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Mt. 3:11, ‘I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, [the water being the symbol of the salvation of Jesus’ disciples,] but He Who is coming after me, [Jesus Christ,] is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and [with] fire.’
Acts 1:4-8, ‘Being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but [I shall] baptize you with the Holy Spirit not many days from now… ’
‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come [to dwell within you, for the following purpose:] and you shall be witnesses to Me… to the end of the world.’
Mark 16:15-18, ‘He who believes and is baptized, [the believing disciple who chooses to be baptized,] will be saved… And these SIGNS will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues, [as a SIGN...] they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
1 Cor. 14:22, ‘Therefore tongues are for a SIGN, not to those who believe, but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe.’
Jesus Christ is the Creator God
Casting Lots to Determine the Will of God for a Particular Situation — Can it Still be Used under the New Testament Covenant?
AN INTERESTING QUESTION SOMEONE ASKED: WHY DID THEY CAST LOTS TO DECIDE JONAH'S FATE ON THE SHIP? CAN WE STILL CAST LOTS TO MAKE DECISIONS TODAY? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROPHETS? (Jonah 1:7.)
In Acts 1:26, to choose an apostle in the place of Judas who betrayed Jesus, the apostles “cast their lots [after they prayed,] and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
However, in Acts Chapter Two, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell His sincere believers for the first time, because He only ‘came upon’ them the Old Israelites during the Old Testament dispensation/covenant because Jesus’ atonement wasn’t done yet. After Acts 1:26, we never read anywhere in the New Testament about casting lots to determine God’s will for a situation.
Casting lots came from the Old Testament Covenant, before Jesus atoned on the cross for all of those who would personally accept and follow Him, (Jn. 1:12-13: 3:16-17.) When the priests of Old Israel were faced with a very difficult decision, they cast lots, because they did not have the Indwelling Holy Spirit to "lead them into all truth" like we do now under Jesus' New Testament Covenant. He will even 'make known' to us very important things about the future, (Jn. 16:13, 14.)
Wonderfully, under Jesus New Covenant for personally born again believers, the Holy Spirit also gave us His gifts such as "a word of knowledge and a word of wisdom," (1 Cor. 12:8,) as well as His abiding “anointing” (which is for every sincere believer in Christ, 1 Jn. 2:20; 27,) “to know all things” because He is Jesus Himself: The Word, The Truth, The Light, and The Life, (Jn. 1:1-3; 14:6.) Because He Is the Spirit of Truth, Who indwells true believers as His temple, He "leads us into all truth" where the full context of His Word, the Bible, is concerned - if we ask Him to do that and follow or obey Him when He does that. He also speaks into our human spirits to make His will clear to us and to "convince and convict" us of "sin, righteousness, and judgment," should we disobey His truth - if we would only listen, (Jn. 16:8.)
So, if we have His 'conviction' in our 'hearts' concerning an issue, we should then obey His Word to "test the spirit" speaking to us to make certain "it is from God," (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) We 'test the spirits' by 'testing' our innermost feelings and thoughts against the full context of what Jesus taught us in His Word. The Holy Spirit will never violate His contextual, true Word.
Then, we must look at the context of the situation we must deal with. We must also look at the 'fruit' or constant behaviour of the persons we must deal with, as well as our own behaviour. The "devil is always in the details." People might tell us some truth, but manipulate the whole truth to hide a very important issue. Thus, we must constantly pray for the Spirits gift of discernment, (1 Cor. 12:10,) and ask our Father to show us the whole truth of the situation. We must then also compare everything to the facts before us. We must also remain "sober minded" at all times, (1 Pt. 5:8.)
Facts cannot lie. Liars and manipulators of the truth will always lie and deceive. We must therefore never run to 'consult prophets' like Old Israel did under the Old Testament Covenant. Under that old dispensation, God spoke through human prophets. Under the New Dispensation, "God speaks to us [personally] through His Son, [Who Is His Word, and through His indwelling Spirit,] (Heb. 1:1-3.)
Human prophets under Jesus New Covenant can only 'confirm' or 'reveal' what God has already showed us or told us personally, (1 Cor. 14:24-25.) The Old dispensation where God used prophets to 'guide' the Israelite nation, was done away with and replaced with the New Prophet, Jesus, the Mediator between God and man, our Eternal High Priest - and every sincere believer in Him is part of His human priesthood here on earth, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Heb. 8:13; 9:11-15.)
To believe a spirit without “testing it to see if it’s from God” is to “Exalt ourselves above God’s knowledge”
Escaping abuse: “My soul is calm and quiet like a weaned child”