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Is It Even Possible? December 18, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Every person is unique, every person is different.  Variety is an integral characteristic of humanity.  When Jesus Christ came into this world in the flesh he lived his life always in perfect agreement with God the Father.  God is one.  Christ made it clear just what that means.  He walked through his life on this earth right in step with the Father at all times.  This is really so uncharacteristic of human beings.  Everyone thinks differently.  In fact we pride ourselves on our uniqueness.  So how was it possible for Jesus to do this?  Is it even possible for us?  When Christ was baptized the Holy Spirit was seen descending on Jesus “as a dove” and it remained on him.  John the Baptist commented later that God gave Jesus “the Spirit without limit“.  It is because of the Holy Spirit, the mind of God, that Jesus could have this perfect relationship with the Father.

What about for you and me now?  The Bible teaches us that only through the Holy Spirit is this possible.  Christ teaching on how difficult it is for us to enter the kingdom of heaven said, “With man this is impossible , but with God all things are possible“.  Christ prayed to the Father that we would be one just as he and the Father are one.  The answer to that prayer came on the day of Pentecost when once again the Holy Spirit made a visual demonstration on those who were obedient to God, the followers of Jesus Christ.  This ushered in the age that we are living in now.  The key is the Holy Spirit.  The key is the mind of God.  The key is the thinking of God.  God said through the prophet Isaiah “come now, let us reason together“.  The apostle Paul said to those obedient to God, “we have the mind of Christ“.

We receive the Holy Spirit by obeying God.  What was Jesus doing when the Spirit came upon him?  He was being baptized.  This confused John the Baptist for a moment because he understood baptism as an act of repentance and obedience.  Jesus had nothing to repent of because he always walked with the Father.  But Jesus assured John that this was the right thing to do, thus underscoring the connection of obedience, baptism and the Holy Spirit.  The apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost stated the promise for us like this:

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.

Those who believed the promise followed these instructions and received the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God and the Bible tells us, “All the believers were one in heart and mind“.  So it is indeed possible for us through faith and obedience to be one with God and with one another.  But this is only possible with God.  God has chosen Jesus Christ as the one to have “the Spirit without limit” and thus be the source for us to receive the Holy Spirit by following his example of perfect obedience to God.  Believe the promise, follow the instruction, then we will each know the answer to the question: Is it even possible?

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