The Spirit with Our Spirit
Romans 8:16—“The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.”
Note 2 on our spirit says: “This reveals that the Spirit of God today, the all-inclusive Spirit of the Triune God, dwells in our regenerated human spirit and works in our spirit. These two spirits are one; they live together, work together, and exist together as one mingled spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). See John 3:6; 4:24; and notes there.”
Cross-reference “b” on spirit directs us to these verses:
Will God Keep Forgiving Me?
Christians know they aren’t immune to sin. But what happens when we commit the same sins over and over? Isn’t this disappointing to God? Will He become angry and, eventually, refuse to forgive us? How long does it take before that happens?
As believers in Christ, we need to be clear concerning sin, forgiveness, and God’s heart toward us. When we don’t know or we forget what the Bible says concerning these things, or when we trust our feelings more than God’s Word, we begin to experience worry, anxiety, doubt, and even despair. In this post, let’s look at what God’s Word says specifically to Christians about when we sin.
The Resurrected Christ Can Meet the Need
“Apply the resurrected Christ, the unlimited, inexhaustible One. Tell Him, ‘Lord, I cannot meet the need, I cannot face the situation, but how I praise You, You can. I go ahead trusting wholly in You, counting wholly upon You.'”
The Bible as Our Spiritual Food
Have you ever heard that the Bible is meant to be food to Christians? Yet many of us frequently experience feeling spiritually dry, thirsty, hungry, and even empty deep inside. We can even experience this feeling right after we’ve finished reading or studying the Bible. Why is that?
The Knowledge-Surpassing Love of Christ
Ephesians 3:19—“And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.”
Note 1 on knowledge-surpassing says: “The love of Christ is Christ Himself. Just as Christ is immeasurable, so also is His love; hence, it is knowledge-surpassing. Yet, we can know it by experiencing it.”
Cross-reference “a” on love of Christ directs us to these verses:
What Is the Bible About?
In a previous post we were calibrated in how we approach the Bible by discovering its essence. In another post, our trust in God’s Word was fortified by seeing its source. Now we’ll look at the contents of the Bible and its focus.
The Bible consists of two sections, the Old Testament and New Testament, 66 books, and many chapters. With so much material, what should we focus on when we read the Bible?
The Answer to Every Human Need
“God has given us his Holy Spirit, and when love is needed the fruit of the Spirit is love; when joy is needed the fruit of the Spirit is joy. It is always true. It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God has always one sufficient answer, his Son Jesus Christ, and he is the answer to every human need.”
Finding the Power Supply for Our Christian Life
Many of us have experienced glancing at our cell phone to see that the battery is in the red zone. It has so little power left, it may run out while we’re on an important call or cause us to miss an important email.
All too often our Christian life can look like this. The unending demands of day-to-day life, family, work, and financial woes wear us out. Furthermore, our sins and failures deflate us, and we feel powerless to follow the Lord. We barely have enough “juice” to deal with everything. It seems like we’re perpetually in a state of “low battery” and on the verge of completely running out.
Feeling drained and weakened indicates we’re in need of power in our spiritual life. But what is the power we need? And how do we get it?
Living Letters of Christ
2 Corinthians 3:3—“Since you are being manifested that you are a letter of Christ ministered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone but in tablets of hearts of flesh.”
Note 4 on hearts says: “Our heart, composed of our conscience (the leading part of our spirit), our mind, our emotion, and our will, is the tablet in which the living letters of Christ are written with the living Spirit of God. This implies that Christ is written into every part of our inner being with the Spirit of the living God to make us His living letters, that He may be expressed and read by others in us.”
Cross-reference “d” on hearts directs us to these verses:
Why Does God Want Earthen Vessels?
In 2 Corinthians 4:7, the apostle Paul refers to human beings in a very particular way—earthen vessels:
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.”
This verse not only says we’re vessels, but earthen vessels. Perhaps we’d rather be heavenly angels, not lowly jars made out of clay. Why did God make us this way?