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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Pentecost — It's All About Jesus

By Ken Horn
May 23, 2010

In Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul challenges Christians to “be imitators of God” (v. 1, NKJV) and to “be filled with the Spirit” (v. 18). The two go together. Being filled with the Spirit will certainly help in the goal of being godly. But being filled with the Spirit is not an end in itself or just a one-time experience.

Ephesians 5:18 literally means, “Be being filled,” or, “Keep on being filled with the Spirit.” It is intended to be a process that is continuous throughout the life of each believer.

Paul connects the fruit of the Spirit to this process (v. 9). These are active in varying degrees in the lives of all Christians, and find their greatest fruitfulness amidst the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Paul lists them in Galatians 5:22,23: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” The word “fruit” is singular but ninefold. That means the nine come as a package. It is up to each individual believer to attentively cultivate them as he would a fruit vine. And some need more attention than others. Spiritual fruit are cultivated by the believer’s relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

But the glory goes to Jesus. The Holy Spirit does not exist to call attention to himself, but to reveal and glorify the Son of God (John 15:26).

Perhaps no verse illustrates this better than Acts 4:13: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

Peter and John were among those who had recently been filled with the Spirit. This fullness of the Holy Spirit had one defining aspect — it caused people to think about Jesus.

The believer who seeks more of Jesus receives more of His Holy Spirit, and in turn, becomes more like Jesus. Pentecost Sunday is about the Holy Spirit. But ultimately, it’s all about Jesus.

Ken Horn

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