The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

Definition and Description

The Holy Spirit indwells the body of the believer at the moment of salvation, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 3:16. This indwelling provides the divine power to offset the continued presence of the sin nature  which also indwells the body after salvation. In addition to the indwelling Spirit, the filling of the Holy Spirit is required to provide the control and power for Christian living.

The sin nature continues its disruptive tactics and seeks to frustrate the plan of God for the believer’s inner life. When the sin nature controls through sin then the believer is carnal. The carnal believer behavior leads to backsliding (reversion). When the Holy Spirit controls the soul, that is the filling of the Holy Spirit. In the life of every believer, human ability must be superseded by divine ability.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is also a sign of royal family status on earth. In the Millennium, all believers will continue to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

No indwelling of the Holy Spirit in a Christian occurred until the church age. Therefore, we are royal family who complement Christ’s battlefield royalty. We receive five additional ministries of the Holy Spirit at salvation: indwelling, sealing, spiritual gifts, filling, and baptism.

While some believers have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit in every dispensation, all believers are indwelt with the Holy Spirit in the church age.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in other dispensations was technically the enduement of the Holy Spirit. For example, David said, “Take not Your Spirit from me,” Ps. 51:11.

It is important to distinguish between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is permanent, and the filling of the Holy Spirit which is temporary depending on the use of confession of sin. When we sin we lose the filling of the Holy Spirit, but not the indwelling of the Spirit.

While the indwelling of Holy Spirit emphasizes the body, the filling of the Holy Spirit emphasizes the believer’s soul. Therefore, the sphere of indwelling is always stated as the body of the believer, 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20. Your body is the sacred building of the church age. This indwelling makes it impossible for demon possession to occur.

Additional principles related to the Spirit.
We are commanded to “grieve not the Spirit,Eph. 4:30.
We are commanded to “quench not the Spirit,” 1 Thess. 5:19.
We are never commanded to be indwelt by the Spirit (this always exists), but to “be filled with the Spirit,” Eph. 5:18, or to be “walking in the Spirit,” Gal. 5:16.

The Inner Conflict Between the Sin Nature and Indwelling of Holy Spirit.

The prior indwelling of the sin nature from physical birth and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit from the new birth result in a great inner conflict, Gal. 5:17.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the principle of victory over the sin nature, while the filling of the Holy Spirit is the function of victory over the sin nature. The Spirit indwells to be available to provide power; the believer makes use of that power by walking in the Spirit.

Therefore, emphasis is placed on the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which divorces the believer from the power of the sin nature and marries the believer to a second husband with a new way of life. It further provides a new marriage counselor for the new life in God the Holy Spirit.

The inner conflict between the sin nature and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is portrayed in Rom. 8:2-8 and Gal. 5:16ff. The sin nature has a head start at birth. It is only overcome by a personal positive attitude to doctrine, especially the doctrine of Confession of Sin.

The Prophesy of the Indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, Jn. 7:37-39.

It was prophesied prior to the beginning of the church age by Christ. There are three spiritual uses of water, one is mentioned in Jn. 7:37-39.

For salvation, Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17.

For doctrine, Jn. 3:5; Eph. 5:26.

For the Holy Spirit, Jn. 7:39.

In Jn. 14:16-17 Christ again prophesied the indwelling of Holy Spirit, “will be in you.”

The Primary Objective of the Indwelling of Holy Spirit.

The primary objective of the indwelling of Holy Spirit is the provision of divine energy to execute the Christian way of life. This includes the attainment of all objectives of God for your life.

Advancement to maturity and glorification of Christ is accomplished through the filling of the Spirit and perception of doctrine.

Perception of doctrine is the ministry of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jn. 14:26. The Holy Spirit provided accuracy of recall through a photographic memory for the writing of Scripture, Jn. 16:12-15 cf. 1 Cor. 2:9-16 and 1 Jn. 2:27.

Anointing and Unction are Synonyms for the Indwelling of Holy Spirit,

1 Jn. 2:20, 27.

Anointing relates the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to the church age believer as a sign of the royal family of God. The indwelling of Holy Spirit is the royal family escutcheon. Because the royal family lives in the Holy of Holies forever, it is important that we are indwelt by God the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit demonstrates that we are royalty. Anointing appoints us ambassadors for Christ.

The Distinction Between the Indwelling of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is both permanent and functional, while the indwelling of Jesus Christ is the guarantee of blessings and promises in the believer’s advance to maturity. The indwelling of Jesus Christ is also in the body and is permanent.

There is definite evidence that the backsliding (“reversionistic”) believer does not benefit from the indwelling of Jesus Christ, 2 Cor. 13:5; Rev. 3:20

Bibliography (principal sources):

Braun, Ralph, “Categorical Notebooks”

Chafer, Lewis Sperry, “Systematic Theology”

Strong, A. H., “Systematic Theology”

Thieme, R. B. Jr., taped sermons and printed materials.

The Filling of the Holy Spirit

Definition and Description.

Spirituality, or the filling of the Holy Spirit, links salvation to Christian maturity. To move from salvation to maturity requires the filling of the Holy Spirit and the consistent intake of Bible truth.

At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells the body of the believer. At the same time the new believer receives the filling of the Holy Spirit, but this is not permanent! Because the body contains a sin nature, the Holy Spirit indwells the body to be in place to help the believer in conflicts within the soul. The spiritual battlefield is the soul, and victory over the power of sin begins with the filling (control) of the Holy Spirit.

We are always indwelt by the Holy Spirit. We are not always filled with the Holy Spirit. The filling of the Holy Spirit means God the Holy Spirit controls the soul; and He does not control when we sin (grieve Him) or perform human good or evil (quench Him). When we confess our sins (1 John 1:9), God forgives the sins and “cleanses” us; and the Holy Spirit is in control again and able to carryout His work.

The following passages of Scripture describe various synonyms for the filling of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Note that the Christian must be positive to this teaching and decide to follow the Lord’s direction if there is to be any benefit derived from the Spirit’s control.

The believer starts the Christian way of life with the Holy Spirit controlling the soul. We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit simultaneously at the point of salvation. As soon as we sin, we take over control of our own soul. When we confess sin, the Holy Spirit again controls the soul.

Prov. 1:22, 23; “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Carnality is loss of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Carnality is aggravated, and sins multiply, when a believer continually neglects confess sin. Confession of sin provides recovery and a renewal of the control of the Holy spirit.

Since the filling of the Holy Spirit is functional, it is the means of executing the objectives of the Christian way of life. Anything you do in the energy of the flesh is not the Christian way of life.

Ministries of the Holy Spirit.

Rightly dividing the word of truth demands cognizance of the distinction between the pre-salvation, salvation, and post-salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit.

The pre-salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit are common and efficacious grace.

The salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit are regeneration, baptism of the Holy Spirit, indwelling of the Holy Spirit, sealing, and the bestowment of a spiritual gift.

Additional Topics to Study

  • The Indwelling Holy Spirit
  • The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit’s Salvation Ministry
  • The Holy Spirit’s Sustaining Ministry

An additional post-salvation ministry for the church age believer is the filling of the Holy Spirit, a special ministry which gives experiential support. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He teaches us doctrine, provides guidance, provides divine power to execute the plan of God, and is the means of the application of Bible doctrine to your current circumstances.

Commands Related to Spirituality.

Positive side

Eph. 5:18,Be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

This is the present passive imperative of PLEROO, which means “to be filled”. The iterative present is for an action that recurs at successive intervals.

Gal. 5:16, “Walk by means of the Spirit.”

This is a present tense for an action which is purposed but not taking place.

The positive side clarifies the difference between the means and result in spirituality. In spirituality, the Holy Spirit is the grace provision, Acts 1:8

The means is confession of sin. The result is the filling of the Spirit and the function of the Christian way of life.

Negative side.

Eph. 4:30,Stop grieving the Holy Spirit, the God by whom you have been sealed for the day of redemption.

Stop grieving” is the present active imperative of the Greek verb LUREO. Grieving the Spirit is carnality.

This is a command to stop sinning and to stop living without confessing sin. This command emphasizes the fact that spirituality and carnality are mutually exclusive; 1 John 1:6-7; 1 John 2:10-11.

The command to not participate in human good or evil is found in 1 Thess. 5:19, “Do not quench the Spirit.


The positive and negative commands emphasize imitation as the issue in the spiritual life. We either imitate God or people, Eph. 5:1.

The filling of the Holy Spirit is related to spirituality, growth, and victory over the sovereignty of the old sin nature, 2 Peter 1:2-5.

The application of doctrine, after the filling of the Holy Spirit, supplies your integrity; and your integrity supplies knowledge for growth and passing tests.

Since spirituality is the way of life for the believer as a priest, it is not subject to the Mosaic Law, Rom. 8:2-4.

Rom. 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The Law demands perfect righteousness; believing in Christ satisfies the requirement of the Mosaic Law.

Gal. 5:18, “If you are led by the Spirit you are not under the Law.”

The Results of the Filling of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Christ is magnified in the inner life of the believer, 2 Cor. 3:3; Eph. 3:16-17; Phil. 1:20-21.
  2. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the basis for understanding, believing, and applying Bible truth, John 14:26; 16:12-14; 1 Cor. 2:9-16; 1 John 2:27.
  3. The believer is guided by God only while filled with the Holy Spirit, Rom. 8:14-16.
  4. The filling of the Holy spirit is the true function of worship for Christians, John 4:24; Phil. 3:3.
  5. The filling of the Holy Spirit provides effectiveness in the believer’s production; e.g., in witnessing, Acts 1:8; in prayer, Eph. 6:18.
  6. The filling of the Spirit is the glorification of Christ in the human body, John 7:39 cf John 16:14; 1 Cor. 6:19-20.
  7. The filling of the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to imitate God: Eph. 5:1; Gal. 4:19 cf Gal. 5:22.
  8. The Importance of the Power of the Spirit, 1 Kings 19:1-18.

Zech. 4:6, “`Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord.


In the church age, a believer represents the absent Christ, who is now at the right hand of the Father. Therefore, the purpose of the filling of the Holy Spirit during the church age is related to the fact that Christ is absent.

So, the purpose of the filling of the Holy Spirit during the church age is different than the purpose of the filling of the Holy Spirit during the Millennium when Christ is on the earth.

The function of the filling of the Holy Spirit during the church age is to provide the ability to learn doctrine and to apply doctrine as the fulfillment of the Christian way of life. In this way, the church age believer fulfills his ambassadorship, representing Christ who is now at the right hand of the Father. We need special power to do this, and the divine power of the Holy Spirit is the basis on which we operate.

Emotion is not our energy. We all have emotion as part of our capacity for life, but emotion is not the filling of the Holy Spirit or the fuel for the Christian way of life. The filling of the Holy Spirit is never emotional in the church age.

Believers in the Millennium are said to be indwelt with the Holy Spirit, Ezek. 36:27, 37:14; Jer. 31:33. Believers in the Millennium are also filled with the Holy Spirit, Isa. 29:19 – does not appear to apply to the Millennium period, Isa. 32:15, 44:3; Ezek. 39:29; Zech. 12:10.

Oil is used as an analogy to the filling of the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:20, 21.

By way of this analogy, the filling of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to assemble with other believers in a local church, where no two are in the same stage of spiritual growth. (Oil reduces friction!)

Certain people will be obnoxious to you; but the filling of the Holy Spirit protects you from getting your eyes on people, and He gives you understanding and toleration of others.

Oil in the ancient world was used for healing as a medicine. The filling of the Holy Spirit produces an understanding of others and a tenderness toward others as you realize they have problems also. Consequently, a breach is healed before there is any further difficulty. The filling of the Holy Spirit also heals your bitterness, anxieties, and fear as you grow with doctrine.

Oil is used for light. This refers to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in illuminating the Word of God.

Bibliography (principal sources):

Braun, Ralph, “Categorical Notebooks”

Chafer, Lewis Sperry, “Systematic Theology”

Strong, A. H., “Systematic Theology”

Thieme, R. B. Jr., taped sermons and printed materials.

Why study Grace Notes material at all?

This is a valid question!  Everybody it seems has packed schedule.  This post falls in the category of “FAQ” regarding Grace Notes. We already have discussed in previous articles that we do not wish to compete either your “church” or your local pastor: they both have special place in God’s economy.  See the following Grace Notes articles for more information:

What we do claim, however, that there is a future benefit in learning God’s Word today. Grace Notes lessons are an ideal way to dig deeper into God’s Word to build life’s most important foundation.  The truth is that we don’t know what tomorrow has in store for us; consequently, its best to continually be in the Word (See GN article “Occupation with Christ”).  Luke 6:46-49 presents the positive results when a firm foundation, base on Biblical doctrine, is planned and executed today.  The passage also presents the consequences of a shaky foundation based on earthly wisdom.  The later resembling a gambler that hedges his bets, “plays the odds”, etc. regarding future events. Waiting for tomorrow may be too late!

I heard a sermon where the pastor stated the “someday” is not on the calendar.  This is why things don’t happen when  scheduled for “someday.” We encourage you to use Grace Notes material today to lay down a solid foundation that is not based on the wisdom of this world.

I have include the Grace Notes lesson for Luke 6:46-9.

How do we Determine what is on the Inside?
Luke 6:46
And why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?
Here is the contradiction and the hypocrisy.
To call, καλεω (which puts emphasis on the content of the title) Jesus Christ Lord, Lord and yet not obey His is a contradiction. What does it mean to obey Jesus Christ –

John 3:36, He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

In the context of this message the Lord did say something very specific to them in verse 27:
But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

John 6: 27-29, Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, even God, has set His seal.
They said therefore to Him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?
Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.

So doing what the Lord says in this context is to love your enemies.
This is only possible in the power of God which comes when we obey the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and believe in Him. And that is the issue in the next verse.

Luke 6:47
Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like.

Three things mentioned in this verse and one conclusion.
Comes to me.
Hears my words.
Acts upon them.
The conclusion that describes this type of man.
I will show you whom he is like
And what he is like is like the one described in the next verse
The Parable of the Two Foundations.
There is no question that the ROCK in this parable is the Rock of Ages, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now as we search this word through the New Testament we can find who the foundation is, who lays the foundation, and what comprises the foundation.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it.
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:19-20, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.

The apostles and prophets have laid the foundation. The building blocks are you your hands, the Bible, the writings of faithful men of God were inspired by the Holy Spirit to tell us about the grace of God.

Hebrews 6:1,2, Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

The foundation is made up of basic principles of the teaching of Christ which include an understanding that dead works do not work and that faith does work.
The rituals only point to a reality in Christ, and that we have escaped eternal judgment by way of the resurrection which is our assurance of security in Christ.
So Christ is the foundation, set by the apostles, and includes basic truths that will allows us to build upon the foundation a structure leading to maturity.

Luke 6:48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

When we set the foundation of our faith on the Rock, Jesus Christ, we will not be washed away by the storms of life.

Luke 6:49
And this is what he is not like, in Matthew this man is the Foolish man.

But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.

The RUIN is great because it is not expected.
The one who tries to build a spiritual life on the foundation of sand thinks he has something that will last, but it will not.
Adversity come, pressure comes, and that which man had set his life upon is found to be of no value, possessing no stability, indeed, great is the fall.
We must build our lives upon that which will last.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in Colossians.
Colossians 2:6, As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

The person who builds upon the sand, upon a foundation other than the Lord Jesus Christ and faith in Him makes two mistakes.
He wants to avoid toil.
The foundation of a building is not the fun part of construction. It is hard work to dig down to bed rock. Moving dirt, shoveling, back breaking work. It is just so much easier to build upon the sand.
In the same way it is so much easier to take our own way, to stick with human thinking, works that we can do, rather than rely by faith upon the grace of Jesus.
Grace is tough, at times it cuts through human viewpoint like a knife. It runs contrary to the logic of man. But it is God’s viewpoint and God’s divine viewpoint echoes the words of John the Baptist who is looking at Jesus Christ declared I must decrease and He must increase.
We are so self absorbed, so self involved, so self determined, so self centered – we avoid the toil of saying no to self and yes to the Savior.
Second mistake.
When we build upon the sand we are short sighted.
We never trouble ourselves to think what the outcome of our actions will be. The house built upon the sand may look good now. Maybe even better than the house built upon the rock. We save the time of digging a foundation, put more effort into the structure itself – but what will happen when the river rises.
When pressure comes? It will be washed away.
In every decision of life there is a short view and a long view. The short view ignores the destiny God has for us as His children. The short view ignore the eternity we will have with Christ. So often we do what we do in the light of the moment rather then in the light of eternity.
In our very lives and in the life of our church we are now building a house that will stand. And it has stood!
At times the river has risen to buffet what we are and what we are doing. At times the rising waters of adversity have looked like they would destroy what God has done – but we are here. We are a living testimony to what Jesus said to Peter 2000 years ago.
Matthew 16:18, And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hell shall not overpower it”

Dr. Daniel Hill, P. S., Bible Church. (n.d.). The Gospel of Lude – 1.

The Local Church

This article provides a collection of Bible references dealing with the basic attitude and activities which are present in a local church that is functioning as described in Ephesians 4:11-16.
Attitudes in the Local Church

  1. Love for one another: Rom. 13:8; 1 Thess. 3:11,12; 4:9,10; 2 Thess. 1:3; 1 Peter 1:22.
  2. Forbearance or relaxed tolerance toward others: Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13.
  3. Acceptance or willingness to receive others into assembly: Rom. 15:7.
  4. An attitude which is neither judgmental or con-demning: Rom. 14:13; 1 Cor. 4:5; James 4:11,12
  5. Willingness to subordinate one’s own desires to the needs and interests of others: Phil. 2:3,4; 1 Pet. 5:5,6; Rom. 12:10.
  6. Genuine devotion toward one another as Fam-ily of God: Rom. 12:10.
  7. Harmony or rapport that transcends social bar-riers: Rom. 12:16-18; 14:19; James 2:1-4.
  8. Priority of unity within the congregations: Eph. 4:3,13; Col. 3:14.
  9. Forgiveness: Eph. 4:32.
  10. Encouraging one another: Heb. 3:12,13; 10:24; 1 Thess. 5:11; Rom. 15:4,5.

Activities in the Local Church

  1. Edifying one another: Eph. 4:29; 1 Thess. 5:11; Rom. 14:18-20; 15:1,2.
  2. Serving one another: Gal. 5:13.
  3. Being kind to one another: Eph. 4:32; 1 Peter 3:8,9.
  4. Showing hospitality: 1 Peter 4:9; 3 John 5-8.
  5. Partaking of the Communion: 1 Cor. 11:17-34; Acts 2:42-46.
  6. Admonishing one another: Rom. 15:14; 1 Cor. 4:14; 1 Thess. 5:14.
  7. Restoring carnal believers: Gal. 6:1.
  8. Praying for one another: James 5:16.

The Local Church’s Function as a Community of Believers

  1. Our relationship with God is described in fam-ily terms: Gal. 3:26; John 1:12,13.
  2. Christians are commanded to have a family-like devotion to one another: Rom. 12:10.
  3. The local church is called the household of God: 1 Tim. 3:15.
  4. Paul recommends to Timothy how to relate to others in the congregation: 1 Tim. 5:1,2
  5. Leadership qualifications include how well a man fulfills his family responsibilities: 1 Tim. 3:4,5,12.
  6. A woman’s role in the local church is described in the same terms as her role in the family: 1 Tim. 2:11-13; 1 Cor. 14:34-35.

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How long did Noah wait before leaving the Ark?

Noah didn’t immediately leave the Ark after the dove failed to return but instead waiting another twenty-two days before he removed the covering from the Ark and then it was another fifty-seven days before he finally did leave the Ark.
This is indicated by the following events:

  1. The waters of the Flood receded steadily for one hundred fifty days according to Genesis 8:3.
  2. On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat according to Genesis 8:4.
  3. On the first day of the tenth month, seventy-four days after the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, the mountain tops appeared to Noah according to Genesis 8:5.
  4. Forty-days later, Noah sends out a raven, which doesn’t return and a dove, which does according to Genesis 8:6-9.
  5. Seven days later, Noah sends out the dove a second time and this time returns with a freshly picked olive branch according to Genesis 8:10.
  6. Seven days later, Noah sends out the dove a third time but this time she doesn’t return according to Genesis 8:12.
    During all this one hundred twenty eight days elapsed, thus indicating that Noah waited still another twenty-two days after sending out the dove out a third time before he removed the covering of the Ark since Genesis 8:3 records that the water receded steadily for one hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 8:13, “Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.”
Genesis 8:14, “In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.”
A comparison of Genesis 8:13 and Gen. 8:14-16 indicates that Noah waited another fifty-seven days after removing the covering of the Ark before he and his family finally exited the Ark. Noah, his family and the animals were in the Ark a total of one year and seventeen days. A year according to the Jewish calendar is three hundred and sixty days and a month is thirty days.
Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.

Three stages of salvation

Salvation means “deliverance” and like sanctification it is accomplished in three stages:

  1. Positional: At the moment exercising faith alone in Christ alone and being delivered “positionally” (God’s work and viewpoint of the believer) from real spiritual death and eternal condemnation, the devil, his cosmic system and the sin nature through the death, resurrection and session of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Experiential: After salvation, being delivered from the devil, his cosmic system and the sin nature “experientially” by appropriating by faith the believer’s union and identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and session, which constitutes the believer’s spiritual life after being delivered from real spiritual death.
  3. Ultimate: At the resurrection the believer will be delivered “ultimately” and permanently from the devil, his cosmic system and the sin nature when he receives his resurrection body at the rapture of the church, which is imminent.

Just as the Ark delivered Noah and his family from Flood and the judgment of the antediluvian world so the baptism of the Holy Spirit delivers the believer from the judgment of the old creation, which is under the tyranny of Satan.

Romans 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
Walk in newness of life” refers to “experiential” sanctification, which is the post-salvation experience of the believer who is in fellowship with God, which is accomplished by confessing any known sin to the Father when necessary and then immediately obeying the Word of God.
Experiential” sanctification is only a potential since it is contingent upon the believer obeying the Word of God.
Just as Noah and his family were delivered by the Ark in order to begin a new life free from the sin of the old creation and tyranny of Satan so the Holy Spirit identified us with Christ in His death in order that we might begin a new life under the rulership of Christ.
Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.

Chronology of the Flood up to Genesis 8:4

Chronology of the Flood up to Genesis 8:4:

  1. According to Genesis 7:7-9, Noah entered the ark on tenth day of the second month (Iyyar) and waited in the ark seven days (Gen. 7:10).
  2. According to Genesis 7:10-11, seven days after Noah entered the Ark, the vast transparent water vapor canopy precipitated and the subterranean waters burst open on the seventeenth day of the second month.
  3. According to Genesis 7:12, the vast transparent water vapor canopy precipitated or fell upon the earth for forty days and nights and stopped on the twenty-seventh day of the third month.
  4. According to Genesis 7:24 and 8:3-4, one hundred ten days after the heavy rains of the forty day and nights had stopped, the waters of the Flood receded and the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat.

Exactly five months after the Flood began, the Ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat since Genesis 7:11 records that the Flood began on the seventeenth day of the second month and Genesis 8:4 records that the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month. This means that Noah and his family had been in the Ark for one hundred and fifty seven days up to this point in the narrative. It would be another seven months before they were able to leave since they had to wait for the waters to recede and the ground to dry sufficiently so it could support human and animal and bird life.

It is significant that the Ark is said to have “rested” as though it had been laboring for five months in accomplishing its work of saving its occupants from sin and judgment. This is the second mention of “rest” in Scripture with the first being when God rested after His work of restoring the earth in six days (Gen. 2:2-3). It is interesting since the Ark is a type of Christ as God “finished” His work of creation and as the Ark “finished” its mission, so Christ “finished” (John 19:30) His work of salvation.
A comparison of 8:4 with 8:5 indicates that seventy-four days or two and a half months after the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, the tops of the mountains appeared on the first day of the tenth month.
Genesis 8:6, “Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.”
A comparison of Genesis 8:5 and 6 teaches that forty days after the tops of the mountains appeared, Noah opened the window of the Ark, which would be on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.

Genesis 8:1-3

Note how Genesis 8:1-2 correlates to passages in Genesis 1:6-13.

According to Genesis 8:1, the two sources of water that God employed to flood the earth are prevented from doing their damage: (1) “All the fountains of the great deep burst open” (2) “The floodgates of the sky were opened.”
“The fountains of the great deep” refers to the vast springs or reservoirs of water that resided in pockets deep in the earth’s crust, which were put there by the Lord when on the third day of restoration He restored the dry land by gathering the waters that completely flooded the earth, which is recorded in Genesis 1:9-13.
“The floodgates of the sky were opened” refers to the vast transparent water vapor canopy that resided above the earth’s atmosphere, which were placed there by the Lord on the second day of restoration, which is recorded Genesis 1:6-8.
Genesis 8:1-2 records three specific actions that were taken by God: (1) God caused a wind to pass over the earth in order to evaporate vast quantities of water. (2) God shut up the subterranean waters from further eruptions. (3) The water from the vast water transparent vapor canopy was precipitated and God put an end to the rain.

Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.

Citizenship of the Believer

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When a person becomes a Christian he changes his spiritual citizenship. He is no longer alienated from God. Rather he is a member of God’s royal family, with all the blessings and privileges of that position. The following are some of the Bible’s statements regarding our former and present citizenship.

We were aliens to the kingdom of God.

Eph. 2:12, “remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”

We were citizens of the domain of darkness also known as being in Adam. We walked in darkness.

Col. 1:13, “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,”

Eph. 5:8, “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.”

1 John 1:5-10, “And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;”

“but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

At salvation, we became citizens of God’s kingdom. Our behavior should be different from that of citizens of darkness.

The mechanics of the transfer of citizenship is the baptism of the Holy Spirit resulting in union with Christ.

Col. 3:1-3, “If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

“For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

1 Cor. 12:13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”

Therefore, the Christian is a citizen of heaven, not of earth.We live in a hostile foreign country!

Phil. 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;”

John 17:11, “And I am no more in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as we are.”

John 17:14-17,“I have given them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

“I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”

“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

“Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.

We are aliens in the domain of darkness, strangers just passing through.

1 Pet. 2:11, “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.”

A Christian is not to love the things of this world. A believer can enjoy the creation while not loving Satan’s domain.

1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”

“And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.”

1 Tim. 4:4, 5, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”

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Is Grace Notes a replacement for attending church?

Absolutely not!  We realize that some may erroneously decide they don’t have to “mess” with church if they stay home and do the lessons instead.  That was never the intent.  Grace Notes (GN)  feels that all Christians should have a home church where they have a pastor-teacher.  GN has a great article called “Pastor Teachers in the Church Age” which outlines the importance of this role in our times.   There are several major points which support this position:

“…the pastor/teacher has had bestowed upon him a spiritual gift that he does not deserve and cannot earn. The gift of pastor/teacher provides the individual with the talents and strength necessary to communicate the Word of God. The gift is given at the point of salvation and, as already stated, is not based on merit of any type. The gift is given by God the Holy Spirit, and it would be presumptuous to attempt to document His criteria for assigning the gift.”

I think we sometimes forget that God is involved in our church and the He is the one that decides who should do what.  He decides who should be in charge of the church governing authority (depending on your church bylaws, etc.), not man.

Next we tackle the question as to why the position exists at all:

“This brings up the next idea: Why does the position/gift of pastor/teacher exist? The answer is found in Ephesians 4:12,13, which say, “To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” In other words, without a pastor/teacher, the saints cannot attain spiritual maturity. This is a remarkable and, to some, a shocking statement.”

“Now that we have the ‘why’ of the pastor/teacher, ‘how’ does the pastor/teacher perform this sensitive and vital function? The answer is found in Ephesians 4:20,21, which say, “You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.” In other words, the pastor/teacher is to teach what the Word of God says; only by doing this may the saints become spiritually mature. And this ‘teaching’ pre-supposes the spiritual gift of pastor/teacher, human maturity, education and scholarship, self-discipline manifested in good study habits, academic and spiritual honesty, and the courage to teach what Scripture says without being afraid of
insulting or offending the saints.”

“Thus, it may be seen that the pastor/teacher must be careful to stay within the bounds of the gift. This means not intruding on the spiritual privacy of the saints, not judging the saints, nor making private and personal decisions for the saints. This does not, however, preclude normal social and/or human intercourse such as friendship, interest, or
even love.”

“According to I Corinthians 12:11,28, pastor/teachers are provided the gift at the moment of salvation. ‘All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.'”

In light of these truths, GN never recommends our material as a substitute for being a part of a local church body.  Please read the topical article for more information.

See also the article “Church” on the page.