1 corinthians 15 begins with the apostle Paul’s detailing of the good news (gospel) in its entirety, “how that Christ (the Messiah) died for your sins (paid the death penalty for your sins on your behalf), was buried and rose on the third day “according to the scriptures” (God’s word, and this is important – the only Scriptures at Paul’s time were the Old Testament, so that good news is contained and taught in the OT, not just in 1 Corinthians 15).
Paul states that it is by your BELIEF of that good news that you “are saved.” Just as Abraham “believed God,” by believing what God said through Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, God the Holy Spirit makes His residence – His address if you like – INSIDE of you.
So, first step – BELIEVE what God said, how that Jesus died for YOUR sins, was buried and rose on the third day. And TRUST God the Holy Spirit to take up residence inside of you. And lean totally upon God to be your teacher – the Bible is His word, READ it because that is the means that the Holy Spirit uses to speak to you – if you don’t read God’s word YOU close the door on His teaching you.
Every good Bible teacher will tell you to check him/her out with God’s word – to read your Bible and learn what God will teach you in that process – and remember learning from God is a life-long experience – patiently pray to the ONE God, Father/Son/Holy Spirit for those things you need to learn.
Revelations 3:20 teaches that Jesus stands knocking at the door and if YOU open the door He WILL come in and “sup with you.” He made no idle promises and will never fail to keep His promises. And trusting what God says to you in His word is the “faith” in God that saves you – that is in YOUR hands. And prayer is the means to invite Jesus in to sup with you– trust God to keep that promise even if you do not feel a change immediately – you will see a change in yourself before you feel that change – for example that difficult neighbor might become your friend (to you if not to himself). You may find that to you, your human enemies are no longer your human enemies but have become people who you pray for – in God’s word such a change is called “loving your enemies” and it is you who can choose to do so regardless of whether your neighbor joins you in friendship or not.
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