220 Volts of Power

Clergy Corner by Deacon Ivan

The Human spirit and the Holy Spirit

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus makes the announcement of His ministry in this way, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me!” The Spirit of God was the driving force for Jesus’ ministry.

What happens when your spirit is energized by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit? The passage from St. Paul sums it up in a powerful way. St. Paul persecuted Christians before his conversion. He could not believe that anyone could buy into the Jesus thing. Paul stood by while the first deacon, St. Stephen, was stoned to death. When Paul met Jesus in the Spirit on the road to Damascus, his life was turned completely around. He was never the same again. Paul was plugged into the power of Jesus from that moment on. Paul describes that power in Galatians 2:20 when he said that Jesus was  living within him and was now his new source of life. Does 220 suggest anything to you? I think of it as being plugged into a 220-volt outlet as opposed to settling for only 110 volts of power. The soul of Paul became more animated with the increased voltage from the Spirit of God. Paul realized that his body was a temple of the Holy Spirit and that Jesus was the source of the Holy Spirit. How do you plug into those 220 volts of power?

When you were baptized, you received the Holy Spirit as the blessed water was poured over your head, or as you experienced total immersion, with the words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Later, at your Confirmation, (your personal confirmation of your Baptism) you received the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The experience of these two sacraments brought the fullness of the Holy Spirit into your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is possible to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit later in your life, to plug into the 220 volts* of power.

When the Holy Spirit is witnessing to your spirit, there is a sense of peace and confidence that your soul is abiding in Jesus, that His commandments are being followed. Just like Jesus, you can say with confidence that the Spirit of the Lord is upon you as you continue your journey through life!

*For more on this topic go to alivefromthecenter.org.

 

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