Thursday, March 10, 2016

The humility of God?

What is interesting about the Spirit of God is the Spirit (always in the feminine gender in OT Hebrew) is equally God along with the Father and the Son.

Yet the Spirit basically remains behind the scenes, always pointing us to the Father and revealing to us the Son and his words. Almost the opposite of the Father who is always calling us to recognize the greatness of his glory.

The Spirit is called the Spirit of glory (IPet 4:14) but we are never told to glorify the Spirit. The Spirit is always glorifying or enabling us to glorify others (the Father and Son). 

The contrast is important and significant. This tells us God is not only all glorious but as the Spirit is all humble as well. The Holy Spirit is truly multidimensional and asks nothing of us the Spirit doesn't fully participate in. 

Part of what makes God so great is the Spirit is able to also be so humble and other oriented; not by necessity but by choice. 

We also see this same quality in Christ.

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly (humble, cast down, humiliated - in the original) in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Php 2:6-8 ...who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped (seized, held fast), but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

In addition to the above it requires greater humility to go from being God to man than it does going from being rebellious untrusting creatures to our true status of dependent creatures e.g. to go from a penthouse to an outhouse is a far greater step down than moving from a real house to a fake one. 

The steps God took to bring his love to us was a far greater step of humility than he will ever ask us to take. 

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