HOW DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT KEEP US CLEAN

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BaptistBibleBeliever

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"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:11-12).

We see how the Spirit purges things, always has--always will.

And Hebrews 9:14 is something you ought to memorize or consider. What a blessing! When you grow in the Lord, you are not going to know everything right away--sometimes it gets confusing--but you just ask God and tell Him that you need some understanding, and it will be like a light bulb that turns on. Things will start to become clear. Just like His will for your life--when you surrender to it--there will be a time when you will know it.

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14).

A lot of argument about who wrote this--I'm still sticking with Paul. I'm telling you what, just think about Paul on the road to Damascus. Very religious man, putting people in prison, consenting to the death of people because of this Messiah, Jesus Christ. And Who meets him on that road, Jesus Christ. And what is his first prayer? "Lord!" Almost like the thief on the cross, "Lord!" Right?

Now, you think about his ministry. Him going hither and yon . . . throughout the continent over there. He might have even made it to Spain. And going to all those places on the boat and everything. Do you think for a minute that faces didn't flash through his mind of people and families being torn apart? How about Stephen? He was holding his garments while they were stoning him to death. You don't think that the devil didn't bring that stuff up? And then the verses that Paul talks about on how he learned stuff. What did he learn how to be? He learned to be content. Always remember that word, "learned" . . . if they took that word out, you'd just say, 'My goodness, I must not be saved because I'm sure not learning this.' But what you think is, when you got the whole ball of wax, after you got saved, "Why aren't you content?"

Paul said he 'learned' it. That's experience. That means that there was a time when he was not content. And when it talks about how he glories in his infirmities--that's plural, folks--that's not just his eyeballs. They theorize-and it makes sense-that he saw a great light, everyone around him was blinded. His eyes were probably messed up. He was blinded because of that light. He probably had some kind of eye disease, because he said that the letter he was writing now-I'm writing in my own hand-giant writing. But Paul didn't say a 'infirmity', he said 'infirmities.' But he did have a specific 'thorn in his flesh'given him by the devil, and he sought Christ thrice Who said, 'My grace is sufficient for thee.'

Now you and I are human. Paul is human. Why might Paul have been burdened down to have to come to God for that. Why would he even do that? Because he had the power to heal people. Do you understand that? If I'm going around and I'm healing people, and I got this problem, "Lord? Hey! I'm down here. What's going on! I'm healing everybody--how about me? A little help here. And then for God to tell him that . . . and Paul says, "Okay, It's sufficient." But he learned to be content.
 

BaptistBibleBeliever

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In Christianity today it's like, you take a pill and all of a sudden you are spiritual. You take a pill and all of a sudden you are a dynamite thing. And a lot of times with baby Christians, God has blessed with a honeymoon of sorts. Because they haven't read the rest of the Bible yet. They don't understand that they are like sheep to the slaughter. They don't understand that the devil hates their guts. They don't understand that they have to go through boot camp and develop themselves as a soldier according to this Bible. They are supposed to graduate from babes and go on up to intermediate and . . . Nowadays they jump! As soon as they are saved somebody gets a hold of them and tells them that they have to do this or that . . . Next thing you know, they are out floating around making a big name for themselves--and then later on great is the fall thereof.

Does God ever use people like that? Oh yea. Billy Sunday. He's saved people and put them right out there. He's saved people and actually put them in the pastorate. How disgusting is that! Where'd He get that from? Well, it happened that the person he saved was already mature, already had character as a human being, didn't have to get over whole a lot of stuff. You see, God does things a certain way--but that's not overall. When you read the Bible you learn that you have to go slow, you have to sit before you can stand. And people aren't doing that any more. I'm telling you. You can go on the internet and get a PHd on the internet. I mean, if you have a good mind you can memorize everything. But when I studied this out no matter how many degrees I would get--why did I get them--what is this? A pride thing? Is this to impress people? You have to go through this because knowledge puffeth up.

So, when you think about it. You can't add one cubit to your height spiritually . . . God does. So it doesn't matter how big your head it--it becomes top heavy. Only God, only God elevates the people that He wants to elevate. And you got to pay a price.

He purifies a sinful humanity with the blood and the washing, and He purges everything with His Spirit. Let's look at that verse again . . .

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14).

You need to circle that, highlight it, do whatever you need to do with it, but man, I like it!

How much more? More than what? Go through everything, go through the chapter about the blood of bulls and goats. He's saying you have something now. I'm telling you . . . I'm telling you! It's not just an atonement--at-one-ment--once a year. Man! There is more than that!

- You are together with God.
- You are in the family of God.
- You are baptized into His body. There is no way you can get out!
- You are sealed forever and ever and ever ever.
- You are joint heirs with Christ.
- You are a child of the King.

So how in the world can you ever do anything in the flesh when the flesh is wicked as hell?

It tells you right here what took place about the Blood. What does the Blood do? Look at it . . . 'purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.'
 

BaptistBibleBeliever

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Paul could serve God because that blood purged his conscience from dead works. And when you get up, and you messed up all day, and you are dragging your behind to the next morning and wondering will God do anything with you again . . . think about your position and your standing in Christ . . . and you realize you messed up in you 'state', so what do you do? You say, "Oh God, be merciful. I'm sorry. I let this flesh, I let it get over me again . . ."

I'm telling you what, He gets the birds singing in your soul again. The next thing you know you'll forget that that thing even happened. And you'll be serving a holy, righteous God in this wicked, stinking flesh. And how can you do this? 'The Blood of Christ purges your conscience from dead works.' You get a hold of that, I'm telling you ... it'll help you out! I had to figure out, 'how in the world can I serve God? Am I like a hypocrite? I mean, what's going on here? How can I have so much peace? Because I kept reflecting back on something I already confessed to a while back and got under the blood. I keep trying to pull it back up, to figure out how in the world I can serve God. Well, I can do this because the filth ain't here . . . it is gone! The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin! It's gone! It's Cleansed! I'm clean!

When you forget about that cleansing of the Blood when you were saved, when you forget about that purging through His Spirit, and the Blood, of the conscience, and you forget about the washing that God tells you you need -- you can run into a lot of problems -- depression being one of them. It's not God ... now God can allow things to happen to get us to where we need to be ... but most of the time we cause our own problems -- and it's the simplest thing, like -- 'Did you get up and read your Bible?' 'Well, I got a little busy today.' 'When's the last time you read it?' 'Uhm, a while back.'

So, in other words you are not feeding your new person, but you are feeding your outside person more. You are feeding your outside person more because you are depressed, and you are discouraged. This new person needs to be revived on the inside, but you are majoring on the outside. When you start feeding the inside again--washing yourself with the Word of God--When God reveals something to you as you are reading the Bible--you say you are sorry and you go on and keep reading, I mean, it's a love letter from God. It's His Word. If you don't do it you will pay.

Only A Great God could redeem us from all iniquity, could purify sinful men and women, could choose a peculiar people.
 

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So, how does the Holy Spirit keep us clean? How does He equip us to serve God in our lives? He does it through the washing of the Word of God. We read it to learn, and when it shows us where we come short -- we acknowledge it and He continues to wash us and make us fit for the Master's use.

'Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.

"What am I bid, good people", he cried,
"Who starts the bidding for me?"
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"
"Two dollars, who makes it three?"
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,"

But, No,
From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?"
As he held it aloft with its' bow.

"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?"
"Two thousand, Who makes it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone", said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
"We just don't understand."
"What changed its' worth?"
Swift came the reply.
"The Touch of the Masters Hand."

"And many a man with life out of tune
All battered and bruised with hardship
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Masters' Hand.​

- Myra Brooks Welch
 

BaptistBibleBeliever

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Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul;
Break down every idol, cast out every foe—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Refrain:

Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain,
Apply Thine own blood and extract every stain;
To get this blest cleansing, I all things forego—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice;
I give up myself, and whatever I know—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet,
By faith for my cleansing, I see thy blood flow—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait;
Come now and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee Thou never said’st “No”—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

The blessing by faith, I receive from above;
Oh, glory! my soul is made perfect in love;
My prayer has prevailed, and this moment I know,
The blood is applied, I am whiter than snow.​

- James L. Nicholson, pub.1872
 
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with huggies...
 

Absolutely

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The NT was written by Holy Spirit baptised men to other Holy Spirit baptised men.
The churches starting place was the upper room.
The book of acts.
We see the Holy Spirit received through the laying on of hands after water baptism, and at least once before water baptism.
One part of the Holy Spirit is the power to walk in holiness. The power to resist temptation. When we fail,we invoke the blood for cleansing, and the power for restoration is through the Holy Spirit. IOW, we will never properly repent without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus left. He sent the Holy Spirit.
In the 10 virgin parable we see some virgins with more Holy Spirit than others.
We see where the Holy Spirit is normally transferred through those that have abundance.
We also see that they are already believers and the oil is a separate ingredient from Jesus in their walk.
Notice it says "...and peter FULL of the Holy Spirit did this and that"
The question is are you full????
Jesus said to ask,and the father gives.
We need to ask,recieve the power, and walk in the supernatural.

The " content" component had to do with the suffering of Paul,not an overall total eclipsing of general suffering. Paul was promised extra suffering. It was tied to his revelation.
Paul even said "... It was given me lest i become haughty"
His sufferings were the basis of his authority.
He wrote half the NT. The men used the most are always given a bitter pill.
 

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In the 10 virgin parable we see some virgins with more Holy Spirit than others.
We see where the Holy Spirit is normally transferred through those that have abundance.
We also see that they are already believers and the oil is a separate ingredient from Jesus in their walk.
Notice it says "...and peter FULL of the Holy Spirit did this and that"
The question is are you full????
Jesus said to ask,and the father gives.
We need to ask,recieve the power, and walk in the supernatural.
Sounds like a charismatic Benny Hinn false doctrine really. Either you got the Holy Spirit or you dont. You cant have 50% of the Holy Spirit. Thats ridicilous.
IN or OUT. OFF or ON. 100% or 0%.
NEXT
 

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Thanks for the encouraging topic BaptistBibleBeliever . Having a conscience purified helps avoid FUTURE sins. If you beat yourself up too hard on past sins that are already confessed, you will end up doing the sin confess sin confess vicious cycle.

Great OP! great insight. I agree
 
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The sealing of the Holy Spirit for salvation was a one-time thing and can never be repeated, but the 'filling' of the Holy Spirit is a continuous blessing upon the child of God. The notion of 'praying without ceasing' should also be a constant asking for the filling for power, for service, for cleansing. As we do this we are 'walking in the spirit' and the Spirit's presence guards us from dwelling on the things of the flesh.

Being filled with the Spirit of God is the closest that any of us will ever come to living a perfect life on this earth. Of course we will continue to stumble and get stained by the filth of this world--but God intends to keep us humble and needy--depending solely on Him.
 

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We are born of incorruptible seed and that which is born from above by the SPIRIT of GOD does not sin......NOW our daily sanctification is a completely different ball game........ ;)
 

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Sounds like a charismatic Benny Hinn false doctrine really. Either you got the Holy Spirit or you dont. You cant have 50% of the Holy Spirit. Thats ridicilous.
IN or OUT. OFF or ON. 100% or 0%.
NEXT
Measure.
Do a study
Man will and has decieved you.
Just look around.
We see mean believers and loving christ like believers.
Some so filled and close to God it is like honey being around them.
They have a loveliness and fragrance.

...a measure. Greater measure

Most everywhere in acts those ALREADY SAVED recieved the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT through the laying on of hands.
You can't really refute it. Just make up something like " oh well all that ceased"