Holy Spirit Live In Me

Chaplain Jim Corbitt
Walker Baptist Medical Center

As we approach the end of Easter and the coming day of Pentecost, the passage from Romans 8:14-17 is a celebration of the present and future actions of Christ and of the sustaining power of the Spirit:

“Those who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a Spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”                       

God, through the Spirit, not only treats us like family, but actually unites us into his family.  Formerly enslaved, the Good News is that we are transformed by the Holy Spirit to become children of God.  We are members of God's family.

Being led by God's Spirit changes our future from death to life.  Our relationship with God is transformed from rebellion to obedience.  We have become God's beloved children.  Now, we can say the intimate name for God, "Abba Father".  This tender and personal Aramaic term for Father is appropriate in our new relationship as God's family.  As God's family, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.

The Hymn "Spirit, Now Live in Me" (3rd verse) comes to mind as we approach Pentecost:

O holy Flame of God now burning, You are the power of Christ returning, You are the answer to our yearning: Spirit, now live in me.                                                              

Prayer: Abba. Father; pour your love into our hearts, send your Holy Spirit to live in each of us. In Christ’s name, Amen.

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