Daily Lectionary: Numbers 20:22-21:9; Luke 20:45-21:19

The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Alleluia. (Psalm 68:3, from the Introit for Pentecost Sunday)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Of course, the Spirit is omnipresent. He’s God, and so He is everywhere. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalms139:7 ESV). Still, the Spirit isn’t present everywhere in the same way.

For example, sometimes the Spirit is visibly present, but other times He hides Himself. Also, the Spirit is with unbelievers in some sense, but not in the same way that He is with His Church.

In the Old Testament, the Spirit was present with His people in some ways, and yet He was absent, too. God did not pour out His Spirit on most people (Numbers 11:26-30). Sometimes God would pour out His Spirit on special people, people who had special vocations like kings, prophets, and judges. God gave people His Spirit to empower them for a particular ministry.

The new age is different. Now, “the Spirit of the Lord fills the world.” In other words, every Christian is given an equal portion of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit resides in every Christian, regardless of gender, race, nationality, or vocation. The Spirit resides in you with His grace. He applies the blood of Christ to you in order to make you His holy temple (1 Corinthians 6:19).

The Spirit’s presence is a source of comfort, because He is a down payment (Ephesians 1:14). In other words, if you have the Spirit, you belong to the new creation and eternal life is your inheritance! The Spirit has made you a member of God’s family and He will nourish your faith, lest you fall away.

Like I said, God gave special people His Spirit in the old age to empower them for special tasks. If you have God’s Spirit, then you have a special calling. You are a priest and a king. Through the Spirit’s power, you will bring God’s blessing to others and serve your neighbors in imitation of your King. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, And make our hearts Your place of rest; Come with Your grace and heav’nly aid, And fill the hearts which You have made. (Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest, LSB 499:1

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