Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 21

Lesson 21:  The Sealing and the Earnest
 

‘And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us  and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.’ 1Corinthians 1:22-22.

‘In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation and believed in Him were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, the praise of His glory.’ Ephesians 1:13-14

 

1. What is the purpose of a seal? What does it do?
a. A seal authenticates or certifies something.
b. A seal is used to indicate ownership.
c. A seal makes whatever is sealed secure. It ensures no one can interfere with its contents.

 

2. The Holy Spirit Himself is the authentication or the certification of the fact that we are indeed God’s children. 1 Peter 2:9

 

3. Christians are people who have been chosen by God. God has set us apart and has granted us all these blessings. The authentication of that is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our being separated unto God should not only be evident to us, but also to others.

 

4. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is proof that we are Christians. When He is present, it means God through Christ, has given Him to us. The Holy Spirit is not given to the world.

 

5. The sealing of the Spirit makes our salvation secure to us. He is the perfect guarantee of our ultimate salvation. 1 Corinthian 1:30

 

6. Redemption is the complete final salvation when we shall be perfect in body as well as in spirt. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that this complete final salvation will happen.

 

7. What is the earnest of the Spirit?
An earnest is a down payment or a deposit.  2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:5.
 
 
The Holy Spirit has been given to us by God in order that we may have an idea as to what awaits us when we come into glory. God has given us the first fruits.
 
 
 

 

Next Lesson: The  Sealing and the Earnest Cont. 

 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 20

Lesson 20: Baptism and Filling con’t:
 
 
1. Seek not an experience, but seek Him. Seek to Know Him, seek to realize His presence, seek to love Him. Seek to die to yourself and everything else that you may live entirely in Him and for Him. Give yourself entirely to Him.
 
2. If we are only seeking an experience, we are opening ourselves up to counterfeit. If Jesus is at the center, we will be safe.

3. Revival is God pouring out His Spirit. This is the greatest need of the church. We are commanded to seek it and to pray for revival.
 
4. The Holy Spirit convicts us. He give us new life, bring us regeneration and union with Christ. One can’t be a Christian without having the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13, John 20:21-22, Acts 1:4-5
 
5. The filling of the Spirit often happens for a specific service, for some special task allotted to the children of God. John 14:21. The Lord shows Himself to His own.
 
6. The Holy Spirit is truth and He must come in His own character or not at all.
 
7. The work of the Holy Spirit is always humbling and humiliating. It brings us to the end of self (selfishness, covetousness, unbelief, falsehoods)… We must submit to Him entirely.
 
8. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not sanctification. Sanctification begins the moment we are regenerate., the moment we are justified. Sanctification IS NOT AN EXPERIENCE.
 
9. Men and women may be believers and regenerate and have assurance of salvation and still have not known this spiritual manifestation of Christ in their lives.
 
 
 

Next Lesson: The Sealing and the Earnest
 
 
 


Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 19

Lesson 19: Baptism and Filling
 

(A deep and real experience of the power of salvation is dependent on the knowledge of Biblical doctrines (truths) -and not merely an intellectual or theoretical knowledge).

 

1. The Holy Spirit is the spiritual manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ in the heart of believers. It is by the Holy Spirit we are baptized into Christ and in His death. (Romans 6:3, 1 Cor. 12:3, Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 4:5). One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism refers to baptism by the Holy Spirit into Christ.

 

2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience in which the Lord Jesus Christ becomes real in a way He has never been before. The Lord Jesus Christ manifests Himself to the believer spiritually, and the result is a great love for Christ is shed abroad in us. This is the birthright of every Christian. Acts 2:39, 1 Peter 1:8

 

3. On the day of Pentecost the Christian Church was instituted and proclaimed as the body of Christ. The disciples and Apostles in the upper room became the body of Christ when they were baptized into the one body by the Holy Spirit.

 

4. Filling with the Holy Ghost happens for the sake of service; it gives us power and authority for service. Filling of the Holy Ghost is absolutely necessary for true service. Acts 2:4, 4:31, 13:9, 6:3-5, Ephesians 13:9. The Holy Spirit’s presence is vital to our witness. 1 Cor. 2:4

 

5. As Christians, we are called upon to be witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as the Savior of the world, and our Savior and Savior to all who put their faith and trust in Him. Only the Holy Spirit can enable us to do that. Filling is essential to all Christian Service.

 

6. The filling of the Spirit is essential to a true act of worship.

 

7. What is the difference between baptism with the Spirit and filling with the Spirit?
 
a. Baptism is the initial experience.
 
b. Filling is an experience that can often be repeated.

 

8. Even Jesus did not enter into His ministry until the Holy Spirit had descended upon Him. He even told His disciples whom He had trained for 3 years, not to start their ministry, nor attempt to witness of Him, until they had received the power which the Holy Spirit would give them.

 

9. We should realize the necessity of seeking this filling of the Spirit and of the His power before we attempt any task for the Kingdom of God, whatever it may be!
 
 
 

 

Next : Baptism and Filling of the Spirit continued
 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 18

Lesson 18:  The Mighty Process of the Holy Spirit
 

Romans 8:2—”For the law of the Spirit of Life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”  

 

1. Because we are all born in Adam, the law of sin dominates the lives of unbelievers, mastering and controlling them. Christians are no longer in that position. We have died with Christ, we have risen with Him, and that is the law of life in Christ. The moment we are in Christ, we have finished with the law of sin and death.

 

2. The moment we are in Christ, we have finished with the law of sin and death. We are no longer under the dominion of sin or of Satan or under the law.  WE ARE UNDER GRACE. And that is why there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus has once, forever, and finally set us free, liberated me from the law of sin and death.

 

3. The whole of the word, everything in the Bible ministers to our sanctification. Sanctification is that life process of growth and development which starts the moment we are saved, the moment we are justified, the moment we are regenerated.

 

4. When we are born, we are born into Adam and have reaped the consequences of what Adam did (His disobedience). The result of the fall of Adam is that the entire person (my spirit and my body) has been involved.

 

5. When we come to Christ, we reap the consequences of what Christ has done. When we became Christians, Christ has redeemed our spirits perfectly, but my body (flesh) remains under sin’s dominion. We are saved, we are redeemed, but we are still in this body and our body is still under the dominion of sin and trying to drag me down. Romans 8:10. The body is spiritually dead because of sin but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  Therefore we must put to death the deeds of our body.

 

6. Christ works on our wills. He creates desires for holiness. He reveals sin to us and creates the desire for purity and the life of God. He gives us strength and power, enabling us to do good. If we are relying on our own attempts to carry out the law to deliver us, we are doomed. Romans 6:14

 

7. We as believers are joined to Christ from the moment of rebirth, regeneration and union, sanctification begins which leads to a perfected redemption and salvation, including even the body which remains under the dominion of sin until we die.
 

 

 
Next Lesson: Baptism and Filling
 
 
 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 17

Lesson 17:

The Doctrine of Sanctification

(God’s Work and Ours)
 
 
1. God’s purpose in doing everything He did in the Old Testament is ultimately our sanctification. His purpose when He sent forth His Son made of a woman under the law was still our sanctification. Everything God has done about us and our has it’s end and object of our sanctification. 
1 Thessalonians 4:3, Galatians 4:4

 

2. As Christians we are joined to Christ and all the benefits of this union are mine. God’s purpose in the whole of salvation, in everything He has done in His Son and by the Holy Spirit is our sanctification. Sanctification is the end of the whole process of salvation.

 

3. To truly seek forgiveness means we have seen something of the holiness of God and the holiness of God’s law. We see ourselves as sinners.

 

4. The end of all evangelism should be to reconcile men and women to God, and to separate them unto Him.

 

5. There is one reason, and one reason only why we all should be Sanctified and Holy:
 

Not that we may be happy, Nor that we may get rid of our problems, BUT because God is holy, because we are God’s people, because Christ has died for us and purchased us with His blood. We do not belong to ourselves. We have no right to live a sinful life.

 

6. The moment I am born again and have received the Holy Spirit, this process of separating me has already started, and I cannot be regenerate without the process of sanctification having already started to work within me.

 

7. The conflict between the flesh and the Spirit has already begun and that is the fight to separate us from the world and unto God.

 

8. Regeneration is entirely the action of God. Justification is God pronouncing us to be just and righteous. Adoption is God’s declaration to us that we are His children. Repentance and faith are works started by the Holy Spirit leading us to confess our sins and repent.

 

9. Sanctification is God’s work from the beginning to the end. It is something that is started by God, continued by God, and is perfected by God Himself. Sanctification is the work of God in us, through and by the Holy Spirit.
 
 
 

 

Next Lesson: The Mighty Process of the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 16

The Doctrine of Sanctification

(Being Declared Holy)

 

1. Sanctification is what God does about sin in the life of the believer. It means to set apart of God and for His service (Exodus 28:29). Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews His whole nature in the image of God and enables Him to perform good works.

 

2. Sanctification is IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS. God looks at us in our sin and applies to us the righteousness of Christ and DECLARES US TO BE JUST.

 

3. To set apart is separation from everything that is profane or unclean or impure. It means anything that is devoted entirely to God, presented to God that He may use it for His service. John 10:36

 

4. Being set apart for God does not make us holy, we are REGARDED as holy. It means a certain work of purification and cleansing goes on within us, which makes us conform more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ and changes us into His image from glory to glory.
 
 
5. What is our position as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ?
 
a. We have a new nature.
b. We are born again.
c. We are in union with Christ.
d. We are DECLARED TO BE RIGHTEOUS.
e. We are adopted into the family of God.
f. We still have sin in our lives. We have not suddenly been made perfect.

 

5. Sanctification is God’s way of dealing with the problem of sin and our regeneration and justification. Sanctification must always be in regards to our relationship to God, our standing in His presence.
 
 

 

 

Next Lesson: Sanctification, God’s Work and Ours
 
 
 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 15

Lesson 15: The Doctrine of Adoption

Justification leads to Adoption

Romans 8:15,23, 9:4
 
 
1. Adoption is the transfer from one family to another and the placing of one who has been transferred as a son or daughter in the new (second) family.
 
2. Adoption is that judicial act of God by which He confers or bestows upon us the status or the standing of His children. Adoption is a distinct work of the Holy Spirit in the application of redemption. As children of God, we are introduced into and given the privilege that belongs only to members of God’s family.

a. We enjoy the present protection and consolation which only God alone can give.

b. We enjoy the provisions that He makes for His children (nothing can happen to us apart from Him. Hebrews 13:5

c. We receive fatherly chastisement–If we are children of God, He is determined to bring us to glory and if we will not listen to His leading and His teaching, He will chastise us because He loves us and because we are His children.
 
3. Jesus stands alone as the Son of God. When we are born we are born into the family of Adam (man’s representative). When were are born again (justified), we are adopted into God’s family. Galatians 3:6, 1 Peter 1:3-6, Romans 8:14-15, Romans 8:38-39

a. Galatians 4:4-5—When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law-for this reason– ‘to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.’
 
4. In becoming the children of God we do not become identical with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God by generation; we are the sons (and daughters) of God by adoption. John 20:17
 
5. Further Explanation:
 
In justification, God declares us to be righteous. He declares our sins forgiven and He accepts the righteousness of Christ which He has put upon us.

In Regeneration we are given a new nature, we become partakers of the divine nature. We become new creations.

Adoption is a combination of justification and regeneration. It is the new creature in a new relationship to God–as a child of God.
 
6. We are saved unto this adoption of children–Not merely forgiven, not merely declared righteous, not merely with a new nature. We are declared to be the children of God, the sons (and daughters) of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ. (What good news!!!!!!)
 
 
 
Next Lesson: What God does about sin in the life of the believer (Sanctification)
 
 
 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 14

Lesson 14: Justification by Faith(2)
 

 This is the key to the Christian Faith, so make sure you have a good understanding of Justification by Faith. Please read all the scriptures associated with justification by faith as noted below.

 

1. There are two elements of Justification by Faith
 
a. The whole world is guilty before God. We all need to be forgiven. Something must be done about our guilt. Therefore the first element (or step) in justification is that we are assured by the work of Christ that our sins are covered and therefore they are blotted out. Our sins are forgiven. However, justification does not stop at forgiveness.
 
b. In addition to our sins being forgiven, we have put to our account the positive righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus kept the law, He honored it, and therefore He is righteous. He met the demands of God’s law. When we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, God puts the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ to our account.
 
2. We are justified by the righteousness of Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:30 
 
3. Many people believe they can justify themselves by their works, their lives, and their actions. Abraham is the father of faith. His actions did not save Him, His faith in God saved Him. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to his as righteousness. Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, James 2:23. 
 
4. There is a distinct difference between Justification and Sanctification. Justification is an act of God the Father. Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is God, the Father who declares us righteous and just. It is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies.
 
a. Justification takes place outside of us.
 
b. Sanctification takes place within us.
 
c. Justification removes the guilt of sin.
 
d. Sanctification removes the pollution of sin and renews us in the image of God.
 
e. Justification is a once and for all act never to be repeated. It is not a process.
 
f. Sanctification is a continuous process . We continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
 

5. Our faith does not constitute our righteousness. We look to Christ, not to ourselves, not to our faith. Our righteousness is ENTIRELY in the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing that God has imputed (ascribed righteous to someone by virtue of a similar quality in another) Jesus Christ’s righteousness to us, we can be certain that all is well between.  

 
 
 
God and all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
 

 

Next Lesson: The Doctrine of Adoption
 
 
 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 13

Lesson 13: Justification by Faith (1)
 

 This is the key to the Christian Faith, so make sure you have a good understanding of Justification by Faith. Please read all the scriptures associated with justification by faith as noted below.

 

1. Justification is a judicial act of God in which He declares that He regards those of us who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as righteous on the grounds of the work and merits of Jesus Christ.

 

2. God imputes and ascribes Christ’s righteousness to us, and we rest on that by faith. God declares me righteous, and I am righteous because God says so. He has put to my account the righteousness of my Lord Jesus Christ.
 
3. I am NOT MADE RIGHTEOUS, I AM DECLARED RIGHTEOUS by God. Justification is a legal act. Justification does not do anything to us, it says something about us.
 
4. It is God as the Judge (who is responsible for His own law) saying to us that in regards to His law, He is satisfied with us because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
 

Acts 13:39– And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which we could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Romans 3:20-28, Romans 4:5-7, Romans 5:1,9, Romans 8:30-39, 1 Corinthians 6:11,

Galatians 2:16– Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh will be justified.

Galatians 3:11 –But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”

Romans 8:1– There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 10:4– For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
 
5. What is the relationship between Faith and Justification?  Justification by faith means faith is the instrument (and nothing but the instrument) by which we are enabled to receive the righteousness God gives to us. Christ, not our faith, is our righteousness. It is not our believing in Him that saves us, it is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself that saves us.
 

6.  We have nothing to do with our justification. It is entirely an act of God wherein He puts to our account the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Next Lesson: Justification by Faith (2)
 
 
 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 12

Lesson 12: The Assurance of Faith
 
 
1. Doubt is not, again is not incompatible with faith. Doubt must be put over against assurance, not over against faith. One can have faith without having assurance.
 
2. The assurance of faith is not only possible, it is desirable and we should not rest until we have it.
 
3. Causes of Doubt:

a. Sin—When Christians fall into sin they will have a sense of condemnation and that in turn will lead to doubt.

b. Misunderstanding of the real nature of faith– Faith is active and is something that must be applied. Faith has to hold on to the truth. Matthew 8:26
 
4. What are the grounds of Assurance?

a. The teaching of the Word of God (1 John 5:10-11, John 3:36, John 5:24, John 6:47, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:39, 1 John 2:19)

b. The test of life– there are certain tests that I can apply to myself to make sure that I really have eternal life.

1st Test– Believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God 1 John 5:1

2nd Test—Loving the Brethren. Love is practical. Love is actionable (John 3:14, 1 John 3:16-18)

3rd Test—Keeping His Commandments 1 John 2:3

4th Test– Having the Holy Spirit 1 John 3:24—The Scriptures teach us that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the seal (guarantee) which we have of the inheritance of eternal life. The Holy Spirit gives us a realization and consciousness of the Living Lord.
 
5. Make certain that you are not relying on yourself in any aspect of your salvation. You must rely only upon the finished work of Christ on the cross. You are solely dependent upon His righteousness.
 
6. Apply the word of Scripture to your life, yield yourself to be led on by the Holy Spirit. Seek His face. Ask Jesus to fulfill His promise and manifest Himself to me.
 
7. When you have the spiritual manifestation of God, you will not have to persuade yourself that you have it, you will know. It is unmistakable.
 
 
Assignment: Read the Westminster Confession of Faith (can be found on the web)
 
 
Next Lesson: Justification By Faith