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Abundant blessings of the Spiritual Regeneration

A biblical survey on array of topics about coming into the faith and growing in it

H.J.A Kiviniemi © 2010

Most Scripture quotations are from the King James Version. Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Cover: Marko Lind


- Foreword

- What does it mean to be born again?

- How I found God

- Healing our inner wounds through the fruits of Spiritual regeneration

- What does it mean to be holy?

- What are the benefits of the baptism?

- Growing in the Christian integrity and identity

- Basis of Christian moral values

- What is the Kingdom of God?

- Power of the Holy Spirit in believer

- Relationship of conversion and regeneration

- Transforming the hearts by the power of the Spirit


- My Christological Confession

- My worship psalm

- Anti-drug exhortation and contact information


I have gone through many painful and wonderful events in life, which have taken me to this point where I feel ready to represent and testify some of the glories of the Living God. Ever since I was saved, I submitted myself to the service of the Lord. I said to Him: ”Lord Jesus, if you want to save me and heal me, I will serve You in any way You see fit”. And then on the opportunities have risen. Thanks be the God for the fact that I have learned the profound truth in the words of the Lord: ”The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14b ESV).

I feel that the thankful heart of a thankful and saved sinner is something God loves. He likes us to hear us offering thanks to Him with our lips (Hos.14:2). This is not merely praying in secret or not only worshipping and praising in congregation which both are good, but also to do it in such manner by which may reach the unsaved people.

Thus it seemed valid to write about the goodness and mercy that had befallen to me by God. This booklet is not an autobiography though I will present some personal experiences in a general manner. Even so I have written in order to present the spiritual blessings I have received from the Living and True God, in the light of the Scripture and sound doctrine.

It is my sincere belief that by giving yourself entirely into the hands of the merciful Saviour Jesus you may have abundant and exciting life. This work of mine I have intented to be used not so much of a witnessing tool for unbelievers, but rather as and exhortation to sincere seekers who have not yet found their peace in the Lord's Spirit. And also to my regenerated brothers and sisters, who may feel the clouds of depression and apathy entering into their spiritual life. Hopefully this humble presentation may serve at least someone in their jorney towards the New Jerusalem.

”My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips” - Psalm 63:5 ESV H.J.A Kiviniemi Oulu, Finland 22 th April 2010

What does it mean to be born again?

This is one of the very first issues I faced as a New Creature. The funny thing was, that at first I was so much influenced by “High Church” theology (that is, Christianity that was transformed into a state religion) that I failed to understand I was in fact regenerated by the Spirit. Even though this had happened de facto I did not understand it before certain brother hinted me to look at at John chapter 3. So I did and soon I wrote this article.

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." - John 3:3

Here Jesus was speaking to the pharisee named Nicodemus. These words of the Lord Jesus are quite clear. However the interpretation of the issue in Scriptures is varied. As the true seeker seeks the real truth, instead of picking doctrine there, abandoning one here, one of the honest heart ought to seek the God's truth.

The issue of Christian Rebirth should not be taken lightly, as we read the Lord's words. To be born again means to be assured the entrance and inheritance of the Kingdom of God. It is written:

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit

itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." - Romans 8:15-


Thus we are assured by the Living Spirit of God, who dwells in us, that we are the children of God, when we have been saved, we have taken Jesus Christ as our Savior and given our whole life totally to God. It is also, as we read, the testimony of the Scripture.

How then, is one born again? Some say that it happens when the priest sprinkles water three times to the forehead of baby child (doctrine of baptismal regeneration) . But that custom tends to give suggestion that it is up to parents and priests to assure one of spiritual rebirth. It may even bring people to

false sense of being under the mercy of God. Lord said:

"Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.- - Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." - Matthew 7:17,20-21

So, if the sprinkling of babies brings the assurance of salvation, then most of the people even today in Christian world ought to bear good fruit. Is it so? What do we see in news? Prisons and brothels are full of people who have been baptized as a child. Does their behavior testify they have been Born Again from above? Surely not. True and genuine rebirth includes things and brings the fruit which is written by Paul:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." - Romans 12:1-2

How then do we achieve this? Is this salvation by works? The real and factual event of Rebirth takes place, when one truly takes Jesus for his or her personal savior. This includes, as I wrote before, that we give the fullness of ourselves to the LORD. Accepting the atoning work of Christ as a substitute Lamb for our sins makes us righteous before the eyes of God the Father. Thus we also receive the Holy Spirit, when we take Jesus.

Rebirth is "from above", it is the miraculous work of God and not of man. We cannot choose to be born again, but ought to expect it, if we give ourselves to Him. God makes us New Men. Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, made it very clear that it is not something we can achieve through rituals.

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature." - Galatians 6:15

Let us now consider what else Jesus said to Nicodemus:

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." - John 3:5-6

Now, those who over-emphasize the sacramental aspect of the baptism may say that here Jesus clearly institutes the sacrament of baptism, by which the rebirth occurs. The context and the whole of the Bible does not allow this kind of interpretation. Jesus also said, as written down by the same apostle John:

"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." - John 4:10

Jesus was speaking to a Samaritan woman, who was did not yet believe in Him. Thus he used the symbolism of water as that of the truth about salvation trough Him. Jesus is giving us the Living Water, the faith which brings the Spirit of God also to us. Thus it seems preferable that one takes the Christian water baptism after he or she has been Born Again. Thus it is an outward sing of the fact one is already saved, and gives assurance of that. This does not diminish the true sacramental value of baptism, but this has to be made clear in whole other study.

Now, to summarize the work of the Lord, who gives the salvation to us as a free gift, which we can take or abandon let us read:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." - John


By the will of God, we are born again and can call God Abba, our Father. In perfect love there's no fear, like John wrote later on. We are New Creatures in Christ. Thus we are His joint-heirs waiting to receive from Him all which He has. This includes a new body at the Day of His Coming (1.Co.15.). This is beautiful and joyful hope of the true Christians.

How I found God?

Though I will not go into my life, past and present in full detail in this particular point, I feel that this presentation would indeed not be so profound without any testimony in my part. So let us see what I was and what I went through to find God.

When writing this, I am 27 years young. I have known the biblical stories since my childhood in some what religious home. My parents tried their best to raise me as a moral person. Even so, I found the world a very hostile and unjust place to live even at a young age. Like Moses who killed the Egyptian, I chose the wrong methods to fight the numerous faults and injustices of the world. So I rebelled against the rules and laws and eventually found myself being a part of the problem of the world's all evil myself. This was not because I would not believe in God or that He wants men to lead a moral life. It was because I lacked the true knowledge of Him and that I did not know how to truly let Him to live in my heart.

I had slowly transformed from a nice and good intended boy into a violent and hateful person. I committed many sorts of crimes, mostly involving physical violence, guns and drugs. I went to prison a few times. I remember that always when I was either in jail or in prison, I sought God and read His Word. Boy did I read it, yes I read the Word many, many times trough and through during my incarceration. Despite that, I did not truly know the Lord and could not submit myself fully to Him. Thus I failed to receive the New Spirit from Him, but had to went through many horrible events in my life.

But God saw my heart's desire and hunger to know Him. He sent His angels many times to save me from certain death. One particular event that made me think about life and it's meaning was after I played “the Russian Roulette” - pointed the revolver with one cartridge inside it at my own head about fifteen times. Last time the cartridge was there, but the bullet just didn't fire! May the reason be whatever, to me it was and still is a clear sing of God's mercy and benevolence to me. This was certainly not the first or last case

something like that happened to me, but I save the rest for another time.

So I wandered the world wreaking havoc in my own life and that of others. Then I reached a point when I was utterly exhausted physically and emotionally. I felt I was coming in to end of my life. I was living in a world of constant presence of the death. I knew I had not used the gift of life as it was meant and I felt sorry for it. I did believe already in God and in Jesus, and knew that Bible was the Word of God, but for some reason I had not had the power to give up the sin. Therefore I was very disappointed in myself and in religion. So I just gave up and prayed one night at my own chamber: “Lord Jesus, if you want to save me and give me power to live life as God has meant men to live it, I want to believe You can. I'm giving up everything to You and if You show me mercy, I will serve You on Your conditions the rest of my life”. The next morning I woke up I found my conscience clear as crystal and white as snow. I felt like I had recovered from a life-long spiritual death. That was the beginning of my life as a New Creature. Hallelujah!

Healing our inner wounds through the fruits of Spiritual regeneration

Usually some of our inner wounds are healed when the Spirit of God regenerates us, that is when we are saved. Thus the paranoia, hatred, jealousy and other issues may be healed since our personal cosmology and our priorities have transformed from self-centered to Christ- centered. I am not now saying that this is a rule that always follows, but rather it is something I have seen both in my own life and the lives of many others. Before the regeneration had happened, we actually knew only our body and our soul (psykhe), but didn't truly know our spirit. Our spirit is what interacts with God and thirsts God's presence. That is why we didn't know ourselves truly before we came to know the Lord. So it is written "For in him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28a).

As our innermost self, our spirit is regenerated, it starts radiating to our psyche and even our bodies. Thus we may be instantly or slowly healed, or both. This cures some of our trauma. Also this affects to the timely consequences of romantic and sexual trauma and other damage in this area. This helps us to grow spiritually and be vessels to carry the Holy Spirit to others.

This all is started in our Regeneration by the Spirit. This is even so a continual, ongoing process also that takes place daily, as we daily take our cross and follow Jesus. Even so, our spiritual regeneration was a one-time event that we confirm daily in our lives. This is pure cure to our wounds, our bad habits and fleshly desires that try to rule us instead of Christ.

Many times secular life-management and self-help guides center on our problems. Jesus shows us that whatever our problem is, He is the Solution, the Final Solution of God. Thus the true Christianity centers always on the person, work and teachings of Jesus Christ and so it is a solution-centered "life philosophy" - (Actually being rather an ultimate manual to success from the Creator of everything).

Our new birth to new creatures in Christ is both a one-time phenomenon and also an ongoing process which we must confirm daily, as we lead the Christian life in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we so walk in the glorious light of the glorious Majesty, we may own the comforting words:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jer.29:11 ESV).

What does it mean to be holy?

As the Lord's elect, the Church, or the Ecclesia (called-out ones) is set apart from the world and sin. The very word "kadosh" in Hebrew, which is translated holy, means "set-apart". Jesus himself said: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."


Of course we cannot become sinless and thus perfect in every sense of the word. That is why we have to examine what are the prerequisites of becoming holy in the eyes of God. This subject is very closely linked to the whole of salvation. First step to holiness is to become righteous. This is recorded in the Scripture:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" - Romans 1:16a

Thus God saves us through our faith in Jesus Christ. He sees us holy, because Jesus was holy and sinless.

"And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” - Philippians 2:8 ESV

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [than Jesus] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." - Acts


How can we achieve this position in the eyes of God? How can we take Jesus? Bible tells us:

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. " - Romans 13:14 ESV

It is clear that we must clothe ourselves with Lord Jesus. This is not merely calling Him Lord and claiming namely His Lordship. As He himself declared:

"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and

manifest myself to him" - John 14:21 ESV

It is not about our fleshly strength that we can obey God's commandments, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. We receive this power, when we are Born Again. Even so, we have to choose obeying, instead of rebellion. But the power by which this is achieved is given by God.

"Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." - James 1:21 ESV

“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." - 1.Thessalonians 4:7-8

It is a testimony of the Holy Spirit in us, that the commandments of God are not burden for us. As New Creatures, we desire to do God's will willingly, out of love. This is said also in the Scripture:

"for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. " - Psalm 119:47-48 ESV

It is an outward sign of testimony about us being saved, when we delight in the LORD's statutes and keep them. Jesus said that they become to us a Law of Love. Thus the world knows we are Lord's, when they see we are holy, set-apart from the world. No longer does the flesh rule over us!

“For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” - Romans 7:5-6 ESV

have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:34-35 ESV

What are the benefits of the baptism?

As we have seen in the chapter "What does it mean to be born again?", spiritual regeneration does not come at the moment of baptism. Rather, it happens when we acknowledge and accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and personally submit to the will of God (1 Peter 4:2). Faith brings regeneration by the Holy Spirit and also causes the Holy Spirit to indwell us.

"Of his own will He begot us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creations." - James 1:18 ESV

"That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." - Galatians 3:14 ESV

I haven't found anything in the Bible, that allows the interpretation that we are regenerated through the sacrament of baptism in itself. It is true that immediately after the Lord Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove (Matthew 3:16). It seems clear that it had to be a sign of the Father's favor to those who saw it, since surely our Lord as both God and man had to have the Spirit in Him even before baptism. We read in the Gospel according to Luke that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:31-35).

Also it is believed by many sacramental/liturgical churches and others, that infant baptism brings salvation from the Original Sin. The Holy Scriptures say however, that the blood of Christ gives salvation from sin, original and personal (Revelation 1:5), not the baptism.

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin." - 1 John 1:7 ESV

Baptism means to ask a pure conscience from God (1 Peter 3:21), that is it's "sacramental" dimension. But the actual baptism is more of an outward sign of the salvation already achieved through the Holy Spirit as a gift from God which comes to us by faith (Ephesians 2:8).

Accordingly then, baptism is an act of obedience to God. As a person becomes a child of God, he or she will have the desire to keep God's commandments out of love and appreciation (John 14:15). It is written:

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." - 1 John 5:3 ESV

It is a clear commandment of the Lord Jesus, that we baptize believers:

"Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." - Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

So it seems obvious that the person who takes Jesus as his or her personal savior, ought to have an appreciative and obedient heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus one will seek to do the Lord's will. As we read in the Scriptures, baptism is one such commandment directly from the Lord. Even though baptism itself does not bring the salvation, it is nevertheless taught by the Lord that we should be baptized and so the actual baptism is a sign and testimony of our salvation, both to ourselves and to the world and even to the powers of darkness (Mark


It is promised that doing God's will brings also His blessing (Revelation 22:14). And to the born again son or daughter of God, it is natural to want to please our heavenly Father. Obedience itself is the most valuable blessing.

To summarize some of the fundamental benefits of baptism, they are:

- Pure conscience which God gives us (through the faith in Jesus,

which includes keeping his commandments, baptism being one of them) (1 Peter 3:21)

- Joy which is given by the Holy Spirit for following God's commandments

(Romans 15:13) - Knowledge that we are saved which thus becomes more affirmed, since it is written so (Mark 16:16)

Let us then briefly examine some of the "symbolism" in baptism. Simultaneously it raises the question of the form of the baptism - is it by sprinkling or pouring or rather by immersion.

It is written in the Scriptures about the meaning of baptism:

"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." - Romans 6:4 RSV

"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead." - Colossians 2:12 ESV

It is clear from the above Scriptures, that this symbolism can be properly achieved only by immersion in water - symbolizing our old self buried in Christ's death - and raising from the water – symbolizing regeneration in the new life in Christ and promise of the resurrection to immortality. Also, it is interesting to note, that all the baptisms of the New Testament were done in the water, not only with the water.

"And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized." - John 3:23 ESV


why baptize there, if only a mug full of water would be sufficient?)

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the "


no pouring or sprinkling)

- Matthew 3:16a ESV (Note: Jesus came out of the water, it was

"And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? - -

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord "

caught away Philip

- Acts 8:36,39a ESV (Note: they came to the spot of

natural water, a pond perhaps. They *came out of the water*)

There are also ample evidences that the original Greek word used in the New Testament for baptism, that is "baptizoo", means "to dip in", "to immerse". It is easy to find more information about the exegesis and linguistic evidence, if you do not find this sufficient evidence.

Should we then baptize infant children? Scripture says about baptism:

"But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." - Acts 8:12 ESV (Note: the people heard and

obviously understood the Gospel of the Kingdom, and then they were baptized. Little children do not yet understand the Gospel).

"He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned." - Mark 16:16 ESV (Note: this Scripture shows us

that faith has to precede the baptism. Also we see that baptism gives us the assurance of salvation)

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." - Acts 2:41 ESV

(Note: Is an infant child gladly receiving the word?)

Infants are saved by the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus is sufficient to save the world from the punishment due to the Original Sin (Revelation 1:5). Also, little children have not yet committed any personal sins which need to be reconciled with God.

"And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." -Mark 10:13-14 ESV

More so, as Christians we can have even greater assurance that our

little children are saved through our faith, since it written:

"For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy." - 1 Corinthians 7:14 ESV

Dear brother or sister in Christ. If you have been "baptized" as a child, please consider the Scriptures given above and search your Bible about the topic. Read the Acts of the Apostles with a pure heart and then say you do not need to be immersed, have a Biblical baptism. Yes, you are right thinking that the salvation does not come from works; not by our act of baptism or that we should "play" God by "saving" children by baptism.

The author has had many spiritual benefits and Joy of the Spirit after having Biblical baptism by immersion, after first becoming a child of God, adopted to the household of God, family of kings and priests of our God. Examine this issue from your Bible and ask the Lord that He may enlighten your path. If you become aware of the true joy which comes from obedience, you will be glad to get baptized!

(If you wish to be baptized you may contact me and I can baptize you without forcing you to join any church, sect or denomination, or I will help you to find such Born Again, Bible-believing brother who will perform this for you. For free of course).

Growing in the Christian integrity and identity

There is truly majestic and powerful symbolism in the Word of God concerning His people. God sees His children as something special and values His Church (the called-out ones) above everything He created. That is why He became a man and gave His life for us (John 3:16; 10:11).

Now, what does it really mean to be a Christian? To really be a true

Christian, means that we have taken Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The Lordship of Jesus must be full and profound, covering our whole life. The fullness of Jesus being our Master and King is the only way He will save us from our sins.

So we have taken Jesus as our Lord

That makes us His disciples.

The discipleship of Jesus gives us a membership in His spiritual body, the Church.

Before we knew Jesus, we did not know our own true self, our spirit. God's Spirit, that the wholeness of God and Jesus, awakened our spirit and made it born again. That gave us a new and true identity.

Also, we must remain God's children and not emancipate ourselves from this true family of ours. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him (Col.2:6)". If we neglect our spiritual life and abandon the High Calling, the Lord will find us waterless wells and unfruitful trees, servants who have buried their talent. Because we hang on the only anchor of our faith, Lord Jesus, God will deliver us from falling away from His grace. As we daily take up our cross and die to our selfish desires, we will by the power of the Regenerating Spirit bring forth the good fruit of the Spirit (Mat.12:33). "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith (Gal.5:22)."

The compound unity of the Christian Church, or the true called-out ones lies in that we share and form the True Body of Christ, and the Temple of the Living God. Like the Father, the Word and the Spirit form a compound unity, so are we formed as one body, through the power of God (John 17:11,22).

We have Living God dwelling in our body and spirit - He is the Spirit of God, also called "the Holy Ghost" and "Defender". It is the secret of our integrity and our privilage to serve God who first loved us (1.Joh.4:19). We are called to the discipleship of Jesus, we are sent to preach the Gospel, we are called to give our very all to Jesus. We are made brothers of the Lord Jesus (Mark 3:35) and children of God. As it is written of us: "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Heb.2:11). Thus we need to become a holy nation, a spiritual nation of God. We have to lead a life of holiness, which we can achieve only by the Spirit of God.

"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" - Eph.1:4-5 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" - 1.Cor.6:19

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." - 2.Cor.6:16

The Church of God is Holy, so one claiming a membership in that true spiritual Body must bring forth fruits of the Spirit. Although we cannot be good or even to do good (in a long run) by our own strength, we need to choose to obey God's will in our lives.

As we can see from the Scripture, and as the Spirit inside us testifies, we are truly blessed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We have taken His righteousness upon us (Rom.3:14). Thus He has adopted us to the household of the Living God. Thus we may, without fear refer to God as our Father (Abba) (Gal.4:6). Thus we also may call upon God by His Holy Name (haShem), which is YHWH (probably spelled Yahweh), and which includes in the name of our Lord Jesus (Yehoshua, “Yahweh is Salvation”). Let us now see few verses from the Scriptures, from the Epistle to Romans about this:

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have

received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." - Rom.8:15

We enter into an intimate spiritual relationship with God. It is kind of a symbiosis of two life-forms existing in us. One is our self, and the other is the True God who abides in us through His Holy Spirit. It is not a mere theory, but YHWH God gives us a vivid testimony of this, through His Word and through His Spirit, as Paul continues in his epistle to Romans:

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" - Rom.8:16

With us been adopted to the Household of God, it brings about all the birth-rights of the son and daughter of the King of Kings. As we become the children of God the Father by reconciliation through the Blood of Christ, we become brothers (and sisters) of God's Only Begotten Son. This true Christian identity of our, is that we belong to God's Royal House. We are the joint-heirs of Christ and shall rule with Him us becoming like Him in every unimaginable way (Philip.3:21, 1.John 3:2, Rev.5:9-11).

"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." -


"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light" - 1.Pe.2:9

With great privilege comes great responsibility. Jesus said that not everyone who says to him 'Lord, Lord' shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom is reserved for the true children. There may be people who pretend to belong to God's congregation of saints. To them the Lord says: "Get away from me, I never knew you."


Before we took Jesus our Lord, God's commandments seemed hard for us. Now they are our joy and our true food and fuel. As the Lord said: "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God"

(Luke 4:4b). The Spirit of adoption has transformed our spirit into more obedient and glad, more thankful and loving. There lies the true beauty and integrity of Christians, that we love God our Father and each other.

We have right to own all God's promises as His children. Accepting this fact in all humility fit for obedient children, we will despite out of our spirit all the integrity that we rightfully possess. The secret of our true identity lies in the fact that we are a whole new sort of creation, made by God, who elected this body of people before the ages (Eph.1:4-5). Of this it is written: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (1.Co.5:17)".

Almighty God has power and will to make as even bastions and strongholds of His Word. When we receive from Him our daily spiritual bread and carry our crosses in His footsteps, He will make us worthy vessels to carry the light of the truth. We have as our Lord the truthful and faithful God the Word, He even has the will to give us everything He has. But we have to become servants of Him and of each other. Lord will teach us all the humility He manifested when He walked this Earth. Only by self-denial and lack of egocentric motivation will we truly realize the wonderful hope and freedom which we may have in Christ.

As we deny ourselves and follow Jesus humbly and truly, the fruit of the Spirit will proceed. As the Word proceeds from the Father, so do the good works of faith and praise of gratitude come forth from us. Verily is the miracle of regeneration and true conversion the basis and reason for our worship and praise. As heirs, we may come to the presence of God with due reverence and joy. Could there be any better identity and basis for the purpose of integral life, than having the Living God living in our heart and speaking to us? That is what happened when we were regenerated and when we daily carry our crosses!

All this glory and wonder came to us, because of God's grace. Our part was to choose to accept this gift and bring our lives, our hopes,

fears, sins

His Son. We did as it is written: "Let us therefore come boldly unto

the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb.4:16). Let all of us who are in Christ, always trust our God, who is our Father and our Redeemer and Sanctifier. May we walk always from light to light!


in us, to the merciful God, who is merciful in

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all." - 2.Cor.13:14

Basis of Christian moral values

All moral values are fundamentally derived from the commandments of God.

All scientifical, theological and philosophic theoris will always have some effect to the morals and ethis of mankind. Let's take the darwinism for example. It asserts we are fundamentally not the image of God, but rather animals evolved from slime, ape- like creatures etc. This brings with it a moral conclusions; If we're animals, we ought to act and behave like ones! Sexual

moral, family values, society's care about the weak

No matter

what they say, their ideas actually will effect how they make their decisions! That is no less true with us Christians.

If we encounter people, as they would be Jesus, we ourselves give Jesus to them. This is connected to the fact that we should do everything as we'd do it to the Lord. This shapes our moral and makes us more Christ-like. Also, by serving others in this manner gives something out of our innermost self, our spirit and thus we give from ourselves the most true.

Here is the beuty of the regenerated heart and mind of a true disciple. We must learn to put our own abitions, comfort and desires to halt at a time and learn to take care of other people. We must not only serve those we like, but also those that we naturally dislike. Lord said about this:

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect – Mt.5:47-48

If we put our faith in the thoughts, values and ideals of human beings in any form, be it political, philosophical or religious ideal, we have not on solid ground. Trends and fashions change. What was wrong yesterday may be considered rightful today. But that is not the case with Christians! Our moral values are not our own ideas what we feel right or wrong. We have died to our own fleshly desires and look up to the perfect One and desire to listen

the voice of the Good Shepherd to instruct us.

We must consider the Bible as a literal Word of God because “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2.Ti 3:16 ESV). Ask yourself, if your faith does not found it self in the Bible, where then? Remember that all false religious and philosophical assertions are based on the Original Lie: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4-5). Believing this lie in it's various modern forms may at first seem proper. It may be ”politically correct” even. But eventually it will lead to destruction.

All man-made paths to whatever worldly glory, will at the end be the highway to destruction. What's it going to be? Will you choose the narrow way, which may sometimes seem boring or unbearable in the eyes of the flesh? Or will you take the broad

way to please yourself on the expense of the happiness of others,

will of God and eventually your

have both! Therefore it is of utmost and of eternal importance

that we found our faith in the sure foundation of Living God; His Word.

eternal damnation? You can't

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. - Isaiah 40:8 ESV

What is the Kingdom of God?

It is very refreshing to be guided by the Spirit in truth in all matters. So is it also with the Gospel of the Kingdom. Some may wonder what does it has to do with the Regeneration, but I am convinced it has to do much. Jesus said that if we are born again, we may then and only then enter this kingdom (John 3:3). So, when we were regenerated, we were adopted into the family of God and that means also we have the Earth as our inheritance. This is the secret of the Kingdom. Jesus promised to His twelve apostles:

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” - Matthew 19:28

The Kingdom (Malkuth in Hebrew) was something Jesus preached about a lot. Many people want us to believe that the church, past and/or present is the kingdom. Or that it is only a state of mind. But let us see what the Scriptures has to say about the subject.

You may remember the golden statue in the book of Daniel that the Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream. The different parts of the statue were the different kingdoms some already there at Daniel's time and recognized by him by the inspiration of the Spirit. The last world power is being established by God and is described as follows:

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. " - Daniel 2:44.

This does not convince all that the Kingdom will be literal. But how then are we to understand these words of the Lord:

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Mat.5:5)? Some say that this applies only to our earthly lives.

But if we seek the Psalm Jesus was referring to we found these words: “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.” (Psalm 37:29).

Some say that the world (or the mankind) will be utterly destroyed and that the Church is in heaven during the Millenium or the eternity. But let us see what God promised after He destroyed the ante-deluvian world except Noah and his family.

I “

imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again

smite any more every thing living, as I have done.” - Gen.8:21

will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the

If we let the Lord open our eyes, we may understand the blessed hope we have in a renewed, regenerated planet, ruled by King Jesus! For Him it was clear issue and that is why He said:

“Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.“ - Mark


When will this happen? Lord said:

“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” -Acts 1:6-8

So it was not God's intention to build the Kingdom at the first coming, but at the second. Jesus spoke about this also in other occasions which you can see in Matthew chapter 24. Well, how can we be sure that the Kingdom is literal and really on Earth rather than in heaven? Have you ever considered where would Adam and Eve have lived lest they had sinned? God made them to live on Earth and that is why it is written:

“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.“ - Psalm 115:16

“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.“ - Is.45:18

As we have seen in the chapter “Growing in the Christian integrity and identity” we will be co-heirs of Christ. Let's see briefly a Scripture from Revelation about this:

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” - Rev.5:9-10

We may understand more of this if we look what Paul wrote about this, that the dead will be with the Lord truly only after the resurrection (of the body):

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. - 1.Thes.4:13-17

So, in the resurrection of the body, we become Christ-like also physically. We get similar bodies Jesus had after He rose from the grave.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put

on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. - 1.Co.15:51-54

But how am I sure that the Lord will be literally on Earth? Because of the following Scriptures:

“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the

mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east

- Zechariah 15:1-

4 (Note that the text clearly speaks about literal attack against Israel, so it cannot be symbolic in this context).

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son”. - Rev.21:3-7

Oh how amazing and gracious wonders and glories are waiting for us! That is the Gospel of the Kingdom we're supposed to preach to all nations! That is the wonderful grand finale to all the agonies and fears of the world. That is the final Regeneration of the Universe and it's inhabitants given to us by gracious and True Lord Jesus!

Six thousand years of sin will end in a Millenia of sabbath-rest for the Earth and to those faithful among humanity.

There would be much more to write about the Kingdom. This I will save to another occasion and trust that this short presentation may incite reader to study the subject more from his or her Bible. One thing is, that as we are Regenerated, we already are citizens and heirs of the Kingdom, but not reigning royal priests in office. However, as the Spirit of God was present in the Creation, He is now in our hearts and thus we have share in the creative power, the most dynamic power in the Universe! And this is just the beginning for we will get all the promises of God literally in the (Millenial) Kingdom and after it!

Power of the Holy Spirit in the life of believer

As Christians we have 24-7 instant access to the most large power source of the Universe. As we were born again and as we are daily regenerated, we have the Almighty God living inside us through His Holy Spirit (see John 14:16). That makes us vessels of the most noble Being in the Universe and beyond! That gives us sweet assurance and inner affirmation of Eternal Life which we already have started to live.

Unlike earthly and humanly power sources, the communion with the Spirit does not slow and will not cease by any reason aside if we personally quit the contract with Him. I have prayed many times, “Oh Lord, make me a better vessel to carry You Spirit. Make me able to shine Your Light”. That He does, but we have a free will to let or not let God change and transform us daily more and more into His image.

The Spirit works through the Word. He reminds us of the Word of God and never does He tell us anything with is not in accordance with the Bible. But in the Word we have life, because the written Word is all about the Ever-living Word the Son! Here lies the secret of the true authority of the believer. Not that we move the Spirit, but that the Spirit reminds us of the Words of God the Father and of the Son. Of this the Lord Jesus said:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26).

This is closely linked to what Jesus told in the same speech:

“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.(John 14:14).

If we live in accordance with the Spirit, we will not ask God to satisfy our selfish desires, but to glorify Himself in us and through us. Jesus continued: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Also He said in another occasion:

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these

things shall be added unto you. ” - Mat.6:31-33

Here we have the truth about the earthly “success”. We indeed are promised to be supplied all we need, but surely a born again child of God does not need all the material luxuries that this world seeks. Rather we must direct our heart's deepest desire towards the aims of the Kingdom.

When we came to faith and grow in it, the person of the Holy Spirit becomes familiar to us. Our relationship with Him becomes intimate and profound. Indeed I did not understand that the Spirit is a person. I even did not understand that I had a separate part in my being, that is my spirit. Only when the Spirit of God came upon me and began live inside me, did I come aware of these awesome truths fully. Surely a person who does not know personally God, cannot appreciate or truly comprehend His person. Even so, we children of God have an eternity to learn about our God. That is the true power of Him that has saved us!

Relationship of conversion and regeneration

Many in the sacramental churches teach that becoming a disciple starts when one is baptized (usually referring to infant baptism). This is also when the Christian Rebirth occurs according to them. It brings us basically into the soteriological problem, that one is saved only through baptism.

My view is, like seen in earlier chapters, that one is regenerated, when the Spirit of God is calling him or her, and a positive response is given to that calling and then the faith is being given to a person and he or she is born from above as a new creature. The baptism would be naturally taken after this. This is seen in the story of the Ethiopian and Philip (Acts 8.). The Ethiopian wanted to have baptism immediately after he learned the truth about Christ.

I believe that the Scripture about the repentant thief on a cross is a prime example where person was converted and could not receive the baptism before his death, but of whom we may without doubt believe that he is saved.

So it is self evident from the Scripture that one who hears the Gospel and repents (converts) is then suggested by the Holy Spirit to be baptized. The conversion, regeneration and baptism are therefore all related and linked to each other in undivided way. It is written of it:

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” - Mark 16:16

Only by repenting our sins and forfeiting them we may be regenerated. And taking up our cross daily and believing in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus we may keep the faith and grow in it.

Transforming the hearts by the power of the Spirit

Cradle of life came to earth in human vesture. He took upon Himself the genome of human. Apparently He had to change the genetic formula of man to do this. Thus the Divine merged with the corporeal, beginning the salvatory work of Incarnation. What a wonderful mystery it is that is revealed to us in the Bible! And knowing and believing that Jesus died as a sacrificial Lamb for our sins and then was resurrected and ascended to heaven, now is living eternally and we with Him! After His ascension He sent His Spirit to us to lead us to all truth. We read: Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (1.Co.15:45).

Now, if you believe this and have been regenerated, you can easily imagine yourself as a God's vessel. You are the vessel of the Holy Spirit and therefore also a messenger of God: You are invested with a power and will to proclaim the Good News! Isn't it the greatest privilege imaginable to be a vessel of God and see the most powerful force in the universe to quicken the spiritually dead people? Isn't it the most profound longing one can have, to be an instrument of the Regenerating Spirit and see the Cradle of Life to establish Himself in fellow men and women?

It is my sincere belief that every person who is born again receives the will and power to pass on the life-giving knowledge of the Gospel. Will you let the others to know about the grace you have received? Will you carry the torch of Eternal Light in this world of darkness?

Lord said that a city found on a hill cannot remain hidden. So it is with people of God. Our salvation will become manifest! If we only follow the calling we received, we will daily see miracles, small and great in our lives and in the lives of those we encounter. Then and only then we will see the true power of God which moves mountains! Becoming doers of the word and not only hearers shall we partake in the radical process which the Spirit is making in transforming the hearts of all who are willing to receive God's salvation in Jesus Christ, freely because of His grace.

We must daily renew our covenant with God and Jesus. That is the secret of success in our spiritual life and it's development. This is the secret longing in the hearts of every living human being.

My Worship Psalm

Very soon after I was born again, I started to internal urge to praise God. This was something totally new to me. I found it natural to pray constantly and worship God every way I could. I received the purified lips from the Lord by which He made me able to offer thanks to Him. Next I offer a Psalm-like poem I wrote very soon I was born again. I wrote it originally in my native Finnish, so the translation may lack some of the artistic values (if there are any) of the original but nevertheless carry the Joy of the Spirit I received.

My soul truly rejoices of Your goodness, oh Lord. You saved me from the traps of death, and delivered me to the fullness of freedom. That is why Your laws and statutes have become very dear to me.

Today You are my King.

I want to build your Kingdom,

and to praise your name in the town square.

I desire to walk in the halls of your House,

and to rest in it's colonnades. You cut in half the separating curtain, Thus I can come in joy and gladness to the Holy of Holiest.

Verily have You given me my daily breath, For You gave Yourself as a gift to me, Oh Bread of Life. Oh Living God, my spirit thirsts the Living Water.

Give us the life-giving Spring Rain of your Spirit. Let the harvest of Your blessings bloom lush in our midst. Give strength to my spirit, that I could endure the brightness of Your greatness, and your Everlasting Presence.

Make me more abiding vessel to Your holy cause. Your love wells in my heart as a spring, Let it grow to a great water fall!

Even though I am a sin-stained dust, You bore me anew. And You gave me power to become your child and heir of your promises.

Let humility increase in me. Endow me in spiritual warfare, so I can fight the good fight of faith.

Only did you not clear obstacles in my way, but abundantly gave me only best. You adopted me to your Royal Priesthood, oh High Priest, and made me house-keeper of your Word.

To many I have become an object of amazement, but You are my stronghold.

That is why I want to offer You thanksgiving, praise your Holy Name, and worship You oh Living God, Adonai Yahweh Elohim, Alleluia. Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh. Amen

My Christological Confession

To some it may seem strange to add this theological presentation here, but to me it was an important part of the work of the Spirit. Like it was promised, the Spirit guided me to see who and what Jesus is and how He is related to the Father – things which were not always clear to me before I was born again. After my regeneration I felt an inner urge to put my newly enlightened understanding into words which now follow.

I believe in One God (YHWH Echad Elohim), the Father (ABBA), origin of all things, from whom the Word (LOGOS) has His origin, from the days of old - from eternity.

From everlasting is He an utterance of the Father (Gn.1:1, Jn.1:1), Light from Light, God from God. Of the same substance, as born not created (Ps.2:7), because it is written "Trough Him all things were created" (Col.1:16).

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the person of the Love of God. He emanates from the Father and through the Son. He is not created, being the Spirit of God, He is not separate from the Father.

So as the Father is the Origin of the Son and of the Spirit, He is, at is written "the head of Christ" (1.Co.11:3), But as the Son is born and the Spirit is radiating from the Father, they are not created beings, but share the substance of the Godhead and are thus truly God.

As it is written, "God is Spirit" (Jn.4:23) and "Word was God" (Jn.1:1) and that "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily"


they are all YHWH ELOHIM - it is also written of the Word, that "He is the Angel of His Presense" (Ex.3:2, Is.63:9) and "Angel in whom My

Name Is" (Ex.23:21). Even so, it is written that "Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they"


As the spirit of man is the man, so the Spirit of God is truly God, Also thus is the son of man a man, so is Son of God the God - As it is written, "In the beginning was Word and Word was God" (Jn.1:1) and "Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; - - But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." (Hb.1:10-13).

Father is Ancient of Days (ATIK YOMIN) (Dn.7:9), Son is the Firstborn God and Word (MONOGENES THEOS, LOGOS) and the Spirit is the Comforter (RUACH HaKADOSH, PARACLETOS). All of them are worthy to receive the due honor and worship of men, as they are all the LORD (YHWH), even as the Father is the head and origin of the Godhead (ELOHIM).

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