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A look at the use of the word ‘in’. What we have “with/through Christ” is every bit as awesome as it is if we say “in Christ”. And saying “with” avoids the error of concluding that everyone is in Him. Only those who have recieved Him also have His spirit, and are called His. Just sayin’.

 

John chapter 14 (The Complete Jewish Bible)

1 “Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in [Gr. eis] God and trust in [Gr. eis] me. 2 In my Father’s house are many places to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you; because I am going there to prepare [make ready ~ brackets mine] a place for you. 3 Since I am going and preparing [making ready ~ brackets mine] a place for you, I will return to take you with me; so that where I am, you may be also.

4 Furthermore, you know where I’m going; and you know the way there.” 5 T’oma [Thomas] said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going; so how can we know the way?” 6 Yeshua [Jeus] said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me. 7 Because you have known me, you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him — in fact, you have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it will be enough for us.” 9 Yeshua replied to him, “Have I been with you so long without your knowing me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, `Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me? What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing his own works. 11 Trust me, that I am united with [Gr. en] the Father, and the Father united with [Gr. en] me. But if you can’t, then trust because of the works themselves.

12 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in me will also do the works I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father. 13 In fact, whatever you ask for in my name, I will do; so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me for something in my name, I will do it.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands; 16 and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever. 17 The world cannot receive him, because it neither sees nor knows him. You know him, because he is staying with you and will be united with [Gr. en] you.

18 I will not leave you orphans — I am coming to you. 19 In just a little while, the world will no longer see me; but you will see me. Because I live, you too will live. 20 When that day comes, you will know that I am united with [Gr. en] my Father, and you with me, and I with you.21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me, and the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” 22 Y’hudah  (not the one from K’riot [Iscariot]) said to him, “What has happened, Lord, that you are about to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Yeshua answered him, “If someone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Someone who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words — and the word you are hearing is not my own but that of the Father who sent me.

25 “I have told you these things while I am still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the  Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit], whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything; that is, he will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 “What I am leaving with you is shalom [peace] — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.

28 You heard me tell you, `I am leaving, and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would have been glad that I am going to the Father; because the Father is greater than I.29 “Also, I have said it to you now, before it happens; so that when it does happen, you will trust. 30 “I won’t be talking with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me; 31 rather, this is happening so that the world may know that I love the Father, and that I do as the Father has commanded me. “Get up! Let’s get going!

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When God said He would pour out His spirit upon all flesh, and we see it happen on Pentecost in the book of Acts, what happened? Who received the Holy Spirit? How do we know?

Well, those in the upper room received the Holy Spirit. They not only had those tongues of fire over their heads, but they spoke in tongues, so that the foreigners outside heard them glorifying God in their own languages.

This was not all flesh or all men, but just those believers who were gathered together that day. And then some three thousand souls were added to the church that day.

One would assume that those souls also received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, since that was the way it happened, from the testimony of the rest of the book of Acts.

So, all flesh would seem to indicate not the whole world, but just those who believed.

To those who received Him, He gave them the power to be sons of God. All are not sons. Only those who receive Him. Paul says as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. He also says because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called the sons of God: the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Clearly, all flesh are not the sons of God.

In the Old Testament, the spirit of God only came to someone for a reason, and then it left. When Jesus came, He had the spirit without limit. It was a new thing. After this, on Pentecost, God poured out His spirit on all (manner of) flesh. Men and women, and perhaps young people.

Again, a new thing. A Peter declared it was the fulfillment of prophecy.

People, everyone in the world does not have the spirit of God in them. Only those who believe. I know many teach that everyone has the spirit. But it is not so. It is really new age thinking.

Furthermore, Paul says if someone does not have the spirt of Christ, he not His. If the spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you, he shall make your mortal body alive. The key word is “if”. Now, the the spirit of Christ is the same as the Holy Spirit and the spirit of God. These just are different ways to express it.

Therefore, it follows that if you don’t believe, you don’t have the Holy Spirit. All flesh does not mean all people, but many people. People who believe.

To say that all people on the planet have Christ, or the spirit of Christ, in them, is not what the scripture teaches. It is more new age thinking that has crept into the church.

 

 

Faith is a fruit – the message of Grace and peace is the root. There cannot be fruit without a root. Have the root and you will see the fruit. Fruit is not a root.

This is very simple to understand…  ‎Faith just happens to you.” ~ Bertie Brits

I love this. Faith and belief are from the same word that means to trust or be persuaded. This supports what I have been saying for some time now. Faith comes by hearing the message of Jesus. We don’t try to believe. We just do. We are created to have faith. No other creature has this ability. We are persuaded. We trust. No one, not even God, can do it for us.

When the Bible uses the word ‘in’ it does not always mean ‘in’. There is so much misunderstanding of this. Jesus, for instance, was not literally in Paul before he was converted.

I have friends who believe this. I don’t. Here is why.

To me, and many others (this idea of Jesus being in everyone a new teaching – unless you read New Age teachings) it is preposterous to think Jesus is in everyone since the cross, but it fits the theology that tries to say Jesus is in everyone and they only need to be told about it, awaken to it, and so then believe it.

NAS Strong’s Version:  Gal 1:16 ….to reveal His Son (hina – in order that) so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult    with flesh and blood,

Notice that the word ‘en’ is not in this Greek manuscript.

The Message 1:16  Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to (en – in, on, through, with, etc) me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him. Immediately after my calling–without consulting anyone around me

Here, the word ‘en’ is translated as ‘to’.

Now, it’s up to you. Believe Jesus is in everyone since the cross. Or don’t. I don’t. Jesus sits at the right hand of God. His spirit is in believers when we believe. Not before. And not literally Jesus. The Holy Spirit.

If we read the passages correctly, there is no support for saying that Jesus is in everyone. Come on. Hitler had Jesus in him? Osama bin Laden? Genghis Khan? Really? What fellowship, the scripture asks, has light with darkness?

Again, it’s up to you. The important thing is that you do know Him. But know also this idea is not in any way crucial to understanding that all are reconciled  to God by Christ.

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