Class Notes: 3/11/2012
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit enables the unique spiritual life of the church age
Last time we finished our study on the uniqueness of the Church Age and started a study on the unique spiritual life of the Church Age.
We concluded with the principle that the believer is spiritual when the Holy Spirit controls his soul, and that is how he lives inside the divine dynasphere. The believer is said to be carnal when the old sin nature controls his soul.
God doesn't do something partially. He either does it, or He does not do it. This means that at any given moment God the Holy Spirit completely controls your soul or He does not.
The believer can be described as being a spiritual when residing inside the divine dynasphere under the control of God the Holy Spirit and described as a cosmic or carnal when residing in Satan's cosmic system under the control of the OSN.
In both cases the believer is irrevocably saved and going to heaven and eternally secure in that destiny.
Since spirituality is an absolute one person cannot legitimately be described as being more spiritual than someone else. Any believer who is filled with the Spirit is filled as much as any other believer.
Spiritual growth is the relative concept of the Christian life and is based on advance in the plan of God from the perception of Bible doctrine, or lack of advance in the plan from ignorance of Bible doctrine.
The absolute concept of the Christian life or spirituality begins at the moment of salvation. At the moment we believe in Christ we are filled with the Holy Spirit and are entered into the divine dynasphere.
Six of the ministries of God the Holy Spirit at salvation are permanent. They never change regardless of weather we are spiritual or carnal.
Efficacious grace whereby God the Holy Spirit takes faith, and faith alone, and makes it effective for salvation. Eph 2:8-9;
Regeneration, where God the Holy Spirit creates a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life by God the Father. Eternal life is imputed to the human spirit when one is "born again", John 3:1-6; Titus 3:5. The Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:5; 1Cor 12:13; Eph 4:5 enters believers into union with Christ.
The Holy Spirit permanently indwells believers to provide a temple for the indwelling of the Trinity, Gal 3:2, Gal 4:6; 1Cor 6:19-20; 1Cor 3:16;
The sealing of the Holy Spirits secures the believer so that they can never lose their salvation. Eph 4:30, Eph 1:13; 2Cor 1:22; because they are protected by the power of God 1Pet 1:5;
The Holy Spirit has given every believer a spiritual gift for the building up of the church. 1Cor 12:11;
The only ministry of the Holy Spirit that is temporary is the filling of the Holy Spirit. The filling of the Spirit is synonymous with residence in the divine dynasphere. It is subject to a change because it is experiential. It depends upon the believer's residence inside the divine dynasphere that is a volitional choice. This is why we have the mandate to "keep on being filled with the spirit" Eph 5:18;b
After our salvation, the first sin we commit puts us outside the divine dynasphere under the control of the old sin nature. At the same time the other six ministries of the Holy Spirit at salvation remain in a permanent state regardless of your personal experiential status quo.
Personal sin removes you from your position inside the divine dynasphere; rebound puts you back in the divine dynasphere.
The spiritual life functions under the concept of position and power. Under the concept of position, the believer lives inside the operational type divine dynasphere with the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Under the concept of power, the Holy Spirit controls the believer's soul that is synonymous with the filling of the Holy Spirit. At any given moment the Holy Spirit controls the believer's soul or the old sin nature controls the soul.
The power of God the Holy Spirit is only available inside the operational divine dynasphere.
When the believers are spiritual they are in the proper position residing inside the divine dynasphere under the Holy Spirit's mentorship and have the use of the proper power, the power of the Holy Spirit to deal with their problems.
The spiritual skill of the filling of the Spirit is the function of the Holy Spirit related to the believer residing inside the divine dynasphere. Spirituality can refer to a believer filled with the Spirit or to a spirit filled believer who has become spiritually mature.
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