When a person chooses to receive the Spirit of Jesus Christ, they are inviting the living Spirit of God to indwell, or occupy their vessel. As a spirit, each person possesses a soul and a body.
Therefore, when spiritually dead people invite the living Spirit of God to make them alive in Christ, it’s helpful to know—or at least be reminded of—something:
Just what or who is being invited in—to occupy this vessel?
Make no mistake about it. An infusion of spirit and soul occurs in this supernatural conversion act of God. Receiving God’s Spirit isn’t a leap of faith.
Rather, it’s a step of trust based upon good, solid evidence. Right?
That’s right! So, who are we inviting in when we come to Jesus and receive Him for the forgiveness of sins—along with an everlasting, meaningful, love relationship with our Heavenly Father?
Is it really the Spirit of God? Is it really our Heavenly Father, mighty Creator of the Universe? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?
“Receiving God’s Spirit isn’t a leap of faith. Rather, it’s a step of trust based upon good, solid evidence. Right?”
Let’s take a peek at what Jesus has said about Himself, along with a few other, interesting claims the Bible makes:
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
“Come down from Heaven?” Wow!
Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”
“you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
“Claim to be God?” Wow, again!
“Yes, I am the bread of life!”
—John 6:48 NLT
Strange, but fascinating! No?
Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘?”
—John 14:9 NASB
“Father?” Jesus? Do you mean Heavenly Father, God over all of creation? Sounding pretty much so, isn’t it? You know it!
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!”
—John 8:58 NLT
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
—Luke 10:22 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
—John 14:6 NASB
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”
—John 1:1-4 NIV
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
—John 1:14 NLT
“The woman said unto him, I know that Messiah comes, who is called Christ: when he comes, he will tell us all things.”
Jesus said unto her, “I that speak unto you am he.”
—John 4:25,26 KJ2000
We just saw only a few but very convincing statements of Jesus claiming to be God. He certainly believes He is God and made many claims surrounding it, offering many convincing proofs.
He performed miracles, not the least of which was predicting his own crucifixion and resurrection.
All of this only for these things to be recorded in history. They were recorded with the evidence of an empty tomb.
Jesus ain’t playin’! He’s God and when you chose to invite Him in, God came to live inside of you, forever!
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”
—2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV
If you have met the test, and I’m confident you have … you are more than a conqueror!
Know your identity and refuse to trade it in for falsely humble labels which are not what Jesus died and rose for. Amen? Amen! You’re adopted as a child of the One, true King!