It’s just so weird.
If I had a tally of the time I chit chatted and small talked while at church and among my brethren versus the amount of time we spent just talking about Jesus as we fellowshipped in the Spirit and in the Truth it’d be sad accounting.
I don’t know how to explain it but to say that when I share as the Spirit has shared with me I seem to get a divergent response. Inevitably there are a couple of people who are drawn to it, who sense the Spirit and are edified by him as we share with one another.
Then there’s the majority of the rest. And I don’t know how to explain it except to say it’s as if the Spirit has made them feel naked.
They too sense him move in the place and they’re bothered by him. He scares them.
It’s weird. But I think the church is afraid of the Holy Spirit. I think they fear him because they have fallen from faith back into fear. And not apostasy but simply carnality.
Everything is a function of the flesh. Of the intellect.
But the flesh is no help at all. It is the Spirit that is life. And the Spirit works by grace through faith. And faith comes by hearing the utterance of Christ and it works by love. (Romans 10:17, Galatians 5:16)
In short, I think the church has a very deep seated love issue.
They fear the Spirit because their sin is ever before them and they, knowing God is just and will punish their nakedness are prone to run, hide and look for leaves to cover their shame.
Most often this comes in the form of “good works”, “programs” and “intellectualism” or “theology”.
What they fail to believe is the good news that Israel failed to obtain in their wonderings because they were not united in faith. (Hebrews 3 and 4)
They just don’t really, really believe the good news that while they were yet a sinner, the Father made a way for them and he did it by the crucifixion and resurrection of his precious Son Jesus, who is Christ and Lord.
They question in their heart of hearts this great love. They know it is true intellectually, that is in their Adamic mind but that mind must be crucified on the hill along with Christ!
We must have the mind of Christ! (Ephesians 4:17-24)
And this mind is rooted and grounded in his unsearchable depths of love.
Praise Jesus my savior and friend who has consecrated me unto himself by his own precious blood. Lord you are so worthy of praise!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”Revelation 3:20