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CHURCH CORNER: Let the Holy Spirit move you
If you only knew how good God is and how much he loves you, it would cause your whole life to change and you’d be set completely free from condemnation, fear and death. I promise you that by the time you’re done reading this article you will have received greater revelation of God’s love to you and it will make you very glad.
Most people, even nonChristians, know that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his blood was shed on the cross to wash away all of our unrighteousness. I think the word is finally getting out about what Jesus did on the cross and it is awesome. Great movies like “The Passion of The Christ,” “Jesus of Nazareth” and “The JESUS Film Project,” along with the awesome work of churches and missionaries across the world, have been powerful tools to reach the world with good news of the gospel. The revelation that has still not been adequately communicated or received is the powerful message of Christ’s resurrection and what that means to you.
Jesus told Nicodemus that unless a man was born again, he couldn’t even see the Kingdom of God (Jn. 3:1-8). Confused about what it meant to be born again, Jesus went on to tell him that except a man be born of the water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God, because that which is flesh is flesh and that which is spirit is spirit.
What is the born again experience? Christ showed us the way when he died and was buried in the tomb, then three days later the Holy Ghost moved upon him raised him from the dead. He was the first to be resurrected from the dead, experiencing a rebirth and now that promise of resurrection is to all who believe in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is participate in his death by repenting of our sins and being baptized in water in the name of Jesus…that is, being born again of the water. And we must participate in his resurrection by receiving the Holy Spirit…that is, being born again of the spirit! Many people are baptized in water, but most know very little about a spiritual baptism though it is one of the primary messages of the New Testament.
The Holy Spirit is the promise to all believers who ask for it and seek it. It is literally the spirit of Christ living in you, reigning in you. You are endued with God’s love, will and power and are forever set free from the law of sin and death that used to reign in you (Romans 8: 1-2). And I mean forever! Since you died in Christ, you are dead to the law and the punishment of it and since you were raised again, you are alive unto the righteousness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. You are raised incorruptible and are now the righteousness of Christ being set free from sin and death (1 Co. 15:42). Everlasting life dwells in you now. The Holy Spirit is the guaranteed seal of our salvation and inheritance of the saints (Eph. 1:14).
Now understand what happens when you receive the Holy Ghost. When the Holy Ghost moves over your spirit, it is made alive in Christ. It becomes one new man in you…you in Christ and Christ in you. Your spirit is holy and righteous because Christ is holy and righteous. Your flesh however is still flesh. It is not changed and is not saved. It continually lusts after ungodly things and will never change. No flesh will inherit the Kingdom of God…you must be born into it through the Holy Spirit. So God performs an operation on you called the Spiritual Circumcision where he forever separates your dead and condemned flesh away from your born again, righteous spirit. And he promises that the Holy Spirit will never leave you and never forsake you. Your new man has been raised incorruptible, even from the despicable deeds of your flesh which still tries to lead you, but will never have victory in you ever again. Even the shame and guilt of sin was nailed to the cross by Christ. This revelation is so powerful and so freeing it will cause even the deadest church to shout.
Jesus is establishing his everlasting kingdom in the hearts of men, women, boys and girls throughout this whole world. He is not confined by denominations, race, age, IQ, mountain ranges, oceans or governments. He is the king of kings and the lord of lords. His kingdom is the only one that will stand forever. Are you in his kingdom, and is his kingdom in you?
If you want to know more about the Holy Spirit read the New Testament – it is everywhere.