Purpose in the Deeper Life of God’s Spirit

The ultimate purpose of God in bringing a body of saints into a deeper place of consecration unto Him is five-fold. It is for the purpose of perfection, preparation, restoration, manifestation, and glorification. Everything else has to fit into this eternal purpose or it will fail and come to naught. Now at the close of the age of the church, God is pouring forth His Spirit throughout the world in preparation for the “restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began: (Acts 3:21). The ax is now at the root of the trees and all that God has not established is to be cut down. He is beginning to shake everything in heaven and earth in preparation for a great break though, and intends to remove all those things in the religious order which He Himself did not ordain, so that only His work will remain. “Yet one more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:26-27)

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The goal of the deeper life in the Spirit of God is the perfection of the believer. The terms “sanctify” and “sanctification” always carries with them the idea of holiness or purity when used with reference to believers, angels, sacrifices, Temple, and so on? Because these things are to be sent apart to partake of the nature and character of the one it is consecrated unto.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:11-16 that the saints are expected to come to perfection here on earth, even “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” This will not be the result of our efforts at self-improvement, but will be wrought in us by the Holy Spirit as we yield ourselves to Him without reservation. Perfection for the fully consecrated believer is attained through growth, for God has set the five-fold ministry in the church “for the perfection of the saints,” until we come “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” and “grow up into him in all things,” Such growth to perfection means that we are daily to walk in the full light that He has given us, in full consecration and obedience. The will to sin is dead, and we are to walk in the Spirit, seeking first the Kingdom of God by living the crucified life. As we walk in the light hat He has given us, dealing with our brother or sister out of a pure heart of live, the Holy Spirit will perfect in us the fruits which will grow and come to maturity.

A Book of Acts experience must precede a Book of Acts ministry! Without the infilling of the Spirit of truth, the deeper truths of the Scripture will always remain veiled (1 Corinthians 2:9-13). Evidence of this fact is not difficult to demonstrate. One only needs to examine the teaching and belief of the institutional churches today to see this, for they have, without exception, dispensationalized the Pentecostal experience (They have done away with what God set in place in the Book of Acts), together with signs, miracles, speaking in tongues, divine healing, and the supernatural in general.

The gifts that God gave into the Church, as well as the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, continued uninterrupted in the church for the first three centuries, until worldliness and unbelief entering in cause them greatly to diminish.

The deeper life in the Spirit, as the Scriptures have shown us, is living and walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25).

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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