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Living in the Spirit


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With the coming of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, followers of Jesus found a new awareness of God’s presence—not only with them, but in them. Suddenly, and then slowly, they discovered that individually and together they had personally become the New Temple of the living God.

Before Pentecost, and for awhile afterward, these Jewish believers in Christ were still worshiping in the great Temple of Jerusalem. They shared a history in which the Spirit of the Lord had come on individuals to enable them to speak with great wisdom or to act with heroic strength on behalf of their nation. It was this same Spirit they had seen in Jesus.

And now a new day had dawned. In the months and years to come, messengers like Paul would help them to live out, and even to “normalize” an inexhaustible mystery of what it would mean to walk, live, pray, love— sharing life together in the Spirit (Romans 8:9).

Admittedly, the language of the New Testament doesn’t always  distinguish between references to our spirit (in the sense of the thoughts and desires that no one knows except the one to whom they belong)—and the Spirit of Christ who is in us.

But even as questions linger, our Lord has offered us a place to begin when he assured us that our Father in heaven will not withhold his Holy Spirit from those who ask (compare Matt 7:11 with Luke 11:11-13).

Am thinking— what a wonderful confidence, hope, and way to begin again, and again…




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196 Responses to “Living in the Spirit”

  1. remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart & Friends!

    Beginning again and again is the message of Pentecost. This is by God’s faithfulness. Our steadiness may waver, but God the Holy Spirit lifts us up to take up a new day after we have gone through discouragement.

    Your post, Mart, makes me think of the dear old hymn by William P, Mackay — especially the last verse:

    We praise Thee, O God!
    For the Son of Thy love,
    For Jesus Who died,
    And is now gone above.

    Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
    Hallelujah! Amen.
    Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
    Revive us again.

    We praise Thee, O God!
    For Thy Spirit of light,
    Who hath shown us our Savior,
    And scattered our night.

    All glory and praise
    To the Lamb that was slain,
    Who hath borne all our sins,
    And hath cleansed every stain.

    All glory and praise
    To the God of all grace,
    Who hast brought us, and sought us,
    And guided our ways.

    Revive us again;
    Fill each heart with Thy love;
    May each soul be rekindled
    With fire from above.


  • joycemb says:

    Yes we are a Holy Spirit driven and empowered people of God and so are without excuse for our deeds done in the flesh or the spirit; whether good or bad. Coming together in One Spirit is awesome, isn’t it? Not so much when spirits are driven by our humanity. Yes Maru, we need revival through the Holy Spirit!