Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

Heaven 9

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Heaven
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Let’s sum up our study of heaven.

The scriptures tell us that heaven is a real place and God lives in the heavenly realm.

Further study reveals that God is a Spirit that not only lives in heaven but also outside of heaven.

We read that heaven is upward in the sky.  The heavens start around the clouds and reach to the stars.
There are at least three layers to heaven.

God is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual beings that fill the entire
universe.  They are omnipresent or present everywhere at the same time.

Not only does God fill the earth, the heavens and the universe, they created the earth, the heavens
and the universe.

Next week we will review our study on hell.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 7

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Heaven
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Last week we read that there are at least 3 heavens or layers of heaven.  This week, which heaven does God
live?

Heaven 3 answers this question but we will read some additional scriptures.

1Kings 8:27  But will God really dwell on earth?  The heavens, even the highest heavens cannot contain
you.

2 Chronicles 2:6  But who is able to build a temple for him, since heaven, even the highest heavens cannot
contain him?

Jeremiah 23:23  “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?”  Can anyone hide in secret
places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

Ephesians 4:10  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to
fill the whole universe.

Hebrews 7:26  Such a high priest (Jesus) meets our need- one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,
exalted above the heavens.

These scriptures tell us that God is present on earth, in heaven and outside of heaven.  In fact, God is spiritual
beings (God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit) that fills the entire universe.  God cannot be
contained by heaven.  God is omnipresent which means they are present everywhere at the same time.

Next week we will read how God was alive before the heavens and actually created the heavens.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Heaven 3

Posted: May 11, 2017 in Heaven
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So far we have read that heaven is a real place and that God lives in heaven or the heavenly realm.  But does God
live outside of heaven as well?  Before we go any farther, let’s make sure we have a correct perception of God.

John 4:24  God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and in truth.

This scripture tells us that God is a Spirit just like the Holy Spirit is a Spirit.  Is God also omnipresent like the
Holy Spirit?

Jeremiah 23:23  “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?  Can anyone hide in secret
places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  declares the Lord.

God, a Spirit, just like the Holy Spirit is omnipresent.  They are both everywhere at all times.  Therefore, God
is present everywhere in heaven and everywhere outside of heaven.  He is everywhere.  God does not
have a right hand or left hand or a big nose or a small nose.  He is a spiritual being and not a person defined by a
throne.  The scriptures in Heaven 2, 1 Kings 22:19 and Ephesians 1:20, that states God is on a throne or Jesus is
at the right hand of God are NOT LITERAL.

Therefore, God the Father is a Spirit that lives in heaven and outside of heaven, just like the
Holy Spirit.  They live and dwell everywhere at all times.  They are omnipresent.

Next week, we will read where heaven is located.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Last week we read that the Gentiles (non Jews) who believe in Jesus have been grafted into the Kingdom of God.
As believers they receive salvation.

After the death of Jesus, the Temple of God was irrelevant.  No longer were the High Priests required to
perform animal sacrifices.  No longer were they required to meet with the Holy Spirit in the Holy of Holies at the
Arc of the Covenant.  From this moment on, all believers can seek God’s wisdom and counsel themselves.

At this time in history, the Roman Empire had control of Israel.  The Jews rose up several time but the revolts were
crushed by Rome within a couple years.  Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70AD, the Romans
conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of God.  This is the second time the Temple had been de-
stroyed.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt. 

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  The State of Israel still exists today.  Unfortunately, the Jews of Israel still don’t
recognize Jesus as the Son of God.  Jesus who died on the cross and brought salvation to all believers through the
Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5  … He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us
generously through Jesus Christ our savior.

For more information to how salvation works, please read Point of Salvation (pages 15 -18).  Column to the left.

Next week, we will review our study of the Old Testament and how Israel came into existence.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Let’s expand on the counseling or communicating side of the Holy Spirit.

Before Jesus died on the cross, the Holy Spirit communicated only with the prophets and the high priest.  In the
Old Testament, the tabernacle contained a room called the Most Holy Place.  In this room, the high priests 
heard from the Holy Spirit on behalf of all the Israelite believers.

Hebrews 5: 1  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relationship
to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.

For more information on the Most Holy Place, please see “Point of Salvation” pages 7 – 10 in the category column
to the left.

After Jesus died on the cross, the curtain leading into the Most Holy Place was torn in two.

Luke 23:45 for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

This symbolized that the high priests are no longer the only ones that can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit.  Jesus is now the High Priest and all believers can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit “the Counselor.”

The access to the communicating side of the Holy Spirit is how faith spread beyond the nation of Israel to every
nation in the world.  Therefore, Abraham was the father of faith.  He was the father of many nations.

Genesis 15:15  He (God) took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars-
if indeed you can count them.  Then he said to him, so shall your offspring be.

Next week, continuing from Abraham to Joseph.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Let’s expand on Abraham, the father of many nations.

When God made a covenant with Abraham, he distinguished his believers from nonbelievers.  As the following
scriptures explain, Gods people are distinguished and made righteous only by their faith.

Romans 4:6  Daniel says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man (Abraham) whom God
credits righteous apart from works.

Romans 4:11  … So then, he (Abraham) is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in
order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Romans 4:13  It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he could be heirs
to the world, but through righteousness that comes by faith.

These scriptures are telling us that doing good works, being circumcised, following Gods law and sacri-
ficing animals as an atonement does not make a person righteous.  Performing these things will not
save a person.  Performing these things showed that a person had faith.  They were a sign of a persons faith.

Abraham and all of his descendants only became righteous because of their faith.  It was a persons
faith even in the Old Testament, that invited the Holy Spirit to dwell within a persons soul and depart his righteous-
ness to their soul.  It is the righteousness of the Holy Spirit that saves a persons soul.

The Holy Spirit has always been present, even before the birth of Jesus.  It has always been the Holy Spirit that
departs salvation.  It was only after the death of Jesus that the communicating side of the Holy Spirit was released.

Next week we will expand on the communicating side of the Holy Spirit and how it grew to many nations.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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Let’s continue the ancestry from Peleg (time of the Tower of Babel) to Ren to Serug to Nahor to Terah to
Abram (Abraham).

Genesis 12:1  The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the
land I will show you.”

Genesis 12:2  “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.”

Genesis 17:3-5  “Abram fell face down, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you:  You will
be the father of many nations.  No longer will you be called Abram;  your name will be Abraham, for I
have made you a father of many nations.

Genesis 18:18  Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed
through him.  For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to
keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.

Next week we will read more about the covenant that God made with Abraham.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff