CMC Editor’s Comment: It is our honor and joy to have gained the permission of A. Ward Brandenstein to bring to you his published work “To Walk In The Spirit: Essential Truths for Christian Living” as a series of articles (blog posts) to the readers of CMC. It is our prayer that you will be most benefited by the labors of Ward Brandenstein in the months to come. May your walk in Christ be joy! – Moe Bergeron [Copyright 1996-2016 A. Ward Brandenstein Used with permission.]
The purpose of this work is to enable a person to understand who he is once he comes to Christ, how he is to walk in the Spirit, and the accompanying characteristics that will be experienced as he walks in the Spirit! There is freedom from living a guilt-ridden life once a person learns his true identity in Christ. Sadly, there are too few Christians who learn this fact early in their Christian experience, and, it is safe to say, many never do. As a result they live in a frustrated, defeated condition as they endeavor to prove they are worthy of acceptance based on their performance. Mankind is conditioned to strive for performance-based acceptance by the world system around him and by his own prideful tendency that he can attain anything if he strives hard enough.
Along with guilt are various kinds of fears. There is the fear that one is not “measuring up” in trying futilely to work one’s way to heaven, as well as one’s having the fear of death. Fear can manifest itself in more subtle forms of fear, such as pride, self-realization, anger, joking about everything to disguise fear, criticism, cynicism, all in an increasing array of socially correct or socially incorrect manifestations. The Scriptures teach that perfect love casts out fear, I Jn. 4:18. The converse principle might be, fear hinders perfect love. Fear can paralyze a person both intellectually and emotionally.
Fear can be an ally or an enemy. Unhealthful fear and those symptoms mentioned above serve as signals of a much deeper cause. It would not be wise to work only with the symptoms and be ignorant about the source, which is spiritual. Man is spiritually dead by birth. True and lasting healing comes through a right relationship to Jesus Christ, through the knowledge of the believer’s identity in Christ, and the subsequent control by the Holy Spirit as the believer walks in the Spirit.
When the believer learns that his identity in Christ is the result of what God has provided for him, the person can focus his life and energy on the kind of walk he is to enjoy free of fear, guilt, and other symptoms of sin, through walking in godly wisdom. The believer will not know how to “walk in the Spirit” until he knows who he is in Christ because of who Christ is in him; then he will be able to learn to “walk in the Spirit”. His “walk” expresses his identity, the outworking of who he is, whether consciously or unconsciously. He wrongly tends to focus on what he is supposed to be doing, and forms his identity from how well or how poorly he does. Instead, he needs to know who he is in Christ and learn what to do in conduct and behavior as Christ’s life is lived out in him!
There are three objectives that the author had in mind as he compiled this treatise:
First, to keep the presentation complete and self-explanatory, so that any person will be able to understand what God has given for successful spiritual life and growth, through knowledge of God’s Word, the Bible.
Secondly, to present the material in a manner so that the theologian will find it informative, and consistent with established theological principles.
Thirdly, to maintain a flow or growth in the development of the presentation from the foundational sections near the beginning to the conclusion, with each section being essential to the building of truths and to the understanding of the reader, with the reader’s greatest help to be reached in the later section on walking in the Spirit. Because of the importance of the material regarding one’s walk in the Spirit, the reader will be helped greatly by previewing the section, How To Walk in the Spirit, p. 167, before starting any detailed reading from the beginning.
He and his are used generically to include both men and women. For pronouns referring to God and Christ, upper case letters have been added by the author.
I thank our Heavenly Father, wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the blessed Holy Spirit for the insights given to me in understanding these Biblical truths which I trust will be a blessing and help to the reader as he or she opens his or her heart and mind in searching and studying the Scriptures.
Ward Brandenstein, Author
Scripture verses, unless otherwise noted as KJV, are from the Authorized King James Version with obsolete words updated, as quoted from The New Scofield Reference Bible. Copyright © 1967 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Reprinted by permission.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I – Where Did We Come From?
Chapter 1 – Life In Adam
A Note Of Explanation
The Origin Of Fear And Stress
Chapter 2 – The Principle Of Headship: In Christ Or In Adam
Life In Adam
The Principle Of Sin And Death
Jesus – The Sinless One Made To Be Sin For Us
Jesus – God’s Perfect Sacrifice For Sin
The First Adam – The Last Adam
Contrast – In Adam – In Christ: The Truth Applied
Life In Christ
How Life In Christ Is Received
What Life In Christ Means
Part II. Who Are We?
Chapter 3 – Who I Am In Christ Because Of Who Christ Is In Me (Identification)
Fifty Marvelous Facts Of Salvation!
Fact 1 – Accepted
Fact 2 – Adopted
Fact 3 – Baptized In The Spirit
Fact 4 – Blessed With All Spiritual Blessings
Fact 5 – Born Again
Fact 6 – Called Of God
Fact 7 – Children Of God
Fact 8 – Children Of The Light And Of The Day
Fact 9 – Chosen Generation, A People Of His Own
Fact 10 – Cleansed
Fact 11 – Complete In Christ
Fact 12 – Dead To Sin
Fact 13 – Dead To The Law
Fact 14 – Delivered From The Power Of Darkness
Fact 15 – Eternal Or Everlasting Life
Fact 16 – Forgiven All Trespasses
Fact 17 – Given A New, Pure Heart
Fact 18 – Glorified
Fact 19 – God’s Building
Fact 20 – God’s Elect; Chosen Of God
Fact 21 – God’s Inheritance
Fact 22 – Having Access To God
Fact 23 – Having Liberty
Fact 24 – Heirs Of God, Joint-Heirs With Christ
Fact 25 – Holy Nation
Fact 26 – Indwelt By God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Fact 27 – Justified
Fact 28 – Kept By God
Fact 29 – Light In The Lord
Fact 30 – Member In Christ’s Body
Fact 31 – New Creation
Fact 32 – Partaker Of The Divine Nature
Fact 33 – Perfected Forever
Fact 34 – Placed In Christ
Fact 35 – Predestined To Conformity To Christ
Fact 36 – Predestined To An Inheritance
Fact 37 – Presented To Christ As A Gift By The Father
Fact 38 – Reconciled
Fact 39 – Redeemed
Fact 40 – Royal Priesthood
Fact 41 – Sanctified (Saint)
Fact 42 – Saved, Salvation
Fact 43 – Sealed By The Spirit; Having The Earnest Of The Spirit
Fact 44 – Sheep Of The Good Shepherd, Great Shepherd; God’s Flock
Fact 45 – Son Of Obedience
Fact 46 – Sons Of God
Fact 47 – Spiritual Household Member
Fact 48 – Temple Of The Holy Spirit
Fact 49 – Translated Into The Kingdom Of God’s Dear Son
Fact 50 – United With Christ In Death, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension (Identification)
Part III. Where Are We Going?
Chapter 4 – From Here To Eternity
My Conduct Here Will Affect My Outcome In Glory
How One’s Lifetime Relates To Eternity For The Child Of God
Part IV. What Are We To Do?
Chapter 5 – Living The Christian Life
The Christian Life Is A Walk
How To Walk In The Spirit
Reckon And Yield
Walking Depends On Growing
Scriptures Regarding The Walk Of The Believer In Christ
The Walk Is One Of Obedience
Be Filled With The Spirit
The Christian Life Is A Race To Be Run
The Christian Life Is A Warfare
The World Is Not A Friend Of God’s People
Believers Are To Separate From The World As To Their Walk
The World Is Under God’s Judgment Now
The World’s Regard For God Is Enmity
Who Satan Is
How The Believer Is To Overcome The Devil
The Christian Life Is Fruitful
The Christian Life Is A Life Of Peace
The Christian Life Is A Rest
The Christian Life Is A Life Of Prayer
When Are We To Pray?
For Whom Do We Pray?
Where Are We To Pray?
Why Are We To Pray?
To Whom Are We To Pray?
How Are We To Pray?
Patterns For Praying
For One Who Needs To Receive Christ As Saviour
For A Believer Who Realizes His Identification With Christ
For Christians To Confess Acts Of Sin To Restore Broken Fellowship With God
For The Believer’s Deliverance From Oppression
For The Believer To Walk In The Holy Spirit
Four Elements Of Prayer For Believers
Appendix A – The lineage of jesus
Appendix B – Contrasting genealogical listings from adam to christ
Appendix C – Suggested new testament chronological order
Appendix D – Baptism
Believers in Christ are commanded in the Bible to “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). In an effort to clarify how a person can know how to do this, the book, To Walk in the Spirit, has been written by Rev. Ward Brandenstein, Pastor and Bible teacher.
He has been sharing the principles contained in this book for over thirty-five years to believers of various ages who have been blessed by using these spiritual truths of our identification with Christ and walking in the Spirit. His training in counselling and in two separate theology courses, along with much personal study in the Word, have enabled him to provide Biblical preventative counselling in his Bible classes, in his seminars, and in his book.
Pastor Brandenstein resides in California, teaching college level singles and married couples, young professionals, and retired pastors and missionaries. He has served during his active full-time ministries in New York State, Detroit area, Springfield, Missouri, and in the Phoenix area in independent Baptist churches and in Community Churches. His wife, Rose Ann, is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn U.) in Bible, and of Missouri State University in music education, a pianist and professional organist. She works closely by his side as his secretary, editor, and helpmeet. They have two adult sons and six grandchildren.
Pastor Ward earned an M.A. in Guidance and Counselling from Eastern Michigan University after taking special courses in psychology at Wayne State University, and earned a Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.) from Baptist Bible College and Seminary with Greek and Hebrew studies, and earned a diploma from Philadelphia Bible Institute (now Cairn U.), including New Testament Greek studies. His knowledge of the Bible and close walk with God are appreciated by all who know him and have sat under his teaching. Pastor Brandenstein and his wife Rose Ann reside in California, teaching college level singles and married couples, young professionals, and retired pastors and missionaries.