Jesus the Christ did not die on Good Friday! He died right before the beginning of Abib/Nisan 15th; that is, He died on Passover (Abib/Nisan 14th), a few hours before the day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread started. It is because the Lord died on Passover that Christ Jesus is now every born again and saved believer’s symbolic PASSOVER.
The truth about Saul’s, and everyone else’s, conversion is that conversion IS NOT regeneration, which is a sinner’s born from above spiritual rebirth. Then too, conversion IS NOT salvation, which is a sinner’s sins being forgiven so that this believer can be justified, meaning he or she is treated as if he or she has never sinned. Moreover, a sinner’s sins are forgiven so that this believer can receive the Lord’s imputed righteousness, and the indwelling Holy Spirit. Lastly, conversion IS NOT sanctification, which is a believer being filled with the Holy Spirit, being made holy (sanctified), being transformed (changed) into the image of Jesus the Christ, and being glorified.
The goal of every evangelist or “church” spiritual leader has never been to get lost souls to pray any prayer. The goal ALWAYS has been to be a witness for Jesus the Christ—to lead the unsaved world to the Lord by demonstrating to lost souls how to live for Him.
Believers transitioning from having the Holy Spirit indwell them to believers being baptized with Him is what God wants believers to experience. He wants believers to begin with the “earnest” of the Holy Spirit and move on to the fullness of the Holy Spirit (the Baptism in the Holy Spirit), because the fullness of the Holy Spirit is the “seal.” Without a doubt, the “earnest” of the Holy Spirit is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, an event that happens the moment believers are saved. However, the “seal” of the Holy Spirit is the fullness of the Holy Spirit (or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit), which is a subsequent event that, more often than not, happens some time AFTER salvation.
The Apostle Paul’s focus throughout his letters to the Corinthians has been on the “church,” as a whole, and not on individual believers. That is why it is clear that his “unequally yoked” phrase has a broader implication than just suggesting that believers should not be “mismated.” The wisdom in his “unequally yoked” metaphor strongly recommends that believers should not be in ANY intimate union that is not effortlessly harmonious or not absolutely godly.
Contrary to popular opinions, there definitely is a clear difference between LOGOS and RHEMA. God certainly speaks continuously to His children through His LOGOS, giving them spiritual insights into His LOGOS, but God does so ONLY by way of His Holy Spirit, rather than with the help of anyone’s intellect, book knowledge, higher education, talents, and so forth. Without a doubt, no one receives the deeper spiritual meanings and applications of God’s Word, just by reading LOGOS, because in LOGOS God has said that even believers need the Holy Spirit to illuminate the deeper mysteries of God that are hidden within His LOGOS.
In the Holy Bible, when God called a person or a city’s name twice, each occasion immediately was elevated to one of great biblical importance to that person or the city involved. Furthermore, this biblical importance also affects those of us who have come to Christ by Grace through Faith. Indeed, whenever God is using the double salutation, it is because He wants to get our attention, because He has something vitally important to say to us.
Human beings really cannot correctly measure the spiritual growth that is happening in every true believer. The reason why this spiritual growth cannot be correctly measured is because this kind of growth happens inwardly via the Holy Spirit’s mighty workings.
Every time the Old Testament prophets speak about the Living Water, or rivers of water, or fountains of water, they eschatologically are associating this water with the Holy Spirit. Moreover, the Old Testament prophets’ eschatological imagery or prophecy of Living Water also points to Jesus the Christ as being the source of this Living Water. In fact, even the symbolic language found in the book of Revelation identifies Jesus the Christ as being the source of the Living Water that both the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles’ eschatological imagery point to…. Therefore, Jesus the Christ is our source of Living Water and He is the One who actually leads (draws) us to His Living Fountains, which are the comforts and ministries of God’s Holy Spirit.
What we must never forget is that demonic spirits can influence believers as well as unbelievers! This truth is why the apostles Paul and John warn believers to be careful about which spirit(s) they are allowing to influence them. If the Holy Spirit is not influencing and leading them, then it is Satan’s demonic spirits who are influencing and leading them.