This has been the sentiment for the Holy Spirits purpose in the life of the Believer. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a real and vital part of our salvation. One cannot adequately understand the full measure of the Christian life without experiencing the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is as much part of the Christian life as is the love of God or the atonement of Christ. It is insufficient to experience one without the other.
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For Christians, faith is mainly based on the work and teachings of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 11:1 Paul defines faith as follows: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”(Hebrews 11:1) The passage confirms that in compliance to the scripts, Faith is indeed a leap of trust. A risk to believe in something we do not see. Consequently, it has become a synonym for salvation. For Paul, Faith and salvation began in the cross and the resurrection of Christ; it also concerns justice, and reconciliation granted to men by God.
Paul has taught us that our spirit plays a serious role in the sanctification of the believer. But, today many churches don’t teach much on the necessity of the process that is causing people to go astray doing what they want with no regard’s of what is set in order by God’s word. To truly understand this chapter one must understand text that appears in the text of Romans 6 and 7. This paper will give some of what Paul taught and what he shared about the concept of sanctification and how the spirit is involved with it all. The Christian should live according to the law of God as he is empowered by the Holy Spirit; the non-Christian lives according to his flesh, that is, according to his own free will, his sinful self, for he does not have the Holy Spirit indwelling him.
Jesus was viewed as a historical figure that we can learn from spiritually and the Bible is used as a source of knowledge on Christian history (Bingham 152, 153). In this theological movement being a Christian is considered “nothing but feeling and experience” (Lane 238). Following is the Evangelical theology which evolved from the Pietism and Revivalist movement (Olson 33). Charles Finney, a leader in Evangelism, emphasized the need and ability to evangelize the world while also maintaining the power of free will” thereby influencing all but not trying to control the mind of the masses (Lane 253, 254). As well as being a supreme authority Evangelist’s believe that because the Bible was written by man through God’s instruction the Bible is both fully man’s and God’s (256).
De Lubac agrees with Barth this far, yet De Lubac takes his theology to a higher level. In that the Church also participates in the Divine life of Christ. Karl Barth believes that the human community is what makes up the visible church. The visible Church flows out of the invisible Church. It’s invisible only in the sense that that community is called together in faith to be the Church.
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