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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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WHEN does one really become a Christian?
It
is when he re–
ceives God's Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:9, we read that unless we
have the Holy Spirit, we are not Christ's - not Christians.
There is a definite TIME when God's Spirit enters into one. At
the
very moment
he receives the Holy Spirit, he is, in this first
sense,
converted.
Y
es,
a/1 at once!
If he has Christ's Spirit, he is
CHRIST's - he is a Christian! The very
LiJe
of God has entered
into (impregnated) him. He has been begotten as a child ofGod.
But does that mean his salvation is complete? Is he now fully
and finally "saved"? Is that all there is to it? Is he now, suddenly,
perfect?
Is it now impossible for him todo WRONG?
No!
F
AR FROM n! BuT WHY? What's the answer? Why do so
many MISunderstand?
Why does almost NOBODY understand the very PURPOSE of
the Christian life?
The Purpose of the Christian Life
WHY do people not understand the very gospel Jesus Christ
taught? He taught the KINGDOM OF Goo. So did the apostles, in–
cluding Paul. Jesus spoke mostly in parables. Take a quick look at
one or two. Notice what Jesus revealed. Notice the awe-inspiring
TREMENoous potentia! that is ours.
Take the parable of the nobleman going to a far country,
later to return.
It
is in Luke 19:11-27. Jesus is the nobleman. He
was going toa far country- to the heaven ofGod's throne, seat of
the government of the entire universe. He spoke this parable be–
cause His disciples thought the Kingdom of God should appear
immediately. So far more than 1900 years have gone by, and the
Kingdom of God has not yet appeared.
So He called, in the parable, his ten servants, and He gave
them ten pounds - a pound each, using, in our English language
translation, the English unit of money. This is symbolic of one
unit of SPIRITUAL VALUEwith which each was started out. In other
words, representative of the portion of God's Ho1y Spirit which
was given to each on initial conversion.
But His citizens hated Him. They rejected Him as their
RULER. They said, "We will not have this manto REIGN OVER us."
The Kingdom of God is a RULING GOVERNMENT. They, as of then,