The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"They shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is God with us" (Matthew 1:23).
How "with us" is the Lord Jesus Christ?
"God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).
The Christ who dwelt with His disciples physically now dwells within born again believers spiritually. After His atoning death and resurrection into Heaven, the Lord Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell the cleansed inner temple of all who receive His saving grace. God inhabits us by a "with" that is "within." Of course, we presently "walk by faith, not by sight," meaning that His indwelling presence involves the conviction of our hearts more than emotional or physical sensation (II Corinthians 5:7). This constitutes our confidence in the most stable way possible during our earthly lives. As we grow in our understanding of Biblical truth, we find ourselves increasingly enabled to remember and affirm that we live as temples of the Holy Spirit. We are never alone, and we trust in His motivating, guiding, and energizing presence whereby we glorify God and serve as a blessing to people.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth within you?" (I Corinthians 3:16).
At present, our knowledge, understanding and application of the Holy Spirit's active involvement in our lives is greatly limited in comparison to what it will be in our Heavenly eternity. We must ever grow in such grace and truth. Indeed, regardless of how long we have known the Lord Jesus and served as His spiritual temple, we need to know and respond in a greater way to such glorious truth. God gave us Himself in the Person of the indwelling Holy Spirit when we believed. No greater gift could He bestow, and no more powerfully enabling administration of His light and life can lead us than the truth of Emmanuel: God with us, and God within us.
"I will dwell in them and walk in them."
(II Corinthians 6:16)
Weekly Memory Verse
"And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh."
(I Timothy 3:16)