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3-Dimensional Christianity

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By Carl H. Stevens, Jr.

Carl H. Stevens Jr. was the pastor of Greater Grace

World Outreach located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pastor Stevens was also chancellor of Maryland Bible

College & Seminary and host of the international

Christian radio program “The Grace Hour.” This

booklet was created from messages preached by

Pastor Stevens.

Pastor Stevens can be seen weekly on cable

television stations throughout the United States.

Call us for information regarding programming in

your area.

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from

the King James Version. Italics for emphasis are ours.

GRACE PUBLICATIONS

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BALTIMORE, MD 21206

Printed in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Copyright © 2001

Grace Publications is a ministry of

Greater Grace World Outreach, Inc.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chapter 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

THE SPIRIT BEARS WITNESS

Chapter 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

THE SUBSTANCE OF CONVICTION

Chapter 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

COMMUNION, CONSISTENCY, AND COMMUNICATION

CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

INTRODUCTION

In the Bible, the number three is very important.

Jesus raised three people from the dead:

Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:22-24;35-42) , Lazarus

(John 11:38-44), and the widow’s son

(Luke 7:12-15). Three

On the Cross, the sign above Jesus’ head

(naming the “offense” he was guilty of) was written

in three languages (John 19:19-20), indicating

the fullness of man’s rejection of the Messiah.

Jesus was raised on the third day (Luke13:32).

As members of the human race, created in

the image of God, we have three dimensions:

the spirit (God-consciousness), the soul (selfconsciousness),

and the body (world consciousness),

in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Together, these

three dimensions form the instrument through

which Jesus performs it all (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Everyone has problems. Yet, a person who is

always worn down by problems often lives in

only two dimensions—the soul and the body—

in his relationship with God. The human spirit,

which is the God-conscious dimension, is designed

to bring in light from the Word of God

through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit

(Psalm 119:130). If we are not functioning in the

truth of the Word of God stored in the human

spirit, God’s light will not enter in, no matter

how much we go to church.

There two kinds of Christians around today:

those who do not see heat when it comes and

those who do not see good when it comes

(Jeremiah 17:5-8). We are talking about positive

Spirit-filled Christians versus negative thinkers.

The difference is that when the Word of God enters

into Spirit-filled believers, they experience

divine good and do not see the “heat” of adversity.

They allow the Word of God to quicken

their human spirit, engaging the third dimension

of Christian living.

How can you live in the third dimension and

go from being a person who doesn’t see good

when it comes to a person who doesn’t see heat

when it comes? This booklet will show you how.

Chapter One

THE SPIRIT BEARS WITNESS

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man

that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm,

and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

“For he shall be like the heath in the desert,

and shall not see when good cometh; but shall

inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a

salt land and not inhabited.

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD,

and whose hope the LORD is.

“For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,

and that spreadeth out her roots by the

river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but

her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful

in the year of drought, neither shall cease from

yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:5-9).

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,

they are the sons of God.

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage

again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit

of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our

spirit, that we are the children of God”

(Romans 8:14-16).

Two dimensions cannot describe an object

that has substance. Two lines cannot enclose a

figure or form. Three lines—marking the dimensions

of length, breadth, and depth—are necessary.

The number “three” stands for things that

are substantial, complete, entire, and necessary.

In the natural realm, objects are divided into

three kingdoms: the plant kingdom, the mineral

kingdom, and the animal kingdom. In the spiritual

realm, we have body, soul, and spirit

(1 Thessalonians 5:23).

But until a person is saved, his human spirit

is inactive because of Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12).

Once he is born again by receiving Christ as his

Savior, he has the opportunity to choose life continually

(Romans 5:21). That keeps him “seated above” in his

experience—living in three dimensions of Christian life.

Three distinct Persons who have absolute

oneness make up the Trinity. God the Father is

sovereign; Jesus Christ the Son is our Redeemer;

and the Holy Spirit, co-equal with God and

Jesus Christ, glorifies Jesus Christ in us (John 16:14)

and also guides us as adopted children.

If the third Person, the Holy Spirit, is not allowed

to have His way in us, we are never

guided into God’s truth. We may be sincere, but

we are not led in divine guidance. We need to

have this third dimension at work in us. Only

the Spirit can bring this divine dimension to life.

It is important that we learn three-dimensional

praying. Discover the Father’s plan, experience

Christ’s execution of that plan, and witness the

Holy Spirit’s power and revelation of Christ’s

availability—three dimensions in action.

Tender Mercies in Action

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David,

when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after

he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon

me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1).

“Tender mercies.” I recently learned something

brand-new about this. It means that God

makes an unconditional commitment regardless

of us. It is God committing us to the Finished

Work of Christ, to the sealing of the Holy Spirit,

to eternal life that we can never lose. God has

committed us to sonship forever. This is exactly

the picture that is expressed in this verse.

These tender mercies come toward us. For

this reason, David will be prince in the Millennial

Reign in spite of the sinful things that he did

in his life. In God’s mind, David never turned

aside (1 Kings 15:5). The Word of God tells us

that we have the sure mercies of David

(Isaiah 55:3; Acts 13:34).

When we understand this, we will see God

move as we have never seen before.

The Power of Expectation

My soul waits only upon God. My expectation

is from Him (Psalm 62:5), and this expectation

shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18, Proverbs 24:14).

In entering into the third dimension, we enter into

a phase of consistency. The Resurrection is over

and the Ascension is ours. The power of God

is now available for three-dimensional

friendships, three-dimensional relationships,

and three-dimensional marriages.

Though we are saved and the Trinity dwells

in us, if the Spirit is grieved, then we do not

have the life of three-dimensional Christianity.

We are powerless. Christ is not glorified in the

details of life.

The most beautiful thing is three—God’s

number of fullness. There is the principle of

being filled with the fullness of the Godhead

bodily (Ephesians 3:19). There is the fullness of

Christ (Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 2:9).

When I operate in the third dimension, my

marriage becomes amazing. The third dimension

brings in abundant life. It brings in absolute

forgiveness. It brings in the tender mercies of

God.

A man who had some very serious health

problems was healed recently. He was even

healed of a herniated disk. Three-dimensional

praying brought in a wonderful healing, praise

God. We have many documented reports of

healing as the direct result of prayer.

Overcome Strife

“Thou hast delivered me from the strivings

of the people; and thou hast made me the head

of the heathen: a people whom I have not

known shall serve me” (Psalm 18:43).

David praised God for delivering him from

the strivings of the people. Oh, I know a lot of

precious people who strive nonetheless. A striving

person comes out of experiencing a problem

about six times a week, only to go right back

into another one.

Thank God that all of us can be delivered

from that kind of lifestyle. If we understand that

Jesus’ tomb is empty, then striving will go away.

We won’t see the heat when it comes because we

know that nothing is impossible with God. God

Almighty is on our side. Beyond that, He is in

us. The power of the Holy Spirit is in us.

Chapter Two

THE SUBSTANCE OF CONVICTION

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the

wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

“And when he had fasted forty days and

forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

“And when the tempter came to him, he

said, If thou be the Son of God, command that

these stones be made bread.

“But he answered and said, It is written,

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every

word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

“Then the devil taketh him up into the holy

city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of

God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall

give his angels charge concerning thee: and in

their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any

time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

“Jesus said unto him, It is written again,

Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding

high mountain, and sheweth him all the

kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

“And saith unto him, All these things will I

give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship

me.

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence,

Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the

Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold,

angels came and ministered unto him”

(Matthew 4:1-11).

Notice, Jesus always answered the devil

with “It is written….It is written….It is written.”

Three times Jesus said this, speaking of the perfection

of the Word of God. It other words, Jesus

was telling Satan, “You can’t touch this, devil!”

“It is written….”

“It is written….”

“It is written….”

Satan had to flee.

Still, Satan does try to take away from the

Word, add to the Word, and alter the Word (Revelation 22:18-19;

Deuteronomy 4:2; 11:16-20). He tries to take from

the Word so that we won’t be complete, so we

won’t be mature. Satan tries to add to the Word

so that we will live in a kind of “liberty” that is

not the liberty we have in Christ

(Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:21). Also, the devil tries

to alter the Word of God so that we think that

we don’t have to submit to it.

In Genesis 3, Eve failed three times when

confronted by Satan. But Jesus Christ answered,

“It is written” three times when tempted by

Satan. The truth experienced in the third dimension

of the human spirit gives us complete and

full victory.

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he

shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also

in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

“And he shall bring forth thy righteousness

as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for

him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth

in his way, because of the man who

bringeth wicked devices to pass” (Psalm 37:4-7).

When we began our ministry, the desire of

our heart was to have a building, fill it up, and

send missionaries into all the world. Our desire

was to have oneness, unity, and peace. Our desire

was to go forward with supernatural grace and

supernatural power in a supernatural expectation.

Oh, the things God is going to do for those

who let Him by committing their way unto the

Lord. Trust in Him, and He will bring these

things to pass. Pick up some promises from God

today and believe, and He will give you the desires

of your heart.

When the Father, the Son, and the Holy

Spirit take over, we have fullness. We see that

nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). The

very things that seem impossible for us are possible

with God (Matthew 19:26).

Bible Evidence of Conviction

“And when he is come, he will reprove the

world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

“Of sin, because they believe not on me;

“Of righteousness, because I go to my Father,

and ye see me no more;

“Of judgment, because the prince of this

world is judged” (John 16:8-11).

If a Christian is not living in the third dimension,

he will have no conviction. He may be

living with God the Father and redemption

through Jesus Christ, but without the Illuminator—

the Holy Spirit—fully operating, he will

have no conviction. God’s viewpoint cannot be

interpreted through the Holy Spirit in his life.

God may do something supernatural right in

front of him, but he will not be moved by it.

Many decent churches preach the Gospel

but do not go soul winning. They have no outreach

program and they are grieving the Holy

Spirit. There is no conviction prompting them to

grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus

Christ.

The first thing the Holy Spirit does is to convict.

When a Christian makes a decision to withdraw

from attending a Spirit-filled church, he is

not convicted. He can hear any kind of message,

but he rationalizes, regulates, and eliminates its

effect in his life. No conviction.

The Spirit convicts as He did in the Word of

God. Joseph’s brothers were convicted when

they met Joseph again years after selling him

into slavery (see Genesis 45:4-5). They came

under great conviction when he revealed himself

to them.

Isaiah was convicted when he saw the Lord

high and lifted up, in Isaiah 6. Three seraphim

were singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of

hosts.” All Isaiah could see was the seraphim’s

wings. Smoke came in and the temple began to

shake.

“Woe is me, for I am undone; because I am a

man of unclean lips,” Isaiah said (see Isaiah 6:5).

As far as we know, this was the first time in his

ministry that the prophet was convicted. Then

the seraphim took a live coal from off the altar

and touched Isaiah’s lips, saying, “Thine iniquity

is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:7).

The Trinity asked, “Whom shall I send, and

who will go for us?”

“Here am I; send me,” responded the

prophet.

Conviction is such a precious and sacred

thing. We are so limited in our knowledge of absolutes.

When we start with absolute love, absolute

grace, absolute power, absolute holiness,

and absolute promises, we will find absolute answers.

God’s Moves Bring Changes

God moves in the third dimension and the

result is conviction.

Jonah ran when he was told to preach in

Nineveh. He spent three days in a big fish and,

finally, came under conviction. He went and

preached and the city repented for the wicked,

wicked things it was doing. Many lives were

saved.

Ezra was convicted and he then identified

with the people of Israel (Ezra 9:6). He preached

to them and the people got right. Ezra’s conviction

led to their conviction and ultimately obedience.

Another picture of conviction involved Peter

after he denied Christ three times. Jesus appeared

to Peter and the disciples many times

after His resurrection. Peter didn’t want to see

Jesus. He was so filled with guilt, so filled with

shame and remorse. But the Holy Spirit,

breathed out by Jesus upon the disciples, began

to convict Peter’s conscience. God wooed Peter

through love and through forgiveness by conviction.

In the seventh chapter of Romans, we can

see Paul the apostle under tremendous conviction

and in deep trouble with his soul. But he

came right out of it by receiving the revelation

of Romans 8, starting with verse one, “There is

therefore now no condemnation….”

As long as a minister and ministry have conviction,

they have something very, very precious.

One of the most difficult things to watch

when you are praying for someone is when the

Word isn’t received as a two-edged sword,

bringing conviction the way it should.

This is important because, sooner or later,

every one of God’s people has to come to a decision.

We are constantly in a place where we have

to come to a decision. Conviction leads to right

decisions. Without right decisions, we have no

conviction.

Whenever I read something or hear something

that I know is for me, I immediately write

it down. I allow the conviction to lead me into a

conversion. No matter how small a thing it is, I

agree with the Spirit and say, “That is for me.”

I believe with all my heart that God wants

His people to come to right decisions through

choosing life (Deuteronomy 30:15), so we can be

blessed. We have a tremendous future in front of

us. We have such possibilities. We don’t know

when Christ is coming. We know not when we

are to meet Him. So, we need to be a people who

allow the Word of God to bring in faith and let

faith execute conviction and let conviction bring

in a conversion to make right decisions.

Chapter Three

COMMUNION, CONSISTENCY, AND COMMUNICATION

When we consider decisions, we are brought

into conclusions. Every single matter has a conclusion.

As we get alone with God and let the

Holy Spirit minister, we realize that in every

area of our lives we need a conviction for a conclusion.

We have to continually ask ourselves,

“If I keep making these decisions, where will

they lead me in my conclusion?” What will be

the end result?

As a pastor, it is most difficult to watch seasonal

Christians throw their lives away. I feel so

helpless in seeing isolated individuals make a

series of decisions against convictions. No longer

do they respond to the Word of God, because

they have established their own Christian philosophy,

void of the whole truth. They have already

decided what they will believe and what they

are not going to accept, based upon self-preferences.

It is so crucial that we do not react negatively

when God allows us to face verbal or physical

challenges in our lives. We must not respond

in self-defense and self-preservation. As

we abide in faith-rest, filled with the Holy Spirit,

God will operate freely through us. We will

reveal His character in the situation.

God wants us to have a conviction of what

sin is. God wants to have the conviction of judgment

because the prince of the world is judged.

He wants us to have the conviction of God’s

righteousness and Satan’s defeat. God’s righteousness

is our righteousness, and that takes

away any possibility of satanic victory in our

lives.

Steadfast and Immovable

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast,

unmoveable, always abounding in the

work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that

your labour is not in vain in the Lord”

(1 Corinthians 15:58).

With conviction comes consistency. To be

steadfast means that we determine to go forward

without change or equivocation. There is

no hesitation but a determination to do right.

I thank God for everyone who is steadfast.

The blessing of a pastor is when he sees people

remain steadfast as an army in the Finished

Work. Steadfast people don’t leave the devil

much room to play with them.

Another thing conviction does is make us

immovable. “I have set the LORD always before

me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be

moved” (Psalm 16:8). Finances, health troubles,

domestic problems—none of these things can

move me because the Lord is before my face.

Consider someone who is immovable because of

conviction and conversion; one who has humility

in agreeing with God no matter what is happening.

Those who are steadfast and immovable always

abound in the work of the Lord. If I am abounding

in the Lord’s work, then I am occupied with Christ.

When I am occupied with Christ, then I enter into

faith-rest. Resting in God’s love by faith is the

greatest manifestation of maturity we can ever

have (Zephaniah 3:17).

Thank God for faith-resting in love. That

means I am not resting in what I do, I am not

resting in how I feel, I am not resting in what I

don’t do, but I am resting in what He did. I am

resting in Calvary’s love, which never changes

and is so supreme.

Effectual Communication

“That the communication of thy faith may

become effectual by the acknowledging of every

good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”

(Philemon 6).

Another effective principle for three-dimensional

Christians is godly communication. Philemon 6

refers to how we communicate according to

the power of the residency that is at work in

our hearts in a residual process of responding.

We have this precious life of God. Oh, I am so

grateful for the life of God. It is so precious, so

precious. Just to be saved, to have God’s life

and get up with it, to go to sleep with it, to face

situations with it is a marvelous, wonderful, glorious

thing. As His vessels on earth, we have the

privilege of communicating what is within us—

releasing that life according to the power in us.

It is a very sacred thing to be on this planet

at this time, in the midst of everything that is

going on in terms of worldly compromise and

lasciviousness. Here, we have the privilege to be

able to communicate life from heaven through

our human vessels.

All of this leads to communion, which is so

precious. As I release and express the Word of

God, I am also eating His bread, feeding on His

doctrine, drinking the “new wine” of the Holy

Spirit, experiencing the joy of eternal life.

No wonder the psalmist and Joshua said

that their delight was in “meditating on the

Word of God day and night” (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8).

From meditation comes communion. Communion

is being still before God: He speaks, we

respond. He speaks again, we respond. Then,

He gives illumination that blesses us now and

will help us in the future. Our communion is by

eating His flesh and drinking His blood. It is

that great and wonderful principle of meditation

in the third dimension of the resurrection power

of Christ.

CONCLUSION

“Then the same day at evening, being the

first day of the week, when the doors were shut

where the disciples were assembled for fear of

the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and

saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

“And when he had so said, he shewed unto

them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples

glad, when they saw the Lord.

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be

unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so

send I you.

“And when he had said this, he breathed on

them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy

[Spirit]” (John 20:19-22).

After He was resurrected, Jesus appeared to

the disciples in the upper room. The doors were

locked because of fear. Yet, Jesus showed Himself

to the disciples—and they were glad that

they saw the Lord.

“Peace be unto you,” Jesus said to them.

“Don’t fear. I want you to have a three-dimensional

peace. I am risen. Peace, love, forgiveness—

it is all yours. Access to the throne of

God—it’s yours! Power is now inside of you.

Promises are inside of you. The Trinity is inside

of you.”

As we use the promises of God, we leap forward

in areas we have never known. God will

go beyond what we ask or think. More than

waiting to be gracious to us, God gets the greatest

blessing out of blessing us, to give us happiness

and joy. He gets a great blessing out of

answering our prayers. He gets a great blessing

when we let Him love us.

The Spirit, the water, and the Word bear witness

on earth. They bear witness to the grace of

God; they bear witness that His Work is finished.

We have all things pertaining to life and

godliness through living in the third dimension,

which is complete, substantial, and more than

enough.

We have all received a gift of grace—a grace

that is so beautiful. Everyone who is born again

has been given a measure of that grace

(Ephesians 4:7). As three-dimensional Christians, we

have the opportunity to grow in grace and in exceeding

faith (2 Thessalonians 1:3). We have an

amazing privilege to have the wonderful,

matchless, unsearchable grace of God as the

premise for our every presupposition, the

premise for every decision, and the premise for

every new opportunity.

Father, thank You that you have given us the provision

to participate in Your life in every way—body,

soul, and spirit—as three-dimensional Christians. In

Jesus’ name, Amen.

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