quarta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2013

just as many as Jehovah our God may call to him

I would like to give some comments about a statement I have received from anointedjw.org 

"the idea that the heavenly hope is a supernatural calling is a relatively recent teaching."  - anointedjw.org 

Well, We do need to look to the precedent - first century christians

Christians HELP OTHERS TO RECEIVE HOLY SPIRIT:

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men, brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter [said] to them: “Repent, and let each one of YOU be baptized+ in the name+ of Jesus Christ for forgiveness+ of YOUR sins, and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit. 39 For the promise+ is to YOU and to YOUR children and to all those afar off,+ just as many as Jehovah* our God may call to him.”

and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.  -  For the promise+ is to YOU and to YOUR children and to all those afar off, just as many as Jehovah* our God may call to him.”

Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses of these matters, and so is the holy spirit, which God has given to those obeying him as ruler.” 

Acts 8:14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they dispatched Peter and John to them; 15 and these went down and prayed for them to get holy spirit. 16 For it had not yet fallen upon any one of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they went laying their hands upon them,+ and they began to receive holy spirit.


Acts 19 In the course of events, while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland parts and came down to Ephesus,+ and found some disciples; 2 and he said to them: “Did you receive holy spirit+ when YOU became believers?”

The work that Christians there in the spring, in the first century, played, was to help people of all nations to become "anointed of God" , or Christians:  Help people to receive the promised holy spirit of God . (Acts 2:38)

It is what Jesus himself had promised to his followers:
and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.  -  For the promise+ is to YOU and to YOUR children and to all those afar off, just as many as Jehovah* our God may call to him.”

Holy Spirit is granted to those who REALLY SEEK IT, REALLY ASK, REALLY KNOCK - Luke 11:9-13

It has "stages" in the "process":

Ephesians 1:13 But YOU also hoped in him after YOU heard the word of truth, the good news about YOUR salvation.+ By means of him also, after YOU believed,YOU were sealed with the promised holy spirit,+ 

Stages:
1) YOU heard the word of truth, -  the good news  - THE TRUE GOOD NEWS
2) YOU also hoped
3) YOU believed,
4)  YOU were sealed with the promised holy spirit

FIRST is to know THE TRUTH, the authentic GOOD NEWS  - "YOU heard the word of truth"

Acts 5:32 "the holy spirit, which God has given to those obeying him as ruler.”

Whenever men OBEY men (Governing Body) holy spirit will be restrained. 

Luke 11:9 Accordingly I say to YOU, Keep on asking,+ and it will be given YOU; keep on seeking,+ and YOU will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to YOU. 10 For everyone asking receives,+ and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking it will be opened. 11 Indeed, which father is there among YOU who, if his son+ asks for a fish, will perhaps hand him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he also asks for an egg, will hand him a scorpion? 13 Therefore, if YOU, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to YOUR children,+ how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit+ to those asking him!”

  "how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit+ to those asking him!”

True , authentic , genuine Christians ASK, SEEK and Knock and They receive it.

John 16:24 Until this present time YOU have not asked a single thing in my name. Ask and YOU will receive, that YOUR joy may be made full.

Please read (use translator in the page and "context")

2 Corinthians 13:14 The undeserved kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the sharing in the holy spirit be with all of YOU.

Joel 2:28 “And after that it must occur that I shall pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and YOUR sons and YOUR daughters will certainly prophesy. As for YOUR old men, dreams they will dream. As for YOUR young men, visions they will see. 29 And even on the menservants and on the maidservants in those days I shall pour out my spirit.

Peace in Christ,
Paulo

Resposta:

info@anointedjw.orgFeb 20 2013
to me Dear Brother Paulo,
Thank you for your email on the anointing.  We will be publishing an article along those lines hopefully before the Memorial and we will include many of your thoughts.  In keeping with our custom, we would not reveal your name or contact information, but we will acknowledge that some of the research was contributed by a visitor. 
Thank you again and keep up the fine work.  The more of us who are publishing the truth about the heavenly hope, the greater the honor to the Father and Jesus Christ.
Your Brothers,www.AnointedJW.org

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