Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, May 23, 2010


3 aspects of true Christianity:  salvation (Eph 2:8-10); spirituality (Gal 3:1-5); spiritual maturity (Heb 12:1-2).





A.  David, Saul, and the Holy Spirit, 1 Sam 16:13-18.

            1.  Both Saul and David were anointed by the Holy Spirit but Saul was rejected due to his reversionism/disobedience to the WOG.

            2.   Discussion of a bad spirit upon Saul from Yahweh.

                        a.  The “evil/bad” spirit on Saul does not point to an evil  demonic spirit sent by God to overrule Saul’s freewill, but a troubled or bad spirit, i.e. an evil spirit/psychological effect on Saul as a result of his rev & loss of HS.

                        b.  The Bible student needs to be aware that the term for “evil” is a broad term that need not refer to spiritual wickedness, Gn 19:19; 2 Sam 17:14.

                        c.   The Bible student needs to be aware of the nature of the Hebrew verbs which often express, not the doing of the thing, but the permission of the thing which the agent is said to do.

                        d.   The Bible student needs to be aware that the term for spirit is very broad and often refers to a disposition or a state of mind.  

                        e.   It is very likely that the “evil spirit” that came upon Saul was his own mental illness, i.e. his psychosis, due to MAS and reversionism and not some EXTERNAL satanic evil spirit.  

            3.  The importance of being faithful in the little things and waiting on the Lord’s promotions in life, 1 Sam 16:19


B.   A closer look at the phrase “the Lord is with him,” 1 Sam 16:18 and principles on fellowship, the Holy Spirit, and His ministry of sanctification.

            1.   The phrase “God was with him” is a reference to David’s spiritual life and includes David’s fellowship with God as well as the sanctifying ministry of the HS in David’s life, Psa 16:7-8.

            2.  In the Old Testament there were 3 basic ministries of the Holy Spirit.

                        a.  #1, the universal ministry of the Holy Spirit to the world in convicting the unbeliever of his need of salvation, cf. Gen 6:1-6.

                        b.  #2, the universal ministry of the Holy Spirit that worked in connection with the OT believer’s fellowship with God and the spiritual dynamics related to BD and the FRL, Jn 14:17; Heb 11.

                        c.  #3,  selective ministry of divine induement for special ministries – as per the anointing of Saul and David and several others in the OT.

            3.  It was this special ministry of spiritual induement that Jesus Christ offered to the disciples in Luke 11:13 – before Christ would unconditionally baptize all believers with the Spirit in the Church age, Acts 1:8; 2.

            4.   The failure of the disciples to ask for the Spirit explains their utter spiritual failure around the Cross - as well as their incredible power when they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the beginning of the church age, Acts 1:8; 2. 

            5.  We live in the most fantastic age in the history of mankind with regard to the ministry of God the Holy Spirit as He universally regenerates and permanently indwells every believer for His filling.

            6.  While the CA believer can never lose the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, he can refuse the ministry of the Holy Spirit by grieving and quenching Him.

            7.  Apart from the regular filling of the Holy Spirit the believer is guaranteed to become spiritual failure, Rom 7:15-8:6; Gal 5:16-22.

            8.   All spiritual success is dependent upon the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

            9.   The Christian way of life cannot be lived by any Christian.

            10.   The Christian way of life can only be lived by Christ inside the believer through the power of the Holy Spirit, Gal 2:20; 3:1-3; Jn 15:1-5.

            11.   The entire ministry of the Holy Spirit revolves around holiness/sanctification, i.e. setting the believer apart to God and away from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

            12.  There are three basic commands for true Biblical spirituality.

                        a)   #1 Quench not the Spirit, 1 Thess 5:19.                   

                        b)   #2 Grieve not the Spirit, Eph 4:30.

                        c)   #3  Walk by the Spirit, Gal 5:16, 25.

            13.   A look at sanctification in 1 Thess 3-4 – from sex to the daily life.

            14.     Why the Christian cannot live the Christian life and what he is to do about it, Gal 2:20; Romans 6-8.

            15.   Review of how our works do not play into salvation1 (from Hell) vs the nature and role of works in Spirit’s salvation2 (sanct.), Gal 3:1-3; 5:22; Js 1:25

            16. The vital command to be filled with the Spirit, Eph 5:18.

            17.     Characteristics of FHS with its increasing sanctification,

                        a.   Life of increasing identification with Christ, - co-crucifxion and co-resurrection with Jesus Christ., Rom 6 ; Heb 12:2.

                        b.   Life of daily increasing intimate fellowship with God. 

                                    1)    Walking “with” God, Gen 5:22; 1 Jn 1:5-9;

                                    2)    Walking “before” God, Gen 17:1.

                                    3)    Walking “after” God, Dt 18:14; Philip 3.

                        c.   Life of increasing gratitude and worship, Eph 5:20; 1 Thess 5:18.

                        d.   Life increasing consecration to God, the POG, & His righteousness, Rom 6; 12:1-2; Mt 6:31-33.

                        e.   Life of increasing dedication to Truth, BD, Eph 4:23-24; Jn 14.

                        f.   Life of increasing sense of belonging to God, 1 Cor 6:20; 7:23.

                        g.   Life of increasing dependence upon the power the HS, Eph 3:14-20; Gal 5:16-17.

                        h.   Life of increasingly doing your job as unto the Lord, John 6:5-6.                       

                        i.    Life of personal increasing illumination and guidance by the Holy Spirit, Rom 8:14, 16; Gal 5:18; Eph 3:14-20.

                        j.   Life of increasing transformation into the likeness of God, Gal 5:22-23; 1 Pt 1:16; Gal 4:19; 1 Cor 2:16; 2 Cor 3:16-18.