Anyway, this post will cover Chapter 1 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God .
To fully understand why we need the Holy Spirit, I think we need to know who the Holy Spirit is first.
There is a good description of the Holy Spirit on Wikipedia. There you will find the functions of the Holy Spirit, and even how it was active in the life of Jesus.
In this chapter, Mr. Chan challenges us to read our Bibles more, and to gain our own understanding of what we believe in. He also challenges us to listen to the Holy Spirit more and gain more knowledge and understanding on why the Holy Spirit even exists. I don’t know about you, but I am challenged.
One thing that you will learn about me, is that when I read, I like to highlight the book I am reading; well only if I own it. So here is what I highlighted for Chapter 1.
- p. 30 The Epistles tell us of the Holy Spirit’s amazing power at work in us, our Spirit-enabled ability to put our sin to death through Him, and the supernatural gifts He gives us.
- p. 32 Romans 8:9 says, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.” According to this verse, if I am a believer, the Spirit of God dwells in me. Paul reiterates that truth in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (NIV).
- p.32 If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?
- p. 36 It is impossible for us as finite humans to completely understand an infinite God.
There is a story on page 36 and 37 I want to share with you as well.
Years ago, when a random thought came into my head, I decided to share it with my wife.”Have you ever wondered what caterpillars think about?” I asked.
Not surprisingly, she said, “No.”
I then proceeded to tell her about the confusion I imagined a caterpillar must experience. For all its caterpillar life, it crawls around a small patch of dirt and up and down a few plants. Then one day it takes a nap. A long nap. And then, what in the world must go through its head when it wakes up to discover it can fly? What happened to its dirty, plump little worm body? What does it think when it sees its tiny new body and gorgeous wings?
As believers, we ought to experience this same kind of astonishment when the Holy Spirit enters our bodies. We should be stunned in disbelief over becoming a “new creation” with the Spirit living in us. As the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our Spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully.
Two questions I want to leave you with today are this:
- When was the last time I undeniably saw the Spirit at work in or around me?
- Are you a caterpillar or a butterfly? The difference should be overwhelmingly clear. Can you describe the difference God’s Spirit has made in your life? What sets you apart from your non-Christian neighbors?
Until next time readers, God Bless!
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