Gate Community Summer - Day 4
What is a promise?
What does the Bible say about God keeping his promises?
"What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do."
"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does."
Read Acts 1:4-11
Four promises are found in these final moments of Jesus’ time on earth?
- Wait in Jerusalem for you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit
- You will receive Power
- You will be my Witnesses
- Jesus will return the same way he left to restore the Kingdom of God
Do you trust in God to fulfill these promises?
Here are some key terms to remember as a Christ-follower...
The story of Christ’s victory over Sin
To be justified is to be declared legally righteous. It is a divine act where God declares the sinner to be innocent of their sins. It is not that the sinner is now sinless, but that he is "declared" sinless. The sinner is not made righteous in that his soul is changed, or that his soul is infused with God's grace. Instead, justification is a legal act of assigning the righteousness of Christ to the believer (Rom. 4:11; Phil. 3:9). This justification is based on the shed blood of Jesus, " . . . having now been justified by His blood . . . " (Rom. 5:9). When God sees the Christian, He sees him through the sacrifice of Jesus and "sees" him without sin.
Indwelling of Christ
Colossians 1:27 – Christ in you, the hope of glory
The presence of Christ in our lives.
The Spirit comes to reside “with you” (John 14:17)
Sanctification follows justification. In justification our sins are completely forgiven in Christ. Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire. Sanctification is a life long journey. True sanctification is impossible apart from the atoning work of Christ on the cross because only after our sins are forgiven can we begin to lead a holy life.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- A second blessing, distinct in nature, from the experience of justification
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a distinct experience, it is a welcoming of the person of the Holy Spirit into us
- It enables us for power for service (we will talk about next week), but also enables us for personal holiness and victory over sin
- It is a deeper filling that brings to full light the journey of sanctification
- The role of the Holy Spirit is to put in us “the nature and life of Jesus.”
- Christ’s righteousness in us is what will overcome the power of sin
- In other words, the Holy Spirit’s principal task is to apply Christ’s righteousness to the believer’s life, thereby enabling the believer to be conformed to Christ’s image. To be more like Jesus