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 


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.

quinta-feira, 26 de novembro de 2015

Bill Johnson's twitter comments?

What is "Kingdom Now Theology"?

Bill Johnson
Before I give you my opinion about Bill Johnson's "Kingdom Now Theology", I would like to know what you think is behind some of Bill Johnson's twitter comments?

Comment 1: God is in charge but he's not in control. He puts us in control. Bill Johnson 

Comment 2: God never violates His word. But He's quite comfortable violating our understanding of His word. Bill Johnson 

Comment 3: Jesus did not come to show us what God could do. He came to show us what one man could do who was rightly related to God. Bill Johnson

Comment 4: If Jesus did the things he did as God then that is awesome. But if he did them as a man then I am unsatisfied with my life - Bill Johnson

Comment 5: Jesus is returning for a bride whose body is in equal proportion to her head. Bill Johnson

Comment 6: When you've been given the Spirit of God you lose the privilege of claiming, "I'm only human." -Bill Johnson 

Comment 7: If I believe that sickness is to the body what sin is to the soul, then no disease will intimidate me. -Bill Johnson. 

Comment 8: Excellence is kingdom, perfectionism is religious, and poverty is demonic - Bill Johnson

Comment 9: If you're not having fun, you need to back up and find out where you left Jesus. Bill Johnson

Comment 10: Music gives a platform for people to respond to truth outside of the intellect. Bill Johnson

The quotes above were taken directly from Bill Johnson's twitter account: http://twitter.com/?lang=en&logged_out=1#!/billjohnson2011

If you want to know my opinion about Bill Johnson's 'Kingdom Now' Theology, please open the site below  (It is worth reading and you only need 2 minutes). 

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What does the year of jubilee mean for today?

The Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee 

The rich become richer and the poor become poorer because of the unequal distribution of wealth in our consumer society. 

In every modern society that economists have investigated, there is huge inequality. Twenty percent of the population owns most of a nation's tangible wealth. This is the basis of men's unequal incomes. Even after almost a century of steeply graduated income taxes and graduated inheritance taxes, steep inequality persists in every developed nation. 

When we look around we can see the acculturation of so many Christians to the value-system and lifestyle of our modern society and their failure to appreciate that true faith in God requires an oppositional stance to all ideologies and forms of social life which depersonalise and dehumanise.

The rich become richer and the poor become poorer. Those who reap the benefits of the profit coming from economic growth tend to lavish the gains on various luxuries without any concern for the deprived classes.

The greed for more and more money propels the elite minority to invest in more and more enterprises without thinking much about the impact on those who are on the margins.

When injustice and greed prevail in a consumer society God roars like a lion. God roars to bring judgement to those that oppose Him and His principles of justice and love.

Luke 16:13 "you cannot be slave both of God and of money".

Luke 12:15 "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions".

Actually, we can say that this problem has always existed in the world and we see that in Leviticus 25 God ordains a Sabbath year, one in every seven, and a jubilee year, one in every fifty, to sanctify Israel’s internal economy as we can see in the article below:


Leviticus 25 ordains a Sabbath year, one in every seven Lev. 25:1-7.

And a jubilee year, one in every fifty Lev. 25:8-17, to sanctify Israel’s internal economy. 

In the Sabbath year, each field was to lie fallow, which appears to be a sound agricultural practice. 

The year of jubilee was much more radical. Every fiftieth year, all leased or mortgaged lands were to be returned to their original owners, and all slaves and bonded labourers were to be freed Lev. 25:10
This naturally posed difficulties in banking and land transactions, and special provisions were designed to ameliorate them Lev. 25:15-16, which we will explore in a moment. 

The underlying intent is the same as seen in the law of gleaning Lev. 19:9-10, to ensure that everyone had access to the means of production, whether the family farm or simply the fruits of their own labour.
It is not fully known whether Israel actually observed the jubilee year or the antislavery provisions associated with it e.g., Lev. 25:25-2839-41 on a wide scale basis. 

Regardless, the sheer detail of Leviticus 25 strongly suggests that we treat the laws as something that Israel either did or should have implemented. Rather than see the jubilee year as a Utopian literary fiction, it seems better to believe that its widespread neglect occurred not because the jubilee was unfeasible, but because the wealthy were unwilling to accept the social and economic implications that would have been costly and disruptive to them.


After Israel conquered Canaan, the land was assigned to Israel’s clans and families as described in Numbers 26 and Joshua 15-22. This land was never to be sold in perpetuity for it belonged to the Lord, not the people Lev. 25:23-24. 

The effect of the jubilee was to prevent any family from becoming permanently landless through sale, mortgage or permanent lease of its assigned land. In essence, any sale of land was really a term lease that could last no longer than the next year of jubilee Lev. 25:15

This provided a means for the destitute to raise money (by leasing the land) without depriving the family’s future generations of the means of production. 

The rules of Leviticus 25 are not easy to figure out, and Milgrom makes good sense of them as he defines three progressive stages of destitution.
1. The first stage is depicted in Leviticus 25:25-28

A person could simply become poor. The presumed scenario is that of a farmer who borrowed money to buy seed but did not harvest enough to repay the loan. 

He therefore must sell some of the land to a buyer in order to cover the debt and buy seed for the next planting. If there was a person who belonged to the farmer’s clan who wished to act as a “redeemer”, he could pay the buyer according to the number of remaining annual crops until the jubilee year when it reverted to the farmer. 

Until that time, the land belonged to the redeemer, who allowed the farmer to work it.
2. The second stage was more serious Lev. 25:35-38

Assuming that the land was not redeemed and the farmer again fell into debt from which he could not recover, he would forfeit all of his land to the creditor. 

In this case, the creditor must lend the farmer the funds necessary to continue working as a tenant farmer on his own land, but must not charge him interest. The farmer would amortise this loan with the profit made from the crops, perhaps eliminating the debt. 

If so, the farmer would regain his land. If the loan was not fully repaid before the jubilee, then at that time the land would revert back to the farmer or his heirs.
3.The third stage was more serious still Lev. 25:39-43

Assuming that the farmer in the previous stage could neither pay on the loan or even support himself and his family, he would become temporarily bound to the household of the creditor. 

As a bound labour he would work for wages, which were entirely for reduction of the debt. At the year of jubilee, he would regain his land and his freedom Lev. 25:41

Throughout these years, the creditor must not work him as a slave, sell him as a slave, or rule over him harshly Lev. 25:42-43

The creditor must “fear God” by accepting the fact that all of God’s people are God’s slaves (NRSV “servants”) whom he graciously brought out from Egypt. No one else can own them because God already does.
The point of these rules is that Israelites were never to become slaves to other Israelites. It was conceivable, though, that impoverished Israelites might sell themselves as slaves to wealthy resident aliens living in the land  Lev. 25:47-55
Even if this happened, the sale must not be permanent. People who sold themselves must retain the right to buy themselves out of slavery if they prospered. 

If not, a near relative could intervene as a “redeemer” who would pay the foreigner according to the number of years left until the jubilee when the impoverished Israelites were to be released. During that time, they were not to be treated harshly but be regarded as hired workers.


The year of jubilee operated within the context of Israel’s kinship system for the protection of the clan’s inalienable right to work their ancestral land, which they understood to be owned by God and to be enjoyed by them as a benefit of their relationship with him. 

These social and economic conditions no longer exist, and from a biblical point of view, God no longer administers redemption through a single political state. We must therefore view the jubilee from our current vantage point.
A wide variety of perspectives exists about the proper application, if any, of the jubilee to today’s societies. To take one example that engages seriously with contemporary realities, Christopher Wright has written extensively on the Christian appropriation of Old Testament laws. 

He identifies principles implicit in these ancient laws in order to grasp their ethical implications for today. His treatment of the jubilee year thus considers three basic angles: the theological, the social, and the economic.
1. Theologically, the jubilee affirms that the Lord is not only the God who owns Israel’s land; he is sovereign over all time and nature. His act of redeeming his people from Egypt committed him to provide for them on every level because they were his own. 

Therefore, Israel’s observance of the Sabbath day and year and the year of jubilee was a function of obedience and trust. In practical terms, the jubilee year embodies the trust all Israelites could have that God would provide for their immediate needs and for the future of their families. 

At the same time, it calls on the rich to trust that treating creditors compassionately will still yield an adequate return.
2. Looking at the social angle, the smallest unit of Israel’s kinship structure was the household that would have included three to four generations. 

The jubilee provided a social/economic solution to keep the family whole even in the face of economic calamity. 

Family debt was a reality in ancient times as it is today, and its effects include a frightening list of social ills. The jubilee sought to check these negative social consequences by limiting their duration so that future generations would not have to bear the burden of their distant ancestors.
3. The economic angle reveals the two principles that we can apply today.

First, God desires just distribution of the earth’s resources. According to God’s plan, the land of Canaan was assigned equitably among the people. The jubilee was not about redistribution but restoration. 

According to Wright, The jubilee thus stands:

First, as a critique not only of massive private accumulation of land and related wealth but also of large-scale forms of collectivism or nationalisation that destroy any meaningful sense of personal or family ownership. 

Second, family units must have the opportunity and resources to provide for themselves.

In most modern societies, people cannot be sold into slavery to pay debts. Bankruptcy laws provide relief to those burdened with unpayable debts, and descendants are not liable for ancestors' debts. The basic property needed for survival may be protected from seizure. 

Nonetheless, Leviticus 25 seems to offer a broader foundation than contemporary bankruptcy laws. It is founded not on merely protecting personal liberty and a bit of property for destitute people, but on ensuring that everyone has access to the means of making a living and escaping multi generational poverty. 
As the gleaning laws in Leviticus show, the solution is neither handouts nor mass appropriation of property, but social values and structures that give every person an opportunity to work productively. 

Have modern societies actually surpassed ancient Israel in this regard? What about the millions of people enslaved or in bonded labour today in situations where anti-slavery laws are not adequately enforced? 
What would it take for Christians to be capable of offering real solutions?

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