“The (Holy) Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Corinthians 2: 11-12
Professionals spend their lives, at a cost of millions of yearly dollars, simply observing animals and recording even the slightest behavior. This summer some got very excited when a male chimp disciplined his female companion using a stick as a weapon. This event demonstrates a “spirit” not seem before.
The word “spirit” occurs here with different meanings. The Holy Spirit of God is the communicator, comforter, guide, encourager and motivator sent to Christ’s followers when He ascended into heaven. Many passages of scripture identify the Holy Spirit as God’s communicator. The Holy Spirit gives information to followers about God’s attitude, character, interests, intentions and desire. The second use of the word “spirit” speaks to an earthly condition. The spirit of mankind refers to the attitude, character, interests, intentions and desire common to human beings.
Just as human beings cannot fully understand the “spirit” in animals so is it impossible for human beings to understand God’s spirit without some channel of direct communication. God came to this earth in the flesh and walked among us so that human beings would personally experience His “spirit”. Then He suffered physical death and rose from the grave finalizing His identity. These events opened a clearer line of communication between God and human beings so that, through the redeeming work of Christ Jesus, all could understand His will and character.
Chaplain Don Russell
Arrow Epistle—- The Spokane Outreach Center -http://www.spokaneoc.com – 1014 N. Pines Spokane, WA 99216 Volume V, Issue 141 09/10/02
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Appearing Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003