Is there a spark between you and the Spirit of God? Do you feel as though you need a lighter, a catalyst to set in motion the event to light the fire in your chest?
Today, Caroline Knott writes with solid knowledge and doctrinal truth fuel to burn bright your connection with the Spirit of God.
Groups in the church today often approach the subject of the Spirit with either explanations as to why we lack the powerful leadership of the Spirit or they have an agenda to force some expression upon the willing to learn. Both ends of this teeter totter or seesaw are out of balance. Balance comes when we reach for truth and believe it has expression in our lives according to God’s will. We start by praying come and bring what you promised as you will God, not as I will. I (Charity here) encourage you to take some time to digest paragraph by paragraph the knowledge below.
Thank you Caroline for the diligent study and preparation.
In Luke 1:32 An angel of the Lord descended upon Mary and told her she would conceive and bear a son, and that she was to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.
Essentially, “son of David”, this is saying, he will be the Messiah.
“How will this be”, Mary asks, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
So, here we see the uniting of full deity and full humanity in one person, the person of Christ.
We can see in many passages of Scripture that Jesus was born in a human body, just as all other babies are born. He grew tired, he became angry, he experienced hunger, sorrow, and desperation when he faced the reality of what awaited him on the cross. He had questions, and had to “grow in wisdom” (Luke 2:40). In the end, he also died, which is as close to human as you can get. We see that Jesus was completely human.
There are a couple reasons which we can see as vital for Jesus becoming completely human, and God emptying His “God” abilities to walk in flesh and bone. One of those being representative obedience.
“Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:18-19).
We also see that he was a substitute sacrifice. If Jesus had not been fully human, He could not have died in our place and paid our debt. Yet another reason was that His life provides an example for us.
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)
So, during Jesus’ life we can see that He was working miracles left and right. He is healing people, casting out demons, making the blind see, and raising people from the dead.
When Jesus performs His first miracle, we read, “This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of His glory. And His disciples believed in Him.” John 2:11
So, there are a few ways to look at Jesus performing all these miracles. The first being that this was proof that Jesus was God. Now, while Jesus was in fact the full embodiment of God, this does pose a bit of a problem. You see, all sorts of other people also do miracles in Scripture. We see Elijah, hundreds of years before Jesus, walk on water, heal the sick, feed people with very little food, and even raise the dead. We don’t however believe that Elijah was God in human flesh. We believe that He was a prophet, and that the Spirit of God was on him, working through him and he was anointed.
We can also see this after Jesus in Acts. We see Peter, Philip, and others doing these same types of miracles
Jumping back to the Old Testament, we can see that the Spirit of God has been present since the beginning. In Genesis 1 we see that, “The earth was without form…and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
We see that the Spirit was in communion with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.
When Adam sinned, we lost the connection with the Spirit. We no longer had access to the presence of God and His Spirit in the same unhindered, open way.
After that, since the Spirit was not available, what would happen, is He would temporarily descend upon people that He wanted to communicate with or through. This doesn’t mean there was access to everyone; we don’t see anywhere from Genesis to Acts a way to “receive the Spirit”, because He simply wasn’t available.
Now, let’s jump forward again to Jesus’ life and ministry. When we read stories of Jesus’ miracles, it’s easy to dismiss them based on the fact that Jesus is God. While He is God, He also emptied himself to become fully human. When God became human in Jesus, He set aside His God powers in order to be a real human being. Jesus isn’t God pretending to be a human. He is fully human. Jesus isn’t omniscient, nor omnipresent, and he has weakness and limitations. (JMC- Receive the Holy Spirit)
“Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form..” Philippians 2:7
How then does Jesus do miracles? Not just because He is God, even though we believe that He is, and that he lived a blameless life, which was needed to be the perfect sacrifice, atoning for our sins. Jesus even speaks about being the fulfillment of prophecy we read in Isaiah,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18,
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me.
We can see numerous times when the Holy Spirit is referred to descending on Him, that He is anointed, and that He works by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22
We can see that the ministry of Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit descending on Him.
He does his work in the power of the Spirit. The same Spirit that came upon Elijah, the same Spirit that works miracles in Acts through Peter, Philip, and all throughout Scriptures.
John Mark Comer, one of my favorite pastors and authors, describes Jesus’ work as the “in breaking kingdom of God through His anointed one.
We see Jesus’ miracles are signs pointing to the fact that the long awaited kingdom of God was here, and that Jesus is king of it all. He goes on to say, “So, the better way to look at this would be to say, “Wow, this is what a human being walking in the Spirit looks like.” (JMC – Receive the Holy Spirit)
In Scriptures we see that the Spirit who was alive in Jesus, empowering Him and working through Him, is the same Spirit that is offered to us. When Jesus gave himself up for us, the veil was torn and we had access to living in communion with the Spirit once again. When we accept Jesus, we are cleansed vessels, ready to receive the power of the Spirit of the living God to dwell within us. We come alive in a new birth. Jesus says,
“Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19
He tells them, “Truly I say to you whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these he will do, b/c I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
In Acts 1:8 He says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Basically Jesus is telling us that the same power in the Spirit which he possessed, has become accessible to us through his death and resurrection. Through that outpouring of the Holy Spirit we will be equipped to do the works that Jesus did, and do them with an even greater reach. Think about this, the Spirit was contained to one man at the time, but when Jesus died and we received access to the Holy Spirit, God indwells and capacitates all who believe in Christ – meaning the reach of what the Spirit can do in and through us, has exponentially increased.
The power which came as tongues of fire, blasting through a room of those eagerly awaiting His coming, causing them to create such an uproar, people thought they were drunk. The presence of God, the power of God, suddenly unleashed to be free within the caverns of men. This Spirit which knows no bounds, is not held by language, or nation, time, gender, or family origin, etc. The Spirit which breathed over the water at the very beginning, and empowers blind to see, sick to be healed and dead to raise, now available to dwell within our very being.
The same Spirit has come on us, and anointed us so that we may see the beauty of Christ even more clearly – that we may experience intimacy with God by finding deep communion with the Spirit who made a way to our hearts. That we may rest in His presence, knowing the work of the Cross forever united us. That we may lose sight of what the world tells us we need, who we should be, what we should do, because the Spirit of the Living God has done everything possible to make sure our heart was His. That we may then turn outward, drenched in such peaceful assurance, to proclaim good news to the poor, bring freedom for prisoners, and sight for the blind.
How do we live a life fully filled and moved by the Holy Spirit? Well, the Holy Spirit is a person and there is a direct reciprocity between our relationship with Him, and how much power we see in our lives. As we grow in intimacy, trust, faith, commitment, consistency and depth, we grow in power. As we grasp that the same power which brought the world to life lives in us, we begin to grow in miracle working trust.
Miracle working faith is trust.
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