Christ In Me: The Holy Spirit
Christ was born around 1 AD. His birth was prophesied 800 years before the actual event. At that time, many names were associated with Jesus. Just a few include:
“Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 7:14; 9:6
There are about a hundred other names used in reference to Christ throughout the Scriptures. We are only going to delve into three of those in this article: Immanuel, Jesus, and Christ.
Immanuel: God With Us
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Immanuel is not a name, so much as it is descriptive of Jesus’ character. Immanuel means God with us. With this description, God is telling us of Jesus’ deity. Before He came to earth, Jesus was fully God. Yet He left heaven to become a part of us; fully God and yet human as well.
“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:30-31
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
His given earthly name was Jesus, which is the name that the angel of the Lord told both Mary and Joseph to give the Child. This name, Jesus, means Savior.
Jesus came to earth so that He could know the struggles we go through and feel the pain that we bear. He came because it was the only way to save us from our sins. Jesus came to be our Savior. It was God’s way of demonstrating His great, abundant, unlimited love for us.
“And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.” Matthew 1:16
Christ is Jesus’ title. Like Mr. or Miss would be for us. Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, which means anointed. In Hebrew, it is translated Messiah. Christ, the Messiah, is the expected deliver. He came to deliver us from our sins.
Christ In Me: The Holy Spirit
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14: 15-18
When Jesus left this earth to return to God, He did not leave us alone. He sent His Holy Spirit to be with us. Not in the same way that He came to earth; one man, limited in time and location, attempting to reach as many as He could. He comes to us individually! His Spirit lives within us. It is a personal experience for anyone and everyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior. It is amazing to me! He can be with everyone, everywhere. He can live in you!
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