THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO
OBEY THE GOSPEL FROM THE HEART
is the divine message of Christ crucified, Christ as the sinner's sinbearer
and Savior. 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; 15:1-4; Hebrews 9:26-28. The
GOSPEL came to us from the Father through Christ and the apostles, by the Holy
Spirit. Hebrews 1:1,2; 2:1-4; John 14:25,26; 2 Peter 3:2; Acts 2:41,42.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN
to those who obey from the heart the apostle's teaching. Acts 2:37-39; 5:32;
Romans 1:5,16; 5:1-5; 6:16-18, 22,23; 16:25,26; 1 Peter 1:22-25.
THIS OBEDIENCE OF FAITH
in God and Jesus as God's Son and our Savior. John 14:1; 17:3.
includes more than believing in their existance, the demons also believe this.
James 2:19; John 12:42-44.
in God and His promises. Hebrews 11:1-6, 9-11, 17-19; 2 Peter 1:3,4.
with appropriate deeds and motivation. Faith without proper deeds and
motivation is dead. Faith that gives access to God's grace must be active and
motivated by love. Galatians 5:6; 1 Corintians 13:2; James 2:17-26; Romans
LOVING and OBEDIENT FAITH
gives access to our Savior and His marvelous grace. And this is not by our
merit or works. Ephesians 2:4-8,13-18; 3:11,12; Romans 6:23.
WHEN WE OBEY HIS MESSAGE
from the heart, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy
Spirit. "... he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in
righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration
and renewal of the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through
Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become
heirs in hope of eternal life." Titus 3:5-7