THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT [1300]

If God gave us nothing, we would all die. It is because He DID give us something, that we can live. That “something” is the SPIRIT of life, and this Spirit not only is “IN” His Son, but IS His Son.

Jesus was the gift of life to us to be accessed by faith and faith alone. “The Lord is the Spirit” it says. “The Spirit is the truth” it says. “He became a life giving Spirit” it says. “And I will pray to the Father and He will give you another comforter, even the Spirit of truth, to be with you forever”. [something like that].

“The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.”

We now have a new covenant, one through faith in His blood. Under that new covenant, the Spirit was plainly given to men at Pentecost. Since then, some men have argued that this Spirit is now no longer available, and they pursue this mainly through the argument that the Spirit gifts, the supernatural ones, have ceased.

In terms of the Spirit being available to all men today, they argue that the “Spirit” is only that which is the word of God, IE the written word, scripture, that has become lodged in the believers mind and expanded by his understanding of it. Other than when God intervenes to exert His power in some way, but rarely in the personal affairs of ourselves.

God created us as life, but we ran foul of death very quickly and died. The reversal of our death condition is what becomes the foundation for our new life condition. The release from death inspires life in us by the Spirit of life He makes available, which we see as the risen Jesus. Through Jesus, life is substituted for death. Through Him bearing our death, [and then rising in life] we see life available. If we allow Him to take our death, we can access His life. This process or occurrence is called believing.

What God has done is to present to us the processes of life and death and then to inform us that we don’t have to remain in the death state any longer because life is a free gift, death is forgiven through Jesus. We receive a new Spirit which is HIS Spirit and which forms in us “the spirit of Christ”.

If we deny this Spirit as a free gift and freely given, then we are denying the gift of life that He BOUGHT for us “with His blood”. God forced this issue on us by effectively killing us off with the knowledge that Jesus bore the penalty, the consequence of sin, and though “Condemning sin in the flesh” IN JESUS, it is obvious that ‘we are under the same penalty’ said the other man on the cross, who received life for His proclamation of faith.

But because the CONDEMNATION [eternal damnation] and the full effect of the law (of sin and death) was taken upon Himself, life became justified in Him but also in us. He was the first of the new creation but is now in a form who is able to be delivered to us who are human flesh and blood as temporary recipients who are able to benefit from it by becoming “copies” of Him via this self same Spirit. We have been given the Spirit of life unconditionally, we must allow it to have control of our lives so as to bear the fruit of righteousness.

It is because the law of sin and death has been totally overpowered by the law of the Spirit of life that is in Jesus, that it now has no power, no authority, AT ALL, to remain as any kind of influence over our lives, because the love of God in the form of His forgiveness as demonstrated through the body of Jesus, is ALWAYS available and holds NOTHING back from us, so that ONLY LIFE is now the only remaining authority and power over us. We are not under the law (of death), we are IN the law of life, and the law of life is IN US. As a gift. Accepted by faith.

God (love) keeps no record of wrongs. Law sin death and all that goes with them are in the rubbish bin forever. It is only His life, and has always been only His life, that matters. And He gives this life to us as we surrender to it, to Him.

There is no more keeping of laws or commandments, only that we should dwell in His love and that this love should outwork towards others. Be led by the Spirit. If we place conditions on the Spirit as anything but a free gift or describe the Spirit in any way less than the perfection that God is, then we are tearing down what He has established.

[Be filled with the Spirit][Be led by the Spirit][rejoice in the Spirit] etc. [I give you my body, flesh and blood, life to you][Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom][Last post?]

JOYFUL SONGS   https://crossroman.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/joyful-songs-773t/

[1300a] “The heart mind contradiction” is the “Eureka moment” article next to be written, and possibly the last, and which could resolve denominational conflict.

THE SPIRIT GIFTS WERE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SPIRIT’S WILL [1290a]

Whatever was the effect of the Spirit on people, it says that the gifts were given [only] according to the will of the Spirit. Because it was necessary to establish the authority of the church to begin with, the supernatural gifts were given and were in evidence. Today though, the churches are full of people who mostly do NOT exhibit these gifts, and this can be proven by going into any Pentecostal church with a broken leg and asking to see someone who has the gift of healing; you will not emerge with your broken leg fixed. If you do, please let me know. Even Paul had to leave his friend sick behind, and unhealed.

So the gifts were available in accordance with God’s will, and Paul says that they will “fail” (cease to exist or be effective) “when the perfect comes”, which has largely been taken to mean when the fullness of the church or its scriptures has been made available. If this was not true, then most of the mainstream churches could be seen as NOT having the Spirit as required.

This tends to be backed up by ANOTHER list of “Spirit gifts” which are NOT “supernatural” in their operation. The gift of “helps” for example among others.

We know that when Jesus comes back there will certainly be no use for tongues, healing and the like, it will all be finished. And it is obvious that the transference of the Spirit by the apostles to those devoid of it, appears to be that which enabled the Spirit gift transference to occur, but sometimes this occurred through prayer, or a combination.

Now Jesus was the Gift of the Spirit of life, made available to all those who believe, and it says that it is “by faith” that we receive the Spirit. We know that the Spirit imparts to us the “Spirit of Christ” and causes Him to be “formed” in us. This is based on obedience to the gospel message, and one cannot omit conformance to baptism at this point of the proceedings as being part of that message. It is all there in Acts to be plainly seen. [This does not mean that it is essential.]

The “Acts of the Apostles” then, are characterised by supernatural events which are difficult to find today. This does not mean that miracles do not happen, because it is the Spirit who decides what happens to who and how. The worry is that there have been some ‘evangelists’ who have demonstrated certain “powers”, and a further worry is that these same people have often used deception to aid their “performances” in some cases.

Overseas where the church has struggled to establish itself, there have been reports of miracles and supernatural happenings, as would be expected if the will of the Spirit was brought to bear on the situation. The Western church seems to be a bit on the sleepy side, with churches failing, ‘membership’ falling as the end approaches, while Eastern churches may be growing rapidly.

Conversely, the FRUIT of the Spirit is in evidence and it is this fruit which witnesses to people today, not the supernatural miraculous sort of events which draw crowds and turn heads, because faith has to be that which is prepared to follow righteousness, not signs and miracles, otherwise how would people produce the work of faith if the works of God, such as would make it obvious that He was real and tangible as seen by His SUPERNATURAL POWER, manifested themselves in manifestation of HIM. Faith works by the unseen, not by that which is seen, although scripture has it that God is in evidence by the manifestation of the creation itself.

Trials and troubles come upon people that test and prove their faith and grow their Godly character. If power gifts were available today, then the impact of faith would be lessened, and it is faith that is required to grow the work of God, not miracles. The problem appears to be that there is a lack of truthful and enthusiastic preaching and teaching available to counter the effects of today’s excesses of modernism.

[Eph. 5-18. Paul writes of another way to be filled with the Spirit.  “…but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and SPIRITUAL SONGS, singing and making melody WITH YOUR HEART to the Lord.”]

https://crossroman.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/did-you-receive-the-spirit-when-you-believed-1041a/

New series – THE GENERAL THRUST OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE – THE SPIRIT OF LIFE [1289a]

DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WHEN YOU BELIEVED? Actually it only says, “did you receive THE SPIRIT when you believed”, and because they had only heard the “gospel” of John the Baptist, and His gospel of repentance, they had not heard, apparently, of the resurrection of Jesus to life, and His return as the SPIRIT OF LIFE. (Perhaps I have combined two scriptures there?)

The gospel of Jesus Christ is based on the fact of a man dying and then returning from the dead. It is this message which provides the ‘spark of life’ which ‘fires up’ life in people who believe it. The fact that life can exist after death, not in some abstract wispy spirit smoke and mirrors kind of way, but that the man’s BODY was returned to life, is galvanising and amazing.

“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death”. LIFE has now been established as a LAW, and a law which overpowers the ‘law’ of  [ sin and ] death. Life now has pre-eminence over death, and has every right to exist, to be there, whereas death has no rights at all, it has no meaning and no function and is going nowhere fast.

Life is also based on righteousness, because life is an extension of God and His righteousness, and without God, without righteousness, there can be no life. Where there is unrighteousness, there is death. Jesus is displayed in righteousness, having emerged from the unrighteousness of OUR lot, of death; into the righteousness of HIS lot, of LIFE.

He has dealt with death so that it no longer has any power or authority over us, so that life can take its place. This means also that He has removed our unrighteousness and replaced it with His righteousness. This is the gift He presents us with to freely take and utilise so that sin, death and unrighteousness (being the same thing) can be overpowered in OUR lives as we allow Him to replace our death with His life.

“..That if you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead”…”and with your mouth proclaim Jesus as Lord, you will be SAVED.” Of course you will be saved, because you are now ALIVE (because you are ‘in Him’). Salvation is to be made alive, the opposite of this is death, but is now the death He removed, took for you and provided for you as the counter to the indwelling sin and guilt that you feel. The LAW of the Spirit of life now counters and greatly exceeds and ‘out guns’, has greater authority than the law of death, which has now been ABOLISHED.

Born again, to a new and living hope…. Without the risen Christ, our hope is unfounded, and “..those who have fallen asleep in Him have also perished”.

Those “believers” who had not heard of the Spirit (of life) could not have been “alive”, they were still dead in their thinking, in their hearts and minds, until the Spirit came upon them and they instantly knew their God and their saviour intimately. Whether or not they exhibited “gifts of the Spirit” is not the point. The point is that they received the LIFE OF THE SPIRIT which made them also ALIVE.

The whole world has heard of this Jesus who reportedly came back to life from the dead, and this is the thrust of the gospel message. By this, men can gain the Spirit of life where previously there was only the spirit of death. “A living hope” has emerged by which the Christian world, and indeed some of the not so Christian world, can sit up and take notice, and by which Spirit the Western world has for centuries been influenced in a good way whereas much of the rest of it has morally failed dismally.

The Spirit is ‘out there’, we need to let it be In “here”, in us.

[Our faith creates in us the new creation He has always intended][The Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies]

 

THE SPIRIT GIFTS WERE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SPIRIT’S WILL [1290]

Whatever was the effect of the Spirit on people, it says that the gifts were given [only] according to the will of the Spirit. Because it was necessary to establish the authority of the church to begin with, the supernatural gifts were given and were in evidence. Today though, the churches are full of people who mostly do NOT exhibit these gifts, and this can be proven by going into any Pentecostal church with a broken leg and asking to see someone who has the gift of healing; you will not emerge with your broken leg fixed. If you do, please let me know. Even Paul had to leave his friend sick behind, and unhealed.

So the gifts were available in accordance with God’s will, and Paul says that they will “fail” (cease to exist or be effective) “when the perfect comes”, which has largely been taken to mean when the fullness of the church or its scriptures has been made available. If this was not true, then most of the mainstream churches could be seen as NOT having the Spirit as required.

This tends to be backed up by ANOTHER list of “Spirit gifts” which are NOT “supernatural” in their operation. The gift of “helps” for example among others.

We know that when Jesus comes back there will certainly be no use for tongues, healing and the like, it will all be finished. And it is obvious that the transference of the Spirit by the apostles to those devoid of it, appears to be that which enabled the Spirit gift transference to occur, but sometimes this occurred through prayer, or a combination.

Now Jesus was the Gift of the Spirit of life, made available to all those who believe, and it says that it is “by faith” that we receive the Spirit. We know that the Spirit imparts to us the “Spirit of Christ” and causes Him to be “formed” in us. This is based on obedience to the gospel message, and one cannot omit conformance to baptism at this point of the proceedings as being part of that message. It is all there in Acts to be plainly seen. [This does not mean that it is essential.]

The “Acts of the Apostles” then, are characterised by supernatural events which are difficult to find today. This does not mean that miracles do not happen, because it is the Spirit who decides what happens to who and how. The worry is that there have been some ‘evangelists’ who have demonstrated certain “powers”, and a further worry is that these same people have often used deception to aid their “performances” in some cases.

Overseas where the church has struggled to establish itself, there have been reports of miracles and supernatural happenings, as would be expected if the will of the Spirit was brought to bear on the situation. The Western church seems to be a bit on the sleepy side, with churches failing, ‘membership’ falling as the end approaches, while Eastern churches may be growing rapidly.

Conversely, the FRUIT of the Spirit is in evidence and it is this fruit which witnesses to people today, not the supernatural miraculous sort of events which draw crowds and turn heads, because faith has to be that which is prepared to follow righteousness, not signs and miracles, otherwise how would people produce the work of faith if the works of God, such as would make it obvious that He was real and tangible as seen by His SUPERNATURAL POWER, manifested themselves in manifestation of HIM. Faith works by the unseen, not by that which is seen, although scripture has it that God is in evidence by the manifestation of the creation itself.

Trials and troubles come upon people that test and prove their faith and grow their Godly character. If power gifts were available today, then the impact of faith would be lessened, and it is faith that is required to grow the work of God, not miracles. The problem appears to be that there is a lack of truthful and enthusiastic preaching and teaching available to counter the effects of today’s excesses of modernism.

[Eph. 5-18. Paul writes of another way to be filled with the Spirit.  “…but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and SPIRITUAL SONGS, singing and making melody WITH YOUR HEART to the Lord.”]

https://crossroman.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/did-you-receive-the-spirit-when-you-believed-1041a/

New series – THE GENERAL THRUST OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE – THE SPIRIT OF LIFE [1289]

DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WHEN YOU BELIEVED? Actually it only says, “did you receive THE SPIRIT when you believed”, and because they had only heard the “gospel” of John the Baptist, and His gospel of repentance, they had not heard, apparently, of the resurrection of Jesus to life, and His return as the SPIRIT OF LIFE. (Perhaps I have combined two scriptures there?)

The gospel of Jesus Christ is based on the fact of a man dying and then returning from the dead. It is this message which provides the ‘spark of life’ which ‘fires up’ life in people who believe it. The fact that life can exist after death, not in some abstract wispy spirit smoke and mirrors kind of way, but that the man’s BODY was returned to life, is galvanising and amazing.

“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death”. LIFE has now been established as a LAW, and a law which overpowers the ‘law’ of  [ sin and ] death. Life now has pre-eminence over death, and has every right to exist, to be there, whereas death has no rights at all, it has no meaning and no function and is going nowhere fast.

Life is also based on righteousness, because life is an extension of God and His righteousness, and without God, without righteousness, there can be no life. Where there is unrighteousness, there is death. Jesus is displayed in righteousness, having emerged from the unrighteousness of OUR lot, of death; into the righteousness of HIS lot, of LIFE.

He has dealt with death so that it no longer has any power or authority over us, so that life can take its place. This means also that He has removed our unrighteousness and replaced it with His righteousness. This is the gift He presents us with to freely take and utilise so that sin, death and unrighteousness (being the same thing) can be overpowered in OUR lives as we allow Him to replace our death with His life.

“..That if you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead”…”and with your mouth proclaim Jesus as Lord, you will be SAVED.” Of course you will be saved, because you are now ALIVE (because you are ‘in Him’). Salvation is to be made alive, the opposite of this is death, but is now the death He removed, took for you and provided for you as the counter to the indwelling sin and guilt that you feel. The LAW of the Spirit of life now counters and greatly exceeds and ‘out guns’, has greater authority than the law of death, which has now been ABOLISHED.

Born again, to a new and living hope…. Without the risen Christ, our hope is unfounded, and “..those who have fallen asleep in Him have also perished”.

Those “believers” who had not heard of the Spirit (of life) could not have been “alive”, they were still dead in their thinking, in their hearts and minds, until the Spirit came upon them and they instantly knew their God and their saviour intimately. Whether or not they exhibited “gifts of the Spirit” is not the point. The point is that they received the LIFE OF THE SPIRIT which made them also ALIVE.

The whole world has heard of this Jesus who reportedly came back to life from the dead, and this is the thrust of the gospel message. By this, men can gain the Spirit of life where previously there was only the spirit of death. “A living hope” has emerged by which the Christian world, and indeed some of the not so Christian world, can sit up and take notice, and by which Spirit the Western world has for centuries been influenced in a good way whereas much of the rest of it has morally failed dismally.

The Spirit is ‘out there’, we need to let it be In “here”, in us.

[Our faith creates in us the new creation He has always intended][The Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies]

 

OBEDIENCE TO LOVE [1285a]

The heart is that which is meant to believe, not the mind. The mind that believes can lead on and the heart may follow it and then connect with the object of that belief, but it is only when and as the heart has made that connection, that freedom enters the person, and the spirit is released from its prison.

If the person has accepted with the mind, the FACT of their release, then the heart will be placed in a position to respond. It is as the heart responds, that obedience to love, to the origin of love, is enabled. The Christian life is enabled by this Spirit of overcoming; in that love has overcome for us so that we might be overcome by that love, and respond obediently to it, by “faith working through love”.

To be led by the Spirit is to be obedient to that Spirit, in oneness with it, with Him. To love, is to be in full agreement with the Spirit and this is God’s will being fulfilled. The heart leads, the mind follows. “Be led by the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the desires of the flesh”. The fruit of the Spirit is the enabling of the Spirit to work in and through you, by your submission and obedience to Him.

Saul was Obedient to “the heavenly vision”‘. He stopped being obedient to his flesh, his human nature.

[Human nature empowered by law]

OBEDIENCE TO LOVE [1285]

The heart is that which is meant to believe, not the mind. The mind that believes can lead on and the heart may follow it and then connect with the object of that belief, but it is only when and as the heart has made that connection, that freedom enters the person, and the spirit is released from its prison.

If the person has accepted with the mind, the FACT of their release, then the heart will be placed in a position to respond. It is as the heart responds, that obedience to love, to the origin of love, is enabled. The Christian life is enabled by this Spirit of overcoming; in that love has overcome for us so that we might be overcome by that love, and respond obediently to it, by “faith working through love”.

To be led by the Spirit is to be obedient to that Spirit, in oneness with it, with Him. To love, is to be in full agreement with the Spirit and this is God’s will being fulfilled. The heart leads, the mind follows. “Be led by the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the desires of the flesh”. The fruit of the Spirit is the enabling of the Spirit to work in and through you, by your submission and obedience to Him.

Saul was Obedient to “the heavenly vision”‘. He stopped being obedient to his flesh, his human nature.

[Human nature empowered by law]

THE ULTIMATE DEVIATION FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER IDENTITY [1271a]

It is bad enough that to have our “own” identity meant that we had to have it in isolation from God, even worse is the deterioration of the spiritual condition to the point where one’s identity is further displaced by the emergence of another or even multiple other identities.

Christians “take on” the identity of Christ in effect, in a spiritual step in the ascendancy; but mentally sick people may find their spiritual position deteriorate to a point where they deny themselves in favour of another personality who can be constructed in a way more understandable by their sick minds.

Jesus had encounters with such people who had descended into the spiritual morass where they were accessing the wrong end of spiritual truth, becoming sensitive to the darker side of paranormal psychological behaviour partly due to religious indoctrination that everything was spirit governed. In such encounters He healed them and returned them “to their right mind” IE to sanity.

Another case in point is where Paul put up with the spirit possessed woman following him around and proclaiming that “these are the servants of the most high God, listen to them”. If her spirit had been evil by definition, she would not have been proclaiming them as servants of God, and Paul would have dealt with her instantly instead of putting up with her for a day or more.

Jesus Himself is an example where two different identities were “identified”, the one being Himself as Son of God, and the other as “son of man”, being the human nature which He had in common with us, and which contained the “devil” He had come to destroy in the process of destroying His own death.

THE ULTIMATE DEVIATION FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER IDENTITY [1271]

It is bad enough that to have our “own” identity meant that we had to have it in isolation from God, even worse is the deterioration of the spiritual condition to the point where one’s identity is further displaced by the emergence of another or even multiple other identities.

Christians “take on” the identity of Christ in effect, in a spiritual step in the ascendancy; but mentally sick people may find their spiritual position deteriorate to a point where they deny themselves in favour of another personality who can be constructed in a way more understandable by their sick minds.

Jesus had encounters with such people who had descended into the spiritual morass where they were accessing the wrong end of spiritual truth, becoming sensitive to the darker side of paranormal psychological behaviour partly due to religious indoctrination that everything was spirit governed. In such encounters He healed them and returned them “to their right mind” IE to sanity.

Another case in point is where Paul put up with the spirit possessed woman following him around and proclaiming that “these are the servants of the most high God, listen to them”. If her spirit had been evil by definition, she would not have been proclaiming them as servants of God, and Paul would have dealt with her instantly instead of putting up with her for a day or more.

Jesus Himself is an example where two different identities were “identified”, the one being Himself as Son of God, and the other as “son of man”, being the human nature which He had in common with us, and which contained the “devil” He had come to destroy in the process of destroying His own death.

CREATION OR EVOLUTION ENTHUSIASTS MISS THE POINT [1261a]

So much energy is being put into arguing creation versus evolution, when the main thing that matters is a “new creation in Christ”. Regardless of the old creation’s origins or destination, it only exists for the purpose of producing the human species so they can then further advance into the fullness of the new creation, by faith in Jesus, who pioneered this new “species”, this new creation.

Whether “the [old] creation itself will be liberated into the glorious freedom  of the liberty of the children of God”, is not the point. We are given to understand that, in effect, the old creation is to be destroyed and human kind with it. That God’s process of progression will result in the destruction of heaven and earth by fire, during which the new creation will emerge.

Many people “worship” the old creation [rather than the Creator] by reverencing its nature and by crying foul as it descends into decay and corruption by the interference and contamination that mankind has brought to it. But it, like the human body itself, is only there to serve as host to the Spirit of life for as long as God has decided it will, its end coming amidst much “tribulation” which will see “man’s heart failing for fear of what is coming upon the earth”.

Although the natural creation as we know it is a beautiful thing and it is sad to see its demise, and not denying a certain responsibility towards its preservation, Christians should not pursue endless arguments that do not directly benefit the building and establishing of the new creation as a priority before the old. I do not consider the creation/evolution argument as being a worthwhile one to pursue when there are so many other more important aspects to bring to people’s attention, that may be more likely to open their hearts to love, rather than just another simple intellectual series of mental aspirations which like so many others, can be simply ego building on the part of those who indulge in them.