Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THE HUMAN SPIRIT

    What is the human spirit and how does it differ from the human soul? This is a question that I asked myself deep in my own spirit AND soul from time to time as my walk with God progressed. As I emerged more fully into his glorious light He provided me with a clearer understanding of this. This is vital to truly understanding how to have a deeper relationship with our Creator. His word makes it very clear that we must come to Him on His terms, not in some vague humanistic concept of how to approach Him. Let's listen very carefully to what He is saying.


    The Human Spirit Can Be Described In Three Parts:




  • CONSCIENCE – God's way of doing and being right. The just sense of right and wrong. The righteousness of God revealed through our spirit.
             Rom 9:1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing
             me witness in the Holy Spirit,


Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

       Acts 24:15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be
       a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
Acts 24:16 This being so, I myself always strive [exercise myself] to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
  • INTUITION – Knowledge and revelation revealed by God to man.
              Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned
              within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your
              hearts?"
  • COMMUNION – True worship of the Creator.
               John 4:24         "God is Spirit: and those who worship Him
                                                 must worship in spirit and in truth."


I Believe These Three Aspects Match Up With Aspects Of The Soul In This Manner:
  •      SPIRIT                               SOUL
  • CONSCIENCE                      WILL
  • INTUITION                           MIND
  • COMMUNION                 EMOTIONS


         God divides His Spirit to mankind. This does not diminish the Spirit of the LORD by any means; rather it is very much like His principle of seedtime and harvest. The Holy Spirit reproduces after his own kind: meaning that the human spirit is immortal and was created to be a receptacle of the same attributes of conscience, intuition and communion. When Adam walked with God in the garden he was walking in communion with Him during His dispensation of innocence. He was also entirely immature; Adam did not possess the level of conscience or intuition necessary to maintain right relationship with Him, as evidenced by his inability to follow one simple instruction from God.  I believe God intended to develop these abilities over time, sharing through communion the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (conscience) and thereby imparting the ability to perceive the heart of God (intuition) which is the tree of life. In essence, God planned to fill the innocent receptacle of the spirit of Adam with His divine nature.


    2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
    2Pe 1:3 According as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who has called us to glory and virtue:
    2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

        Instead mankind chose to ignore God's warnings, and Adam was filled with corruption as a result of joining Satan's rebellion, thereby defiling his conscience. God removed Adam from access to the tree of life before mankind was able to defile the intuition as well and be eternally separated from His heart through enmity.
        His plan for the ages is nearing the next dispensation: the Alpha and Omega will return to earth and spoil rebellious principalities and powers in the physical realm. He will dethrone the rulers of the darkness of this age with the brightness of His coming, and forever defeat the spiritual hosts of wickedness with the sword of His mouth. Having purged and cleansed the spirit of Adam from corruption He will resume where He left off, filling the receptacle of the spirit of Adam with the mature capabilities of conscience and intuition during the millennium. The body of Christ will take rightful authority and position as kings and priests and aid in the execution of this dispensation. The saints will take their place once and for all in fellowship with God as co-laborers and executors of His plan for the ages. All of His enemies will take their place in the lake of fire.
        Full circle. The spirit of man is eternal. The soul of man must choose where eternity will be spent: heaven or hell.  God is urging us all to choose LIFE!

Scriptures for further study: Exo 18:13-27; Gen 8:20-22; Gen 1:11-12; Acts 9:15; Gen 2:15-17; Gen 3:1-24; 2Th 2:1-17; Rev 1:16; Rev 19:1-21 (esp. v.15,21), Isa 34:1-17; Rev 1:6; Rev 11:18; Rev 22:12.

Monday, December 5, 2011

THE HOLY SPIRIT

    The greatest leader we have available to us is a Person we have never "seen". His name is Holy Spirit. His leadership abilities are beyond compare. Whenever I read Scripture about the Holy Spirit I like to remove the "it" or "itself" and replace it with Him or Himself, as the case may be. He is every bit as much Person as God and Jesus. This is one major flaw that I have seen in the King James translation.     (I tend to modernize the "thees" and "thous" as well.) I decided to do an in-depth study of the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible and see exactly how He reveals Himself as the Third Person of the Godhead and our Leader into all the truth. Here's a portion of what I came up with:



  • He exposes false concepts about the word of God to the glorious light of His truth.    
   Mat 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
    Mat 22:42 Saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, The Son of David.
    Mat 22:43 He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord', saying,    
    Mat 22:44 'The LORD said unto my Lord, "Sit thou on my right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'?
    Mat 22:45 "If David then call Him 'Lord', how is He his Son"?
    Mat 22:46 And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither dared any man from
    that day forth ask Him any more questions.
        [They learned never again to challenge His authority.]
  • He reveals the things of God to us through our spirit.
        1Co 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all
  things, yes, the deep things of God.
         1Co 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
  • He brooded over the face of the waters during restoration of the earth. He does this within us too, brooding over the deep things as the Lord continuously and continually restores our souls.
    Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
    Psa 23:3 He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
  • He gives us timely and accurate instruction at all times.
    Neh 9:20 You gave also Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.
  • He decorates the heavens. He wants us to relax and enjoy ourselves too.
    Job 26:13 By His Spirit He has garnished the heavens;
  • He can be deeply hurt. He can mourn. He can be distressed. Only those He has preserved can hurt Him this way.
    Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
  • He was the Agent by which the sacrifice of Christ was delivered to the great white throne of God.
    Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit    offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

    When I read that last one I remember that He is still actively doing this, maintaining lines of communication between all believers and the Lord as He intercedes for us at the right hand of God. Hallelujah! So let's give the Holy Spirit the respect that is due Him as a Person Who is a member of the Godhead. Thank you Father, Son AND Holy Spirit! Lead me and guide me into all the truth today, and every day.