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The Revelation of Jesus Christ…
This is how the book of Revelation begins. Telling us who the STAR of the drama of Revelation is.
Let me read the info. Included in the study guide. I’ve included a link to the PDF for you below, if you wish to follow along.
“Many are totally unaware that the "Star" of the drama of Revelation is Jesus. Revelation discloses some very extraordinary and exciting things about Him. In fact, the key purpose of the book is to help us see Jesus in a wonderful new light.”
“The name °Revelation' means "revealing' or "unveiling", and the introductory words of the book make clear what is being revealed. The first five words are “THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST”. So it is Jesus and His magnificent, loving plans that are being unveiled or revealed in the book of Revelation.”
“When we keep this fantastic fact in mind and look for Jesus in our study of Revelation, we will find it one of the most heart-warming and stimulating experiences of life. Jesus is anxious and ready to shower upon us His exceptional love as we consider Revelation — His special book.”
“So, with a prayer in our hearts, let us notice some of the thrilling truths about Jesus as revealed in Revelation.”
*Please note that the name of the book is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ" Revelation 1:1 and not "The Revelation of St John the Divine" as men have named it. The book was not written to reveal John, but rather. The Lord Jesus Christ.”
And, here’s our first question:
What do you think the answer to this question is? This book is revealing God to His people.
How does Revelation describe Jesus?
“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” (Revelation 1:13-16)
Rev 1:13 His garment down to the foot
Rev 1:13 He wore a golden girdle
Rev 1:14 Hair was white like wool, as white as snow
Rev 1:14 Eyes like a flame of fire
Rev 1:15 Feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace
Rev 1:15 His voice as the sound of many waters
Rev 1:16 Countenance bright as the sun shineth in his strength
NOTE: See Daniel 10:5-9 for another word picture of Jesus. Both John (Revelation 1:17) and Daniel fell to the ground faint and helpless when they saw Him. This is none other than our Wonderful, Merciful, Savior.
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This study starts with a summary of the importance of knowing the author of Revelation.
The goal of the writings is to help us understand the prophetic mysteries written there for us, while establishing a close, and personal relationship with the author.
While many Christians may have deep reverence and respect for the scriptures, the majority hasn’t fully grasped the deep, prophetic messages found in this magnificent book.
If you've experienced issues understanding it, or have given up on your studies, I invite you to make time to watch these videos. This project was created for anyone that has ever felt deciphering the prophetic mysteries are beyond their comprehension. Please make a commitment to approach this challenge face-to-face.
Begin by making a promise to yourself, and making a determined effort, to study the materials, watch the videos, and understand the Bible better.
Doing so will help you establish a close relationship with Jesus along the way.
Did you know, the book of Revelation is a summary of the entire Bible?
Also, Revelation is open to our understanding. You'll find the most important messages for our times—the last days of earth's history—in this book.
Five Critical Steps for Understanding the Book of Revelation
We will start with a reading of Revelation 1:1-5,11,19.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” (Revelation 1:1-2)
Uriah Smith tells us that “Jesus Christ is the Revelator, not John. John is but the penman employed by Christ to write out this Revelation for the benefit of his church…It is not only the Revelation of Jesus Christ, but it is the Revelation which God gave unto him.
It comes, then, first, from the great fountain of all wisdom and truth, God the Father; by him it was communicated to Jesus Christ, the Son; and Christ sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John.” –Uriah Smith, Daniel & the Revelation, p.323
Verse 3 continues by telling us that there is a blessing for those who hear these words and keep them.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3)
I want to reiterate that these mysteries left for us in the book of Revelation are not sealed. Many are under the impression that the Bible has been sealed to our understanding. Of this Ellen G. White, in her book, The Great Controversy, writes:
“The Bible was designed to be a guide to all who wish to become acquainted with the will of their Maker. God gave to men the sure word of prophecy; angels and even Christ Himself came to make known to Daniel and John the things that must shortly come to pass.
[You see here, the prophet is telling us that both Daniel and John were given the prophecy and presents the process we should follow if we are to become acquainted with this Word, saying…]
Those important matters that concern our salvation were not left involved in mystery...The word of God is plain to all who study it with a prayerful heart...[Now this next statement is important for us to consider, pay attention.] And no church can advance in holiness unless its members are earnestly seeking for truth as for hid treasure."
–Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy p. 521, 522
“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…” (Revelation 1:4-5)
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:11)
First, let’s establish who was speaking to John. We can see that it was Jesus Christ who spoke to the apostle and asked him to make a record of the vision that was to be revealed to him. In the book Acts of the Apostles, Ellen White said that the names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era.
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Study #3: The Bible, How to Study & Understand it: Power In The Word 1. Through what agency did God create the heavens? “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” “For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Ps. 33:6, 9.2. By what does Christ uphold all things? “Upholding all things by the word of His power.” Heb. 1:3. 3.
Of what are some willingly ignorant? “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” 2 Peter 3:5, 6.4. By what are the present heavens and earth reserved for a similar fate? “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” Verse 7.5. In what other scripture is it shown that creative power is exercised through the word of God? “Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He commanded, and they were created.” Ps. 148:5.6. What change is wrought in one who is in Christ?
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [there is a new creation, R. V., margin]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17.7. What is this new creation also called? “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.8. Through what agency is this new creation, or new birth, accomplished? “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” 1 Peter 1:23.9. What is the first creative commandment recorded in the Bible? and what was the result of it? “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Gen. 1:3.10. What connection is there between the creation of light in the beginning, and the light of the gospel? “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6. 11.
Why were the people astonished at Christ's teaching? “And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power.” Luke 4:32.12. What testified to the power of the word of Christ? “And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.” Verse 36.13. What did Christ say is the seed of the kingdom of God? “The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11.14. Where should the word of Christ dwell? “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” Col. 3:16.15. What did Christ say of the unbelieving Jews respecting the word of God? “Ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not.” John 5:38.16. How does the word of God work in the believer?
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” 1 Thess. 2:13.17. What nature is imparted through the promises of God? “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4.18.
By what are believers made clean? “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:3.19. How may a young man cleanse his way? “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.” Ps. 119:9.20. How did God heal His people anciently? “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Ps. 107:20.21. How did the centurion show his faith in the power of Christ's word to heal? “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Matt. 8:8.22. What power has the word when hidden in the heart? “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Ps. 119:11. See also Ps. 17:4.23.
Why did God humble Israel, and suffer them to hunger? “And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, ... that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” Deut. 8:3.24. What is required beyond a mere hearing of the word? “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22.25. What is the result of doing God's will? “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” 1 John 2:17.
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This is possibly one of the most important chapters to study in our time found in the Great Controversy. These prophecies are discussing the last great conflict between truth and error: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Daniel 12:1.
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This is the 3rd study in the rapture series. All the information you need can be found on the books linked below, and also on the previous messages. And, please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to join me for online Bible study. Bible Passages Used to Prove the Rapture: "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. " (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)There is no pre-tribulation rapture in this verse! Why is it used as the main verse to prove the rapture?
I don’t understand this. The word for "caught up" is "harpaso" in the Greek was used in 1 Cor 12:2 when Paul spoke of having being caught up to the 3rd heaven. It simply speaks of the apostle’s experience with being in the Spirit. The same experience is told to us by John, when he writes, I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day… in Revelation 1:10. It’s the same experience, but pre-tribulation supporters don’t actually understand this."Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, " (John 5:28)Where do you see any secret rapture on this verse?
What I’m reading actually sounds like a horrific event. His voice will raise the dead! The next verse says the dead … “shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” How is this secret? "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. "Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. " (Daniel 12:2-3)
Where do you see any secret rapture on this verse? His voice will raise the dead! Again! This agrees with what we just read, the dead … “shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28). How is this secret? "For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. " (1 Corinthians 15:21-28)
This actually teaches the end of all things at His coming."Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. " (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
At the sound of the last trumpet, the end comes. The dead will be raised, it says, incorruptible, meaning, no sign of decay will be seen in their bodies. Then, those who are alive and found in Christ, will then be given the gift of immortality. There is no rapture here. This false doctrine attacks the second coming and gives its believers a false sense of hope.
These people believe they have a seven year probationary period to make things right and be accepted in the Kingdom of God. But! Anyone found in sin at Christ’s second coming, will be destroyed by the brightness of His coming! Don’t get caught up on this lie!!!The Lie?
Most popular teachers today, teach that, immediately after the church has been raptured, or taken, that God’s judgments will fall upon unbelievers. Then they misapply what’s written in John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, which have nothing to do with a secret rapture.
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Ministry Magazine shares the following: "Secret Rapture" Fallacy.—The teaching regarding "secret rapture," or the silent taking away of the church before the time of trouble, is a most serious error. Note well the sequence of events in verses 30 and 31 of Matthew 24.
The gathering of the elect (verse 31) follows the coming of Christ in glory and power (verse 30). Do not be misled by the false use of the words "parousia" and "apokalupsis." The very word translated "coming" in Matthew 24:27 and 1 Thessalonians 4:15 is the Greek word "parousia." "Lightning," "voice," "shout" are words that describe the "parousia."
Misconception of Antichrist.—The dispensationalist has reversed the historic Protestant position in regard to the antichrist and is teaching the error that was invented by the doctors of the Catholic Church in order to combat the Reformation. Protestantism pointed the finger of prophecy at the Papacy, but Rome declared that the antichrist was a man yet to come who would rule for three and one-half years at a future period of "tribulation."
Dispensationalists are the proponents of this papal error.https://www.ministrymagazine.orgIs Dispensationalism Biblical? No! Because God only instituted ONE plan of salvation. There is no mingling of salvational methods during these historical ages in Scripture. God never makes a distinction between His people, they either accept Him or reject Him, that’s it. There is no scriptural basis, nor support, for these seven dispensations. Also! The Bible never refers to periods of time or dispensations. To understand this issue study 1 Corinthians 9:17, Ephesians 1:10, 3:2, and Colossians 1:25. There is only ONE plan of salvation, and that is the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. These scholars ignore the leadings of the Holy Spirit and ignoring His clear truths.
Anyone that comes up with strange systems of interpretation, while not following a “thus saith the Scriptures,” and taking the word of men rather than God’s as their guide, will be deceived. Don’t get caught up on this foolishness friend! Their zeal is not according to knowledge. The ‘second chance’ they teach misapply the prophecies regarding spiritual Israel. Let’s talk about this briefly.The Root of The Rapture Teachings is to Defend the Antichrist, the Man of Sin. After the Protestant reformers identified the papacy as the antichrist, Jesuit scholars created this theology to defend themselves against these attacks.
Let’s take a look at some quotes of what these Reformers said.Issues with Pre-Tribulation Rapture Neither dispensationalism nor pretribulationism was found in the writing of the Ante-Nicene Fathers. These were theologians writers predating the Council of Nicea, down to A.D. 325. Instead, you find their writings were clearly post-tribulation and non-dispensational.https://en.wikipedia.orgBut, did John N. Darby Make This Up?
No! John Nelson Darby was heavily influenced by the teachings of Francisco Ribera, a Jesuit priest who was tasked with creating prophetic teachings attacking the reformation movement in the 1500’s. Darby, is said to be the father of these teachings, but he’s not, Francisco Rivera is. The rapture is a Jesuit interpretation of the books of Daniel and Revelation.What is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Actually Attacking? “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” (Daniel 9:24).
If you don’t study the prophecy as God intended, you will not understand, and thus, God will not be able to complete the plan of salvation within you. If you listen to teachings that attack God’s prescribed, year-day principle, you will not understand the 2300 day prophecy. Which, at the core, attacks the cross. You will reject the prophecies, which have been fulfilled on this principle.
You will also ultimately reject Christ, because you won’t be able to trace the fulfilment of the Messianic prophecies to prove his first advent. You see, if the time period was not important, why did the angel, while instructing Daniel, interrupts himself, to introduce a time period? If this wasn’t important, he wouldn’t have done it.Dr. William Hales said, “This chronological prophecy . . . was evidently designed to explain the foregoing vision, especially in its chronological part of the 2300 days." –William Hales, A New Analysis of Chronology, Vol. II, p. 517.
All Prophecies Focus on Jesus Christ. The 70-week prophecy centers on Jesus. When studied as prescribed by God in His Scriptures, it gives us the actual year of the Crucifixion of Christ in A.D. 34. Part 1: https://youtu.be/2sQ2w563c3oFor slides: https://mybiblestudy.app/subscribeThe Secret Rapture by Joe Cruz: https://www.amazingfacts.org/m....edia-library/book/e/
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Why do so many people who identify as Christians claim to revere the scriptures, yet never (or rarely) actually read them?I believe it may be due to a lack of spiritual perception, which I will speak more about in this study.People everywhere wish to know the Bible at a deeper level but often give up studying it for themselves.
And with increasing anxiety over doomsday scenarios, a variety of false teachings are beginning to gain popularity because most people aren’t aware of what the scriptures actually say.I’m going to share my personal bible studies to help you get a deeper understanding of bible teachings as I learn along with you.
Most people come to the Bible looking for comfort, while others are seeking answers in Bible prophecy to guide them through the last days. In this video, I’m going to touch on this topic with a brief introduction to the prophecy of Daniel and Revelation.
Books that are key to understanding the end of time.In Revelation 6:14-17, John the Revelator describes a frightening scene depicting the second Advent. Through the devastation of this event, we see people hiding from the presence of the Lamb of God, while in a state of panic, hoping the rocks and mountains will destroy them rather than face the wrath of God.
Are you familiar with this? Can you imagine?
Everyone on earth found spiritually unready will be surprised by an event the Bible has prophesied since the beginning of time. An event most people think isn’t real.
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What does the Bible say about the rapture?
As I read Matthew 24 I couldn’t help but notice how many times Jesus warned His disciples not to be deceived. I want to talk about what I learned about the rapture and the second coming of Christ.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there’s so much confusion on these topics, especially when dealing with the topic of the rapture. I want you to think about it for a moment. During the time of Christ’s first advent, weren’t God’s people confused about the manner of His coming?
Didn’t the Jews expect their Messiah to show up in power and great glory? And what happened? How did they end up denying the lowly Messiah? I mean, weren’t they well aware of the prophetic teachings from the Torah? How’d they get it wrong?
I believe this to be an object lesson for us today, because, in the same way, they expected a glorious deliverer back then, most Christians are expecting a silent rapture today. The prophecies of Isaiah described the Messiah as a lamb slaughtered.
I find it interesting how even Christ’s warnings fell on deaf ears. Are we making the same mistake today? I don’t want to allow false beliefs to blind my spiritual perceptions and catch me unprepared. So I looked into the matter a little deeper. This is a time for us to prepare ourselves to receive Christ, who will return for His people in power and glory.
Satan is using the same tactics he used on God’s people in the past and preparing the masses today with false doctrines that will find them hopelessly unprepared for the tribulations ahead. And what’s worse, these individuals will not be able to stand in the second coming of Christ.
While the world slumbers and the majority of Christians are expecting a secret rapture, Satan is preaching his false doctrines through popular agents. You’ll hear of people sharing magnificent dreams and visions. Some are even experiencing strange angelic sightings and sharing their gospel as proof while ignoring what has been written in the scriptures.We need to make sure we’re not deceived. But in order to do this, one’s spiritual perceptions must be sharpened through the study of the word of God.
There’s a work of transformation that we’re to dedicate our attention to at this time. The Bible counsels us to be watching and praying and with the Holy Spirit’s help, we will be ready to stand on that day.Matthew Henry said: “The nearer we come to the accomplishment of the scriptures, the greater regard we shall give to them. The time is at hand, and we should be so much more attentive as we see the day approaching.”There are many scriptural references that prove important truths about the parousia. For example, the book of Revelation talks about Jesus’s second coming and the judgment to come. First, we’re going to be looking at some verses that describe Christ’s second advent.
In John 14:1-3 we find this wonderful promise spoken by Jesus to His disciples, saying: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3.
In Revelation 1:7 we are being presented with a vision of Christ’s second advent.“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7
In the book “Danie & the Revelation” Uriah Smith shares a vivid commentary of this event: “Here John carries us forward to the second advent of Christ in glory, the climax and the crowning event of His intervention on behalf of this fallen world. Once He came in weakness, now He comes in power; once in humility, now in glory.”Smith continues to explain the manner of Jesus’s return: “Every eye shall see Him.”
All who are alive at the time of His coming shall see Jesus. Will believers will ascend into heaven, while the wicked stay on earth on a probationary period of seven years?
This brief Bible study aims to answer the following questions:-What does the Bible say about the rapture?-Where did the rapture belief originate from?-What is the truth of the rapture according to the Scriptures?-Where is the rapture mentioned in the Bible?-Where in the Bible does it talk about the destruction of the world?
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This is a remastered version of Margaret Davis' lecture series titled "Righteousness by Faith."
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In this video, I’m going to talk about how you can receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit. We’re also going to discover five steps that will guide you to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. I’m also going to show you how to recognize you’ve received the correct spirit. Yes, the correct spirit. There are many people today who have been deceived by the power of another spirit. Before we get started, please subscribe to my channel and click on the bell icon so you don’t miss any of my future uploads.
Step #1 Ask and you shall receive. Matthew 7:7-8 says: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
While Christ instructed His disciples with the parable of the persistent widow, we learn that this widow knocked on her friend’s door asking for bread at midnight. She had faith that her friend would open the door and give her what she was seeking, regardless of the time. In the same way, we are to seek God fervently in prayer and to ask for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This is why Paul said, “...without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.When we ask God for the Holy Spirit, remember what Jesus said, in Luke 11:13: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13)
It’s God’s will and good pleasure to give us His Holy Spirit to guide us to Himself. In Ezekiel 36:27 God reveals the reason for giving us this gift. In whatever spiritual or physical state you are in, ask God, faithfully, for the gift of His Holy Spirit. He has promised to grant our petition for this gift. And think about this, God loves us more than we love our children…“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:27)
This takes us to step #2. Repentance. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
To repent is to turn away from the desires of the flesh. To turn from sin. This is essentially making a conscious decision to go to God and ask Him to help us relinquish our lusts and sinful desires. “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” (Pro 1:23)
To turn from our sinfulness at the counsel of the Lord requires us to study the Scriptures. How else are we to know that we are on the wrong path if we’re not acquainted with His Word?This is why Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent.” (Revelation 3:19)
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