The Holy Spirit – Making Us a Reflection

As we continue to study “the work” of the Wonderful Holy Spirit… Christians are taught The Trinity concept but, with God and Jesus at the crux of the story, Spirit’s function is often overlooked. We’ve learned Spirit is our Teacher, Counselor, Truth Teller, Comforter, Advocate, and Friend. As previously discussed, He comes to literally live in us, His Temple, and through that process, by Him, we are “born again.” As a new creation.

We see in John 3:5-7, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of the water, and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.”  He is speaking of that “new creation” we become when we are “born again.” We become a holy child of God in a human body. Almighty God is our Father. We are a child Spirit instills the traits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control within. We become a permanent extension of God by “the work” of Spirit within us. We are transformed into a reflection of God. No longer just mortal men or women, we are indeed then “gods of love.”

“Accepting Christ” means becoming One with Him. The “old us” has to go, so the “new us” can come forth. That takes a while sometimes. People may even fear it because they don’t want to lose parts of themselves. Spoiler alert: The best of us doesn’t go anywhere.. those things become enhanced! Though not always easy, the transformation produces spectacular versions of us. It’s where true freedom and connection to God and all of life is found. The process happens in His time and Spirit stays with us through it all. Romans 8:9 says, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you…”

The Word tells us we are sons and daughters and touches on the responsibility of our relationship; so, we become that glorious reflection. It says, “Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation – but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship and daughtership. And by this we cry, “Abba Father.” Romans 8:12-15  

Allowing the transformation makes us a living presence reflecting God to all we encounter in our world. 

We’ll continue next week. Meanwhile, please pray for Ukraine, the Middle Eastern countries in need after disaster, and for our own beloved country… that the message of Love be amplified and applied everywhere it is so desperately needed. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ™

Poppa B