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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

9- Dwelling Of The Spirit And His Work In Us Are Unseen Matters

 

St-Takla.org         Image: The Holy Spirit, engraving at the dome of a church, with the four Evangelists صورة: الروح القدس، نقش أعلى قبة كنيسة، ويظهر صور الإنجيليين الأربعة

St-Takla.org Image: The Holy Spirit, engraving at the dome of a church, with the four Evangelists.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الروح القدس، نقش أعلى قبة كنيسة، ويظهر صور الإنجيليين الأربعة.

3- Dwelling Of The Spirit And His Work In Us Are Unseen Matters

Samuel anointed David with oil and the spirit of the Lord came upon him (2 Sam. 16:13). No one saw the unseen Spirit of the lord, but it happened.

No one was able to see the Holy Spirit descend on the new believers when the disciples place their hands on them (Acts 8:17). The Holy Spirit also came on those anointed (1 John 2:20,27). No one saw the Holy Spirit but its fruits showed in their life.

You may be aware that there is an inner power working in you and for you, without your seeing it. It is what the Lord said “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). This power, the power of the Holy Spirit, guides you to do good, helps you and protects you from sin.

Here we say that our whole life becomes in fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14).

What is this fellowship? How does it take place? How can we be in fellowship with the Godly nature, this an unseen nature? We believe in God's active spirit working in the church, we do not see it but we believe in it.

The apostle said, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”(1 Cor.3:16), “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” (1 Cor. 6:19).

We do not see the Spirit, but we see its fruits.

The Lord said that through the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we can stand before governors and kings, “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matt. 10:20). How does the Spirit of the Father Spirit speak through us? All these things are unseen matters.


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