May 15 – C@6 Q&A
What is evidence of being filled with the Spirit?
The simplest answer to this question is Galatians 5: 22 – The fruits of the Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Goodness, Kindness, and Self-control. If a person is filled with the Spirit these qualities should show in their life.
Paul also talks about spiritual gifts: gifts that are given from the Spirit. Read 1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Corinthians 14. Remember though, Paul talks about the most important gift: Love (1 Corinthians 13).
As Ian stated, the Spirit was poured out on all people and they spoke in human languages not spiritual tongues like 1 Corinthians. Spiritual tongues is a gift but isn’t given to all people.
Before Jesus was taken to heaven, he said that he was going to send the Holy Spirit to His followers. So if it hadn’t been sent yet, who was at the burning bush with Moses?
The Scriptures reveal that the Spirit has been present throughout history. Genesis 1:1 – the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And, of course, at the burning bush (as Ian referenced Sunday night). At Pentecost, the Spirit is given. Perhaps, this means it has become available to all. After the Fall (Genesis 3), it seems like the Spirit of God was in certain places with certain people (tabernacle and the priests). After Pentecost, the Spirit was made available to all people through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Where is the evidence of the Spirit today?
Many will attest that miracles still happen. Speaking in tongues still happens. The challenge for us is to tune our eyes to see and ears to hear. If you are skeptical or believe that the Spirit isn’t working like He use to in the 1st century, I’d challenge you to ask people in our church community where and if they’ve witnessed the Spirit’s work in their lives? Brace yourself, because the Spirit of God has been very active. Perhaps, the most powerful miracle is not ‘physical healing’ or ‘speaking in tongues’ but witnessing the drastic life change in others. Some are immediate, some change over a period of years. I’d simply just challenge you to ask around
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