Chart of Jesus steps
Conformed to His death Likeness of His resurrection
|Salvation||Dead in trespasses and sin||Alive together with Christ|
|Baptism||Old man buried with Christ||New man raised from dead|
|Born again||spirit of fear & bondage||Born of the Spirit|
|Holy Spirit||Body is dead||Spirit of life|
|Obedience||Disobedient – wrath||Obedient – eternal life|
Jesus steps 1: Salvation
Conformed to His death: Dead in trespasses and sin
Likeness of His resurrection: Alive together with Christ
Salvation is death and resurrection:
To live in sin and without God salvation, is to be living according to the course of this world as a spiritually dead person and heading for eternal damnation. By receiving and believing Jesus Christ, is to be dead for a sinful life and be made alive by God through Christ resurrection from the dead. Jesus Christ lives now in us.
Ephesians 2:1. You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.
Ephesians 2:5. When we were dead in trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ.
Romans 6-11.Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation is to be crucified with Christ and to live a life of faith in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with Christ: It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.
All Jewish boys must be circumcised after birth to be part of the salvation plan of God according to the law. But the new path after the cross of Jesus Christ is that all, men and women, can now be spiritually circumcised by the circumcision of Christ by putting off the body of sins by the flesh. This is the renewing of the heart when receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour. It is also a painful process. The old man must be crucified (circumcised), that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sins. Romans 6:6. It is to turn our back on this sinful world.
Colossians 2:11-13. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.
Salvation is forgiveness of sins:
To received salvation and the forgiveness of sins, we have to confess our sins to be cleansed from all unrighteousness and start walking the road of righteousness.
1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 13:38-39. Therefore, let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Colossians 1:13. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Salvation is to be found in Him:
Philippians 3:9. Be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.
To received salvation is also to be founded in Jesus Christ. It is the same to abide in Him and to be in Him. After receiving salvation, Jesus lives in us through the Holy Spirit, and we are founded in Him, abides in Him and we are in Him, because we start to walk just as He walked. We cannot be saved according to our own righteousness and way of doing and thinking. If we do that, we are found outside Christ, and that is to be lost. The first two people did just that and they were forced out of Eden.
1 John 2:6. He who says he abides in Himought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Salvation is confessing and believing:
Romans 10:9-10.If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Confessing: Confess that Jesus is the Lord.
Faith: Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.
We are saved not by our own righteousness, but according to His mercy, and we receive salvation by receiving Jesus as our Saviour. This is part of the regeneration process of God. He created us spiritually and we are born again and we have to walk in the new life till we die.
John 1:12. As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
Salvation is regeneration:
Titus 3:4-5. When the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration (action or process. Latin: To create again) and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
· New life – Born again Bath of regeneration
· Baptism Baptism in Jesus Christ
· Renewing of the Holy Spirit
The bath of the regeneration process is the four steps salvation plan from God, it is the baptism in Jesus Christ. There is no other way. Baptism in water is just part of it. These four steps must find action and completion in the resurrection of Jesus, the fellowship of His sufferings and being conformed to His death. This is to put on Christ, to be clothed with Jesus Christ. To be baptized in Jesus Christ, we have to be obedient to all four steps, and must not quit at any time through this process.
Romans 6:3. Do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Galatians 3:26-27. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Hebrews 10:22. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
The Romans road of salvation:
Romans 3:23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:32: He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Romans 10:9. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
The very first step is to follow the Man who had no sin. God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5-6.
If we are conformed to His death, we must crucify our own flesh desires every day and live in the likeness of His resurrection. Now we are on the righteous road of God.
Romans 6:5-7. If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing tis, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Jesus steps 2: Baptism
Likeness of His resurrection: Raised with Christ through faith
Colossians 2:11-13. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Repentance and baptism are an act of the believer. Peter said in Acts 2:38. Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
By hearing the call of the Holy Spirit at conviction, we turn to Jesus and accept Him as Saviour. God gives salvation by His grace and the new eternal life. Now, the new believer gets a command not to wait and be baptized to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:16. And why tarries thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Baptism is the best comparison to the fellowship of His sufferings and being conformed to His death. Baptism under the water is part of the fulfilling of God righteousness. If Jesus walked seventy miles to be baptized by John to fulfil all righteousness, who are we to side step baptism that is part of the regeneration process of God?
Matthew 3:15-16. Jesus answered and said to him, permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
Romans 6:4.We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
Baptism is like a spiritual funeral. When we are baptised, we are united together in the likeness of Jesus death and buried under the water. When we are raised out of the water, we are united in the likeness of His resurrection, and walk now in the newness of life. The righteous road of God is to walk in the newness of life in the footsteps of Jesus.
Baptism is part of God salvation plan:
To be baptized is to be safely hided in the ark of God. Baptism is much part of the salvation plan of God and is part of the bath of regeneration.
1 Peter 3:20. While the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us, baptism, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus steps 3: Born again
Likeness of His resurrection: Spirit of adoption and life
John 3:5. Jesus answered. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
1 John 5:1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.
We have lived in a spirit of fear, bondage and anxiety in our old life. But after we have believed that Jesus is the Christ, we have received salvation and our old life was buried with Jesus in baptism. Now we receive the Spirit of adoption, that we are a child of God. Christ life now in us through His Spirit, and we are heirs of God and glorified people. We call God now, Father.
2 Timothy 1:7. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.
Romans 8:15-16. You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba Father. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
Galatians 4:6. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba Father.
Romans 8:17. And if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
1 Peter 2:9. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people.
To begotten us again, to be regenerated, to be born again, to be born of the Spirit and to be born of God has the same meaning. It works all through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. After we have been regenerated by the Spirit, we are a new man.
We are not walking concerning our former conduct which grows corrupt according to our deceitful lusts, but we are renewed in the spirit of our mind and we put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24. We are not anymore like the first Adam, but we are now transformed, regenerated and begotten again like the second Adam and re-created according to God.
· Receiving of eternal life. John 11:25. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
· Born of God. 1 John 5:1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.
· Partakers of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4. Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
· Put on Christ. Galatians 3:27. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
· Sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6. When we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
· Banquet with Christ. Revelation 3:20. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Jesus steps 4: Renewing of the Holy Spirit
Conformed to His death: Body of sin is dead
Likeness of His resurrection: Spirit of life
Titus 3:4-5. When the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
Renewing of the Holy Spirit is part of the righteousness of God and the regeneration process.
When Jesus was baptized and He came up from the water, He was immediately filled by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 3:15-16. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
After baptism, we are a candidate that our spirit will be renewed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit give us life,because we have walked the road of righteousness in the footsteps of Jesus and was obedient to His word. Because of our obedience to Jesus, we now receive the life of the Holy Spirit that will control our whole life and give us the might and authority to walk in the Spirit and to act in the power of God.
When this road is walked in the steps of Jesus, we shall know Him and the power of His resurrection. Not only shall we know Jesus if we are doing signs and wonders in His name, but the criteria are mainly to be obedient to Him and to do His will.
This is the road of the righteousness of God
Matthew 7:21-23. Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and done many wonders in your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice unrighteousness.
Gift of the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:38-39. Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is a promise from God. It is for everyone who are obedient and walking the road of righteousness. This gift of the Holy Spirit is the speaking in tongues. When the Holy Spirit gives us life, and we drink of His water, He wants to fill us totally with His anointing and blessings everlasting.
Acts 2:3-4. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
John 4:14. Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
Holy Spirit power:
Acts 1:8. You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me.
Now that we are renewed by the Holy Spirit and received His life, we are equipped by God’s power to be witnesses for Jesus. This power from the Holy Spirit that we received, is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and was poured out on the day of Pentecost.
Romans 8:11. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
The Holy Spirit will quicken us day by day, week by week, year by year, century by century till He comes. He will revive, freshen, accelerate, encourage, spur on, inspire and animated us.
1 Corinthians 6:14. God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Holy Spirit power to serve in authority:
1 Corinthians 2:4. My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power.
Ephesians 1:19-20. What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead?
Now that our spirit has been renewed by the Dunamis power of the Holy Spirit, we have the greatness of God’s mighty power, working in us and we can be demonstrative in our ministry. This mighty power that came upon Jesus after He was baptized, is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus went out and minister, healed all the sick people, feed the hungry and raised op the dead.
Luke 4:1. Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Luke 4:14. Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee.
Romans 8:10. If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Because of our righteousness to walk in obedience in the footsteps of Jesus, the Holy Spirit works His power in us and we can operate in that power.
Mark 16:20. They went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
Luke 10:19. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Holy Spirit power to pull down strongholds:
2 Corinthians 6:4,7. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left
2 Corinthians 10:4-5. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Ephesians 5:11. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
To pull down strongholds and to expose the unfruitful works of darkness, we must have the armour of righteousness on the right and left hand. We must be obedient to God’s word to be effective and getting results.
Obedience is the most important part of God’s righteousness.
To fulfil God’s righteousness in our lives, is to walk in obedience in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 5:8. Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest.
John 3:36. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
God’s righteousness Believe on the name of Jesus and follow in His footsteps
Disobedient to Jesus Shall not see eternal life
Romans 6:16. Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
Obedience leads to righteousness. Jesus became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Jesus salvation and redemption comes only true to those who believe and obey Him. If we do not believe and obey Jesus commands in His word, how is it possible to think that God can make any exception to anybody who did not obey Him, to enter into eternal life. Then He is not a righteous God.
Matthew 7:21-23. Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Hebrews 12:11. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Romans 7:4. You are married to Him, who was raised from the dead, that you should bear fruit to God.
After obedience follows the fruit of righteousness.
God looks for the fruit of righteousness after we have been trained in it, because we are real children of God and God loves us. If we are not walking in His ways, we will be chastening by God and corrected to be partakers in His holiness.
The fruit of righteousness is: Service, holiness and everlasting life.
Hebrews 12:12. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Romans 6:13. Do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Romans 12:6-8. Having gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy or ministry, teaching, exhorts, giving, leading and mercy.
Romans 6:19. Present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
Romans 6:22. Having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
2 Corinthians 7:1. Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
· Everlasting life:
Hebrews 12:14. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
Romans 6:22. Having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
1 Peter 1:11. For so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Crown of righteousness:
All this comes together at the end for us, when our life on earth is done, we have walked the road of righteousness, we have finished the earthly race, walk into the everlasting kingdom of God and received the crown of righteousness.
2 Timothy 4:7-8. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.
From likeness to likeness:
Romans 6:5.If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
After mankind sin in the beginning, he lost his likeness (similarity, resemblance) of God. Because of sin, unfaithfulness, unbelief and unrighteousness, mankind lost its glory. Then God choose Israel to set forth His righteousness, but they failed also. They were taken into captivity and were destroyed and scattered all over the world. There was no more any hope and mankind dwelled in darkness and turmoil and were completely lost.
In the fullness of time, God send His Son Jesus Christ, the righteous One to come to earth, born out of the virgin Mary, to take all the sins of the world upon Him when He was crucified on the cross of Calvary. He completely saved the world and God did not impute their sins against them. Jesus took all the sins and trespasses upon Himself. Now mankind has to accept God’s offer and be willing to be reconciled back to God.
By accepting God’s grace and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, mankind can be fully bodily and spiritually restored to the likeness of God through the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. To be obedient to Jesus commands and word, walking in His steps, be conformed in the likeness of His death and resurrection, we are walking in God’s road of true righteousness, and bearing the fruit of righteousness, and receive everlasting life.
Ephesians 4:22. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Philippians 3:20-21. We eagerly await a Saviour from heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Chamber 3 – Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is living in us:
The fact is that this chamber of God is in us. Romans 8:11. The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you. Our hearts, which are our spirit, are the dwelling place of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God. We are now in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in us. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9.
The Holy Spirit is the fire of God:
All around God is fire. His throne is a fiery flame and all around Him is the appearance of fire. In His sanctuary there is an altar that is burning with fire. The altar represents prayer and the fire on the altar is the fire of the Holy Spirit. So, the fire of the Holy Spirit is on our prayers. The Holy Spirit is one of God’s chambers that He totally occupies and uses to fill the spiritual life of man-kind. It is a fact that this Spiritual flame of the Holy Spirit can burn low or high, or not burning at all. To have a fervent Spirit in our spirit means that the Spirit within us must burn high. That is what prayer and worship can do. Your lips or mouth must continuously pray, worship and speak the word of the Lord.
Isaiah 6:6. One of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said. Behold this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.
Matthew 3:11. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Acts 2:2-4. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in other tongues. We have stipulating through this whole Prayer Oven series that the altar is our prayers. When we are praying we are building a spiritual altar inside our heart. The fire on the altar (oven-heart) is the Holy Spirit. Now what keeps the fire in our hearts burning? It is our fervent prayers and praises. The moments we are praying (praising) fervently, the Holy Spirit in us comes alive, His wind blow the coal in our spirit alive, touch our mouth and lips, and we speak out more prayers, praises, thanksgivings, the promises of God and offering spiritual sacrifices that is acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5. Actually we are filled with His Holy Spirit and can speak in other tongues. Now we can declare our iniquity is taken away and our sins purged.
Hebrews 13:15. Through Jesus, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.It is a fact that children of God who always praise God and pray out loudly, they have a fervent spirit, they are positive and they are vessels ready to be used by God.
What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit in prayer?
1 Corinthians 14:15. I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. So if you pray with your spirit, you are praying into the fullness of this chamber of God. Remember your spirit is now filled with the Holy Spirit. When we get saved, we received the Spirit of God. But God wants to empower us by the infilling into the fullness of His Spirit. Acts 1:8. You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. Jude verse 20: But you dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. The basic of prayer is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit work in and through us, and to prepare ourselves for eternal life.