Being Filled With The Spirit (2 of 3) by Jeff Strite
This content is part of a series.Being Filled With The Spirit (2 of 3)
Series: Connecting With Christ
I Corinthians 2:9-3:4
OPEN: I suspect that almost everyone knows who Bert and Ernie, the Cookie Monster and Big Bird are. They were among the muppet stars on a popular children's show: Sesame Street. During the filming of each show, some lucky parents were allowed to bring their children on stage and be part of the program. Following one of the shoots, a man named Carroll climbed out of the Big Bird suit to the amazement of one of the little kids on the set.
"Mom," the stunned toddler yelled, "Do you think Big Bird knows he has a man inside of him?"
Did Big Bird know he had a man inside of him??? Of course he did. BUT there is a bigger question for us to consider today: do we realize (as Christians) we have something inside of us?
Jesus told His disciples that when He left, He would send "the Comforter" (or the Holy Spirit): "But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." (John 16:8)
Acts 2:38 promises us that whoever repents of their sins and is immersed in waters of baptism will receive the "gift of the Holy Spirit." 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. (Acts 2:38)
Ephesians 1:13 and 14 tells us that that Holy Spirit is the seal of our salvation. It marks us as being owned by God. "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-- to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14
In fact Rom. 8:9 tells us "if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ."
The Holy Spirit is our "C ...
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