Zechariah 12:1: The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus saith Jehovah, who stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him:
The spirit of man within him was originally formed in the Garden of Eden when God breathed into the nostrils of man his breath, the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). But from the words of Jesus when he mentioned that to be born again means that we have the Holy Spirit of God again birthing a new spirit in us, saying that which is born of the flesh (natural birth) is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:1-8); It shows that what went amiss in man in the Garden of Eden was the spirit. It the Spirit was still intact (God is Spirit and he imparted the same to the man made in his image) in man, there would be no need for being born again, (the Holy Spirit birthing a new spirit in us).
Man lost something of his spiritual essence in the Garden of Eden. Paul puts it this way: all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23-25). Man was meant to share the full glory of God but disqualified himself through sin. Note also that the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of glory (1Peter 4:14). It was his presence in the life of the created man that made it possible to for him express divinity, just as God wanted (Genesis 1:26-28).
It is interesting that in the Old Testament we have references to the spirit of man (which sometimes means attitude of mind or emotion; and mostly does not have anything to with God), but everything they express are mere flashes of the possibilities that resides with the spirit (from God originally); whether prophet, a king like David, or even Moses. Since the bible says that death reigned over all of them no matter their perceived “prestige” and relevance to the plan of God (Romans 5:12-21).
That is why Jesus said that John is the greatest man born of a woman but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than him (Matthew 11:11, Luke 7:28) because those in the kingdom are also born of the Holy Spirit (and not just born of a woman). You may not be able to beat John in “prestige”, but you beat him in spiritual essence, if you are a believer in the resurrected Jesus.
Everyone including great Abraham is less than John in spiritual “prestige” (he was the fore-runner of the saviour) but the weakest, littlest Christian is even greater than him (we are his brethren [Hebrews 2:11-12, 17, 3:1], more equal to him than all the people prior to John the Baptist). The parameter used to determine greatness is the presence of the Holy Spirit “in” us (permanently) which people in the Old Testament could only dream of (1Peter 1:10-11).
Jesus, talking to Nicodemus went into deep theological teaching that except a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Being born again is expressed as having a new spirit in us.
Remember that Jesus has now become the life-giving spirit (1Corinthians 15:45). And when we believe in and receive him; we have the right to become sons of God (John 1:12) (he impacts the Spirit of adoption to us whereby we can call God our father [Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6]) sharing the same essence with God, just as the original man he made in the Garden of Eden.
Remember that man had his body formed from the dust, but the focus verse said that God formed the spirit of man within. The spirit stands for the essence of man. Jesus hinted at the importance of the spirit when he said: make the tree good and the fruit will be good also (Matthew 12:33). It means change the essence of a man and the output from his life will be different (dead works [Hebrews 6:1, 9:14] comes from dead spirit [Ephesians 2:1-10], while good works comes from the life of the spirit within). Jesus did not just come to present new teachings to us, he came to infuse new life into us, and the Holy Spirit is called the spirit of life (Romans 8:1-17).
We all need to be spiritually controlled. There are all manner of influences that come from the outside, but God through the new birth establishes new life to us, changing us from the inside, the new life is not just a feel-good thing, it is God’s means of establishing his command and control center in us by the Holy Spirit.
Paul wrote that Christ in us is the hope of glory (Colossians 2:17) – the glory of God lost in the Garden of Eden, is restored to us in Christ, through the Holy Spirit in us. The glory-loss corresponds to the spirit-loss because the Holy Spirit is called the spirit of glory. And before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed that God would impact on those who will believe in him his glory (John 17:5, 22).
The spirit of man within makes all the difference in the life of the believer. That makes us God carriers, since the Holy Spirit represents the presence of God.
Whatever God (creative mind) wants to do, is declared by the Word (the creative decree, Jesus) and effected by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the creative force, who makes us into new creatures following the prototype of Jesus Christ. He is the one who makes it possible for us to love God as it is written: the love of God has been poured abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which he has given to us (Romans 5:5). That means the Holy Spirit is in us, in our heart, in the core of our being.
God also guides us is through the Holy Spirit. Paul said that as many as are led by the Holy Spirit are the children of God; that is through the Holy Spirit via our new spirit born in us, which is of the Holy Spirit.
Individually, we are supposed to experience renewal of our physical body by the resurrection power delivered by the Holy Spirit to it through the new spirit within us.
Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit in us wants to quicken, that is, give life to our mortal bodies. That means the presence of the spirit in you should have an impact on your body (organs, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, skin, fluids) in the here and now. The resurrection life of the Holy Spirit was what raise Jesus from the dead is in us (Ephesians 1:15-23).
Even in the Old Testament, we read that the spirit (internal operational principle) of a man sustains him in infirmities, and a wounded (ineffective) spirit is not desirable (Proverbs 18:14). What that correspond to in the New Testament is that the spirit within is not something that is caged within the body, but flows to touch the soul (transforming it) and the body (healing and establishing it in health).
The three components of man according to Paul are: spirit, soul and body (1Thessalonians 5:23). Understanding there characteristics and dynamics will help you to go a long way. When you understand yourself, then you can begin the journey of living fully. Paul wrote that in understanding we should be men (1Corinthians 14:20), matured, thoroughly informed; while in malice, we should be babes (ignorant).
You need to realise that the lust of the flesh (the motions of the bodily senses) should be controlled (Galatians 2:22-23), while the soul should be transformed by the word of God (Romans 12:1-2), not just learning it, but obeying it (James 1:22-25). Change comes from obedience or disobedience. I hope there is no point in which you are constantly disobeying God. That means that your heart, conscience is being hardened (1Timothy 4:1-2) as you are grieving the Holy Spirit within you (Ephesians 4:23-32) till you totally shut him out. And it would be as if he’s not there.
Disobedience changed Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3); it also changed Saul into someone tormented (1Samuel 15-16). In the same way obedience has a way of changing you for good. Obedience changed Jesus.
He wasn’t walking in power, until he expressed obedience to the word of God, when he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-14 ).
He did not become a life-giving spirit until he obeyed God in the sacrifice on the cross (Philippians 2:5-11). Obedience to God, causes the joy of the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17, 1Thessalonians 1:6) to bubble in you, in your spirit, in your heart.
- What Is The Holy Spirit? (dianasymons.com)
- Your Power in the Holy Spirit (miracles are for today!) (citizenheaven.wordpress.com)
- The Significance of Being Indwelt by the Holy Spirit (924jeremiah.wordpress.com)
- got Spirit? (pt. 2) (joelrosenauer.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit in the Church (thepassionists.org)
- How to be Spirit-Led, Part 2 (christiancounselorpastor.wordpress.com)