The Holy Spirit

What is the result of being filled with the Spirit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Galatians 5:22-23

You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:9-11

And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues. One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

We grow in our relationship with Jesus and are transformed to be more like him, bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

What was God’s original purpose in creating human beings—and not just human beings in general, but you and me in particular? What did God have in mind?

Genesis 1 tells us that God created human beings in his image and likeness. In other words, God created us to be like him in love and holiness and to take care of the world on his behalf.

But in the New Testament, the section of the Bible that begins with Jesus’ birth, we learn even more. We discover that Jesus of Nazareth is God, and that he is the true image and likeness of God.

The New Testament also tells us that when Genesis says we were made in God’s image and likeness, it means that we were created in the image and likeness of Jesus. So we were created to be like Jesus, who is God.

So, when we put all of this together, we see that human beings were created to be like Jesus in the world.

What a daunting task! How on earth can we live up to it?

That’s where the gift of the Holy Spirit comes in.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave us the Holy Spirit so that we could accomplish God’s purposes in the world. The Holy Spirit not only cleanses us of our sins. He not only gives us a relationship with Jesus. But the Holy Spirit fills us with God’s own life and power in order to make us more like Jesus.

In the letter to the Galatians, Paul gives us a list of Jesus-like character traits that the Holy Spirit wants to give us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Take a moment to examine your life and ask yourself if you display each of the fruit of the Spirit. In the ways that you fall short, invite God through the Holy Spirit to change you to be more like his Son, Jesus.

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