Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 32. The baptism of the Spirit, what you must do to believe it.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
An Apartment or a House.
A Meeting Place
Pens and Pencils
We Even Needed a Name.
GEN 50:20 “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result.”
1. Ephesians emphasizes the position of the Royal Family forever.
2. Hebrews emphasizes the priesthood of the Royal Family forever.
3. Romans emphasizes the objectives of the Royal Family.
4. Colossians emphasizes the lifestyle of the Royal Family.
Positional truth = the believer is positionally with Christ at the right hand of the Father.
Positional truth belongs to all believers regardless of their spiritual status or maturity level.
Because the baptism of the Spirit is not an experience, our royal status is not seen or felt in any experiential way.
Because the baptism of the Spirit is a sovereign work of God, our royalty is not progressive.
Our royalty is not related to our human ability, our good deeds, or any other human approbation system or works.
God is not glorified by our system of human works but is glorified by meeting our every need.
ISA 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, Thou hast increased the nation, Thou art glorified;
ISA 60:21 “Then all your people will be righteous; They will possess the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.”
PSA 50:15 “And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will glorify Me.”
Since positional truth or the baptism of the Spirit is a work of God, it is also eternal in nature.
True faith must be based solely on doctrinal or scriptural facts.
ROM 10:17 faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Unless our faith is established on facts, it is no more than superstition, speculation or presumption.
Through the baptism of the Spirit you have been made a new spiritual species, the church, the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the temple of the living God.
It is important for you to understand the baptism of the Spirit because it has to change your life and make it much more meaningful and full of happiness.
Our faith or belief stood directly on the fact of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,1CO 15:1-4.
1CO 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
2CO 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight –
GAL 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
COL 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
Impressions and emotions have nothing do with faith.
When it comes to the baptism of the Spirit, you have been made a new spiritual species, the church, the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the temple of the living God.
Faith must be based upon certainty – there must be definite knowledge of God’s purpose and will.
Faith is not a “force” that we exercise or a “striving to believe” that something shall be, thinking that if we believe hard enough it will come to pass.
Faith needs facts to rest upon.
Real faith is always increased by opposition, while false confidence is damaged and discouraged by it.
REV 12:10 – Satan is called the accuser of our brethren.
There can be no steadfastness apart from immovable facts.
Instead of desiring no trials before victory, or no exercise for patience, we should be willing to take them from God’s hand as a means for our spiritual growth.
PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
PHI 2:13 for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who is at work in you, both to will [give you motivation] and to work [He gives you the ability to execute] above and beyond His good pleasure.
ROM 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;
1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
Trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very power of faith to make you realize that through the baptism of the Spirit you have been made a new spiritual species, the church, the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the temple of the living God.
Faith is dependence upon God, and this God-dependence only begins when self-dependence ends.
Self-dependence only comes to its end for most of us when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and hopes bring us to that place of self-helplessness and defeat.
2CO 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
It is a great thing to learn that faith is simple dependence upon the character and nature of God.
HEB 10:38 But My righteous one shall live by faith;
The more you trust Him in your sorrows or adversities and problems, the more you will be attached to Him and drawn away from the place where the sorrows are, and to the place where He is.
COL 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
We cannot trust anyone further than we know him.
Most believers have a difficult time realizing and facing up to the fact that God does not hurry in His development of our Christian life.
The new believer often begins and continues to grow for some time at a fast rate but this will not continue if there is to be healthy growth and ultimate maturity.
In most instances when it seems likes you are not going forward and declension begins to set in, it is not, as so many think, a matter of backsliding.
God will set people aside after their fast start so that their self-confidence may die down.
We must get to know ourselves and that we have no strength.
Since the Christian way of life matures and becomes fruitful by the principle of growth, 2PE 3:18, rather than by struggle and experiences, much time is involved.
PHI 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it [the resurrection life or the ultra supergrace status], or have already reached the objective, but I continue pressing on that I may attain that [or overtake that, or gain that, arrive at the objective] on account of which I was overtaken by Christ Jesus.
PHI 3:13 Brethren [members of the Royal Family of God], I evaluate myself as not yet having attained the objective [ultra-supergrace or the ultimate objective in time, living in resurrection life]; but one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead,
PHI 3:14 I keep on pressing on toward the objective for the purpose of the reward belonging to the upward call of God [Father], by means of Christ Jesus.