Reflection: The nature of the Holy Spirit
This scripture is probably one of my three most quoted scriptures – what I would consider a life verse. There is such a richness in these few words.
Firstly, I love that it starts with “whoever” – there is no discrimination with God, no favouritism; we all have equal access and opportunity to be united with the Lord.
To be united with the Lord is our greatest privilege and our ultimate purpose. This is the pinnacle of what Jesus won for us on the cross – eternal union with our Creator, reconciliation with the Father.
The extent of this union is far more than we can currently comprehend. We see glimpses of it all throughout the scriptures – John wrote “in this world we are like Jesus” (1 John 4:17); Peter wrote “you may participate in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4); and Paul wrote “in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Colossians 2:10).
Like many New Testament truths, this is a reality that we wrestle with. We are still living in a fallen world with a sinful nature that resists the new creation nature into which God now calls us. I encourage you to go on the journey of renewing your mind to align with how God now sees you.
Question: What beliefs about yourself do you need to let go of in order to start believing your true identity in Christ?
Prayer: Lord, we thank you today for the incredible life you have called us into. Not only have you opened your arms to us, but you are also restoring our nature to be one with yours. Help us to renew our minds and start believing this truth. Amen.