The Sons of Promise
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh, for if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh these are the sons of Yahweh,” Romans 8:12-14.
“And Yasha said unto them, Go into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (judged),” Mark 16:15-16, also see Matthew 28:19.
We cannot become partakers of the promises of Yahweh until we are baptized into Christ (Acts 19:4-6).
It is made clear in the Bible that believers are to be baptized in water, but it is just as clear that we must also be filled with the Holy Spirit of Yahweh. These two experiences are for us. We do not have to understand how they bring us into the new creation to reap their benefits (Mk. 1:7-8). The Word of Yahweh spoke this covenant into reality so I do not need to fret and wonder if water baptism alone can save me. All that is required of me is to receive the ordinances just as they are written and then experience both water baptism and Spirit baptism. It is not necessary for me to choose between these two wonderful experiences or ponder which is the greater. They are both essential—they are commandments and a vital part of our salvation.
Baptism brings us into the new covenant of death to flesh (1 Pet. 3:18-22). The Spirit revitalizes us and gives us new life. Water does not bring us into the maturity required to receive our inheritance, but obedience to the Spirit and a willingness to obey Yahweh’s instructions will.
The Word of the Lord makes it very clear that both experiences are absolutely necessary and available. Both are very rewarding. Why should we reason with the carnal mind and question their benefits? Yahweh said it, we believe it, and then receive the benefits of the promise.
We must have the Holy Spirit within us before we can be Spirit-led. Those who reject the abiding presence of the Spirit are not going to allow him to run along beside them handing out instructions.
We cannot be Holy Spirit led while we are following our natural instincts. Most people have no idea what the Bible means when it speaks of being Spirit-led. Some Christians believe that going to church twice a week and paying tithes fulfills their spiritual responsibility. This, they reason, squares things with Yahweh and merits them the right to enter into his paradise, which is the only motive that is initiating action.
Even though these subjects are clearly taught in the Bible, the majority of our religious leaders know nothing of the new birth, the firstfruit call, or the king-priest ministry on the earth throughout the kingdom age. This should not shock us. Most Christians are more comfortable with the status quo and submit to the leadership of intellectuals who know nothing of the leadership of the Holy Spirit and many would not allow the Holy Spirit to lead them if they did.
People who are not willing to give up their self-will and ambitions cannot be Spirit led. They have no idea who the Spirit is or how to yield to him.
What is the Condition of Truth?
Truth is unchangeable. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but the truth will not pass away” Matthew 24:35.
Truth is vital to our redemption. Our Lord said we are sanctified through the truth (John 17:19). Unless we receive and obey the truth, we cannot become sanctified. Other scriptures using different terminologies confirm this statement: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. Again in Ephesians 5:26: “That he (Christ) might sanctify and cleanse it (the Church) with the washing of the water through the word.”
The Bible will not support the idea that we can invent a doctrine to fit our personality and lifestyle and then ride it into the paradise of Yahweh. The truth is steadfast and unchangeable and the only source of salvation. Our religious opinions and feelings are not worth discussing unless they are founded upon Bible Truth.
What Is Truth?
The words the Savior spoke are true (John 17:17). Our Savior lived the truth, that is, the Word of the Father was manifested in the world through the life of the Son.
How did the people respond to the manifested Word? The word was judged by man, rejected and crucified.
Do we usually judge a message by the principles of Truth or by the spirit of the speaker? Neither. We must judge by our own spirit as it is being moved upon by another spirit. Unfortunately, our spirits are usually influenced by the spirit or spirits that we are accustomed to following. If we do not have the Spirit of Truth and Wisdom, we will be unable to judge righteously or to comprehend the principle of the message.
Christ is a quickening (life giving) Spirit within the Church. Through this Spirit and the Word of Truth, he cleanses and impregnates the Church, the Bride (Lamb’s wife), or the Body of Christ. But we must be willing to yield our minds to hear the Truth and bring our spirits into obedience to it before it can change or revitalize us into Spirit-life.
To function in Yahweh, we must function in the Spirit of Truth. By nature we are the children of wrath; we do not have a holy spirit. In fact, unless we received the Spirit of Truth we have a very unholy spirit. Hebrews 7:19 says, “Draw nigh unto Yahweh and he will draw nigh unto you.”