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The Baptism in the Holy Spirit I

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 Part One

Christ in us

The Christian life is supernatural, heavenly and spiritual. Its testimony is a mystery, “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col.1:27). This life can never function with merely human, natural capabilities. The great need these days are people, who know what it means to be under the direction and power of the Holy Spirit of God.

The apostle Paul wrote: “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh…” (1 T.3:16). This speaks of the great mystery of how it came to be that the eternal, glorious God, the Son, could appear in a human body. Of course, His body had been prepared and conceived by God, and was not corrupted by a fallen nature; it was without spot or contamination, without the possibility of sin.

However, our bodies have been conceived in a despicable and incalculably fallen state, and although we have been rescued, pardoned and cleansed, we continue to be imperfect, committing many errors. Isn’t it then a great mystery that the triune God can manifest Himself through us to a surprised world, which can see men and women living a supernatural life? Even though it is a mystery, which I cannot understand or explain, it is biblically true.

Revelation 4

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The Creator’s throne

1.  After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
2.  At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.
3.  And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
  
An emerald
Jesus has given specific messages to the seven churches of Asia and has commanded John to write them in a book. They were read in those churches and preserved. The book of Revelation became the last part of the New Testament canon and the church down through the ages and in every corner of the world has had it at its disposal. We have had the privilege of participating and the eternal Word has spoken to us, as well. We have studied and come to the end of the messages, described as “the things which are” and now, we are able to go on. What follows continues to be for the enlightenment of the seven churches and for us.

The account changes dramatically, as a door is opened into heaven! This is an amazing development because, never before in all of Scripture has an opportunity been given to look upon heavenly scenes. We heard from heaven from the beginning of the Holy Bible and anointed men of God delivered multiple heavenly messages. We have seen patterns and types of heavenly things. We watched as God ordained the history of the Jews, beginning with the calling of Abraham. We were able to appreciate literature, inspired by heaven. Then, heaven’s King, God the Son, came to earth, took on a human body, and spoke of heaven with a human voice to human ears. Apostles, eye witnesses of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, taught us heavenly principles and doctrines, but now, at the close of Scripture, we are going to be able to follow John through an open door into heavenly scenes!