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 Do We Really Value the Gift of the Holy Spirit? by Mark S. Case



Think on this for a moment.
It is through the finished work of Jesus Christ and by His Spirit that we have been delivered from an unprotected domain and brought inside His safe habitation – the shelter especially designed for those born of His Spirit; it was by His Spirit and His spiritually anointed Word that we were born again and made new spiritual creatures; it is by His Spirit that we live in Him and give His life; it is by His Spirit that we are instructed to pray, to act, and even to walk; it is by His Spirit that we have the law of God and are enabled to obey it; it is by the obedience of faith and by His Spirit's revelation to the first apostles and prophets that we know the way and have taken our place on the foundation of Jesus Christ, who is also the Chief Cornerstone, anointed by His Spirit; it was by God's Spirit that this spiritual Cornerstone was cut from His mountain and perfectly shaped and laid; it is through this spiritual Cornerstone that the whole spiritual structure is built up and is being held together; it is by His Spirit that we are made living stones as He is; it is by His Spirit that we are presently growing into a Holy temple that is becoming a perfect dwelling place for the Father in the Spirit; it is by His Spirit that we discern all things that He would have us to know that come from the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; it is by His Spirit that we are equipped and built up in Him unto the complete measure of the stature of Jesus Christ... and the list goes on.
We have begun by His Spirit, and we shall finish by His Spirit. It is by His Spirit that we have been called from the open plains, steep cliffs, and deep valleys of darkness into the sacred place where only the family of God is allowed to go. Not only have we been called by Him, but we have actually been acquired by Him, and that by nothing of our own doing; we have simply surrendered to the terms of His acquisition.

We have been corralled – corralled and sealed (branded) by His Spirit through His steadfast determination to do so and His unfailing love for us. Not only did He call us into His sheepfold, but He used countless things around us to guide and to gather us to the place of our calling. Through this initial work of gathering, we have been separated unto Him so that God may lavish His love upon us apart from the masses.

A specific objective in the outpouring of His Spirit upon us is that we are changed into Christ's likeness, thereby making a perfect dwelling place for God on earth. This is why the Church must be a spiritual Church. We are a continuing work of His Spirit for Him.


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