Filled with the Holy Spirit

John 3: 31-36
Acts 5:27-33 / Ps 34

He does not ration His gift of the Holy Spirit.
(John 3:34)

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be
A strong testimony of His love,
So others may see how trustworthy
Is “the One Who comes from above.”

Jesus said, “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of earthly things. But the One who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony. Whoever accepts His testimony certifies that God is true.  For the One whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration His gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Father loves the Son, and has given all things to Him. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; but whoever disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.”  (John 3:31-36)

Reflection

In today’s First Reading, St. Peter boldly faced the Sanhedrin, and filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus (from the dead), though you had Him killed… We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit Whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:30,32). All the Pharisees in the Sanhedrin seethed in anger and wanted to kill them. As opposed to the apostles, these religious leaders  of the Jews obviously had no portion of the Holy Spirit in them.

Those who take pride in their own power or abilities, usually choose to follow a way apart from God’s will. Their choice inevitably leads to death — a spiritual death that poisons the heart and shrivels the soul until nothing is left but an empty shell devoid of love, truth, peace, and joy.

These past few days, the whole world witnessed with jubilation the details of the raid and death of Osama bin Laden, considered as the leader of the most evil terrorist organization in the modern world. For almost a decade this man had been able to elude justice. His power was sustained by a different kind of spirit, poisoned by vengeance, and driven by a passion to destroy civil society, much like the notorious Pol Pot of Cambodia before him. Clearly, “the wrath of God remained upon him.”

In this season of Easter, the Scripture readings highlight the message that our Lord Jesus imparted to his disciples before He ascended into heaven: God the Father has poured His Spirit in full measure on those who have chosen to believe.  As the Spirit empowered the apostles and revealed God’s truth to them, so does He enable us to receive His gifts and understand God’s Word.  For us the choice is never a hard one to make: everlasting life or everlasting death.

Father in heaven, pour out Your Holy Spirit in full measure, so that we may employ His gifts for the glory of Your kingdom here on earth, and live according to all Your decrees. In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.

2 Responses to “Filled with the Holy Spirit”

  1. Troy Johnson  on May 6th, 2011

    Your comments on the Holy Spirit are taken out of context. The gift of the Holy Spirit today in the same gift that God gives and that Jesus gives, that is the promise of eternal life. Acts 2:38

  2. val  on May 12th, 2011

    The woman of Revelation 12 is now here… God is very precise: A woman delivers the true word John1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 who restores Acts 3:21 all things to the world before Christ’s return. This woman exposes the lies of Satan who has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9. This woman creates a new thing in the earth by fulfilling God’s promise to Eve Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22, Isa 14:16. She is meek like unto Moses Num 12:3, she was raised up Acts 3:22 from the Laodicean church that becomes lukewarm because they refused to hear her Rev 3:14-17. She is also bold like Elijah Matt 17:11, her witness alone turns the hearts of the fathers to the children Mal 4:5-6 to prepare a people for the Lords return before the great and dreadful day of the Lord Matt 17:3, Luke 9:30. Moses and Elijah are together with the word Matt 17:3 they all three are in this one woman. Those who will not hear Acts 3:23 the true word of God now delivered to the world free of charge, as a witness, at the heel of time from the wilderness Rev 12:6 will not be allowed inside the walls of God’s coming kingdom from heaven Rev 21. This true word turns the hearts of the fathers to the children of God by giving the truth that not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5. God created evil Isa 45:7 to teach his children the knowledge of good and evil Rom 8:7, Gen 3:22 so that at their resurrection they become a god Matt 22:29-30, Ps 82:6. Prove all things. Be a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. You cannot rightly judge this unless you read all that has been written by this woman first Pro 18:13 http://minigoodtale.wordpress.com check out the bruising of Satan.