The Holy Spirit (Part Three)

In Exodus 33:15-16 Moses said, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.  How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?  What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”  One purpose for the presence of God is to distinguish His people from all the other peoples of the earth.  Because God lived among  the Israelites they stood out.  The world knew that they belonged to God and that God lived among them.  No other peoples could make this claim.

In John 1:32 Scripture says,  “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Him.  I would have not know Him, except that the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is He who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.  I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”  It was the presence of the Holy Spirit that distinguished Jesus before John.  John expressly states this fact.

As the Israelites were led by the Spirit of God in the wilderness God desired not to hover over them but to dwell among them.  The result of God’s desire produced the tabernacle.  In Exodus 40:34-35 Scripture says, “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”  As we know God has always been omni-present but God desired to dwell in the presence of His people in a powerful way.  In 1 Kings 8:10-11 the temple had been built.  God now has a permanent place to dwell.  In describing God’s presence in the temple Scripture  says, “When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  And the priests could not perform their service because of the Lord filled His temple.”  In a special way God’s Presence filled both the tabernacle and the temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  The bodies of Christians are God’s temple today.  The Holy Spirit dwells in us through God’s Presence existing in us in a similar way as it did in both the temple and the tabernacle of old.  Today as the Holy Spirit dwells in us, He does so in order that we might be known to the world as belonging to God.  We are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood.  The Spirit has sanctified us, setting us apart as a special people.  We are different from any people on earth because the Holy Spirit dwells in us.  The Presence of God fills His people. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit God’s people are called out.

The indwelling of the Spirit sets us apart in two ways.  First, the indwelling of the Spirit gives us the power and authority to live lives in the footsteps of the Messiah.  This results in a definite change in character.  It is the Spirit who gives us the power and authority to make this change.  Second, the Spirit distinguishes us by giving us the ability to produce fruit.  As we dwell in Christ we remain the branches.  Christ remains the vine and the Holy Spirit is the sap, or power, that bears fruit through us.  The Spirit blesses us in so many ways we overlook.  May we praise God for the gift of His Spirit!

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One Response to The Holy Spirit (Part Three)

  1. Jan says:

    What a wonderful study of the Holy Spirit! You make it so plain how the Holy Spirit works in and through us. Thank you for this study!

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