PARTNERS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: PART II

e Book of Acts is not the first place or the second place when and where God’s Spirit partnered with man, and where God displayed His magnificent source of energy. The first man God partnered with was Adam. The first great act of God (Elohim) had His Spirit hover and move over the huge mass God turned into our universe. And then, Elohim created man to resemble the Gods to manage the world and to multiply. This author or these people believed in more than one God, who made a complete world, and all living beings, male and female, including man. Man had total autonomy and no interference from the Gods. Elohim created by command (God said) AaMeR and not DaBaR (WORD -LOGOS). According to the author of the Gospel of John, God’s command went to the Word, who then created everything (John 1:1-5). In Genesis One, God’s powerful Spirit (Ruach) was the creator and not the DaBaR or the Word (Logos). According to Jesus, the plural Elohim was a "Trinity" of "Three in One": Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). We read:

The Covenant is God’s Will for Man

Joseph’s journey to the top post in Egypt began as a slave in the house of Potiphar. His loyalty gained him confidence with Potiphar. However, Joseph’s looks brought on the attention of Mrs. Potiphar. When Joseph rejected her affection, she had her husband put him in prison. In prison, Joseph earned the trust of the jailer and the inmates. Two inmates, a baker and a cupbearer, were once close to Pharaoh. They had dreams and Joseph was able to interpret their dreams and the dreams took place as predicted. The cupbearer was found innocent and the baker was hung. And Joseph was also forgotten (Genesis 39-40). Two years later, Pharaoh had two very disturbing identical dreams, and no one was able to interpret them. It was then, that the cupbearer remembered Joseph and mentioned him to Pharaoh. Quickly, Pharaoh had Joseph brought from his dungeon, cleaned and properly dressed, and Pharaoh said to Joseph:

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

The letter from Artaxerxes, the First, dampened the spirits of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, but the prophets Haggai and Zechariah turned things around. They proclaimed that Yahweh ordered them to continue building the house of the Lord. They had to obey God rather than Artaxerxes, the First. And they, too, sent a letter Darius the Second, requesting to search the records of Cyrus, the second Persian king. Meanwhile, the builders obeyed the prophets (Ezra 5).

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

The letter from Artaxerxes, the First, dampened the spirits of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, but the prophets Haggai and Zechariah turned things around. They proclaimed that Yahweh ordered them to continue building the house of the Lord. They had to obey God rather than Artaxerxes, the First. And they, too, sent a letter Darius the Second, requesting to search the records of Cyrus, the second Persian king. Meanwhile, the builders obeyed the prophets (Ezra 5).

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

Moses was of the tribe of Levi and he did secure the most prominent role in Israel for his tribe. He set up his brother Aaron as the High Priest and as the spiritual leader. The Levites were the guardians of the “Theocratic System” based on the Law and the religious ordinances and worship of Yahweh. Religion was to dominate the public, as well as the private life of every Hebrew. The priest was to wear special garments that set him apart from the people. God spoke to Moses:

Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

Moses was of the tribe of Levi and he did secure the most prominent role in Israel for his tribe. He set up his brother Aaron as the High Priest and as the spiritual leader. The Levites were the guardians of the “Theocratic System” based on the Law and the religious ordinances and worship of Yahweh. Religion was to dominate the public, as well as the private life of every Hebrew. The priest was to wear special garments that set him apart from the people. God spoke to Moses:

THE COVENANT: THE WILL OF GOD FOR MAN

The world is God’s stage and all men and all women perform on that stage. God entered a “Covenant” with Adam, with Noah, with Abraham --- Moses, and with Jesus the Christ to produce plays that would honor God and sustain man. Actually, God does not negotiate or form partnerships! God simply delegates His intentions to man for man’s own good. The designated directors, except for Jesus, did not produce plays; neither did they choose actors that brought dignity to their profession and their Creator. Jesus came up with the right play and the right instructions, but his followers also added and subtracted from the original "Covenant" (agreement) with God. The "Covenant" with God is the same from Genesis to Revelation and Jesus’ warning has not changed:

PARTNERS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: PART I

When God created man, He put part of His Spirit into man. Therefore, God could stay in touch with man and partner with man (Genesis 2:7). Jesus, who was begotten of the Holy Spirit, became a "Man." Jesus revived that partnership between man and God and the Spirit (Matthew 2:18-23). The power of Christ can free the human spirit of sin, so that the human spirit can partner with the Holy Spirit. The Risen Lord Jesus promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would clothe them with power (dunamin), (Acts 1:8). Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit is more than an external visible power! The Holy Spirit is an indwelling of the Holy Spirit in man that will help man to believe and to understand what God and Christ are all about. According to the beloved John, Jesus gave two statements regarding the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also indicated what it takes to have the Holy Spirit live in man:

The Covenant is God’s Will for Man

Jacob became a living example of how limited man’s perception of “God’s Presence” appears in the midst of human crisis and in the midst human predicaments. Centuries later, Jesus did tell his disciples that they had “little faith” as to what God had made available to them in resolving obstacles and what God could do with men of “little faith”: