mikehill4jesus “Only the Holy Spirit is proof that you have been accepted by Jesus”
19th November 2016 (15.57) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
True Christian Testimony: To the Cross – At the Cross – After the Cross. In other words, how did John 14:23 happen to you?
John 14:23 is the only proof that a Professing Christian has been baptised by Jesus with the Holy Spirit of God
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
John 14:24 describes a Professing Christian who has NOT been baptised by Jesus with the Holy Spirit of God
24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.
It is the Father of the Lord Jesus who says this
These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD IS THE ONLY PROOF OF A CHRISTIAN’S TRUE POSITION WITH GOD
True Christians need to understand
If you are as the Lord Jesus describes in John 14:23 then do not be surprised that Professing Christians who are not distance themselves from you. For it is from God that they distance themselves. The light shines from the Lord Jesus into your life. You then let that same light shine onto the Professing Christian who remains in darkness. They respond by running away from that light! As those described in John 14:24 will do. They refuse to love the Lord Jesus, thus failing to obey His teachings.
God walks and lives amongst the Lost Souls in this world through the power of the Holy Spirit that is in the True Christian. That they refuse to remain in that light and respond to the offer of Christ’ Salvation through His Gospel, is what condemns them in the sight of God.
Unless a person is Baptised with the Holy Spirit by the Lord Jesus. They remain in the darkness and blinded by the god of this world.
2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
John 1:1-34 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
The Word became flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John the Baptist denies being the Messiah
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘I am not the Messiah.’
21 They asked him, ‘Then who are you? Are you Elijah?’
He said, ‘I am not.’
‘Are you the Prophet?’
He answered, ‘No.’
22 Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Make straight the way for the Lord.”’[d]
24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, ‘Why then do you baptise if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’
26 ‘I baptise with[e] water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.
John testifies about Jesus
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, “A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.” 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptising with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.’
32 Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.” 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.’[f]
[a] John 1:5 Or understood
[b] John 1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who
[c] John 1:19 The Greek term traditionally translated the Jews (hoi Ioudaioi) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15, 16; 7:1, 11, 13; 9:22; 18:14, 28, 36; 19:7, 12, 31, 38; 20:19.
[d] John 1:23 Isaiah 40:3
[e] John 1:26 Or in; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice)
[f] John 1:34 See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.