One of the aspects of and consequences for not loving the truth is that people are given over to delusion by God (II Thessalonians 2:7-12). As referenced in verse eleven, delusion is “the act of deluding; deception; a misleading of the mind (Pure Bible Search).” There should be no mistaking of what delusion really means, and that is an eternity apart from God. How sad it is that many participants in the post modern church have given their minds over to soaking and contemplative prayer, in an effort to experience an awakening of the presence of God. We are reminded of that apostasy in the recent twentieth anniversary celebration of the abominable Toronto Blessing. John Arnott, refers to soaking as “getting wrecked by God,” and his wife, Carol Arnott, refers to soaking as “a love affair with Him.” There is a common belief by many people that the Holy Spirit is a transferable anointing, and that somehow the Holy Spirit is dispensed by and through the hands of man. But what does the scriptures teach, as that is the standard that true Christians uphold in their faith and practice as Believers?
II Thessalonians 2:7 – 12 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
I’m reminded of Psalms 119:11, which states, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” It is imperative that we look to the Word of God for answers in life. “…let God be true, but every man a liar…(Romans 3:4).” “…Thou hast the words of eternal life (John 6:68).”
First of all, it is imperative that we know and understand what the will of God is for our lives. For Christians, we know what the will of God is by the Word of God, which is the standard that we live by in life. Jesus proclaims in Matthew 4:4, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” In Psalm 119:11 we read, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” And Peter is quoted as saying to Jesus in John 6:68, “thou hast the words of eternal life.” So with that in mind, is the Holy Spirit dispensed by or transferred through the work of man? Let’s see what the Word of God proclaims to be true.
John 14:15-18 “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
In reading John, Chapter 14, notice that Jesus is reassuring the disciples that it is very important for Him to finish His work and to go to the Father in Heaven. In so doing, the Father “will send” the Comforter in the name of the Lord Jesus to be “in them.” At this point, it is very important to identify that the Holy Spirit comes from the Father. In addition, at that point in time, the Holy Spirit was not “in” the disciples. It is also very important to keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is given to the children of God–not the world. Receiving the Holy Spirit is referred to in scripture as the “baptism of the Holy Spirit.” As stated by John the Baptist, “And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost (John 1:33).”
This time in church history is very important to get a hold of in the proper context, as it is vital that we rightly divide the Word of God (II Timothy 2:15). In context, we’re dealing with a time of transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant–the point of which occurred after Jesus died and the veil was torn. At that miraculous point in time, there was the death of the testator. And since the Old Covenant was then null and void, it is possible for us to enter into the New Covenant which is sealed in the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9). It should also be noted that Jesus appears now “for us” in the presence of God (Hebrews 9:24). In the context of John 14, the disciples were in the position of waiting for the promise of the Father. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the twelve disciples became apostles, as they were sent out to all nations by the Lord, with the Great Commission (John 20:31). They received the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ breathed on them, which is the Spirit of truth.
Acts 1:1-8 “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Acts 2 is a beautiful account of the point at which the Holy Spirit was given to the Church. The promise from Jesus that they “shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence,” became a reality. The world interpreted the empowerment of the Holy Spirit as if they were drunk. But drunkenness is not what the Holy Spirit produces in the Believer. The Word of God was and is proclaimed. And as recorded in Acts 2, about three thousand souls were saved that very day. And from that point, “the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:47).” Now, Saints are led by the Spirit of God. And according to Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Romans 8:14 states, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” And in I Corinthian 6:19 & 20, the Apostle Paul proclaims: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
It should be noted that there is not a second work of grace, as if a Believer receives the Holy Spirit at conversion, and then later in life is baptized in the Holy Spirit. That doctrine is a doctrine of demons that does not come from the Word of God. Such a doctrine has opened the Church up to a New Age, Hindu invasion, that is propagated by a seeker-sensitive generation that is looking for their next fix in experiencing the presence of God (e.g. New Apostolic Reformation; Joel’s Army; New Breed; Hebrew Roots, etc.). Incidentally, many of the same apostates regard themselves as “little gods,” and they align themselves with the WoF heresy that in modern times is rooted in Christian Science. But overall, that heresy is rooted in the ultimate rebellion and fall of Lucifer from Heaven. Now there are many Christians that truly want more of God and want to please the Lord. And for many of them, it wasn’t until later in life that they really experienced the life of a true Believer. That does not negate the Word of God. That only means that they stopped quenching the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Acts 2:38 “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33).” There are many counterfeit versions of the Holy Spirit. One way to flush-out the counterfeits is to shine the light of the Word of God. As with any counterfeit, they look like the real deal. But there is no substitute for the real work of God. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (I John 1:5).” He has made known to us His will. It is imperative that we (children of God) abide in the true vine (Jesus Christ) (John 15). “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:12 & 13).” We need to read the Word of God daily, and ask God for wisdom. It’s only by the Spirit of God that we know the things that be of God.
I Corinthians 2:9-14 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
As stated by Mike Hoggard, there are only two religions in the world, and that is Bible Christianity and Witchcraft. Hold to the Word of God, and “let God be true, but every man a liar (Romans 3:14).” To God be all glory!
John 20:31 “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
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