The Spirit

hot-air-balloon-401545_640Ezekiel 43:5: the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

Some things that the Holy Spirit is associated with are highlighted in the focus verse.

Lifting up

To be lifted up is to be put in the place of dominion. God put his Spirit in man to elevate him above the other animals (Genesis 2:6-7, 18-20). A lack of understanding of man’s special place, led to the fall from the elevated place. Man fell from grace. But when the Holy Spirit came upon the earth, we are enabled again to be all we are meant to be.

It is the plan of God to lift us out of the miry clay, from being dejected to becoming empowered (Psalm 40:2). Jesus told his disciples: you will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you (Acts 1:8). There is no empowerment i.e. the capacity to truly and deeply impact the lives of others, without the Holy Spirit.

Without the Holy Spirit we are but puppets in the hand of the devil, pushed around messed up, suppressed, but with the Holy Spirit our eyes are opened our capability is expanded, and we see ourselves in new light.

Paul prayed for the Ephesian church that the eyes of their understanding may be enlightened that they may know the hope of their calling and the immeasurable power that is at work in them which worked in Jesus (Ephesians 1:15-23).

Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:3-4). He was dead and buried, and those who were responsible for his death thought that was the end, that there was no way he was going to walk the earth again. But not when the Holy Spirit is involved. He gives a glorious end to even the worst of situations.

Inner court

The Holy Spirit gives us access to the presence of God. By coming into us, he brings God into us. He brings us into the very presence of God. Via the path made by the blood of Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes into us. We are literally born of the Spirit (John 3:1-8).

Jesus said he that is born of the flesh is flesh, and he that is born of the Spirit is spirit, we are literally born of the Spirit, regaining our spiritual essence as being in the image of God. Our identity is changed from being spiritually dead to being spiritually alive.

The Holy Spirit does his work in us. He changes us inside out. We are no longer ordinary, but are empowered to live from the inside out because the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21). The Holy Spirit makes functional intimacy with God possible. We are no longer in the outer court but brought into the holy of holies. With unveiled faces we behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus and we are changed into the same image (2Corinthians 3:18).

We no longer need any other emissary between us and God, the coast is clear. We have the righteousness of Jesus and the enablement of the Holy Spirit to come into intimacy with God, which was lost in the Garden of Eden.

Glory

The bible calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of glory (1Peter 4:14). Glory speaks of the acts of God. The Holy Spirit is therefore directly responsible for the acts of God we see on the earth. Before God said: let there be light as he was remaking the earth, the Holy Spirit was present. He was active. The bible says that Spirit moved upon the face of the deep (Genesis 1:1-3). At the end of the creation process we read that God said that everything was good. It was the work of God manifested by the Holy Spirit.

God the father sets it up, initiatives it, God the Son (God the Word [1John 5:7-8, John 1:1-3]) is the articulation of that initiative while the Holy Spirit manifests it. That is the outline of the activity of the Godhead, the trinity.

God the father is called father (source) of glory (Ephesians 1:7), Jesus is the manifestation of the glory of the father (Hebrews 1:3), while as said before, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of glory. The work of God in us is to cause us to manifest his glory more and more. Paul wrote that the whole creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God, manifesting his glory fully.

Temple

The Holy Spirit in us, makes us the temple of God. Paul said that since we are the temple of the Holy Spirit we are the temple of God, we are inhabited by God (1Corinthians 3:6). We are the house of God because the Holy Spirit in us.

When Jesus told the disciples that they will not have to worry that they won’t be seeing him physically after some times, he said he will be sending the Holy Spirit to them, calling him another comforter (John 14:16). He told them: I will not leave you comfortless (John 14:18), i.e. unattended to, I will come to you (He came in the Holy Spirit, just as God came in Jesus to us). He said: I am with you always, to the end of the ages (Matthew 28:20) (he was talking about the Holy Spirit).

When we become born again the Holy Spirit in involved. However that is not when he is showcased. When we are saved it is the blood of Jesus that is showcased as washing away our sin.

Through Jesus we have justification, righteousness, and translation from the kingdom of darkness to light. Jesus was brutally killed not for his personal errors but for ours. So being saved is a celebration of the work of Jesus, though facilitated by the Holy Spirit. Paul said that the Spirit witness with our spirit that we sons of God (Romans 8:16), and if we do not have the Holy Spirit, we are none of his (Romans 8:9).

But after salvation some press on into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, where he shines forth. He comes into us marked by words we have not learnt, as tongues, utterance that he gives (Acts 2:1-4).

To be saved we say something in faith in our natural language, confessing Jesus as lord, believing in our heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-13).

To be saved the focus is on Jesus and his works on the cross, while the Holy Spirit does the work of regeneration within us (Titus 3:5). This is being baptised “into” the Spirit (1Corinthians 12:13) which is different from baptism “with” the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8) for empowerment.

Salvation is the celebration of the work of Jesus, initiation into the name of Jesus, becoming a member of the household of God, while the Holy Ghost baptism is an initiation into the works of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit’s work is to manifest Jesus, and he does that in a more intently as we experience his baptism.

 

Holy Spirit Jesus Words of activation Receiving by faith
Salvation Regeneration Calvary sacrifice Confession of faith

(Romans 10:9-10)

Hear the gospel, Believe in Jesus and pray to receive him, confess him
Baptism in the Holy Spirit Empowerment (Acts 1:8) He is the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit. Unlearned syllables

(Acts 2:1-4)

Hear about the Spirit, believe Jesus is the baptiser, and ask for the Holy Spirit, open your mouth and speak forth the unknown syllables you believe is given.

 

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