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Complete In Jesus - Page 7

 

Paul picks up on this thought in his letter to the Galatians:

And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"  (Gal. 4:6).

The spirit of God's son is manifest to his people by the spirit of God. This is extraordinary and utterly unique. Yet, this is the plan of God and the means for allowing Jesus Christ to continue in relationship with his people. Paul brings us another allusion to this in his letter to the Romans. After speaking of the spirit of Christ in Romans 8:9, Paul later writes:

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have  received a  spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15).

Being as God's son can speak to his people by way of holy spirit, this also makes sense of Paul's observations in the same chapter of Romans regarding the intercession of God's spirit on behalf of his people:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And he, who searches the  hearts, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Rom. 8:26, 27).

This also corresponds well with Paul's words to the Philippians:

for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance (Phil. 1:19).

All that we have need of, God supplies for us through Jesus. This is according to the will of God and Jesus' own promise (John 14:13, 14). Again, “it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.”

The active leadership of Jesus for his disciples after being taken up into heaven is also seen quite remarkably in that he is the giver of "gifts" to his people, and sets in order the role that each person will play. Notice these words of Paul to the Ephesians about Jesus:

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men...." (Eph. 4:7, 8 - NIV).  

In verse 11 Paul goes on to say:

It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up  (Eph. 4:11, 12 - NIV).   

 

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