The Spirit of God in the Old and New Testaments
This post was made in reference to a comment posted to me concerning the video on WorldNetDaily by Richard Rives – JUST THE FACTS – dated November 11, 2014 “How Do You Know if You Know God?”
Hey Craig! Thank you.
Yes the Spirit has been with us since the beginning of creation friend. Genesis 6:3 “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”
And we could do nothing of ourselves also!!!
Just like Jesus said in John 8:54 and neither can we in John 15:5.
We know that there is a difference between how the Spirit of God was given and utilized in the Old Testament vs. the New Testament. Which I believe has to do with the sacrifice and offering of Jesus Christ. Because scripture states that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest until Jesus ascended into heaven.
We remember that Christ said He must go away that He may send the promise of the Father (The Holy Spirit). Our Messiah became the author of eternal life unto all that obey Him and became immortal – could never die again – God the Father sealed Him and They both abide with us giving us the seal of salvation through Jesus, which had not yet been accomplished until Pentecost. ; )
John 6:27 “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed.”
2Corinthians 1:22 “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
My point to the other person was that God made it possible for people to come to Him in confession, repentance and obedience to His commandments prior to Pentecost. It is always the Father who calls them and makes the way possible…and we have the responsibility to respond to His call the way He chooses for us to.
Good to see you too. Please keep me in prayer = )