will receive the holy ghost (Acts 5:32) and speak in tongues.

Pastor John

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