MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT (teaching seven)

ETERNAL LIFE BEGINS WITH JESUS OUR SAVIOR WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO BECOME RIGHTEOUS AGAIN AND TEACHES US HOW TO STAY RIGHTEOUS .

RIGHTEOUSNESS LEADS TO HOLINESS

THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE

THE MINISTRY OF THE NEW COVENANT IS THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT IS THE MINISTRY THAT TEACHES YOU WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO  TO KEEP  ON BEING

RIGHTEOUSNESS

It means that you must listen to the Holy Spirit as scripture in Isaiah says

Isa_30:21  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,

“This is the way; walk in it.”

 IF you obey the Word of God and  listen to the Holy Spirit when He warns you when you are doing wrong and you asking for forgiveness every time you do wrong and sin , Jesus will forgive you and you will keep on being righteous.

2Co 3:6  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co_3:8  will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

2Co_3:9  If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES FROM FAITH IN TWO WAYS:

  • BELIEVE AND RECEIVE THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

COME BACK TO GOD THROUGH JESUS .

Believe in Jesus , receive Him as your Savior asking Him for forgiveness for all your sins you did in the past . Now you have been cleansed from your past sins and have received your new righteousness as a gift  from JESUS  and also the gift of the Holy Spirit . So far everything for free- you did not have to  anything, to be saved .

What you must do NOW is to repent from/turn from  your old ways of sin and death – it means STOP SINNING.

  • HOLD ON TO YOUR PRECIOUS “RIGHTEOUSNESS GIFT” BY THE WAY YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE IN FAITH BY ACTING IN FAITH AND DOING DEEDS IN FAITH AND BEARING GOOD FRUIT

If you continue your life in Jesus you will keep your righteousness .

If you don’t continue your life in Him you will lose your righteousness.

Listen to the Holy Spirit who will warn you when you do something wrong .(New Covenant law)

YOU MUST LIVE A RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY LIFE .

Jesus requires more from you than just a life without sin.

He wants your light to shine.

He wants you to show the world that you believe in Him and that you have faith in Him to do what He says in His word and through the Holy Spirit and that you trust Him in doing it.

He wants you to show the world that you are His son/daughter

He wants you to bear good fruit

You must act on your faith with deeds to show Him you have faith in Him

You must act on your faith with deeds to show your love for Him

You must act on your  faith to show him that you obey this command of His:

Joh13:34  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

DEEDS AND ACTIONS DONE IN FAITH

THE RIGHTEOUS WILL LIVE BY FAITH

It means that your actions and deeds are based on your faith in Jesus and God and your trust in Jesus and God.

Gal_2:20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Rom_1:17  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed--a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:

“The righteous will live by faith.”

Heb 10:34  You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

Heb 10:35  So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

Heb 10:36  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Heb 10:37  For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

Heb 10:38  And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

Heb 10:39  But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Rom_1:5  Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.

Rom_16:26  but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith—

FAITH WITHOUT DEEDS MEANS NOTHING

A PERSON IS CONSIDERED RIGHTEOUS BY WHAT THEY DO AND NOT BY FAITH ALONE.

Jas_2:24  You see that  a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

Heb_11:7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Jas 2:14  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Jas 2:15  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.

Jas 2:16  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

Jas 2:17  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Jas 2:18  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

Jas 2:19  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.

Jas 2:20  You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?

Jas 2:21  Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

Jas 2:22  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

Jas 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.

Jas 2:24  You see that  a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

Jas 2:25  In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

Jas 2:26  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

LEARN FROM GOD’S RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE; WHAT THEY DID IN FAITH DURING THE TIME OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Heb 11:1  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Heb 11:2  This is what the ancients were commended for.

Heb 11:3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Heb 11:4  By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

Heb 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

Heb 11:9  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Heb 11:10  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Heb 11:11  And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.

Heb 11:12  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Heb 11:13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

Heb 11:14  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.

Heb 11:15  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

Heb 11:16  Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Heb 11:17  By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

Heb 11:18  even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”

Heb 11:19  Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

Heb 11:20  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

Heb 11:21  By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

Heb 11:22  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

Heb 11:23  By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

Heb 11:25  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Heb 11:26  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

Heb 11:27  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Heb 11:28  By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

Heb 11:29  By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

Heb 11:30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

Heb 11:31  By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Heb 11:32  And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,

Heb 11:33  who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

Heb 11:34  quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

Heb 11:35  Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.

Heb 11:36  Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

Heb 11:37  They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated–

Heb 11:38  the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

Heb 11:39  These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,

Heb 11:40  since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Rom_3:5  But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)

Rom_3:21  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

Rom_3:22  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

Rom_3:25  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–

Rom_3:26  he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Rom_4:3  What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

Rom_4:5  However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Rom_4:6  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Rom_4:9  Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness.

Rom_4:11  And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Rom_4:13  It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Rom_4:22  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” Jas 2:20  You foolish person, do you want evidence thatfaith without deeds is useless?

Jas 2:21  Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

Jas 2:22  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

Jas 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.

Jas 2:24  You see that  a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

Rom_4:24  but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

Rom_5:17  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Rom_5:21  so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom_6:13  Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

Rom 6:17  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Rom 6:18  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.