One of my common expressions at work is “that’s a strange one.” The context is based upon items and products that I stumble upon which I have never heard of before or seen. Many people have the same response to the Bible, especially when you read a term that doesn’t make any sense initially.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit, Galatians 5:25.
When the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, he makes a distinction between the Sinful Nature and the Spirit. If you read chapter five from the beginning you will find there is an internal battle going on. What you want to do and what God desires for you to carry out. Those who live according to the world’s standards give into self gratification. Meanwhile, those who truly decide to follow Christ must internally die to self to allow God’s Spirit to reign.
But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand, Job 32:8.
Elihu of the Old Testament is the first person to make this comparison. Yet, Elihu is referring to signs of spiritual understanding. When someone demonstrates or speaks words of wisdom, its not just the Spirit within mankind. Rather, godliness comes forth through the breath of the Almighty God. May this be your goal in life by yielding control so that the Holy Spirit will shine through you.
by Jay Mankus