Friday, September 02, 2011

September 2, 2011 … Two Spirits or One

Passage of the Day: Ephesians 4: 4 … There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called …

My Journal for Today: Okay then, let’s begin to get to know God, our Holy Spirit.

You know that there are some who read the Old and New Testaments and somehow get the idea that the character of the Holy Spirit was somehow different under the dispensation of the Old Covenant than in the New. However, in today’s verse (and you can also read so in 1st Cor 12: 11, 13) the Apostle Paul declares strongly the truth that there is only ONE Holy Spirit. And just like the essence of Jesus, as we read in Hebrews 13: 8, the Holy Spirit is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

No matter the false teachings of an open theism or any others who believe that The Holy Spirit is somehow different now than the times of Genesis; God is immutable! The Holy Spirit was, is, and forever will be the ministry agent of the Godhead, ever reaching out to the lost and edifying/empowering God’s only body, His Church. That was true in the Genesis account; … it was true when Paul proclaimed today’s truth to the Ephesians; … and it was true when John wrote of his Revelation. And dear one, it is true today!

Since repetition is the teaching of emphasis, …The Holy Spirit of the Old Testament was/is the same Spirit Paul wrote about to Ephesus and, by extension, to you and me. He is, and will be, the same Spirit written of in the entire body of Scripture, … and the same Spirit Who will bring me – and you if you are in Christ – to completion, as predestined, into the likeness of our Savior. [see Phil. 1: 6]

Therefore, we must not be deceived into thinking that God, in three Persons, is somehow growing or evolving with time. God is God; and therefore, being immutable, His Spirit, Who empowered Moses and raised Jesus from the dead, empowers you and me now and will one day resurrect us into the presence of Jesus in glory. And for that we can – and must – praise and thank our God.

My Prayer Today: I thank you, God, my ever present, immutable Holy Spirit. … Amen

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