“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’
says the LORD Almighty”
The Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of Life.
Nothing of significance happens without Him. Essentially He receives the expressed will of God and gives it life – makes if happen – a living reality – fulfilling the desire and purpose of God.
We see Him first at work in Creation and when God breathed Him into man to give him life (Genesis 2:8). He was present at the Annunciation to give effect to the word of God to Mary (Luke 1:32). He was there at Jesus Baptism and led Him forward into His ministry (Luke 3:21-22; 4:1; 4:14). He came to the disciples at Pentecost and the beginning of the Church’s life and ministry (Acts 21-4). And He is the agent of new birth and new life for each Christian (John 3:5).
This life is vividly portrayed by Jesus in the illustration of the Vine and the branches. The branches attached to the Vine (Jesus) draw their life and sustenance from and through Him. Like the sap the Spirit flows into us from and through our association with the Lord. Those who are not attached to – or a part of the ‘Body’ of the Lord – cannot and do not receive this life force and so ‘wither and die” for there is no ‘life’ in them. Paul would therefor teach us that
“if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9)
It is through the Holy Spirit that this union or new birth takes place (John 3:5-6). And it is the Spirit who keeps us in and builds us up in this relationship so that in character we become more and more like the Lord. It is His power that enables us to face, forgive, live in and minister to the world around us. And it is through Him that the cleansing, healing, purifying and life-giving love of God is poured into our lives (Romans 5:5)
Without Him both body and spirit are withering away. With Him our spirits have begun a new life and journey that will expand and develop in the love and blessing of God throughout eternity – they will never die.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
It is important to note that He will give life to what is of God. That means it is important for us to join our lives to the Lord Jesus by asking Him to be our Lord and Saviour – and then seeking to live our lives according to His standards, directions and example. To do this we need to be soaking ourselves in the Scriptures as the word of God as well as developing and maintain contact with Him in prayer. It is a life-long journey and experience.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)
Father thank You for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. Please (continue to) pour Him into my life and help me to be open and responsive to Him at all times. Amen.