How does the cross make the work of the Holy Spirit possible? Part I & II

by Jimmy Swaggart

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There is nothing in the world worse than a false way of Salvation.

Everything the Holy Spirit has ever done on this Earth, with the exception of the time of Creation (Gen 1:2 KJV), has been made possible by the Cross of Christ. Of course, before Jesus came, the Sacrificial System served as a stopgap measure, so to speak. But, inasmuch as the blood of bulls and goats was woefully insufficient to take away sins (Heb 10:4 KJV), this limited the Holy Spirit as to what He could do for humanity. However, to be sure, He did all that was possible for Him to do at the time.

THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM

As we have previously stated, the Lord introduced the Sacrificial System immediately after the Fall of Adam and Eve, which caused them to be driven out of the Garden. He did so for many reasons, but the primary reason at the time was that they could have forgiveness of sins and fellowship with Him. However, it had to be through the Sacrificial System, which consisted of a lamb being offered as a whole Burnt Offering. The Fourth Chapter of Genesis sets the stage for the conflict between God’s Way, which is the Cross of Christ, and man’s way, which is that of his own concoctions. It has held true from then until now.

AN ILLUSTRATION

Sometime back a couple gave an Expositor’s Study Bible to their pastor. The pastor was involved in a particular denomination that did not like Jimmy Swaggart at all.

At any rate, the next Sunday morning following the Bible being given to him, he made the statement from behind the pulpit that, “Jesus didn’t pay it all at Calvary’s Cross.” Now, that’s an interesting statement!

My Grandson Gabriel was talking with the couple and they were asking him, “Should we leave this church and find another one?” “Unequivocally yes,” Gabriel quickly answered! In fact, as it regards most churches presently, the people would do better if they did not attend. One cannot sit under false doctrine and not be influenced by such, and in a very negative way. Untold millions are in Hell right now because of that very thing, and sadly, untold millions of others, in fact, the majority of the world’s present population, are on their way to that place of darkness.

There is nothing in the world worse than a false way of Salvation. Regrettably, if the Church omits the Cross, it has omitted God’s Way, and to be sure, there is no other way. To be blunt, it’s the Cross of Christ or it is Hell-fire. That’s the reason the great Apostle wrote to the Church at Corinth saying, “Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect(1 Cor 1:17 KJV). Paul wasn’t knocking Water Baptism; he was merely stating, and unequivocally so, that the emphasis must always be on the Cross of Christ and never other things, as worthwhile as those things may be in their own right. We should not forget that!

‘The Apostle was perplexed as to how the Galatians could have forsaken the Holy Spirit, substituting in His Place the cold issues of dead Law.’

Please remember, we aren’t speaking here of mundane matters, but rather, the destination of the eternal soul of man. To be sure, nothing is more important than that. Paul said a long time ago, and it holds true presentlyAm I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (A real friend is one who will tell his friend the truth, even though it hurts.)

They zealously affect you (speaks of the Judaizers attempting to subvert the Galatians in order to win them over to themselves), but not well (not for your good); yes, they would exclude you (they would shut the Galatians out from the benefits of the Gospel of Grace), that you might affect them (means to be drawn to their side).

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing (Paul wanted the Galatians to be as zealous over Christ and the Cross as it seems they were tending to be over false doctrine), and not only when I am present with you. (Their zeal for the right thing should be present at all times.)”

UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU

My little children (presents the language of deep affection and emotion), of whom I travail in birth again (deliver to you again the rudiments of the great Message of Christ and Him Crucified, as though you had never heard it to begin with) until Christ be formed in you (presents the work only the Holy Spirit can do, and does so exclusively within the parameters of the Sacrifice of Christ, which must always be the Object of our Faith),

I desire to be present with you now (as a loving parent wants to be at the side of a sick child), and to change my voice (refers to the fact that his true love for them would more profitably come through were he only standing before them in person); for I stand in doubt of you. (The Apostle was perplexed as to how the Galatians could have forsaken the Holy Spirit, substituting in His Place the cold issues of dead Law. Any Christian who presently has as his object of Faith anything but the Cross is following the same course as the Galatians of old)” (Gal 4:16-20 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

If the preacher is trying to please everybody, above all, he most definitely is not pleasing God. 

ANOTHER GOSPEL

The type of gospel of which Paul spoke was anything other than ‘Christ and Him Crucified.’

Concerning that, Paul also said:

The Apostle in speaking to the same Churches in Galatia saidI marvel that you are so soon removed from Him (the Holy Spirit) Who called you into the Grace of Christ (made possible by the Cross) unto another gospel (anything which doesn’t have the Cross as its Object of Faith): “Which is not another (presents the fact that Satan’s aim is not so much to deny the Gospel, which he can little do, as to corrupt it); but there be some who trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ (once again, to make the object of Faith something other than the Cross).”

ACCURSED

But though we (Paul and his associates), or an Angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you (Jesus Christ and Him Crucified), let him be accursed (eternally condemned; the Holy Spirit speaks this through Paul, making this very serious).

As we said before, so say I now again (at some time past, he had said the same thing to them, making their defection even more serious), If any man preach any other gospel unto you (anything other than the Cross) than that you have received (which Saved your souls), let him be accursed (‘eternally condemned,’ which means the loss of the soul).

For do I now persuade men, or God? (In essence, Paul is saying, ‘Do I preach man’s doctrine, or God’s?’) or do I seek to please men? (This is what false apostles do.) for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the Servant of Christ (one cannot please both men and God at the same time)” (Gal 1:6-10 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

WHAT TYPE OF OTHER GOSPEL?

The type of gospel of which Paul spoke was anything other than “Christ and Him Crucified.”

Please note the following carefully:

The Source of all blessings that we receive from God is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6 KJV; Col. 2:10-15 KJV).

The Cross of Christ, and the Cross of Christ alone, is the Means by which these things are given to us (Rom 6:3-5 KJV; 1 Cor 1:17, 18, 23 KJV; 1 Cor 2:2 KJV; Gal 6:14 KJV).

The Cross of Christ as the Object of our Faith, and the Cross of Christ alone as the Object of our Faith, is the way and, in fact, the only way that we can receive these things given to us, which Source is Christ and which Means is the Cross (Rom 5:1-2 KJV; Rom 6:1-14 KJV; Gal Chapter 5 KJV; Eph 2:13-18 KJV).

The Holy Spirit Alone is the arbiter as it regards our Faith and, in fact, everything we do (Rom 8:1-2, 11 KJV; Eph 2:13-18 KJV).

‘She thought Cain was the Promised One; she evidently didn’t realize that it was impossible for fallen man to bring forth the Promised Redeemer.’

Getting back to the pattern laid down at the very dawn of time, it quickly becomes apparent as to the difficulties faced by the Child of God. Living for the Lord is not a simple thing. The first three Chapters of Genesis give us the re-creation of this planet plus the creation of man and his ignominious Fall. Beginning with the Fourth Chapter of Genesis to the end of Revelation 22:21 KJV, instructions are given as to how to live for God. Considering the voluminous amount of information, it should give us an idea as to the complexity of this situation. As we’ve stated, and say it again, it’s not simple! As we have also stated, God has a way and man has a way.  They are forever at juxtaposition with each other.

A MAN FROM THE LORD

‘So we have in the persons of Cain and Abel, the first examples of a religious man of the world and a genuine man of Faith.’

Let’s see what this Fourth Chapter tells us:

And Adam knew Eve his wife (is the Biblical connotation of the union of husband and wife in respect to the sex act); and she conceived, and bore Cain (the first child born to this union, and would conclude exactly as the Lord said it would, with ‘sorrow’), and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD (by Eve using the title ‘LORD,’ which means ‘Covenant God,’ and which refers to the ‘Seed of the woman,’ [Gen 3:15 KJV], she thought Cain was the Promised One; she evidently didn’t realize that it was impossible for fallen man to bring forth the Promised Redeemer). “And she again bore his brother Abel (‘Abel’ means ‘vanity;’ Cain being the oldest, this shows that Eve by now had become disillusioned with her firstborn, undoubtedly seeing traits in him which she knew could not be of the Promised Seed; she was losing Faith in God.). And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground (both were honourable professions).”

AN OFFERING UNTO THE LORD?

And in process of time it came to pass (the phrase used here refers to a long indefinite period), that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. (This was probably the first offering that he brought, even though the Lord had explained to the First Family the necessity of the Sacrificial System, that is, if they were to have any type of communion with God and forgiveness of sins.

“There is evidence that Adam, at least for a while, offered up sacrifices. Cain knew the type of Sacrifice that the Lord would accept, but he rebelled against that admonition, demanding that God accept the labour of his hands, which, in fact, God could not accept. So we have in the persons of Cain and Abel, the first examples of a religious man of the world and a genuine man of Faith.)”

THE FIRSTLINGS OF THE FLOCK

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof (this is what God demanded; it was a blood sacrifice of an innocent victim, a lamb, which proclaimed the fact that Abel recognized his need of a Redeemer, and that One was coming Who would redeem lost humanity; the Offering of Abel was a Type of Christ and the price that He would pay on the Cross of Calvary in order for man to be redeemed). And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: (As stated, this was a Type of Christ and the Cross, the only Offering which God will respect. Abel’s Altar is beautiful to God’s Eye and repulsive to man’s. Cain’s altar is beautiful to man’s eye and repulsive to God’s. These ‘altars’ exist today; around the one that is Christ and His atoning Work, few are gathered, around the other, many. God accepts the slain lamb and rejects the offered fruit; and the offering being rejected, so of necessity is the offerer.)”

THE LORD HAD NO RESPECT FOR CAIN’S OFFERING

But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect (let us say it again, God has no respect for any proposed way of Salvation, other than ‘Jesus Christ and Him Crucified’ [1 Cor 1:23 KJV; 1 Cor 2:2 KJV]). And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell (that which filled Abel with peace filled Cain with wrath; the carnal mind displays its enmity against all this Truth which so gladdens and satisfies the heart of the Believer).

‘The first murder; Cain’s religion was too refined to kill a lamb, but not too cultured to murder his brother.’

And the LORD said unto Cain (God loves Cain, just as He did Abel, and wishes to bless him also), Why are you angry (Abel’s Altar speaks of Repentance, of Faith, and of the Precious Blood of Christ, the Lamb of God without blemish; Cain’s altar tells of pride, unbelief, and self-righteousness, which always illicits anger)? and why is your countenance fallen (anger, in one form or the other, accompanies self-righteousness, for that is what plagued Cain; God’s Righteousness can only come by the Cross, while self-righteousness is by dependence on works)?”

THE RIGHT SACRIFICE

If you do well, shall you not be accepted (if you bring the correct sacrifice, and thereby place your Faith)? and if you do not well, sin (a Sin-Offering) lies at the door (a lamb was at the door of the Tabernacle). And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him (the Lord promised Cain dominion over the Earth of that day, if he would only offer up, and place his trust in, the right Sacrifice; He promises the same presently to all who trust Christ [Mat. 5:5 KJV]).”

THE FIRST MURDER WAS CAUSED BY RELIGION

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and killed him (the first murder; Cain’s religion was too refined to kill a lamb, but not too cultured to murder his brother; God’s Way of Salvation fills the heart with love; man’s way of salvation inflames it with hatred; ‘Religion’ has ever been the greatest cause of bloodshed).

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel your brother? (Adam sins against God and Cain sins against man. In their united conduct, we have sin in all its forms, and that on the first page of human history.) And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper (He showed himself a ‘liar’ in saying, ‘I know not’; ‘wicked and profane’ in thinking he could hide his sin from God; ‘unjust’ in denying himself to be his brother’s keeper; ‘obstinate and desperate’ in not confessing his sin)?”

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

And He (God) said, What have you done (this concerns man’s sins, the fruit of his sinful nature)? The voice of your brother’s blood cries unto Me from the ground. (There is some Scriptural evidence that Cain cut his brother’s throat. Thus, with the first shedding of human blood, that ominous thought sprang up, divinely bestowed, that the Earth will grant no peace to the one who has wantonly stained her fair face with the life-stream of man)” (Gen 4:1-10 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

The Sacrificial System would continue until the First Advent of Christ, a time frame of approximately four thousand years. During that time, God raised up a people of which at least some of them among the group would have Faith in God and, thereby, serve Him. To be sure, Israel was raised up from the loins of Abraham and the womb of Sarah, but regrettably, even after they grew into a large nation, most of them did not live for God. In fact, they destroyed themselves by crucifying their Messiah and our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Irrespective, the price was paid, and the Blood of the Sacred Victim was shed in order that the fallen sons of Adam’s lost race could be Saved.

The song says:

“Millions have come,

“But there’s still room for one,

“There’s room at the Cross for you!”

WERE PEOPLE BORN-AGAIN BEFORE THE CROSS?

We must remember that while Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ, still, He operated under the Old Covenant.

Yes! People were Born-Again before the Cross, but they did not have nearly the privileges that we presently have since the Cross.

We must remember that while Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ, still, He operated under the Old Covenant. In other words, the happenings of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, took place under the auspices of the Old Covenant. Admittedly, those times were the doorway to the New Covenant but still were under the Old.

The New Covenant did not come about until the Lord gave its meaning to the Apostle Paul, which, in essence, is the meaning of the Cross. Even though the date is not certain, it is probable that, regarding Paul, this Revelation took place about the year A.D. 44 or 45.


Part II .


(Cont’d) WERE PEOPLE BORN-AGAIN BEFORE THE CROSS?

The New Covenant did not come about until the Lord gave its meaning to the Apostle Paul, which, in essence, is the meaning of the Cross.

For God so loved the world (presents the God kind of love), that He gave His Only Begotten Son (gave Him up to the Cross, for that’s what it took to redeem humanity), that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life(John 3:16 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

Yes! People were Born-Again before the Cross, but they did not have nearly the privileges that we presently have since the Cross.

We must remember that while Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ, still, He operated under the Old Covenant. In other words, the happenings of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, took place under the auspices of the Old Covenant. Admittedly, those times were the doorway to the New Covenant but still were under the Old.

The New Covenant did not come about until the Lord gave its meaning to the Apostle Paul, which, in essence, is the meaning of the Cross. Even though the date is not certain, it is probable that, regarding Paul, this Revelation took place about the year A.D. 44 or 45.

JESUS AND NICODEMUS

Jesus plainly told Nicodemus that for one to enter the Kingdom of God he had to be “Born-Again,” and remember, all of this was still functioning under the Old Covenant.

The following is the account of this particular meeting between our Lord and Nicodemus:

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus (said to have been one of the three richest men in Jerusalem), a Ruler of the Jews (a member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Israel):

The same came to Jesus by night (it is not known exactly as to why he came by night), and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a Teacher come from God (the pronoun ‘we’ could indicate that Nicodemus represented several members of the Sanhedrin; Nicodemus addresses Christ here as a man, and not as God; the Cross would change him): for no man can do these miracles that You do, except God be with Him (in this, he is correct!).”

YOU MUST BE BORN-AGAIN

Jesus answered and said unto him (presents an answer totally different from that which he expected), Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again (the term, ‘Born-Again,’ means that man has already had a natural birth, but now must have a Spiritual Birth, which comes by Faith in Christ, and what He has done for us at the Cross, and is available to all), he cannot see the Kingdom of God (actually means that without the New Birth, one cannot understand or comprehend the ‘Kingdom of God’).”

THE CONFUSED MIND OF NICODEMUS

‘Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.’

Nicodemus said unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? (This proclaims this spiritual leader of Israel as having no knowledge at all of what Jesus is saying. Had he truly been ‘Born-Again,’ he would have understood these terms.) can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? (It seems he did not know the language of the Prophets concerning circumcision of the heart [Deut 30:6 KJV; Jer 4:4 KJV], and concerning a hard heart and right spirit [Psalm 51:10 KJV; Ezek 36:26-27 KJV].)

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit (the phrase, ‘born of water,’ speaks of the natural birth, which Jesus says in the next Verse, and pertains to a baby being born; being ‘Born of the Spirit’ speaks of a Spiritual Birth, which is brought about by God Alone; and neither does it speak of Water Baptism), he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

BORN OF THE SPIRIT

That which is born of the flesh is flesh (has to do with the natural birth, and is illustrated, as stated, by the phrase, ‘born of water’); and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (has to do with that which is solely of God; the one [flesh] has no relationship to the other [Spirit] and cannot be joined).

Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again (evidently addresses itself to the surprise, which must have been registered on the countenance of Nicodemus).

The wind blows where it lists, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell from where it comes, and whither it goes (presents the way in which Jesus explains the ‘Born-Again’ experience; He likens it to the wind which comes and goes, but is impossible to tell exactly how): so is everyone who is born of the Spirit (it is a Spiritual Birth, so it cannot be explained intellectually).”

Under the Old Covenant the Holy Spirit could not come into the hearts and lives of Believers to dwell permanently.

HOW CAN THESE THINGS BE?

Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be? (Not being ‘Born-Again’ at this particular time, and despite his vast intelligence in other areas, he has no understanding of this great Truth; he is religious but lost!)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Are you a Master of Israel (was held in very high regard as one of the spiritual leaders of Israel), and knowest not these things? (As a spiritual leader, he should have known the way of Salvation, but the sad fact was he didn’t)” (John 3:1-10 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

In Old Testament Times, which spans all the way back to Adam and Eve, when a person expressed Faith in what the sacrifices represented, they were at that time “Born-Again.” There has never been but one way of Salvation, and it is the same for all people, and it is by Faith. However, it must be Faith in Christ, and in Old Testament Times, Faith was to be placed in what the sacrifices represented. People were Saved before the Cross by looking forward to that event; people are Saved after the Cross by looking backward to that event. As stated, even though people before the Cross were Born-Again, still, they did not have nearly the privileges that Born-Again Believers had and have after the Cross.

A BETTER COVENANT

Concerning this New Covenant, Paul saidBut now (since the Cross) has He (the Lord Jesus) obtained a more excellent Ministry (the New Covenant in Jesus’ Blood is superior, and takes the place of the Old Covenant in animal blood), by how much also He is the Mediator of a Better Covenant (proclaims the fact that Christ officiates between God and man according to the arrangements of the New Covenant), which was established upon better Promises. (This presents the New Covenant, explicitly based on the cleansing and forgiveness of all sin, which the Old Covenant could not do)” (Heb 8:6 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

UNDER THE OLD COVENANT

The following constitutes several things that Believers at that time did not have, which we presently  have.

They are:

Under the Old Covenant the Holy Spirit could not come into the hearts and lives of Believers to dwell permanently. It was because the sin debt could not be eradicated by animal blood. It served as an Atonement, but only in a stopgap measure. Now, due to the Cross paying the sin debt, and in totality, the Holy Spirit can come into the heart and life of the Believer, which He does at conversion, and there abide permanently (John 14:16 KJV).

Due to the fact that the Holy Spirit did not function in one’s heart and life before the Cross, there was no help in the sanctification process. In other words, there could be no Victory at that time over the sin nature. Presently, due to what Christ has done at the Cross, the Holy Spirit constantly helps us, actually requiring only one thing on our part. The requirement is that our Faith be placed explicitly in the Cross of Christ and no place else. The Holy Spirit, Who works exclusively within the parameters of the Finished Work of Christ, will work mightily on our behalf, which Old Testament Believers did not have.

Before the Cross, Believers did not have the Holy Spirit to help them and to intercede on their behalf, which we now have (Rom. 8:26).

Whenever Believers died under the Old Covenant, due to the fact that the sin debt remained, they were not taken to Heaven, but rather, went down into Paradise. They were there comforted, but still, they were captives of Satan. In other words, their being delivered from this place and actually made a captive of Christ, awaited the Cross. Now, since the Cross, when Believers pass away, they are instantly taken by Angels into the portals of Glory, there to be with the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 1:23 KJV).

Before the Cross, Believers did not have the Holy Spirit to help them and to intercede on their behalf, which we now have (Rom 8:26 KJV).

This is what Jesus was talking about when He said to His Disciples, “For He dwells with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17 KJV).

All of this, even as we’ve already stated, is why Jesus said that all who were in the New Covenant had greater privileges than John the Baptist, even though he was the greatest Prophet born of woman (Luke 7:28 KJV).

In effect, Jesus will now tell Nicodemus as to how this great Plan of Redemption will be brought about, making the animal sacrifices unnecessary. 

THE WORD OF GOD

‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.’

He said:Verily, verily, I say unto you, We speak that we do know (Jesus was speaking of the Triune Godhead, and as well of all the ‘Apostles and Prophets’; in essence, He is speaking of the Word of God, and is directing Nicodemus to that Source instead of tradition), and testify that we have seen (means that one can actually ‘see’ the fruit or benefits of this ‘Testimony,’ i.e., ‘The Word of God’); and you receive not our witness (has to do with the Jewish Sanhedrin).”

HEAVENLY THINGS

If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not (refers to the earthly type and events in the Bible, such as the Sacrifices and Feast Days, etc., which Nicodemus no doubt read many times, but was so blind that he did not see nor believe their lessons), how shall you believe, if I tell you of Heavenly things? (In effect, this tells us that if we are to know Jesus as God [Heavenly things], we must first know Jesus and the Incarnation [earthly things]. Nicodemus had addressed Jesus as merely a ‘Teacher.’ So, until he understands God becoming flesh and dwelling among men, he will not understand Heavenly things.)

And no man has ascended up to Heaven, but He Who came down from Heaven (He came down from Heaven and became Man, and approximately three and a half years later will ascend up to Heaven, when His Mission is complete), even the Son of Man which is in Heaven (better translated, ‘which is from Heaven’).”

THE SON OF MAN LIFTED UP

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (refers to Num 21:5-9 KJV; the ‘serpent’ represents Satan, who is the originator of sin, who must be defeated, and was defeated at Calvary’s Cross), even so must the Son of Man be lifted up (refers to Christ being lifted up on the Cross, which alone could defeat Satan and sin):

That whosoever (destroys the erroneous hyper-Calvinistic explanation of predestination that some are predestined to be Saved, while all others are predestined to be lost; the word ‘whosoever’ means that none are excluded from being lost, and none are excluded from being Saved) believes in Him (believes in Christ and what He did at the Cross; otherwise, one would perish) should not perish, but have Eternal Life (the Life of God, the Ever-Living One, Who has life in Himself, and Alone has immortality).”

FAITH

In other words, it is the Cross of Christ that made it possible for the Holy Spirit to come to this world in a totally new dimension.

For God so loved the world (presents the God kind of love), that He gave His Only Begotten Son (gave Him up to the Cross, for that’s what it took to redeem humanity), that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world (means that the object of Christ’s Mission was to save, but the issue to those who reject Him must and can only be condemnation); but that the world through Him might be saved (Jesus Christ is the only Salvation for the world; there is no other! as well, He is Salvation only through the Cross; consequently, the Cross must ever be the Object of our Faith)” (John 3:11-17 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT REGARDING THE DEATH OF CHRIST

As we have previously stated, the Holy Spirit functioned in Christ to such an extent that Jesus, while on the Cross, did not die until the Holy Spirit told Him to die.

Concerning this, the Scripture saysHow much more shall the Blood of Christ (while the sacrifice of animals could cleanse from ceremonial defilement, only the Blood of Christ could cleanse from actual sin; so that throws out every proposed solution other than the Cross), Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God (in this phrase, we learn Christ did not die until the Holy Spirit told Him to die; in fact, no man took His Life from Him; He laid it down freely [John 10:17-18 KJV]; as well, the fact that Jesus ‘offered Himself without spot to God’ shoots down the unscriptural doctrine that ‘Jesus died Spiritually’ on the Cross; had He died Spiritually, meaning He became a sinner on the Cross, He could not have offered Himself without spot to God, as should be obvious; God could only accept a Perfect Sacrifice; when He died on the Cross, He took upon Himself the sin penalty of the human race, which was physical death; inasmuch as His Offering of Himself was Perfect, God accepted it as payment in full for all sin – past, present, and future, at least for those who will believe [John 3:16 KJV]), purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God? (‘Dead works’ are anything other than simple Faith in the Cross of Christ, i.e., ‘the Blood of Christ’)” (Heb 9:14 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

When Jesus died on the Cross, He satisfied the demands of a thrice-Holy God, and did so by giving Himself as a perfect Sacrifice, thereby, taking upon Himself the sin penalty of the human race, at least for all who will believe. When He did this, He atoned for all sin, past, present and future, again, for all who will believe (John 3:3, 16 KJV).

By atoning for all sin, this made it possible for the Holy Spirit to come into the heart and life of the Believer at conversion, which He definitely does, and there to abide forever (John 14:16-17 KJV). In other words, it is the Cross of Christ that made it possible for the Holy Spirit to come to this world in a totally new dimension. That’s how important that the Cross of Christ was and is! That’s why the Cross of Christ is the Foundation of the Faith. That’s why the Cross of Christ must ever be the Object of our Faith, even on a daily basis (Luke 9:23 KJV; Luke 14:27 KJV).

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“Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound,
“That Saved a wretch like me!
“I once was lost, but now am found,
“Was blind, but now I see.”
“’Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear,
“And Grace, my fears relieved;
“How precious did that Grace appear,
“The Hour I first believed!”
“Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
“I have already come;
“‘Tis Grace hath bro’t me safe thus far,

“And Grace will lead me home.”
“The Lord has promised good to me,
“His Word my hope secures,
“He will my shield and portion be,
“As long as life endures.”
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
“Bright shining as the Sun,
“We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
“Than when we’ve first begun.”

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(This message was derived from the book, “Brother Swaggart, Here Is My Question About The Holy Spirit”.)

Scriptures from: (The Expositor’s Study Bible)[KJV/ESB]. iPad & iPhone & Hard Copy: by Jimmy Swaggart.

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