Eph. 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph. 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
The role of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life is clear: to make Jesus Christ manifest through us. Turning sinners into sons of God was so we would be qualified to become His representatives, bear His glory, and be living witnesses to His Word and name. Jesus told us that we would receive power TO BE those witnesses, not just to express a witness. And for that, we would need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The idea was that every Christian, being filled with the Holy Spirit, would become a walking, talking billboard for the resurrection of Christ. People would see both the characteristic fruits and attesting manifestations that were specific to Jesus ministry. And these would flow through Christians, whose only qualification was that they were born-again, following Christ daily, and filled with His Spirit. That’s the template for basic Christian living.
Think of a flashlight. It’s designed to function as a torch in darkness. Just like we were designed to be the light of the world. Yet it has no native power in itself to shine. Just like separation from God left us without the power to illuminate. But if you load in the batteries and hit the switch, voila! You get light flowing out. That’s the baptism in the Holy Spirit. When you combine the idea of the Spirit flowing out from us, as Jesus said …
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
And the fact that light makes manifest …
Eph. 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
You see that God’s desire is for us to shine forth, the manifestation of Jesus Christ, in the world. Have you ever noticed that Jesus said that He was the Light of the World as long as He was in the world?
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
But then He transfers that mission to us when He leaves the world.
Matt. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
The significance is that God wants to be manifested in the world. It was the Baptism with the Holy Spirit that caused Jesus to instantly come into public manifestation.
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Notice the distinct progression that occurred at the inauguration of Jesus public ministry:
- He’s filled with the Spirit.
- He’s led by the Spirit into the wilderness to face His adversary and overcome him.
- He comes out of the wilderness in the power of the Spirit.
- He’s instantly recognized as being from God.
Then 3 ½ years later, as He prepares His disciples for His departure, He tells them that He must go in order that the Holy Spirit may come upon them.
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Before His baptism Jesus had the Holy Spirit in Him. He was the Holy Spirit robed in flesh.
2 Cor. 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
However it was necessary for Jesus to minister under an anointing that He could transfer to his disciples. After all, He came not just to shine before men, but also to shine through men. So Jesus, who is God in the flesh, receives the anointing of the Holy Spirit and instantly the ministry of being the Light of the World, is manifest through him.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
But then, at the time of His departure, that anointing is past on to His followers, who continue to manifest the Light of the World. The entire purpose of the Church is that there be a Spirit-filled witness of Jesus Christ, going out to the entire world. The Holy Spirit didn’t fill an institution. He filled individuals. He didn’t just fill the eleven remaining Apostles, but every Christian disciple. No church or organization can make you the light of the world. The Holy Spirit comes from Jesus, who bore that Light of manifestation, and now desires to fill you with it.
If the reality of Jesus is in your heart, and you desire to make Him manifest, then do as He instructed the first disciples. Don’t try to shine out of your own spirit. That’s like a flashlight with just enough battery power to make the bulb glow. You can see it in the dark, but it doesn’t light up anything else. Ask Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit (that He was charged with), and let Him shine forth from you, and light up the world!
Stay On The Path!