With every choice or decision, we have an opportunity to determine how we will respond and what that response will be guided by. As noted in part five, there can be a variety of different motivators that may spur us to action. Often, we must choose or are influenced by an immediacy of our desires. We set our sights on a particular result and diligently work to ‘move mountains’ to make that dream come true. These efforts can sometimes be described as “trying to force a square peg into a round hole.”
It is amazing the amount of time, money and energy people will invest to obtain or acquire the specific possessions and outcomes they desire. To our own detriment the ‘fallout’ that can occur makes our decision or choice not only not in our best interests, but often difficult or impossible to recover from.
When failure is our outcome we lament, suffer, recover (if possible) and try to move on, readjusted or wiser from the experience. There is however a way to sidestep disruptive adversities on our path. How? By relying on the Lord’s spirit to counsel and guide ours. When we are faced with a choice of options we can rely on His spiritual guidance and assistance to analyze our current position before jumping in or 'pulling the trigger' on an outcome detrimental to our immediate best interest and future.
Should we choose to ask or rely on others we should remember that provincial or parochial advice can come with a preconceived notion or agenda. 'Solutions' from others may not be in our best interests for a variety of reasons. There is however, one we can ask with confidence no matter the ramifications, intent, or consequences. When we spiritually turn to the Lord’s spirit within us, we are automatically guided correctly on the path under consideration.
Because of God’s parental nature (Father) He always wants what is best for us. As His character is fully invested in His Son, Jesus has shown us the way by example through his scriptural recorded thoughts, words, and deeds. As a result of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us, as followers and believers in Christ, the full capacity of his Spirit’s power to resist moral and ethical disobedience (‘sin’) patiently waits to be called upon. Reminding us of the different consequences of our pending decisive actions.
We can try as we might to force that square peg into the round hole. Or, we can respond as God would have us do, by asking and answering ourselves; What Would Jesus Do? Thus, avoiding the hole of adversity before us and subsequently skip all efforts to try and dig ourselves out when the realities of our short-sighted desires collapse and crush us. We can trust our spirit infused with God’s, or we can once again embrace the world’s way. The choice as always is ours to make.
We may be assured of two things. Should we choose the world’s way, we will be on our own and our decision may be fruitful, it may be detrimental, or it may amount to little or nothing. In short it can be 'good, bad or ugly.' Should we choose to trust, depend, and rely on God’s way by asking and then understanding, “What Jesus Would Do?” in the same or similar situation, two amazing things take place. First, we will make the best decision for both the short and long term. Second, our obedient response to God’s spirit and Jesus’ counseled instructions will save us from loss in that current and future related matters. Just as importantly for our spiritual grounding and growth, Father, Son, and Spirit are pleased with our faithful conscience.
The more we ask and respond as God would have us, the more balance we will experience in life, for we will be on a path that brings is closer to Him by our Christ-like responses. If you are desiring to imitate anyone, emulate Christ. The only questions that will remain for your future are: Will you ask for His guidance? Will you hear His answer? Will you listen to His instructions? Will you respond to His way?
Join me next time for Part 7 when we peek under the nutshell.
We know who we are, right? We know who we think we are, right? We know who we think we are showing to others; who we are, right? We know who we think others think we are, right? Who are we really? More precisely who is in charge of our decisions? Mind? Body? Spirit? Joint venture? Yes. Responsibility? Depends. It always comes down to a question of ‘this or that’? However, when the ‘Other’ is in the mix, subconsciously the answer is grounded in the strength of ‘right or wrong’, ‘sin or not’, ‘obedience or not’ ‘moral / ethical, or not.’ Life, in a “nutshell”.
Instead of separating God and setting Him apart as unattainable and unreachable, as many religions do, by flipping our life’s lesson chart, making our awareness and attention focused on Him as the grounding force in life, we ensure His spiritual connection with and to us in an active and purposeful manner.
Several decades ago there was a ‘movement’ more like a fad really, for a brief period of time (meaning perhaps six months) when many were wearing beaded bracelets with lettered beads 'WWJD' (an acronym to describe the words, “What Would Jesus Do?”). It, like most 'religious' inspired yet morphed applications, lasted but a brief time. For a number of weeks WWJD had the country and the media captivated. But what happened? Like other momentary fads (pet rock, mood ring, cabbage patch doll) in a world seeking respite from the stress, struggle, and conflict of everyday life decisions and their consequences, WWJD had its brief flash of notoriety in the media spotlight, and was soon replaced by some other instant gratification money making promotion.
For a very short time in the limelight, Jesus was on many minds. Once or twice a generation, Jesus, and/or God manage to get enough attention in the public to circumvent and surpass the confines of dogmatic religious existentialism. “WWJD” a post-modern twist on Nietzsche’s “God is dead” theme garnered magazine covers and headlines again, to brief intense exposure.
Mankind’s occasional dalliance with God; Father, Son and/or Spirit follows two predictable re-occurrences. First, for those in dire circumstances or life-threatening events who call upon His name. And second, those who deny or doubt His veracity, presence, or eternal existence. Individuals in both or either of these group circumstances soon turn from their precursory desire to develop and cherish His involvement in their lives. Abandoning a continued return to scripture to renew their faith and belief as an essential part of their life’s fulcrum, their new normal is their old normal revisited and embraced.
It’s those who invest in and rely on this pivotal point of a spiritual relationship as their ballast keel for mind, body and soul balance who then observe a momentary frenzy surrounding a sudden rush of “God’s” new found exposure and may just as easily dismiss its temporary blush of excitement. God is eternal and therefore so too is His Word. Many seeds are scattered to be sown, some take root and grow, while others are lost once again to the world's elemental ways.
The biggest disappointment with the faddish nature of the WWJD movement was, it hit the nail on the head! For believers in the Holy Trinity of God, “What Would Jesus Do?” is the central and quintessential question to be asked. Eventually by everyone, but in particular, the professing new believer and follower of Christ. For it is THE guiding and ultimate responsive action question; "What Would Jesus Do?" Or as we have been sharing, what would God have me do? How would He have me respond in this situation I find myself in? How do I know? How should I respond? Who/What is my example? "What Would Jesus Do?"
When we have the Spirit of the living God within us, we have the right and privilege to ask of Him, and to expect a response through His counselor (Spirit) dwelling within our now activated spirited soul. He tells us this (Jn 14:15-17). In every quandary we face, the Spirit of God living within us through our acknowledged acceptance of Christ is indwelt, to aide, guide, direct, and protect.
If you wish to have balance in your life, you can. If you want to know and believe you are never alone, you can. If you long to live a more fulfilling and fulfilled life, you can. How? Allow the seed of spirituality to be planted and take root in your life. Why? Because once you invite Christ to be part of your life, He will be. He will never abandon you when you have surrendered your heart and spirit to His unconditional love.
Life’s daily question since the beginning, and until the end, has been and always will be the same; “How will I respond? In this situation, faced with what I am about to confront, what will my response be guided by?” My mind? My body? My desires? Or my spirit? My activated spirit living with and supported by His?
Join me next time for Part 6 when we discover how to avoid attempting to put that square peg into a round hole.
If you’ve chosen to change your life by activating a spiritual relationship and coming to know Christ, you’ll soon learn that your “insecurity(s)” no longer have the power or sway over you, they once did. Knowing and exercising forgiveness in your life will release you from the grip of drama your insecurities once traumatically had over you through actions/reactions.
By engaging our spirit as guide and counselor in every situation of choice and decision we find ourselves more confident and secure. Our insecurities become a fading mindset of the past. Why? Insecurities no longer influence our perceived worthiness or 'define' our perception of self. We are worthy of God’s love as His children, through His spirit, by our belief and faith in His Word. This acknowledgment and new understanding of worthiness allows us to put into a more proper perspective the power insecurities once had, but now, no longer merit consideration. They were a self perception fomented and promulgated by others, which we accepted as true, grounded in a belief of unworthiness (to love or be loved).
With the realization that God's love for us, through Christ's unconditional love and acceptance of us, as we are, fully and completely, provides all the worthiness needed or necessary to see and recognize love and truth in all things created. Acknowledging love in all things provides the foundation necessary to understand love within and of ourselves as part of creation.
When we engage our activated spirit as our aide before choosing or making a decision, we immediately know how God would have us respond. He always has our best interests at heart and always wishes us to be blessed. He responds the way every loving parent responds to their child in need. He guides and counsels through our spirit.
Remember, Christ said He would send His Holy Spirit as guide and counselor to all who would choose to emulate His thoughts, words and deeds. This behavior exercise of 'Asking and Receiving' brings us to “a fork in the road” on every path. In every choice or decision, we have a choice of responding the way God would have us, through our spiritual connection to Jesus Christ or, the way our human nature and the world would have us react, behave and respond. In every instance of decision we must ask and answer, “Will I respond God’s Way or my way?”
When the Spirit of Christ lives within us truth is revealed in every situation. Thereby, allowing us to respond accordingly. That’s the difference between having an active vs. inactive spirit. Every Christ 'reactivated' (now active) spirit is a pathway for blessings. So, let’s start the journey. We know where we are. We now know where we would like to be. We want to go from ‘Here to There’. This is our first cognition.
The question is not ‘does it have to be all or nothing?’ The question is, ‘How do we bring more spiritual balance into our lives and still survive in the world?’ Don’t think of it as ‘this or that’. Think of a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Sounds odd at first but oh, that second bite. A great combination of balance.
We are spirit living in a soul housed within human body. A great combination. There can be great balance. There can be balance or out-of-balance. Our challenge is to bring body and mind together, with new spiritual keel for balance and ballast. We can do it. People change for the better all the time. It’s a choice. Spiritual grounding and growth provides a platform for a better life.
Next time, ‘the other’.
There is a difference between an active and an inactive spirit. That difference is contact with the Spirit of God through recognition of Jesus as the Christ/Messiah.
As discussed previously, we are, at our essence, spiritual. We are each spiritual energy created for and by the Holy Spirit of God. When our spirit energy inhabits our soul to combine body and mind as a living human, our spirit is present, but not 'activated'. Activation transformation requires a spark of ‘recognition ignition’ because the Holy Spirit is the same spirit shared by Father, Son, and each of us as His creation.
Not until re-activation of our created spirit, through and by Christ (acknowledgement), does our spirit possess His, as counselor and guide. The inactive spirit innately knows 'right from wrong' by its existence, yet only recognizes consequences as reward vs. punishment. When Christ's active spirit is one with ours, making ours 'active' we can begin to understand the influence that the shadow of moral and ethical strength play in decisions going forward.
Our spirit must be “reborn” with and within our Christ supported cognition. We must voluntarily seek out rekindling that singular connection between us and God, Father and Spirit because Father and Son have the identical spirit, and because as believers in Christ we have that same spirit living within us. As believers in Christ, with every choice or decision, we can access our connection with the Father, through the Son, because He, Jesus, was man in flesh and blood and yet, Holy in spirit.
We have but to surrender the desire of our heart from the things of man to the spirit of God. When we call upon His spirit in the name of Christ, our spirit is ‘reborn or (re)activated’ from its inactivity. When our spirit is active our ‘Life’s Lessons’ now look like this:
When our spirit becomes ‘active’ with the Spirit of Christ we can now start with God as our base. When He is our foundation then all the lessons take their rightful positions because we accept the challenges of life with love, truth and the power of God’s Spirit guiding ours. We walk with God; we talk with God. We ask, He answers, guiding our steps around the holes of our life's adversities.
When our spirit is active in His we easily identify the truth in every situation which gives us the strength to be responsible, reliable, dependable, accountable, credible, risk identifiers, trust worthy, committed to right, able to forgive, see the truth and respond by coming from a place of understanding. Does that sound like your life? If not, it can be!
Join me next time as we start our exploration and journey.
We left off last time looking at 'Insecurities' and their powerful grasp on our beliefs and actions. As long as we are continually repeating behaviors with responses that have us constantly confronting and grappling with our insecurities, that’s where we remain. One of the most interesting things about encountering and then growing through the experience of each life ‘lesson’ is the higher we ascend the easier and faster the climb can become.
It is like learning to ride a bike or parallel park a vehicle. At first, the skills needed for success may seem too difficult to contemplate. And yet, before we know it, we are riding that bike at high speed with no hands. Or, we have mastered the parallel parking challenge like a professional trucker. Overcoming the challenge of each lesson provides confidence and experiential learning to draw upon for the next lesson or challenge.
Parenthetically, these lessons can each or all, be happening simultaneously, in sequence, or in any order and degree of intensity and frequency at any time. Crazy huh? In fact the more success you have integrating your mastery of one or more, the easier they become and the more ‘skilled’ you become at applying the totality of you to accomplishing conquer and control over each one.
The more spiritually grounded we become, the more opportunities we recognize to emulate Christ in character and nature by our thoughts, words, and deeds. So, think of our chart like this:
We start at the bottom (Insecurity) and ‘work’ our way up. Once we have grappled with insecurity(s) and learn how to neutralize their effects, we can begin to recognize the opportunities and challenges represented by and in other lessons. The more we respond to our life situations by being Responsible, Reliable, Dependable, Accountable, and Credible, the stronger our spiritual awareness develops in guiding us. The more we listen and accept its counseled directions, the farther and faster we can grow.
When we're operating within lessons learned, we will have gained the confidence necessary to take on 'Risk'. This challenge represents an esoteric transition between our humanity and God's spiritual character and nature, (Trust, Commitment, Forgiveness, Truth and Love [in and through Christ]).
These 'steps' appear long and arduous right? The fact is for many they are. For each of us, our existence is a lifelong adventure with twists and turns designed to give us each as many opportunities as possible to encounter, engage, embrace, and experience the challenge and succeed in growth. There is a ‘key’ to unlocking the stress, struggle, and conflicts presented by life’s lessons. That key rests and relies in our ‘active’ or ‘inactive’ spirit.
Remember, the active spirit is engaged with and for us, totally and freely. While the inactive spirit is a mere place holder, waiting for us to call it to action. The active or inactive spirit, which do you have today? Which do you want for your future?
Join me next time when we discover 'How and Why' spiritual grounding and growth is essential for establishing balance for ourselves and our relationships.
Many think ‘spirituality’ is an “all or nothing” proposition. Religions often present themselves in that light, deliberately or by accident. Religions’ primary goals are to convince and convert. Efforts to ‘box God in’ by matching scriptural interpretations and dogma, makes ecclesiastics for current and traditional cultural/political ideologies a pathway away from the words and intents of Christ Jesus.
Spirituality is not all or nothing. It’s also not ‘One and Done’ (although it may be for many). Spirituality is a completeness of mind, spirit and soul. Spirituality is an attitude, belief, and perception. Your spirit is counselor and guide. It's your conduit to God’s Spirit. Spirituality is all of these, and more.
When you respond in His spirit, life becomes filled with peace, calm and understanding. When you talk with God you begin to recognize His hand at work. Once you recognize this you’ll witness the manifestations of His word, in action. When we communicate with Him, He responds with consequential options.
There are no ‘degrees’ of spirituality. There are no ‘grades, levels’ or ecclesiastic hierarchies. Your spirit exists. It dwells in your soul. A spirit is either ‘active’ or ‘inactive.’ An active spirit connects to conscience and mind, and in/through Christ communicates with the Spirit of God. Think of it as courtroom litigation. You are the defendant, your spirit is your lawyer/counselor, Christ is the judge, arbitrator and mediator, and God the Father is the final court of appeal.
The inactive spirit is exactly that; inactive. It’s there, waiting. Waiting to be acknowledged and called upon. Ready to respond on your behalf, immediately and as often as needed. Waiting. The inactive spirit is engaged only in situations when 'right and wrong' are at issue, and yet, 'right v. wrong' is the essence of moral and ethics in action. The active part (of the inactive spirit) connects to the sub conscience in this way. But sans a spiritual connection too often remains a moot option.
We each arrive in the world naked and alone. We each arrive with an inactive spirit in possession of a base innate moral/ethical awareness. The lessons of life are the same for everyone. But beginning day one, things change. The lessons on each separate path remain the same, littering the way are choices and consequences. And what are those lessons? What challenges do we each face, no matter our nature or nurture environs? What are the underlying growth opportunities that lie in wait as the foundational pillars to be exposed and extrapolated by tests, trials and tribulations encountered along the path?
These are the lessons we each must encounter and somehow embrace, to whatever degree, for growth to be experienced:
Let’s look at this list visually. Even though our ‘playing field’ started out as 'equal and level' with our first breath, when our personal trajectory sparked to life and our journey began everything changed. Our self reckoning is initially bathed in “Insecurity.” It’s our insecurities that hold us back. It’s our insecurities that keep us tightly bound in a net of confusion and doubt. As long as we’re in its grasp we are unable to break free.
Let me make this point again because it’s the key to future freedom. We start our lives mired in the muck of our insecurities. It’s where our interactions start and where, sadly many remain. Breaking free through the advent and prescription of reflective identity can take time. For some it's years, for others it can be a lifetime. No matter who we are or what we believe, we are each on a path that leads back to God through reflective identity. Some abandon this journey of contemplative growth altogether. Confronting insecurities from first cognition until last breath takes effort, energy and confidence. As long as we are subconsciously embroiled with or by our insecurities, we are trapped. Unable to grow and confront other life lessons which lay in wait before us can cause indefinite postponement.
Sadly, this is all too common for much of the world’s population. Too many people spend much of their time making choices grounded in false, self-serving desires. We live in a world which keeps us locked in struggle and conflict. Those caught in the grasp of insecurity experience constant stress and consternation between confrontation and escape (mechanisms).
Using the chart above, our life’s journey is to rise out of insecurity, up through other challenges along the way to truth and love. Our challenge is to make the journey step-by-step, with each building upon the previous, to grow. Sounds easy enough, right?
Join me next time when we look closer at where we are and where we might want to be.
From the clarion call of John 3:16 to the moment a journey of spiritual refinement is undertaken, the new testament path for every believer is in Jesus as the Christ/Messiah. To be reunited spiritually after a life of options, lessons, choices, and consequences we must have a mediator who knows us intimately from firsthand human experiences. This man must be acceptable to God, Father and Spirit. For this reason, he must be of God, directly. As close as father and son. They must share as one the same holiness, as to be exclusive among all creatures.
Such a man was foretold of for millennia. He was witnessed and recorded. For his followers and disciples, He is the key. The way. The “truth and the life.” He is and was with God but agreed to be manifested human incarnate to serve as our substitute in death.
He was Holy and came that way to us. Into a world of evil, lies, fabrications and deceit. He lived with men and women without sin. He told us who he is and why he came. His roles and purpose. If we choose to believe his thoughts, words and deeds to be true, He in His power as God will resurrect our spirit to everlasting life with Him.
We live in a state of moral and ethical disobedience (‘sin’) by our choices of heart, mind, and body. By believing His story to be true and accurate, we accept his holy role and purpose to fulfill God’s desire to reconcile to Himself all humans who would believe in their hearts, trust with their mind and confess with their mouths; Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 10:9-10,17).
Your invitation allows the Holy Spirit of God (Father and Son) to come and abide with you. He will be your aide and counselor and will guide your steps, whenever you ask. However, even with a ‘new spiritual lease on life’ we all die as sinners. For that reason, our stained spirits and souls must be ‘cleansed’ and made new in the image of God’s character and nature.
Think of it like refining a precious metal; gold or silver. The metal (spirit) has acquired impurities and debris during its existence and to increase its value, must be made pure again. This is done with extreme heat, until all impurities have been burned away or extinguished. Only then is the quality at its highest value.
It’s the same way with the spirited soul of the believer and follower of Christ. The impurities gained over a lifetime must be removed by the intense fire of the unconditional burning love Christ has for his believers. Just as gold and silver reach its quality zenith through the refining fire and flames, so too the ‘sinner’ is refined to be new again to the highest possible quality (John 3:7, 15). When we die our spirited soul leaves our bodies to return to Christ’s glory. We are ‘cleansed’ of our sins in the refining fire of God’s love through Jesus’ sacrifice for our spiritual redemption and reconciliation. We now know how to get from here to there.
All the best,
Interestingly we spend most of our time alone. No matter how much interaction we share with others; families, friends, coworkers. No matter how busy or involved with others we may find ourselves, most of our ‘mind time’ is focused on and with us. The on-going conversation we engage in most often is with ourselves as our minds are occupied with ‘self’ during most of our waking time and resting energy.
The focus and direction of these inner conversations usually involve our reactions and responses to decisions, demands and choices we confront daily. Many people feel they are ‘on their own’ and every choice they face may contain costly or caustic implications. Whether sharing with others or not, we’re never actually alone, for we each possess an ‘active or inactive’ spirit.
Held in check, the inactive spirit we were born with is swayed or influenced by fear and inadequacies prompted or promoted by doubt and consternation. Confidence and joy are held captive by the inactive spirit. A spirit becomes ‘active’ when it responds with acceptance the revelation of Jesus as Christ.
God has a way forward for the spiritual believer whose faith now abides with the shared spirit of Christ. The embolden spirit enveloped in truth sees the world’s ‘players’ for who they, and their motivations are. The active spirit recognizes how actions and reactions expose agendas. Active spiritual strength reveals the truth in every situation. The question is not, will God’s indwelt spirit respond to assist and guide us? The question becomes “will we hear, listen and respond as He shares with us what He would have us do?”
Jesus explained, ‘when we willingly surrender the crown of our heart to belief and faith in God’s Holy Trinity through recognition of His role as the Son of God, He will send His spirit as a ‘counselor.' His indwelt spirit abiding with ours is ever ready to serve as guide and aide. We simply recognize His spiritual presence and ask for His assistance. In every case, His living spiritual presence will answer by sharing the best response.
“Jesus” as spirit has always existed as part of and within the totality of God, as “Holy Spirit”. Think of it this way, the ‘Godhead’ is the Holy Spirit. Spiritual by His nature and Holy in His character. Within His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, He is all powerful, all knowing and all present. His holiness sets Him apart and above all else. His desire is to share His majesty and magnificence with all He created. This compels Him to invest His Spiritual presence within all creation.
As Holy Spirit, “God” possesses all facets of life by His very nature and character. In His breath is the power of creation. He creates through His breath, by His Word. One ‘identity’ we associate with this Holy Spirit, we name and call ‘the Father’ for His love is that of an unconditional loving parent. In this way we see His two ‘personality’ roles interacting as “Spirit and Father”.
To set in motion His desire to ‘not be alone’ in His created universe. To insure His glory and magnificence is recognized, honored and worshiped it is/was necessary for Him (as Spirit and Father) to provide the way for living creatures with capacity to understand Him, the opportunity to be with Him spiritually. Remember, “God” is Holy and Spiritual, therefore only holy (unblemished/unstained), or ‘cleansed’ spiritual creatures can be in His presence.
God as Father cannot be in human presence, in light of our proclivity to moral and ethical disobedience (‘sin’). Our physical nature however has the capacity (and does) possess the capability of ‘housing’ a spirit of originality that is part of Him as creator. Our spirit is a part of His Spirit, therefore His Spirit has the capacity to abide with ours.
Join me next time when we explore the ‘spark’ that kindles and allows His Spirit to be with ours.
We have seen how Jesus as the Christ serves as humanity’s servant by existing as the God-man connection between our physical presence here and our perpetual spiritual potentiality. We have also realized his purposed role as our sacrifice to insure our salvation. Now we turn to his examining his role as mediator, to guarantee we have an advocate representing our spiritual soul before the throne of God, Father and Spirit.
Upon his ascension to heaven, following his resurrection and post-mortem forty-day ministry, Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father serving as our mediator until his return to earth. Because he was one of us, Jesus knows firsthand the complexities of humanity’s struggle with and within itself. Although our technologies are far more advanced than those of two thousand years ago, man’s inhumanity to man has changed little.
Life two and three millennia ago revolved around the same or similar humanitarian crisis’ and responses as we face today. Our reactions to each other today are rooted in the same types of self-indulgent provincial and parochial behaviors, emotions and efforts as generations have struggled with since before civilizations’ inception.
Human behaviors and responses remain as toxic and caustic as they have been for Millennia. We have changed, but not much. For this reason, we today remain mired in the same lessons of life our forefathers and ancestors grappled with in their daily stress and struggle. Despite these conditions, Jesus remains ready to take up our cause and defend our efforts to come closer to God’s holy throne. He remains the believer’s mediator and advocate.
He took up our defense against death when he walked among men and women of his day. He did so by going to the cross for all those who would come to him, then and now. He still advocates on behalf of those still here on earth who desire to follow and emulate him. He will continue to represent those who will face the oncoming trials and tribulations prophesied for the future, when things in this world are truly terrible for all who are still alive.
If you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, you may rest assured night and day that His efforts on your behalf are protected and adjudicated. This He promises (John 14:26). He promised to send one to serve as counselor and advocate. One who would assist and aid by guiding and directing our thoughts and steps away from adversity and closer to Him, if we would but ask (Ask, Seek, Know) and then, heed and respond.
This advocate for the living, this counselor for those who seek him lives and abides with the believer’s spirit. Ever ready to serve at a moment’s notice fully and completely the same way it did for the man Jesus when he walked the earth and faced the same human complexities of his day.
This counselor, this advocate, is the Holy Spirit carried by the breath of God that goes out from Him to those who surrender to their heartfelt desire to share in cohabited spiritual communion. The same Spirit that resides with and within the Holy Godhead Trinity serves every believer of Jesus as the Christ. As long as the believer is alive, and until spiritually reunited with the Trinity of God, Jesus is our mediator and advocate to, and from the throne of God.
Join me for Part 9 when we discover the ‘how and why’ of spiritual ‘refinement’ to get from ‘here to there.’
As stated, God as Father is Holy and unable to be in the presence of sin. For humanity to spiritually return to God it is necessary that a man become the ‘way’ of reconciliation unto Him. Therein lies the rub. The incompatible presence of Holy God and unholy man. For this reason, the Spirit of the trinitarian Godhead became a man through unification with an (ovarian) seed of a woman, producing a child of God and humanity. In this way a specific man became available and present to serve as the needed spiritual transducer for humanity’s redemption.
From the time of Abraham, God instituted and required sacrifice as a covenantal sign between the two (Gen 15:10, 17:9). This is no less true for the redemption of sin filled humanity. A sacrifice is still required to open the path of salvation. Such a sacrifice must fulfill the needs and requirements of both God and humanity. Only one as spiritually holy as God and yet completely human can fulfill these dual requirements. It is the Spirit of God manifested as a human through the birth of Jesus of Nazareth who simultaneously provides this unique vessel of sacrifice and salvation (Romans 8:1-4).
Because His Spirit is Holy and because Jesus was a man who lived among others, He and He alone is the sole possessor of the character and nature qualifying him and him alone, to serve in our place on the cross of death. He was/is the only sacrifice acceptable of God’s Holy requirement for salvation. He served in our place to pay the ransom death holds for humanity’s release. Jesus alone is way of salvation and the light on the path to God’s eternal kingdom. Jesus voluntarily became our sacrifice to fulfill God’s covenant requirement of guaranteed salvation and eternal life.
Join me next time for Part 8 when we look at Jesus’ roles as Mediator and Advocate.
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