The Spirit’s invisible power in our new creature spirit was compared by Jesus to the invisible force of wind.
The wind pneuma we can’t see works powerfully in nature. So it is with the Holy Spirit in our new creature.
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 NASB
We hear the sound of the wind when it is softly stirring the leaves on trees or when it is roaring at 100 MPH.
Back when Jesus spoke those words, people didn’t know where the wind came from or where it was going. Now, we know by the weather reports. But, picture yourself in their shoes.
Now, apply Jesus’ mini-parable to the Spirit working in us. We hear to Spirit in our spirit and it comes to our mind. We see the result of the wind of wind of Spirit working in signs and wonders. “…but do not know where it comes from and where it is going.”
We can’t see God’s kingdom with new eyes yet.
We still can’t see the kingdom as we will in our new bodies (1 Corinthians15:35-58) in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21-22), but God has given us faith (Ephesians 2:8) and sent the Spirit to be with us and in us. (Romans 8:1, 9-11)
“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 1:1 ASV
“You see, we don’t have a permanent city here but look for the one that’s coming.” Hebrews 13:14 AAT
Just prior to ascending into heaven, Messiah Jesus told his apostles to wait for the Holy Spirit and power.
“The first book I wrote, Theophilus, concerned all that Yeshua began both to do and to teach, until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the emissaries whom he had chosen. To these he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking about God’s Kingdom. Being assembled together with them, he commanded them, “Don’t depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. For Yochanan indeed immersed in water, but you will be immersed in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them,“It isn’t for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.” Acts 1:1-8.
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 ASV (Colossians 1:9-14)
Our spirit is continually taught by the Holy Spirit.
“May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
“Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah; through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-5.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:33-26 ISV.
~ Bill Bremer