Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved? Part 5

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?


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.

Conclusion

    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:

  1. Justification
  2. Sanctification (The holiness movement)
  3. 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?

Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved? Part 4

The world has not seen anything like these great worldwide moves in over a hundred years; but I know that we are due for the greatest one of all! When I study these revivals and these great sacrifices made by brothers and sisters in the past I can’t help but to ask myself: Why are we so satisfied with so little? Is salvation it? Is that all we need to worry about? Surely it is the most important experience for any human on this earth; but… Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved?


“Lets Take a Basic Look at Church History”

 

 

8. The Reformation Movement:

 

“On Halloween of 1517, Luther changed the course of human history when he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, accusing the Roman Catholic Church of heresy upon heresy. Many people cite this act as the primary starting point of the Protestant Reformation… though to be sure, John Wycliffe, John Hus, Thomas Linacre, John Colet, and others had already put the life’s work and even their lives on the line for same cause of truth, constructing the foundation of Reform upon which Luther now built. Luther’s action was in great part a response to the selling of indulgences by Johann Tetzel, a Dominican priest. Luther’s charges also directly challenged the position of the clergy in regard to individual salvation. Before long, Luther’s 95 Theses of Contention had been copied and published all over Europe.” (http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/thomas-linacre.html)

9. The First Great Awakening: 1727-1750
Zinzendorf, Wesley, Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards This was a revival for the people already in the church. This awakening, is said, was the inspiration behind the Independence of the United States. (http://elmertowns.com/books/preview/10_great_revivals/10_Greatest_Revivals_Ever%5BETowns%5D.PDF)

10.The Second Great Awakening: 1780-1810 Cane Ridge This was a movement that reached out to the lost; it was a gigantic movement that brought millions to Christ. Methodist and Baptist really shine during this period.  (http://elmertowns.com/books/preview/10_great_revivals/10_Greatest_Revivals_Ever%5BETowns%5D.PDF)

11.The General or Third Great Awakening: 1830-1840 Charles Finney, Hawaii, Jamaica This was an amazing movement that started in America. This were the times were the church got involved in social issues. This period was the birth of the Social Gospel Movement. The Holiness movement  also emerged during this time. (http://elmertowns.com/books/preview/10_great_revivals/10_Greatest_Revivals_Ever%5BETowns%5D.PDF)

12.The Twenty’s Century Great Revivals: The 1904 Wales Revival started with a young man by the name of Evan Roberts. He was not a Priest, not officially a pat of the clergy, but he was hungry for God. In 1906 God raised a black man, Bishop William J. Seymour in Los Angeles California and used him in the Mighty Revival of Azusa Street. This revival, without a doubt, was used by God to spread Pentecostalism all over the world. It amazes me that God uses a young man and a black man in these powerful revivals as we started the twenty’s Century. I believe that God was sending us a message that He can use anybody to spread His glory. (http://elmertowns.com/books/preview/10_great_revivals/10_Greatest_Revivals_Ever%5BETowns%5D.PDF)

 

The world has not seen anything like these great worldwide moves in over a hundred years; but I know that we are due for the greatest one of all! When I study these revivals and these great sacrifices made by brothers and sisters in the past I can’t help but to ask myself: Why are we so satisfied with so little?  Is salvation it? Is that all we need to worry about? Surely it is the most important experience for any human on this earth; but… Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved?

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved? Part 3

“Lets Take a Basic Look at Church History”


“Lets Take a Basic Look at Church History”

How did We Lose the Glory and Power that Rested Over the Apostles? How Did We get it Back? How Did We lose it Again? Why Are We So Satisfied With Our Condition Today?

I do not consider myself an expert in church history; not even close, but I am hungry for God’s Shekinah glory and look for it in the history of the human race. I propose the following as the most significant events in church history:

  1. Jesus Time:Jesus came two thousand years ago; walk among us, saved and healed many, gave His life for us, resurrected from the dead, walk among us for 40 days after His resurrection and was seen by about 500 people as He departed an went to heaven.
  2. First Revival: Pentecost 30 A.D. Peter, Ephesus, Paul: This is the beginning of he church and the beginning of the ministry of the Holy Spirit promised by the Father. Persecution was severe against Christianity; however the Gospel spread in amazing and supernatural numbers as the apostles move in power healing the sick, raising the dead and saving the lost in the name of Jesus.
  3. Increased Persecution Against Christianity: The hatred against Christians seemed to increase and persecution seems to have gotten worst. But with more persecution, more the Gospel spread!
  4. The Time of Constantine: In 313 AD Roman Emperor, Constantine, who was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity and Licinius signed a letter, known as The Edict of Milan proclaiming religious freedom in the Roman Empire. This alleviated persecution against Christians significally.
  5. Christianity Becomes Officially Recognized as a Religion: In 380 Christianity becomes the state religion of the Roman Empire; this was the beginning of the church involvement in politics. Great Cathedrals and the formation of higher learning institutions gave the church great acceptance in the world. This may sound good, but it was actually the beginning of hundreds of years of great darkness in the church as the church embraced great material prosperity, but no power in the Holy Ghost. They look good in the outside, but they were rotten inside. The church moved further and further from the Scripture and more and more towards the ambitions of ungodly men. They truly had a form of Godliness, but denied the power, indeed, there was no manifestation of God’s power during these painful times.
  6. The Crusades: From here we had about five centuries of catastrophic wars between Catholics and Muslins.. The Catholic Church made claims that apart from the Catholic Church there is no Salvation. No one dared to challenge the established church of the time. Only the Priest had access to the Word of God, but he added and took away from it as they found convenience. What took place during these centuries does not represent the heart of Christianity.
  7. The Pre-Reformation Revival: 1300-1500 Lollards, Wycliffe, Hus, (http://elmertowns.com/books/preview/10_great_revivals/10_Greatest_Revivals_Ever%5BETowns%5D.PDF) These were indeed the original heroes, men of great courage that openly challenge the establishment by exposing their lies and declaring true salvation according to Scripture. These men die horrible death; they were Martyrs for the sake of the Gospel.  Let’s look at this fascinating quotes from: http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/john-hus.html

“The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in 1380’s AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian. Wycliffe, (also spelled “Wycliff” & “Wyclif”), was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!”

“One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true!”

TO BE CONTINUED…

Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved? Part 2

“Let’s Take a Look at The Works of Grace: Justification, Sanctification and The Baptism in the Holy Ghost”


            Photo of John Wesley

“Let’s Take a Look at The Works of Grace: Justification, Sanctification and The Baptism in the Holy Ghost”

In the seventeen hundreds we see John Wesley, know as The Father of the Methodist church introducing a second work of grace; the first one being Justification (Salvation). John Wesley saw the Second work as Sanctification. He saw sanctification as both, a process, but also as an experience where a Christian could be delivered from the original sin, live perfect lives and walk in perfect love. With time, the emphasis became to be Sanctification as a process and not as a one-time experience. As a third work of grace was introduced by the Pentecostal movement of the 20th century, many from the holiness movement jumped the boat, however, they kept the doctrines on Sanctification as a separate experience from the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Bishop William J. Seymour, the man that God used to bring forth the powerful Azusa Street Revival constantly made reference to these three works of grace. Dr. Larry Martin, considered by many to be an expert on The Azusa Street Revival has done a marvelous work in bringing the history of this event and Bishop Seymour back to life. In his book: “The Words that Change the Word: Azusa Street Sermons by William J. Seymour”, Dr. Martin takes us back to the following quote taken directly out of a sermon Bishop Seymour preached on October 1906.

Jesus takes that soul that has eternal life in it

And presents it to God for thorough purging and cleansing

From all original sin and Adamic sin. And Jesus, the Son of God,

Cleanses him from all sin, and he is made every whit whole, sanctified

And holy. Now, he is on the altar ready for the fire of God to fall,

Which is the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. It is a free gift upon the sanctified,

cleanse heart.”

      This is a constant topic preached by Bishop Seymour. Just as we saw the great awakenings and how God supernaturally used men to spread the reality of the true Gospel all over the world and just how we see the positive impact of the Holiness movements started by John Wesley, we see God blessing this work at Azusa Street with a revival that lasted three and half years. Pentecostalism spreads all over the world.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Did We Receive it All When We Were Saved?

Persecution intensified against Christians, but nothing proved to be more effective against Christianity than man-made religion.


“Let’s Talk About It: Don’t Be Stuck in What You Know, Let it Be Challenged By God’s Word”

I remember growing up in Puerto Rico, it was very common to see signs in public places that read, “Conversations about politics and religion are strictly prohibited.” Such conversations carried such passion and controversy that people literally ended-up fist fighting. It seems like today’s days no one wants to engage in a good, deep and respectful discussion regarding doctrine. I guess because of the passion and controversy that such doctrines carry.

 

Surely there is a particular denomination that teaches that we receive it all at the time of our salvation. For them, there is nothing more to look forward to. From the time you are saved on, it is all about reading the Word and growing in our knowledge of the Word. There is a great deal of focus on getting as many people saved as possible. I do admire their passion for souls! There is another denomination that teaches that there is more to look forward to after salvation.

 

I am passionate about church history; it is indeed a new found passion in me. Throughout the two thousand year old history of the church; since the day of Pentecost in Acts Chapter two to today, much has happened. I see a church that started on fire with the original Apostles; they moved with power and signs and wonders. It was a time of intense persecution. History tells us that out of the twelve apostles that walked with Jesus, one committed suicide (Judas) and out of the eleven left, ten died horrible deaths. The Apostle Paul was not one of the original Apostles, but he is known as the Apostle for the Gentiles. Paul was decapitated and Peter was crucified upside down.

 

Persecution intensified against Christians, but nothing proved to be more effective against Christianity than man-made religion. Christianity lost the central message of what we are all about; we lost the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Catholic Church took over Christianity. In the fifteen hundreds, Martin Luther gave us the reformation as the Protestant movement was born. The message of the Gospel was restored and alive again and we saw later the Great Awakenings. It was indeed a Revival of Souls! I can see that God blessed that movement greatly.

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED…