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Losing the Spirit

Pastor John, 

When a person baptized in the Holy Spirit is not living in godly way, the holy spirit is grieved.  Is it possible that the holy spirit will depart from such a person?

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Good question.  The short answer is yes.  The Spirit may leave a backslider, under certain conditions, while he is still living in this world.  Paul refers to those who have been thus cursed as “reprobates” (2Cor. 13:5–7).  If a backslider never repents in this life and dies in his sin, the Spirit will no doubt be taken from him after death; however, the Bible is silent about that specific point.

Thankfully, God is very patient, “not willing that any should perish”, and He will wait for many years, for a wayward child to repent.  We may all be thankful for that.

Pastor John

 

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Leika’s Poem

Pastor John,

I make a poem yesterday:

 

Babylon the Great

 

The great and mighty city

The mother of harlots, full of mystery 

She drunk the blood of the martyrs 

And she was full of blasphemy 

 

The habitation of the devils

The place of every foul spirit

A cage of every unclean

A congregation of the dead

 

Her hand full of abominations

And filthiness of her fornication 

Her wine and delicacies, drunk and ate by all nation

Her sins and iniquities, reached and seen unto heaven

 

Babylon the great is fallen!

She will be thrown down

And shall not be found

For the judgement will come

 

God is calling her people in Babylon

Come out of her, my people!

For their ceremonies, full of vanity

Come out! For her plague will be exceedingly great!

 

Leika

 

Who Were the “Devils”?

Pastor John,  

If Satan and his angels were cast out in heaven when Jesus ascended to heaven, then who were the devils that Jesus cast out in earth?

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Thank you for the question.

Satan and his angels were heavenly beings, of course, and could speak face-to-face with God.  The Bible tells of times when that happened.  God often sent them to earth, as He did other angels, to accomplish one purpose or another.  In fact, Satan was in charge of this world; so, he was here often.  You will remember that Paul called him “the god of this world”.  In the Temptation, when Satan offered Jesus authority over the nations of earth, he had the power to do that because, as Satan mentioned to Jesus during the Temptation, God had given all the kingdoms of the world into his hand.

Satan’s angels are the demons that Jesus cast out of people when he was on earth.  They had left their own heavenly bodies behind in order to live in human bodies, but they still had access to heaven when they were not in the human bodies they had possessed.  In Genesis 6, we are told that these “sons of God” possessed human bodies in those early days because they lusted after women.  Read 1Kings 22, and you will see an example of a demon talking face-to-face with God in heaven, and then coming down to earth to possess humans – false prophets, in that case.

What is meant by Satan and his angels being cast out of heaven is that they had their privilege to be in God’s presence taken away.  Instead, they were condemned to wander among men on earth until the end, when Satan and all his angels will be damned forever.  God has cursed them with the greatest curse, the curse of not being able to repent.  They cannot feel regret for wrongdoing.  Therefore, all they can do is sin.  Peter describes their spiritual condition this way: “God spared not angels who sinned, but tartarized them and consigned them to chains of blackness, to be held until the Judgment” (2Pet. 2:4).

So, Satan and his angels, as well as other heavenly beings, were once blessed to be in heaven, but they often came to earth.  Now, they can be nowhere but on earth.  By the way, I love the sympathy for us that came from one of God’s faithful heavenly beings when he saw Satan and his angels cast down to earth to live here all the time with man: “And the great Dragon was cast out, the ancient serpent who is called the Accuser, and Satan, who deceives the whole world.  He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a great voice in heaven saying, “For this, rejoice, O heavens and those who dwell in them!  Woe to the earth and the sea!  For the Accuser has come down among you, having great anger, knowing that he has little time” (Rev. 12:9, 10a, 12).

Hope that helps answer your question.

Pastor John

 

Homesick

Good morning pastor John.

This excerpt is so good to me!  It touched me as soon as I read it.  Jesus did not want this world.  Jesus wanted his Father and the glory his Father wanted him to have.  It made me think of sister Sheila and her testimony of being homesick. Oh, to have our hearts and eyes so fixed on Jesus that when they offer us the world, we can’t even see what they offer.

This world will never know our hearts, for we have been forever changed.

Touched by the Son.

Makes me homesick too.

Beth

Ex 8_20

Sweet Science Class

Hey there, 

We had such a sweet science lesson yesterday.  I looked in my teacher’s notes and saw this.  Ha!  It made me smile.  I was suppose to ask the kids this question and give them the answer, “God”.  They didn’t get that simple answer.  They got the whole testimony, again, on Jesus asking me pretty much the same question, “Who created science?”  It was so sweet to start our first science class of the year with that testimony.  It’s the reason they were ever born. heart 

Cris

lesson

Where Can I Go?

Hi Pastor John,  

A few months ago, I learned about the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  I have been desiring it since but have not experience it yet.  Do you know anyone or any church near where I live that I can have fellowship with people that have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit? 

Thank you for your time,

David A.

Washington State

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Hi David! 

God bless you, and thanks for writing. 

It used to be that I could suggest that someone in your situation go to a local Pentecostal Church (Church of God, Pentecostal Holiness, etc.), but no longer.  They are becoming as big and as dead as the denominations they once came out of.   If you do find a Pentecostal Church in your area, the people might still have some joy and power – which would be good – but in the main, Pentecostalism has lost its way and has dried up, the way the once-dynamic Charismatic movement of the late 20th century has dried up.

The way things are now in congregations that used to be free in the Spirit, it is best for you just to seek God alone.  Better to be alone and free than to try to serve God in the midst of confusion.

You are blessed!  Just stay thankful that God has given you a thirst for His righteousness, and go with it.  That thirst is His invitation to come drink of His fountain (cp. 1Cor. 12:13), and God does not make such invitations frivolously.  Expect to receive the holy Ghost!

There are a number of online testimonies from people about receiving the holy Ghost.  They would encourage you in the Lord, I think.  Also, you might enjoy reading my father’s testimony here:

http://goingtojesus.com/gtj_tracts.html?tname=tract-001-howireceived

We will be waiting to hear YOUR testimony soon!  Please stay in touch.  It is exciting to us when we hear that Jesus has touched another soul!  He is good! 

Your servant in Christ, 

John

 

1John 5:5-8

Pastor John,

What does this mean, from 1John 5? 

Who is it who overcomes the world except he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  1. This is he who came through water and blood — Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit is what bears witness because the Spirit is truth.
  2. For there are three that bear witness,
  3. the Spirit, and the water, and the blood, and these three agree

Beth D.

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Hi Beth.

As I recall, those verses were tampered with in about the 10th century by Christians in order to make them appear to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Look at the King James Version, and you will see what I am talking about.  Those translators used the corrupted Greek text for their translation of 1John.

Our translation, which you quoted, is based on the Byzantine Greek Text, which predates the 10th century corruption; still, the verses are difficult to understand.*

I could come up with a reasonable and understandable interpretation of those verses, as we translated them, but I would rather not.  The best thing for us to do, I think, is just to be familiar with them, and trust Jesus to give us perfect understanding of them in his time.

Thanks for the question.

Pastor John

*To view our translation of these verses, please follow the link below.

http://goingtojesus.com/gtj_translation.html?tname=1john