The locksmith eyed this birdfeeder and mentioned it might attract more bears than birds...oops.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Upon or In
I am officially skipping small group tonight. The house is dark and I'm the only one here...so if I went and didn't make it home, no one would know but me and I'm not here cause I'm out...not getting safely home. Okaaay.
God's been talking to me lately about the difference between 'UPON' and 'IN'.
In the Old Testament (OT), the Holy Spirit would come 'UPON' people for a time, a season or a purpose. The Spirit of God came 'UPON' Saul, and then left Saul. The Spirit of God came 'UPON' Otheniel, Gideon, Jephthah and David.
And then we see the blood offering for the remission of sins in OT times.
Blood was sprinkled seven times before the veil in the sanctuary and placed UPON the horns of the incense altar.
Also, we see the Lord telling the Hebrews to put blood UPON their houses and He will pass over them and the plague won't destroy them. A lot of UPON going on...temporary remission of sins, temporary Spirit of God...UPON didn't have too much stick-to-itness!
But enter in Jesus...the Lord's own offering ....Christ, our Passover blood. The one perfect, last needed blood sacrifice.
The difference though, is when he said, "This is My blood of the new covenant which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins." He didn't pour the wine UPON them...He told them to drink it...it went IN THEM...not UPON them.
As the new covenant is not one of UPON but one of IN.
The Holy Spirit now abides with us and IN us. (1 Cor.6:19, John 14:16-17) It is a permanent indwelling of God's Spirit for revelation, inspiration, and as a seal representing God's possession of us , preserved until that great day of redemption.
IN like INTIMATE, INDWELLING, .INFINITE LOVE.
Think of it this way...would you rather have chocolate UPON you, or IN you?