My Covenant With Jesus

My Covenant With Jesus

Disciples of Jesus begin their spiritual development process at conversion and continue until they fully achieve Christ’s likeness upon their personal translation. Throughout the journey, the believer grows in his/her relationship with Jesus and daily becomes more like Him in nature, character, and conduct.
(Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:2)

Jesus ordained me His disciple and established His covenant with me when I was baptized into His name on ________________________ and I received the Holy Spirit baptism on ___________________. Jesus committed that He would incorporate me into His eternal kingdom, and I commit henceforth and forever to love, serve, honor, and please my Lord. As His disciple, I will follow and obey my Lord, love fellow disciples, and try to disciple others.
(John 3:35; 15:16, 17)

 

 

 

Before meeting Jesus, life for me was

 

 

 

After walking with the Lord

 

 

 

 

Since my conversion, I have most noticeably enjoyed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along the journey, my faith in Jesus consistently grows as I walk in meekness and obedience. Although my faith comes under attack, I continue to trust my Lord and express my faith in appropriate Christlike behavior and actions
(James 2:17).

 

 

 

 

 

In my journey with Him, I’ve learned that Jesus wants me to wholeheartedly trust Him, and not waver nor doubt Him. On one occasion, I recall Him teaching me this lesson:

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus gives us meekness as one of the many expressions of our faith. In the spirit of meekness, I humbly embrace my Lord, His ways and manners, and I try to respond like Jesus in every situation. I ask Him before I answer, and I learn to rest upon Him. On one occasion like the following, I should have responded in more meekness rather than reacting as I did:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Disciple of Jesus

Discipleship
Discussion #1

  1. What does it mean to be a disciple?
  2. To faithfully follow Jesus, the disciple must maintain a healthy, living R____________________ with Him.
  3. What are the most important attitudes necessary in maintaining a healthy relationship?
  4. What is the single most important practice, action, or exercise in maintaining a healthy relationship?
  5. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:16, “I urge you to follow me” and I Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV). Would you feel comfortable in telling someone this? Why or why not?
  6. Is there an area of your life that you should alter in order to enhance your relationship with Jesus and be a better example to others? How can you improve your relationship with Jesus?

 

 

 

A Disciple of Jesus

The Four Essential Disciplines for the Disciple
Discussion #2

  1. Read Hebrews 10:25. (1) How does attending church affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should come to church? (3) Why?
  2. Read Deuteronomy 17:19, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 4:4, John 5:39, and John 17:17. (1) How does Bible reading affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should read your Bible? (3) Why?
  3. Read II Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 26:41, Luke 18:1, Philippians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:17, and Jude 1:20. (1) How does prayer affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should pray? (3) Why?
  4. Read Matthew 17:21, Isaiah 58:5-6. (1) How does fasting affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should fast? (3) Why?
  5. Read Isaiah 43:10, Acts 1:8, I Peter 3:15, Revelation 12:11. (1) What does it mean to be a witness? (2) How does witnessing affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (3) How often do you feel that you should witness? (4) Why?
  6. As your conclusion, what four activities should you make apart of your Christian life? Will you commit to doing these four things regularly? Do you need to work on any activity discussed above?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY COVENANT WITH JESUS

A covenant is an agreement between two parties in which each party promises to the other to maintain certain pre-determined commitments. Both parties bond together and maintain the covenant by living according to their individual commitments. Jesus offers for all humanity to enter into a covenant with Him, in which He promises to grant everlasting life to those who commit to follow Him, obey Him, and become His disciples. Disciples of Jesus begin their spiritual development process at conversion and continue until they fully achieve Christ's likeness upon their personal translation. Throughout the journey, the believer grows in his/her relationship with Jesus and daily becomes more like Him in nature, character, and conduct.
(Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:2)

Jesus ordained me His disciple and established His covenant with me when I was baptized into His name on ________________________ and I received the Holy Spirit baptism on ___________________. Jesus committed that He would incorporate me into His eternal kingdom, and I commit henceforth and forever to love, serve, honor, and please my Lord. As His disciple, I commit to:

  1. Love God as the most meaningful and significant One in my life;
  2. Commune with my God in prayer every day;
  3. Read and receive spiritual strength from His word every day;
  4. Daily walk in the Light with my Lord Jesus, avoiding detrimental places and activities;
  5. Forgive others’ offenses, not holding a grudge against anyone;
  6. Love and fellowship others both within the church family and outside;
  7. Faithfully live as a follower of Jesus Christ and obey His commands;
  8. Attempt to disciple another person, inviting him/her into a discipleship relationship with Jesus and me.

 

Signed:__________________
Date:_________________
TO BE HIS DISCIPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

The Disciple's Attitude toward Worldiness
Discussion #3

  1. Remember, discipleship involves a growing relationship with Jesus. Read Psalm 89:31-32, John 14:15, John 14:23, John 15:10. Does obedience affect your relationship with Him?
  2. Read 1 John 2:15, Colossians 3:2. Does love for God affect your desire for things of the world? What should your attitude be towards things of the world? Where should you place your affections? Do you feel affectionate toward anything of the world? If so, what should you do?
  3. Read Romans 8:7, John 15:18-19, I John 2:16-17, I Peter 5:8. Who are the three primary enemies of your soul? How should you battle each enemy (Read Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5, II Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 4:27)?
  4. What should your attitude be toward the world? Toward the devil? Toward appetites of the flesh? Toward sin? Toward the sinner?
  5. Love toward God should cause you to incline your heart and life toward Him and the things that please Him. Such affections affect your life in three primary categories: attitudes, actions, and appearance. What actions or changes should you make in your daily life that could positively affect your commitment to maintain purity and truth? Read I Corinthians 15:33; John 15:34-35; Colossians 3:2; and Philippians 4:8.

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Disciples: Baptized into Jesus name
Discussion #4

  1. Does the Bible indicate that a need for doctrine exists? Read Psalm 119:11; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:14-15; II Timothy 2:15; II Peter 3:18; John 17:3 and list scriptural benefits for doctrine:
  2. Why does a need for doctrine exist? Read Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:17; James 3:14-18 and list several reasons:
  3. Although human beings chose to divorce themselves from God, yet God continues to reach for mankind to restore him/her back into a vibrant relationship with Him. Read Genesis 2:17; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 19; 6:23; 8:7; II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2:4 and summarize your findings:
  4. Two concepts of punishment apply to the consequence of mankind’s
    disobedience: spiritual death and physical death. God first restores the individual spiritually, and one day He will also restore physically – in the resurrection those who were made alive spiritually during their life on earth will experience a physical transformation (read I Corinthians 15:51-53). Therefore, obtaining spiritual life while physically living on earth emerges as the supreme objective within those who understand that an eternal era follows our temporal existence here. Like natural life started with birth, Jesus said
    that spiritual life also begins in birth. Read John 3:3,5-8; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:38 and list and define the two essential components of the spiritual, New Birth:Component                                                               Definition(1)(2)
  5. Familiarize yourself with the Water Baptism tract. Summarize your thoughts:
  6. Read Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21. Do you feel that baptism in Jesus Name is an essential element of your salvation?

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Disciples: Baptized into Jesus name
Discussion #5

  1. Read Acts 2:38 & John 3:3-8. Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21. Do you feel that baptism in Jesus Name is an essential element of your salvation? List and define the two essential components of the New Birth:
  2. Component                                                               Definition(1)(2)
  3. The Bible records the early church’s history in Acts and reports only four times that the Holy Spirit fell upon believers. Each event demonstrates a unique dimension of the outpourings: Acts 2:1-4, the Jews receive the Holy Spirit; Acts 8:14-17, the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit; Acts 10:44-48, the Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit; and Acts 19:1-6, the converts of John the Baptist expanded their spiritual
    experience, were re-baptized into Jesus’ name, and received the Holy Spirit. Read each account above, and notice how Acts 2, 10, & 19 specifically make mention of tongues. (1) How does Acts 8 allude to the evidence of tongues in verse 18? (2) Can we assume that speaking in other tongues was the evidence that Simon sought to purchase, since tongues specifically occurred in the other three instances? (3)
    Therefore, with John 3:8 & Mark 16:17 support, can we assume that speaking with other tongues serves as the initial sign of the Holy Spirit’s baptism?(1)(2)(3)
  4. Read James 3:8. Why would tongues serve as the initial evidence of the Holy Spirit’s baptism?

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Return for His Disciples
Discussion #6

  1. Since God attempts to reconcile mankind to Himself and restore His and humanity’s relationship, God first restores people spiritually when they are born again of water and Spirit. One day, physical restoration will occur when God gathers His children physically and draws them unto himself. Read I Thessalonians 4:13-18, and notice the order of events: 1) God returns to the earth with the souls of the saints, 2) God gives those souls immortal bodies and the bodies arise from the grave, 3) God gives those alive special bodies and they too
    arise, 4) the new bodies of the dead & living in Christ meet in the air, 5) all saints meet Jesus in the cloud. This is known in Christianity as the rapture of the church. Read I Corinthians 15:51-53 and I John 3:2. Describe the new body.
  2. After the rapture of the church, the earth experiences horrible destruction. First, Read Matthew 7:15; 24:11,24, notice Jesus’ warning about the rise of false prophets in the last days,; read Daniel 9:27; II Thessalonians 2:1-12, and see how these false prophets will function. (1) Does this raise any concerns about ministries that have emerged in recent times? Next, read Matthew 24:21; Revelation 6:8, 12-16; 8:7-13; Joel 2:2 and other passages list. (2) Describe a summary.
  3. Finally, Jesus returns with those saints raptured (Jude 1:14) to restore peace on the earth that lasts for 1,000 years. Following the era of peace, Jesus judges the soul of every human being that has ever lived and grants them either eternal reward or eternal punishment. Read Revelation 20:11-15. What do you desire to hear on that day? Read Matthew 25:21,23.
  4. Read Isaiah 43:5-7 and Romans 8:11. What are the prerequisites to participate in the rapture? Does this agree with John 3:3-5?

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Disciples Live Holy unto God
Discussion #7

  1. When God’s spirit enters the heart, the individual becomes an holy, habitation of God: a temple of God. Read I Corinthians 3:16-17; II Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:22.
  2. Since I am a holy temple of God, what does God expect from me? Read Luke 1:74-75; II Corinthians 7:1; I Peter 1:15-17; Hebrews 12:14
  3. Read Luke 11:24-26 and I Corinthians 3:16-17. What can happen to me if I don’t maintain the holiness that God made?
  4. Since holy God resides inside, I should desire that His holiness radiate through my attitudes, actions, and appearance. Read I Timothy 2:9 and I Peter 3:3-4. How can I allow Him to radiate through my appearance?
  5. Read Acts 1:8. How should Jesus radiate through our actions?
  6. Read Philippians 4:8; II Peter 3:10-12. What practical ways should you maintain your attitudes?

 

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Disciples Enter into Jesus" Kingdom where He Reigns
Discussion #8

  1. While I live as a good earthly citizen (Romans 13:1-8; I Peter 2:13-14), I realize that this world is not my home. My eternal citizenship is in heaven (Ephesians 2:19; 3:15), and God adopted me into this kingdom when I was spiritually born (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5). Read John 3:3-8 and Acts 2:38 and list the essential components of the New Birth.(1)(2)
  2. Read John 19:19; I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16. (1) Is Jesus a King? (2) What kind of attitude(s) should we have toward Him?
  3. Read Romans 5:12-21; 14:17. (1) How does King Jesus expect to reign in His kingdom? (2) List some other people, attitudes, habits, or things that want to reign in our lives.
  4. Review Discussions #2 and #7. List some action steps or positive behaviors that gives Jesus more reigning authority and power in our lives.
  5. Name some specific plans that would allow Jesus to better reign.

 

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Disciples Enjoy Jesus's Kingdom
Discussion #9

  1. Consider what the kingdom of God is like inside. Read Revelation 5:11-15. (1) How many deities (gods) sit upon the throne of the kingdom? (2) Who is this deity on the throne in Revelation? Read Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 42:8; 44:6,8; 45:5-6; Jeremiah 10:10-11; Mark 12:29. (3) How many Gods does the Bible teach exist?
  2. Consider the attributes and characteristics of God. He is omnipotent,
    omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, invisible, and infinite. He exists as eternal spirit (John 4:24). Can man relate and really associate with a being that is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, invisible, and infinite?
  3. Read I Timothy 3:16; what did God do therefore in order to relate and build a solid relationship with humankind?
  4. Read John 1:1-3, 14. Hence, two great truths: (1) There is One God; (2) This God robed Himself into a human body of flesh. The infinite, invisible, eternal God took upon Himself finite, visible, temporal, and mortal existence in a fleshly body. (Read Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3) God was in Jesus Christ (read II Corinthians 5:19), working and relating to humankind. Jesus termed the infinite, invisible, and eternal aspect of God as Father; He called the finite, visible, temporal, and mortal aspect of God as Son. Read John 10:9-10; (1) where did the Father dwell that did the works through Jesus Christ? (2) Did the One God reside within the human body of Christ and operate through him on earth? (3) Does this speak of one Person or three persons?
  5. Read Malachi 1:11 and Acts 4:12. How many names are given to mankind with which to relate to God and call upon Him? What is that name?
  6. In singular focus, you can approach, praise, petition, and worship this One Great God – Jesus! Read I Timothy 6:15; I Timothy 1:16-17; Jude 25.

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Giftededness and Ministry
Discussion #10

  1. Within His Kingdom where He functions as the sole potentate and ruler, Jesus Christ invites us to assume responsibility. Consider several points: (1) Jesus never gives responsibility without authority. (2) Jesus always gives the necessary gifts, talents, and abilities in order for us to exercise the responsibility through ministry. (3) Jesus
    always requires accountability for the responsibility and giftedness that He has given: Has the job been done? Read Matthew 25:14-30. Do you know your responsibility? Your gifts and abilities? Are you fulfilling your spiritual work, ministry, and vocation (Ephesians 4:1)?
  2. Read Mark 16:16-18; John 14:13; 16:23. Jesus said that we could exercise His authority in His _________?
  3. While God has given you particular gifts, talents, and abilities to fulfill your specific responsibility, every believer maintains one common responsibility. Read Acts 1:8 and II Corinthians 5:17-21. What is the common responsibility given to every believer?
  4. (1) What is an ambassador? (2) How does he/she function both inside and outside of the embassy? (3) How important is the embassy and the embassy family? (4) How does this correlate to the church and to the individual believer?
  5. Read Luke 17:7-10. Does fulfilling the particular duty related to the responsibility appease Jesus and satisfy His calling? Explain.

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Financial Stewardship
Discussion #11

  1. The Bible calls every disciple of the Kingdom of God a steward. This ancient word refers to the main servant or slave within a household during Bible days. He/she served as a manager over the household and understood (1) that he/she had the resources of the master available to use at his/her discretion in order to fulfill specific responsibilities and tasks. He/she understood that he/she owned
    none of the resources, but that he/she possessed the resources only to use them according to the master’s wishes. Read Matthew 25:14-30. Should the steward anticipate a time of accountability from the Master?
  2. Consider money: (1) who owns all of the money in the world? (2) Who give it to us to use? (3) Does the believer’s money belong to him/her, or does God make it available to use for him/her to use at his/her discretion in order to fulfill specific responsibilities and tasks?
  3. Read Matthew 6:24-25; I Timothy 6:10; Luke 12:15. Does the scripture indicate any concerns about money?
  4. Read I Corinthians 16:2; Malachi 3:8-12. Does God give guidelines of how the believer should handle his/her money? What is the tithe? Whose is the tithe?
  5. Read Mark 12:41-44. (1) Does Jesus know about you and your money? (2) Does Jesus care about you and your money?
  6. Should you build giving money to God into your budget?
  7. Read Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:7. Will God bless the one who gives?

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Disciplizing

A covenant is an agreement between two parties in which each party promises to the other to maintain certain pre-determined commitments. Both parties bond together and maintain the covenant by living according to their individual commitments. Jesus invited me to enter into a covenant with Him, in which He promises to grant me everlasting life, as well as to all those who commit to follow Him, obey Him, and become His disciples.

Disciples of Jesus begin their spiritual development process at conversion and continue until they fully achieve Christ's likeness upon their personal translation. Throughout the journey, the believer grows in his/her relationship with Jesus and daily becomes more like Him in nature, character, and conduct. (Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13; II Peter 1:4;
I John 3:2)

Jesus lived purposed and focussed upon earth to make disciples of mankind. Upon His departure, Jesus commissioned His followers to continue the purpose and practice. Hence making disciples of others stands as a central function of each disciple, and therefore emerges as one of my primary responsibilities.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned and ordered for His disciples to matheteuo (maqhteu,sate). Unfortunately, no English word adequately translates this single Greek verb. The best translation renders it as meaning to make disciples. English does have a word that means “to make deputies” – deputize. Likewise, disciplize, “to make disciples,” could appropriately translate the single Greek word matheteuo (maqhteu,sate).

Disciplize means to maintain and often initiate an intentional relationship with someone in which we interface with another disciple and walk alongside in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. This includes equipping the disciple to teach others as well (II Timothy 2:2).

Disciplize stands as the central command of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Rather than an option, Jesus mandated in his last words on earth that every disciple ultimately disciplize others.

Who should I disciplize? Read Acts 2:46; 10:2, 25 (especially in NIV); 11:14; 16:15, 31- 34; 18:8. Do you notice a pattern for New Testament evangelism? Read again Acts 2:46. The disciples spread the word and good news of the Kingdom from ________ to
______________.

The Greek word for house is oikos (oi=koj), and it indicates the inhabitants of a house rather than the physical dwelling place. In Bible days, many associates joined the immediate family and lived within the physical structure of a house. Usually, large family clans lived together under one roof, and of course, they invited their friends to enter their houses to visit with them. Additionally, people conducted all of their business
My Covenant with Jesus transactions in the house; very few offices existed. Activities of interest brought people together in the house. Therefore, the house, household, or oikos (oi=koj) included people within (1) immediate family, (2) extended family, (3) friends, (4) business associates, and
(5) those of similar interest or activity.

Every believer possesses a personal oikos (oi=koj) that includes immediate family, extended family, friends, business associates, and those of similar interest or activity. (1) What are the names of those within your oikos (household) that you wish could hear and receive the Gospel. Write these names on a list and pray for them daily. (2) Does any name surface of one with whom you feel the Lord dealing? If so, especially pray for him/her. Read II Timothy 2:2, and encourage yourself in the will of God. Guidelines for the disciplizer:

  1. Pray for your oikos.
  2. Provide love, attention, and affection to each member of your oikos.
  3. Work to build your communication and relationship with a member of your oikos.
  4. Affirm each positive response from that person, and avoid condemning or condescending discussion.
  5. Invite the individual to attend a Home Friendship Meeting with you.
  6. Invite the individual into sharing the Bible with you:a. A Place Prepared for You
    b. Into His Marvelous Light
    c. Exploring God's Word
  7. Invite the individual to be your guest in a church service.
  8. Upon conversion, enlist the individual into a discipleship relationship and guide him/her through the My Discipleship Journal.

Whole, healed individuals disciplize others better than hurting, anemic Christians. Please answer the following questions in prayer. Take each question to God and ask Him to reveal to you your heart condition on each topic. Go to God with humility and expect Him to speak to you. Pray over each thought that comes to mind, even if you do not write it down.

  • Is there any un-reconciled relationship that God is calling you to address?
  • What are names of individuals with whom you feel estranged, hurt, or distant?
  • Are there un-forgiven hurts in your life? Do you need to extend forgiveness to someone?
  • Is there un-confessed sin that God is bringing to light?
  • Are there areas of sin that are controlling your life?
  • In which area of your thought life is God at work?
  • Have you been harsh with your words or used words in a way that God would view as tearing someone down?
  • Is there an area of your life in which you are struggling to trust God?
  • Is there an area of new or increased obedience in which God is calling you?
  • What area of your character is God presently at work?
  • Is there an area in your life in which you would like to have accountability?

Dan,

The flow was from the courtroom to the living room. The idea is the
justification is a legal term that picture God as the judge who has been
satisfied by the sacrifice of Christ. Our debt has been paid and we have
been made right or justified before God. Justification moves to the highest
privilege of the Christian life, which is to be an adopted child of God.
This views God as father and we are included in the family, thus the image
of living room.

Does that help?
Greg
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MAJOR CORE THOUGHTS for DISCIPLESHIP

DISCIPLESHIP
1. I am a disciple
a. I’m following Jesus
b. I’ll commit to getting with a disciplizer for ?? weeks to undertake my
discipleship training.

Disciplizing in Relationship
Disciplizing in Doctrine
Disciplizing in the Kingdom of God

1. Jesus Christ invited you into a personal relationship, for you to be His disciple.

a. What does it mean to be His disciple?
b. Go ahead, sign the covenant!

I) Jesus’ word relates His numerous and
thorough promises to me.

II) In return, I covenant to:

2. Your relationship with Jesus that stems from your commitment to follow Him depends on communication. Jesus communicates with you through prayer and His word, the Bible.

6. Jesus invites His disciple to enter into His kingdom.

New Life Bible Study Part I

New Life Bible Study Part 1

Welcome to your new life in Jesus!

When you are born again, a tremendous feeling of ecstasy and jubilation fills your heart and spiritually inoculates you against evil.

The new birth protects your spirit from evil just like your immune system protects your body from disease.

In the natural body, an immune system protects against certain viruses that otherwise could be fatal. In the spiritual realm, wicked viruses attack, but the inoculation of the Holy Spirit and the immunity that comes through the new birth protects you from evil.

In your daily confrontation with the world, fleshly desires, and the devil; Jesus empowers you to resist evil and embrace righteousness. As you gain spiritual insights, you will learn to live an overcoming, victorious life in Christ.

Like a growing child, each Christian must mature and develop into a person more like Jesus. In the days ahead, you will learn how to walk with Jesus, and this study will serve as a manual to help you become what Jesus desires.

You Have Become a New Creation.

Born again of the water, and of the Spirit.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – II Corinthians 5:17

  1. You are Born Again – of water and the Spirit. Jesus taught that in order for you to enter into the kingdom of heaven, you must be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:3,5). The natural birth involves two components, water (the body comprised of 70 percent water) and spirit (the life energy). Likewise, the spiritual birth involves two components, water and spirit baptisms. Water baptism denotes baptism in the name of Jesus, and the spirit baptism denotes the Holy Spirit’s infilling.
  2. You became a New Creature by the Power of the Gospel.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” – Romans 1:16

The Bible defines the Gospel (good news) as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” – I Corinthians 15:1-4

You have followed in the steps of Jesus (I Peter 2:21), and aligned your life with the gospel message. You died to self and selfish ambitions when you repented. You were buried when you were baptized in Jesus’ name. You rose again into a new life when you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.

When You Repented, You Died to Sin

In harmony with Jesus’ death, you repented; that is, you died to your sinful life. The Bible speaks of your carnal instincts and base, sinful nature as “the old man” (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:9), and in repentance, you assassinated the old man within you.

Repentance = To to turn away from your old ways by asking forgiveness for your wrongful past and committing to do your best to do right.

It indicates an “about face” in your life — you once marched toward the world, and repentance caused you to turn around and march toward Jesus. Living a repentant life now keeps the old man dead and allows you to grow and develop properly in Jesus Christ.

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” – Acts 17:30, and “unless you repent, you too will all perish” – Luke 13:3

Why?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23, but “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance” – Romans 2:4

Repentance becomes a daily exercise. The “old man” desires to return to life, and you must consistently destroy his appetites, desires, and carnal thoughts. Paul declared, “I die every day” – I Corinthians 15:31; and likewise, we must “have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” – Galatians 5:24.

(See Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:5-8; Titus 2:12; I Peter 2:11.)

When You Were Baptized in Jesus’ Name

When you were baptized in Jesus name your sins were remitted. You aligned your life with the next aspect of the gospel, Jesus’ burial. When you were baptized in Jesus’ name, you buried that old man that had died. You “went down into the water” – Acts 8:38, and the water covered you as dirt covers the deceased. You “were therefore buried with him through baptism” -Romans 6:4.

By your baptism, you chose to align your life with Jesus’ death, and Jesus died in your place. Since death is the penalty for sin(Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23)  and Jesus died to pay your penalty, when you were baptized in Jesus’ name, your sins were washed away and your punishment was satisfied (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Jesus was crucified for you, but you personally embraced that sacrificial death by being buried with Him and being baptized in Jesus’ name(I Corinthians 1:13).

Therefore you were baptized in Jesus’ name “for the remission of sins” – Acts 2:38, and “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” – Psalm 103:12

Just as the signature on a bank check makes it authentic, so does invoking the name Jesus in your baptism validate your salvation.

The Bible teaches that baptism is essential. Jesus admonished, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” -Mark 16:16. An unbeliever senses no need for baptism, but one who believes in Jesus understands that it is obedience to God’s word and “baptism that now saves you” -I Peter 3:21.

When you were baptized in Jesus’ name, God placed His Name upon you! Just as the bride takes the name of the groom in marriage, you received the name of Jesus upon you when you were baptized in Jesus’ name. You became God’s eternal companion, described scripturally as His bride(Isaiah 62:5; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7)“for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” – Galatians 3:27.

When You Received the Holy Spirit and Spoke in Tongues

When you received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues you experienced spiritual energy and God’s new life You aligned your life with the next aspect of the Gospel, Jesus’ resurrection. When you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, you took your first breath of heavenly oxygen and your spiritual life resurrected into new life.

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” – Romans 6:4.

“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” – Romans 6:5-7

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He commanded His disciples, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” – Acts 1:4. This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; 38-39) and the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s infilling manifested as the disciples began to speak in other tongues. The sign of other tongues remains the initial evidence that the Holy Spirit has come into the heart.(See Mark 16:16; John 3:8; Acts 2:1-4; 2:16; 8:14-17; 10:44-48; 19:1-6 James 3:8.)

The Holy Spirit and You

The Holy Spirit Gives You Power to Overcome Sin

The Holy Spirit infilling gave you power! You have power to live an overcoming life, over the appetite and attraction of sin. No longer does sin have power over you, but through the power of His Spirit, you maintain power over sin(Romans 6:14; 5:17-21). The Holy Spirit will “strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” – Ephesians 3:16 and enable you to do God’s will “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”

The Holy Spirit Gives You Power to Witness

The Holy Spirit infilling empowered you to be a witness! “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses” – Acts 1:8. With His holy presence within you, “you are the light of the world” – Matthew 5:14, and “you are the salt of the earth” – Matthew 5:13. In other words, you now exist in life as a positive agent of change; wherever you walk in this earth, you impact spiritual influence and Holy Spirit power. Jesus made you His witness, so “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” – Matthew 5:16.

Jesus desires for you to share with others what He means to you. After Jesus had delivered a man from demonic possession, the man wanted to become a follower of Jesus and travel with Him; however, “Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” – Mark 5:19.

Your personal testimony stands as your most powerful witnessing tool. Tell others what Jesus has done for you and re-experience His Spiritual empowerment.

The Holy Spirit Is the Earnest of Your Inheritance

Heaven surpasses all that anyone could ever imagine – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – I Corinthians 2:9. However, since you “have tasted the heavenly gift” and “shared in the Holy Spirit” – Hebrews 6:4, Jesus has given you a sample of things to come. Until you gain your full inheritance in heaven, continue to enjoy “the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory” – Ephesians 1:13-14.

The power resident within you that comes from the Holy Spirit will eventually serve as the power to take you to heaven.

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” – Romans 8:11.

Your New Hope

The Bible teaches that God will steal His church from the earth like a thief that breaks into a house at night and burglarizes precious possessions. Without warning, “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye” – I Corinthians 15:52, God will snatch His bride out of this earth (Matthew 24:43; I Thessalonians 5:2), and He will deliver His church from the years of tribulation and devastation that the Bible predicts will come to pass in the last days.

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” – I Thessalonians 4:16-18

Bible scholars call this event the rapture. For an in-depth study on this and other topics, please sign-up for a Home Bible Study.

This Bible concept should affect your daily living, especially when you realize that Jesus is coming for a bride, a people, “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” – Ephesians 5:27.

You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.(II Peter 3:11,12,14)

Your New Life in Jesus

In Jesus, you have a brand new life. You have a new family, new brothers and sisters, new spiritual energy, a new heart, and the list goes on. As a result, you walk a new way, you talk a new way — you walk the walk and talk the talk.

You now walk in faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). You genuinely believe that God himself guides you in life (Psalm 37:23)and He is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24). As a result of your new guided life, nothing can happen to you that He does not ordain, and everything that comes your way is in your best interest for your good (Romans 8:28). Indeed, you live by faith (Hebrews 10:23).

In your walk of faith, you should learn to please God. The Bible asks, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” – Amos 3:3; God refuses to walk with you if you continue in sin. Your feet should take you places where your new friend Jesus can go with you — never go without Him. You should make a conscious effort to include Him in your new life’s activities, wherever you go.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – I Corinthians 15:33

With your new talk, your speech edifies or builds up others and lifts them. Words possess power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21; John 6:63), and since the Bible teaches not to kill, you should speak positive words. Those who speak evil of and downgrade others actually conduct the work of the devil who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Therefore, “you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” – Colossians 3:8

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.(Ephesians 3:8)

Additionally, your new talk will help to keep you pure before God.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.(Luke 6:45)

As a function of your new talk, you should seek to be honest and upright in all your life’s business. Honesty and integrity witness to others what Jesus has done for you, and besides, “all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur”Revelation 21:8

Live for Jesus everywhere, every day. Make living for Him your steady, constant lifestyle. Since you gave your life to Jesus, “you are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” – I Corinthians 6:19-20. Rather than compromising your new purity in life, “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and . . . live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” – Titus 2:12.

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