Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

A Tour of the uniqueness of the Church-age, Part 1.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

There were certain rituals and formulas and rites that these cults would operate under. They called these “musterions” or mysteries!

The Church-Age, and it’s doctrine were never mentioned in
OT prophecy but instead were fully developed in the NT epistles, Paul states in ROM 16:25-26,
COL 1:25-26, and EPH 3:3-6, that this mystery is now revealed.

The mystery doctrine of the Church unveils the characteristics unique to the Christian way of life. Mystery doctrine actually tells the believer what he must do now that he is a Christian. Mystery doctrine reveals the divine assets that God has given to each Church-Age believer and His directions for using those assets.

God has magnificently provided everything for us and has thoroughly instructed us,
EPH 4:1 “Walk in a manner worthy of our calling”

It is only awareness and consistent use of these doctrines that keeps the believer moving forward in the Christian way of life!

(1) The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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.”

In the Church-Age, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the basis for making you a member of the Royal Family of God and the universal Body of Christ!

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.
2. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the means of forming the royal family of God during the Church age.

3. This union with Christ is called positional sanctification or the sanctification of the body, EPH 5:25-27.
4. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience, 1CO 12:13.

There is only one Baptism that unifies the Royal Family of God, the Baptism of the Spirit.
1CO 12:13 “For by means of one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body; whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves of free, all were made to drink into one Spirit.”

EPH 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

6. The many references to positional sanctification, or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are often found in the preposition phrase en + the locative of Christos, translated “in Christ.”

1CO 15:22 “In Adam all die; so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

7. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is related to the Church Age only.
8. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the function of any spiritual gift, as alleged by the “Holy Roller” heresy, which equates the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues.

9. Because of the universality of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit provided for all Church Age believers, it is not in any sense experiential.
10. Christ as battlefield royalty had no royal family.

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