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Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Holy Spirit

Don't know why I've never put 2 and 2 together before, but this was SO cool to learn from the Word today...

Acts 1:1-5

  The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,
  until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.
 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.
  Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised,"Which,He said, "you heard of from Me;
  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."


The emphasis and color coding are, of course mine. Yet, for the purpose of explaining what I think the Lord showed me today, I needed to use those tools.

When I did the Precept Upon Precept study of Kings & Prophets part 1, I learned how very important Jerusalem was (and I believe from Scripture, still is) to God.

It was the place where He chose for His Name to dwell. It was the place where He chose for His Spirit to dwell. He told His people, Israel, to build a temple for Him, that His Spirit could dwell with them in the Holy of Holies...where the ark of the covenant was.

(Forgive me if I'm paraphrasing this any, I'm going by memory here..just laying a bit of ground work that my "ah-ha" moment from this morning might make more sense.)

My hope is that you're getting how precious Jerusalem was, and is, to God.

I mean, think about it this way. Jesus' disciples were men from Galilee.
Could He not have chosen to pour out His Spirit upon them in their own home towns?

You see, Jerusalem. The place where God had first poured His Spirit out to His people Israel. The Spirit had FILLED the temple. He had been ushered in by God's people with great joy, much praising, trumpets blowing in great numbers.

Yet, due to their disobedience, the temple was destroyed, and the Holy Spirit would not dwell with them permanently again, until Jesus made a way for it.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, ..through Jesus Christ's completed work on the cross, we are all, Jew and Gentile, able to be reconciled to God through Him...and now the Holy Spirit dwells within the believer.

We are now the temples of the Holy Spirit.

But, back to my "ah-ha"....it all started in Jerusalem! (Both times!)

Jesus obeyed the Father in all that He did here on earth, and it was the Father's will that His Spirit be poured out upon the apostles, thus the first filling of the Holy Spirit in a bodily temple...in Jerusalem!

I just think that's HUGE!

Amazing!

Beautiful!

So like God, too, to make it a precept upon a precept. A truth upon a truth.

Jerusalem.

How I hope I get to go one day. My sweet husband has been, but oh...how I long to go!

When Precept Ministries posts the pictures from their visits, I always sit in front of my computer and pour through each one of them, tears streaming down my face.

Jerusalem.

It just became even more precious to me.

Love ya'll today,
Jes









3 comments:

Sally said...

You are just so precious!

Janan Kash said...

I wrote something earlier and lost it when I tried to post. I'm going to try again - and I hope the spirit of what I was feeling will be present this go-around!

I loved what you wrote about Jerusalem. Isn't it wonderful how God ties absolutely everything together? I was reminded that not long ago, you studied about Melchizedek the priest. I couldn't remember if you studied from Genesis, Hebrews or both. But what made me think of it was that I also had an ah-ha moment when I studied Hebrews and learned that Melchizedek was the king of Salem, which is a shortened form of Jerusalem (Ps. 76:2) Hebrews 7:2b says First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." The whole study of Melchizedek is fascinating to me. King of Peace - Holy Spirit - peace. Isn't it all so wonderful?

bandddear said...

No, I would not share my dirty laundry. I think it is just asking people to accept you in spite of it. It is a sign of a self-image problem. I think you should study Philippians 3. Paul thinks we should leave those things behind & press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. God has forgotten all your garbage & you should too. Also, study 2 Cor 5:17-21 to see who you are in Christ. You are seated in Christ @ the right hand of the Father & He sees you as perfect in Christ so start to see yourself that way. The old man is dead. Read the whole chapter. About Precept no I am not interested in it. I took one class several yrs. ago & didn't like it at all. She is not a right divider. Too much law left in her teachings. We are not under the law we are under grace. PTL Move on with your life in Christ.