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Into Christ's Image

StarsA. W. Tozer (1897 - 1963) an American pastor and author once wrote, "The Spirit filled life is not a special deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people. There is nothing about the Spirit filled life that Christians acquire that is strange or eerie." A. B. Simpson (1843 - 1919) was a Canadian preacher, author and the founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance. He wrote, "Being filled with the Holy Spirit is as easy as breathing, you can simply breath out and in." This is such a wonderful and simple description of something so daunting.✞

Holy Spirit's Plan

Spirit figureThe Holy Spirit life is commanded by the Word of God, "Be filled with the Spirit." C. H. Spurgeon said of this verse, "This is not a truth or a promise to claim. This is a truth to obey." Jesus said in John 14.16-17a, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever the Spirit of truth." The Holy Spirit embodies truth which is central to the Christian life.✞

Special Deluxe Version

Holy Spirit LifeAs we live the spiritual life, we will be changed into Christ's image. This is a fact and not an optional extra. Saint Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3.18, "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate [or "reflect"] the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." Change is inevitable for the Christian and this includes our likes and dislikes. Major Ian Thomas (1914-2007) who served during the Second World War in Belgium and at the evacuation of Dunkirk urges, "All that Jesus is - you have! You cannot have any more, but you need not have any less." Major Thomas' life was a testament to this truth, going through exhaustion and despair to emerge not working for Jesus but trusting Jesus to work in him. Some people work for Jesus but others allow Jesus to work though them. We gain blessing even when we are reproached because the Spirit's life is within us. Saint Peter in 1 Peter 4.14 commends us, "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you."

"Spirit Filled Life"
by Ron Meacock

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