Okay, so HOW do you repent and surrender, and abide, and be filled and believe? How do you do that? Well, that is the details of this ‘repenting’ and ‘surrendering’, etc., and by ‘being filled with the Spirit’. That is what we are going to talk about now because very often I think, in messages that we hear, we hear this part: “Be this way, and do not be the other way.” Maybe we get to this part that this is how to do it. This is the means by which we do it, but what does it really look like? What does it really look like to repent, or surrender, or abide, or be filled? What does it mean to believe? What the Father commands, He also enables through His son and His Spirit. He enables us to be good and righteous, and not bad and sinful by this. Okay? I think we can all agree that there are two types of people in the world, at least one way we can divide people is by unbelievers and believers, right?
Jesus says, “Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with Him, and He with me.” Revelation 3:20.
How did you become a Christian? You repented, and believed. Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, He said, the Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the good news. So then we can say the way we go from here–unbeliever to believer—is we repent, and believe, right? I am going to use two different methods to show this. We are going to use this diagram here, the Abiding Room is how we describe it, going from unbelievers to believers not living as spirit-led believers. So we are going to use a two dimensional method on our PowerPoint, and we are also going to use a three-dimensional method demonstration using chocolate milk (see video).
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Two sets of doors are placed on a table, and Kevin uses glasses filled with milk to demonstrate the following point.
So, when you believed, when you repented and believed, you came through (what we are going to call the door of salvation). I am going to have two people come through this and one stay back out here. This door swings open. Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock.” We go through this door.
One-way arrow, an assurance of salvation, having believed, you were marked in Him with a “seal,” the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession to the praise of His glory. So, here God is saying that you are “sealed.” This door only moves one way—it is sealed. Once you come through this door, it is sealed; it does not go back out. You cannot lose your salvation. This door does not move back. These folks who have repented and believed cannot go back out here, alright? You are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the mark distinguishing believers from unbelievers. Having believed, you are marked in Him with a seal. It is the same verse here we are taught here by Paul to the church, you are marked in Him. The way we are marked is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the distinguishing mark of Christians. You probably have not looked at chocolate syrup and thought of the Holy Spirit, but today you will. You will never look at chocolate syrup the same way again because when you came through this door and were saved, the Holy Spirit came into your heart. So we will distinguish these two believers from this unbeliever over here (Kevin adds the syrup to the milk and mixes it up) by the mark which is the Holy Spirit. In our simple case–chocolate syrup.