Monday, May 9, 2011

Spiritual and Spirit-Filled (Part Seven)

God the Father so loved the people of this world that He sent His Son through incarnation to accomplish redemption by crucifixion in order that He, as the Spirit, could come to live and dwell in all those who truly believe. This is called salvation; this is God's new creation. Salvation is not to make bad people good. Rather, it is to make dead people alive. Ephesians 2:5 says that "we were dead in our offenses" and that God "made us alive together with Christ." It is the Spirit that gives life (II Cor. 3:6)! Salvation is not that some day we can make it to this nice place called heaven. In fact, Ephesians 2:6 says that we are already "seated together with Christ in the heavenlies." It is in the Spirit that we now have access to the Father (Eph. 2:18).

Having been made alive with Christ, we are to walk in the newness of this life (Rom. 6:4) and serve in the newness of the Spirit (Rom. 7:6).
Having been seated with Christ in the heavenlies, we are to set our mind on the things which are above (Col. 3:2) and have a walk that is according to our heavenly citizenship (Phil. 3:16, 20).

We are to be holy in all our manner of life because God is holy (I Pet. 1:15-16).
We are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matt. 5:48).

May we be clear and never for a moment forget that only by the Holy Spirit can we be holy in all our manner of life and only by the Spirit can we be transformed into the perfection of God's glory. Dear brothers and sisters, we must not only be born of the Spirit, we must also pursue to live spiritual and Spirit-filled lives. As God's new creation, we will then be living a heavenly life on earth as we prepare to spend eternity with Him. Praise be to God!

Now we will continue with our third installment of the Spirit in the New Testament from Galatians through Revelation. Enjoy!

*The Spirit is received out of the hearing of faith. (Gal. 3:2)
*The Christian life begins with the Spirit. (Gal. 3:3)
*The Spirit is received through faith. (Gal. 3:14)
*God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. (Gal. 4:6)
*We are to walk by the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16)
*We are to be led by the Spirit. (Gal. 5:18)
*Godly virtues are the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22)
*We are to live by the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)
*If we sow unto the Spirit we will reap eternal life. (Gal. 6:8)
*We were sealed by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1:13)
*In the Spirit we have access to the Father. (Eph. 2:18)
*We are to be strengthened with power through the Spirit. (Eph. 3:16)
*Christian oneness is of the Spirit. (Eph. 4:3)
*We are not to grieve the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:30)
*We are to serve/worship by the Spirit of God. (Phil. 3:3)
*Love is in the Spirit. (Col. 1:8)
*Joy is of the Holy Spirit. (I Thes. 1:6)
*We are not to quench the Spirit. (I Thes. 5:19)
*Sanctification is of the Spirit. (II Thes. 2:13)
*Renewing is of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)
*The Holy Spirit speaks. (Heb. 3:7)
*The Holy Spirit makes things clear. (Heb. 9:8)
*Christ offered Himself to God through the eternal Spirit. (Heb. 9:14)
*The gospel should be preached by the Holy Spirit. (I Pet. 1:12)
*It is by the Spirit that we know God abides in us. (I John 3:24)
*It is by His Spirit that we know we abide in Him. (I John 4:13)
*The Spirit is the truth. (I John 5:6)
*We are to pray in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20)
*The Spirit speaks to the churches. (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)
*The Spirit with the bride of Christ calls for all to come. (Rev. 22:17)

Hallelujah for the Spirit! Oh, that we all would be spiritual and Spirit-filled children of the living God!

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