DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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|ABOUT THE SPIRIT|
| Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes? So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3: 5-7|
Jesus teaches us that it isn’t rules, religion, or physical activity that brings about salvation but the Spirit of God. Jesus goes on to say the spirit is like the wind. We can’t see him or even know where he comes from, but he is a part of our conversation.
The Holy Spirit plays a major part of us being ‘born again.’ It is his conviction.
The biblical words for Spirit (ruach in Hebrew. pneuma in Greek) signify breath breathed or exhaled hard such as when you blow up balloons, blow out candles, or breathe hard as you run. The words also signify the blowing of the wind, which is sometimes barely perceptible, but at other times becomes a roaring, shattering thing — an overwhelming display of power. The Spirit’s action takes both forms, and many in between. The Spirit is God’s power in human lives.
The New Testament interprets conversion as starting life afresh with Christ through the Spirit. It exhibits conversion as an entirely new beginning, miraculous in the sense that you cannot account for it in terms of anything that preceded it. New Testament concepts used to delineate conversion include: new birth, new creation, the quickening of the dead, sharing in Christ’s death and resurrection, and putting off the old self and putting on the new. These are startling images and powerful works of the Holy Spirit.
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