me & my brain

from time to time, i have these days when my brain is reving into the red zone & i’m thinking about many things (some deep & some not so deep) at the same time.  So here’s something i’ve been considering today:

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life today? i understand that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, that the Holy Spirit has gifts for us, as well as character improvements (fruit), but what about our 24 / 7 existence & the Holy Spirit’s interface?  Jesus told His disciples that it was better for Him to go away so that the Holy Spirit would come to be with us – like an “upgrade”.  How is the Holy Spirit an “upgrade” for us from the physical presence of Jesus w His disciples at that time & now? 

I’m asking because i’d like your input, so pls leave a comment.  🙂



There are many things about the life of Jesus as the Christ that we can’t understand with the mind, or with emotions. The Christ is a force that is born in someone who is ready for it, an inner force which comes to free someone from the oppression of the inner Pharisees (the intellect, the opinions, the beliefs, the disbeliefs, the judgments, etc.). Just as we each have a Jesus within, we also each have a John, a Peter, a Judas, a Pilate, a Thomas, a Mary Magdalene, a Holy Spirit, etc. etc. The Christ comes as a spiritual liberating force within this inner world of animal drives like greed, envy, pride, lust, etc., to free the spiritual parts within – the disciples. To transform someone inwardly. The Holy Spirit is also a divine force which is born in someone at a stage when the Christ sacrifices Himself, following Jesus’s life in the scriptures.

intersting idea – gotta think about that for digestion purposes. thx!

I think the reason it is better to have the Holy Spirit is that the Holy Spirit is the only way we can possibly live like Christ. The Old Testament is a really good example of what we are like if we don’t have the Holy Spirit living in us but just some people who had the Holy Spirit come on them from time to time. We like to think we wouldn’t be like the Israelites in the desert but I bet we would if we didn’t have the Holy Spirit in us. I think that this is the mystery of the Gospel that people didn’t understand was going to happen. It is such a gift and we totally take it for granted.

Now my question though is if God is omnipresent why couldn’t Christ be here and still send the Holy Spirit. Was there something about that while He was here he had all of the Holy Spirit there is — the fulness of the Godhead dwelling bodily in Him?

I think the Holy Spirit was the next step in our relationship. God in OT was a Father figure (your actions induced rewards or discipline). Jesus then came as a friend or brother born as a man. The problem of being born as a man is that it is inevitable that you will die as a man, but God didn’t want to be remembered as a dead relative that visited a long time ago but you don’t really remember what he was like, so he moved our relationship to a marriage. My wife and I just went through a difficult period not with each other but with a circumstance that seemed overwhelming. During that time we clung to each other and when the other was not around physically what kept us sane was the knowledge that no matter what, the other was going to be there, and we were going through this together. I think the Holy Spirit is a present day comfort knowing no matter what hell I face God’s still here with me. My wife doesn’t stop bad things from happening to me in life she just makes them easier to go through.

I think that He like a good Father wanted us to have Him and give us His enabling power to overcome and have His comfort at all times. This was really cool too what you wrote because it also made me think of Him in a way that can also help explain something to my son who is said that God was selfish and only thinking of himself…I KNOW as well as you do that is NOT true but it just helped me see ANOTHER reason why he is not selfish and it also brought o my mind the verse. John 14:11-13 (New International Version)
11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
How would someone who is selfish say that we will do greater things… Thank you for your blog, it has really blessed me today 3-11-09

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