John 3:5 – Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. It is believed by many that water here is in reference to “water baptism”, but it is speaking about the object and substance of water baptism, which represents the cleansing activities of the Holy Spirit empowered by the grace of God. Sadly many receive water baptism without any acknowledgment of the substance in the cleansing by the Holy Spirit. Mal 3:2-3 – But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3) And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Fullers soap is an alkali or lye-based soap.
We are cleansed through the fellowship of the Spirit as He constrains us to walk in the love of God.(2 Cor 5:14) Phil 2:1 – If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,2) Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. The ultimate goal of the Holy Spirit is given to make the church one in Christ. This ate Jesus up with deep passion.(Acts 2:17) Even the Holy Spirit lusts (craves possession) with envy to dwell in us for the purpose building the Fathers house. (James 4:5) John 17:20-21 – Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. This takes place through fire and water by the Spirit. Isa 4:3-4 – And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: 4) When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
I really believe this is taking place in followers of Jesus Christ in America today. The Holy Spirit should be actively working in each believer through this processing. Sadly, the love of must is waxing cold, because iniquity abounds and in these time many have cut themselves off from the Spirit of God and thus from God. (Matt 24:12) 1 John 1:6-7 – If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
The continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the believers life is absolutely essential to obtaining eternal life in Jesus Christ. Rom 5:1-5 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4) and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.