Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, May 30, 2010


John 8:31-32. Salvation (Eph 2:8-9). Spirituality (Gal 3:1-5). Maturity (1 Cor 2:5-9; 16, 2 Cor 5:7; 10:3-5).





A.  1 Sam 16:14-16.  Understanding the Hebrew construct case in the Spirit “OF” Yahweh (14) and the spirit “OF” Elohim/God – the evil/vexing one (15-16).

            1.   The Hebrew construct is a Hebrew construction where two ideas are brought together in a close relationship and treated as one concept.  It is almost always translated “of.”  But this “of” or this “relationship” can be one of identity, relationship, association, source, means, et al.

            2.    Expanded translation.   1 Samuel 16:13-16, Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of (associated with/from) the LORD (RUACH YAHWEH, רֽוּחַ־יְהוָה ) came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 14 Now the Spirit of (associated with/from) the LORD (RUACH YAHWEH, וְר֧וּחַ יְהוָ֛ה) departed from alongside Saul, and an evil/vexing spirit (RUACH RA’AH, רֽוּחַ־רָעָ֖ה) terrorized him – from Yahweh! 15 Saul's servants then said to him, "Behold now, an evil/vexing spirit of (associated with/from God) (RUACH ELOHIM RA’AH, רֽוּחַ־אֱלֹהִ֛ים רָעָ֖ה) is terrorizing you. 16 "Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when an evil/vexing/calamitous spirit of (associated with/from) God (RUACH ELOHIM RA’AH, רוּחַ־אֱלֹהִים֙ רָעָ֔ה ) is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.



B.  Fellowship with God: “The Lord is with him” – 1 Sam 16:18.

            1.   The phrase “God was with him” is a reference to David’s spiritual life most notably David’s fellowship with God - walk with, walking before, and walking after God in David’s spiritual advancement, Psa 16:7-8; Psa 23.

            2.   The single greatest and most important challenge in life for any believer after salvation is continual fellowship with God and consistent, persistent, progressive doctrinal advance in a relationship with Him into the promised life.

            3.  Your walk with God and advancement in His plan will have a greater effect on you and your life than any other single factor.

            4.   In the Old Testament, believers could walk with God through three basic doctrinal (NOT EXISTENTIAL!) orientations (FRL),

                        a)    Walking with God, Gen 5:22; 6:9.

                        b)    Walking before God, Gen 17:1.

                        c)    Walking after God,  Deut 13:4.

            5.   The Old Testament believer lived in fellowship with God through BD mixed with the FRT Heb 4:1-3 and as a result benefited from a LIMITED EXTERNAL ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:17.

            6.   In contrast to the limited external ministry of the OT, Jesus Christ promised that the CA would be a new age of INNER power of the INDWELLING Holy Spirit, Jn 7:37-39; 14:16; 16:14  Eph 3:14-20.

            7.   Along with this new power of the indwelling Holy Spirit comes superhuman demands for the CWL in the CA, 1 Thess 5:18; Eph 5:20.

            8.  The superhuman demands of the CWL on the believer in the Church Age can only be fulfilled by Jesus Christ & the HS working in and through the bel., Philip 4:13.

            9.  The CWL is all about Christ living in and empowering you through the power of the INDWELLING HS, Jn 7:37-39; Eph 3:14-20; Gal 2:20; Philip 4:13.

            10.   The CWL is not about imitation of Christ; rather, it is a life of participation of Christ through the ministry of the Holy Spirit inside you, Eph 3:14-20.

            11.   There are two aspects to victory through the ministries of the indwelling HS and Jesus Christ.

                        a.  Life of faith/BD.

                        b.  Confession of sin for recovery.

            12.   The most concentrated area of doctrine necessary to gain victory over the old sin nature in found in Romans 6-8.


C.   Victory over OSHGREN, Romans 6-8.

            1.   Prior to salvation we are all enslaved by the OSHGREN and were thus enslaved by the lusts of our flesh, Eph 1:1-3.

            2.   Right after salvation the believer often experiences wonderful new freedom (Jn 7:37-39), but before too long he often finds that his life has begun to decline as he finds himself returning to ways and domination of the OSN, Acts 2 with Gal 2:9.

            3.  There are three principal reasons for the believer’s decline and return to being dominated by the OSN – all related to -vol.

                        #1 – Consistent grieving and/or quenching of the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30.

                        #2 – Failure to recover from carnality, 1 Jn 1:9.

                        #3 -  Lack of growth in BD, Rom 6.

            4.   The most concentrated area of doctrine regarding the MECHANICS and DYNAMICS of the supernatural Christian way of life is found in Romans 6-8.

            5.   Romans 6 deals with the believers relationship with the OSN after salvation - how to gain victory over the OSN through identification with Christ.

            6.  The attitude of faith (reckoning) does not establish the fact, it merely registers the fact as accomplished as revealed by God.

            7.  After salvation the believer is no longer to live in fellowship with his OSN, Rom 6:1-2.

            8.   The work of salvation included a death (separation) of the believer from his OSN, Rom 6:2. 

            9.  The key to victory over the OSN is identification with Christ, Rom 6:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11-12.

            10.  There are three steps to this identification with Christ:  knowing, reckoning, and presenting/yielding, 6:6, 9, 11, 13 – these all come down to faith.


D.  Futility of trying to live the CWL by your own efforts, Rom 7:15-25.

E.   Dynamics of the victorious Christian life, Rom 8:1-8.