segunda-feira, 26 de março de 2018

Can women be pastors?

Translated from my Portuguese post:

http://religiao-filosofia.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/por-que-mulheres-nao-podem-ser-pastoras.html

This short post in which I expose my position on the ministry of women in the Church was elaborated with the help of this website below:

http://www.cpadnews.com.br/blog/cirozibordi/apologetica-crista/134/why-women-can-be-pastoras.html

Why did not the Lord first formed the woman, and then took one of her ribs to formed the man?

The answer to this question is as follows:

Because God is Sovereign and decided to prioritize man Genesis 2:7,22.

Genesis 2:7,22

7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

22 And of the rib that the Lord God took of the man, he formed a woman, and brought it to Adam.

In Christianity there is no room for machismo and feminism, but Man and Woman must know what the divine principle of priority means.

Machismo adopts the principle of superiority and considers the woman inferior to the man, while feminism diminish the authority of the man.

In the Body of Christ, there is room for both sexes as long as they recognize, in the light of the Scriptures, their position.

Many Christian men need to reconsider their views on women, who, over the centuries have been discriminated.

Authoritarian husbands, who consider themselves superior to their wives, should know that according to the Bible, the relationship between man and woman must be one of mutual respect.

And many sisters in Christ were to accept the doctrine of God about the submission to the husband and fall under the authority of Man in the Church, instead of falling into the doctrine of feminist egalitarianism.

The Bible states in Ephesians 5:24-25:

Ephesians 5:24-25:

24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so also let women be subject to their husbands in everything

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her.

The Bible does not support feminist egalitarianism, but neither does it endorse machismo. The term "weaker vessel" in 1 Peter 3: 7 was not used as a synonym for inferiority. It denotes that the woman is more fragile, more sensitive and, therefore, must be loved and honored by her husband Ephesians 5: 25-29.

1 Peter 3:7

7 Likewise, ye husbands, cohabit with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as the weaker vessel; as being your co-heirs of the grace of life; so that your prayers are not hindered.

Ephesians 5: 24-30.

24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so also let women be subject to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her,

26 That he might sanctify her, and purify her with the washing of water by the word,

27 To present to himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.

28 So husbands ought to love their own wives, as to their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 For no man hated his own flesh; but nourishes and sustains it, as the Lord also does to the church;

30 For we are members of his body, his flesh, and his bones.

I repeat: the principle that God adopted was that of Priority, not that of Superiority.

And the principle of priority also applies to the exercise of the ministry.

Those who do not accept the biblical principle of priority will inevitably embrace "doctrines of men," such as feminist egalitarianism.

Some theologians, by not finding in the Scriptures clear passages in defensive of the feminine ministry as a Pastor or Elder of the Church, have affirmed that Paul was against to the women, by reason of its pharisaic formation.

If Paul was a sexist, what about Jesus, who chose twelve men to compose the ministry of the rising church?

Was Jesus wrong?

Did Jesus have any ties to Pharisees or Sadducees of his day?

The Bible clearly says that the Lord "called to himself those whom he desired" Mark 3: 13-19 Why did he not call some women to be among his apostles? Why did not you call six couples, for example?

Mark 3:13-19

13 And he went up into the mount, and called for himself those whom he desired; and came to him.

14 And he named twelve that they should be with him, and command them to preach,

15 And that they might have the power to heal sickness and cast out devils:

16 To Simon, whom he called the name of Peter,

17 And to James the son of Zebedee, and to John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, which means: Children of thunder;

18 And to Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,

19 And to Judas Iscariot, who delivered him up.

In the choice of the first deacons the apostles said, "Choose then, brethren, from among you seven men." Acts 6: 1-3.

Acts 6:1-3

1 Now in those days, as the number of the disciples grew, there was a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, because their widows were despised in the daily ministry.

2 And the twelve called together the multitude of the disciples, and said, It is not reasonable for us to forsake the word of God, and serve the tables.

3 Choose, then, brethren, among you, seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we have appointed over this important business.

Certainly sisters in the Church can and should serve the tables and care for the needy within the Church. But these 7 men were chosen to have a leading position in this work done within the Church, which was particularly important in those times.

We also see that in the first council, 52 AD (52 years after Christ) the course of the church was traced by men Acts 15: 1-31.

Acts 15:1-2

1 Then some who had come down from Judea taught the brothers thus: If you are not circumcised according to the use of Moses, you can not be saved.

2 When Paul and Barnabas had no small quarrel and strife against them, it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and some of them would go up to Jerusalem, the apostles, and the elders, on that question.

In the Bible there is no reference to women exercising pastoral activities.

Some ask 'and the women who are on the mission field giving their lives for the work of God'?

Can they not exercise the pastorate? "

It is clear that rules always have their exceptions and these women in the first stage of missionary activity carry out top leadership functions.

But this is only until the Church is established, for when it is governed by men, missionary women in obedience to the Bible must withdraw from these leadership functions.

That is why we should not use these exceptional situations to adopt generalizations that compromise the teaching of the Holy Scriptures on this subject.

CONCLUSION OF THE SUBJECT:

My conclusion is this: I think the Bible is very clear in 4 points:

1. The Woman should not be a Pastor in a Church.

2. The Woman should not be an Elder in a Church.

3. The Woman should not be part of the group of preachers who have the responsibility of weekly preaching or teaching the congregation.

4. The Woman should be submissive to the husband who is the head of the couple.

I think these are the 4 main points that constitute the heart or center of the question of woman's position in the Church and in the family.

There is, of course, a broader context around this core (these four points), in which churches should be free to establish what women should and should not exercise as ministries or functions within the Church and in the family, in feminism.

However, always try to observe the principle of the priority that God gave to Man and the principle of mutual respect between Man and Woman established by God.

End

quarta-feira, 27 de dezembro de 2017

The Book of Revelation and the New World Order


1. Manipulation of the human mind and Global Government

The book of Revelation speaks of a New World Order that has many similarities with the Conspiracy Theory of the New World Order (NOM) in which a secret powerful group is planning to dominate and enslave the world through a World Government.

In the Book of Revelation, this New Order refers to a Global Government led by a man, the first Beast that came up out of the sea, whose number is 666, backed by a world leader, the religious, the second Beast that came up out of the earth, the False Prophet. Revelation 13

The Beast is a politician and the False Prophet leads the Universal Religion of those days, that the book of Revelation presents as being the Great Prostitute.

Revelation still speaks of the Great Babylon that represents precisely this Global Government that includes the political and business side led by the first Beast, the 666, and includes the Religious side, led by the second Beast, the False Prophet.




Some Christians believe that the number of the Beast, 666, the mark referred to in Revelation, is the barcode embedded in the right hand or in the forehead by means of a microchip.

The people will be controlled through this code and no one can buy or sell if you do not have this code. The “guidelines” represented by each pair of bars is precisely 6.

Which gives a set of 666, which are present in all of the bar code system UPC, which gave rise to the belief in question. It is clear that this may not have anything to do with the bar code, how to think about these Christians, because the Beast will be able to exercise the control of people through other means and technologies.

But, all these, whether the bar code or not, is based on one of the most famous biblical prophecies:

Revelation 13:16-18
16 And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666



2. About the New World Order (NOM)

The New World Order (NOM) is a Conspiracy Theory, in which a powerful secret group is planning to dominate and enslave the world through a world government.

The New World Order would be a plan with the goal of over ruling governments all over the world, as well as eradicating throughout the world all religions and beliefs, to unify humanity under a “New Order”, which would be based on an ideology extremely uniform, a political party only, a single trading, a single currency and a universal religion.

The theory says this “New Order” will be extremely powerful and secret and multiple linked sets are behind this New World Order. The plan is to rule the world primarily through a combination of financial policies, political corruption, social engineering and mind-control done with the help of the propaganda of a culture of fear.

One of the variants of the modern Conspiracy Theory of the New World Order would be a plan designed by Adam Weishaupt the founder of the illuminati, which, according to the theorists still exists and continues to pursue the implementation of this New Order.

The so-called "globalization process”, initiated at the end of the twentieth century at a global level, could be one of the many facets of the progressive establishment of the New Order.

The conspiracy theory of the New World Order puts into question the loss of freedom, been ideological or religious freedom, and is the concern of groups of the extreme right or the extreme left, as well as fundamentalists Christian and conservatives and liberals groups.

This Conspiracy Theory of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century that seek to establish a New World Order have existed after all throughout history, from ancient times, where they have appeared many Empires and nations, or a group of nations that have sought to dominate the world.





II Thessalonians 2:4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Human beings can gradually losing intelligence, according to new studies. I think that this is a matter to be debated, discussed, but my opinion is another. I am of the opinion that the mind of human beings can be manipulated. So, when the mind of human beings is manipulated, their intelligence is gradually affected.

Or another words, their cognitive ability slows down, their will weakens, their emotional state deteriorate and people becomes increasingly dependent on the one who controls them.

In other words, people stop to think and act for themselves and simply to do what is dictated by the one who controls them. I'll give a small example for us to better understand this subject of mind manipulation.



Children raised by parents too authoritarian, are up to a certain point under mental manipulation and they lose the ability to think and act for themselves.

From this example we can try to imagine the effects of a manipulation that comes not from authoritarian parents, but by an Association or Institution that are looking to reach their purposes, manipulating their members, supporters or followers. It can be a group, an association, a sect, a religion or a political ideology.

But can you imagine the effects on people of a mental manipulation that comes from a Global Government!

A mental manipulation that comes from a Global Government that eradicating all political ideologies and all beliefs, unifying all humanity under a New Order, based only on one ideology, on one political party, on one trading, on one currency and on one universal religion?

A Global Government that will rule the world through a combination of financial policies, political corruption, social engineering and mind-control done with the help of the propaganda of a culture of fear. A Global Government that will exercise the mental control of the people through the Cyber?

3. Microchip, mind Control, and Cybernetics

We have now for many years heard about Implants Microchip, mind Control and Cybernetics, which will use a communication neurological and a theory of control over the people.

This technology links the brains of the people by means of implanted microchips linked with the satellites controlled by super computers based on the ground.




Many scholars have already expressed their concern about our freedom been threatened by such a kind of cyber technology that will be used by a future government to manipulate and control people. The simple use of the Internet, in itself, is already exerting a tremendous control of the mind and behaviors of people.

No one can imagine the power that Google, Face book and other utilities of the Internet have on people.

And, they also have a great power of mind manipulation. For example, the use of the Internet is responsible for the increase of pornography, homosexuality, marriage, “gay”, child abuse and suicide in our world.

In addition, there are many harmful ideologies: political, social, religious and terrorist that have been spread by the Internet, braining washing many people”. The terrorists are using the internet to spread their influence and organize their attacks.

And we could mention the dependency of people that are spending so much time on Internet and because of this they are depersonalized and manipulated, becoming enslaved of the Internet, without realizing it.

4. The Beast and the False Prophet

The Beast, the 666, and the False Prophet will use all of the means they can get and especially the means of cybernetics to achieve its purposes, including the creation of a New Order that will object to everything that comes from God.


The book of Revelation agree in a certain way, with a “Big Brother” that will control and manipulate our mind, which is used by this New Order, the Great Babylon, that will have on top the Beast and the False Prophet, inspired by the Devil.

Probably the mark of the Beast will be a microchip installed on people, controlling their minds and their movements, through a communication between their neurological brain and satellites controlled by supercomputers.




This technology will be a communication between microchips implanted on people’s brain and satellites controlled by supercomputers based on the soil, the so-called “Big Brother” as we have said previously. And we believe that this will fulfilled the prophecies related to the appearance of the Great Babylon, this New Order ruled by the Beast and the False Prophet, inspired by the Dragon which is the devil.

5. Global governance and Global Change in the Mentality of Human

Today there are many theories about the emergence of a Global Government and a Global Shift in the Mentality of Human which will appear because of a mental manipulation made by economic and political forces that is intended solely to achieve their own interests. The “globalization” that we're seeing in our days is already a small sample that these theories have something that is truth.

When this Global Government will become a reality and the mentality of the population of the world will be under a great manipulation, the rulers and business men of that era, will make many promises of peace, prosperity, justice, health, economy and religion.

The book of Revelation prophesies a scenario like this, the emergence of a Global Government and a Global Change of Mentality of Human being.

If the Beast is simply a symbol of a “Big Brother” a large network of computers linked to satellites that will monitor all the people with the help of chips implanted in the hand or forehead of people, or if it is a man who will control the world with the help of this Global Government and the “Big Brother”, that I don't know, but I'm quite sure that this Beast will emerge one day.


I take literally the Apocalypse at this point and, therefore, I believe that the Beast is a man, supported by the False Prophet who will be the leader of a Universal Religion, that will seek to rule the World as the Emperors of old age did, presenting himself as if he is God.


For this reason, we call the Beast “Anti-Christ”, that does not mean “against Christ” but rather, “wanting to seem Christ”. We see that the second Beast, the False Prophet has horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. He is a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing.


Revelation 13:16-18
16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[a] That number is 666.

The false Prophet only has one goal, to seduce the people, to submit and worship the Beast. In this way, will cause men to receive a mark in hand and forehead that must be a chip with the name of the Beast or the number of his name. And no one can buy nor sell without the mark, the name of the Beast or the number of his name.

The Beast is the Anti-Christ, the 666, that will object to all those who do not worship him, but want to before you to worship God and follow Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:4
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

 Babylon the Great referred in the Bible, is no more than the rebirth of this principle or theory of imperializing the world, in which a Large Empire, the largest in the history, ruled by the greatest dictator of all times, will seek to take control of the world and oppose everything that is connected with God and with Jesus Christ.Important Note: It is clear that at this point we can create theories, but only when these things happen we will fully understand the true meaning of the Great Babylon, the Beast, the False Prophet and the Great Prostitute and how all this shall come to pass in the last times of human history.

However, we believe more in these things when we hear Edward Snowden reveal everything that is behind the American government, stating that there are documents that reveal that the US are betraying the basic principles of democracy, acting as if they are an absolute and despotic government, in which the citizens don’t decide anymore but the rulers.

The rulers are capable of everything to achieve their interests and to overthrow God's control of the world, creating a New Babylon with the help of cybernetics that can unite the Whole World Political and Religious, and through a mental manipulation and the propaganda of fear they will control the world.

You can access my post about the Apocalypse below: 

quarta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2017

Holiday in Portugal - Vicentine Coast Southwest in Algarve

If you are looking for a nice holiday in Algarve

Give a look to Naturpi home in Southwest - Vicentine Coast 

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Luis e Sofia

Podem ver a casa Naturpi para alugar para férias na Costa Vicentina no Algarve.


Luis e Sofia

terça-feira, 12 de setembro de 2017

The experiences that accompany the Baptism of the Holy Spirit


1. The reception of the Spirit
2. The new birth
3. Washing and regeneration
4. The seal and the pledge of the Holy Spirit
5. Eternal Life
6. Justification before God
7. The sanctification and fruits of the Holy Spirit
8. Adoption in the family of God
9. Member of the Body of Christ
10. The assistance and support of the Holy Spirit.
11. Satan loses decisive and absolute power over the believer.
12. Important Note on the Filling of the Holy Spirit
13. The equipment of the Holy Spirit for the service.

1. The reception of the Spirit

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the reception of the Spirit. The person receives the Spirit as soon as he believes in Jesus Christ.

John 7:39 This He said concerning the spirit that they that believed on him would receive; because the Spirit had not been given until that moment, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 14:17 the spirit of truth, which the world can not receive, because it neither sees it nor knows it; you know him, because he dwells with you and will be in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelled in you? If any man destroy the temple of God, God will destroy it; for the sanctuary of God, which is ye, is holy.

2. The new birth

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 3: 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. 8 The wind blowout where thou wilt, thou hear his voice, but thou knowest not whence it cometh, nor whither it goeth; so is all that is born of the spirit.

When receiving the spirit the believer is born spiritually.

3. Washing and regeneration

There can be no new birth if one is not washed inwardly by the Holy Spirit. This washing and purifying operation is called regeneration.

Titus 3: 5 Not by works of righteousness which he hath done, but according to his mercy, he hath saved us by the regenerating and renewing washing of the Holy Spirit.

This washing is not sanctification which includes the washing or regeneration of soul and body. It is the washing of our spirit, in order to reestablish communion with God.

John 13: 8 Peter said to him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus replied, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with me." 9 Then Peter asked him, Lord, not only the feet, but also the hands and the head. 10 Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs no washing except his feet; as for the rest, it's all clean. Now ye are clean, but not all.

4. The seal a the pledge of the Holy Spirit

The believer is sealed by the Spirit, being able to be sure of his salvation, for this seal is a guarantee that we are children of God. The pawn speaks of a small sample of the glorious inheritance that we will one day receive as children of God that we are, a pledge that the Holy Spirit places in us when we believe in Christ. 

II. Corinthians 5: 5 Now it was God Himself who prepared us for this, granting us the surety of the spirit. 

Ephesians 1:13 Whom also ye, after ye have heard the gospel of your salvation, having also believed in him, were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise; 14 which is the surety of our inheritance, until the redemption of his inheritance, 

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

5. Eternal Life

When one sincerely believes in Jesus Christ and is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he receives the Eternal Life. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hear my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, he cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death unto life. John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 10:28 I give them eternal life; they shall never perish, and no man shall snatch them out of my hand.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: that God hath given to us eternal life; and this life is in his Son. 13 These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto such as believe in the name of the Son of God. Eternal Life is an exclusive gift of God's grace, which is received through faith in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and this does not come from you; it is the gift of God; 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

Titus 3: 7 That, being justified by grace, we may become his heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

6. Justification before God

Question: "What is justification?" To put it simply, to justify means to declare righteous; to make someone righteous before God. Justification is when God declares righteous everyone who receives Christ, based on the righteousness of Christ being debited to the accounts of those who receive Him.

Although we can find justification as a principle throughout Scripture, the main passage that describes justification in relation to believers is Romans 3: 21-26: "But now, without law, the righteousness of God, which is witnessed by the law and the prophets, has been manifested, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, for all (and over all) believers: for there is no distinction, by the grace of God, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath purposed in his blood, as a propitiation, through faith, to manifest his righteousness, having God in the his forbearance, having left unpunished sins previously committed, in view of the manifestation of his righteousness in the present time, so that he himself may be just and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus".

We are justified (declared righteous) at the moment of our salvation. Justification does not make us righteous, but declares our righteousness.

Our righteousness comes from putting our faith in the full work of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice covers our sin, allowing God to see us as perfect and without any blemish. Because of the fact that as believers we are in Christ, God sees the righteousness of Christ when He looks at us. This achieves God's requirements for perfection; therefore 

He declares us righteous - He justifies us.

Romans 5: 18-19 sums up this concept very well: "For as by one offense came the judgment upon all men for condemnation, so also by one act of righteousness came grace upon all men unto the righteousness that gives life, for as by the disobedience of one man many have become sinners, so also through the obedience of one man many will become righteous. " Why is this pronouncement of justice so important?

Romans 5: 1 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ"

It is because of the justification that the peace of God can rule in our lives. It is because of the FACT of justification that believers can have the guarantee of salvation.

It is the FACT of justification that leaves God to begin the process of sanctification - the process by which God makes reality in our lives the position we already occupy in Christ.

This point was taken from the gotquestions


7. The sanctification and fruits of the Holy Spirit

When the Holy Spirit baptises a person, it receives the Spirit, is born again and is sealed; from there the Spirit begins to operate in her the work of sanctification. The work of sanctification includes the conversion of the past life, in which the person gradually decides to abandon the old sinful habits and begins to know and to grow in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. 

At the same time, this person, already a believer, gradually integrates into a local Church until he becomes an effective member in the Church - the living body of Christ.

Romans 6:19 I speak as a man because of the weakness of your flesh. As you have offered your members to the bondage of uncleanness and wickedness to wickedness, so now offer your members to serve righteousness for sanctification. 22 But now being freed from sin, being made servants of God, you have your fruit for sanctification, and eternal life;

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

1 Thessalonians 4: 3 For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you should separate yourselves from fornication; 4 That every one of you may know to possess his own body in sanctification and honor, 7 because God did not call us to uncleanness, but to sanctification.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 The same God of peace sanctify you in everything; and may your spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

8. Adoption in the family of God

In the midst of this succession of experiences following the baptism of the Holy Spirit, one receives the revelation that was adopted in the family of God. In this way, the Holy Spirit witnesses to her spirit that she is a child of God, giving her the paternity of God, so she can say: Abba, Father.

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage, that you might live again in fear, but you received the spirit of adoption, on which we cry: Abba, Father. 16 The spirit itself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.

9. Member of the Body of Christ

When one accepts Jesus Christ and as a consequence is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he is immediately immersed by the Holy Spirit in the mystical body of Christ - the Universal Church.

A believer may not immediately become a member of a local church, but by drinking of the Spirit he immediately becomes a member of the body of Christ - the Universal Church.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews, or Greeks, or slaves, or freemen. And to all of us it was given to drink of one Spirit.

10. The assistance and support of the Holy Spirit

God knows that the convert is a person full of fears and weaknesses and that he needs the support of the Holy Spirit in order to advance in the Christian life and to know the will of God in everything. Romans 8:26 Likewise also the spirit assisteth us in our weakness; because we do not know how to pray as it should, but the same Spirit intercedes for us with groanings that can not be uttered.

11. Satan loses decisive and absolute power over the believer

Colossians 2: 14-16 Having struck the card that was against us in her ordinances, which was contrary to us in some way, and took it out of the midst of us, nailing it to the cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made them public, and triumphed over them in himself. The text under analysis begins by telling us that Jesus Christ crossed out the debt note that was against us.

What debt was it against us? Debt was our sin, and we could never repay it. The expression "scratch" in the original Greek is the same as to erase, to clean (expressions similar to those used in the following texts Revelation 7.17; 21.4).

So that's exactly what Jesus did, erased, cleaned, scratched out our debt note. He passed a sponge and left nothing behind. Continuing our analysis, we note that the "ballot was against us." This ballot was the Law.

All the Law of Moses was against us. The Law did not require redemption - Only condemnation. As the Law was against us, because through it we would never reach salvation, the Lord Jesus "took it out from among us." Hallelujah! So that we would not remain under his curse.

And he nailed it to the cross. Hallelujah! That's right. Jesus Christ stuck our bill of debt which was the Law on the cross of Calvary. The Lord Jesus Christ crucified that which brought guilt, condemnation and death. (Romans 3: 19,20; 6:23; 8: 3; 2 Corinthians 3: 4-11; Ephesians 2: 14-16).

But the sacred text also tells us that the Lord "robbed principalities and powers." Hallelujah!

To strip is to deprive of possession, to take away by force. Jesus overcame a great battle, waged on the cross of Calvary, and then, having been victorious, emptied the devil with all his powers, taking from him the strength of his evil claws. In this way the Devil was stripped of his power to transgress the Law, to accuse, condemn, and kill man through sin. Hallelujah!

That's right.

Jesus Christ stuck our bill of debt which was the Law on the cross of Calvary.
The Lord Jesus Christ crucified that which brought guilt, condemnation and death. (Romans 3: 19,20; 6:23; 8: 3; 2 Corinthians 3: 4-11; Ephesians 2: 14-16).

But the sacred text also tells us that the Lord "robbed principalities and powers." Hallelujah!

To strip is to deprive of possession, to take away by force.

Jesus overcame a great battle, waged on the cross of Calvary, and then, having been victorious, emptied the devil with all his powers, taking from him the strength of his evil claws. In this way the Devil was stripped of his power to transgress the Law, to accuse, condemn, and kill man through sin. Hallelujah!

The Devil can still tempt believers, but no longer has decisive and absolute power over believers, as before they were believers, for this power was taken away by the work of Christ on the cross.

12. Important note on the Filling of the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is dissolution, but be filled with the Spirit.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit are two distinct operations.

All people in conversion receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and only then begin to seek the Filling of the Spirit, but the filling should consequently be the desire of the believer, right after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, like all doctrines, the filling should be taught to the believers and in this way these knowing of this operation will be encouraged to seek the filling in their day to day.

There are certain conversions in which the person in converting, receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit can have a very filler experience.

This may be the case for people suffering from drugs, alcohol, prostitution and other serious problems, where the person needs a very large release operation at the time of conversion, and the Holy Spirit has to fill it in a special way so that this release takes place in the person's life.

So that the person right from the beginning of the conversion can say NO to such an addition.

But basically, the operations of Spirit Baptism and Spirit Filling are two distinct operations.

Believers baptized by the Holy Spirit must daily seek the filling of the Spirit

To be filled with the Holy Spirit is an imperative of the Word of God imposed on believers and Churches.

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is dissolution, but be filled with the Spirit.

Before I start talking about what I think the imperative "fill you with the Spirit" to say, leave me what this does not mean.

First, Paul is not saying that believers should fill themselves with something they do not have. All believers have the Holy Spirit, whom they received at the time of conversion. Paul is saying that believers should be filled by the Holy Spirit they already have. In other words, believers are to leave the Holy Spirit who dwells in them, to take more and more possession of their lives, to fill them and to bring them to fullness in fullness.

Second, Paul is not saying that believers should be baptized by the Holy Spirit. For all believers were baptized at the time of conversion. Paul is simply saying that they must "fill themselves with the Spirit" who already dwells in them, for he baptized them at the moment.

3. The Holy Spirit Equips the Church
 
In Old Testament times the Spirit has equipped individuals to various tasks: 
 
Judges to judge (Judges 6.34); Kings to rule (1 Sam 10: 10-10); Prophets to prophesy 
Ezekiel 2: 2); Bezaleel built the Tabernacle Ex.31.3
 
In the New Testament the Spirit is given to the Church, and He equips believers
individually for their function within the group. The whole Church is compared to a 
body and individuals are different limbs or parts of this body.
 
The Spirit (1 Cor 12:11) ensures that the Church is fully equipped to your task. 
 
The extraordinary and miraculous gifts given to the Apostles for they fulfilled their 
apostolic mission, but the Spirit
 
The Holy One continues to give the gifts and keeps the believers with necessary for the 
good of the Church and effective evangelism.
 
Paul tells us that Christ, having ascended into heaven, "gave some for apostles;
others for prophets; and others, as evangelists; and others, as pastors and
masters; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ "(Ephesians 4: 11-12).
 
He did this by giving His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The Spirit gives believers the 
necessary gifts, which they need to fulfil the vital role inside the body.