We Know in Part!
Through all these wonderful movements that represents the manifested glory of God in the church, we see imperfect men with imperfect and controversial doctrines at times. We can sit back and judge them all day long from our comfortable recliners; but many went as far as sacrificing everything they got; many paid the ultimate price as they gave their lives and die horrible death for bringing much needed truths to the world against the dangers of challenging the man-made religion of the time. We still young as a church; we have been around only for two thousand years. But I can see that there is much more after salvation as I study Scripture and study the history of these revivals.
Beloved, to make it to heaven all we need is to confess and repent for our sins, confess Jesus as our Savior and believe in Him in our hearts. Nothing else is needed for us to get our ticket to the New Jerusalem. To add the Baptism in Water, Sanctification and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as added requirements for salvation it is absolutely not Scriptural. However, to ignore the reality and the need for sanctification has contributed to the unbiblical liberties that the Body of Christ is taking today.
Sanctification is indeed a process… I see it that way. I am not sure that is necessarily a one-time experience that can deliver us from the original sin and make us perfect, but I can see sanctification as something that must be pursued by every believer. We must have a heart for it. The Apostle Paul call himself “First Timothy 1:16 “The Chief of Sinners”. In Romans chapter seven he stated that he does the evil that he don’t want to do. No doubt that The Apostle Paul was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit, even with his imperfections. So I can see the need to have a willing heart towards sanctification before we go after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but we must keep in mind that we can’t be holy on our own, we need God. However, God also needs our willing hearts.
I think that is absurd to go after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit when we are living lives that are not even convicted by sin. In that case, you are either not saved or you have not being disciple properly. I believe that it is a beautiful and powerful thing to see a heart that wants to please the Lord. In my own life, the times that I enjoy that kind of heart, my life, even in the mix of problems, it was so much peaceful and joyful. But the times that I have moved away from God’s way of doing things I have felt at my worst. The message of sanctification must be resurrected in the church. Under the umbrella of “Don’t judge me” and “No body is perfect” and “As long as we try” we have allow sin to be embraced in our own churches.
Do we receive it all when we were save? Yes! We have received everything related to true salvation, but not all the spiritual blessings necessary for us to live the Christian live and to be use by God. We must embrace holiness and we must go after the Baptism of the Holy Ghost according to the book of Acts 1:4-5 and Acts 1:8
“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5 NIV
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NIV
I believe that through the history of these great revivals God has given us the order of His Works of Grace as He has blessed these movements:
- Sanctification (The holiness movement)
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (The Pentecostal Movement)
They were not perfect in their approach, they missed a few things here and there, but they were passionate, they love the Lord, they had impressive prayer lives and they all had a heart for souls. After all, the Bible tells us in First Corinthians Thirteen that we know in part. They surely can put most of us to shame with our current apathy and coldness towards the things of God. I say, we must respect and honor these great generals of the faith as we move forward in our history. God is not taking anything away from salvation and there is nothing else to add in order for us to be saved. However, God is indeed a big God and He has so much more in store for us.
Today’s days I see a demonic attack against the doctrine of salvation; we must return to the preaching of the true Gospel that requires repentance and that gives Jesus the place that only He can take as our Savior. I say, it is time to preach the good old sermons on sanctification and live in a way that is pleasing unto the Lord and I say, lets go after the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, lets seek that divine power to witness in these last and terrible days. That is a great part of the problem with the church today, we have become, myself included, terrible witnesses. Oh God have mercy over me! Why do you want to be satisfied with the status quo? Can you see that there is more?