God created strength
Keyword: Spirit of God, Holy Spirit
The Hebrew word for spirit originally means "wind, breath". The Spirit of God is the power that proceeds from God and creates life. What is meant is the power through which God created the world and life (cf. Genesis 1: 2) and maintains it (cf. Psalm 104: 29-30). But the Spirit of God also has effects on people: The Spirit fills a person and drives him to a specific deed (cf. Judges 3.10; Judges 13.25). He can move prophets into ecstasy (1 Samuel 10: 10-12) and actually move a person to another place (cf. 1 Kings 18:12; Ezekiel 8: 3). When the Spirit of God works and lives permanently in a person as with David (cf. 1 Samuel 16:13) or a prophetic figure (cf. Isaiah 42.1; Isaiah 61.1), this is a sign of a special bond with God and commissioning through him (cf. John 1,32-34).
Old Testament prophets have announced for the future that the Spirit of God will fill and dwell in all people (cf. Ezekiel 36:27; Joel 3: 1-2). According to the New Testament, this promise was fulfilled through Jesus. Jesus himself was filled with the Spirit of God from his baptism (cf. Mark 1:10; Luke 4.1 and Luke 4.18). Even more: He was entirely a creature of this spirit (cf. Matthew 1: 18-23; Luke 1: 30-35). But he also promised this spirit to those who believe in him (cf. Luke 24:49; Acts 2: 32-33; John 14:16; John 15:26).
With baptism the Spirit is given to all who believe in Jesus. The experience that the Spirit of God stands by them makes believers certain that they are part of the kingdom of God that Jesus is establishing (cf. Ephesians 1: 13-14).
The spirit shapes the believers in their behavior, e.g. it brings about love and patience (cf. Galatians 5: 22-23). But it also expresses itself in numerous spiritual gifts, i.e. certain gifts and abilities that the spirit gives to believers. These spiritual gifts include, for example, the ability to know the will of God for the church. Spiritual gifts serve to help the Christian community grow and be strengthened (cf. Romans 12: 3-8; 1 Corinthians 12: 1--11; Ephesians 4: 7-13).
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