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  • Galatians 5:22-23 Job 32:8 There are many more but I think those should do. Trying to explain it to some one that has never felt it would be like trying to explain what salt tastes like to someone that never tasted it before.
  • It's different for each person and it's different each time you're filled with Him. I'm afraid that no one can tell you what it's going to feel like for you.
  • It feels like my body is lifted with its clean spirit and faith. It feels warmer inside your body, and have a sense of tranquility.
  • It is indeed an indescribable experience, if you can somehow imagine a fire burning inside you, but not in a destructive way, but giving the most beautiful feeling you could ever imagine. It is a completely internal sensation. It is the ultimate human, life giving, life changing experience. It is also unforgettable, its afterglow last a lifetime. Fire, that never goes out…
  • I think it is different for different people. Some people have a "fire"-like experience. I felt an exhilaration beyond measure, something which made me want to go and tell everyone how good God was.
  • It's like this intense feeling that starts in the pit of your stomach almost like when your nervous except from there it quickly spreads to your entire body
  • It feels like the happiest most worm,comforting feeling anyone could ever experience.You will never find another feeling to match it.
  • it's the most amazing experience. you can just feel God's presence all over you.
  • It feels like an intense feeling of electricity going through your body. It is the most amazing beautiful feeling. I once had a pastor pray over me and I felt the holy spirit and it was so beautiful I cried.
  • Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the most wonderful experience that has happened in my life. Just let the Holy Spirit guide you, you smile for no reason. For me I feel goosebumbs all over my body. Its so amazing that you want the spirit to guide through everthing you do, and you don't want to do anything that hurts the spirit. God Bless You, Yareni
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  • Feel like??? Emotionally??? Here is the Doctrine on Emotions that may help. Enjoy! John DOCTRINE OF EMOTIONS EMOTIONS A. Definition and Description. 1. Introduction. a. In planning the creation of mankind, God said, "Let us make mankind in our shadow-image according to our likeness," Gen 1:26. When God said that, He could not have possibly been talking about emotion, since there is no evidence for emotion in the essence of God. Emotion was added by God to the essence of our soul as a free and gratuitous addition to the shadow-image, but not a part of the shadow-image. God does not possess emotion as a divine attribute; therefore, God is not emotional in His relationship with rational creatures. Therefore, emotion is only used of God as an anthropopathism to express a divine policy or attitude in human language and viewpoint, which God does not have. Anthropopathism is designed to explain to mankind in human language divine policy on the sovereign decisions of God related to the integrity of God with emphasis on His divine righteousness, His divine justice, and His divine love. (1) Emotion is not a part of man's soul, but the result of the function of the human soul. Emotion, like the sin nature, is not a part of the soul. The function of the human soul can produce both good and bad emotion. Emotion is an image reflection of good emotion from the stream of consciousness or bad emotion from the sin nature. Bad emotion and the sin nature are trying to conquer the soul. Neither the old sin nature nor emotion are in the soul. Emotion is not the image of God, but the image of mankind. Both emotion and the sin nature attack the soul. The sin nature attacks the soul from the outside from the body, while bad emotion attacks the soul from the inside the soul mirror reflection. (a) Good emotion includes longsuffering toward someone, the bearing of injustice or misfortune, handling provocatio or annoyance or pain without complaint or loss of temper or irrationality; therefore, composure under stress based on the application of advanced stages of the spiritual life. Good emotion can only exist where cognition precedes it. (b) Virtue-love is not swayed by emotion, 1 Cor 13:4. (2) In the garden of Eden, perfect mankind functioned under four shadow-image principles (self-consciousness I am, sel-perception I think, volitional options I ought, and self-determination I will) resulting in good emotion. Good emotion was added by God as an appreciator of the things in the soul. (3) Emotion is what is experienced as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness. Emotion is part of the essence of the soul. The soul resides in the brain. Evidence of this is given by the electrical impulses of the electroencephalogram. Emotion has two functions in life as a part of the soul a normal and an abnormal function. The emotions of the soul are designed to respond to what is in the mentality of the soul. (4) As a result of perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness through the filling of the Holy Spirit, the believer responds in appreciation to God. That is good emotion. Good emotion came in the Garden of Eden before bad emotion, which came after the fall of man. (5) Emotion is a result of cognition. Emotion is not a part of the spiritual life. We are not spiritual because we feel spiritual. The spiritual life is the cognition and function of the spiritual mechanics revealed in the word of God, and it produces the purpose of the spiritual life to reflect the integrity of God. (a) There was good emotion in the Garden of Eden, but it was not a part of the shadow©image of God. The man and the woman in the garden of Eden with perfect, good emotion appreciated: their environment, their perfect marriage and perfect sex in marriage, Bible doctrine taught by Jesus Christ, the integrity of God. For example, Adam had perfect good emotion when he saw the woman for the first time and had sex with her. What God designed in mankind in the garden was to produce a shadow integrity that would be similar to the holiness or integrity of God. Emotion was added to appreciate that integrity. (b) Bad emotion began at the original sin and has continued throughout human history. Bad emotion was very much in evidence in the original sin of man. Bad emotion came in the form of tremendous guilt after the original sin. Bad emotion continued when Adam was afraid of the Lord, when He came looking for Adam, Gen 3:10. b. Emotion related to the person of Jesus Christ is confined to His human nature in hypostatic union. There is no emotion in His divine nature, only in His human nature. When Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, that was good emotion from His human nature. Because of the impeccability of Jesus Christ, He experienced only good emotion. While there is no emotion in the deity of Christ, there is perfect emotion in the humanity of Christ. c. Why do theologians have such a predilection for assigning emotion to God? Because of failure to understand anthropopathic revelation of God in the word of God and failure to understand divine love as a characteristic of divine integrity. d. The other parts of the soul include self-consciousness, volition, and the mentality or self-perception of the two frontal lobes. Emotion is the female part of the soul and responds to the right lobe, the male part. e. Category two love illustrates the relationship between the emotion and the right lobe. f. The right lobe possesses a frame of reference which is designed for thought, the memory center, vocabulary and categorical storage, the conscience, the momentum department, the wisdom department, and the subconscious. The right lobe possesses what is really you. You are what you think. The right lobe also contains the norms and standards. Inside the right lobe of the soul is everything that should dominate emotion, so that emotion can become what it was designed to be by God an appreciator of things. g. The heart contains all thought and standards. The emotion contains nothing. KOILIA, the Greek word for the emotions, means something that is empty, or hollow. Emotion is something empty and waiting to respond. Emotion contains no doctrine, no thought, no common sense, and no ability to reason. If emotion controls the soul you can't think or apply doctrine to life. h. The emotions are the appreciator of the soul. By function, the emotions respond to the right lobe. The emotion is strictly a responder. It contains feeling. It is like an empty bag lined with sensitivity. It is sensitive to music, art, drama, the opposite sex, etc. i. Emotion is not designed to assume authority over the soul, but is designed to be dominated by the right lobe. j. Emotion has no ability to love. Thus, emotional revolt produces homosexuals and lesbians. k. Capacity for life is related to the right lobe, thought, not the emotions. You can enjoy life only by running your emotions with your thought. l. While certain portions of the anatomy double for parts of the soul in the Bible, it is not difficult to distinguish the essence of the soul from the physiological anatomy of the body. The Greek word KARDIA means heart always refers to the area of thought in the soul. English words used in the Bible to describe the emotions include: bowels, belly, reins. m. Anatomy in the languages of the ancient world always doubled for the functions of the soul, because they did not have in ancient languages a psychological vocabulary. n. As there are two kidneys, two fat pads, so there are two emotions. This could break the right man right woman analogy, implying two women for one man. However, the one woman, emotion, has two parts. o. Both reins respond to the heart: the left rein is the capacity for spiritual life and therefore responds to spiritual phenomena in the right lobe; the right rein is the capacity for temporal life and therefore responds to human or temporal phenomena in the right lobe. p. Positive response to the heart produces the spectrum of happiness, from tranquility to ecstatics, in the emotions. Happiness is there because of doctrine. But how do you know it's there? Emotions tell you, because of all the responses from the emotions, a whole spectrum of responses. q. Negative response to the heart produces the spectrum of misery: the back-up of mental attitude sins, revolt of the emotions, psychosis, instability of wide emotional swings, because the emotions take over control, become the aggressor, and dictate to the right lobe. This cuts off doctrine, because all usable doctrine is in the right lobe. After awhile, the whole function of the soul is backed-up with mental attitude sins and emotions controlling every area of the soul: self-consciousness, mentality, volition, conscience. The spectrum of misery includes mental attitude sins, lust patterns, and human good. r. Since the emotions of the soul were never designed to dominate the soul, wide emotional swings demonstrate the inability of the emotion to dominate! Emotions can be feminine or "witchy." The garden was perfect until the woman took over and dominated the man; then the Fall occurred. However, you should neither suppress the woman nor your emotions. s. Only in the right lobe exists frame of reference, memory center, viewpoint, norms and standards, and doctrine. None of these exist in the emotion, which is designed only to respond to these things. 2. Definition. a. Emotion is defined as an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate is experienced as distinguished from cognitive and a volitional state of the conciousness. Emotion is what is experienced as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness. Emotions are a stimuli for action, and therefore must be regarded as a form of human energy. b. Emotional stress, for example, causes people to act on impulse. The emotion of fear, also a sin, causes flight. The emotion of disgust causes repulsion. The emotion of anger causes violence. c. Instincts are reflex behavior based on emotion rather than on thought. Emotions are affects or feeling functions. If how you feel becomes the criterion for your life, you will never be able to execute God's plan as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. d. Emotion is defined as a complex, biological, physiological process, or function concerned with somatic expression or feeling. e. Emotion appears when there is some bar to soothe and complete execution or satisfaction of one's instincts, and this stimulates the vegetative nervous system and feelings. f. Emotion is the basis for the thymopathic behavior, or that which is called in psychology "the disturbance of effects." g. Many believers today have become neurotic and psychotic simply because they have intruded into God's plan with a human form of energy called emotion. h. Emotion can be normal or abnormal. The purpose of normal emotion is to respond to various things in our souls by way of norms and standards. i. There are two categorical functions of the emotions: the conscious sensations of the emotions of the soul, and the effects of emotions on the organic function of the body, especially the nervous system. The first is a mechanism of emotions in the brain; the second is a parasympathetic effect of the transmission of too many or too few motor nerve impulses to the muscles of the body. j. The prefrontal lobes, called the cortical areas of the brain, are associated with thought, motives, and decisions. Normal emotions respond to these thoughts in the prefrontal lobes. In cases where prefrontal lobes have been removed, individuals are still capable of emotional activity, and are very unstable. In other words, emotional activity can occur without the presence of thought! The removal of the cortex does not eliminate emotional reactions. Emotion without thought is a tragic complication in life. k. In other words, emotion can respond to thought, but emotion can also function without thought. When emotion functions without thought, that is abnormal emotional activity. This is called emotional instability. It comes and goes with extreme rapidity. l. Normal functions of the emotion include pleasure or entertainment, excitement, appreciation. But these normal emotion functions must not be correlated with the enabling ministry of God the Holy Spirit inside the divine dynasphere when it comes to the spiritual life. m. Emotion is related to human power and influence, but never to divine power and the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, which is the basis for fulfilling God's will, plan, and purpose. n. Believers who make emotion the criterion for their spiritual life generally have four basic problems. (1) Such a believer makes a god out of his emotions, Phil 3:18f. When emotion becomes your god, you're ripe for the tongues movement. (2) Such a believer's emotional pattern distracts him from the execution of the protocol plan of God, Rom 16:17-18. (3) Therefore, emotion hinders post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation; i.e., the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, 2 Cor 6:11-12. (4) Such a believer's unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is the basis for criminality, violence, hatred, anger, total involvement in the arrogance complex, which means bitterness, vindictiveness, jealousy, implacability, self-pity, guilt reaction. So there is a very close relationship between the arrogance complex and emotional sin. (5) Such a believer's unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is related to the five great categorical problems of life, especially number two: fear. o. Under the protocol plan of God for the Church Age, emotions are not adequate guides for motives, thoughts, decisions, and actions of the believer. p. Emotions are not tools of cognition nor criteria for life. Therefore, emotions are not designed as problem solving devices. q. Therefore, the Church Age believer must learn to distinguish between post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation as the means of executing God's plan, will, and purpose; and emotional experience, which can be normal in appreciation response in response, or it can be abnormal and not related at all to the Christian way of life. r. Normal emotional experience results in subordinating the emotion to the intellect. Abnormal emotional experience results in either subordinating the intellect to the emotion, or the emotion bypassing the norms and standards of God's plan for your life. s. Abnormal emotional experience may express itself in the many areas of pseudo©spirituality, or in ecstatic experience which has absolutely nothing to do with the filling of the Spirit or the now defunct gift of tongues. t. Abnormal emotional experience may express itself in emotional sins, like hatred, fear, worry, anxiety, and become the motivation for violence, murder, gossiping, maligning, inordinate ambition, and the inordinate competition of running down other people in order to promote yourself. u. The emotional activity of fear, worry, anxiety has no cognitive self©confidence from Bible doctrine. Therefore, it has no doctrinal conceptualism, which means the believer becomes a loser and unstable. There is no function of problem©solving devices in the life of such a believer. v. The sinful activity of anger, hatred, fear, worry, anxiety promotes arrogance, and undermines the momentum of God's plan, purpose, and will for your life. w. Momentum is related to the function of problem©solving devices, such as rebound, the filling of the Spirit, the faith©rest drill, grace orientation, doctrinal orientation, personal love for God (occupation with Christ), impersonal love for all mankind, sharing the happiness of God (+H), a personal sense of destiny, and occupation with the person of Christ. 3. Application. a. There is no spiritual activity in emotion. It is a normal or abnormal physiological or psychological activity, but how you feel has nothing to do with your spiritual status. How you feel has nothing to do with any factor in the spiritual life. b. If you take your emotions and ecstatic experiences and try to intrude them into God's plan, you have entered into a form of blasphemy. c. Under some conditions, the use of doctrine in recall or application often causes an emotional response. You are using your thinking to recall, apply, and metabolize a doctrine, and your emotion so responds; that is normal. d. But when you become involved in that evil which makes emotion the criterion for the spiritual life, as do the Pentecostals and holy rollers, you are grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit. You are not utilizing the power of God. e. There is no divine power in emotion. The power is in thought, and that thought must be Bible doctrine. f. Certain kinds of emotions are sins, such as anger, rage, fear, anxiety. Hate is an emotion, irrational, and a sin. These sinful emotions are abnormal. Hatred, resentment, dejection, defeat are emotional activities based on the function of the hypothalamic area, causing greater parasympathetic and sympathetic activity. g. Elation and ecstatics are not related to the filling of the Spirit; they are psychological or physiological activities. h. The application of nothing to something is nothing. You cannot apply emotion or its results (anger, fear, worry, hatred, anxiety, murder) to the problems of life and come up with solutions. All you have by applying these emotional sins to the problems of life is nothing, or worse, the manufacture of greater problems, such as murder. 4. Description. a. The New Testament uses several Greek words for emotion. (1) KOILIA is identified with the solar plexus, a part of the central nervous system. It is often translated "stomach." It originally meant some kind of hollow. Hypocrates, a physician, used this word for both the stomach and womb, but he did not correctly identify it as the solar plexus, which is often confused with the stomach. (2) SPLAGNON represents the parasympathetic and sympathetic effects of emotion. It is the word for intestines, often translated "guts" or "entrails." But it means feelings and affections. (3) The noun NEPHROS is translated "reins" in the King James Version. It refers to kidneys or the fat pads of the kidneys. It's used to designate emotions, because the fat pads of the kidneys are used to protect the kidneys and the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete many hormones, including adrenalin or epinephrin, which is the emotional hormone of "flight, fright, fight." b. Intense elation accompanied by an attitude of grandeur often shifts to irritability, indicating the instability of emotional activity without the protection and the guidance of a greater power. c. Ecstasy is an emotional mood often associated with spirituality. But you can be either ecstatic or depressed but still be spiritual. The filling of the Spirit is entirely separate from your emotions and must be separated from them in your thinking. d. From ecstasy there is also a tranquil sense of power which is often associated or identified with the spiritual life; but it isn't. Ecstasy represents maximum wish fulfillment, but it is not related in any way to the spiritual life. e. Depression and overconcern with personal problems is an emotional function in which the believer is in the cosmic system, minus doctrine and minus the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. f. Emotion never represents either spirituality or any function related to divine omnipotence. Emotion has no spiritual connotation. g. Tension is the function of emotion in both restlessness and dissatisfaction. Anxiety is heightened or disrupted tension, an emotional state minus any doctrine. h. Fear and panic are emotional. Panic is not merely a high degree of fear, but fear based on prolonged tension. i. Insecurity from ignorance of doctrine is emotional, not spiritual. Depersonalization is the emotion or feeling of unreality which so many believers seem to have today. j. Awareness of emotion is probably located in the thalamus, in conjunction with the frontal lobes. Therefore, emotion is physiological, but not spiritual. k. Emotion is related to human power under certain conditions, or human failure under certain conditions, but it is never a part of divine power. 5. Problems and mechanics of emotions. a. Neglect or rejection of Bible doctrine results in many sins related to the emotional pattern of the soul. For example, fear is a complex system of emotional sins with two modus operandi. (1) Worry, anxiety, and guilt come from fear; they are the manifestation of fear. Fear is lack of thinking under pressure. Fear is the believer's failure to apply doctrine to the problems of life, of suffering, of disaster, and of failure. (a) The more things you surrender to fear, the greater the expansion of your fear or the more things you come to fear. (b) The extent to which you surrender to fear you increase the power of fear in your life. The greater the power of fear in your life, the greater the irrationality. The greater the irrationally the sooner you get into mental illness. (c) The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the more vulnerable you become to all of the disastrous things that result from being in the permissive will of God rather than the directive will of God. (2) Hatred, anger, violence, and murder also come from fear. (3) Scriptures related to fear as an illustration of sin: Ps 56:3; 2 Tim 1:7; 1 Jn 4:18. (4) Fear causes you to run to other believers for counsel. No believer can apply doctrine through the mind of another. No believer can apply doctrine to his experience while in a state of fear. (5) Emotion is irrational when it controls the soul. b. Emotion is not a criterion for Christian experience. However, there are two categories of emotion in the spiritual life. (1) Normal emotion under the authority of the right lobe of the soul responds to your thinking. (2) Abnormal emotion, which is emotion controlling the right lobe of the soul. This is what causes all of the problems of the believer under the permissive will of God, i.e., the believer out of fellowship. c. Emotion is the feeling reflex of the soul. (1) Emotion is a responder to the content of the soul. (2) Emotion was never designed by God to replace the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit as our teacher. (3) Emotion is neither the criterion for the spiritual life or the reality of the spiritual life. You are never spiritual because you are emotional. (4) Therefore, since emotion is neither a tool for cognition of Bible doctrine or the criterion for the spiritual life, it can never be the reality of the spiritual life, and above all emotion is not a problem solving device. Emotion produces sins such as guilt and fear. (5) The believer must distinguish between normal function of emotion as a good responder to the values of life and the sinful function of emotion as a reaction to life. As a responder emotion enhances appreciation for what is noble and honorable in life. But emotion as a reactor produces sin, dead works, evil, the emotional revolt of the soul. (6) (6) As a system of response and feeling, emotion does not contain the following. (a) Emotion does not contain thought. (b) Emotion does not contain the ability to reason. (c) Emotion does not contain common sense. (d) Emotion does not contain vocabulary as a tool for mental function. (e) Emotion has no doctrinal content. d. Emotional arrogance includes the following blasphemies: you are not saved unless you feel saved; you are not spiritual unless you feel spiritual. (1) This is a part of the irrationality of emotional revolt of the soul. (2) Emotional arrogance converts reality into illusion, and unreality into even hallucination. Emotional arrogance results in the fear pattern, which destroys the soul. e. Emotion is related to human power and influence, but never to divine power and influence. f. Under the protocol plan of God for the Church Age, emotions are not adequate guides for motivation, thinking, decisions, or actions. g. The Church Age believer must learn to distinguish between post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation as the means of executing the protocol plan of God and the emotional experience, which can be normal or abnormal. (1) Normal emotions experience results in the subordination of the emotions to the intellect. Abnormal emotional experience results in either subordinating the intellect to the emotion or the emotion by-passing the norms and standards you have developed from doctrine. (2) Abnormal emotional experience may express itself in pseudo-spirituality, ecstatic experience (which has nothing to do with the filling of the Spirit), emotional sins. B. The believer out of line with his emotions is described in the New Testament. 1. Emotion become the god of the believer in emotional revolt of the soul. Phil 3:18-19, "For many believers keep walking [in the cosmic system], concerning whom I have communicated to you many times and now communicate even though weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose destiny is destruction [sin unto death], whose god is their emotions, whose fame comes by means of their dishonor, who keep on thinking about earthly things [propaganda of the cosmic system]." 2. Rom 16:17-18, "Now I urge you brethren, be alert for those who are causing dissensions and apostasies contrary to the doctrine which you have learned. For such believers do not obey our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own emotions, serving themselves; and by their smooth and flattering speech [human power] they deceive the right lobes of the stupid." a. You cannot obey the Lord Jesus Christ and execute the protocol plan of God through emotional activity. b. We all have normal emotions, but it is not a part of our spiritual life; it is a part of our natural life. The spiritual life functions on divine power only. 3. Emotions are a hindrance to the perception of doctrine. 2 Cor 6:11-12, "O you Corinthians, our mouth has been opened face to face with you because our right lobes have been enlarged [studying before teaching Bible doctrine]; therefore, you have not been hindered by us, but you have been hindered by your own emotions." a. The Corinthians had received teaching from Paul, Apollos, Timothy, and Titus. b. They had been hindered in their spiritual growth, not by the content of the messages, but because they had switched from divine power to human power: their emotions. By so doing, they had negated everything related to divine power. C. Emotions are under divine scrutiny.œ 1. Rev 2:23, "Furthermore, I will execute her followers by means of death, and so all the churches will know that I am He who investigates the emotions and the right lobe, and I will administer punishment to each one according to your activities." a. Though not spiritual, emotions to be normal must relate to the right lobe. The right lobe is the place of metabolized doctrine; both its understanding and its application. b. "Punishment according to your activities" refers to making your emotions a criterion for the spiritual life; basing your spiritual life on how you feel rather than what the Word of God says. 2. Ps 7:9, "For the righteous God tests the right lobes and the emotions [reins]." If emotion responds to the right lobe you have a normal soul. If emotion controls the soul you have an abnormal situation. God tests to see if the soul is normal or not. Ps 26:2, "Test my emotions and my right lobe." Jer 11:20, 17:10, 20:12; Rev 2:23. 3. Why does God test the emotions? a. In every one of the above verses, there is in effect an anthropomorphism; otherwise this would mean God doesn't really know what's going on in your soul until he runs a check on you. God does not test your soul and its emotions at some specific time. But His omniscience knew billions of years ago the status of your soul at any point in your life. But it's communicated to us through an anthropomorphism. b. You cannot strap it on God. He read your tape billions of years ago; you can never hide anything from Him. This should relax you. c. The condition of your soul is known to God at all times, in time, and in eternity past where there was no time. d. Testing is used as an anthropomorphism to determine your capacity for life. God wants you to have maximum capacity for life. Therefore, to challenge you to capacity for life God says He tests your reins and your heart. e. Since capacity for life is based on the amount of doctrine in your right lobe, testing your reins refers to testing the response of your emotions to this information. f. Frame of reference elicits bonified response in both reins, in both spiritual and temporal life. g. With doctrine, your norms and standards become compatible with God's norms and standards. When situations occur that cause this realization, you have an emotional response, in both spiritual and temporal areas. h. Doctrine produces divine viewpoint which stimulates both reins. D. Scriptural Words for Emotions. 1. The "bowels" are used to designate the emotions. Gen 43:30; 1 Kg 3:26; Jer 4:19, 31:20; Lam 1:20, 2:11; Phil 1:8; Phile 12,20. a. The bowels are a portion of the anatomy that is empty but filled with something. The bowels are filled with the waste of the body. b. Gen 43:30, family love stirred his emotions to the point of weeping. Weeping is an emotional response; it has no thought. c. Jer 4:19, Jeremiah fills his right lobe with disturbing thoughts and his emotions respond. d. Lam 2:11, the liver is the emotion under normal conditions. But it is turned inside out because he no longer has normal emotions, because of the destruction of the nation. e. In Phil 1:8, Paul recalls the Philippians and appreciates their response to doctrine. This elicited a response in his emotions. f. In Phile 20, Paul is saying that if he frees this runaway slave, it will refresh his emotions. 2. The "belly" is designated as the emotion in Prov 13:25, 18:8, 26:22; Rom 16:17-18; Phil 3:19. a. In Prov 18:18, the person who listens to gossip is emotionally stimulated by listening to all the horrible things about someone of whom they are jealous. They respond to gossip, but it produces wounds in the soul like a peptic ulcer. b. When you rejoice over the tragedies of someone, you are jealous of them and only end up producing an ulcer in your own soul. This emotional activity of gloating over someone you can't stand only destroys you. 3. The "reins" are used to designate the emotions. a. Reins is an old English word for the kidneys. The Hebrew word KILJAH refers to the fat pads which cover the kidneys and adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete the hormone epinephrine which is the fright, flight, or fight hormone. It increases blood to the muscles, cardiac output and glucose to the muscles. It is stimulated by the emotions. Ps 139:13; Prov 23:16; Jer 12:12, 20:12 E. The advancing believer has a normal soul in which the right lobe dominates, Jer 11:20, 17:10.œ 1. The emotions must be subordinate to doctrine in the right lobe. 2. Where the believer has no Bible doctrine in the soul, he becomes a weak reversionist. Like a person with a tumor in the adrenal glands who overproduces epinephrine, he destroys his own heart through the hypertension that is produced. This is instability, which illustrates emotional revolt of the soul. F. Emotion and spirituality must be related to the correct dispensation.œ 1. In the Church Age, Christ is absent from the earth. Therefore, this dispensation is characterized by no ecstatics connected with the filling of the Holy Spirit. 2. In the Church Age, spirituality or the filling of the Holy Spirit produces the character of Christ. But the filling of the Spirit has no emotional connotation. Spirituality is minus emotion in the Church Age. 3. Therefore, the filling of the Holy Spirit produces the character and glory of Christ, without emotion being an integral part of spirituality, Gal 5:22-23, 4:19; Rom 5:5. 4. Emotion is never designed to produce character, but to respond to character. That's why emotion cannot be a part of spirituality. 5. Appreciation of Jesus Christ comes through perception of doctrine rather than emotional function. This does not eliminate emotion, but puts emotion in its proper place. 6. Emotional function cannot produce integrity. It cannot fulfill the royal family honor code. It cannot apply doctrine. Emotion is not a part of the filling of the Holy Spirit. 7. In the Church Age, emotion is a responder to many things in the right lobe, including doctrine, the laws of divine establishment, love, and patriotism, but emotional response is never the filling of the Holy Spirit. 8. Just as grace glues the essence of God together, so emotion as a responder is distilled grace. Emotion as an aggressor is distilled legalism. 9. You can be depressed for physiological reasons and still be filled with the Spirit. How you feel has nothing to do with your spiritual status quo. 10. Emotion and ecstatics have no spiritual content in this dispensation. Therefore, how you feel is never the index of your spiritual life or experience. 11. Emotional activity or ecstatics is not indicative of spiritual activity or advance in the Christian life. 12. The purpose of the filling of the Holy Spirit is perception of doctrine, advance to maturity, production from your ambassadorship, but never the manufacture of ecstatics. 13. Emotion is designed to respond to doctrine in the right lobe, but is not characteristic of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Ecstatics belongs to the human race; the filling of the Spirit belongs to the believer. The emotions can respond or react to the filling of the Spirit, but emotions cannot be the filling of the Holy Spirit. 14. Only in the Millennium when Christ is present on the earth and ruling the world does emotion or ecstatics characterize the filling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, spirituality includes ecstatics. 15. While there is no spiritual content to emotion in the Church Age, there is definite spiritual content to emotion in the Millennium. 16. In the Millennium, the filling of the Holy Spirit appreciates the reigning Christ. Therefore, ecstatics will then be a legitimate spiritual emotion. 17. Believers in the Millennium are universally indwelt with the Holy Spirit, as in the Church Age, Ezek 36:27, 37:14; Jer 31:33. 18. Believers in the Millennium are also commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit and are filled with the Holy Spirit, Isa 29:19, 32:15, 44:3; Ezek 39:29; Zech 12:10. 19. The filling of the Holy Spirit in the Millennium is characterized by ecstatics and emotional appreciation, Joel 2:28-29. G. Emotional Revolt of the Soul.œ 1. Emotion can be a hindrance to the plan of God and a distraction to the perception of doctrine, as noted above in 2 Cor 6:11-12. 2. When people allow their emotions to rule their lives they are like intestines filled with waste, Rom 16:17-18. 3. The emotional revolt, backed by the old sin nature, causes emotion to become the aggressor instead of the responder. This causes emotion to become the criterion, rather than the doctrinal content of the right lobe. 4. Therefore, emotional revolution against the establishment of the soul causes the total failure or malfunction of GAP. The failure of GAP makes the Christian life and God's plan impossible to fulfill. 5. Instead of responding to doctrine in the soul, emotion revolts and takes command of the soul. With the emotion in command, all capacity, love, and happiness is gone. a. Instead of responding to doctrine in the right lobe, the emotion responds to mental attitude sins, approbation and power lust, and human good. Then the emotion reacts and revolts against the right lobe, and cuts off any doctrine in the right lobe. b. Once emotion revolts against the heart and becomes the aggressor, it loses all capacity for life and comes under the influence and domination of the old sin nature. Since the old sin nature isn't "man enough" to carry out his duties, people in emotional revolt are very frustrated. c. In effect, emotional revolt is the emotion fornicating with the old sin nature, just as Jeremiah's right woman fornicated with her paramours. d. Hence, the old sin nature is a paramour which turns emotion from a responder into an aggressor and reactor. This produces that chaos in the soul called psychosis. 6. There is negative volition to doctrine plus recession of thought, replaced by the frantic search for happiness and total dependence on feeling rather than on common sense. People often substitute chemical stimulation for thought. 7. Having lost the ability to respond to the right lobe, the emotion becomes inflexible regarding the non-essentials. Rev 2:23 illustrates: "And all the churches will know I am the One investigating the emotions and the right lobe, and I will do to each according to their actions." The right lobe must control the emotional pattern for spiritual advance. 8. Therefore, the command to separate from those in emotional revolt is given in Rom 16:17-18. "Now I beseech you, brethren, make a reconnaissance; observe them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and keep on avoiding them. For they are such that serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies [in emotional revolt]. And by good words and fair speeches, they deceive the hearts of the stupid [getting you to go into emotional revolt also]." a. How do you deceive the heart? The old sin nature inspires the emotion to revolt against the right lobe. b. Believers who live by their emotions are believers whose emotional revolt has produced chaos of the soul. Their emotion is no longer a responder but an aggressor. c. Believers with such chaos in their souls are troublemakers. Therefore, other believers are commanded to separate from them. This means separation from those involved in the tongues movement. The tongues movement is an emotional revolt against the divine establishment of the soul. H. Emotion as a responder contributes to capacity for life.œ 1. Emotion is an appreciator of love. But emotion as a leader destroys capacity for life. 2. Gen 43:30, "And Joseph made haste, for his emotions did yearn upon his brother, and he sought where to weep, and he entered into his chamber and wept there." Because he loved his brother Benjamin so much, Joseph was responding emotionally to what was in his right lobe. Sometimes you are not aware of the love in your right lobe until something triggers it in the memory center and elicits a response in the emotion. 3. 1 Kg 3:26, "Then spoke the woman whose child was the living child to the king, for her bowels [emotions] yearned upon her son." This shows the same emotional response to right lobe love as in the above passage. 4. Other references: Phil 1:8; 1 Jn 3:17. 5. In Prov 23:15-17, there is an illustration of the relationship between thinking and normal emotion. Emotion is related to category three love as stimulating capacity in this area. David is teaching Solomon. "And my emotions will rejoice when your lips speak what is right." 6. Emotional response makes one very aware of the existence of love in his soul. Of course, your emotions are not designed to respond all day. If they did, they would be destroyed. You have things to do. But you still have love for someone in your right lobe all the time. When triggered, the emotions respond and make you aware of that love. However, emotions do not contain love. 7. The communion table is designed to remember and appreciate our Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. If you love Him, your emotions respond in memory of all He is and all He has done for you. a. The pertinent doctrines are in your right lobe. The cup and the bread give your emotion an opportunity to respond to the One unseen whom you love, and yet still maintain poise and stability in assembled worship. b. Ritual keeps emotions from getting out of hand. It provides control and order in assembly. (The Scots do the same in their singing of Auld Lang Syne and toasting the cup.) c. So as believer-priests assembled together for communion, this is a very tender moment for all of us. d. Ritual was designed for two things: to communicate, and to allow the function of emotion without destroying order. 8. But if the emotion rules the soul, having no content in the emotion, you become psychotic. To emote without response but as thoughtless control is to become temporarily or permanently psychotic. I. Emotion stimulates happiness.œ 1. Prov 23:16, "Yea, my reins shall rejoice." Verse 15 says the happiness is in the right lobe. But the emotions respond, and he becomes aware of what is in his right lobe. This is analogous to when the right man is happy, the right woman responds and she is happy. Phile 7, 20. 2. The frame of reference in the right lobe provides information for the memory center which stimulates response in the emotions. Therefore, the emotions become a stimulus to happiness. They are not happiness; they make you aware that you're happy. 3. Your conscience which contains your norms and standards also turns on your emotions. Your priesthood is stimulated to function when your emotion is turned on by your norms and standards. Emotional response to your conscience causes you to have esprit de corps. 4. The viewpoint in the right lobe provides stimulus or response from the emotions, as when you hear someone else speak divine viewpoint. This stimulates response to your own viewpoint from doctrine. J. Emotion as a reactor (to tragedy) contributes to loss of capacity for life as well as loss of motivation and momentum.œ 1. Jer 4:19, "My emotions [bowels], my emotions! I am pained at my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me [screaming in me]; I cannot hold my peace [lack of tranquility] because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war." 2. Lam 1:20, "Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress; my bowels are troubled [emotions dominating]; my heart is turned within me, so I have grievously rebelled. Abroad the sword bereaves, at home there is death." 3. Lam 2:11, "My eyes do fail with tears, my bowels [emotions] are troubled, my liver is poured out upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people . . ." 4. Jer 11:19-20. 5. In tragedy or catastrophe, emotions must respond to doctrine in the right lobe for any tranquility. But when they react so that they rebel against the right lobe, this agony occurs. K. Emotions can be destroyed, Job 16:13; Ps 73:21; Lam 3:13.œ 1. If the kidneys back up into the bladder, one result is death. So just as the kidneys are destroyed by the bladder reflexing or backing up, so the emotions are destroyed by the old sin nature, being bombarded by mental attitude sins. The emotions were never designed to respond to mental attitude sins. So when they do, the emotions are destroyed. 2. This motivates the emotions to revolt against the dominant (right) lobe. For in responding to the bladder or old sin nature, emotion revolts against the dominant lobe, producing revolution in the soul. 3. The result is instability, wide emotional swings, revolution, and chaos, with either temporary or permanent psychosis. 4. Not only does the emotional domination of the soul produce psychotic conditions, but it explains certain things in the life of the believer: apostasy, sublimation, lack of capacity for life, lack of capacity for love, and degeneracy. 5. Note the fine balance between emotions producing a happiness spectrum and emotions producing a misery spectrum. The fine line between happiness and misery in your soul is determined by which way your emotions go. Do they respond to your right lobe with doctrine, or to your old sin nature? L. Good and Bad Emotion.œ 1. Introduction. a. When the divine solution is used to solve any problem, emotion is not an issue. This is true for the problem of spiritual death and for the problem of carnality. (1) There is no such thing as "godly sorrow." This is a mistranslation of 2 Cor 7:9-10. (2) When it comes to your spiritual life, God's solution does not require emotion. (3) Emotion is not related to spirituality until the millennial reign of Christ. b. The fruit of the Spirit is joy. Joy has nothing to do with emotion. Joy means to share the happiness of God. Sharing the happiness of God is a gift from God to the believer with capacity for that happiness from maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. We can respond to joy or sharing the happiness of God. In sharing the happiness of God we respond emotionally, and that is good emotion. This does not mean that joy or rejoicing is emotion. c. Good and bad emotion are antithetical. Good emotion is spiritual response to life. Bad emotion is carnal reaction to life. 2. Good Emotion. a. Good emotion is response to the two power options the filling of the Holy Spirit and resumption of the spiritual life, metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. b. Response to the resumption of the spiritual life, which is thinking and applying metabolized doctrine, is the basis for continuation of good emotion. c. Good emotion responds to thinking and the values, norms, and standards of the conscience of the soul. When you are out of fellowship, you abandon the values, norms, and standards you developed when you were in fellowship. Good emotion responds to thinking of the spiritual life, including self©evaluation and the application of Bible doctrine. d. The ultimate in good emotion is occupation with Christ. Occupation with Christ combines the mechanics of the spiritual life with good emotional response. Occupation with Christ is the maximum outlet for good emotion. Occupation with Christ produces three categories of spiritual thinking on which good emotion is based: cognitive self-confidence, cognitive independence, and cognitive invincibility. e. Good emotion comes from response to the laws of divine establishment, such as patriotism, virtue in government, virtue in marriage, family values, personal values. Honor, integrity, nobility of character is a source of good emotion for the believer related to doctrine and for the unbeliever related to the laws of divine establishment. f. The biblical documentation for "joy" and rejoice" combines spiritual mechanics with good emotional response. (1) Neh 8:10, "Do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength." cf Ps 30:5, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." When you use the problem solving devices, you may weep in the night, but in the morning you have perfect happiness as the problem solving device. (2) Good emotion always comes from metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. (a) Col 1:10d-11, "...increasing in epignosis of God, strengthened with all power on the basis of the power of His glory, resulting in all perseverance and steadfastness associated with joy." Joy is perfect happiness which produces good emotion as an appreciator of that happiness. Emotional revolt of the soul is bad emotion. (b) 1 Thes 1:6, "You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much adversity associated with the joy of the Holy Spirit." We are imitators of the Lord and someone like Paul by use of the three spiritual skills. We do not imitate personality characteristics. When you get into role model arrogance, you have bad emotion. (c) Phil 4:4, "Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times; again I say, keep on rejoicing!" Circumstances are not the issue in sharing the perfect happiness of God. (d) Phil 1:23©25, "But I am hard-pressed from both circumstances [living or dying], having a desire to depart and be with Christ is far better; yet to remain on in the flesh is far better for your benefit, having become confident of this option [personal sense of destiny], I know that I shall remain and continue with all of you resulting in your progress and joy from doctrine." Maximum doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness elicits the ultimate in good emotion. g. Joy is the function of sharing the happiness of God at a point of maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, so that the emotions have something to appreciate that is good. The Greek verb CHAIRO (meaning "joy") is thinking God's happiness in contrast to emotion or stimulated feelings often confused as a status of human happiness. The Greek noun CHARA (translated "joy") is the quintessence of combining the mechanics of the spiritual life with a system of thinking which elicits the response of good emotion. h. Sharing the happiness of God is the peak of emotional response in life. But even good emotional response is not the criterion for the spiritual life. You are never saved because you feel saved. You are never spiritual because you feel spiritual. A carnal believer cannot have a legitimate emotion related to the spiritual life. When you are out of fellowship, your emotion is not an issue. The issue is name your sins to God in the privacy of your priesthood. The spiritual life runs on divine power, never how you feel. Even good emotion will not get you back into fellowship. 3. Bad Emotion. a. Definition. (1) Bad emotion is defined as reaction emotion, which makes how you feel the criterion for the spiritual life instead of Bible doctrine perceived, metabolized, and circulating in your stream of consciousness. (2) Bad emotion is emotion out of control in a state of reaction toward the teaching of the word. (3) Bad emotion is emotion out of control, emotion divorced from doctrine, emotional revolt of the soul, the emotional complex of sins, and the emotional complex of sins combined with the arrogance complex of sins to form evil obsession and hybrid emotion. (4) Bad emotion is divorced from reality, so that believer sees the problem but never sees the solution. (5) Bad emotion is pseudo compassion, pseudo love, crusader arrogance, Christian activism, and similar type things. (6) Bad emotion alleges that the gift of tongues is still in existence after the completion of the canon of Scripture. Bad emotion is the allegation that emotional activity such as remorse or regret have something to do with being saved or being forgiven for sin. (7) Bad emotion is often pathological arrogance. (8) Bad emotion is the emotional complex of sins. (9) Bad emotion is the function of evil obsession, unrealistic expectation, role model arrogance, the feet of clay syndrome, iconoclastic arrogance followed by evil obsession related to legalism, power lust, and allegations of sinless perfection. b. The emotional complex of sins is bad emotion and has a number of categories. (1) The hysteria category includes fear, worry, anxiety, panic, consternation, irrationality in a state of fear. (2) The revenge category includes malice, the lust to inflict injury or suffering on others, revenge motivation and revenge modus operandi, violence, murder, vituperation (which includes gossip, slander, maligning, and judging), vilification (which is creates a public lie about someone who is the object of jealousy, hatred, vindictiveness, or implacability. (3) The hatred category includes anger, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, loathing, animosity, implacability. (4) The irrational category includes tantrums, vulnerability to imagined insults or snubs, self-pity, whining, sniveling, denial, projection, and neurosis. (5) The guilt category includes remorse for real or imagined sins, morbid self©reproach, emotional feelings of culpability, selfªrighteous arrogance, arrogant preoccupation with one's feelings and impulses, guilt resulting from the manipulation of legalism, arrogant preoccupation with the correctness of one's behavior. c. Many of the emotional complexes of sins are a hybrid, combining the sins of the emotional complex with the sins of the arrogance complex. (1) The repression category is defined as the denial of the reality of the problem because it is too painful or too unpleasant to face. Repression avoids facing the issue. A part of this is denial, which results in the projection or transfer of one's flaws, sins, or failures to someone else. (2) The hybrid guilt category is one of the most dangerous categories. In this category feelings of guilt which cause perpetual anxiety may be alleviated by a contrived defense mechanism of blaming others for your own sins. You find someone else and assign them the problem; therefore, you avoid the reality of the law of volitional responsibility. Part of the hybrid guilt category is the pseudo rebound through restitutionism. The only one to whom we are responsible when we sin is God the Father. As a part of the laws of volitional responsibility and cultural concepts developed from it, apologies are often made to people. But this is not a part of the spiritual life, because this can be done by the unbeliever and anything the unbeliever can do is not part of the spiritual life. Apologizing to others and getting their forgiveness is not rebound and not a part of the spiritual life.
  • Here's some more on the Issue U may find Helpful as well. Enjoy! John DOCTRINE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Introduction. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of seven salvation ministries by God the Holy Spirit. 1. Efficacious grace is the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to make faith in Jesus Christ effective for eternal salvation. When positive volition is exercised toward Gospel information resulting in faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit picks up that weak faith from the spiritually dead unbeliever and makes that faith effectual, carrying the believer to the point of salvation. 2. Regeneration is where the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life to that human spirit. This is being spiritually born again. The new believer then becomes trichotomous, having a body, soul, and spirit. 3. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit enters the believer into union with Christ, making the Church Age believer a part of the royal family of God. 4. In the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a temple in the believer's body for the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah Glory, 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16. 5. The filling of the Spirit is the initial entrance into the divine dynasphere at the point of salvation where the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit can be utilized in the execution of the protocol plan, Eph 5:18. 6. In the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit guarantees through His own signature the existence of our own portfolio of invisible assets and the availability of divine power, Eph 1:13-14, 4:30. 7. The sovereign distribution of spiritual gifts to every believer at salvation is a ministry of the Holy Spirit, which is for the function of royalty, 1 Cor 12:11. B. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of seven Bible baptisms, Heb 6:2. (See also the doctrine of Baptisms.) 1. The Greek word BAPTISMA means the identification of one thing with another resulting in a change. There are real and ritual baptisms. 2. Real baptisms are actual identifications. a. The baptism of Moses, 1 Cor 10:2. The Jews were, "baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea." Two million Jews followed Moses who was identified with and followed the cloud between the parted waters. In this way, two million Jews were identified with Moses. (This was a dry baptism; no one got wet except for the Egyptian army who drowned.) The cloud was the Lord Jesus Christ functioning as their compass. Moses simply identified himself with the Lord; the Jews identified with Moses. b. The baptism of the cup or the cross, Mt 20:22 (only in the KJV). Actually, this is not in the original Greek. James and John wanted to sit on each side of our Lord in heaven. So He asked them, "Can you drink from the cup I am going to drink?" This is in the Greek. The cup referred to the sins of the world. Of course they couldn't bear the sins of the world; they were sinners. Then the King James Version says, "And can you be baptized with the baptism I am about to be baptized with?" This is not in the original, but the baptism referred to here is the identification of our sins with Christ. Mk 10:38-39. c. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 12:13; Acts 1:5; Jn 14:20. This is one of the seven ministries of the Holy Spirit at salvation, whereby the invisible omnipotence of the Holy Spirit takes every believer and enters him into union with Christ. That is a real identification. You were really taken at salvation and really put into union with Christ, although you couldn't "feel" it. d. The baptism of fire, Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16. All the unbelievers who survive the Tribulation are identified with fire at the Second Advent. They are put into the fire of Torments. They are the tares, gathered into bundles, and put into the fire. This is a real identification with fire. As a result, only believers will begin the Millennium. 3. Ritual baptisms are representative identifications in which water is used to portray by ritual an actual identification. a. In the baptism of John, water represented the kingdom of God. The believer was submerged, generally in the River Jordan, and was thereby identified with the kingdom through their faith in Christ. Coming out of the water was a picture of resurrection, being identified with the King forever in a resurrection body, Mt 3:1-10; Jn 1:25-33. b. The baptism of Jesus. One day the King, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to John. In spite of John's protestations of unworthiness, Jesus told John to baptize Him also, to represent His identification with the Father's will, plan, and purpose for His next three years in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Our Lord's baptism was His dedication to the Father's will, plan and purpose for the incarnation. When John submerged Him under the water of the River Jordan, that indicated His positive volition toward the Father's plan for His last three critical years on earth. When our Lord came out of the water, that was a picture of His resurrection, Mt 3:13-17. c. Christian baptism is the water baptism of the believer, Acts 8:36-38; 16:33. It was used to teach the baptism of the Holy Spirit before the canon of Scripture was completed. It was a ritual for the pre-Canon period of the Church Age. The Canon was not completed until A.D. 96. Just as all the spectacular, miracle-type spiritual gifts ended with the completion of the Canon, the same is true with the ritual of water baptism. (1) There were two rituals ordained for the pre-Canon period. The first was the Eucharist, the Lord's Table. The second was water baptism. (2) In order to emphasize the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is unique to the Church Age, the believer was submerged under the water indicating identification with Christ in His death and burial, i.e., retroactive positional truth. Coming out of the water, the believer was identified with Christ in His resurrection, ascension, and session, i.e., current positional truth. This was the Church Age believer's way of saying, "I recognize what is not yet in the Canon of Scripture, that I am a new spiritual species, that I am a part of the body of Christ, that I am royal family of God!" (3) Once the Canon was completed and circulated, the only ritual left for the Church Age is the Eucharist. The truth portrayed in ritual baptism was now reduced to writing, and therefore was no longer needed as a ritual. Water cannot do anything for your spiritual life! C. Definition. 1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a real baptism, an actual identification, in which God the Holy Spirit, at the moment we believe in Christ, enters the new believer into union with Christ. It is one of the seven ministries of God the Holy Spirit at salvation whereby the individual Church Age believer is entered into union with the person of Jesus Christ. 2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the means of forming the royal family of God during the Church Age. It is a function of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit at salvation. By being entered into union with Christ, we are adopted as royal family of God. We are a new spiritual species. 3. This union with Christ is called positional sanctification or the sanctification of the body, Eph 5:25-27. 4. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience, 1 Cor 12:13. It is a function of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit putting every believer into union with Christ, making him a new spiritual species. 5. There is only one baptism that unifies the royal family of God. a. 1 Cor 12:13, "For by means of one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body; whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves of free, all were made to drink into one Spirit." b. Eph 4:5, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." c. Rom 6:3, "Do you not know that all of us have been baptized into Jesus Christ?" d. Rom 6:4, "Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into His death, in order that as Christ was raised again from the dead to the glory of the Father, we also might walk in newness of life." The newness of life refers to our being a new spiritual species and royal family of God. e. Rom 6:5, "For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death [and we have], and not only this [retroactive positional truth], we shall also be united in the likeness of His resurrection." f. So Rom 6:3-5 teaches identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. 6. The many references to positional sanctification, or the baptism of the Holy Spirit are often found in the preposition phrase EN plus the locative of CHRISTOS, translated "in Christ." Almost everywhere this phrase is found, it is a technical reference to the baptism of the Holy Spirit and resultant positional truth. (The exception is the phrase "believing in Christ" which has a different meaning.) a. 1 Cor 15:22, "In Adam all die; so also in Christ shall all be made alive." b. Rom 8:1. 7. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is related to the Church Age only. This ministry of the Holy Spirit is not found in the Old Testament, and there are no eschatological references to it beyond the Church Age. In fact, the only eschatological reference is in Acts 1:5. 8. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the function of any spiritual gift, as alleged by the holy roller heresy, which equates the baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. No one has legitimately spoken in tongues since A.D. 70. 9. Therefore, because of the universality of the baptism of the Holy Spirit provided for all Church Age believers, it is not in any sense experiential. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an act of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. Any time God uses His divine power, whether it is the omnipotence of God the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, it excludes any form of experiential cooperation. That's grace! 10. Christ as battlefield royalty had no royal family. Therefore, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the mechanics for providing Christ with a royal family. It is unique to this dispensation. 11. The baptism of the Holy Spirit could not occur until there was the strategic victory of Jesus Christ in the angelic conflict. The Levitical priesthood was inadequate for the Church Age. Now there was the need for a universal priesthood, since every believer was now a target of Satan. 12. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurred first in Jerusalem and included the gift of tongues to warn the Jews of the coming of the fifth cycle of discipline. 13. Union with Christ is a permanent identification which distinguishes Christianity from religion. In religion, man by man's efforts seeks to gain the approbation of God, a Satanic function. In Christianity, the believer through union with Christ has a permanent relationship with God. 14. The baptism of the Holy Spirit forms the body of Christ, He being the head. Our Lord's gift to His body is found in Rom 12; 1 Cor 12; Eph 4. D. The baptism of the Holy Spirit creates the royal family of God. 1. The royal family of God, Church universal, or body of Christ, is formed at the moment of salvation through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the means of providing a royal family for our Lord's third royal title. 3. Equal privilege for all Church Age believers is based on the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a doctrine which involves the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. 4. Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, equal privilege in the royal family of God is related to two doctrinal facts: a. The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a royal family of God, the body of Christ, as an organism, not as an institution. b. Simultaneously, from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a new spiritual species for spiritual living (not for psychological living) in the devil's world. Every Church Age believer is a part of this unique spiritual species. 5. Furthermore, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit also provides equal opportunity for the fulfillment of the protocol plan of God through residence inside the divine dynasphere. 6. The teaching ministry of the Spirit in the divine dynasphere is the fulfilling power of the Christian way of life. The Holy Spirit is a teacher, as in Jn 14:26, 16:12-14; 1 Cor 2:9-16; 1 Jn 2:27. God the Holy Spirit is the One who teaches us doctrine, which gives us the capacity for the new spiritual life provided by Him at salvation with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. E. The Analogy of the Head and the Body. 1. The body of Christ is the royal family of God designed to complement His third royal warrant given by God the Father at the time of His resurrection, ascension, and session. The head is incomplete without the body. The humanity of Christ is incomplete without a royal family for Him. 2. This analogy teaches that the Church cannot be a living organism without union with Christ. 3. The fulfillment of the head completing the body and the body completing the head is found in the prophecy given by our Lord in Jn 14:20, "you in Me and 1 in you." "You in Me" refers to Church Age believers in union with Christ from the baptism of the Holy Spirit resulting in positional sanctification. "I in you" refers to the indwelling of Jesus Christ, a vital union between the head and the body. 4. All Church Age believers are formed into one body and one royal family, Eph 2:16, 4:4-5, 5:30-32; Col 1:24, 2:19. 5. The Holy Spirit is the agent in the formation of the body of Christ, the Church universal, the royal family of God. This is the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 6. God the Father appointed Jesus Christ as the head of the body as a part of His third royal title. Synonyms for the royal family of God are: a. The royal family in union with Christ is called the body. b. The royal family on earth is called the Church. c. The royal family in eternity is called the bride of Christ. F. The Characteristics of the Baptism of the Spirit. 1. It is not an experience. It is not an emotional activity or ecstatics. Therefore, it is not speaking in tongues. It is not related to human feeling. 2. It is not progressive. Therefore, it cannot be improved in either time or eternity. Our union with Christ is perfect from salvation. 3. It is not related to sin. Positional and ultimate sanctification are not related to sin. In experiential sanctification the believer has the option of spirituality or carnality. 4. It is not related to any human merit, ability, or works. There is nothing you can do to have the baptism of the Spirit. 5. It is obtained at the moment of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. It is not a postsalvation experience. It is not the "second blessing," so called by Holy Rollers. Union with Christ is a completed ministry by the Holy Spirit. Hence, it cannot be reversed by any human failure. 6. It is eternal and unchangeable in nature. It cannot be canceled or changed by God, angels, or man. It is a part of your eternal security. No renunciation; no sin, human good, or evil; no moral or immoral degeneracy can cancel this ministry of the Holy Spirit. 7. It is known and understood only through perception of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age. Therefore, it cannot be applied in a state of ignorance. It is invisible, not subject to empiricism; it is subject to cognition of Bible doctrine only. 8. The baptism of the Spirit is not a matter of the believer's volition. It is one of the ten unique features of the Church Age, making the Church Age believer unique because it is the basis for making us royal family of God. 9. The implications of the baptism of the Spirit include: a. Eternal life, 1 Jn 5:11-13. b. The righteousness of God, 2 Cor 5:21. c. Sonship, Gal 3:26. d. Heirship, Rom 8:16-17. e. Our priesthood, Heb 10:10-14; 1 Pet 2:5,8-9; Rev 1:10. f. Our election, Eph 1:4; 2 Thes 2:13. g. It is not a place of sin, 1 Jn 5:18 cf. 1 Jn 5:20. h. We share the destiny of Christ, Eph 1:5. i. We share the sonship of Christ, Gal 3:26; Jn 1:17. j. We share the heritage of Christ, 1 Pet 1:4; Rom 8:16-17. G. The Mechanics of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1. Gal 3:26-28, "For all of you are the sons of God [royal family] through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you were baptized into Christ, and you have put on [clothed yourselves with] Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female." a. There is racial equality in the Church. There are no racial distinctions or racial prejudice in the royal family of God. b. There is social equality in the Church. There were many slaves in the Roman Empire. Paul told slaves not to seek their freedom. "Neither slave nor free" means there are no social distinctions in the royal family of God. c. There is gender equality in the Church. Of course, the baptism of the Spirit does not destroy the distinctive organs of the male and the female. But this means both male and female are just as much in union with Christ and royal family as the other. The application of this was that in a Christian marriage, you are not marrying someone who is beneath you. 2. Since the baptism of the Spirit is obtained in total at the moment of salvation, it cannot be reversed by any human failure. 3. The baptism of the Spirit cannot be understood apart from cognition of the pertinent doctrine; for it is a part of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age. 4. Furthermore, the baptism of the Spirit is provided for all believers at the moment of salvation. Therefore it is a unifying factor, in that it is the means of forming the royal family of God. 5. The universality of the baptism of the Spirit precludes the possibility of it ever being experiential. It does not distinguish one believer from another; it does not make one believer superior or inferior to another. 6. Therefore, the position of the Pentecostals or Holy Rollers is apostasy and blasphemy. It fails to recognize the true nature of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. a. It is blasphemy because it dilutes the ministry of the Holy Spirit with human activity and alleged human merit. b. It is apostasy because it is a false interpretation of the Word of God which results in departure from the mystery doctrine of the Church Age and substitutes a legalistic, pseudo-spirituality by works. 7. The baptism of the Spirit is not an experience. It is an act of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit entering every person in the Church Age at the moment he believes into union with Christ. 8. The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates the royal family of God. 1 Cor 12:12-13 is considered to be the key passage on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. "For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. By agency of one Spirit [omnipotence of the Spirit], we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free. Furthermore, all were caused to drink of one Spirit." a. In union with Christ, all human distinctions are removed by the formation of the royal family of God. Neither race nor status in life is an issue. No racial, social or economic distinctions are made. b. Drinking, like eating, is an illustration of the non- meritorious character of faith as the only means of salvation. All kinds of people can swallow. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of personal faith in Christ. c. The last phrase is the fulfillment of our Lord's invitation, given in Jn 7:37-39, when Christ prophesied that we would all drink of the Holy Spirit by our non-meritorious faith. "Now on the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood up and shouted, saying, `If any person is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, "Streams of living water will flow from within him."' Now this He communicated concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were about to receive. For the Spirit was not yet given, because Christ was not yet glorified." (1) Verse 38 teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs when we believe in Jesus Christ at the point of our salvation. "Streams of living water will flow from within him" is a prophecy of the filling of the Spirit, i.e., residence, function, momentum inside the divine dynasphere during the Church Age only. (2) The great power experiment of the Church Age, which includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit, could not begin until the glorification of Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father. First came the head in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Then came the body in the great power experiment of the Church Age. (3) While you can have a head without a body, you cannot have a body without a head. Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age, the body is formed for the head. Every believer, at the moment of salvation, is entered into union with Christ, the head. 9. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the most important thing that happens to us at salvation. It forms the Church universal, the body, the royal family of God, the new spiritual species. This distinguishes us from every other dispensation, and makes it possible for us to have equal privilege and equal opportunity under the protocol plan of God. H. The Prophecy of the Baptism of the Spirit. 1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was never mentioned in the Old Testament because it is a part of the mystery doctrine for the Church Age. 2. But the baptism of the Spirit was prophesied in the previous dispensation of the Hypostatic Union. 3. The prophecy was first given by our Lord in the Upper Room Discourse. Jn 14:20, "On that day [Pentecost] you shall know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you." a. "I am in My Father" is the identity of divine essence, indicating that Jesus Christ is eternal God, co-equal, co-eternal, co- infinite with God the Father. Jesus Christ has identical essence with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. b. "and you in Me" is the prophecy of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and resultant positional sanctification, being in union with Christ. This is the creation of a new spiritual species and a royal family of God. c. "and I in you" refers to the indwelling of Jesus Christ in every Church Age believer. The Holy Spirit indwells us to provide a temple for the indwelling of Christ. 4. Just before His ascension, our Lord said to the disciples in Acts 1:5, "For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now [ten days]." a. "But" means there is a contrast between the ritual baptism of John and the real baptism of the Spirit. b. This prophecy was fulfilled ten days after our Lord uttered it in Acts 1:5. 5. Acts 1:8, "but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes 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." Those advancing in the spiritual life are the only valid witnesses for the Prosecution in Satan's appeal trial. 6. Never before in history has the individual believer been so important. Never before has the ordinary believer been so important. As goes the ordinary believer in the Church Age so goes the client nation and history. Never before has every believer been a priest, and we are royal priests. I. The baptism of the Spirit begins the Church Age. 1. The prophecies about the baptism of the Holy Spirit were fulfilled on the day the Church Age began, around 30 A.D. Jesus prophesied the Church Age as future, Mt 16:18. "Jesus said, `I say to you [Peter] that you are PETROS [little stone] and on this PETRA [giant rock, Jesus Christ] I will build My church; and the gates of hell will not overcome it.'" a. The future active indicative of OIKODOMEO, translated "will build" is important, for it indicates that no Church had existed up until that time, and no Church would exist until after the resurrection and ascension of Christ. b. God the Father will actually do the building, but it will be built on Jesus Christ, the Rock. c. The indicative mood is for a dogmatic statement of fact. d. Therefore, the Church did not exist in the Old Testament or in the Gospels which describe the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union. 2. Our Lord's prophecy of Acts 1:5 was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, ten days after Christ's ascension, recorded in Acts 2 though not actually mentioned. a. On the Day of Pentecost, the baptism of the Spirit took all the believers present and entered them into union with Christ. b. At the same time, God the Son gave the first spiritual gifts. One of the first gifts to be exercised was the gift of tongues, simply because in Jerusalem during the Feast of Pentecost were thousands of Jews who spoke many different languages. c. According to Isa 28, the gift of tongues was used as a last warning to Israel that they were going out as a client nation to God. 3. Though not mentioned in Acts 2, we know the baptism of the Spirit occurred on the Day of Pentecost because of Peter's retrospection in Acts 11. At the Gentile Pentecost, Acts 11:15-17, Peter recognized that what happened to them on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2) was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Acts 1:5. In retrospective exposition, Peter said, "And as I [Peter] began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as He did on us at the beginning [Pentecost, Acts 2:3]. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say [Acts 1:5 is the one recorded example], `John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' Therefore, if God gave to them [Gentiles] the same gift as to us [Jews], when they had believed in the Lord Jesus, who was I that I should stand in God's way?'" a. "The Holy Spirit fell on them" refers to an experience Peter had in Caesarea. Gentiles came to his place in Joppa and asked him to come to Caesarea, which he did. As Peter began to speak on that occasion, the Gentiles received the baptism of the Holy Spirit as did the Jews on the Day of Pentecost. b. Peter recognized the Gentiles were a part of the body of Christ, for they had their own Pentecost, as it were. Therefore, the baptism of the Spirit applied equally to both Jew and Gentile; it was not a Jewish monopoly. J. The Results of the Baptism of the Spirit. 1. As a result of the baptism of the Spirit, the believer is a new spiritual species, 2 Cor 5:17. A new spiritual species is created for the utilization of the one-hundred percent availability of divine power in three categories. a. The omnipotence of God the Father related to our portfolio of invisible assets. b. The omnipotence of God the Son who holds the universe together and guarantees the perpetuation of human history. c. The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit related to life inside the divine dynasphere. 2. In the status quo of positional sanctification the believer cannot sin. You sin in the sphere of experiential sanctification, not in the sphere of positional sanctification. The volition of the believer is not involved in positional or ultimate sanctification, but is very much involved in the sphere of experiential sanctification. a. To sin, the volition of the believer must be involved. The volition of the believer is involved in cognizance and in ignorance. In cognizance, we knew it was a sin; we wanted to do it; and we did it. In ignorance, we did not know it was a sin; but we wanted to do it; and we did it. b. The baptism of the Spirit is the work of God the Holy Spirit in total. c. The believer's human volition is excluded from positional sanctification. d. Human volition is only involved in experiential sanctification. e. In fact, the mandate of Eph 5:18, "Keep on being filled with the Spirit." implies the function of positive volition. This is a mandate that was never given in the Old Testament. f. Negative volition in the form of sin causes both grieving and quenching of the Holy Spirit, and therefore, divine punishment for quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit. g. Just as there is no believer volition involved in positional sanctification, so also there is no believer volition involved in ultimate sanctification. h. Vocabulary. (1) The Greek verb HAGIAZO is translated "to sanctify" in many passages. It means to "to be set apart unto God." It is usually found in the passive voice, which means we receive the action of being set apart unto God. God has set us apart; we do not have to do anything to set ourselves apart unto God. 1 Cor 1:2, "To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified [HAGIAZO] in Christ Jesus." (2) The Greek noun HAGIOS is translated "saint." Every believer in the Church Age at the moment of salvation became a saint, a set apart one. 1 Cor 1:2, "...saints [HAGIO] by calling." (3) The Greek adjective HAGIOTES means "sanctification." Heb 12:10, "For they [earthly fathers] disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His positional sanctification [HAGIOTES]." (4) The Greek noun HAGIASMOS is used for the ministry of God the Holy Spirit at salvation, 1 Pet 1:2, "the sanctifying work of the Spirit." 3. The royal family of God is formed and elected, designed to complement and implement our Lord's strategic victory of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. 4. We receive the equal privilege under the computer asset of predestination. 5. Positional sanctification has removed all barriers of arrogant prejudice, barriers of antagonism and systems of discrimination, to include racial prejudice, sexual discrimination, cultural and social barriers, economic antagonisms, class distinctions, personality conflicts and antagonisms, political and ideological differences, environmental subjectivity, pre-salvation religious prejudice. 6. Positional sanctification makes every believer higher than angels, Heb 1-2. 7. Every Church Age believer is an heir of God and a joint-heir with the Son of God. 8. Eternal security is for all Church Age believers, winners and losers. God cannot cancel your salvation, nor can you. 9. The baptism of the Holy Spirit provides the unity in the body of Christ. 10. We share everything Christ has. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and resultant positional sanctification produces a new spiritual person designed to replace the old psychological person. The baptism of the Holy Spirit produces a new person by placing you in union with Christ. Union with Christ means the following. a. You share His life which is eternal life. 1 Jn 5:11-12, "And the deposition is this: God has given to us eternal life, and this [eternal] life is in His Son. He, who has the Son, has life." b. You share Christ's righteousness. So we have a double perfect righteousness: that of the Father's from imputation at salvation, and that of the Son's through union with Him. 2 Cor 5:21, "He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." In fact, possessing the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is the means for the conveyance your escrow blessings for time. c. We share the election of Christ, an escrow election, Eph 1:3-4. d. We share the destiny of Christ, a protocol predestination, Eph 1:5-6. e. We share the sonship of Christ, Gal 3:26. He is the Son of God; "we are sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Jn 1:12. f. We are the heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Son of God, Rom 8:16-17. 1 Pet 1:4, "We are now heirs of God." this is extended into escrow blessings for time and eternity. g. We are a royal priesthood, sharing the priesthood of Christ, 1 Pet 2:5,9. h. We have eternal security; we can never get out of union with Christ whether we are winners or losers. i. We are adopted into the royal family of God, Eph 1:5. j. We are a royal family of kings. k. So we share everything Christ is and has, for the head and the body are united into one spiritual entity. K. The baptism of the Holy Spirit creates a new spiritual species. 1. There have only been two new species created in human history. a. Israel was created as a new racial species. b. The Church is a new spiritual species. 2. From the new racial species came the client nations to God in the dispensation of Israel and in the Millennium. 3. From the new spiritual species, the Church becomes the basis for Gentile client nations to God. 4. God had to create a new spiritual species for the great power experiment of the Church Age because of its unprecedented privileges and unique characteristics. 5. As a result of the baptism of the Spirit, the new spiritual species was created which makes no distinction between Jew and Gentile. There is no racial distinction in Christ. 6. In Gal 6:15, this is described as "neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, but a new [spiritual] species." 7. 2 Cor 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new [spiritual] species. The old things have lost their power; behold, new things have come to pass." a. At the moment of entering the believer into union with Christ (positional sanctification), the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a new spiritual species through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The new spiritual species is designed for unprecedented availability and delegation of divine power. b. People like to think of "old things" as whatever were their bad habits which they have given up in the energy of the flesh. However, what you can do in the energy of the flesh cannot make you a new creature in Christ Jesus. Being made a new creature in Christ Jesus depends on the power of the Holy Spirit. c. However, "the old things have lost their power" refers to: (1) Pre-salvation influences, which may continue if there is no perception of doctrine and spiritual growth. (2) Position in Adam and resultant spiritual death. Rom 5:12, 1 Cor 15:22, "In Adam all die; in Christ shall all be made alive." (3) The old sin nature. The old sin nature has lost its power; you can only give it back its power experientially through the function of your own negative volition. (4) The "old things" include Genetic, environmental, and volitional handicaps. Whatever were your handicaps before salvation, they have lost their power over you and are no longer the handicaps to keep you from advancing in the spiritual life. (5) The function of human power in Satan's cosmic system. By an act of negative volition, you can get under Satan's power. But divine power has superseded cosmic power now. (6) People emphasis taking priority over God emphasis. The provision of divine power to the royal family of God makes it possible for relationship with God to take precedence over relationship with people. e. "New things have come" refers to: (1) The baptism of the Spirit. (2) The protocol plan of God. (3) The unique equality factors in the protocol plan. (4) Our very own portfolio of invisible assets prepared for us by the omnipotence of God the Father. (5) Our unique royal commissions of royal priesthood and royal ambassadorship. As a royal priest, we represent ourselves before God. As a royal ambassador, we represent God before the world. (6) The unique mystery doctrine. (7) The indwelling of all three persons of the Trinity. (8) The unique availability of divine power. (9) This is a dispensation of no prophecy, only historical trends. (10) This is the dispensation of invisible heroes. f. So this is a passage which teaches of our new power to break the old power, and to replace psychological living with spiritual living. L. The royal family of God is without precedent. 1. This is the only time in all of human history where, when a person believes in Jesus Christ, he becomes a member of the royal family of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 2. Remember that our Lord has three titles. a. As Son of God, He has a royal family in God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. b. As the Son of David, He has a royal family in the Davidic dynasty. c. However, as the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star, our Lord had no royal family. 3. Therefore, the purpose of the dispensation of the Church is to call out a royal family to accompany our Lord's third royal patent. 4. The plan for the royal family is classified as the protocol plan of God. It is divided into two categories. a. The life beyond gnosis begins on the day of salvation and continues to the point of spiritual maturity, Eph 3:19. b. The life beyond dreams begins on the first day of spiritual maturity and continues until death or the Rapture, whichever occurs first, Eph 3:20. 5. The mechanics for the formation of the royal family in the Church Age is the baptism of the Spirit and resultant adoption. (See the doctrine of Adoption.) a. Adoption was the custom of Roman aristocracy in selecting an heir other than a natural child because the heir had greater ability than one's own natural child. b. At the moment of salvation, God the Holy Spirit entered us into union with Christ, and so we became royal family of God, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with the Son of God. This was our adoption. c. Our adoption into the royal family of God is through the baptism of the Spirit. Eph 1:5-6, "By means of virtue-love, He has predestined us for the purpose of adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ according to the grace purpose of His will, resulting in the praise of the glory of His grace which He has graced us out in the Beloved [Jesus Christ]." Jesus Christ is the Beloved. We are in union with Christ and we are adopted as royal family. 6. The official term for the royal family is "body of Christ" or "Church." Col 1:18 tells us that Jesus Christ is the head of the body. "He is the head of the body, the Church, and He is the first-born from the dead, so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything." 7. The body of Christ or royal family of God is formed through the baptism of the Spirit. 1 Cor 12:12-13, "For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by means of one Spirit, we were baptized into one body [body of Christ, royal family of God], whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all were made to drink into one Spirit." M. The Application of the Baptism of the Spirit. 1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit demands that the believer think of himself as a person, totally apart from any form of superiority or inferiority. You are not to think of yourself as superior or inferior, or with any form of human prejudice or hypocrisy. 2. Spiritual living must replace psychological living. Gal 3:26-28, "For you are all the sons [children] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you, who were baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ [union with Christ]. Therefore, there is neither Jew nor Gentile [no racial distinctions in Christ], there is neither slave nor free [no social distinctions in Christ], there is neither male nor female [no sexual distinctions in Christ]; for you are all one in Christ." a. The entire world (the unbeliever) is not the family of God. Only those who believe in Christ become the children of God, at which point the baptism of the Holy Spirit makes us in the Church Age royal family of God. b. All Church Age believers have been baptized into Christ, losers and winners, spiritual and cosmic believers alike. c. "Clothed yourselves with Christ" means we are in union with the head. The head can exist without the body, but the body cannot exist without the head. In other words, the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, in which our Lord relied upon the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, has overflowed to the Church Age. Jesus Christ was sustained in His humanity by the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. We have been "clothed with Christ" in the sense that, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have become a part of that same great power experiment, as the body of the head, Jesus Christ. d. Jew and Greek are two distinct races, and the most famous races of the ancient world. The Jews thought of themselves as superior because of the Mosaic Law. The Greeks thought of themselves as superior because of their great history of thought and cultural genius in Attica and Ionia in the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. The Jews despised the culture of the Greeks. The Greeks viewed the Jew as having no culture, no philosophical background. So there was a great racial antagonism between these two races of the ancient world. e. Racial prejudice is evil. Stupid people think in terms of racism. We no longer have the right to think this way. Stupid people think in terms of racism. Every time you're guilty of racial prejudice, confess it! Even the psychological conclusion that every race has its good and bad ones is at best human viewpoint. f. The application of this doctrine is to begin to think of yourself as a person, not as a race. There is no place for racial prejudice. There is no such thing as either a superior or inferior race in Christianity. The royal family of God is the body of Christ, and all races in the world have responded to the Gospel and believed in Jesus Christ. Race is no issue, for every Church Age believer is in union with Christ. g. Every believer is body of Christ. You are not to think in inferior or superior or competing terms. Your job is to fulfill the standards of the royal family of God. To do that, you never look to your right or your left and evaluate anyone as to their spiritual status or anything else. You can only look to yourself. h. You no longer look at believers in terms of any former hypocrisies or arrogance or prejudice. Every believer, without exception, is royal family of God. i. "There is neither slave nor free." At the time this was written in the Roman Empire, there were a tremendous number of slaves. Many of the slaves were among the first Church Age believers. So this refers to social distinctions as they existed at the time of writing. j. From the moment you believe in Christ, you are no longer to look at other believers in terms of social distinctions. You are no longer to regard any person as being socially beneath you or above you. Social distinctions are removed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. k. "There is neither male nor female." This helps to illustrate the principle; for boys will always be boys, and girls will always be girls. The difference between the two is obvious. However, the point here is that the old cultural, psychological distinctions which have been used for years, i.e., that one sex is better than the other, are all gone with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As a believer, to say you are better than a man/woman means you're arrogant. l. This does not change authority principles which still stand as a part of establishment. But authority doesn't connote superiority in the royal family of God. m. In your spiritual life, you no longer look at a man/woman through love or hatred, but spiritually you regard them as a member of the royal family of God. This is the only true non-sexual discrimination. n. Christians involved in the sexual issues of our day (such as women's liberation) are in psychological living. There's no place for such thinking. It's true there are certain things a man can do and a woman cannot, and visa versa. But as we look at other believers, we must regard them as being just as much royal family of God as we are. 3. Eph 4:5 summarizes the principle: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism," all three of which occur at the point of salvation. This means we as royal family of God have the same Lord. Jesus Christ is Lord of every believer, winners and losers alike, because of the baptism of the Spirit. One faith means we all enter into union with Christ the same way: faith in Christ. "One baptism" refers to the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation. There's only one baptism that unites us. It isn't water baptism; it is Spirit baptism. N. The baptism of the Spirit is related to retroactive and current positional truth, Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:10-12; Eph 3:1-6; Rom 8:38-39. 1. Retroactive positional truth is identification with Christ in His death, and therefore rejection of human good and evil. On the cross, our Lord was judged for our sins. But human good and evil were not a part of the judgment, but were rejected. They continue to be an issue in the angelic conflict, and are operational today. So in retroactive positional truth we have positionally rejected human good and evil (though most believers do not experientially). 2. Current positional truth is identification with Christ in His resurrection, ascension and session. Therefore, being in union with Christ, we are positionally higher than angels. O. The baptism of the Spirit and resultant positional sanctification demands spiritual living rather than psychological living. 1. Psychological living can be normal or abnormal, but it is not the way of life for the new spiritual species, the body of Christ, the royal family of God. It is not in God's will, plan, or purpose for us as royal family. 2. Psychological living includes all forms of legalism, emotionalism, systems of self-improvement, commitment, and abstruse function without Bible doctrine. 3. Psychological living includes residence and function in Satan's cosmic system. It includes the function of the arrogance complex. 4. Spiritual living is the execution of the protocol plan of God in the spiritual life of the Church Age, under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine. It is related to the utilization of divine power and the application of Bible doctrine in the fulfillment of the protocol plan of God. P. The summary of experiential sanctification which glorifies God is delineated in Jn 17:17, "Sanctify them by means of doctrine; Your word is doctrine." Q. The baptism of the Spirit lasts forever, Heb 10:10, "By means of which will we have been sanctified [baptism of the Spirit] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." cf. Heb 10:14, "For by means of one offering He has perfected for all time those being sanctified." 
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  • It feels like love. Folks; Passion can be faked, Love can never be faked. Knowing and having a personal relationship with Him is breathtaking. Once you have it you crave it more. Go to church my friends.
  • Many people feel no different. Being in a state of Grace is not about feeling. It is a cognizance that you have submitted your will to Christ's will and will show your love for him by acts of service to Him and your fellow man, no matter what the cost (even martyrdom). How can one determine if he is in the state of Grace? One quick way is if he accepts all that Holy Church proposes for his belief in the area of faith and morals. If one willingly dissents on even one authentic Catholic teaching he knows of, he is not in the state of Grace. He may feel all kinds of things, but the Holy Spirit is not with him. See the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2089 http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/heresy_schism_apostasy.htm
  • I FEEL LIKE I HAVE FIRE IN MY STOMACH.. BUT A GOOD KIND OF FIRE.. LIKE I FEEL LIKE I KNOW MY WAY NOW AND I DONT EVER WANT IT TO LEAVE BECUASE IT FEELS SO GOOD.. I HOPE EVERYBODY CAN FEEL WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.. GREG
  • Awesome, Peace, and Joy and Faith filled , Its the most awsome place to be in the presence of God.
  • I think it is different for different people. Some people have a "fire"-like experience. I felt an exhilaration beyond measure, something which made me want to go and tell everyone how good God was. I AGREE WITH THIS ANSWER but for some time iv not felt it , its a worry to me
  • I loose contol of my fingers. It gets very hard to calm myself. I tend to start pacing the room if I'm alone. I feel like somthing needs to go from my spirit to pen to paper.
  • Peaceful...have serenity... saw a great bumper sticker , says it... NO Jesus, NO Peace KNOW Jesus, KNOW Peace....
  • Like being an abused child.
  • I agree with most of these answers, but want to comment that sometimes you won't feel anything. This can be a letdown, especially when you are a beginner in faith, so realize that this is normal too. God sometimes gives us the gift of an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit, but this won't always happen.
  • I envy people who had been filled with the holy spirit. I had the exact opposite. This happened last night when my body randomly woke up at 3am. I had no idea why I woke up at 3am so I went back to sleep. Then i few moments later when I was almost at "sleeping stage" i tried moving my body to change sleeping positions, but i couldn't. I tried opening my eyes but my eyelids could only open wide enough to see a little bit of my nose. Then I heard this strong sound of something that sounded like a feedback with a hint of a female scream. I had complete control of my mind, just not my body. It felt like some kind of demon with a strong aura was holding me down. The first thing that came in my mind was to pray, so I did. After a few seconds later in the middle of Hail Mary, everything stopped and i was suddenly back in reality. I'm guessing the whole thing happened about 10 seconds, but it was too horrifying that it felt like 10 minutes. This already happened to me 3 times now. I have a feeling that there are worst to come? =/
  • I feel tingles shoot down my neck and back and curl up in my stomach all at once. My eyes unfocus and my breathing changes and I want to throw my head back and collapse at the same time. It's very good.
  • Weak, pathetic, pitiful, clinging only to the hope that something in the Lord sees your misery. You pray, you plead, you beg the Lord for strength to overcome that which separates the Lord from His creation. Utter failure, you cannot hope but to fail your Lord and God. Tied to your earthly shell, chained to the bonds of the law, sin, and weakness of flesh. The Lord hears your prayers, sees your plight, and sends his very essence, his very being into yourself. Utter grace and peace, burning fire that consumes all of you, leaving nothing left that displeases the Lord. You seek the Lord with all your heart, mountains of strength flow through the very fiber of your being. But the might and power of his will fills you up so much, that the pursuit of pleasing the Lord becomes effortless as his will has become your own. Lightness of spirit, burning fire that demands the Lord's satisfaction in all things. You cannot help but beg the Lord your God to minister to us all, so that all might see the true Shekinah glory that God so readily indwells in all his servants. That is the fruit of the spirit I have been blessed with.
  • You have a feeling down in your "knower" that it is so beautiful and right...
  • With this sinner? Overwhelming!
  • Nothing. You cannot be filled with something that is not there.
  • Lightened and freed and thankful to God for everything and wanting everybody to feel the same..
  • Great joy!

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