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The New Testament analogy of the Old Testament Fish Gate. Filling of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit. Part 3.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The significance of the gates found in the book of Nehemiah for the Old Testament saints and their analogy to the spiritual life of the New Testament believer.

COL 2:16-17, Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day–things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Shadows were used as a dim outline of future things to come, but not the reality. Shadows signified a glimpse of what was really to come – They were just a powerless reflection of that which was real and that which was to come.

There is as much difference as there is between a body and a shadow; a solid substance and a mere outline.

The shadow is of no use to us unless we understand the reality and therefore, this all falls under the principle that ** ritual without reality is meaningless.

We are now noting the spiritual life of the New Testament believer, found in the filling of the Spirit which is designed to produce the fruit of the Spirit within the believer. The invisible which is designed to reveal the visible in some way in the life of every believer.

The filling of the Spirit (that within the believer’s soul which cannot be seen = invisible part of the spiritual life producing the fruit of the Spirit (that which can be seen) and Whose goal is to produce the fruit of the Spirit in the body.

This means that EPH 5:18 is designed to produce GAL 5:22-23, by means of GAL 5:16. The command of EPH 5:18b, “be filled with the Spirit,” is to produce GAL 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit = love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; by means of GAL 5:16 walk by means of the Spirit.

The invisible filling of the Spirit produces the visible manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit from the PMA of Bible doctrine from walking by means of the Spirit in GAL 5:16.

So, remember again, each one of Nehemiah’s gates signified something about our spiritual life.

PSA 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving in hearts and enter into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, honor His person.”

So, each of the gates in the book of Nehemiah speak of different experiences in our Christian life that we need to come to. Their order and position is very specific and give us insight into the journey that God takes each of His children on.

1. Regeneration
2. Baptism of the Spirit
3. Indwelling of God the Holy Spirit
4. Sealing of the Spirit
5. Distribution of spiritual gifts
6. Efficacious grace

The two most important ministries that begin once the issues of salvation have been secured and taken care of the moment of salvation are the filling of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit.

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