From “The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
St. John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”
Acts 4:10 and 12, “Be it known unto you all,…that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,… Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
People desiring Eternal Life and for the forgiveness of their sins must acknowledge that Jesus is The Lord, the Savior, and only the way from whom salvation comes from.
St. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
We do not have to search far to receive salvation. We confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts.
Romans 10:8-13, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed… for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
1 John 4:13-15, “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”
1 John 5:1-6, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
Those desiring the Lord’s salvation must be sincerely repentant of their past transgressions, with decisions made that will lead them to further toss their present intentional and unremorseful worldly lifestyles away. After they been born-again by faith, with faith that the Holy Ghost will intertwine with their own spirits, they must look forward to being fully submersed in water for their baptisms.
St. Matthews 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world…”
St. John 3:5-8, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
Acts 10:43-44 and 46-48, “…that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word…For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord….”
St. Matthew 3:11-12, “…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
St. Mark 16:16-18, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Colossians 2:9-12, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
Ephesians 4:4-7, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”
The children of God are those who live their lives under the personal directions and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The more they actively develop in Him, the more their hearts will resemble that of Jesus’s.
2 Corinthians 4:16, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Galatians 4:6-7, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,… and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Romans 8:14-16, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God… ye have received the Spirit of adoption,… The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
As ones who are born-again and Spirit-filled, we are to respond to God in ways of recognizing Him as being our Father, who we want to always please, obey, and be seen as good, obedient children to Him. We are to always stay open to His corrections, and constant acknowledgments of His Word.
1 Corinthians 12:13-14, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”
Galatians 3:26-29, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ…, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Let us allow humility to bless us.
Proverbs 15:33, “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”
Proverbs 22:4, “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”
James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Arrogance, self-importance, vanity, self-centeredness, and superiority-minded should not be any part of our personalities.
Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
As children of God, not only are we are to have the desire to carry ourselves in humble ways that are honorable to Him, we have to be characteristically humble.
St. Luke 18:17, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
St. Matthew 18:1-5, “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Let us stay faithful to God.
St. Matthew 18:10-15, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
Psalms 103:13, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”
We are to stay obedient to God.
St. Matthew 12:46-50, “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
St. Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
From the changes in our own minds, hearts, and spirits, with desires to stay hungry and thirsty for increased growths in the faith and stronger relationships with the Lord, those will keep us obedient to The Word of God. While we accept The Spirit of the Lord’s assistance, we are to become and remain forgiving, loving, meek, humble, charitable, and compassionate of others. While we are to always exercise those in ways that will have them in our hearts and a part of who we are, we will be able to reach our fullest potential in The Lord, based upon God’s individual plans for us and our desires as well.
Ephesians 1:3-6, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
We are not supposed to claim the Christian faith and have intentional sinful habits.
1 Corinthians 10:21-23, “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
Having been sanctified, we are to fellowship with the Holy Spirit to the developmental point where we have been so intertwined in Him, our own past sinful desires and habits have been long cast aside, and no longer parts of our characteristics nor lifestyles. While we walk in the faith, our thoughts, words, and habits should be based upon what we know God will be pleased with.
Hebrews 10:10-27, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”
Let us fear God and His judgements, so that we will walk faithfully in the Lord.
Psalms 2:11, “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”
Psalms 119:120, “My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.”
Psalms 19:9, “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”
Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Proverbs 14:2 and 16, “He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD:… A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil:….”
Proverbs 14:26-27, “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,…”
Psalms 25:12, “What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”
Psalms 25:14, “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
Psalms 128:1 “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD;
that walketh in his ways.”