GOD ONE PEOPLE - AN INVALUABLE COMPENDIUM OF GOD'S SECRETS
GOD!! ONE PEOPLE!! "
- GOD, MAN, SPIRIT
- SIN, SALVATION AND PRAYER
- GOD'S PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE
- THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE
- WHY SHOULD THE LORD JESUS
SUFFER AND DIE FOR SINNERS ?
- CHRISTIANS, END-TIME,
MILLENNIUM, JUDGMENT, HELL AND KINGDOM OF GOD
- THE HOLY BIBLE AND TRUE
- REVELATION ABOUT ETERNAL
LIGHT AND ETERNAL KINGDOM
- BESTOWAL OF DIVINE EXPERIENCE
- GOD'S MINISTERS OR SERVANTS
- FOODS, GREETINGS AND
- BAPTISM AND LORD'S SUPPER
OR HOLY COMMUNION
- THE LORD'S CHURCH
- THE LAST DAY
- GOD IS WONDERFUL !
GOD IS TERRIBLE ! GOD'S FINAL CALL TO BE THE ONE PEOPLE !
A Prayer of Adoration
GOD, MAN, SPIRIT
The human spirit is made to contact and receive GOD HIMSELF (St. John 4:24; II Corinthians 3:17). We can contact GOD by our spirit, because GOD is Spirit.
"GOD is a Spirit: and they that worship HIM must
worship HIM in spirit and in truth." St. John 4:24
"'Spirit' refers to the divine Spirit, GOD HIMSELF. 'spirit' refers to
our human spirit."
GOD is Spirit. So we must worship HIM in our spirit and by our spirit. Since GOD is Spirit, we must worship HIM, contact HIM and fellowship with HIM in our spirit and by our spirit.
Man is created to contain GOD in his spirit (Ephesians 5:18). By containing GOD in his spirit, man can reveal GOD (II Corinthians 4:7). Man contacts the spiritual world through his spirit. We can contact GOD through our spirit.
Now, Adam was the head of the human race. When Adam sinned, we were all in the body of him. When Adam sinned, we were actually sinning with him. In this sense, all members of the human race are sinners (Romans 5:12). Thus, sin entered into each and every member of the human race. Sin entered into each and every man. Sin entered into each and every man's spirit and deadened the human spirit (Ephesians 2:1). Sin made man an enemy of GOD in his mind (Colossians 1:21), and it deadened the human soul (Psalm 116:8; Revelation 21:8). Sin transmuted man's body into sinful flesh (Genesis 6:3; Romans 6:12). Thus, sin damaged man's spirit, soul and body wholly, alienating him from GOD (Isaiah 59:2). In this wretched condition, no man could receive GOD, and no man could reveal GOD.
In order to redeem or save mankind from this wretched condition, GOD first became a man called JESUS CHRIST (St. John 1:1, 14). Then HE died on the cross to redeem or save mankind (Ephesians 1:7), taking away their sin (St. John 1:29) and bringing them back to GOD (Ephesians 2:13). Then in HIS glorious resurrection, HE became the life-giving Spirit (I Corinthians 15:45). This life-giving Spirit gives birth to spirit (St. John 3:6). So we need the new birth in our spirit. For this, the Spirit of GOD, the life-giving Spirit, must regenerate our spirit. The life-giving Spirit (the Spirit of GOD) comes into us and mingles with our spirit (the human spirit), thereby joining us to HIM as one spirit (I Corinthians 6:17). Now we are one with the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST in our spirit. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The human body (the earthly body) is related to earth and the human spirit is related to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Ecclesiastes 12:7; St. Luke 23:46). The human soul is related to human life (Genesis 2:7). In relation to GOD, the human spirit is very important.
The human soul has wisdom, knowledge and understanding. It is in the midst of body and spirit. When a sinless and blameless and holy human soul without any sinful lust, joins with a sinless and blameless and holy human body without any sinful lust, then man can do great good works. When a sinless and blameless and holy human soul without any sinful lust, joins with a sinless and blameless and holy human spirit, then man can do great godly deeds.
When a sinless and blameless and holy human soul without any sinful lust, joins and works with a sinless and blameless and holy human body and with a sinless and blameless and holy human spirit without any sinful lust, then man will be filled with goodness, righteousness, truth, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, meekness and temperance, the fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:9; Galatians 5:22-23), and that man will be a godly man, and he will do great and wonderful works of GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
When a sinful human soul with sinful lust, joins with a sinful human body with sinful lust, then man will do all kinds of evil works. When a sinful human soul with sinful lust, joins with a sinful human spirit with sinful lust, then man will do all kinds of ungodly deeds in an ungodly way. When a sinful human soul with sinful lust, joins with a sinful human body and with a sinful human spirit with sinful lust, then man will do all kinds of evil works and all kinds of ungodly deeds, and he will be filled with all kinds of filthy deeds, and that man will be the worst ungodly sinner.
As our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has become the life-giving Spirit, man can receive GOD's life into his spirit and he can reveal GOD's life in his spirit. The Holy Bible, the Holy Word of GOD calls this glorious spiritual experience as the born-again experience or the born-from-above experience or regeneration (I Peter 1:3; St. John 3:3).
To receive this GOD's life, man should believe GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and he should repent to GOD by confessing his sins with broken-heart and with humility and with tears and with cries (Acts 16:31; 20:21). The regenerated people are the saved people.
After getting this glorious spiritual experience, he must be baptized in the name of the FATHER and of the SON and of the Holy Spirit (St. Mark 16:16; St. Matthew 28:19) by immersion baptism.
If all desires, thoughts, deeds, and decisions of a man become one with those of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, then this life-giving Spirit (the Spirit of GOD) will gloriously and wonderfully spread into man's spirit and soul and body (Ephesians 3:17; I Thessalonians 5:23). Further, man should also be committed to doing the will of GOD as it is revealed in the Holy Bible, the Holy Scriptures (St. John 7:17; Romans 12:1-2). Then he will be a transformed man and he will not be conformed to this world. This glorious spiritual experience given by our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is called transformation. "GOD formed us, sin deformed us, but only CHRIST can transform us!"
Then man should pray for holiness and holy life in all his conduct (I Peter 1:15-16) and obtain holiness and holy life. And he should pray for the anointment of the Holy Spirit (I John 2:27) and obtain the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4).
After receiving this glorious spiritual life, a believer should pray for his/her full spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:11-13) and obtain full spiritual growth. Further, a believer should attend spiritual meetings (Hebrews 10:25) in order to be nourished spiritually. No one should be carried about with various and strange teachings (Hebrews 13:9). A believer should make fellowship with other believers in the body of CHRIST (the church) to enjoy the riches of the Christian life in CHRIST. A believer should continue steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread (the Holy Communion) and in prayers (Acts 2:42). Finally, at our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST's return, HIS believers will be glorified (Philippians 3:21). HE will fully saturate HIS believer's body with HIS life eternal. This divine experience is called glorification. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The penalty of sin is death. Both spiritual death and physical death occur due to sin. The moment Adam sinned, he died spiritually. This means that everyone is born dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1). The unsaved people die in their sin. After their physical death, the unsaved people will face a second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur (Revelation 21:8). To escape from this terrible second death, everyone must be saved.
Again, a physically dead person surely is physically blind. A spiritually dead person surely is spiritually blind. The devil or Satan, the god of this world (age) has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers or the unsaved people. So, they need the illumination of the gospel of the glory of CHRIST to shine on them (II Corinthians 4:4), to open their spiritually blinded eyes, to turn them from darkness (blindness) to light (unblindness) and from the authority of Satan to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Acts 26:18). This is the most glorious changing of death into life. Our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST is changing our death, the second death into life eternal. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The believers of GOD or the saved people have come to the city of the living GOD, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of joyful angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born, whose names are written in the Book of Life in heaven, to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST the Judge of all and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect (Hebrews 12:22-23). This is the superior and final state of Christians. This is the superiority and finality of Christianity. So, after their bodily death, the believers of GOD will enter into heaven, the kingdom of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and live with HIM for ever and ever.
No one will separate the true believers of GOD from the love of CHRIST. Nothing will be able to separate the true believers of GOD from the love of GOD that is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD (Romans 8:35-39).
3.1 THE LIFE OF MAN
Human beings who are born in this world, certainly pass away. The worldly life prior to death is not a permanent life; not an everlasting life; it is a vanishing life; a life seen for a short while and vanishing like a mist or vapour or smoke.
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
Man's worldly days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. Thus, man is like grass and his glory is like a flower of the field; the grass withers away and the flower falls away (I Peter 1:24). Hence, man does not endure and his worldly life does not endure.
“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.”
Man's worldly days are like a shadow (Job 14:1-2). Now, the life most people lead is purposeless, meaningless, profitless, useless, hopeless, hollow, worthless, vain, futile, unwise and foolish. This is because they have not themselves relied on GOD as much as they should have (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7). For a true joyful godly life, everyone should acknowledge and revere GOD (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Without HIM, nothing else can give satisfaction or a true joyful godly life (Ecclesiastes 2:4-11, 25). Man's worldly days are like a dream and like a vision of the night (Job 20:8). Man's worldly days are like a tale told (Psalm 90:9).
The life of man after his death is a permanent life, an everlasting life, and a never-vanishing life. But, the life after death is one thing for the sinners who live and die in their sins; and another for the saints who obtain salvation and live a holy life.
“His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.”
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of HIS saints.”
God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the LORD GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”
It is certainly true that the saints and good people, delivered from sins and saved by the LORD JESUS CHRIST will go to heaven and the wicked sinners will go to hell. It is an everlasting truth that the saints who go to heaven will enjoy immense happiness with JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD for ever and ever; and undying worms and eternal fire will torment the sinners who go to hell for ever and ever (St. Matthew 25:34, 41, 46).
To escape hell, everyone should be dead to sin-freed from sin (Romans 6:2, 7; I Peter 2:24); everyone should be dead to the Law-no retaliation for an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth (Galatians 2:19; St. Matthew 5:38-39; Romans 12:21); everyone should be dead to the rudiments of the world (Colossians 2:20); and everyone should be dead to this world-not be fashioned according to this world (Romans 12:2). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST died unto sin once for all to save us from sin (Romans 6:10).
3.2 MAN, THE OUTWARD AND THE INWARD
Man is of two persons. (i) The outward man or the earthy body. (ii) The inward man or the soul.
“...But though our outward man perish (is perishing), yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” II Corinthians 4:16
We can see the outward man or the earthy body with our eyes. But we cannot see the inward man or the soul with our eyes. The LORD GOD formed the man from the dust of the ground and HE breathed HIS breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being with a living soul. This living soul is also called the spirit (Ecclesiastes 12:7). This soul is incorruptible. This soul is the real person. But, one's earthy body is just a house for one's soul. This earthy body is corruptible.
“And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
Bodily death is described as the soul's departing from the body (Genesis 35:18). Bodily death is described as the soul's or the ghost's or the spirit's departing from the body (St. Luke 23:46). Both soul and breath (spirit) leave the body at death-physical death or temporal death (I Kings 17:17-22; Daniel 5:23). Every human being must face physical death.
“There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge (release) in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.” Ecclesiastes 8:8
Physical death is the end of this temporal life and it is the beginning of the life to come. This is the significance of death. Thus, death is one of the most important events in one's life. Now, to the saints, the life to come will be eternal bliss in heaven. To the sinners, the life to come will be eternal destruction in hell.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the Only Saviour of our soul; HE is the Only Redeemer of our soul; HE gives eternal life to our soul; HE gives eternal rest to our soul. So, HE told the thief on the cross (who repented of his sins and trusted in HIM for eternal life),
“Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with ME in paradise.” St. Luke 23:43
When a Christian (the saved) dies, his/her soul goes immediately to paradise to be with all other believers, and then to heaven, the kingdom of GOD to be with JESUS and the holy angels and all other believers for eternal bliss for ever and ever. When an unbeliever (unsaved) dies, his soul wanders in the world as an evil spirit or devil, and then his/her soul goes to hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur, to remain there for eternal torment for ever and ever.
Furthermore, man contains in him a human spirit. Human spirit means human power or human strength. Man cannot survive in the world without human spirit or human strength.
“But there is a spirit in man: ...” Job 32:8
Therefore, man contains in him the spirit, the soul, and the body. No one can see his spirit or soul with his eyes. They are inside his body. They live inside his body. The soul gives us awareness of ourselves (Psalm 42:2). The spirit gives us awareness of GOD (Romans 8:16).
“And the very GOD of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray GOD your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.” I Thessalonians 5:23
The human spirit is controlled and seized by the wishes and works of selfishness. The human spirit should be totally delivered from this worst selfishness. The soul has been seized by the second death or the terrible hell. Man's soul should be totally delivered from this most dangerous condition. Man's body is sinful and remains immersed in abominable and filthy sins. Man's sinful body should be totally delivered from this most filthy condition. Further, man's spirit, soul and body should be freed or delivered totally and they should be filled with holiness. Such a man is a fully delivered or saved man. Such a man will get complete salvation, the redemption of body. Such a man will get a glorious body like that of CHRIST.
Hence, everyone should obtain the experience of awaiting the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD. Everyone should be blameless and unblemished in everything. Everyone should avoid every kind of evil.
Now, a sinner has a sinful body and a sinful spirit and a spiritually dead soul. His/her sinful spirit will always induce him/her to do sinful acts and deeds, and unclean acts and deeds. Finally his/her spiritually dead soul with a hellish body will be cast into eternal hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
Further, a fully saved one has a holy body and a new spirit and a spiritually living soul. His/her new spirit will always induce him/her to do good works and holy works. Besides these, the holy power, the Holy Spirit of GOD will always reside in him/her to live a holy life. Finally, his/her spiritually living soul with a heavenly body will enter into eternal heaven, the kingdom of GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
3.3 WHAT IS MAN GOVERNED BY ?
The three things that rule over or govern a man are mind (intellectual mind), wisdom and will. Mind is his heart to think and feel. Wisdom is his knowledge and understanding. Will is his wish or desire to choose or make decisions (I Corinthians 7:36).
"Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see GOD." St. Matthew 5:8
"The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom;
... " Proverbs 15:33
"...THY will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
St. Matthew 6:10
A man turns to where his mind or heart turns. Therefore, the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST began to preach the people about repentance, to turn their mind or heart towards HIM (St. Matthew 4:17). Man's mind should totally turn to GOD leaving its sins and sinful ways, unholy ways and unholy thoughts and sinful and wicked thoughts. He should obtain divine knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
With fear of GOD, everyone should obey the commandments of GOD, according to GOD'swill and wishes. If a man continues to live according to his own will and wish and according to his own thoughts and wisdom, he cannot escape the terrible judgment and hell (St. Mark 7:20-23).
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
3.4 SOULS OF SINNERS AFTER DEATH
Again, in the beginning, man's mind, wisdom and will were fully governed by GOD. That is, he was fully under GOD or GOD's Government (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7, 16-17). Then, because of his disobedience to GOD, he had deviated from GOD or GOD's Government to his own conscience (Genesis 3:1-6, 22-24) and from his own conscience to human government (Genesis 6:5-6, 11-12; 9:6) and from human government to lawlessness (Romans 3:20-22) and he failed in all these things. Now, by the death of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST on the cross at Calvary, we, the human beings, receive HIS grace to come again under GOD or GOD's Government through faith in HIM (Romans 3:23-25). Glory be to GOD!
When a sinner dies, his body or his outward man is buried in earth or cremated. The buried body disintegrates and it is consumed by soil. The body cremated to ashes mixes with the dust.
The soul of the sinner or his inward man wanders in the world as evil spirit or devil in great agony. As an evidence of this fact, we know the troubles and evils caused to people by the evil spirits of people who die prematurely or commit suicide.
Sometimes the wailing of lost souls (the evil spirits of dead sinners) sounds like the howling wind. Sometimes the evil spirits of dead sinners make very fearful sounding words.
Thus the soul of a man, who dies as a sinner wanders, groans and mourns as evil spirit or devil in great agony and exceeding sorrow until the day of the final judgment of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The souls of all dead sinners meet with the same end. The condition of the souls of the dead sinners is miserable, because their pains, agonies, troubles, sorrows, languishing and worries are greater than what they were for them when they were alive.
The groaning and mourning of a soul of a sinner after death, and the groaning and mourning of a soul of a sinner until judgment is clearly explained in the holy scriptures.
“And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.” Proverbs 5:11-14
In Roman Catholic teaching, purgatory is a place or state in which the souls of dead people suffer for the bad things or sins they did when they were living, so that they can become pure enough to go to heaven. This Roman Catholic teaching is absolutely against the Holy Bible. This Roman Catholic teaching is completely wrong since the Holy Bible is not telling anything about this purgatory. There is no purgatory at all.
3.5 SOULS OF SAINTS AFTER DEATH
When saints die, their bodies or their outward men are buried in earth. They disintegrate and are consumed by soil. The ONLY TRUE GOD, LORD JESUS CHRIST, gloriously takes their souls or their inward men into paradise, the third heaven for rest. They are the people who die in CHRIST. They are the people who live in CHRIST and die in CHRIST. They are the people greatly blessed.
“I knew a man in CHRIST above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: GOD knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: GOD knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”I I Corinthians 12:2-4
'I cannot tell' means 'I do not know'.
Thus, the LORD GOD never lets the souls of the saints who die in CHRIST to wander in this world. Their souls cannot be encountered in the world as the souls of the sinners are. The souls of the saints are relieved of their labours, troubles, pains, tears and sorrows.
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Revelation 14:13
They rest in paradise, the third heaven until the LORD JESUS CHRIST comes to this world to gather HIS holy and glorious church and enjoy great bliss and exceeding happiness in a state in which they cannot feel whether they are in the body or out of it. The saints who rest in paradise hear new languages not spoken or understood by any people in the world. They speak new languages. They hear new words and they speak new words. They rest there in great glory and happiness.
They will be blessed through rest; they will be blessed through resurrection; they will be blessed through reigning with CHRIST during the Millennium; they will be blessed through reigning eternally with CHRIST in HIS glorious kingdom, the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
4.THE SPIRIT OF MAN, THE SPIRIT OFGOD
"The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; ..."
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save (except) the spirit
of man which is in him? even so the things of GOD knoweth no man, but
the Spirit of GOD." I Corinthians 2:11
"But ye shall receive power, after that the HOLY GHOST (theHOLY SPIRIT)
is come upon you: ..." Acts 1:8
A man cannot do his worldly duties without his human spirit or human strength. In the same manner, without the Holy Spirit or the strength of GOD, no man can survive as a godly man, a holy man, a righteous man, a spiritual man, a child of GOD or as a man belonging to heaven. Therefore, it is very essential for a man, to be delivered from his sins and be strengthened by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of GOD. The Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD gives the holy power or the holy strength to live a holy life.
When a man obtains the Holy Spirit, he is filled with divine wisdom, divine conscience, divine intelligence, fear of GOD, divine counsel, divine love, and a clear mind.
"And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon HIM, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD." Isaiah 11:2
Only the people who have obtained the Holy Spirit, the Divine Spirit are the true children of GOD. They alone can call JESUS CHRIST 'ABBA, FATHER'. They are eligible to call JESUS 'LORD'.
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD, they are the sons of GOD. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ABBA, FATHER"
"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of GOD calleth JESUS accursed: and that no man can say that JESUS is the LORD, but by the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit)."I Corinthians
The glorious works of the Divine Spirit or the Holy Spirit are compared in the holy scriptures to rain, fire, and wind. The worldly rain begins as a drizzle and slowly intensifies into a heavy and very heavy rain, then its intensity slowly decreases, and then the rain ceases. The Holy Spirit of GOD works in the same manner. The glorious rain of the Holy Spirit pours on the souls of people and quenches the thirst of the souls.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, JESUS stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto ME, and drink. He that believeth on ME, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (heart) shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake HE of the Spirit, which they that believe on HIM should receive: for the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) was not yet given; because that JESUS was not yet glorified.)” St. John 7:37-39
The Holy Spirit gives man immense happiness, peace, health, strength, and consolation. Man needs worldly rain for his survival in the world. But the spiritual rain is more essential than the worldly rain. No man can survive as a spiritual man or a man of heaven, without this spiritual rain. It is very essential to pray for the rain of the Holy Spirit, or spiritual rain.
"Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field" Zechariah 10:1
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your GOD: for HE hath given you the former rain moderately, and HE will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23
Again, man needs worldly wind or air for his survival in the world. But the spiritual wind is more essential than the worldly wind. No one can survive as a spiritual man or a man of heaven, without this spiritual wind. The spiritual wind or air, the Holy Spirit of GOD is the life-giving wind. It gives eternal life to us. So it is very essential to pray for the wind of the Holy Spirit, or spiritual wind. The wind symbolizes the eternal life in the Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, when the worldly wind blows on trees, they sway in the wind, and there is rustling and roaring of the wind. The Holy Spirit of the LORD works in the same manner. When the Holy Spirit works on holy people, their bodies sway like trees, which sway in the wind. When the holy people assemble and pray, there is glorious rustling sound and an orderly roaring of the Holy Spirit. It clearly reveals the work of the LORD. All things will be done decently and in order and in the proper manner. Let all things be done for edification.
“And there appeared unto them cloven (divided) tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:3-4
“When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” Isaiah 4:4
Our LORD JESUS has said,
“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” St. Luke 12:49-50
‘Baptism to be baptized with’ refers to the LORD JESUS CHRIST’s horrible death.
Without this glorious work of the Holy Spirit or the power of GOD, no man can obtain a sanctified soul, live a holy life, escape judgment and hell, and go to heaven. This is a great and never-changing truth. It is a great truth that the LORD JESUS CHRIST came into this world, suffered horribly, and died, to send the Holy Spirit into this world. It is essential for everyone to think of the great love and affection of this exceedingly glorious and good LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST and to become HIS own children.
The Holy Spirit has been given many names such as, the Divine Spirit, the Spirit of FATHER, the LORD's Spirit, the Spirit of CHRIST, the Spirit of GOD, the Spirit of HIM that raised up JESUS from the dead, the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Adoption, the Spirit of HIS SON, the Spirit of Burning (Fire), the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Faith, the Comforter, the Fresh Oil (the New Oil), the Oil of Joy, the Power from on High, the River of Pleasure, Pure River of Water of Life and the River of Fire.
Only the people who have obtained the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of CHRIST are the true Christians.
“...If any man have not the Spirit of CHRIST, he is none of HIS.” Romans 8:9
Only those who have obtained the Spirit of Faith are the true believers.
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”
II Corinthians 4:13
The Holy Spirit of the LORD removes the mean pleasures of sin and of the world and fills every man with divine pleasures, divine happiness, divine holiness, and strengthens him with divine power. The LORD blesses the man immensely with consolation and comfort. The LORD helps the man to live a holy life. The LORD gives him a new radiance of face through the Holy Spirit, the Fresh Oil. This Oil makes his face shine.
“...I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” Psalm 92:10
“...Oil to make his face to shine, ...” Psalm 104:15
The acts of mocking, blaspheming and talking ill of the Holy Spirit is a great sin deserving terrible punishment from the LORD GOD. It is a sin deserving fierce wrath and punishment by GOD. It is a sin deserving the punishment of horrible judgment and hell.
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST), it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”
St. Matthew 12:31-32
The saints of GOD who have obtained the Holy Spirit enjoy the happiness of speaking to GOD, the divine secrets, the wonderful works, and glories of the LORD in different kinds of languages not known to them. They highly magnify (praise) and exalt GOD with varieties of tongues. They enjoy great pleasure, comfort and consolation and they grow in godliness. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“For they heard them speak with tongues (in different kinds of languages), and magnify GOD. ...” Acts 10:46
“Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of GOD.” Acts 2:11
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto GOD: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; ... Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: ...” I Corinthians 14:2, 4, 22
“For with stammering lips and another tongue will HE speak to this people.” Isaiah 28:11
Being filled with the Holy Spirit, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, and sealed with the Holy Spirit, and baptized with the Holy Spirit and with Fire are one and the same spiritual blessing of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST (Acts 9:17; II Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13; St. Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:4-5).
First in Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost, about 120 people received the Holy Spirit of GOD. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the wonders of GOD in other tongues (other languages). They were baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
In Samaria, Peter and John laid their hands on the believers, and they received the Holy Spirit of GOD. They were baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17).
In Caesarea, while Peter was speaking the word of GOD at Cornelius' house, the gift of the Holy Spirit of GOD was poured out on the Gentiles. They spoke in other languages and praised GOD. They were also baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-46; 11:15-18).
In Ephesus, Paul found some disciples of the LORD and asked them,
“...Have ye received (Did you receive) the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) since (when) ye believed? ...” Acts 19:2
They answered that they had not even heard that there was a Holy Spirit. When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit of GOD came on them, and they spoke in other languages and prophesied. They were about twelve men in all (Acts 19:6-7).
The Holy Spirit of GOD is of very great and manifold significance. They are explained below.
The Holy Spirit is the earnest of the Spirit or the earnest of our inheritance. Earnest means deposit or down payment, guaranteeing what is to come and what is to possess. Inheritance denotes salvation, viz., the final salvation, the redemption of body. The gift of the Holy Spirit is viewed as an instalment or as part of the full and final salvation. The earnest of the Spirit or the earnest of our inheritance brings some right over the redemption of the body and the kingdom of heaven.
The Holy Spirit is the seal for the day of redemption and for the redemption of the body. The seal is the Holy Spirit. The sealer is the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. HE seals HIS people with the Holy Spirit of promise (the promised Holy Spirit) for the redemption of the body and for the kingdom of heaven.
Seal denotes the full identification of ownership and protection provided by the owner and the full authority of the owner. Again, seal indicates genuineness; seal preserves safety and seal guarantees safe keeping.
“Now HE which stablisheth us with you in CHRIST, and hath anointed us, is GOD; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” II Corinthians 1:21-22
“In whom (HIM) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of HIS glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of GOD, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
The Spirit of GOD (the Holy Spirit) who raised JESUS CHRIST from the dead should always live in us, because HE who raised JESUS CHRIST from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies by HIS Spirit, who lives in us.
“But if the Spirit of HIM that raised up JESUS from the dead dwell in you, HE that raised up CHRIST from the dead shall also quicken (give life to) your mortal bodies by HIS Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
The Holy Spirit of GOD gives us the great holy power of GOD; GOD strengthens us with power through HIS Spirit in our inner man (soul). The Holy Spirit of the LORD gives great joy and happiness, and great longsuffering. The faith is growing more and more and the love of everyone towards each other is increasing by the Holy Spirit of GOD.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) 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 1:8
“That HE would grant you, according to the riches of HIS glory, to be strengthened with might by HIS Spirit in the inner man.” Ephesians 3:16
“We are bound to thank GOD always for you, brethren, as it is meet (fitting), because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity (love) of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of GOD for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure.” II Thessalonians 1:3-4
Hence, all people should wait and pray for the salvation from sins first; and after getting salvation, they should wait and pray for the Holy Spirit of GOD, by believing the promises of GOD. Even sinful men are kind to their children; they know how to give good gifts to their children; therefore, how much more will our heavenly FATHER give good gifts to those who ask HIM!
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly FATHER give the Holy Spirit to them that ask HIM?” St. Luke 11:13
Everyone should live according to GOD in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit and no one should put out the Spirit's fire. To live in the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit, filling with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), keeping the oneness in CHRIST (Romans 12:5), growing up into the Head, CHRIST (Ephesians 4:15), learning CHRIST (Ephesians 4:20), living in the love of CHRIST (II Corinthians 5:14) and living in the light of CHRIST (St. John 8:12) are very essential.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
“Quench not the Spirit.” I Thessalonians 5:19
The Holy Spirit of GOD reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
“And when HE is come, HE will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” St. John 16:8
The Holy Spirit of GOD helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Holy Spirit of GOD HIMSELF intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. The Holy Spirit of GOD who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit of GOD intercedes for the saints according to the will of GOD. What an extremely loving GOD, our GOD is!
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And HE that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because HE maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of GOD.” Romans 8:26-27
First the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD created the angels to worship HIM and attend on HIM and serve HIM in heaven. The angels have no earthly body as human beings have. They have glorious heavenly bodies. The speciality of their heavenly body is that they can move about visibly and invisibly. They can enter anyplace where even air cannot enter. They can come out of anyplace where air cannot come out. They cannot be locked or contained in anyplace. Nothing can be done to them. They have eyes with very special sight. They have bodies with the power to fly. They have wings too. They are tremendously powerful and strong. They are the wonderful and mighty creations of the LORD.
“Above it stood the seraphims (angels): each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of HIS glory.” Isaiah 6:2-3
Angels are heavenly beings created by our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. They are described as spiritual beings. Our LORD has innumerable angels in heaven. They are HIS ministering spirits. They are always serving our LORD in heaven. They are always worshipping our LORD in heaven. They don't have earthly bodies as ours but have spiritual existence. They can go anywhere they want to, in accordance with GOD's orders. Angels are sent into the world from time to time as GOD's messengers to inform HIS people and to comfort HIS people and to minister to HIS people. They are very powerful and cannot be controlled by men. At times, they are incarnate in human form. They have great strength, intelligence, and wisdom, far superior to that of human beings. They look over the activities of men (I Peter 1:12).
Further, angels are called the host of heaven. They are organized in ranks or orders. Michael is the head of a host and Gabriel is another. Michael is the head of a host of warriors. By the command of GOD, they fight against GOD's rivals. Gabriel is the head of a host of messengers. They bring messages from GOD. The cherubims (cherubs) and seraphims (seraphs) are also angels. They show GOD's majesty and fulfil GOD's purposes (Revelation 12:7-10; Daniel 8:15-19; Genesis 3:24; Isaiah 6:2-3).
Angels appeared to shepherds in the field, announcing the birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST (St. Luke 2:8-14). Angels also announced our LORD JESUS CHRIST's resurrection, the rising from the dead (St. Luke 24:5-7). Angels also announced that our LORD JESUS CHRIST would return again from heaven (Acts 1:10-11).
Angels are empowered to seize Satan, the devil and other evil spirits and to bind them with great chains and to cast (imprison) them into the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3).
Once an angel massacred single handed, 1,85,000 Assyrian soldiers who came against Israelites, the children of GOD. The Assyrian soldiers lay dead early in the morning (Isaiah 36; 37:1-36). The great power of an angel, created by GOD, thus makes one wonder how mighty, GOD is.
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is incomparably greater than the angels. HE is the Almighty GOD; HE is the omnipotent GOD; HE is the omniscient GOD; HE is the omnipresent GOD. Angels have great power and ability, but are not omnipotent. They possess intellect, emotion, and will, but are not omniscient or omnipresent. Their
number is great, but not limitless. They are servants of GOD. The word 'angel' means 'messenger'. Man is made "a little lower than the angels".
“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” Psalm 8:5
Satan was once prominent among the angels in heaven. He was one of the
creations of GOD. He was created as GOD's highest angel. He led angels
in a rebellion. Hence, Satan and his angels were cast out from heaven;
they had no access to heaven; they had no access to GOD. Therefore, Satan
and his angels confine their activities in the earthly sphere. Satan,
the devil is the chief of the fallen angels or devils or evil spirits.
He is the deceiver of the whole world. He is the adversary of mankind.
Satan, the devil is the originator and the chief practitioner of sin.
"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth
from the beginning. ..." I John 3:8
Satan, the devil is very crafty and cunning. Opposing the will of GOD, counterfeiting
the work of GOD, destroying all that is good, are his present-day activities.
He travels to and fro in the earth for evil purposes.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." I Peter
Satan's other names are 'Lucifer, son of the morning' (Isaiah14:12),
'the great dragon, that old serpent, the Devil' (Revelation12:9), 'Beelzebub'
(St. Matthew 10:25), 'Baalzebub' (II Kings 1:6),'that wicked one' (I John
5:18), the fowler who lays the snare to the soul (Psalm 91:3; 124:7), the
bird that snatches away the Word of GOD sown in our hearts (St. Matthew
13:4, 19), 'the accuser of our brethren' (Revelation 12:10), 'the tempter'
(St. Matthew 4:3), 'a murderer, a liar and the father of lies' (St. John
8:44), 'the thief to steal and to kill and to destroy people' (St. John
10:10), 'Belial' (IICorinthians 6:15), and 'the deceiver of the whole
world' (Revelation12:9). Satan pretends or disguises himself as an angel
of light, as a holy angel of heaven (II Corinthians 11:14). Hence, Satan
is a pretender. Now, Satan is an enemy of GOD as well as mankind.
The spirit of Satan, the devil is the spirit of whoredom or the spirit
of harlotry (Hosea 4:12-14); it is a spirit of treachery (Judges9:23);
it is a lying spirit (I Kings 22:21-22); it is a perverse spirit(Isaiah
19:14); it is the spirit of error - the spirit of deceit (I John4:6);
it is the spirit of the antichrist (I John 4:3); it is the unclean spirit
- the evil spirit (St. Matthew 10:1); it is a spirit of lying wonders
(II Thessalonians 2:9); it is a spirit of infirmity (St. Luke 13:11);it
is a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16); it is a spirit of sorcery (Acts13:6-12);
and it is a foul spirit (Revelation 18:2). The souls of the sinners
wander in the world as evil spirits or devils in great agony. As an evidence
of this fact, we know the troubles and evils caused to people by the evil
spirits of people who die prematurely or commit suicide.
6.1 HORRIBLE PIT OF THE DEVIL
The jail of Satan, the devil, is a horrible pit - waterless deep pit full of miry clay, the sinful miry clay. This jail of Satan is a deep and dark pit of darkness-the sinful darkness. The jail of Satan is the shadow of death-the shadow of hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. All sinners are in the jail of Satan, the devil. All sinners are the prisoners of Satan, the devil.
“HE brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (steps).” Psalm 40:2
“...That Rock was CHRIST.” I Corinthians 10:4
“...I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” Zechariah 9:11
“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, ...” St. Luke 1:79
“...To bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Isaiah 42:7
Satan, the devil tightly binds the unsaved or the sinners, with the cords of their sin. He puts them into his jail-the horrible pit full of sinful miry clay, and shuts them up in his jail. The sinners sit in sinful darkness, and in the shadow of hell. Satan, fully armed, guards his own jail. Besides, Satan, the devil appoints them to death, the second death or hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. Thus, Satan, the devil appoints all the unsaved or the sinners to second death or hell. What a pitiful thing it is!
“His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden (held) with the cords of his sins.” Proverbs 5:22
Now, these prisoners or sinners must groan to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, by confessing their sins, for their release from this horrible jail of Satan, the devil. To hear the groans of these prisoners or sinners, and release those appointed to death, and bring out these prisoners from the jail of Satan, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST looks down from the height of HIS sanctuary; from heaven HE beholds the earth.
“For HE hath looked down from the height of HIS sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death.” Psalm 102:19-20
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world to release those appointed to death, and bring them up out of the horrible pit, out of the sinful miry clay. HE came into the world to set their feet upon the Rock, and establish their steps upon the Rock. This spiritual Rock is our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST's own power is unlimited. HE is the strongest and the best in doing holy works, good works, righteous works, rightful works, sinless works, faithful works, and truthful works. By HIS Holy Spirit, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is always inducing the people to do holy works, good works, righteous works, rightful works, sinless works, faithful works, and truthful works, to inherit heaven, the kingdom of GOD. By HIS Holy Spirit, HE is always inducing the people to tell the truth; HE is always inducing the people to speak incorrupt words for the edification of themselves and to the hearers. Again, by HIS Holy Spirit, HE is always inducing the people to escape judgment and hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. By HIS Holy Spirit, HE is always inducing the people to inherit heaven, the kingdom of GOD. Everyone must obey the work of HIS Holy Spirit to escape judgment and hell and to inherit heaven. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
But, Satan, the devil is the strongest and the worst in doing sins, unholy works, evil works, ugly works, abominable works, unrighteous works, unlawful works, sinful works, unfaithful works, untruthful works, sexually immoral acts, sorcery, idolatry, murders, etc. He is the father of lies. He is a murderer of mankind from the beginning. Satan, the devil is the father of all sinners. So, they want to persist in their father's lusts.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” St. John 8:44
By his evil spirit, Satan, the devil is always shooting his sinful fiery darts (arrows) against the people to do sins (Ephesians 6:16). By his evil spirit, he is always inducing the people to do sins, unholy works, evil works, ugly works, abominable works, unrighteous works, unlawful works, sinful works, unfaithful works, untruthful works, sexually immoral acts, sorcery, idolatry, murders, etc., to inherit hell. By his evil spirit, he is always inducing the people to tell lies, and pervert speeches, so that they will inherit hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. No one should obey the evil spirit of Satan, the devil and inherit hell.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world to overcome Satan, the devil, and save the people from sin, curse, flesh, fleshly lusts, world, death-the second death or hell, destruction, and Satan. HE came into the world to take from Satan all his armour, and redeem the people from his horrible jail. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“When a strong man armed keepeth (guards) his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” St. Luke 11:21-22
The stronger man stands for our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The strong man stands for Satan, the devil.
“Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.” Jeremiah 10:6
“O LORD GOD of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? ...” Psalm 89:8
According to HIS promise, our LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world, and overcame Satan, the devil. HE crushed the head of Satan, the devil on the cross at Calvary. Eventually HE crushed the kingdom of Satan, the devil. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“...It (HE) shall bruise (crush) thy head, ...” Genesis 3:15
Satan is the prince of devils. Satan, the devil is the most powerful evil spirit. His intention is to destroy the work of GOD, especially mankind, but he will not succeed. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world to destroy the works of the devil. When HE was on the cross at Calvary, HE crushed the head of Satan, the devil. The GOD of peace or the LORD JESUS CHRIST will soon crush Satan under the feet of HIS people. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“...For this purpose the son of GOD (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) was manifested, that HE might destroy the works of the devil.” I John 3:8
“And the GOD of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet ...” Romans 16:20
The saved people of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST can resist the devil with the word of GOD.
The Holy Bible says,
“...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“Ye are of GOD, little children, ... greater is HE that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4
CHRIST is the LORD of HIS own people, the saved people (the believers). CHRIST indwells believers. Satan is likewise the lord of his own people, the sinners (the unsaved people). Satan indwells sinners. But CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD is incomparably greater than he who wreaks havoc in the world. The strength of HIS people lies in the fact that they are of GOD. The strength of HIS people lies in the fact that they are born of GOD.
“Whosoever is born of GOD doth not commit sin; ...” I John 3:9
The persons born of GOD or the saved people should reflect this sinless perfection in their behaviour. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST redeems and saves people from the evil power of Satan, the devil. Those who are redeemed and saved will be delivered from the evil power of Satan, the devil. To stand against the schemes of the devil and to resist and to overcome the temptations of the devil, the saved people must always put on the whole armour of GOD.
“Put on the whole armour of GOD, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of GOD, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GOD.”
Ephesians 6:11, 13-17
Without prayer GOD's armour is not sufficient to achieve victory. To achieve victory, prayer is indispensable. We are to pray not just for ourselves but also for all saints (Ephesians 6:18).
6.2 PRIDE AND FALL OF SATAN
“...God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Satan coveted in his heart to be equal to the Almighty GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. He wished that other angels should worship him. In his pride, he exalted himself above GOD, the most High. Thus, he committed the terrible sin against his own GOD who created him. In addition, Satan had some followers there. Because of this evil act Satan and his followers were cast into the world from heaven. First, they became the devils and evil spirits who roam about the world, causing great troubles and wicked deeds against people.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD (angels): I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Then those who lived as sinners and died as sinners became evil spirits or devils that roam about the world, creating troubles, evils, and wickedness against people. As an evidence of this fact, we are aware of many incidents in which people who met with sudden and premature death and those who committed suicide lament in agony, roam about as evil spirits causing troubles and evils to people.
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in the world, HE healed many people who were possessed by evil spirits or unclean spirits.
“And they that were vexed (tormented) with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch HIM: for there went virtue (HIS most holy power) out of HIM, and healed them all.”
St. Luke 6:18-19
In addition, the disciples of our LORD JESUS CHRIST cast out many devils.
“And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” St. Mark 6:13
Finally, the evil spirits or devils will be thrown into hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. Satan, the devil, and his angels will also be thrown into hell, the eternal fire prepared for him and his angels (St. Matthew 25:41: Revelation 20:10). The worm (maggot) will be spread out beneath them and the worms will cover them. Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. Hell from beneath will be moved for Satan, to meet and devour him at his coming.
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: ... Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols (musical instruments): the worm (maggot) is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.” Isaiah 14:9, 11
Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is omniscient. HE only knows our thoughts (I Chronicles 28:9). HE only knows all things (St. John 16:30). HE is the Only wise GOD (Jude 25). HE only knows what is in man (St. John 2:25). HE searches all hearts and HE only understands all the intent of the thoughts (I Chronicles 28:9).
Since Satan, the devil is not omniscient, he cannot know our thoughts; he cannot know all things; he cannot hear our thoughts; and he cannot read our thoughts. But, without knowing human thoughts, he is deceitful in predicting the common responses of men or in predicting human behaviour, by deceitfully inducing and injecting his chimerical ideas and schemes into the hearts of human beings (Revelation 12:9). What a deceiver Satan, the devil is!
7. DIVINITY AND SATANISM
The attributes of divinity are perfect sinlessness, absolute holiness, total righteousness, immaculate uprightness, absolute truth, immeasurable mercy, impartial sympathy, abject humility, never-changing affection, perfect love and imperishable glory. Only in our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, can anyone see the divinity of GOD, the divine qualities of GOD. No one can prove HIM guilty of sin (St. John 8:46).
Contrary to these, the qualities of Satanism are sinfulness, deceitfulness, filthiness, lusts, whoremongering, fornication, drunkenness, quarrels, murders, idolatry, sorcery, necromancy, divination, witchcraft, revellings, amusements, lies, theft, cheating, treachery, malice, hypocrisies, envies and evil speakings and all other sins. CHRIST came to destroy the devil's deeds-sins (I John 3:8).
All people, born in this world possess the sins of Satanism. They are liable to be cast into hell. It is necessary that those who are found in devilish sins should obtain the divine and holy experiences and become the people worthy to inherit heaven.
Only the person who has obtained these divine experiences is the true man. He alone is worthy of being called 'man'. To live as a righteous, holy and truthful man, worthy to inherit heaven, it is very essential to know who GOD is. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to know who the ONLY TRUE GOD is.
One of the divine qualities of GOD is to reprove the world, for the sins, to uphold righteousness, to pass judgment and to give the ultimate and inescapable punishment of hell to those who despise GOD's reproof. The inevitable consequence of not giving up sins and persisting in evil ways will be eternal damnation in hell.
Again, Satanism is the worship of Satan, the devil. Satanists are the worshippers of Satan, the devil. Hence, Satanists are sinners; Satanists are liable for eternal damnation in hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
So, all are warnedthat they should not worship Satan, the devil or other devils or evil spirits to escape eternal hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. Everyone should worship the one and ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST to inherit eternal heaven, the kingdom of GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
8. THE SHEKINAH GLORY OF GOD
The visible presence of GOD's dwelling with HIS people is called the shekinah glory of GOD. The LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST freed the Israelites from Egypt and led them through the way of wilderness of the Red sea. At that time our LORD GOD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. The LORD GOD did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the Israelites (Exodus 13:21-22) to protect them from the Egyptians (Exodus 14:19-20). The pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire were the shekinah glory of GOD. This shekinah glory of the LORD had been with the Israelites at Sinai, had guided them through the wilderness and had led them into Canaan, the Promised Land.
This shekinah glory of the LORD GOD later filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:35) and then Solomon's temple (I Kings 8:10) and finally departed from the temple due to the sins of the Israelites, just before the Babylonian captivity (Ezekiel 10:18-19). Due to the departure of the shekinah glory of the LORD GOD from the temple of GOD, the Babylonians destroyed the temple completely, without divine judgment.
Then, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST came into the world and dwelt among HIS people, the believers, in the Person of GOD the SON, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (St. John 1:14). At that time many people saw HIS shekinah glory (I John 1:1-3). Now, from the day of Pentecost onwards, HE dwells within HIS believers, in the Person of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Finally, all believers of our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST will enjoy GOD's glorious presence throughout all eternity (Revelation 21:2-3).
Further, as "the glory of the LORD GOD had filled" both tabernacle and temple at their inauguration, "the HOLY SPIRIT" came in visible power to the church at its beginning (Acts 2:1-4). The shekinah glory of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST came in visible power to the church. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The glory of GOD is the Divine Presence of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. The glory of GOD is upon HIS people; the glory of GOD is seen upon HIS people (Isaiah 60:1-2). HIS people are the saved (Ephesians 2:8); they are the holy; they are the righteous (Ephesians 4:24); they are the truthful; they are the faithful (Ephesians 4:25); they are strengthened in the grace of CHRIST (II Timothy 2:1); they are strengthened in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 1:8); they are strengthened in the LORD and they walk up and down in HIS glorious name (Zechariah 10:12). EMMANUEL-GOD with us, is always with HIS people (St. Matthew 1:23) and HIS glory is always seen upon HIS people.
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and HIS glory shall be seen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:2