We know that physical life requires birth, growth and maturity;
In like manner, our spiritual life also requires birth, growth and maturity,
and those three stages may occur within
different time-lines with different
We believe that man was created in a glorious and righteous state;
man was created Holy and righteous by God and was composed of mind, body
and soul. However when Adam committed the original sin, he imputed
sin, or a permanent pollution to all of his descendants: Romans 5: 14-18
If we define sin, we know that sin is a volitional transgression against God
and a lack of conformity to the will of God, and it produces 2 principal effects:
The filthy defilement it causes and the awful guilt it entails.
So then, Man, by nature, is sinful and has fallen from a glorious and righteous
state from which he was created.
Ezekiel 28:11 - 19; Isaiah 14:12 - 20; I Timothy 2:14
Being born in sin, man needs to be born again, sanctified and cleansed
from all sin by the blood of Jesus
salvation from sin necessarily requires
both a cleansing and a clearing of the
one who is to be saved. So, in order for any sinner to dwell
with God in heaven,
you must have:
(1) Justification (Legal Right), which is a valid title to that inheritance
and (2) Salvation (Moral Right) which begins or commences a
"personal fitness" regimen to enjoy such blessedness;
this is a personal fitness program
by which the sinner is made Holy:
It cleanses from pollution, something
is actually imparted to us and Sanctification terminates in a change both in
character and conduct, imparting a love for God and a capacity to worship
him acceptably. Salvation is the Highway which conducts us to heaven.. Isaiah 35:8
Please read and study all of the scriptures offered in this study.
So, repeating what has already been said,
man is sinful and has fallen from a glorious and righteous state; he
must be restored back to the will of God; He must be BORN AGAIN John 3:3.
Salvation from sin will require a Cleansing and Clearing of the sinner.
JUSTIFICATION & SANCTIFICATION
Justification and sanctification are inseparable; Justification will always
precede sanctification. Justification is thus, that legal act by which man's status
before and with God is changed from damnation and separation,
to transformation. II Corinthians 5:17
To repeat what was forestated, Justification cancels sin's daming power and
removes the obligation unto punishment; something is imputed to the sinner;
it is a judicial act by which the sinner is pronounced righteous.
It legally represents the sinner and terminates in a
Justification bestowes a valid title to the inheritance of everlasting glory.
Sanctification ~" The Moral Right Or Personal Fitness Program":
Just as Adam alone broke the first covenant by eating of the forbidden fruit - Just
as Adam's original sin was imputed to all of his descendants, causing them to
become inherently sinful through the corruption of nature (conveyed to them
from Adam) -
In like manner Christ alone performed the condition of the second covenant,
and those to whom his righteousness is imputed, do thereupon become
inherently righteous through inherent grace communicated to them from Jesus
by the spirit. This is what is meant by Romans 5:17
Romans 5:17 ~ "For as by one man's offense death reigned by one (Adam), much
more they which receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness,
shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ." So when a sinner is saved by God's grace
through faith, God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the believing sinner,
whereby the sinner becomes a child of God by virtue of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
TO SUMMARIZE JUSTIFICATION VS. SANCTIFICATION:
Justification deals with our Standing, while Sanctification deals with our state.
Justification makes us safe, while sanctification makes us
sound (just as exercise strengthens your muscles)
Justification declares us righteous, while sanctification makes us righteous.
We're justified to be saints, and Sanctified to be
Saintly (on a continual strengthening and exercising basis).
So, since man is saved by grace, we claim that there are 3 Waves of Grace.
3 WAVES OF GRACE:
After being separated from God by sin, we must be restored to the original state
of conforming to the will of God - we must be born again!
The first wave of grace is Conversion:
THE SINNERS PRAYER
A) Confess Your Sin
B) Repent and ask God for Forgiveness
C) By faith, we must believe that God exists and that Jesus is the son of God.
D) By faith, we must believe that Jesus was crucified and that God raised him
from the dead. Romans 10:9
E) Confess that Jesus is my Lord and Savior
F) Confess that I believe that through Jesus' shed blood - "I will have eternal Life"
G) Ask God to please come into my heart and fill me with your Holy Ghost
H) Ask God to please lead me and guide me so that my soul will reach heaven
According to John 3:16, Christ has now entered the sinner's heart and cleansed
him from all his sins.
Romans 3:23; St. Luke 19: 5,9
Bishop Mason was converted at the age of 12 in 1878 when he was healed from
yellow fever (being near death) after being baptised in
water in an atmosphere of thanksgiving
by his half brother, I. S. Nelson. He went around during that summer
as a lay person testifying to sinners, and those on the
mourners bench about his miraculous healing.
This healing and confession was the first wave of grace in Mason's life.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: Neither....(verse 10)
Fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.
I John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.....
THE 2ND WAVE OF GRACE:
Sanctification (Regeneration): This 2nd step is represented by the cleansing
of the old person and transforming them into this new person because of the
power of God operating in their life. This is a regeneration stage.
Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Ghost
by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews
the sinner's whole nature in the image of God and enables the sinner to
perform good works. You're getting certain things out of your life that are
destructive and sinful. This is a sanctifying process. You've been born again and
set apart; God begins to deal with you to the degree that you hate the things
that you once loved. You begin to love new things which you never thought you'd love.
Romans 6:4; Romans 5:6, 5:8 Colossians 2:12, 3:1
Bishop C. H. Mason arrived at his 2nd Wave of Grace in 1893
(15 years after his 1st Wave of Grace).
Mason experienced Sanctification, his 2nd Wave of Grace,
after reading the autobiography of Amanda Smith, a Methodist Evangelist
who talked about her sanctification experience, and explained sanctification
in her autobiography. Faith and repentance were made possible by the
grace of God and are therefore inseparable in the reality of salvation
*REPENTANCE - Is not an act of reformation (working for salvation); nor is
it an attitude of remorse that merely wrestles with regret
(as it did with Judas who ended up hanging himself after betraying Christ).
The hallmark of sanctification will always be obedience...Romans 6:16
Sanctification will always reflect the life and likeness of Jesus Christ.
REPENTANCE = CHANGE; it has for its strength the convicting word of God
by the person of the Holy Spirit who enables the sinner to realize their sin
and its consequence of eternal separation and damnation from God, while
articulating the simplicity of faith in Christ Jesus who is the only means of Salvation.
John 16:7 - 11; Acts 4:
THE THIRD WAVE OF GRACE:
This is when you receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and initially speak in
unknown tongues in accordance with Acts 2:4;
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience subsequent to
(After) Conversion and sanctification.
The infilling of God is now operating in this new person;
Now there are Unique Manifestations:
A) Speaking in tongues (a spiritual communication connecting us directly
to God, with the manifestations of the fruit of the spirit:
Galations 5:22-23; Acts 10:46, 19:1-6;
* We are not baptized with the Holy Ghost in order to be saved (Acts 19:1-6; John 3:5)
Acts (19:1) And it came to pass. that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed
through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
(19:2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
And they said unto him, we have not so much heard whether there be
any Holy Ghost. (19:3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
And they said, Unto John's baptism. (19:4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with
the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. (19:5) When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (19:6) And when Paul had laid
his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues,
and prophesied. So, you are converted and saved before receiving the Holy Ghost.
However, with some individuals, one may have received all three waves of grace
simultaneously, according to their faith. Their 3 waves of faith may not be
spread apart in time as they occurred with Bishop C. H. Mason. The point being
made here is the fact that the Holy Ghost is not a prerequisite to conversion
When one receives a baptismal Holy Ghost Experience, we believe that
one will speak with an unknown glosselalick tongue unknown to oneself
according to the sovereign will of Christ.
"Salvation Is An Inside Job"....Romans 14; John 6:28
To be filled with the Spirit means to be spirit controlled as expressed by Paul
in Ephesians 18:19. Since the charismatic demonstrations were necessary to
help the early church to be successful in implementing the command of
Christ, we therefore, believe that a Holy Ghost experience is mandatory for
all men today!
B) A Holy boldness to stand up before the world without fear
When Bishop C. H. Mason went to the Azusa Street Revival in March of 1907,
he was baptized wiyh the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues according to Acts 2:4;
This occurred 14 years after he had experienced sanctification
(2nd Wave of Grace) in 1893. So, Mason was approximately how old when
he received the 3rd Wave of Grace? (Do the Math!)
When You Have Been Adopted Into The Royal Family:
God = Your Father
Jesus = God's Son (Your Brother)
The Holy Ghost = Your Keeper (Your Babysitter)
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