The purpose of these lessons is to establish the believer in the fundamental truths of God’s Word.
1 Peter 2v2
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.
When we become born again, that means, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Saviour, we start out as spiritual babies. But God’s plan and purpose is not for us to stay babies but to grow up and to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. And the way in which we grow up is through the Word of God. The food for your spirit is the Word of God. One of the key ways in which Christians can grow is through the knowledge of God’s Word, which is why studying the Word is so important.
2 Timothy 2v15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
When we handle the Word of God, it is so important that we rightly divide the Word of God. It implies that we can wrongly divide the Word. If you wrongly divide the Word, it leads to error. That is why studying the Word of God is so important, so that you will not need to be ashamed. So be diligent where the study of God’s Word is concerned and present yourself approved to God and to others.
Find out for yourself what the Word says. Don’t depend on others to do your studying for you. Don’t depend on others to do your praying for you. When you have a good solid Christian foundation that is built on the Word of God, you act on what God’s Word says; you will then be able to stand strong when the storms of life come.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: (25) and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (26) But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: (27) and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.
When you apply the sayings of Jesus in your life, when you do what God says in His Word, when the storms of life come, you and God will still be standing. We will be going through the following lessons that will show you the basic truths of the Word of God.
- Assurance of Salvation
- Developing a personal relationship with God.
- The Person of the Holy Spirit.
- New Kingdom/New Principles
- Position and authority of the believer.
- Living the abundant life.
- The Local Church.
Suggested Reading Growing up spiritually – Kenneth E. Hagin
The Authority of the Believer – Kenneth E. Hagin
- What happens when we become a Christian?
The old unregenerate nature moves out of our spirit and the new nature of God moves in. God changes us from the inside out. You become a new creation. You become a child of God. Your spirit gets recreated on the inside. Your body on the outside stays the same but your spirit on the inside becomes new.Man is made up of three parts:
- Man is a spirit
- Man has a soul
- Man lives in a body
- What is the meaning of Salvation
The New Testament in our Bible was originally written in ancient Greek. So the Greek word for salvation is “Soteria” which means, “Deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, soundness, wholeness”. This is a multi-faceted but all-encompassing word.
- Why do we need salvation?
The reason why we need salvation is because we have all sinned and as sinners we faced the judgement of God but now that you are born again and received His salvation, you will never face the judgement of God. God judged you when Jesus hung on the cross and now He sees you as righteous.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This scripture confirms that we need salvation.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
So many people have taken this scripture out of context and wrongly divided the Word. They focus so much on the sin part but the entire passage is talking about righteousness. What it means is; if everyone is sinners, then everyone qualifies to become righteous. You must get rid of a sin consciousness. Stop being aware and concerned about your past life, your mistakes, your failures and short comings?
Become God-inside minded.Get rid of all those sin tags. “I am so unworthy. I am no good. I’m a worm for Jesus. I am sinner saved by grace”. You were a sinner, you were saved by grace but now you are the righteousness of God. Sin consciousness will keep you defeated as a Christian and it will hinder your spiritual progress in God. The devil will run over you all the time.
- How did the fall of man occur?
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God is a Spirit. We have been made in the image of God, so we are spirit beings. When God made man, He made him perfect with no sin involved. He saw man as righteous, holy and without sin and that is how He still sees us today. We might struggle to see ourselves that way but God sees us through the blood of Jesus. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and as a result of their disobedience, sin entered into the world.
Sin is by nature destructive and it tarnishes the image of God. It is normal for people who are sinners and who have a sinful nature to continually sin. But for us who are born again, it is normal for us not to sin.
We now have the new nature of God in us. Because we are natural descendants of Adam, we inherited the sin and death which came into the world through Adam.
1 Corinthians 15v21-22
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
So when you become a Christian, you enter the family of God and you inherit the life of God which came into the world through Jesus.
- What is meant by death?
There are two types of death. Physical death and Spiritual death.We all understand what physical death is. We will all die physically one day. Spiritual death is eternal separation from God. It does not mean that we cease to exist. It means that people will be separated from the source of Life. Hell was created for the devil and his evil spirits and not for God’s children.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
This verse that we read earlier, talks about spiritual death.
“die” – means “in dying, you shall die”. In dying spiritually, you will eventually die physically.
But the good news is; God set an amazing plan in place to save us from our sin through the spiritual new birth.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and the sin that came with him.
1 John 3v8-9
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (9) Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in Him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
- How do we receive the new birth?
We receive the new birth by faith. We receive it by believing in our hearts that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): (9) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
And all this is made possible because we receive our salvation through God’s grace. Not because we’ve done good works. Good works do not get us into heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Through God’s grace we also receive forgiveness of our sins.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
God has forgiven you of all your sins. He is not holding anything against you. He does not remember your sins anymore. So God has made us completely new on the inside. We are now the righteousness of God. As a result of all this, the Holy Spirit can now come and live inside us and seal us as people who belong to God.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
In this way our relationship with God is now restored.
Ephesians 3v12 Amp
In whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).
The basis of this restored relationship is that God is now our Father, and we become His children.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
Man is made up of three parts
An egg has three parts: the shell, egg white and the yolk. All three parts combine to make an egg.
1 Thessalonians 5v23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the part of man that contacts the spiritual realm.
This is where the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. It is the part of us that is made perfect when we receive the new birth. The food for your spirit is the Word of God.
Proverbs 20v27; Psalm 18v28
This is the part of man that contacts the intellectual realm.
This part keeps us in contact with the outside world through the five physical senses. Our soul is not made perfect when we receive the new birth but the soul begins to get saved when we renew our minds on a daily basis through the Word of God.
Romans 12v2; James 1v21
This is the part of man that contacts the physical realm.
This is our earth suit or “Egg Shell”. While there is healing available for our body, it will only be saved or become perfect when we go to heaven and receive a glorified body.
We now trust that you have a better understanding of your salvation experience.
And if you have not yet received your salvation and experienced the new birth, then pray this prayer. It will change your life forever.
Prayer for Salvation
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. I am now reborn! I am a Christian— a child of Almighty God! I am saved!
Pastor Lester Holland