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Daily Bread - May 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:28
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit.

Baptized into the Body of Christ - Part 2

Jesus told us we could do nothing without Him (John 15:5). He showed us how
every dimension of His ministry was dependent on His submission to the Holy
Spirit (Luke 4:1, 18; Acts 2:22, 10:38; John 5:30, 8:28). He desires that
we pray in the Spirit, and then out of that expression pray with the
understanding also. He desires that we sing in the Spirit, and then out of
that overflow sing in the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:15-16).

Look at what we do instead! Yet, there is no Biblical instruction for the
common everyday church service! We are to be continually filled with the
Spirit, speaking to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, so
how much more should those activities be the expression of what we have in
the assembly that reveals God in all of His fulness and the Heavenly
ministry of Jesus (Ephesians 5:18-19). Instead, we have turned Father's
House into a place of showmanship and merchandizing. We pay little regard
to any expressions of the Holy Spirit, and in many cases, forbid them
outright! Pentecost is not our model, but a historical event that has
little significance in our Sunday morning meetings. Our church meetings are
geared towards attracting men to our powerless religious social clubs. We
are supposed to be impressed by the entertainment and oratory of men; while
all the time, it falls far short of the revelation of Jesus Christ and His
Heavenly ministry (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8, 16:20; Luke 3:16, 24:49; John
1:33; Acts 2:1-4, 4:29-33).

Church should be the very description of Who Jesus is, and also His
heavenly ministry and power. It should be filled with all the splendor and
power of Heaven. The awe of God presented should be more impacting than
what was seen and felt at Mount Sinai when God spoke audibly to all the
people of Israel (Hebrews 12:18-28). Our God is a consuming fire; and if
His fire falls upon our meetings, then there will be nothing seen but Him
(Hebrews 12:29). We say that we want Jesus to receive all the glory and be
the only One seen, but only the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus and make Him
known (John 16:13-15). If we refuse everything the Holy Spirit is described
to be and do in the Bible, how then is it possible for Jesus to be
glorified and revealed?

Those who have ears to hear, let them hear. (Matthew 13:43)
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