Bill Stockham | PentecostalTheology.com
[It is important for us to understand that the real “me” is about spiritual things, not just fleshly things, because:] “God is spirit, and his worshipers must WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT and in truth.” (John 4:24) [Our first step is to understand that we are born into sin and we are not alive unto God!] “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:20-23) [We must understand that there are consequences for our sin!] “For THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, [eternal separation from God] but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23) [In order to receive this gift we must know this:] “Who can understand his errors [a moral mistake]? Cleanse thou me from secret [to try to conceal or hide] faults [mistakes].” (Psa. 19:12) [So what do we do now?] “Repent, [ask for forgiveness] then, and turn to God, so that YOUR SINS MAY BE WIPED OUT…” (Acts 3:19) [This is what our Abba Father does for us!] “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast [dedicated] spirit within me.” (Psa. 51:10) [The Lord forgives us, He cleanses us, then HE ADOPTS US!] “…the Spirit you received BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom. 8:15) [Then we become beneficiaries of God and co-beneficiaries with Jesus Christ!] “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then WE ARE HEIRS–HEIRS OF GOD and CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Rom. 8:16-17) [We are now the redeemed ([to buy back) of the Lord] “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Pet. 1:18-19)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WE ARE REDEEMED WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST!