Thoughts on Being truly human
We spoke Recently about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
God said let us make humans in our image, taking what was essentially earth and forming a human beings in God’s image and likeness. Then comes the twist these are more than just beings made of clay, that somehow look like their creator.
the breath or Spirit of God is given these beings life. Bringing them to life.
There is Purpose to these ‘beings’ to establish the rule of God on earth as Devine representatives. This then is established through covenant promises and faith thought the family line of the Hebrews, through the family of Abraham Issac and Jacob, (Israel) then through king david and his descendent forever.
Bearing this thought of humans made to rule as kings in the kingdom of God.
Fast forward to the time of Christ and the eagerly awaited rule of God coming back to earth.
The expectation was that the messiah would rule in Gods kingdom on earth.
So when the apostles came together, they put this question to Jesus. ‘Master,’ they said, ‘is this the time when you are going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ ‘It’s not your business to know about times and dates,’ he replied. ‘The father has placed all that under his own direct authority. What will happen, though, is that you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you. Then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the very ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1.6–8)
We have to imagine the disciples here in a strange mixture of joy and bewilderment. Jesus’ resurrection had caught them gloriously by surprise. It didn’t fit at all into the game plan they thought they had been working with. It didn’t fit the plan they had assumed that Jesus himself had had.
They were expecting him to become king of Israel, in some reasonable if revolutionary way. With that, he would become (according to the ancient scriptural promises about Israel’s king) Lord of the world.
So what does Jesus’ answer mean? Here once again we have to avoid the usual downgrading and domesticating of the apostolic mission. We have to train ourselves to see it with first-century Jewish and Christian eyes.
It isn’t a matter of Jesus saying, in effect, ‘No, you’ve got it wrong. Forget the idea of me being some sort of a king. You just have to go and tell people to believe in me, and then you and they will all come and join me in heaven.’
That is certainly not how Luke, telling the story, sees it, and it wouldn’t fit with all that we have seen of how Jesus himself saw his mission during his public career. Instead, Jesus’ answer here is designed to say that, yes, the kingdom is indeed now being launched.
He is indeed Israel’s king; he is therefore, indeed, the Lord of the world. But the way his kingdom is being implemented is, once more, through these human beings.
We Christians use the word ‘witness’ to mean ‘tell someone else about your faith’.
The way Luke seems to be using it is, ‘tell someone else that Jesus is the world’s true Lord’. The story of what happened next is written in such a way as to say,
This is how the kingdom is to come.
This is how Jesus is starting to rule the world.
This is what it will look like when God becomes king on earth as in heaven.’
Some people see The Holy Spirit was an after thought instead of essential to the following of Jesus his kingdom and our lives,
Reading Luke and how often Jesus and the spirit are inseparable.
John the Baptist - first proclaims Jesus will baptise in the spirit. Immerse
John at the feast out of you will flow the spirit
One of the key verses being kingdom humanity is john 3
But Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born from water and the Spirit, you cannot enter God’s kingdom. Human life comes from human parents, but spiritual life comes from the Spirit. Don’t be surprised when I tell you, ‘You must all be born again.’ (John 3:5-7 NCV)
The experience we have as children of God is likened to being born a new, it's more than a fresh start. It's a new life filled with the spirit of God.
Paul writes it its way
If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NCV)
Being born again is a spiritual birth.
To be truly human is to be spiritually alive.
More than just earthen vessels but vessels that are meant to be filled with the Spirit.
John 4 Jesus is saying that in truly we shall all be worshiping in spirit and truth
Wherever you gather I am present says Christ. By my spirit
Now we know that God does not dwell in buildings
There is no gates to enter, no courts of praise
Being a Christ follower and being kingdom people is more than just a mental acknowledgment that you believe in Jesus, a miracle takes place, something happens.
We were never meant to life without the spirit
When God brought you into his kingdom you he made his home in you.
By his spirit
We need to include in our understanding of who Christ is and what we are like once we have his baptism of the spirit
Jesus answered, “If people love me, they will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23 NCV)
God has taken a home in us, he is a permeant resident.
The spirit of God is imperative to us living a life of godliness here on earth.
Our life comes from the Spirit
It's the Holy Spirit that convinces us that we have been made right with him, that we are his children.
The Holy Spirit convinces us that God is pleased with us !
When the Helper comes, he will prove to the people of the world the truth about sin, about being right with God, and about judgment.
He will prove to them that sin is not believing in me.
He will prove to them that being right with God comes from my going to the Father and not being seen anymore.
And the Helper will prove to them that judgment happened when the ruler of this world was judged.
“I have many more things to say to you, but they are too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words, but he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come.
The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me, because he will take what I have to say and tell it to you. (John 16:8-14 NCV)
The kind of conviction that the spirit brings is a righteous conviction, not judgemental not critical but those filled with his sprit has a real sence of conviction
He fills us with his spirit so powerfully.
The old life we lived is finished this is because of the cross
To the church in Galatia paul writes
I was put to death on the cross with Christ, and I do not live anymore—it is Christ who lives in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself to save me. (Galatians 2:20 NCV)
And to the church in Corinth
But when a person changes and follows the Lord, that covering is taken away. The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Our faces, then, are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NCV)
The evidence of the spirit of God is that we are changed into his likeness.
The fruit or evidence of the spirit in us, is more than just an anointed time or goose bumps
The spirit searches our hearts and knows all things
The Spirit knows our spirit intimately
Being truly human is that we are both spiritual and material beings.
We live from the inside out
His Spirit flows from us.
But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But the person who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ.
God raised Jesus from the dead, and if God’s Spirit is living in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. God is the One who raised Christ from the dead, and he will give life through his Spirit that lives in you.
And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children.
Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. (Romans 8:9, 11, 16, 26 NCV)
When we pray, the bible teaches us that we pray with more than just from our understanding.
We pray on a deeper level there are groanings or yearnings that our spirit cries out to connect with the spirit of God
When we know where our strength comes from our inner man, or our spirit, we live with a depth that only comes from spiritual beings
There is a confidence that comes from inside
We understand mysteries we realise what we have been missing before Christ.
The inner man or the real us on the inside, which we are prone to hide through fear of people finding out what we are like, this is where Christ dwells by his spirit.
Christ is there and he knows our inner parts and he chooses by his spirit to dwell there.
The Holy Spirit is just that holy meaning separated.
But a comforter and guide, a helper is not someone we keep at a distance he is at the core of our being, our intellect.
When we say that God speaks to us it often sounds like our voice talking to us not a booming voice but an inner voice. Christ speaks to us today by his Spirit within us.
Some of whom we read in scripture, would have loved to have seen our day, where the word of God was not common among the people of God. They had to reply on the priest prophet system to hear what God was saying.
There was always a system a routine that had to be followed, doing external things in order to get God to do something
We are liberated from an jewish laws based on food and hygiene laws, to a new humanity which was foretold by Joel and by Jeremiah to name a few and a marked difference is that we know and believe that he is indeed Lord and king and his is kingdom is the place where we dwell. Seated now together with him in this heavenly kingdom.
where in scripture God was on the outside. Some today are still waiting for a special visit from the spirit rather than knowing the spirit of God within us
At the Water festival in john where they brought up water to the temple Jesus spoke up and declared whomever believes in me will have this water flowing from them, speaking of the spirit of God.
God is speaking today and he is using his people.
God is building his kingdom on earth and using his people.
The unique way he made us as individuals makes what we have to offer to this world so valuable.
We display the evidence of the spirit dwelling in us.
The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.(Galatians 5:22, 23 NCV)
Close with this thought actually where we started
Acts 1. 8 You shall receive power....
Power to witness, power to heal, power to encourage others, power to make disciples.
God works in all of us in everything we do.
Paul says this kingdom of God works together like a body with different parts yet moving as one
Being truly human includes our spirit empowered bodies as a representing Christ body on earth and therefore the establishment of his kingdom.
A person’s body is one thing, but it has many parts. Though there are many parts to a body, all those parts make only one body. Christ is like that also.
Some of us are Jews, and some are Greeks. Some of us are slaves, and some are free. But we were all baptised into one body through one Spirit. And we were all made to share in the one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4-13 NCV)
To know the spirit working in us is to know God power.
We can be used by God to encourage other, this is the work of the spirit in us, to speak words of faith hope and love into the lives of those around us
those who prophesy (speaking by the spirit) are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:1-3 NCV)
We see God at work today through his people, the people empowered by his love his nature and his ability.
We see the spirit of God working today, in our homes, work places schools and colleges.
Let's take off the limits to God's presence and begin to tell everyone that the king is on his throne and we are witnesses to what it means to be filled with his spirit and being truly alive.
Being truly human means that we are both spiritual and material beings.
Yet we live from the inside out
We no longer have heart of stone, we are no long slaves to our sinful selves.
The spirit is a resident not a visitor. His Spirit flows out from us like living water
We don't come and go from his presence. We not just hanging around waiting to get out of here to heaven, we are empowered people bringing heaven to earth.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.