Spirit and Life

The first message that Pastor Matt felt led to share with us regarding the Holy Spirit began to lay the groundwork for the next five weeks.  Clearly, entire books, university courses, and innumerable sermons have sought to teach on the topic of the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.  Although the next 5 weeks will no doubt be informative, it is our prayer that your life will be radically transformed by, and infused with, the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is a God of order.  Just as the moment of creation took place exactly, and precisely under the complete control of an All-Powerful Creator (Hebrews 11:3), so too was the moment the Holy Spirit descended upon the 12 disciples.  This order of revelation begins with a period marked by the promise of the Holy Spirit.  From John the Baptist, to the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples were taught by Jesus (John 6: 63, 14: 15 – 26).  Next, the period of the preparation, a rather short time period, takes place from the resurrection of Jesus to His ascension.  It is a fairly short time period, one in which the disciple’s heads must have been reeling with a wide range of emotions.  The last phase of the order of revelation was the period of realization, Pentecost.  The first few verses of Acts 2 describe a scene that is nothing short of awesome!!  The arrival of the Holy Spirit prophesied in the Old Testament (Malachi 2:15 and Psalm 104:30) was at hand.

Life begins with a spark, literally.  The flash occurs when sperm enters an egg.  This interaction leads to a surge of calcium which triggers the release of zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a detectable fluorescent light.  Stunning, right?  If a spark takes place when our physical existence begins, how much more incredible and necessary is the initial spark to our spiritual existence brought about by the Holy Spirit?  This isn’t an emotional, self-generated enthusiasm.  This is God, as the Person of the Holy Spirit, beginning eternal life in us. 

Once life begins, both physically and spiritually, it must be sustained.  You can read these words by nothing less than the overwhelming grace of God.  Every heartbeat, blink of the eye, every time you inhale, every synapse that passes information throughout your body takes place because God allows it to happen.  He is in control.  Equally true, our spiritual life was ignited by and sustained solely within the boundaries of the Holy Spirit (John 6:63, Galatians 6:8).  If Jesus was led and sustained by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4: 1-2), how much more should we be earnestly seeking a complete filling of the Holy Spirit in our spiritual lives?

Look at the next 5 weeks as a unique period in your life.  Set apart any pre-conceived notions pertaining to the Holy Spirit and ask God to reveal Himself to you in a way that only He knows best.  God made you.  He loves you.  He sent the Holy Spirit so that we can know Him in ways too profound for words.
Curtis Kilburn