Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The New Spirit (GL63)

       'Appreciating God's Love'

The Spirit of the Lord
I Samuel 16:12-14  So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!" Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him."
    In the OT, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord or the Holy Spirit was given to every anointed of God such as priests, prophets and kings to help them to perform their various ministries for the sake of the people.
Note: it was only after the Spirit of God had left King Saul that the distressing spirit could trouble him.
    During the building of the temple of God, the artisans and craftsmen were also anointed with the Spirit of God to empower them to perform their workmanship to perfection.
Exo 31:3-5  "And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship."

Holy Spirit of Redemption
Eze 36:27  "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them."
    It was also prophesied that in the new covenant the Holy Spirit of redemption will be given to every born again Christian to help them keep Jesus' words and commandments.

Grace and Truth of Jesus
John 1:14,17  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth... For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    The Jews only had the Mosaic law to abide in order to keep them in God's favour. Though God dwelled amongst them in the temple of God and was like their husband in supporting, helping and loving them, yet they were stiff-necked and rebellious.
    In order to save the Jews and all mankind, God sent His only begotten Son Jesus to be made flesh. Being filled with grace and truth, He died on the cross for the remission  of sins so that whosoever believes in Him will receive His grace.

Grace of Jesus  - Salvation
    Whoever believes and accepts the gospel of grace will be saved. He will then become a born again Christian. God then dwells within him and gives him the gifts of the Holy Spirit to enable him to keep His words and bear righteous fruits.

More Grace of Jesus - Truth
Jam 4:6  But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
    After having been born again and had humbled himself to Jesus by keeping His words and commandments, He will then reveals His truth to him and sets him free from bondage and worldliness.
John 8:31-32  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Mat 3:11  "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
    So far the Spirit of the Lord or the Holy Spirit was given to the anointed of God and to every born again Christian. Only after our Lord Jesus had come in the flesh, died and resurrected, then He will baptize godly Christians with the Spirit of truth or New Spirit.
Eze 18:31  Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?

The Spirit of Truth
John 14:15-17a  "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth.."
    Our Lord Jesus will pray to the Father to send the Spirit of truth to every Christian who loves him by keeping His commandments.
Note: Our Lord is just and righteous, so only those who keep His commandments will be given or baptized with the Spirit of truth.
    Whoever has been given the Spirit of truth, he will be set free from bondage and worldliness for the Spirit of truth will guide him into all truth. The Spirit of truth will also reveal to him the understanding of things to come especially end time prophecies and signs.
John 16:13-14  "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."