Salvation is by receiving the Holy Spirit

SALVATION is ONLY by receiving the HOLY SPIRIT:

Romans 8 “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. “

Everyone is born in the flesh and not automatically saved – they cannot please God. We need to receive the Holy Spirit to be saved.

Faith comes from hearing the Gospel and receiving the Holy Spirit as the deposit of our salvation that we will receive at the final resurrection.

Romans 10 “17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Ephesians 1 “13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

Everyone DOES NOT have the Holy Spirit after 70AD. Everyone who has the Holy Spirit believes in Jesus Christ as Lord.

1st Corinthians 12 “You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”

There are billions of people on this planet who do not believe in Jesus Christ. Its because they do not have the Holy Spirit. They are not children of God but are in the flesh.

What is the flesh? Is it only being circumcised under the law?No, not at all! To be in the flesh is to be in unbelief! To be in the flesh was not only relevant to the Jews under Law. Its because Paul preached to both Jews under the law and Gentiles not under the law. The Gentiles were “dead in sin” before they were saved. These people were uncircumcised and not under the Law. Being “dead in sin” or in the “flesh” was not just limited to circumcision!

Ephesians 2 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins……Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)”

This is why Paul preached to the pagan Greeks in Athens, because of their unbelief! He was not worried whether they were circumcised but he wanted them to be saved from their false worship of idols!

Acts 17 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there……29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Paul warned them not to continue worshipping idols but to repent and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation!
Therefore being in the flesh was NOT only about circumcision. Being in the flesh was about UNBELIEF for both Jew or Gentile.

Galatians 5 “2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”

A believer could go back to the flesh by being circumcised and going under the law. But a believer could also go back to the flesh by worshipping idols.

1st Corinthians 10 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. 18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

Paul warned the Gentiles NOT to worship idols because it was equivalent to worshipping demons. Going back to the flesh was not tied to circumcision. It was not limited to 70AD! The definition of “flesh” is unbelief in Christ. The “flesh” is trusting in their own religious/moral efforts.

Salvation was about receiving the Holy Spirit by faith – irrespective of Jew or gentile. Salvation is to trust in Jesus Christ and not our efforts – just like Abraham our father, did when he was made righteous by faith and not works!

Galatians 3 “14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit……26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Paul said that those in the flesh would not be saved.

Galatians 5″So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

The only way to crucify the flesh was by faith in Christ – receiving the Holy Spirit who enabled a person to walk in love. But the person without the Holy Spirit was not going to be saved.
This is why he also warned the Gentile believers to not go back to the flesh and live in sin like the pagans because judgment is coming for those in the flesh.

Ephesians 5 “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.”

Judgment is for everyone for both Jew and gentile and that’s why being in the flesh was about unbelief.

Romans 2 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law……This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”

The day of judgment began in 70ad with the first resurrection of the martyrs in Revelation 19-20:1-6. But the final resurrection will happen at the end of the symbolic 1000 years in the future (Revelation 20:11-15). The day of the lord is a 1000 years that began in 70ad with the first resurrection of martyrs and will end in the final general resurrection of the rest of humanity!

Hebrews 11 ” 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Those in the flesh cannot please God because of their unbelief but those who believe in Jesus are pleasing to God because they have the Holy Spirit.

Those in the spirit are empowered to fulfill the law in their hearts.

Hebrews 10:15-16 “The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

When we believe in Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit who writes the law of love in our hearts under the new covenant. The more we look to Jesus we are transformed into his glory.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Do not let the false teaching of Full-Preterism tell you that everyone is saved without faith in Christ. The flesh did not just vanish away in 70AD – it still exists today – ask yourself if everyone believes in Jesus after 70AD? Have the works of the flesh of Galatian-5 been abolished in 70AD? Have people stopped committing crimes after 70AD? Is everyone walking in love? Does everyone have the Holy Spirit?
The clear answer is NO.

Let us heed the clear words of the Apostle Paul who said that those in the flesh will not be saved.

Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead.
Believe in the Lord and you will receive the Holy Spirit for salvation from the flesh.

EVERYBODY does NOT have the Holy Spirit.

Does this verse below mean that everyone has the Holy Spirit?

Acts 2 ““‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.”

Let’s find out:

Peter quoted that verse on the day of Pentecost when the disciples received the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:38 he told the Israelites to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to receive the Holy Spirit. We know that not everyone in Jerusalem was saved but only 3000 were saved on that day.

We know that there are people from all religions who are very loving and good. But does that mean they have the Holy Spirit?

Let us see the case of Cornelius – a Gentile/pagan.

Acts 10 “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.”

This man was so righteous and devout that God sent an angel to him personally! He was also respected by all Jewish people because of his devotion.

Acts 10 “22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.””

BUT HE WAS NOT EVEN SAVED !!

Acts 11 “13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’”

When Cornelius heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit fell upon him and He praised God for salvation!

Acts 10 “39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed JESUS by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”

Cornelius was a very good man but did not have the Holy Spirit before he heard the Gospel. Cornelius only received the Holy Spirit when he believed in Jesus through the Gospel. This proves that all people do not have the Holy Spirit.

Paul says that only believers have the Holy Spirit who tells us that we are God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 8 “14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children”

Only those who believe in Jesus have the Holy Spirit:
If someone does not believe in Jesus, Paul says that they do not have the Holy Spirit.

1st Corinthians 12 “3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”

We receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus Christ by hearing the Gospel. Only believers have the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1 “13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

The reason a believer receives the Holy Spirit is that
the Spirit is the deposit guaranteeing our salvation that we will receive on the future day of judgment when we are resurrected into glory.

The judgment day was not in 70AD. Why is that?
It is clear that not everyone believes in Jesus today and therefore it is also very clear that not everyone has the Holy Spirit. This also proves that the judgment day is in the future.

You can receive the Holy Spirit by believing in Jesus Christ. He died for your sins and was buried, on the third day He rose from the dead. Everyone who believes in Jesus will receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit and be saved.

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