(08/13/2015) The Holy Spirit and Unity?

Posted: August 12, 2015 in Christian Beliefs, Discernment, Knowledge, Perfection, Scriptures, The Godhead, The Holy Spirit, Truth, Unity, Value of the Church
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Today, Scripture points are shared on the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  As the third person within the full expression of divinity (we say, the GODhead) along with the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit becomes known among the living primarily by operations of faith.  To correctly know Deity created beings and living creatures must apprehend and regularly apply divinely proclaimed and revealed information befitting one who is awesome, complete, eternal, full of glory and grace, invisible, majestic, pure, and sovereign. While the makeup of GOD is entirely spirit, believers in Jesus Christ as an appearance of GOD incarnate (we say, in flesh) may continue in intimate relationship with divinity through manifestations and imparted substance that include life essence, active presence, godliness, utterance, and works. Many make the mistake of thinking that sacred process, eternal purpose, spiritual oneness, and unity require sameness of expression, form and singular person.  However, “one faith, one Lord, one baptism” speaks to accord and agreement among the divine precepts, principles and process for the church as the body of Christ as well as for the three-fold person of the single GODhead, and is not intended to eliminate or remove all differences, diversity and variety.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Eagle” (Level 2 with 290 points, a member since August 5, 2008) posted the following:

 

Re: The Holy Spirit?

I just cannot understand it at all(!) – how can the Holy Spirit – that is THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, live in áll Christians if there are so many diverse, conflicting and opposing opinions and views in the Church in general? I mean, God is certainly nót schizophrenic

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 2:  7-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); Different Strokes, For Different Folks? (06/22/2015); Knowing The Holy Spirit? (05/17/2015); Many Forms of Christianity? (04/30/2015); The Spirit of Truth? (02/11/2015); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014)

 

“Eagle”, the sacred knowledge needed by Christian believers for salvation is not the entire revelation of divinity that is now  being imparted to created beings and living creatures upon the earth.  The process of coming to know GOD Almighty is not one of “cheap grace” (wham, bam, t’ank you ma’am).  It must be a challenging and exalted life process.  Once born again, believers all must “grow up” again and mature as a new creation fashioned by GOD using faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin and other substance from the inseparable divine makeup.  Every believer gradually must become perfected by first meeting life challenges in the earth; continuing in fellowship with more experienced believers; applying divine standards as their life style and daily routine; giving, sacrificing, serving and sharing unselfishly; maintaining sacred practices (we say sacraments) such as baptism, confession, marriage, prayer); receiving correction and instruction; studying the holy writings; and offering to Deity their heartfelt respect, reverence and worship.  There are many levels for truth and understanding; and a believer does not have to know it all as though salvation is through intellect, logic, reason, and science.  Here are a few points from the Scriptures that many have found helpful:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 6:  19-20, King James Version (KJV)  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  17-18, KJV:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

(3.)  Romans 8:  1-5, KJV:  1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

(4.)  Romans 8:  6-10, KJV:  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

(5.)  Romans 8:  13-18, KJV:  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

(6.)  Malachi 3:  14-18, KJV:  14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

There is far more that should be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  6-10, KJV:  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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