Why the Church Needs Apostles Today
Spiritual Cleansing: Removing the Fruits of Iniquity From the Soul
Lesson 7 of 14
As stated, knowledge is for function. The Holy Spirit works with truth to birth the image of Christ in you every day. That’s what He does. The Holy Spirit will not confirm the philosophy of man nor will He work with the religious traditions of man to form Christ in you. He will only work with the record of Christ.
This is how it works:
The truth of Jesus establishes Jesus Christ as the record of your faith.
The power of the Spirit to return the soul to the Christ-likeness is the witness.
If you desire the power of the Spirit to form Christ in you then you must understand the importance of truth. As apostles wash and cleanse the church, removing from faith the knowledge (leaven) that defiled faith and as they reset the original foundation of truth in the heart, to prepare believers for their priesthood, the Spirit of God then begins His one-on-one spiritual cleansing, and tutorship in the heart of each believer for fellowship and growth.
This is the fellowship of the Spirit that each believer desires. This is the “washing of regeneration” (God’s Intelligent Design for Christ-Centered Spiritual Transformation®) and renewing (of the mind) by the Holy Ghost.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5).
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).
The Washing by the Holy Spirit is for the Healing of the Soul
This “washing” by the Holy Spirit is for the healing of the soul. While in the kingdom of darkness the soul gained much experience with sin that was harmful to the soul. Apostle Paul identified these experiences as fruits of iniquity: “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like,” (Galatians 5:19-21).
The Spirit of God works to heal the soul from this bruising by removing the soul from the environment of spoilage. The environment of spoilage for the soul is the knowledge, tools, and power of the kingdom of darkness. Jesus said, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil,” (John 17:15).
The soul not only needs to be taken out of the environment of spoilage, but needs the correct environment for faith, that the Spirit may do His work, forming the virtues of Christ within by the knowledge, tools, and power of God’s kingdom.
For each believer to daily partake of this transformative experience they must be separated, doctrinally cleansed, and prepared in truth to serve God in righteousness. The Holy Spirit will then do His work in the soul.
God wants this continued washing of the Word to take place. He said it plainly: “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” (Ephesians 5:26). This is the reason for giving us a priesthood of knowledge whereby we offer to God spiritual sacrifices of knowledge. Jesus manifests His glory in us by this fellowship of knowledge. There is an exchange that takes place. He gives us knowledge and we reciprocate His likeness.
God’s Purification Process
People flock to the gods of this world for knowledge and it is not the holy knowledge of God they are flocking to, it is knowledge that corrupts the soul. And so Apostle Peter calls it the corruptible seed.
1 Peter 1:22-23
22. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
25. But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Peter goes on to say, “Wherefore, laying aside (that knowledge that breeds ) all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, ” (1 Peter 2:1-3).
The apostle, in his instruction to the church, is saying, “I want you to use this new knowledge that I am preaching to you. I want you to live by it for your rebirth, to put to death the knowledge of this world, that prejudiced your thinking, tainted the soul, and taught you how to be productive with sin to increase in the kingdom of darkness.
Covenant theology is about understanding the processes whereby God filers the soul. Apostle Peter relates God's knowledge to His purification process.
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By relating knowledge to God’s purification process Peter defines for us the born again experience. It has to do with using the new knowledge of Christ by which we daily take on the virtues of Christ. To those in the current Christian culture, born again means enlightenment, it means making a confession of faith in Jesus. But the apostolic definition of born again has to do with our daily experience with the knowledge of Christ whereby the virtue of Christ is daily born in the soul. We are taking on His virtue. Not by corruptible knowledge but by incorruptible.
The knowledge of this world is not the precious Word of God whereby we are saved, washed, and preserved. The knowledge of this world is like salt to metal, it is corrosive and accelerates the decaying process. Metal corrosion by seawater is a real problem that is countered by producing rust resistant metals or by applying solutions that provide a protective coating against salt spray.
Spiritually speaking, we can see why false knowledge is called a token of death. It accelerates these fruits of iniquity: murder, debate, deceit, sedition, the accelerants of emulation and strife. We are no longer using those tokens of death. We are protecting the soul from this corrosive knowledge by using the new knowledge of the covenant of Jesus Christ. Did you know that seducing spirits work with false knowledge?
We are born by a new form of knowledge that is why it is called the “Word” of God. “Word”, which means knowledge. So we are born by this Word. The knowledge from above, the knowledge that is superior to the knowledge of this world. We are building with a new knowledge and Jesus Christ is our new access to it.
Another way to understand the destructive nature of false knowledge is to think about industrial use of water in factories. Toxic chemical substances used in factories contaminate drinking water. Waste water from industrial factories is released into streams, lakes, and oceans. To counter this, pollution control devices are designed to minimize the amount of contaminants that are released into water. In addition, water filter systems are put into place to remove contaminants that could affect your health.
Think of the knowledge of God as God’s filtering system to purify the soul, to neutralize those potent solutions (corruptible seed/knowledge), which Satan poured within us when we were in his kingdom. That is how important truth is. Both the foundation of truth and the continual ingesting of the knowledge of Christ and the dispensing of it through our priesthood. Truth is a filter. It is a tool for spiritual cleansing.
Your spiritual growth is connected to your cycles of growth. God puts us through daily filtering cycles, which has to do with the work of the Spirit with His truth. There is a filtering process taking place in the soul when you labor with truth. As God’s knowledge purifies the soul, we are being washed, and the virtue of Christ is being born in the soul. So we are being born again by His Word, by His knowledge. Not the knowledge that corrupts the soul, but the knowledge that produces the virtue of Christ in the soul.
The Comforter is assisting you through this form of transition, through this whole filtering process of cleansing the soul. Grace works with truth as a neutralizing solution. God uses grace to continually bring equity to the soul so that what we express will not be damaging to ourselves or to other people, as Peter said, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”
Always remember: The soul of man is to reflect the mind of God as the water reflects the sky.