God always intended for humankind to walk here on earth connected to Him. In the cool of the day, He came down to fellowship with Adam and Eve. Everything they needed, He provided.
Adam and Eve lost that connection when they disobeyed God and sin entered the world. Sin cannot be in the presence of God.
From before the foundation of the world, God had a plan to restore His connection with humankind. “…you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you.” 1 Peter 1: 18-20 ESV. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life and die a cruel death. Jesus descended into the pit of hell, and defeated Satan and all his demons when He rose triumphantly out of the tomb. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:15 NIV. God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus when God raised Him from the dead. “…Who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 1:4 NIV.
Satan and his devils did not understand God’s plan of redemption. “None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:8 NIV. The rulers of this age wanted to do away with Jesus. They did not know that through His death and resurrection, He made it possible for His Holy Spirit to dwell in those who accepted Him as Saviour and Lord – millions upon millions anointed with the same Holy Spirit as Jesus. “After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.” Matthew 3:16 NLT.
After Jesus rose from the dead, in John 20:22 TLB it says, “Then he breathed on them (His disciples) and told them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’.” Once again, the life of God flowed through His creation. Connection with the life of God had been restored.
As born-again believers, the Holy Spirit of God indwells us. The only thing that hinders the flow of God’s life into our lives is sin. When we repent, that flow it restored.
Today, and everyday, may we allow the Spirit of God within us to flood every part of our being and flow out of us in love to those around us.
In this Blog, I want to share with you some of the things I've learned from many years of following Jesus.