Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 30. The baptism of the Spirit, learning how to live in newness of life.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

“I am in My Father” = His oneness and equality with the essence of God the Father.

Jesus Christ is in God, and you are in Christ = your position in Christ and the doctrine of positional truth, a mystery doctrine of the Church-age.

“Baptism” does not refer to water, it means identification or association.

Homer wrote of the giant Ulysses who took a piece of hot metal and rammed it into Cyclops’ one eye, and called it “baptizing.”

Homer’s Odyssey, book 9, used baptism for hot metal identified with water when a smith dipped a piece of hot iron into water.
Xenophen said that the Spartans baptized their spears by putting them into a bowl of blood.

Euripides used the word for a ship identified with the bottom of the sea when it sank.

“Baptize” in the classical Greek meant to identify one thing with another thing so that the characteristic of the original thing was changed into another characteristic by what was identified with it.

1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a real baptism, an actual identification, in which God the Holy Spirit, at the moment we believe in Christ, enters the new believer into union with Christ.

Your body has many parts - limbs, organs, cells - but no matter how many parts you can name, you are still one body.

2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the means of forming the Royal Family of God during the Church-age.

2CO 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new [spiritual] species. The old things have lost their power; behold, new things have come.”

3. This intimate union with Christ is called positional sanctification or the sanctification of the body, the church,EPH 5:25-27.

4. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience, 1CO 12:13 cf 1CO 12:30, all are baptized.

5. There is only one baptism that unifies the Royal Family of God, the baptism of the Spirit, EPH 4:4-5.

“Newness of life” = our being a new spiritual species and Royal Family of God.

JOH 10:10 The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have {it} abundantly.

3JO 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

“You are a new creation,” GAL 6:15.
You are a new spiritual species, 2CO 5:17.
You are the child of the King, ROM 8:15.

You are a member of the Royal family, REV 19:12.
You are a royal priest, 1PE 2:5.
You are a royal ambassador, 2CO 5:20.

You are an heir to the throne, ROM 8:17.
You are the body of Christ, ROM 12:5.
You are the future bride of Christ, REV 19:7.

PRO 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.

Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit you are a new spiritual species in Christ, and you can live in newness of life.

All of us who are believers, are indwelt by the living God, in the person and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

2CO 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,

Keep on learning.

When you and I study the Scriptures, we get God’s word into our minds and our hearts.

You stop worrying about things, you stop fretting about things, you are no longer anxious, and your fears disappear,
MAT 6:25, PHI 4:6.

Your body functions best when you are not full of stress, fear, anxiety and frustration, and all the things that so many people go through in life.

If you desire to live in this new nature, this new spiritual species and be filled with this abundant life, this newness of life that you have been baptized into, keep loving.

Anyone who understands that God loves them unconditionally, when you are able to grasp that truth and make it a part of your thinking and your everyday living, you are going to begin to live in this newness of life.

ROM 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

HEB 13:6 so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?”

All of us need to be lovers at heart, for the simple reason, that is who God is, 1JO 4:8.

Bitterness affects your body.
ISA 3:9 The expression of their faces bears witness against them. And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not {even} conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.

HEB 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Some other emotions have replaced love, like self-centeredness or jealousy or anger.

If you want to enjoy life and live in this new nature, this new spiritual species and be filled with this abundant life, this newness of life that you have been baptized into, keep laughing.

PSA 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,

You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.
You get your exercise acting as pallbearer for your friends who exercised.
Your back goes out more than you do.

You finally got your head together, now your body is falling apart.
You don’t care where your wife goes, just so you don’t have to go along.
It takes twice as long to look half as good.
People call at 9 PM and ask, “Did I wake you?”

The clothes you have put away until they come back in style - have come back in style.
The pharmacist has become your new best friend.
You start video taping daytime game shows.

You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
Your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.
You look for your glasses for half-an-hour, then find they have been on your head all the time.

You wake up, looking like your driver’s license picture.
Happy hour is a nap.
You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don’t remember being on top of it.
Getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot.

Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.
Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.
“Getting a little action” means you don’t need to take a laxative.
You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police.

ECC 3:4 - there’s a time to laugh;

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