The Power of the Spirit
God gives mankind a body, a soul and a spirit.
The body we can see.
The soul is invisible, but we know it's there. The soul is the real me.
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.
And cannot die:
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them
that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I
will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed
hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were
finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is
he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath
no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign
with him a thousand years.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
We usually only become aware of our spirits when spiritual, that is unexplainable,
occurrences happen in our circle of knowledge. Many such instances are
mentioned in writings on this web site1.
At death (in this age), the body goes back to dust, the soul either goes
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee,
To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
or to hell (Hades):
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in
purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a
certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table:
moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that
the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the
rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being
in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And
he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus,
that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for
I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou
in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:
but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between
us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from
hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come
and the spirit goes back to God.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall
return unto God who gave it.
The spirit of man is subject to his will, which is his soul:
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
(1 Corinthians 14:32)
Man is a creature of free choice because his spirit is subject to his soul.
When man is prepared to subject his will (soul) to his Creator and does
so; through God's grace, the Spirit of God comes into contact with the
spirit of man. The Holy Spirit "comes to live inside the person".
Only at this stage, that is when the soul submits to his Creator in
complete trust, does spiritual power become available from God.
That person is willingly controlled by the Holy Spirit - by God Himself.
Once this happens it is the pilgrim's privilege, as well as duty, to continually
seek God's face, closing out the world by going into his closet every day,
contemplating and musing on God's word, being still, realising that God
Himself is present, being willing to be obedient and waiting expectantly
for God the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide him in the way forward.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15)
That person has subjected his will to that of his Creator for the Creator
to use as He wishes, which means that he or she will be used for the declaration
of the Kingdom of heaven and the powers of that Kingdom are available to
him or her.
That person shall have Spiritual power that he or she will have to be
taught how to use.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is the only source
of the knowledge of that power to the Christian.
When the cares of Satan's kingdom are allowed to get in the way, the soul
once more takes over control of one's spirit and the power of the Holy
Spirit of God is quenched.
Once a person has known God, or rather, is known and recognised by God,
and willingly turns his back on his Creator, there is no returning. The
door to the Kingdom is closed to him forever. The Spirit of God is severed
from the spirit of that man.
Another way of saying it:
Man is made up of body soul and spirit. In the physical (worldly) plane
we can see each other's bodies. Some are more beautiful than others. We
cannot see men's souls because they are invisibly placed inside us. This
is a great pity because many people who have beautiful bodies have ugly
souls. The beauty of the eternal soul (the person) can only be seen by
its workings upon the visible body. Unfortunately, when opposite sexes
are attracted to one another, it would seem that the attraction is more
on the visible plane than on the invisible, which is unfortunate as this
often leads to strife and separation once the physical attraction has faded.
Sometimes man and woman will fall in love with each other completely and
become soulmates. They will become one flesh both physically and with their
souls. They shall have the same purpose for each other. They will be in
covenant by marriage.
God is Love. . . and attracts the attention of man's soul through various
Occasionally a person will respond to God's demonstration of love and become
"soulmates" with his Creator. He will lay his soul (his eternal life) down
for use by his "Soulmate".
Once this happens, his Creator, God the Father and God the Son come into
his body and their spirits are united and man is powered by the Spirit
of God. A Spiritual Covenant is formed.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the
Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but
the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am
in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works'
sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he
do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name,
that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall
ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that
he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but
ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not
leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the
world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me,
and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is
that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and
I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down
on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of
(1 Corinthians 14:25)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
(2 Corinthians 13:14)
They are now "Spiritmates": a relationship so one-sided that man cannot
even begin to understand the privilege thereof.
Unfortunately man is still in the physical (visible) world and has to trust
completely in his "Spiritmate" to show him the latent power that he now
has at his disposal because he cannot see it for himself.
This is called faith. Or as the apostle John put it, he must believe.
This is dealt with elsewhere on this web site2.
He can only see the effects thereof and therefore dimly understand. As
the Bible states, he can only see through a glass darkly.
He will only retain this Spiritual power while he is still "Spiritmates"
with his Creator.
Man shall, in this lifetime, always have the choice to break up his relationship
with his Creator, knowing the consequences.
Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard.
My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it,
and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine,
and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein:
and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild
grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I
pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to
my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that
it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they
crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open
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.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who
hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the
covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth
unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge
his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
However the subject of this writing is for us to understand a little about
the power of the Spirit of God. How to get it - and how to use it.
I've just finished reading the Afrikaans book "Die Groot Gedagte", which
explains, in layman's terms, the greatness of the universe and the smallness
of the atom and quark. The author lists two items that the scientists cannot
Who made the controlled environment that allowed the universe to happen?
Who made life? What is the difference between a dead sparrow in one's hand,
and a live one?
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven
with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and
weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed
the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him
in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the
way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up
the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient
to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations
before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than
nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will
ye compare unto him?
Spiritual power comes increasingly with familiarity, with use. Just as
you would train or practise for supremacy at sport, or study to become
educated, so with Spiritual power.
The path of faith is the way of understanding of the power of the Kingdom
of God, of the spirit world:
And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom
of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like
a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than
all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up,
and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so
that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
How to get it
First of all, you need to believe that God is, and is able to do anything
that He pleases, then you ask for it: not for the purpose of you becoming
a famous healer or teacher etc., but that your Master will be glorified;
recognising and explaining that the power is His, and not yours to dish
out to whom you will.
God is not your genie, but you are His servant.
Further, it must be made clear that anyone wishing to become a disciple
of the Master, Lord Jesus Christ, must be prepared to deny himself.
Which means placing the "I" of ego at the bottom of the list of priorities.
This is the single most likely reason why there is so little power in
the Christian church of today.
Jesus explained this relationship of faith, power and service very well
during His public ministry:
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said,
If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might
say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou
planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Moreover, with study, the relationship between servant and Master becomes
As my old Dad used to say "with every privilege comes responsibility."
As an example, here's the complete teaching of Jesus as a result of the
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said,
If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might
say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou
planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a
servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he
is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say
unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me,
till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded
him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things
which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done
that which was our duty to do.
Be assured, God knows your heart, He will know for what purpose you propose
to use this power. You shall only receive it if your motives are right:
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth
the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes,
that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from
seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be
the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be
sure. Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the
land that is very far off.
Here are a few faith building passages of Scripture explaining the power
of the Spirit; that should be studied and believed. You will probably
find some others that have a special meaning to you - where the Living
God speaks into your spirit.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel,
and say unto them, If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against
him, And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her
husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no
witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; And the
spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she
be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous
of his wife, and she be not defiled: Then shall the man bring his wife
unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part
of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense
thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial,
bringing iniquity to remembrance. And the priest shall bring her near,
and set her before the LORD: And the priest shall take holy water in an
earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle
the priest shall take, and put it into the water: And the priest
shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman's head, and
put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy
offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth
the curse: And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the
woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to
uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from
this bitter water that causeth the curse: But if thou hast gone aside to
another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man
have lain with thee beside thine husband: Then the priest shall charge
the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman,
The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD
doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; And this water that
causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to
swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them
out with the bitter water: And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter
water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall
enter into her, and become bitter. Then the priest shall take the
jealousy offering out of the woman's hand, and shall wave the offering
before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar: And the priest shall take
an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn
it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink
the water. And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall
come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against
her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her,
and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall
rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman
be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless
shall not come.
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.
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the
son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set
thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned
his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember
now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and
with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.
And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father,
I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto
thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the
hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. And this shall
be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing
that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees,
which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the
sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered
of his sickness: I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the
gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years. I said, I
shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living:
I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. Mine age
is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off
like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day
even to night wilt thou make an end of me. I reckoned till morning,
that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even
to night wilt thou make an end of me. Like a crane or a swallow,
so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking
upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. What shall I say? he
hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly
all my years in the bitterness of my soul. O Lord, by these things men
live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt
thou recover me, and make me to live. Behold, for peace I had great bitterness:
but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption:
for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. For the grave cannot praise
thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit
cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee,
as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy
truth. The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my
songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house
of the LORD.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand,
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things
are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father
of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou
And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And
seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find
any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves;
for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto
it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.
And his disciples heard it.
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from
the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold,
the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering
saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I
say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed,
and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall
believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have
whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire,
when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that
your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But
if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive
And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all
her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind
him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her
issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched
me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master,
the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched
me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for
I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw
that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him,
she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched
him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter,
be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he
find faith on the earth?
And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind
man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he
asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth
by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on
me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace:
but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on
me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when
he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt
thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive
my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight:
thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight,
and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it,
gave praise unto God.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold,
thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see
Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were
afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship
was at the land whither they went.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples
of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus
to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were
men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed,
he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light
from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he
said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am
Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against
the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt
thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise,
and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice,
but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were
opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him
into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat
nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias;
and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias.
And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto
him, Arise, and go into the street which is called
Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul,
of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named
Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive
his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of
this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here
he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is
a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings,
and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must
suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered
into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord,
even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath
sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy
Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptised. And when
he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with
the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ
in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
- After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into
Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
- (Acts 16:7)
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as
it is written, The just shall live by faith.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law
of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in
the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man
have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be
in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is
life because of righteousness. 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 your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the
flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through
the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 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. The Spirit itself
beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if
children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so
be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For
the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of
the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly,
but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because
the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the
whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And
not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,
to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but
hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope
for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience
wait for it. 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. And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love
unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of
you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge
of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and
set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far
above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be
the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness
of him that filleth all in all.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant
you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by
faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend
with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and
height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye
might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able
to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to
the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by
Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
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:
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things
of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who,
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more
in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For
it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good
pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may
be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst
of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those
who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
(1 John 4:4)
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 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; And shall
make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not
judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of
his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with
equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the
rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the
girdle of his reins.
2 The Four Stages of Faith*: and From Faith to Faith*.
*Going back some six years in time to see what was written in these articles,
it was found that many of the passages of Scripture are duplicated
here out of the dozens that could have been used from the Bible.
Glory to the Living God who loves me.