I am grateful for the many scripture verses attesting to the availability of a Spirit-filled life!
My wife recently bought this piece of inspirational artwork.
This is the second installment of a series of meditations about the message carried in this Christy Miropoulos’ piece. This second statement has a lot of scriptural backing. I’m therefore not going to editorialize.
I AM full of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:9 – However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
Matthew 3:11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Matthew 10:20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
John 7:39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 14:16,17 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
John 15:26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
[There are hundreds of references to the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments, beginning with His part in the Creation.]
You and I have a choice to make every moment; follow our own desires, or the leading of the Spirit. It’s life and death. Choose wisely.
4 thoughts on “Are you? Am I? #2”
Jon, out of sincere curiosity, what is your definition of the Holy Spirit?
Chelsea, I don’t know if I can give a short answer. I believe that God is one God in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I take as primary truth what I learn about the Holy Spirit from the many scriptures that refer to Him. But how can One be Three? It is a mystery I can most closely grapple with by something I learned about light in Physics in engineering school. Some energy-based observations of light indicate it is “quantized”, meaning it behaves like a particle (called a photon) with discrete levels of energy. (Please forgive my description if you have an advanced degree in some science field.) Other measurements of light more closely fit a wave-based description. I think God is kind of like that. Far beyond our actual understanding, we have to do our best with the revelation that we have. The scripture says explicitly, that God is Spirit (John 4:24). Elsewhere it is plain that Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:14), and that Both are distinct from the the Spirit (Jesus said I will send another). When I converse with each Member of the Godhead in my daily journal (I have shared a few of these), I experience them having unique personalities, though I never lose sight of their unity with one another. I don’t know if I have even come close to an answer to your question. So feel free to ask more if you like. As I have thought about how to approach defining the Holy Spirit, I think maybe the truth is closer to how does He define me?
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I forgot to respond to this; sorry.
I hope I did not worry or offend you by asking. I am genuinely curious.
I was raised with the idea that they are three separate personages. For me, personally; I see the Holy Spirit a lot like you described, as the spiritual ’embodiment’ of God’s love and communications with us.
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Yes, it’s right to choose wisely, because wise living brings happiness and confidence. See (Eccl. 8:1,5). Thanks Jon!
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