Monday, May 11, 2009

The Spirit is BETTER!!!

This scripture was on my mind today,
John 16:5-7
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Now here's a statement from Jesus to His disciples that they didn't understand and they couldn't believe. They couldn't grasp the difference that would take place when the Spirit is at work in the believer, in otherwords they couldn't grasp the implications of the New Covenant.
Beyond that they could not grasp, they refused to accept that the death of Jesus (the departing of Jesus) was a 'good' thing. The disciples were absolutely perplexed as to how exactly Jesus leaving them after all these years could be not just productive, but 'better'?!
Should we blame them, don't we also or don't many diminish the effective working of the Spirit in the life of the believer? Wouldn't it be better to have Jesus Christ with us, to actually see Him and to actually hear Him, and to have Him actually hold us? Wouldn't that be much better?
Jesus didn't think so, the scriptures beg to differ. The influence of the Spirit, the internal presence or working of the Spirit is better and more effective then having Christ in the flesh with us. Through Immanuel, God was with us but how glorious to realize that God is IN us!
This indeed says something of how we have been created and how we are governed as human beings. As Jesus stated elsewhere and is confirmed throughout scripture, our hearts, our internal self is the root of what we are. We are not as controlled by external influences as some might believe, and though we might focus much on externals, we miss entirely the reality that nothing done to us externally will effect true change within us. Hence the necessity of a work of God within us, this work being accomplished by the ministry of the Spirit. The same power which raised Christ from the dead, is working life within us (Roms 8), and this is why we cannot live in the flesh any longer. We live differently, we see differently, we think differently because we are different, and that due to the regenerating work of the Spirit!
What a glorious covenant we have, that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and He now influences us for the glory of God. To think , to believe, and to walk in the reality that we actually have it BETTER than the disciples when Jesus was with them, what a mystery!


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