I’ve got a question. The Bible tells that I was “dead in sin” (Ephesians 2:1,5), but that I, on the other hand, needed to die with Christ (Romans 6). How is it possible to die with Christ, when I’m already dead (as a non-Christian)? Are different events being described?
Your Quote: It has nothing to do with baptism by fire... and yadda yadda yadda... dont pay any attention to that. You received Holy Spirit baptism when you were saved. Without it you couldnt be saved. There are those who dont believe that, and they are wrong. There are those who seek "signs and wonders", but the Bible warns that many will come in the last days with signs and wonders and deceiving many. This is a interesting opinion, what is your biblical reference for this "specific" issue. I am not "seeking signs and wonders" but evidence of being "baptized" in the Holy Spirit. Please then expound on the following verse...Act 19:1 It was while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul passed through the inland districts and came to Ephesus. He found a few disciples there Act 19:2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered him, "No, we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Act 19:3 He then asked, "Then into what were you baptized?" They answered, "Into John's baptism." Act 19:4 Then Paul said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." Act 19:5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Act 19:6 When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in tongues and to prophesy. Act 19:7 There were about twelve men in all. Act 8:12 But when Philip proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, men and women believed and were baptized. Act 8:13 Even Simon believed, and after he was baptized he became devoted to Philip. He was amazed to see the signs and great miracles that were happening. Act 8:14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. Act 8:15 They went down and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Act 8:16 Before this he had not come on any of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Act 8:17 Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. andAct 9:17 So Ananias left and went to that house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were traveling, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." in conjuction with...Act 26:12 "That is how I happened to be traveling to Damascus with authority based on a commission from the high priests. Act 26:13 On the road at noon, O King, I saw from heaven a light that was brighter than the sun flash around me and those who were traveling with me. Act 26:14 All of us fell to the ground, and I heard a voice asking me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me? It is hurting you to keep on kicking against the goads.' Act 26:15 I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' The Lord answered, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Act 26:16 But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for the very purpose of appointing you to be a servant and witness of what you have seen and of what I will show you. Act 26:17 I will continue to rescue you from your people and from the gentiles to whom I am sending you. Act 26:18 You will open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan's control to God, so that they might receive the forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' Act 26:19 "And so, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. Act 26:20 Instead, I first told the people in Damascus and Jerusalem, then the whole countryside of Judea, and then the gentiles to repent, turn to God, and practice works that are consistent with such repentance. All of these verses show that people were saved first and followed after with the filling of the Holy Spirit. Show us 1 verse that shows that we recieve the Holy Spirit at salvation. In Love with a open mind, William P.S. I will supply you at no charge a 7 part, down loadable series that reveals from a theological persective the truth of this matter, do you have the courage to listen?
_________________Apostle William Thomas Anderson
wanderson,This is very interesting topic you bring up. I don't want to discourage you from posting your thoughts, but this is not the topic of this thread :-) . For this thread let's stick with "How can I die with Christ, when I'm dead in sin? (as a non-Christian)".I would encourage you though to start a new thread on the topic you wish to talk about :-D . I would be interested to see how it goes. Thanks,In Christ,Jeremy HulseyPreachParsley has started a thread for this topic. Here's the link:[url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=4410&forum=36]Baptism/infilling of spirit[/url]Thank you bro.
Dear brothers,Thanks for all the comments so far. It is becoming very clear to me now, as God is revealing it to me through simply reading His word, but also through the lovely help you all have offered. Thanks so much!You see, I dont question the reality of it, because it definitely has taken place in my life. As I understand it now, its actually rather simple (as everything is, when Christ reveals it!). Shoot me if Im wrong
but as far as I can understand right now
God is speaking about different kinds of death. Death in relation to God and a relationship with Him. Death to our nature, ruined through sin, which happens when we turn to Christ (described in Romans 6). Yes! I understand it now! [b]But now I do have another question, if Im allowed to ask this question.[/b] [i]In Romans 6 it says that our old man is crucified with Christ, but in Ephesians 4 it says that we should put off the old man. It seems like Romans 6 is a one-time-event, while in Ephesians 4 this seems to be a day-to-day decision. How can that be?[/i]I have some thoughts about it, but it isnt becoming quite clear to me yet, so I just wanted to ask this question straightforward. But to end this post
Thanks Ron for referring to the chapter Death of your book. I had already read it some time ago, but its pretty clear
Thanks to other Ron (InTheLight) as well. Let me tell you brother. Your posts are always so clear and an enlightenment (hmmm..dont know if thats a word, but I hope you get what I mean).Krispy
Stick to the Bible!
But now I do have another question, if Im allowed to ask this question.
This thread started to change so quickly that I was afraid you would not get your question answered properly before we all took off in a different direction. That's why I suggested starting a new thread
You wrote:"Show us 1 verse that shows that we recieve the Holy Spirit at salvation."1 verse? John 20:22 declares what you are looking for.The Holy Spirit was breathed into them and if you'll take note it speaks LITERALLY of a definate act of reception AT THAT MOMENT.They DID receive the Spirit of God at Salvation and the FILLING came in Acts 2.Refer to "Full Life Study Bible" for more...Chow