But…The Holy Spirit
- The Word became flesh
Hebrews 1: 1 In the past God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets and now in these final days he has spoken to us through his Son
- God throughout the bible has spoken to us
- MOSES face to face
- Spoke to the prophets and then they told other people what God said.
- Now his (word) message is through JESUS Christ
John 1: 1 In the Beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God. and the Word was God.
John 1: 14 Word became flesh and made his home among us (Tabernacled with us)
John 1:18 …Who is himself God …He has revealed God to us.
God entrance into the world through Jesus He fleshed himself out through the person of Jesus (He has tabernacled with us)
Everything God was in the old Testament, Jesus was when he walked among us.
2. Lack of understanding
Matthew 22: 29 Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures and you don’t know the power of God.
We miss the message from God because we don’t understand the Bible
Because of this we also fall way short in understanding the power of God and his working throughout our lives
You study the scriptures thinking that they will give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me. John 5: 39
Not just about filling our heads up with a lot of knowledge, but knowing a person Jesus Christ.
How could they miss it because Jesus (God in the Flesh) was right there in front of them.
3. God tabernacled with us.
John 14: 23 – 28
- God has promised that he will come and tabernacle with us.
Jesus tabernacled among us and now he is saying God will tabernacle with each of us
How? Through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6: 19 we are the temple of the Holy Spirit)
We are like the Sadducees in not understanding what that means in our lives because we don’t understand the Scriptures and we fall short of the power of God.
EXAMPLE: Jesus in wilderness. 40 days without food. satan came and tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. God could take away my hunger in a moment, but if he wants me hungry int he wilderness, then I am here. GOD IS NOT SO CONCERNED ABOUT ANSWERING OUR WORDS, BUT ARE WE WILLING TO OBEY HIS WORDS.
Who sent Jesus into the wilderness? The Holy Spirit.
John 14: 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative–that is, the Holy Spirit–He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
- I am really hungry, You can trust the father because He lead you here.
- I want food now. He will provide food for you.
- Message after the wilderness. The birds of the air don’t worry about food and yet the Father takes care of them.
Holy Spirit is always working in us so we would know the message that is from God himself.
Just as Sadducees missed Jesus who was God in the flesh in front of them, we miss God who has tabernacled in us.
4. God fleshed out in the world
It goes a little deeper than that though. The Holy Spirit did not only come to show us Jesus, We are God’s message to the world around us.
- John the Baptist “Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire” Holy Spirit has not come to just make us swoon and fall There is a greater purpose to His coming.
- Holy Spirit has not just come to make us fall or give us goose pimples
- He has come with Fire and Power and I don’t want to be like the Sadducees who missed the power of God.
- If we want to see Jesus fleshed out in this world and in the lives of those around us we need this baptism in the Holy Spirit.
- We are the letter from God not written on tablets of stone, but on hearts of flesh.
- Children of Israel if you don’t show up, how will people know God is among us.
- Unless we show some sign of life who would suppose God is among us?
Next week how we can release the Holy Spirit to work in other people’s lives by our words, but now would the Holy Spirit come and flesh out God in our lives so others would be able to see him.
Don’t have to sweat and struggle for the Holy Spirit to come, we just let him take control.