I love the Word of God! When I look into God’s Word I see His character and nature, who He is and wants to be to His people. I have heard people say that they don’t understand the Old Testament and they don’t think it applies to us today, since we have the New Testament. But I love the stories in the Old Testament. They give us a greater understanding of how God moves on behalf of His children.
As we look at the names of God described in the Old Testament we gain a better understanding of who He was, and He continues to be that to us. God revealed Himself to His people as the provision for their need when they first needed it. It is known as the “principle of first mention”. For example in Exodus 15:26 He revealed Himself to His people as Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals, or the Lord your Healer. When the name was established and He was revealed as that provision for their need it meant that He would always be that provision, not just then but throughout the ages. He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer forevermore!
We find in the New Testament the name of Immanuel, which means God with us! It was used to describe Jesus because He is God in the flesh, and would come to dwell with us! Isaiah first prophesied of Jesus as Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14:
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Jesus was the Messianic fulfillment of this prophesy.
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
John 1:1-5 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Jesus, the Living Word was with God before the beginning of time. Everything that is was made through Him and without Him nothing was made. In Him, in Christ Jesus, is life! And that life lights the way for men so they no longer have to grope around in darkness! Praise the Lord! He is Immanuel; God with us!
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The word “dwelt” there literally means “tabernacled”. In the Old Testament while the Israelites were in the wilderness they set up the Tabernacle so that Moses could meet with God in that temporary tent. God’s presence would fill the Tabernacle when Moses went to meet with Him. God manifested His glory there and the people would see the glory cloud as it covered the Tabernacle and know that God was meeting there with them. When Jesus came to dwell among us the glory of God walked with us here on this earth. He revealed the Father to us through His fleshly being and as He went about teaching, preaching and healing. He was living out what He heard His Father say and saw His Father doing. (John 5:19; 30)
John 14:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9 “….He who has seen Me has seen the Father;….”.
When we invite Jesus into our hearts to be our own personal Lord and Savior, He comes to live within us through His Spirit.
John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–”the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
There is no way a person could step inside another person so when Jesus went back to Heaven the Father sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers so that He could be with us always! God had a plan for man and Jesus died to redeem us from the bondage of sin, and to usher us into the family of God so we could experience the fullness of all that God had planned for us. If you have never received Jesus as your Savior and Lord and would like to, please pray this prayer and He will come into your life, save you and place you in the family of God.
Father, I come before you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge that I am a sinner by birth and by choice. I have hurt You, I have hurt myself and I have hurt others. I know that I cannot save myself, but You can. I ask You to forgive me for my sin and save me. Father, I believe that Jesus died for me, that You raised Him from the dead and He lives today. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I thank You for saving me. I receive You, Lord Jesus, into my heart to be my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
We often think that once we have been “born again” or “saved” by having our sins forgiven that there is no further experience that we can have with the Lord. But that is not true; it is just a way for the enemy to try to keep us from experiencing all that God has for us.
John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Jesus said when He ascended unto Heaven that His disciples should wait for the promise of the Father, or the Holy Spirit, to be given. They were to wait in Jerusalem.
Acts 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;”
The Day of Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit initially came to reside within man. And that is recorded in Acts 2:1-4. But as we move on into the book of Acts we see that people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit after He was initially given, thus teaching us that the Holy Spirit is still being poured out on all flesh as we desire to receive Him. In fact, in Acts 2:16-21 it is described as a “last days” outpouring.
Acts 2:17-18 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.’
Jesus ascended back to Heaven and the the Holy Spirit came to take His place in the lives of believers. He is now the person of the God-head that is in the world convicting people of their need for Jesus as Savior, baptizing them for ministry, and is the “gift” of God that is for all believers.
Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Acts 2:38, 39 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
The Holy Spirit is the indwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ! He walks and talks with us, gives us direction for life, leads us into the truth about Jesus and the life that He died to give us. He is a person, not an “it”, and He wants you to know Him and fellowship with Him.
If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are a candidate for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to receive Him, just pray and ask the Father to baptize you in His precious Spirit and then receive by faith the infilling of His Spirit. He will give you a heavenly prayer language that you can use to fellowship with Him spirit to Spirit. You will also have a new strength and power within that will enable you to fight the good fight of faith, standing firm and strong in Him. The Holy Spirit is my best friend! He is real and longs to make Himself known to you.
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Father, I thank You for the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. I couldn’t live without You, precious Holy Spirit, and I thank You for being real to me. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may have received Jesus as Savior and Lord and have the Holy Spirit within them but would like a greater reality of His presence. I ask You to baptize them with the Holy Spirit and fill them to overflowing with His presence. Father, I pray that as they are baptized in the Holy Spirit that you will give them their heavenly prayer language just as you did on the Day of Pentecost so that they can fellowship with you spirit to Spirit. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.