Wednesday

Scripture Reading:
1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 3:17; Zech. 4:6

“But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.”(John 7:39)
the process of the spirit

The composition of the holy anointing oil typifies the process that the Spirit of God passed through to become available to all of us. In Genesis 1:2 there was the Spirit of God. Later on in the Old Testament we find the title "the Spirit of Jehovah" several times. When we come to the New Testament we see the Holy Spirit. In Acts and the Epistles we find other titles such as the Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:7) and the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). Does this refer to several Spirits? No! How, then, can we explain the different titles that have been given to the Spirit?

We may understand this matter through the type of the holy anointing oil. In the beginning of the Bible we only saw the Spirit of God, typified by the hin of oil. Then other elements were added to the Spirit of God, such as Christ's incarnation, human living, death and resurrection. We do not find these elements in the Spirit of God in Genesis. Consequently, John 7:39 says, "But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified." Jesus was glorified through His death and resurrection (Luke 24:26). In His resurrection, He became the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). Hence, 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, "And the Lord is the Spirit."

Have you realized that all we need in order to live a normal Christian life, is to be in our spirit? God wants to apply the Spirit in your life much more than you are aware. He doesn't want you to just have the knowledge of the Spirit. As an example, you know that you should not love the things in the world, yet you do. Instead of applying the Spirit who dwells in you, in which is the cross of Christ and through which you were crucified to the world and the world to you (Gal. 6:14), what do you do? Many of you stay in your thoughts: "I don't want to love the world, I don't want to…," and you make an effort and become frustrated. What is the way out?

The Lord said in Zechariah 4:6, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit." Today, in the new covenant, we can please God by the Spirit which has been given to us. Why do we still live in dryness if the Spirit has passed through a process and is now compounded with God Himself who became flesh, had a human living, passed through much suffering, was crucified, died, was buried, resurrected, ascended and was glorified? The answer is very simple: it is because we do not apply the all-inclusive Spirit. Suppose your skin is very dry and cracking open; you must apply cream, right? This is how you should be with the Spirit. All we need to do is apply the Spirit. Hallelujah! The Spirit is the best ointment that exists!

Key Point:
Ointment
Question:
What is the way to be delivered from the frustration of trying to be a good Christian?