This post is about Healthy Lifestyles Tips – Being in Conformity with the Holy Spirit. Many people ignore the existence of the Holy Spirit and do not want to have anything to do with Him. This kind of attitude is mainly due to ignorance about the whole matter. Who is the Holy Spirit? What has He done in our lives to deserve attention?
Wikipedia mentions the Holy Spirit and supports what the Holy Book says about Him. Therefore, the Word of God has to be our major reference if we want to know more about the Holy Spirit.
IN THE BEGINNING
Somebody may ask what is meant by the phrase IN THE BEGINNING. Which kind of beginning? The Word of God (The Holy Bible) in this case is specific about this topic. When the Holy Bible mentions IN THE BEGINNING, the phrase means just that. The beginning of life for both human beings and animals and what happened before they were created.
Only one person claims to be the Beginning. This person is the Son of Man known as Jesus Christ. In Revelation chapter 1 v 8, Jesus Christ declares Himself to His beloved disciple, John, in a vision: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The same John writes about Him in his opening remarks of the Gospel of John chapter 1 v 1- 5 and I quote from the New King James Version (NKJV): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The Book of Genesis was originally written in the Hebrew Language. It means the beginning of “the generations of heaven and earth.” Genesis 1 v 1- 5 makes interesting reading about this topic and I quote from the New King James Version, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
COMPARISON OF THE TWO TEXTS – JOHN
When you compare the two texts above, you can find some similarities. Both texts introduce more than one character. John does not bring about strongly the presence of the third character. The bold claim that Jesus Christ and God are inseparable in this case is felt strongly because the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us according to John 1v14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
COMPARISON OF THE TWO TEXTS – GENESIS
Genesis clearly introduces the third character in the context when the Holy Spirit is mentioned in Genesis 1 v 2 which is quoted above. According to John, the Word that dwelt among the Jews was God incarnate and that Jesus and God are one. The Holy Spirit that hovered above the dark surface of the waters in Genesis 1 v 2 confirms God’s presence and the Holy Spirit. The spoken Word can refer to Jesus. The word “us” in Genesis 1 v 26 clearly brings in the third character of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
THREE ENTITIES IN ONE
It is not easy to separate the three entities regarding the oneness of God Almighty, Jesus Christ as the Only Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit. John, the beloved disciple enlightens us on this matter when he records in John 14 v 26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
The same beloved disciple goes further to elaborate on the Holy Spirit in John 15 v 26 as follows, “26When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.”
John repeats in John 16 v 13 – 15: “13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
GOD DOES NOT SHARE HIS GLORY WITH ANOTHER
What do you make of the statement from God that He does not share His glory with another spiritual or physical being? In Isaiah 42 v 8, God Himself declares, “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.”
Can you compare this verse with John 16 v 14 above? What do you notice? The Holy Spirit will glorify Jesus Christ. Why isn’t the Holy Spirit glorifying God who does not share His glory with any other spiritual or physical being?
PAUL’S PERCEPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Apostle Paul had been struck blind by the light from Jesus Christ when he was going to Damascus, “3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
PAUL’S VISION IN THE HIGHEST HEAVENS
Before Paul started writing letters to different churches, he had been caught up in the spirit to the highest heaven as he narrates in 2 Corinthians chapter 12 v 3 – 4, 3And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.”
SPIRIT OF GOD OR SPIRIT OF CHRIST
Paul, after the heavenly experience where he witnessed the inexpressible things wrote to the Romans 8 v 9, “9You, however, are not controlled by the sinful nature but are in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.”
With the revelation from John and Paul, we find that the three entities of God, Jesus Christ, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are so inextricably intertwined that separating one from the other is impossible. The phrase “Let us make …..” which appears in Genesis 1 v 26, “26Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and overall the creatures that move along the ground” seems to drive a point home that God is revealing Himself to us in three dimensions.
THE WAY FORWARD
With such foregoing knowledge, it is important to have a good relationship with the Holy Spirit. When you accept the Holy Spirit and begin a good relationship with Him, know that you have begun interacting with Jesus Christ and God Himself. A healthy relationship with God is worth more than gold or diamonds. There is an abundance of joy in the presence of God.
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