Monday, September 1, 2014

Spiritual Breathing

ESSENTIALS OF THE FAITH by Dr Walter Martin ~ "The Bible is a collection of letters and it contains quotes from men (Acts 17:28), angels (Matt 1:20), demons (Mark 5:9), Satan (Job 1:9), and God Himself (Ex 20:1) The Bible is called the Word of God because the whole transcript is an inspired, faithful, and infallible record of what God intended us to know about Himself, the cosmos in which we live, our spiritual allies and adversaries, and our fellow man. The Bible, then, wasproduced by men whose recording of events was divinely supervised and preserved from all the frailties of human error and judgment which are so common in all other religious literature. The Holy Spirit came upon the womb of the Virgin Mary and, despite her sinful nature, imperfections, and limitations, produced the sinless and perfect character who is called the Son of God, so He moved upon the minds and spirits of the recorders of Scripture that, despite limitations in language, culture, and even scientific knowledge, He produced His perfect message to mankind. Both phenomena were miraculous; both were perfect births – one of the Son of Man and the other of a Book, the Word of God. When we speak of the inspiration of the Scriptures, then, we are talking about the process that God used to convey His message. This process is described by the Apostle Paul as a type of spiritual "breathing." In fact, the Greek word theopneustos literally means "God-breathed." The inspiration of the Bible and the concepts just mentioned refer only to the initial "breathing" of God upon the authors of Scripture to produce a copy of His thoughts for man. It is for this original text of Scripture, revealed by God and faithfully recorded by His servants, that the Christian church claims infallibility. Through the centuries God has preserved literally thousands of copies and fragments of these initial manuscripts with only minor transmissional mistakes made by scribes over the years. Historic Christianity affirms the plenary or "full" inspiration of the Bible, and it further holds that inspired concepts can be communicated only by inspired words. Thus, the church is correct in it's belief in the verbal inspiration of the Bible is logically inseparable from the doctrine. The Word of God is God in His Word, speaking to us by His Spirit, through whom the message was initially inspired and infused into the souls and minds of His servants. These "holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:18-21). Speaking through the prophets, God bore record in the Old Testament of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ the Living Word. In the New Testament God testifies to the apostles and the disciples of the Incarnation of His Word (John 1:1, 14). These truths are confirmed experientially by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who carries on the work of confronting men with the written Word, which points them to the living Word. It is the Holy Spirit who validates the witness by transforming those who accept the Bible's testimony to the risen Christ, our only object of saving faith. Is it any wonder that Peter could proclaim of the Lord Jesus, “All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sin." (Acts 10:43)! Thus the Holy Spirit, who inspired the written Word and who anointed the Living Word, perseveres in validating all His work of inspiration through the fulfillment of prophecy and the transformation of lives in response to faith in the Lord Jesus. The action of the Holy Spirit in and upon the sons of Adam is a living reminder to the church that our "labor is not in vain in the Lord." A good question to ask of your own heart is WHY do you want MORE of JESUS, MORE of the HOLY SPIRIT? Why do you want to be healed by the Holy Spirit? James 4:3 ~ Our desire to live should be for the sake of the God that gave us the Spirit. SIMON the magician attempted to buy the gift of God ACTS 8:20 and Peter responded firmly. Do we want it for power? Do we desire to be a better servant to the church and other? According to His will and purpose, for the good and edification of the church.


  1. WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE OF JOHN: He enjoys doing almost anything and he would enjoy doing what makes his companion happy while providing her a place where she feels special and secure. "My purpose is to be all that Jesus would want me to be and have her see Him in me. Without question I am looking for a partner who loves the Lord first and is committed to growing herself and our relationship according to God's will. The qualities of love, joy, and peace, from the Lord, are paramount to me. The Lord left us a new commandment to love one another as He loves us. I will provide that kind of love to my partner and I only ask that she do the same towards me. If we commit this relationship to the Lord, through worship of Him, reading His Word, and praying, this will be a fulfilling relationship for both of us! I'd just like to add...What I think will be nice about our relationship, with Jesus as the foundation, is that all of the activities we will do will be fun and be an expression of God's love to each other. To sum it all up I desire my partner and I to live according to Matthew 6:33. The fullness of life and our relationship will result from living according to that scripture!" John 6/21/11

  2. This is the day the Lord hath made and I am rejoicing in Him. Thank you for encouraging me with His living words. What a surprising delight to write to a man that God Himself must have chose to pen words to me. Yesterday I signed onto mingle for the purpose of deleting my profile...and there was a smile from John. I did not know your name was John just then of course...but when I read your profile "My purpose is to be all that Jesus would want me to be and have her see Him in me." this inspired me to communicate.

    Thank You Jesus for placing John in my path that we may write to one another, and encourage one another - like Paul, Peter and John have edified us through their holy inspired letters.

    "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. " Phillipians 4

    Thank You Jesus for Your gentle peace which guards my heart and mind - for whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy --- it is the Jesus in John that I hear.

    Embrace His blessings this day!
    His gift to me this day is your greeting.