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THE PROMISE IS FOR YOU
by Luella Campbell 
03/26/13
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THE PROMISE IS FOR YOU

"Cut to the quick, those who were there that day listening asked Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?'

"Peter said, 'Change your life. Turn to God and be baptised, each of you in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away -- whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.'" Acts 2:37-39 (The Message).

The gospel in a nutshell!

Peter's hearers had got it! They were guilty and they knew it. No excuses, no blame- shifting, no procrastinating. In an agony of conviction they cried out, 'What shall we do?' Peter's response was equally simple and direct: 'Change your life. Turn to God. Be baptised. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.' Thank God there was an answer for their dilemma.

Four simple steps to a brand new life and the invitation is wide open to anyone and everyone who responds. No need for special knowledge, for practising rituals or keeping rules, for trying to get to God through a priest or through Mary or any other human mediator.

Step one: Own your guilt. You are estranged from God because of your sin nature and your rebellion against Him. Own it! You did it! You put Him to death as though you were there. He had to die because of you. Change your attitude. You are blind and deceived. You thought you could live your way but your way doesn't work. It only leads you deeper into guilt.

Step two: Turn to God. Your blindness caused by deception and unbelief will be taken away. "Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." 2 Corinthians 3:15 (NIV).

Step three: Be baptised into the name of Jesus Christ. For them no baptismal classes were necessary. They understood baptism, ritual washing in running water signifying cleansing and identification. Baptism was practised regularly in Jewish culture - new priests were baptised into their priestly office, Gentiles were baptised into the Jewish religion etc. They were “washed" and initiated into a new status.

Step four: Receive the Holy Spirit. This is the step that is either ignored or overstated with a lopsided emphasis on gifts or "goose-bumps'. The Holy Spirit is God's ultimate gift to every believer on the basis of Jesus' sacrifice. He is the "Spirit of sonship" who fuses us to Himself, guarantees and makes real who we are in Christ and administers to us everything we have inherited as sons of God.

We must receive Him as purposefully as we received Christ. We must acknowledge His presence in us, with or without evidence, and respond to Him with increasing understanding and recognition. He will do what He does if we do what we are supposed to do. The promise is for everyone and that means you!



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Visitor Comments 26 Mar 2013
So true Luella.......... I was in the car one day many years ago, thinking of nothing as I drove along, when from out of nowhere, the still, small voice spoke within me and said, "I am the Holy Spirit". - (My eyes stayed on the road, but my spirit and complete attention was focused on Him at that very second, as though all heaven and earth were standing still) - I said, "yes Lord?" - There was a pause;... silence for a few seconds. - Then, "I AM GOD!" rang out loud inside of me. - It shook me deeply. - Had I been somehow unconsciously thinking of Ruach haKodesh as somewhat 'less' than fully God? Perhaps I had been, I don't know. But it felt more like He was wanting me to make it clear to others, just WHO He is;... as though He was crying out to the Body through me. - - - (John 4:24 "God is Spirit(Ruach haKodesh), and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. - John 6:63 "It is the Spirit(Ruach haKodesh)who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit(ruach), and they are life." - 2 Cor 3:17 "Now the Lord is Spirit(Ruach haKodesh)." - Matt 12:32 "Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit(Ruach haKodesh), it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.") - - - What is the 'blasphemy of the Holy Spirit'?... I'd dare say; relegating Him to something 'less than' God.




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