Tuesday, April 20, 2010

rLn's Last EXpression -- Her Last GAZILLION Words


HELLO, everyone! i hope you are not crying for me! WHY? WHAT FOR!?! Rejoice... and again, i say -- REJOICE!

i am with the Risen and Glorified LORD JESUS Himself -- face-to-face at long last! i am with GOD The SON, my Faithful Savior, my heart's Desire and Delight. HE is the Author and Finisher of my Faith and ETERNAL Salvation -- The Great AMEN in Person, the very LIFE of this twice-born soul! HE is my ULTIMATE Consolation, my WONDERFUL Counselor. HE is the LORD of Glory and the LORD of my Righteousness. HE is my Good Shepherd, the Sacrificial LAMB for my Passover. HE is my LIFE-Giver, Sustainer and Resurrection... the PRINCE of Peace -- full of GRACE and TRUTH!

i am with The Ancient of Days, our Thrice-Holy FATHER -- our Heavenly "ABBA" -- the One who ALL-ways knows BEST always, and who ALL-ways acts perfectly RIGHTEOUS and JUST always! i am with the SUPERnatural Holy SPIRIT -- the One who caused my being BORN AGAIN, the One who baptized me INto CHRIST, the One who NEVER forsook me as i lived out GOD's Plan for me on earth. (John 14:20-21,23,26; 16:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 1 Corinthians 6:14)

As you hear (or read) these words, KNOW that i am in UNearthly, UNimaginable, almost UNcontainable BLISS -- in heavenly, rapturous, glorious DELIGHT  -- wrapped and immersed in INexpressible JOY that is a constant experience, my BEing totally enveloped and totally saturated -- to the deepest recesses of my soul.


Don't weep, let go ALL sorrow -- REJOICE, kick up your heels, clap your hands and dance a jig! LET out a resounding whoop of GLADness -- make some "ooolaLAAAH" noise... no need to be SO somber... no need to sing the blues! Instead, shout out "HalleluJAH!"

i am glorified ALIVE! MORE alive than i ever was on earth... MORE vibrantly ALIVE... a gazillion more of 'the Heavenlies' MORE -- EXpressing MORE UNsurpassed vitality that is SO effervescent and SO invigorating, yet SO peacefully at ease and restful in this INdescribable ZESTfulness and UNmatched BEingness of ALIVEness. It's a GLORIOUS ALIVEness that fills to OVERflowing my very BEing -- that radiates from my deepest innermost BEing. i would be OVERwhelmed were it not for the REALITY of this NEW SPIRITual body that is NOW the dwelling place of my enLIGHTened soul and quickened spirit.

Take off the long faces, put on your ear-to-ear smiles. i am MORE than just fine. i am made WHOLE at last -- body, soul and spirit United IN CHRIST -- a child of the GOD Divine -- beaming outwards the Light of CHRIST from withIN, HE who is The LIGHT of the Universe...my altogether Lovely Adonai, my utterly Precious Pearl of GREAT Price -- my LORD of Lords and KING of Kings -- CHRIST JESUS Himself, The SON of GOD.


Don't miss me, don't lament my physical absence. Rather, look forward with eager GLADness when we'll meet again... those of you who are my TRUE brothers and sisters IN CHRIST. (John 3:3,5-8; Romans 8:14)

Now i fully KNOW -- my time on earth was but Life 101 -- SPIRIT-led lessons on CHRISTlikeness. It was the life-long Process of PREPARATION for Eternity with GOD in His heavenly Kingdom. And physical DEATH -- cessation of my earthly existence -- was but the blink-of-an-eye ENTRANCE to Eternal LIFE. (Romans 8:29,28)

Dearest family and friends -- those of you hearing (or reading) this last expression of rLn -- you ONLY live ONCE in that vulnerable body you now occupy. You ONLY have this VERY brief lifetime to CHOOSE which Way to go. You ONLY have this ONE chance to choose your ETERNAL Destiny. There are NO multiple reincarnations -- only GOD's Plan of RESURRECTION for ALL SOULS ever born -- either to Eternal SEPARATION from GOD (Hell) or to Eternal LIFE with GOD (Heaven). (Matthew 25:46; Luke 10:25-28; John 3:14-18,36; 5:24; 6:40,47; 17:2-3; Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)

Life EVERafter really is "Black and White." There are NO shades of grey. Your IMMEDIATE Life after this FLEETING one on earth depends on how you CHOOSE your "colors" -- "BLACK" or "WHITE." (Matthew 13:49, 25:32)

"BLACK" is utter Darkness and utter Depravity -- where satan rules this realm of utter evil. "BLACK" is the TOTAL absence of Love and Light. Imagine a hellish place, then multiply it a gazillion times...that is "BLACK." (Matthew 13:41-42)

"WHITE" is blazing Light and utter Truth. "WHITE" is the TOTAL absence of Evil and Darkness. Imagine a PERFECT Paradise, then multiply it a gazillion times -- and it STILL won't even come close to the REALITY that IS Heaven... that is "WHITE." (1 Timothy 6:15-16)

And HEAVEN -- GOD's Kingdom -- is the MOST Wonder-FULL, INdescribable, amaZZZing, utterly fanTASTIC existence -- it's THE Place to experience Eternity... it's the ultimate REALITY of BEing IN CHRIST. 'And I heard a loud voice from the Throne, saying, “Behold, the Tabernacle of GOD is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and GOD Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away EVERY TEAR from their eyes; and there will NO LONGER be any DEATH; there will NO LONGER be any MOURNING, or CRYING, or PAIN; the first things have passed away.”' (Revelation 21:3-4)

HALLELUJAH! i'm here! Once a wretched SINNER of old, but NOW a wholly, completely NEW creation -- a MASTERPIECE of the heavenly Master -- NO words in the human language can describe BEing in the Presence of GOD! The hosts of angelic Beings utter amaZZZing UNearthly Heavenly JOY-full language of worship that perfectly honors the One True Living GOD -- The GOD Most High, The GOD Everlasting. But how can i put into earthly words the music of their heavenly worship? You have to be HERE to hear and enJOY and experience SUCH wondrous and glorious utterances.

i am in FatherGOD's very Presence -- GOD is SPIRIT and He who dwells in UNapproachable Light -- yet i'm intact and whole -- and did not burst into a gazillion smithereens of JOY! IF i could physically return to earth (Luke 16:26 says, "Negative!") and tell you ALL that is here -- you'd NO LONGER even remotely desire ANY of that measly STUFF that masquerade as the world's Treasures... devilish Temptations -- fleeting Pleasures that are like the EMPTY calories of fluffy cotton candy -- just sickening Saccharin. EVERYthing here in Heaven is a gazillion times better in EVERY way -- it's SUPERlatively Wonder-FULL -- UNspeakable in earthly language.

Remember when GOD by the Holy SPIRIT raised JESUS from the dead and the Risen CHRIST manifested Himself in His GLORIFIED Body? THAT is the REAL Hope of EVERYone who are IN CHRIST -- boundless vitality and OVERflowing LOVE, heavenly JOY, and the UNfathomable PEACE of GOD that was but a tantalizing hint on earth compared to the REALITY  that is here in Heaven. (Hebrews 12:2; Isaiah 44:23; 1 Peter 1:8; Jude 1:24)

And BEST of all is this UNsurpassed DELIGHT of BEing with JESUS -- face-to-face at long last! -- in His Presence ALL the time and being conscious of it! His GLORIOUS Presence would OVERwhelm me with its OMNIPOTENT GLORY were it not clothed with His UNspeakable sweetness and INfinite graciousness. My whole BEing sings angelic harmonies -- in utmost reverence and childlike wonder... in AWEstruck amazement, in utmost gratefulness for the SUPERlative privilege of sharing Heaven with GOD Himself as one of His own.

So don't cry -- don't shed one more tear. REJOICE... and be utterly GLAD for me. i am totally FREE at last! FREED from decay and weakness and pain. FREED from the cursed earth -- the putrefying world that is soon to pass away. FREED from the hellish power and pollution of satan, SIN and SELF. ... ForEVERmore!

If you haven't yet reckoned which Way to go, which Master to serve, which "Color" to side with by your total allegiance -- please, for the sake of your EVERlasting SOUL -- choose "White." PURE, gloriously radiant WHITE for the color of The WORD made Flesh. PURE, cleansing spotless WHITE for the color of JESUS' shed BLOOD for our sins. PURE, UNapproachable blinding WHITE for the Infinite Perfection of our Most Holy GOD IN CHRIST.

REPENT -- turn from SIN, SELF and satan. BELIEVE and TRUST in JESUS' LIFE of sinless Perfection, of His perfect BLOOD Sacrifice on The Cross, of His historical Resurrection and astounding Ascension back to GLORY with The FATHER. Acknowledge His rightful LORDship over your entire life -- body, soul and spirit. RECEIVE by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, IN CHRIST alone -- GOD's gracious and merciful FREE Gift of Eternal LIFE with Him and the saints in His SON's Kingdom in Heaven -- for His SON CHRIST JESUS Himself said, "I AM The Way, and The Truth, and the LIFE. No one comes to The FATHER except through Me. I AM The LIFE and The Resurrection. You BELIEVE in GOD -- believe ALSO in Me." (John 14:6; 11:25; 14:1)

For 'it is APPOINTED for men to DIE once, but after this The JUDGMENT.' The cowardly, UNbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and ALL liars -- they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. THIS is the SECOND DEATH. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 21:8)

'And I saw the DEAD, small and great, standing before GOD, and books were opened. And another Book was opened, which is the Book of LIFE. And the DEAD were JUDGED according to their works, by the things which were WRITTEN in the books. The sea gave up the DEAD who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the DEAD who were in them. And they were JUDGED, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is The SECOND Death.

'And ANYone not found written in the Book of LIFE was cast into the Lake of Fire.' (Revelation 20:12-15)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Doulos" of CHRIST JESUS -- Slave of GOD


i was a fully devoted follower of JESUS CHRIST. Today (May, 2015) i am a fully devoted slave of CHRIST JESUS.

After listening to John MacArthur's message "Slaves for JESUS CHRIST" -- i discovered that i am a slave of JESUS CHRIST.

GOD's amazing wisdom and unfathomable patience is such that He did not allow this revelation until i had fallen so deeply in love with JESUS that i was able to receive this TRUTH with joyful acceptance.

When i was but a "baby" CHRISTian, i balked at the Bible passages that commanded SUBMISSION to the husband, meekness in dealing with people, turning the other cheek when attacked, going two miles when forced to do the one, forgiving 70 x 7 that same person, giving to every one who asks or borrows (and not hoping for anything in return), praying for and loving my enemy, even "washing feet."


But in GOD's perfect timing, i heard MacArthur's message with a hallelujah! bursting forth from my heart. It made perfect sense to me.

i "grew up" feeding on the New King James Version (John MacArthur's Study Bible), the New International Version -- and today, the New Living Translation. All the years of my thus far, brief CHRISTian life, i digested "Well done, good and faithful servant." i lived as best as i could to please GOD with a servant heart. My understanding as a fully devoted follower of CHRIST JESUS was that of a devoted servant -- not as devoted slave.

John MacArthur's exposition was exceptional -- it was TRUTH clarified in words that my mind could grasp and my heart could receive with JOY. It was an Aha! moment for me.


In the original language of the Scriptures (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), the New Testament was written in Greek. The Greek word doulos appears 130 times -- yet in the NKJV, it appears but once in the true English translation: doulos of CHRIST -- slave of CHRIST (1 Corinthians 7:22). The word doulos is translated in English to "slave" when actual slaves are mentioned, or when it describes a slave of someone or to something (i.e., slave of Philemon, slave to sin) -- but not as a personal relationship to JESUS CHRIST (i.e., slave of JESUS CHRIST). The original Greek word doulos when translated to English (in the 20 authorized Bible translations) is changed to "servant" (or "bondservant" -- someone bound to labor without wages -- still a "slave," though not seemingly as abrasive). MacArthur contends that there are six words in Greek for "servant" -- none of them doulos, and yet doulos (slave) is translated as "servant" in almost all the English Bible translations.

In the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), doulos is consistently translated in English as slave, as well as E. J. Goodspeed's translation. The American Standard Bible translates doulos as "slave" (in the context of a personal relationship to JESUS CHRIST) when there was no getting around it (per MacArthur), as does the New Living Translation. (Compare English translations of doulos in Romans 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Galatians 1:10, Colossians 1:7, Titus 1:1, James 1:1, Jude 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1)

The word slave is such a distasteful word, with all its evil connotations and dark historical attachments. Slavery means oppression, subjugation, evil done to others. To be called a slave of someone or to something could mean nothing good -- talk to any African-American or Israeli Jew (or anyone who was ever enslaved by someone or by something). It is totally vile... like an unmitigated hurt, with its associated scars that may still be tender and oozing with bitterness and unforgiveness.

What is a doulos -- a slave?

A slave is exclusively owned by one master -- bought with a price.
A slave is in complete and constant availability and obedience to that one master.
A slave is subject to one alien will -- the will of that master.
A slave is to live only for the singular purpose of pleasing that master.
A slave is completely dependent on that master for absolutely everything.
A slave is disciplined and rewarded at that master's discretion.

In other words, a slave has NO independence, NO freedom, NO rights of any kind! He is owned, controlled, subjected -- made to serve -- to do anything required, whether he likes it or not. Slaves (in Roman times) had no rights, no legal recourse, didn't own anything, had no citizenship, couldn't give testimony in a court case, no choice about anything -- they were totally dependent on the master who owned them. And if a slave ran away, he was flogged or even crucified.


All that said, why do i DELIGHT in being a doulos, a slave of JESUS CHRIST? Why is this not a repugnant word to me? Why does it ring true in my heart of hearts -- my soul? Why does it ascertain Oswald Chambers' "It matters not what GOD does -- it matters only Who He is"?

Because of Who the Master is -- GOD the Son, CHRIST JESUS -- Faithful and True, Prince of Peace, Lamb of GOD, Lion of Judah, Light of the world...omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal and righteous Judge. The I AM WHO I AM is my LORD. He is the Creator and Owner of all things seen and unseen. This Master is infinitely kind and benevolent, utterly gracious and compassionate. He is LOVE incarnate. My Master is the GOD Who loved the world so much (you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son (LORD JESUS) to atone for the sin of all humanity. (John 3:16) And because He is a holy GOD, every thing He wills is ALLways perfect and good.


Wasn't i bought with His own blood? His precious blood was shed in agony on the cross that i may be washed clean by it... my sins blotted out by it... and my place in the Kingdom of GOD guaranteed by it.

JESUS' sacrificial, substitutionary death on the cross bought my freedom. i am owned by CHRIST. i am His doulos -- i am a slave of JESUS CHRIST.

When i received JESUS as my CHRIST... as my Savior and LORD -- did i realize the full extent of His LORDship in my life? No. Did i know that i would be His doulos for eternity, not a servant who can choose to quit? No. Did it occur to me that when i confessed Him as LORD, that i was also confessing myself as slave of GOD? No.

TOday (May 2015 -- more than ever), i fully understand the true meaning of "LORD." When JESUS is LORD and Master of me -- i am under His absolute ownership and control (through the Holy SPIRIT); totally subject and obedient to His will; loyal and devoted only to Him; and totally dependent on Him for absolutely everything -- all my material, emotional and spiritual needs. He is the Provider, the Protector, the Comforter of this doulos. Rather than being an oppressed slave, i am a lovingly cared for possession of the most glorious Master of the heavens and earth.


JESUS, as my Master, has made me a daughter of GOD and joint-heirs with Himself; adopted me into His family; will take me to Heaven, and now pours out all the lavish riches in His possession for my joy and for His glory. i was a slave to death, hell and sin -- under satan's authority -- but TOday, i am slave to GOD, Creator and Master of the Universe!

Hallelujah! i am no longer slave to god -- i am a fully devoted slave of JESUS CHRIST!

Paul, Peter, Timothy, Jude, James (the brother of JESUS) called themselves doulos of GOD and of JESUS CHRIST. They were called to be more than servants -- they were called by CHRIST to be His doulos -- His very own. Even the virgin Mary, mother of JESUS, called herself a slave. "I am the LORD's slave," said Mary. "May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38, HCSB).

And the SON of GOD Himself -- existing in the exact form of GOD -- assumed the form of a slave! He (JESUS) made Himself nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. (Philippians 2:7)


And all who have received JESUS as their LORD and Master, have been bought, redeemed, purchased by GOD Himself. What a privilege to be owned by the GOD of the Universe!

But a most awesome and most amazing truth is this -- that JESUS no longer calls us slaves -- doulos -- but friends! Saved sinners, once fit only for the dung heap -- bound for hell -- are now friends with GOD. This is the unbelievable, unfathomable, indescribable Love of GOD... manifested in CHRIST.

"No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you." (John 15:15)

JESUS -- the sweetest Name i know!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The MINISTRY of the Holy SPIRIT in Believers

When i received the LORD JESUS as the CHRIST of my life in 2003, i was ignorant of the AWEsome ministry of the Holy SPIRIT in my life, in my person. i remained clueless for some time because although i was saved from eternal hell, i remained but a baby CHRISTian, barely crawling on my hands and knees, still operating from the flesh -- the old "ME.rl.I.n" nature -- not able to discern the small, still voice of the SPIRIT, for my own self-seeking voice was yet too dominant and too loud.

GOD's grace is such that He did not allow me to remain a baby CHRISTian, but through His merciful orchestration, He gave me the necessary tools so that i may be better equipped for the growth process. In 2009, upon my return to San Diego from Fiji, He provided the "Foundations" Bible study at Ocean View Church which gave me insight to the powerful ministry of the Holy SPIRIT in the lives of followers of CHRIST.

And recently, through Jim Cymbala, Zac Poonen (CFC, Bangalore) Zola Levitt (Zola Levitt Ministries), John Yates (Faith Bible Institute, Willmington's Guide to the Bible), fellowship with other CHRISTians, daily Bible reading and study, and SPIRIT-engineered circumstances -- i came to know the Person of the Holy SPIRIT Who was GOD's gift to me (and to all believers in CHRIST) at the moment of redemption.

The following are excerpts from Willmington's Guide to the Bible which clearly define the fantastic ministry of the Holy SPIRIT in the believer's life. Dr Harold Willmington describes the GODhead with this illustration:

"Consider an important executive who determines to build a spacious and expensive home. He thus employs an architect to design the necessary plans for this home. The architect thereupon secures a competent contractor to follow his blueprints. In this illustration, the Executive is the FATHER, the Architect is the SON, and the Divine Contractor is the Holy SPIRIT." (Willmington's Guide to the Bible, page 645.)


The SPIRIT has eleven ministries concerning the universe, the Scriptures, the nation of Israel, the devil, the Savior, the sinner, the church, the day of Pentecost, the believer, the spiritual gifts and the fruit of the SPIRIT (for those in CHRIST).

As a believing child of GOD, a follower of JESUS, when i learned about the powerful ministry of the SPIRIT working within me, the Person of the Holy SPIRIT became real to me. No longer was He just a doctrine to internalize and share with others, He became a real Presence in my life. His titles of Helper, Comforter, Counselor, Teacher of ALL truth became Reality to me... no longer confined to my finite mind as mere head-knowledge, but REAL in a physical sense. Though i don't see Him with my physical eyes, i know by experience His Presence in my daily life.

So for those who may still be somewhat confused (as i was) about the ALL-powerful hand of GOD in the Person of the Holy SPIRIT, it's my prayer that these excerpts from Dr Willmington's Doctrine of the Holy SPIRIT (in blue italics) will further clarify the AMAZING gracious gift of GOD's SPIRIT to those who have put their faith in CHRIST JESUS.

The instant an unsaved person prays "GOD be merciful to me, a sinner," (genuinely repents -- turns from sin and turns to GOD -- asks for forgiveness and sincerely receives in his heart JESUS as Savior and LORD of his life) -- the Holy SPIRIT immediately effects a five-fold work in him.
1. The Holy SPIRIT regenerates the believing sinner. He literally recreates him and gives him the nature of GOD. (Titus 3:5, John 3:3-7, 1 Peter 1:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

2. The Holy SPIRIT baptizes the believing sinner. (This is not water baptism, but spiritual placement.) He places the believer into the body of CHRIST --the church. (1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 4:4-5, Colossians 2:12)

3. The Holy SPIRIT indwells the believing sinner. He not only joins us to the Savior (through the baptism -- #2 above), but He joins Himself to us. He literally lives on the inside of each believer. (John 14:20, 7:37-39; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 3:16)

4. The Holy SPIRIT seals the believing sinner. The presence of the Holy SPIRIT Himself is the Seal, Who is given by the Father to assure the believer of his eternal salvation. The Seal is also referred to as the Earnest or Guarantee, or Deposit. (2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30)

5. The Holy SPIRIT fills the believing sinner. (Acts 2:4) The Holy SPIRIT controls and reigns over the SURRENDERED believer.

It was at the Foundations Bible study at Ocean View Church that i first learned the difference between the indwelling and the filling of the Holy SPIRIT. Dr Willmington's illustration further clarifies the difference:

A guest is invited into a home. But upon entering that home he is immediately confined to a small room somewhere near the front door. For a while, he may even be forgotten by his host. Finally, however, the owner of the house is convicted concerning his shabby treatment of the house guest. He thereupon gives his guest free access to every room in the house.


The Holy SPIRIT is the invited Guest. The host is the believing sinner, and the house stands for his life. The difference then between the indwellling and the filling is the difference between being confined in a small room somewhere and being given free access to all the rooms.

The filling, therefore, does not mean the believer gets more of the Holy SPIRIT, but rather the Holy SPIRIT gets more of the believer.

All five of these ministries happen instantaneously to the believing sinner. They all occur by faith (not by any sum of good works) and are not in the least dependent upon one's personal emotional feelings at the time.

The first four ministries can never be lost, and therefore need not be and should not be asked for again... IF a man has accepted CHRIST, he has for all eternity been regenerated, indwelled, baptized, and sealed by the Holy SPIRIT.


The fifth ministry, however, can be lost (by disobedience -- by sin) and therefore should be asked for as many times as needed. (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16; Acts 2:4, 4:8, 6:3, 7:55, 9:17, 11:24, 13:9, 52)

The first four ministries give us peace WITH GOD (Romans 5:1). But the fifth ministry assures us the peace OF GOD. (Philippians 4:7) Thus, all CHRISTians, regardless of how backslidden they might be, enjoy peace WITH GOD, but only SPIRIT-controlled believers can know that blessed peace OF GOD.

Being filled by the Holy SPIRIT is being controlled by Him -- being surrendered to His guidance, to His leading, to His protection, to His empowerment, to His wisdom...to His sovereign rule in every aspect of the believer's life, inner and outer. As a young child trusts and obeys his/her earthly father, so a child of GOD trusts and obeys his/her heavenly Father.

The fifth ministry is lost whenever disobedience is found in the life of the believer. Disobedience is the sin of quenching the Holy SPIRIT -- which involves not doing that which the Holy SPIRIT would have us do (1 Thessalonians 5:19); and the sin of grieving the Holy SPIRIT -- which involves doing that which the Holy SPIRIT would not have us do (Ephesians 4:30).

The fifth ministry may (and should be) instantly regained by:
-- By knowing GOD's means of forgiveness and cleansing -- the blood of CHRIST. (1 John 1:7)

-- By knowing GOD's method of forgiveness and cleansing -- the confession of the CHRISTian. (1 John 1:9) The confession is absolutely vital, for while CHRIST's blood will cleanse us from all sin, it will not cleanse us from a single excuse.

GOD does not demand golden vessels, nor does He require silver ones, but He must have clean ones. Thus the union with the SPIRIT is so strong that NOthing can break it, but the communion with the SPIRIT is so fragile that the smallest sin can shatter it.


The fifth ministry assures the believer of the following priceless blessings:

The Holy SPIRIT will pray for him. (Romans 8:26)
The Holy SPIRIT will guide him. (John 16:13, Romans 8:14)
The Holy SPIRIT will teach him. (1 John 2:27)
The Holy SPIRIT will empower him for witnessing. (Acts 1:8)
The Holy SPIRIT will impart the love of CHRIST to him and through him. (Romans 5:5)
The Holy SPIRIT will conform him to the image of CHRIST. (2 Corinthians 3:18) The ultimate goal and stated intention of the Father is to conform the believer throughout eternity into the image of CHRIST. (Romans 8:29, Philippians 3:21, 1 John 3:2) But GOD the SPIRIT desires to start this glorious work in each child of GOD at the moment of salvation. (Philippians 3:10)
The Holy SPIRIT will strengthen his new nature. (Ephesians 3:16) This He does through Bible study (1 Peter 2:2) and prayer (Jude 1:20)
The Holy SPIRIT will reveal Biblical truth to him. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
The Holy SPIRIT will assure him concerning salvation and service. (Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:24)
The Holy SPIRIT will give him liberty. (Romans 8:2, 2 Corinthians 3:17)
The Holy SPIRIT will fill his mouth with appropriate things. (Mark 13:11; Acts 4:8-22, 5:29-33, 7:55) "...take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy SPIRIT." (Mark 13:11)

The privilege of being adopted into GOD's family comes ONLY through the shed blood of CHRIST JESUS -- by faith ALONE -- believing in the Fact that GOD the Son died on the cross as the Substitutionary Sacrificial Lamb to atone for my sin-debt, the penalty which is death... eternal separation from GOD and all the supreme good that He is.


The indescribable gift of the Holy SPIRIT -- His ministries, His fruit, His blessings -- are mine now and for all eternity as a child of GOD, for i have trusted in the saving work of JESUS CHRIST on the Cross. The incomprehensible love of GOD the Father in sacrificing GOD His Son as payment for my sins is STILL beyond my comprehension.

So i simply and humbly received GOD's gift of Amazing Grace in the Person of JESUS CHRIST, fully knowing that i'm unworthy and undeserving -- but utterly grateful for GOD's grace. i received the gift of the Holy SPIRIT and all that He is. He is all THAT that my Father Creator is. He is all THAT that my Savior JESUS is. Since He is GOD... and GOD of all of me -- "It matters not what He does, it matters only Who He is!" (Oswald Chambers)

So to add to Willmington's illustration -- the SPIRIT of CHRIST has free access to all the rooms of this house -- my body (eyes, ears, mouth), heart (affections, desires, motives), mind/will/thoughts, soul (personality), talents/skills, money/stuff -- ALL are His to use for whatever pleases my LORD JESUS and whatever my heavenly Father purposes to further His Kingdom. He has the keys to the front and back doors, the closets, even the safe. In fact (TOday -- 5/13/2015), He has the deed to my whole house!