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Tornando-se Um Membro da Igreja de Deus

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Tornando-se Um Membro da Igreja de Deus

Em primeiro lugar, Deus deve chamá-la ou atraí-la para Cristo (John 6:44 John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
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, 65). Então você se torna um membro da Igreja de Deus quando "o Espírito de Deus habita em vós", como observou Paulo. Ele explica que "se alguém não tem o Espírito de Cristo, esse tal não é dEle" (Romans 8:9 Romans 8:9But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
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). "Porque todos os que são guiados pelo Espírito de Deus, esses são filhos de Deus” (versículo 14).

Paulo também escreveu: "Pois todos nós fomos batizados [imersos, inseridos] em um Espírito, formando um corpo" (1 Corinthians 12:13 1 Corinthians 12:13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
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). Esse "um corpo" é "o corpo de Cristo" (versículo 27). "Seu corpo [de Cristo], que é a igreja" (Colossians 1:24 Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
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Como uma pessoa recebe o Espírito Santo de Deus? Assim como foi explicado no último capítulo, quando uma pessoa crê na Bíblia, se arrepende de seus pecados e é batizada "para perdão dos pecados", ela irá receber o “dom do Espírito Santo" (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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) através da imposição de mãos de um ministro de Deus. O ato de receber o Espírito Santo separa ou santifica o convertido como um novo filho de Deus. É por isso que a Bíblia frequentemente se refere a membros da Igreja de Deus como santos (1 Corinthians 1:2 1 Corinthians 1:2To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:
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) — isto é, santificados ou separados para Deus.

Paulo escreveu aos cristãos de Corinto: "Porque vos tenho preparado para vos apresentar como uma virgem pura a um marido, a saber, a Cristo" (2 Corinthians 11:2 2 Corinthians 11:2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
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). O perdão de Deus nos purifica do pecado e o Espírito de Deus, que vive em nós, nos transmite a justiça de Deus. É assim que nos tornamos santos ou virgens espirituais desposados com Cristo.

No retorno de Cristo, os santos serão levantados em uma ressurreição gloriosa para a vida eterna (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 [13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [18] Why comfort one another with these words.
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; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 [50] Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. [54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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; Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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). Assim, as “bodas do Cordeiro" com Sua Noiva prometida vão acontecer (Revelation 19:7 Revelation 19:7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.
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). Então, a Igreja de Deus vai entrar no Reino de Deus!