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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 4, Chapter 4

Surrender To Jesus' Lordship Is
Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

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Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4
Study Questions

In my basic Discipleship 105 series, I cover what I consider to be the four most important concepts of discipleship that are absolutely essential if a Christian is to go on into maturity in his walk with Jesus. They are understanding our salvation in Jesus, learning how to relate to Jesus for the answer to our needs as it relates to daily time in the Word and weekly Church Fellowship, and how to properly relate to and deal with sin in oneís life which is talked about in Chapters 4, 11 and 12 of this Section.

I have found in thirty years of Evangelism that a Christian stands or falls depending on his mature understanding in one of these four areas. No matter what a Christianís problems may be, if he or she has an adequate understanding of these four concepts of discipleship and daily puts them into practice, he or she will come to the answer to any problem he or she may have. He or she will also grow to maturity in Jesus and have a stable Christian walk. I also find though that if a Christian lacks understanding and practice in any one of these four areas, they are having deep problems spiritually and in some cases are at a complete standstill in their walk with Jesus.

I weekly go out on the field, just as I am getting ready to do today, and share the Gospel with men. As I do this I often meet people who are born again Christians but who are no longer walking with Christ. They will say something like this:

I accepted Jesus five years ago. But I had this sin problem I could not get victory over and decided I could not live the Christian life and so gave it up.

They are right in that they are not able to live the Christian life, in fact no Christian can in his own strength. Jesus never intended the Christian to do so. What this believerís problems is, is not their sin problem, but ignorance about how to experience Jesusí love and forgiveness and how to draw upon Jesus strength and might to live the Christian life on a daily basis.106

Several years ago Campus Crusade for Christ celebrated their thirtieth anniversary. I received a letter from them asking me to share with them and Dr Bill Bright, its founder, what the single most important thing was I gained from this ministry. Without hesitation I wrote back and said that it was Dr. Bill Brightís teaching on how to experience Godís love and forgiveness on a daily basis.107 In thirty years of ministry, I have found that the single greatest stumbling block to Christian maturity is not knowing how to experience Jesusí love and forgiveness on a daily moment by moment basis. If the new believer does not learn how to cope with and relate to weakness and sin in his life in his relationship with Jesus on a daily basis, this one problem alone will keep him from being able to go on to anything else. This is because Satan will continually heap unjustified condemnation onto that person until they give up walking with Jesus in defeat. For this reason I consider this chapter, which teaches a Christian how to cope with and experience Jesusí forgiveness over their sins on a daily moment by moment basis, to be the single most important principle of Discipleship a Christian can learn. Learning how to deal with sin in oneís life is all wrapped up in what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, so what we really want to deal with here is what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit and how to stay filled with the Holy Spirit.

JESUS SANCTIFIES US THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT THREE WAYS

Chapter Illustration

BY BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Apostle Paul commands in Ephesians 5:18, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit."

BY WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

The Apostle Paul commands in Galatians 5:16, "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh."

BY BEING BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Jesus said in the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts,

"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Lk 24:49).

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8).108

Basically there are three levels of maturity in the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives: Being Filled With, Walking, and Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot really understand what it means to walk in the Spirit until he first understands what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot understand the value of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as related to ministry outreach and release until he first understands what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit and what it means to walk in the Holy Spirit.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives.

Walking in the Spirit is allowing Jesus to be the source of our lives in every detail and in every respect.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is allowing Jesus to be Salvation, Lord, and Source of life to others through our lives. As Jesus Himself said, . . . As Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6).

Chapters 4, 11 and 12 are going to deal mainly with the work of the Holy Spirit as related to sanctification of self which is being filled with the Holy Spirit. Walking in the Spirit also deals with self-sanctification, but there are many different angles to what this means. These different angles are dealt with in Chapters 5-9 in this Section. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is sanctification of self also, but it is Jesusí sanctification in our lives to make us vessels useful for ministry out-reach and release specifically. This is dealt with extensively in Sections 5 and 6 of this textbook. In these Sections you will learn what the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (BHS) is and is not, how to receive the BHS and how to manifest and apply the gifts of the Holy Spirit in ministry.

THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE

SOULISH MAN

In 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul talks about three kinds of people: The Soulish Man, The Spiritual Man, and the Fleshly man.

About the soulish man Paul states,

"But a man who is motivated and controlled through his soul does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are discerned through the spirit." (1 Cor. 2:14).

The word in the Greek for soul here is yucikov"109 (sukikos). Sukikos means literally to be motivated and controlled through the soul. A soulish man is a believer or non-believer who is completely motivated and controlled through his soul; that is, through his intellect and feelings. For the sake of our discussion here we will talk about the soulish man who is not saved, who has no life or relationship with God in his spirit.

The soulish man is a man without God. This does not mean that he may not believe in God or may not be religious, but because their is no communication or relationship between him and God through his human spirit, his perception of the world and what he thinks are Godís activities are completely motivated and controlled through the reasoning of his thoughts, his soul.49 Paul states about the soulish man,

"This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart." (Eph 4:17-18)

If a soulish man were to call upon God, God would not hear him because there is a barrier between him and God as a result of his unforgiven sins.50 He has not appropriated Jesusí forgiveness through His death on the cross. He either does not care or is trying to gain Godís forgiveness through his own works.51

When a soulish man observes the activities of Godís people motivated and controlled through the Holy Spirit, these activities appear as foolishness to him. They appear as foolishness for two reasons: First, because the things of the Spirit of God are not earned but are freely given by God. The Apostle Paul states in the first book of Corinthians and the book of Galatians,

"For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

(1 Cor 1:18).

"Does He then who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." (Gal 3:5- 6).

The hardest person in the world to talk to about the Gospel is a religious person. This is because he has spent his life trying to gain Godís favor through his works determined through the reasonings of his soul. Therefore his heart and mind, his soul, is blinded to Godís free gift of salvation through Jesus. Paul, in relating this fact to the soulish Jews, wrote,

"For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about Godís righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God." (Rom 10:2-3)

Second, the things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the soulish man because the things of God are discerned through manís spirit in union with the Holy Spirit.52 Because the soulish man is dead spiritually and does not have the Spirit of Jesus dwelling in him, thus has no link with Godís Spirit, he has no means of knowing the activity of God in the present, nor does he have an inner witness of the value of what Spiritual men are doing. As a result he is guided by the prince of darkness, Satan, and without realizing it even opposes the work of God thinking he is rendering service to God.53

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