"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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Spiritual things cannot be sensed or proven by material means. If we have not received the holy Spirit from God, we will not understand spiritual things. Proverb 20:27 says: "The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." 1 Corinthians 2:10 says: "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." Here, we have come to an important distinction that is critical in understanding the Word of God. This verse refers to Ďhis spirití, which is Godís Spirit (that is the Holy Ghost). Remember that the Holy Ghost is God person, and the holy spirit is Godís gift to man. So, Godís Spirit (that is the Holy Ghost) searches the deep things of God and reveals these things to us through the holy spirit. 11 says: "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." This verse highlights a key difference between the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost. It says that the Ďspirit of maní (that is the holy spirit that is in man) knows the things of man. Further, it says that the Holy Ghost (that is God) knows the things of God that no man knows. 12 says: "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." Verse 12 refers to the holy spirit (that is the spirit we have received from God). Since we have the holy Spirit, we have the opportunity to know the things that God freely gives us. 13 says: "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." Since we have the holy spirit in us, we are able to speak of the things that the Holy Ghost (that is God) teaches. So, we can understand spiritual things, which enables us to compare spiritual things with spiritual. 14 says: "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." Those without the holy spirit cannot comprehend spiritual things; to these people, spiritual things appear as foolishness. In these verses, we have seen that the Holy Ghost (God) teaches the holy spirit, who is the spirit of man (a gift of God that lives in born again man), and they understand.
When a baby is born, we see the infantís body. We canít see the infantís soul, but we know the soul is present inside the body (Matthew 10:28 and many other scriptures). When we are born again, God births (implants) the holy spirit into our body, wrapping our soul in flesh. At the spiritual birth, the holy spirit is united with our soul. This is 'born again'. Galatians 5 says: "16) Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Since our flesh and our spirit desire opposite things, God tells us to turn away from the flesh and to follow the spirit. If we walk in the spirit, we will not sin. Romans 8 says: "13) 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." So, if we fulfill the desires of our flesh (that is, if we sin), we will die eternally. Conversely, if we fulfill the desires of the holy spirit, we will not sin. So, we abandon sin, follow the leading of the holy spirit and our sinning is mortified (that is, it is put to death). Thus, we will become sons of God. Those who will strive in spirit to become as pure as Jesus Christ is pure will become his bride. We refer to them as the 'bride of Christ' and to Jesus Christ as the bridegroom. Without the holy spirit, we are nothing.
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