March 5, 2010

Keeping Jesus In a Jar

Posted in Christianity at 12:13 am by Lisa Ritchey

I had this vision flit through my head today of people keeping Jesus in a jar with a lid on it down in their bellies. I know that sounds weird, but there is sound doctrine behind it. Let me show you:

Acts 2:33-35 tells us that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father.  He is in us in the form of His Holy spirit.    When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His Holy Spirit comes to live in us, by whom we are “sealed us unto the day of redemption.”  (Eph. 1:13 & 4:30.)    Now, with that being said, let me explain the point of it all.

The other day I heard someone say that the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) is the personality of Jesus and the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:8-10) are the ministry of Jesus.  If we are His body, here on Earth with Him working through us, why do we not see more of His personality and ministry in the church (the believers)?  It is as if people accept Jesus, are born again, and that is it.  They may go to church, and even witness to people. 

Don’t get me wrong, these are really good things,  but where is the fruit and ministry that is Jesus manifesting Himself through us?  (John 14:21)  Mark 16:17-18 tells us what signs shall (have to happen) follow them that believe.  Not maybe, not the people who were with Him then, but they will follow anyone, anywhere, anytime that believe. 

Imagine what would happen if we all let Jesus out of the jar and let His sweet, precious Holy Spirit do what He wants in, for, to, and through us to the point of actually overflowing from us (coming upon us as in Acts 5:15)?  What would the church- no, what would the  world be like if we, the ones that have that special indwelling, really let Jesus out of the jar?  Wow!

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel


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