The Holy Spirit

hirsch-643340_640Luke 2:26: And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Here we see the Holy Spirit operating in the life of Simeon, a man devoted to God. He made himself available to God and God revealed himself to him (Luke 2:25-35).

It is the measure of your valuation of the presence of God that will determine what he shows you about himself. Jesus said that if we obey him he and the father will manifest in our lives in a special way.

It was the same Jesus who warned us not to cast our pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). The swine have no appreciation for beauty, which the pearls stands for and is not longing for it, it does not seek for it.

But in a parable that Jesus gave, he said that a merchant, a man whose ambition is to look for profit in big things, sold all he had to purchase a field where there was the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:35-36).

He gave up everything for something he recognised as valuable. In the same way, Jesus says that if we do not forsake everything to follow him we are not worthy of him (Luke 14:26, Matthew 10:37). You need to give your all, to receive his all.

Before Abraham could experience the best of God he needed to leave his father’s house to a place God wanted to show him, he needed to be on a journey with God, walking with him. That journey represented devotion to God (Genesis 12:1-5).

For Enoch to experience God fully, he needed to walk with God for hundreds of years, which was an unrivalled consistency. The bible says that Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him. He entered into another realm while still alive, and he could not retrace his step back again (Genesis 5:21-24). He experienced full union with God outside of the two testaments.

Paul had the desire to know Christ and for that he left everything he ever knew, he said, “For the excellence of the knowledge Christ, I count everything as dung (Philippians 3:6-15).” As far as he was concerned the ultimate pursuit is knowledge of Christ, coming into union with him. He said, “This one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind, I stretch forward for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” That shows the force of his hunger for God.

It was a similar hunger that Simeon exhibited that he was allowed to sense the presence of the Christ. Daniel had such an hunger. He did not fold his hands while the people of God continue to be in exile when there was a promise that they will be freed after 70 years (Daniel 9).

He took on the task of prayer on that note and the veil of revelation was opened to him to see far into the future. He was God’s beloved because of the strength of his devotion to God, and God could not ignore him in his eternal scheme of things. God pays attention to those who pay attention to him, he reveals himself to those who are opened to him, and follow him without reservation.

There are different manifestations of God on the earth at different times.

In the old testament to the nation of Israel as they were rescued from the bondage in the land of Egypt, God manifested in different ways, visible in the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day. They experienced the thunderous God the father, who said he could not cope with the children of Israel and their errant ways and eventually he allowed them to be wasted in the wilderness as the generation which left the land of Egypt died and only their children entered into the Promised Land.

Then come the incarnation, God the Word becoming God the Son, as was prophesied in the book of psalms, where it was written: “why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing against the lord and against his anointed, the Christ.” And they were told: “the kiss the son, lest he be angry and you perish away (Psalm 2).”

In a place in the book of proverbs, a question was asked about God: what is his son’s name (Proverbs 30:4)? All these are prophecies indicative of the Sonship of Jesus. While God the father was marked by his holiness, punishing sin severely, God the son was marked by his approachability, he could be kissed.

Then entered God the Holy Spirit who could live in us, changing us inside out, while God the father had a running battle sending prophets out to try to call back recalcitrant children of Israel, a people he called his own.

God the Son is the God’s identification with the human race, in complete immersion into humanity. He started right from the point of connection, and stayed in the womb for a period of nine months, was born in a manger, was raised by imperfect parents just as you and I. And the identification became complete when he was called the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, by John through prophetic recognition.

As he was baptised by John, he then carried on himself the sin of the world. He was a vacuum where sin was concerned and when he entered into that water, he sucked in the sin, washed into river from where many were already baptised by John, “washing their sins” into it.

He entered into his identity as the Lamb of God on whom was laid the sins of the world, and on the cross the identification was fully actualised as he bore the wrath of God, and since it was God dealing with God, he could fully swallow up within himself the wrath of God, leaving nothing but justification and grace for those who believe in him. There he said: it is finished (John 19:30).

Enter the Holy Spirit, who is sent to work with the church. God the father worked with the Israel, God the son, comes to identify with humanity, and God the Holy Spirit came to formed a new spiritual nation (one new man) from among the people of the nations of the world, a people called out unto Christ.

God the father, through the prophets, and the laws of Moses, laid the framework for the redemption through the blood of Jess that will be shed, and the Holy Spirit applied that work to the heart of people bringing them to God. Jesus said the importance of the Holy Spirit lies in his ability to convict of sin, of judgment and righteousness (John 16:7-11).

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