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Devotional - week of December 6, 2009


PICTURE OF THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE

Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. And He said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it."  Genesis 15:6-7

Immediately following God’s reckoning Abraham to be righteous because of his faith, He promised to give Abraham the land of Canaan. See the same sequence of events in the new believer.

 

… that the blessing of Abraham (being reckoned righteous by faith according to Galatians 3:6-7) might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Galatians 3:14

 

As God followed his justification of Abraham with a promise, He follows the justification of a new believer with the immediate fulfillment of the promise f the Holy Spirit.

 

In addition to this parallel of justification followed by a promise in the lives of Abraham and a new believer, consider a second parallel. It concerns the nature of the promises received. First, read a description of the land of promise by Moses. He says that it is a land of:

 

… large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant.  Deuteronomy 6:10-11

 

At the moment God declares a new believer to be righteous, he receives the promise of the Holy Spirit who will do good things in and through him, which he cannot do for himself or others in his own wisdom and strength. Moses’ description of the land of promise is a beautiful picture of the Spirit filled life.

 

All believers can continually be filled with the Holy Spirit who lives in them by continually living out their union with Christ.