God's Original Intent
by Kathleen Whitten
God’s original intent for man is demonstrated in the garden of Eden. Created in God’s own image, man not only walked and talked with God but was filled with His Spirit.
Genesis 2:7 “...the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The word “breath” in the Hebrew language refers to the spirit. The word “life” in Hebrew means quicken, preserve, live forever. So in the very beginning, God filled man with the breath of life – The Holy Spirit.
Immediately after man chose to allow sin (evil, sickness, destruction, separation from God) to enter the world, God began a plan to bring man back to a place of intimacy with Himself. God’s plan through His Son Jesus would give mankind an opportunity to once again be filled with the Spirit of God.
Thousands of years after Adam, yet before His death on the cross, Jesus reveals, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:39 explains, “By this He meant THE SPIRIT, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.” (John 7:37,38,39)
After Christ’s crucifixion and His final ascension into heaven, His followers were gathered in one place. There, united in prayer, the Spirit rested upon each individual and each began to speak in other tongues. (Acts 2:1-11)
The words of the prophet Joel were fulfilled in this moment: “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’” (Acts 2:17,18)
In church young people can learn to receive communion (the shared partaking of the body and blood of Jesus) and celebrate the confirmation of their faith and membership in a church body. But the most important thing in their lives - in all of our lives - is in receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior and asking for God’s Spirit to fill us, change us, and guide us so that we may walk and talk with God on this earth and then go to live with Him forever in heaven.
Peter replies in Acts 2:38,39: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
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