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Manifestation of the Spirit

 

 

 

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” -- John 4:24

 
Ponder upon this. There is a place within man (men and women) reserved solely for the Holy Spirit of God. It is God’s Temple within man, and it is where the Holy Spirit of God can dwell. This indwelling of the Holy Spirit can only happen when man accepts the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ and then allows, by surrendering his self-will, the Holy Spirit to indwell him. Once a man accepts God’s salvation through Grace by repentance and surrenders to the Gospel Message, the indwelling Holy Spirit will work the process of Sanctification and ultimately Glorification.
 
The Holy Bible reveals God to man and provides a “roadmap” for man’s quest to understand nature, creation and the meaning of life. Man was created with a yearning to know and worship his creator. Without this desire, man would be just another animal.

God is the great “I AM” and is presented to man as a Trinity---God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. Likewise, man is also described as a trinity with a body, soul and spirit. As recorded in Genesis 1:26 KJV, “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’” and in Genesis 1: 27 KJV, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

 
God placed within each man not only the knowledge to know and accept His sovereignty but also the desire to worship Him as their creator. The intensity of this desire is one of the mysteries of life. Is it the same for everyone or is it different? If it is different, and I personally belief it is, one has to ask why? The location of this place within one’s body I have chosen to call “God’s Spiritual Dwelling Place or God’s Spirit Abode.” It is separate from what I will call, man’s Spiritual Nature or Heart.
 
The apostle Paul addressed this, I believe, in Romans chapter nine; some Bibles identify chapter nine under the heading, “God’s Sovereign Choice.” Paul writes of God revealing to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion (Romans 9:14).” Paul also gave us the example of a potter at work with his clay. “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use (Romans 9:21)?”

I will leave it to the intellectuals to debate the minutia of life and how man was created and whether or not some are condemned from birth. However, it would not appear so based on John 3:16 KJV, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” But for now, know this: There is a God and to deny His existence is to condemn your own soul and spirit to the pit of hell in both this life and in the life hereafter.

 
When Moses led the Hebrew people out of Egypt, God gave specific instructions to Moses on the building of a Tabernacle. Until the construction of a permanent “brick and mortar” Temple in Jerusalem during the time of Solomon, the Tabernacle was constructed to be a place of sacrificial worship and consisted of a two-compartment tent sitting in a fenced courtyard. The fenced courtyard was referred to as the outer court. The Tabernacle tent was divided into two rooms; the entry room was called the Holy Place and the second room was called the Holy of Holies. The Tabernacle was where God dwelt with His people.
 
The physical layout, rules and regulations for the Tabernacle, can be found in the Bible in the book Exodus, chapters 25 to 40. There and in the book of Leviticus you can read about the sacrificial systems and commandments given to Moses by God for the Hebrew people. The Judeo-Christian values that modern day Christians espouse had their origin from this period; the Ten Commandments are an example and have served America well. Unfortunately, the ungodly of America, with the help of “Cultural Christians”, have succeeded in disqualifying them as a national standard for morality.
 
In the Hebrew Tabernacle, the Holy of Holies was the inner room of the Tabernacle. Only the High Priest could enter this room, and he only entered once a year. A Veil, a drapery like divide, covered the entry into this area. It was here that God communicated with man and provided instructions for the High Priest to give to his people. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the Veil entrance to the Holy of Holies was ripped (from top to bottom) supernaturally. No longer would man have to rely on the High Priest for communion with God. Each individual is now capable of meeting God directly through Jesus Christ.

I believe, and this is my personal opinion, that the Holy of Holies corresponds in symbolism to what I have called “God’s Spiritual Dwelling Place” in man. It is the Spiritual Heart within man that calls out to man to worship his creator, God. The Dwelling Place is where the Holy Spirit of God will indwell man when man has confessed his transgressions, believed and accepted the grace of Jesus Christ.

 
Only the Holy Spirit of God can enter the Dwelling Place; however, only when man by his self-will grants the Spirit access to the Dwelling Place can the Holy Spirit enter. Likewise, man’s self-will also allows for man to cast the Holy Spirit from the Dwelling Place. The rage of Lucifer and his hatred of God and man, I believe, are due in part to Lucifer not being allowed entry into God’s Dwelling Place in man---Lucifer can never be God to man.
 
This Dwelling Place can be considered God’s Spiritual Temple within man. At the beginning of life, God’s Temple is created. It contains the perfect DNA/genetic code of man, and it will remain protected in its temple. Entry into the Temple is protected, as in sealed, from any incursion except from the Holy Spirit of God. Also within this Temple is the code that tells man that his creator loves him and wants to commune with him. This code lies dormant (my pondering speculation only) until man reaches an age of accountability at which time this code begins to reveal to man knowledge about his creator.
 
Man was created a being higher than the animals of the animal kingdom; man was given a “spiritual human heart (human heart or human nature).” This is not the physical heart of man that pumps blood throughout the body, but it is the very essence of a man’s morality: either good, bad or somewhere in-between. His spiritual human heart is best described by its actions when influenced, but not controlled, by a personal conscience. The master control as I will call it is man’s self-will that was discussed earlier---man’s self-will has total control of what a man thinks, says, and does. There is a wall of separation (I am still pondering and speculating) between man’s self-will and outside influences.
 
The following is a list of “sin” attributes attributed to the human heart, again my opinion, as listed in Galatians 5:19-21 KJV: “Adultery, fortification, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like.” Consider, if you will, the Ten Commandments and their discard by the American public. They warn against the attributes of the human heart. Your self-will may submit to any of these sins at its desire and will allow your human heart to wallow ultimately in the pit of hell of worldly desires if that is what you choose through a Godly disbelief.
 
You can live as a good person, not a worldly person with a human heart as described above, and not participate in immorality. However, you will still be just that---a good person. You will not have God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit indwelling you and the promise of an afterlife in heaven for all who have been saved by the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. This heaven is the heaven Jesus promised to all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
 
God could have created all men as clones with no self-will of their own. Instead He gave man “self-will” to determine his own direction in living---The freedom to live as they choose. Man’s self-will will either lead to goodness or sinfulness, but both are still under the umbrella of the human nature until covered by God’s Spiritual Nature. Regardless, man’s ultimate faith would be the grave and an eternity lost.
 
Mercifully, God had a plan for man. God choose to give man a Spiritual Godly Heart (or Godly Heart) to replace his spiritual human heart. To obtain his Godly Heart man would have to be “born again.” That is, born again in a spiritual way and not in a human way as we normally think of the birth of a baby. As it was written in John 3:3 KJV, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This new birth is a spiritual rather than a natural birth.

How do you obtain this new birth you may ask? It is quite simple, but still a mystery to most who call themselves Christians. It is only a mystery because they have not been instructed and/or motivated to discover this new birth. You cannot work to earn this new birth. It is simply a gift of God. The path is as follows.

 
In God’s Dwelling Place, as described earlier, of the human body, God placed an “internal wooing voice” that convicts and motivates man to call upon Him. Man may have allowed worldly desires and the living of life in the human attributes of the body to suppress this voice. At some point in man’s life, I call this the “crawling in the gutter point,” some may hear the voice and call out to God for help. They may not yet know who God is but nevertheless they will call out. Suffice it to say that some will not call out because the dominancy of worldly pleasures has corrupted their ability to control their self-will, and they will refuse to submit to God’s call.
 
For those who do call out, God will hear their call and will allow them to understand the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ---His death, burial and resurrection for the salvation of their body, soul and spirit. Upon hearing this message they will submit to God’s calling. By acceptance of His salvation they are now saved and justified by Jesus Christ. Their past iniquities have been hidden in Jesus Christ to be remembered no more. For those who never hear the Gospel Message, Paul tells us in Romans 1:19-20 KJV, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” In other words, there is no excuse for not recognizing God as creator, even those who have never heard the words of the Bible.
 
Note: I would encourage everyone to read both the book of Romans and John. If these books are read under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, your life will indeed be changed. If you are living in unbelief and do not have time to read the entire book, at least read Romans chapters one and eight.
 
With salvation found in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God will be sent to indwell the new, born again believer---Born again in that God has given them a Spiritual Godly Heart to cover over their spiritual human heart. It is at this point that Sanctification of the born again believer begins to take place. You could also say there is now a battle brewing between the spiritual forces of good and the spiritual forces of evil.
 
Man’s spiritual human heart must be covered over by the indwelling Spiritual Born-Again Godly Heart. This can occur when man releases his self-will to the Indwelling Spirit. The spiritual human heart will resist the indwelling Spiritual Born-Again Godly Heart. The lust for worldly treasures is strong and the forces of evil will begin to work to recapture the spiritual natural heart. The Spiritual Born-Again Godly Heart will win out, but only if a man’s self-will permits.
 
If man allows the Spiritual Godly Heart to grow and thrive, he will grow closer to becoming one with Jesus Christ---Christ in him and he in Christ. Once a person has “tasted” the fruit of this relationship, they will willingly give their life to defend the faith. Jesus’ own disciples willingly became martyrs because they were in Him and He was in them. This is the “Christian” that all who hear and accept the word of God desire to be and with the help of the Holy Spirit can be. The fruit of the Spirit produced by this new relationship are listed in Galatians 5: 22-23: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
 
When you are walking with God in your Spiritual Godly Heart, you will become a changed person. Although you still may have to suffer the consequences of past sins (drug and alcohol abuse, diseases of sexual immorality and etc.) your life will be changed, and you will no longer participate in the worldly desires of the human nature. You will find piece in your body, soul and spirit as Paul described in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” It is possible for your body to be renewed and re-made, but I’ll save this for a later discussion.

 

 

 

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