“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God of God: (Rom.8:16)”
Here is a verse in which Jesus assures his disciples of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you (Jn.14:20).” This is a classic example of the kangaroo word. The indwelling Spirit of child of God serves as an in-house tutor. It is our ‘natural’ defense given from above to resist corrupting influence of the spirit of the times. (Natural in the sense spiritual malaise of the world only Spirit can help us find out.) While a carnal man would fashion his world to match step with the world and its lusts a child of God has some thing far better. ‘…The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the word (1 John4:4).’
How can man ever settle the question of triune God without an accurate scale? The word of God must help,- and faith created by hearing by the word points out certain clues for us to believe it as true. So let us examine how wonderfully we are made.
Man as a tripartite being has his spirit, soul and body. These shall nevertheless move as one. Trinity as a theological concept cannot be strange to a child of God. While soul is betwixt and between, our body and spirit are reconciled just as we have our being among the worldly but not of them. We, as children of God bring our appetites and demands of the world under control so we may please God.
The carnal man has no appreciation for our indwelling Spirit, which works with our inner man. “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. (2 Cor.4:16)” The inner world to which we apply our soul in general terms, is as ephemeral as our mind. What are our thoughts? Stream of consciousness as thought run along. It is day dreaming since it does not prompt us to follow with any concrete action. Only when we select a few ideas and put them together we have material with which we may write an article or apply them to improve our worldly goods or whatever. Mind is as inchoate as our inner world. When the Spirit as our counsellor helps us understand and we follow his lead we create our inner man. It is more like a pattern so we strike out a direction. Thus a child of God finds interpreting the word of God more to his liking, or like Martha ministering unto the saints and yet another finds intercessory prayer more natural and so on. The sphere of action for our inner man has unique fingerprint that can only be appreciated when one grows in maturity. Let us consider inner man as real as mind that helps us to find our way about in the material world.
An everlasting life is what God has promised us. ‘’…Whosever believeth in him (Son) should not perish, but hath eternal life (Jn.3:16)” is what hope of a Christian would signify. Inner man is created by indwelling Spirit and shall continue as spiritual body. For this reason we do not faint as St Paul says.
The Spirit uses the metaphor of eating the word of God at number of places. God gives Ezekiel a roll to eat “Son of man…eat this roll and go unto the house of Israel (Ezek.3:1-3) Similarly in the Book of Revelation we find a mighty angel coming down from heaven gives John a little book which upon eating was sweet which soon tasted bitter in his belly.(Rev.10:9-11) The symbolism of the word when rejected shall surely invite judgment.
Suppose one makes a dot on a deflated balloon, marking it as one day. What if it could be inflated to an infinite size shall not the value of day correspondingly change? The value we gave Now as a dot is a ‘kangaroo word’ in Time. It is how we should approach eternal life of our spiritual body and it is built about soul of every child of God. Its relevance we shall discuss in the next post.
(To be continued)