Life And Spirit

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

“It is the Spirit Who gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life.”  John 6:63

Christ whole life was lived in dependence upon the Father Who worked in Him by the Spirit.  He related every circumstances He faced to the Father’s ability to handle it through His humanity.  He could have handled any one of them in His own divine strength but for the sake of the example He wanted to leave us, He didn’t.  John said of Jesus, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk the same manner as Jesus walked.”  1 John 2:6.  Jesus Christ walked with His focus on the Father and the Father  worked through Him by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  We are to walk with our focus on Jesus and He will work through us by the same Holy Spirit who indwells us.

The Word of God is life and spirit and has the power to give us wisdom for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture are given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness.  As true believers in the Gospel of the water and Spirit we may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

The Word of God constantly warns us about false teachers who are peddling damaging doctrine.  We must keep a close watch on our personal lives. Our lives demands diligence in pursuing moral excellence, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and selfless love.  By contrast, the false teachers are sensual, arrogant, greedy and covetous.  In view of that fact, we should live lives of godliness, blamelessness and steadfastness in the Spirit. The life in the flesh profits nothing.

 

How Can We Do This?

  1. We must know that the Holy Spirit has taken up permanent residence in us the moment we believe in the baptism, death and resurrection of Christ.  Rom 8:9 says that not to have the Holy Spirit in us is tantamount to not being a child of God. 
  2. We should know that sin grieves the Holy Spirit but doesn’t cause Him to leave us  Eph 4:13.  Jesus promised, “I will never desert you nor will I forsake you.”  Heb 13:5. Our confession of faith in the righteousness of God is our way of life.
  3. We should know that it is one thing for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us but quite another thing for Him to fill us or control us. 

God wants us to be filled with the Spirit. The only way we can have this happen is to decide who run the show in our lives. We need to make a once and for all decision to give the title deed of our life to God. This does not mean that we are always going to do what God wants us to do. It does mean that we have come to a point in life where we have soberly assessed what God has done for us through the Gospel of the water and Spirit. We reason that if He has given us eternal life, put us into His forever family, given us an inheritance with His Son and made us kings and priests forever then we can confidently trust our lives into His keeping  to  handle it and do the best with it.

 

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