Saturday, February 5, 2011

More questions answered about the Holy Spirit

Amplified John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you. 

Question 1: How are we like orphans without Christ? How are we not like orphans with Him?
 To please our heavenly Father, we must have the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not leave us alone, but sent the Holy Spirit to take care of us as Jesus had been doing for His disciples while here in His earthly body. 

Amplified John 14:19-20 
19Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you. 

Question 2: What did Jesus mean when He said that He is in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you? (How can Jesus be both inside us, and outside us at the same time? How is it that Jesus is both inside His Father and us at the same time?)

1 John 3:24 - In Jesus, means in His protection or shelter. As we obey Him, He takes care of us. Doing what Jesus said is how He protects us. (see also Psalm 91:1) John 14:10- Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus actually works in us to obey Him. Jesus is yielded to God the Father; therefore, Jesus is in God's protection. 

At the same time, Jesus is in us through the person of the Holy Spirit, giving us the power in us to do God's will. Therefore, Jesus is both inside His Father and us at the same time. 

Amplified John 14:21-22 
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.] 22Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world? 

Question 3: How does Jesus disclose Himself to us as we obey Him?
 Jesus' activity is revealed through the Holy Spirit's inner nudges, and as we yield to Him for protection. Jesus guides us in and out of life's problems (read Psalm 23). 

Mark 4:24-25 Truth accumulates. 

Luke 8:15 Truth must be clung too.

 Matthew 12:33-37 Truth spills over into our words and actions.

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