Monday, February 21, 2011

Gentle Spirit

Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized , went up straightway out of the water: and, lo , the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying , This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Jesus is the son of man, the promised king from David and the Son of God. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased .

This was a voice from heaven that was God, not thunder. Jesus had called James and John "the sons of thunder."

Mar 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

James and John were wanting to call fire down from heaven, lightning with thunder, to punish the Samaritans who would not receive Jesus.

Luk 9:54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
Luk 9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Luk 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.
And they went to another village.

You know not what manner of spirit ye are of. Jesus received the Holy Spirit at the baptism, the Spirit of God descended as a dove. The Holy Spirit is a gentle Spirit, as God is gentle and slow to anger. A dove is a gentle bird, harmless with a quiet voice. Let us see some verses describing this Gentle Spirit.

He is harmless.

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

He is gentle.

1Th 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Tit 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

He is the Comforter.

Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

This same gentle Spirit was in Elijah as he spoke fire down from heaven. God is long suffering but he is also the avenger. Gentle Jesus went to the cross and destroyed the power of Satan. King Jesus will return with a rod of iron to destroy the ungodly, but now we are sent to save, not to destroy, so remember what Spirit you are of and how we are called to witness to the nations. Be gentle for you were once lost and without hope.

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