Holy Spirit (Part 5)

The Holy Spirit is the power God uses to accomplish His work among men.  As Christians we have the Holy Spirit operating in our lives.  Romans 8:11 says, “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit Who lives in you.”  It isn’t necessary for us to understand all truths concerning the Spirit to experience the benefits.  Yet among the benefits of studying the Holy Spirit is the fact that the more we do understand the more effective we become in serving God.

John 6:63 says, “The Spirit gives life;  the flesh counts for nothing.”  The Christian life is more than learning Scripture, applying what we learn by making ourselves better.  Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit our lives will never reach their potential.

March 8, 1996 by dad passed from this life.  As I looked at his body in the casket he looked like he ought to be able to get up and walk out of the building.  The truth is when he died his soul left the body.  The body was still there.  It looked like my dad but it wasn’t my dad because the soul had departed.  Without the soul the body does not move.  Without the power of the indwelling of God’s Spirit we cannot do the things God has determined we should do.

Everything that Jesus did in his ministry was through the power of the Holy Spirit.  If the Messiah didn’t do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit, who are we as His followers to do anything without this same power and Spirit? This was the reason Jesus waited for the outpouring of the Spirit from the Father at His baptism.  Jesus in the form of a man needed God to empower Him in order that he might be about His Father’s business.

After Jesus resurrection He required that the disciples wait in Jerusalem.  In Acts 1:7-8 Scripture says, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you:  and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  These same disciples who had been with Jesus for over three years were not ready to do the Lord’s work without the power afforded them by the indwelling of the Spirit.  Christians today need this same power in order that we might do God’s work.

The indwelling power brought by the Holy Spirit contains a rich history of Old Testament application.  In Genesis 1:2 it is the power of the Spirit that is hovering over the waters.  A mighty wind containing energy in waiting.  We might call it a stirring.  In Acts 2 the as the Spirit comes to birth the church it is this same wind, an energy in motion. Job 34:14 us, “if He withdrew His Spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.”  In Numbers 11 the Spirit empowers Moses.  In 1 Samuel 10 the Spirit changed Saul into a different person.

The difference in the Old Testament and New Testament application is that in the Old Testament not all were affected.  In the new covenant all Christians enjoy the indwelling and power of the Holy Spirit.  We look at the wonders of the Old Testament and sometimes think, “this is as good as it gets.”  The Old Testament wonders are not the ceiling.  The New Testament is about the wonders and the power of the Spirit being the norm for Christians.  If we can just grasp this concept!  What if the Old Testament examples for the work of the Spirit are not as good as it gets?  What if they are just the beginning of the good things God has planned for us?  What if we have the power of the Spirit of the Old Testament and so much more?

In the church every member has access to what only a few had in the Old Testament.  We need more believers who can understand and share the power of the Holy Spirit that comes with salvation.  The power we see being displayed in a limited fashion under Moses Law is given to all who put on the life of following Jesus.

There aren’t nearly enough who understand what it means to walk in the Spirit.  When we are walking in the Spirit a relationship with God comes with that walk.  Grace saves but the Spirit transforms.  The same power that created the world dwells is us as Christians.  It is time that we stop trying to intellectually prove that the Holy Spirit has left us and embrace the power that Jesus promised for those who believe!

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3 Responses to Holy Spirit (Part 5)

  1. Wayne McDaniel says:

    Dell,
    I appreciate you writing about the Spirit. The lack of joy among some who profess Jesus indicates the Spirit has been quenched, 1 Thes. 5:19. Paul continues to admonish the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing”. Jesus described God’s elect as those who “cry unto him day and night”, Luke 18:7. I am inclined to conclude that the Spirit is quenched by a lack of prayer that includes confession of sin, 1 John 1:8.
    True prayer, calling upon the Lord, Gen. 4, is not a dignified discourse, but an urgent plea from those who see we continue to fall short of the glory of God, Rom. 3. Praying together humbles us all, but leaves us filled with the joy of fresh forgiveness. Many prayers in many assemblies do not come close to expressing our hearts to the Lord.
    Without confessing our sins, we will certainly swell with pride and self-righteousness.

  2. 1 Middle Man says:

    “If we could just grasp this concept” would appear to truly be the heart of the matter. Thanks for your thoughts…

  3. If we could just grasp the work of the Spirit! Thanks for your thoughts guys.

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