It is all about fullness of the Spirit in the body
Ezekiel 41:12 -
Now the building that was before the separate place [division] at the end toward the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick round about, and the length thereof ninety cubits.
Yesterday in the evening I was attending a Resurrection Day celebration (it was more of an outreach of a Church of a slum area) in south Mumbai. I was in conversation there with an Evangelist and a Pastor and there was one point we believed strongly that people do not give importance to build relation with the Holy Spirit and do not surrender to be moulded by Him, this factor alone has caused great problems to the Body of Christ.
I do not say we do not have anointed people leading the Church, we do have. But the problem lies is even these people have restricted the Holy Spirit to certain parts of their life or their Ministry. Most people have put 'No Entry' boards for the Holy Spirit in areas like understanding of scriptures.
But of late I do see some hope like it happened yesterday. I was so happy to see in my Church (where I fellowship) not one person wishing another 'Happy Easter', each and every person from the kids to the adults were wishing each other Happy Resurrection Day, just 3 years back this was not the case. I saw our Church was coming together in one according at least on some grounds. This coming together in one accord will surely see the glory of God.
We need to understand when a writer sits to write a novel he or she does have the whole book in his or her mind, with every detail word scripted mentally. What the writer has mentally is the basics, the story line summarized. They include mainly the main characters, the starting and the ending parts of story and also the important part which is the climax portion of the story.
If we see our knowledge and understanding of the Bible starts also in the same manner. All we need to know in the beginning is the who is the Bible about, who are the main characters, what happened in the start, what will happen at the end and how the change happened. If we have these points clear and correct, then we are on the right tract, all other stages are just the secondary processes of our growing in knowledge and understanding of the Bible.
Although Jesus the man showed us how to understand the Bible yet He is not the one who takes us through the stages of knowing the Word of God, but it is the Holy Spirit. We need to understand it is the Holy Spirit who is the Author of the Word of God and it is only by Him that we can understand the Word of God.
When Jesus resurrected He said He would not leave us alone and gave us His Spirit. He did not give us a spirit of a man (ghost) but the Spirit of God for in spirit He was not man but God. His Spirit is also the Father's Sprit since their Spirit is still same even though the Son was declared from within the Father as an individual being their Spirit did not divide. That is the reason the Son cannot be separated from the Father.
The difference between us and Jesus the man is not much but just 2 points.
1) Jesus was born without sin while we may have been born with sin but are without (forgiven) when we are bornagain.
2) Jesus had the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him (all 7 Spirits of the Holy Spirit), while we are start with the Spirit of Truth when we believe and surrender to the Holy Spirit on receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit after believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and forgiveness of sin through His sacrifice. Once we are bornagain and grow in the Holy Spirit receiving more of Him we become more and more like Jesus and thus become more and more into Sons of God.
Today's message like I said before is part of the 3 chapters which tell us details of the inner-man, the Temple within us.
Without going into the details (Bible Numerics and Bible Image Study) the message tells us after the crossing over from the divide at the end of living a life of unrighteousness we will find ourselves becoming Sons of God having the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The main part and clue or key the scripture gives us towards fulfilling this process is discernment. Paul also says we remain babies in the Lord because we do not discern. Discernment is like biting into what we receive, it is only when a child starts to bite, he or she starts developing teeth which help further to bite better. In the start he or she have milk teeth which not very strong but latter they too fall and then comes the real strong teeth. The same happens to us spiritually in our walk with the Lord.
Most of the Church is filled with people without teeth or with just milk teeth. They do not allow the Holy Spirit to renew their minds and mostly root themselves with human teachings.
Let us start to look at everything and discern everything, soon we will have teeth that will make it easier to discern and thus we will less get deceived. To do this we need to let the Holy Spirit take charge of us, so let us fully surrender to Him and His Word.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You came as man and paid the price for our sins so that we could receive the Holy Spirit. You forgive us of our sins even though You knew we would sin later. But You knew by your Spirit we will overcome the nature of sin and thus be freed from sin. Lord, help us know the importance of surrendering to your Spirit and letting your Spirit work in us. Holy Spirit we surrender to You. Lord, take charge of us and renew us in very area that needs your healing touch...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
21 Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Acts 2:17 - And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Colossians 2:9 - For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Ephesians 3:19 - And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
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