And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, Which shall stand for an ensign of the people: To it shall the Gentiles seek: And his rest shall be glorious.
Song of Solomon 6:9
My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
GOLDEN TEXT: Psalms 38:17-18 -- For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
CONVICTION: Conviction is when one has a strong feeling that they are living a life of sin and should they face judgment they would be condemned to burn forever in hell. Without conviction one cannot be saved. Conviction is a divine revelation of the righteous judgment of God upon all men since Adam. Read Genesis 3:10-11; Romans 5:18; Romans 10:9-10; John 6:44.
Without conviction the sinner will not repent. Conviction is absolutely necessary to one’s salvation. When one is under conviction he is conscious of his guilt as a sinner in the presence of God. He is made to feel that he is a wicked man and a sinner, condemned to eternal damnation. Conviction puts one in a miserable state of mind. If one repents they will find perfect peace with God through Jesus Christ and He will remove every trace of guilt and all fear of punishment.
How do I get God to convict me? Sometimes the convicting power will fall on you and sometimes you have to pray and ask God to convict you. Confess to Him that you know you are a sinner and do not want to spend eternity in hell.
REPENTANCE: Repentance is both a conditon and an act; it is the state of being in godly sorrow for sins committed and the act of turning from and forsaking those sins. “For godly sorry workth repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death,” 2 Corinthians 7:10. Read Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19. Repentance is a prerequisite for justification.
JUSTIFICATION: Justification is both a state and an act; it is the state of being void of offense toward God brought about by the act of God in forgiving actual transgressions for which one has repented. It is the result of repentance and faith. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1. Read Romans 3:23-26; Titus 3:7. Justification precedes regeneration.
REGENERATION: Regeneration is an act of God performed in the justified heart whereby new, spiritual life is generated. Man is dead in trepasses and sin through Adam; he must be quickened or regenerated through Christ. It is a vital part of the plan of salvation by faith. “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. Read Ephesians 2:1,4,5; John 5:24. Regeneration is simultaneous with the new birth.
BORN AGAIN: To be born again is to become a new creature in Christ and a child of God. This new birth is the result of repentance and justification. It is a definite and instantaneous experience wrought in the heart accompanied by a definite inner witness. There is no other way to enter the kingdom of God. Read John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23. The new birth is a prerequisite for the experience of sanctification.
SANCTIFICATION: Sanctification is a second definite work of grace, subsequent to justification. It is an instantaneous work wrought in the regenerated heart by the Holy Ghost with the blood of Jesus. Whereas in justification an individual’s personal transgressions are blotted out, in sanctification the Adamic nature is eradicated by the blood of Christ, or crucified. Sanctification restores man to holiness in Christ and enables him, by God’s grace, to live a life of holiness. It also makes one eligible for the baptism of the Holy Ghost. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed. That henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin,” Romans 6:6-7. Read romans 5:2:1; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 7; Hebrews 12:12-13; 1 John 1:9.
HOLINESS: Holiness is the state of being free from sin, a condition made possible by the experience of sanctification. God requires man to live without sin in this present world. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,” Titus 2:11-12. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord,” Hebrews 12:14. Read Luke 1:74-75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 1”15-16. Holiness is a necessity not only for the individual but also for the Church, the Body of Christ. Read also, Ehesians 1:4; 5:27; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Psalms 93:5.
BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY GHOST: When a person is sanctified wholly he is eligible for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. This indwelling is a difinite and instantaneous experience and is always accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. It is a filling of the temple already made clean by sanctification. It is not a work of grace but a gift of God in answer to the prayer of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is an enduement of power for service. “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 Judeae, and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Acts 1:8. Read matthew 3:11; Luke 11;13; Acts 1:4; 19:2; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.