In honor of Pentecost, I want to share just a few of the great parallels of Scripture. I was reminded this morning, as I read in John 20, of how the Spirit gives life.
Follow along with me as we discover the Old in the New!
“When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
John 20:20-22 (ESV)
John 20 tells of when Jesus first appears to His disciples after His resurrection. He shows evidence of His identity, speaks peace into their purpose, and breathes life onto them. All He required was that they receive. They believed after seeing Him with their own eyes, now they needed to receive.
These verses in John reminded me of another time when God breathed life into man.
In Genesis 2:7 (ESV), “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
In the beginning, God shows evidence of His identity through creation, He establishes peace and harmony in the circle of life in the garden, and He breathes life into Adam and Eve. All He required was that they receive His provision, and not partake of what wasn’t meant for them to know (evil).
God Himself breathed life into man, just as Jesus breathed life into His disciples, and subsequently all believers, in the Person of His Holy Spirit. We are made in the image of God and empowered to live by His Spirit who dwells in our innermost being. Just as the presence of God once dwelt in the innermost chamber of the temple, the Holy of Holies, your body is now His temple (1Cor. 6:19) and your soul is now His Holy of Holies.
Jesus prayed for us in John 17, before He traveled to the cross, that just as He and the Father are one, that “they also may be in us”. As Lysa TerKuerst so beautifully expressed, we are living in between two gardens. Yet, the Holy Spirit gives the hope and begins the restoration of Eden in our souls.
So many fascinating parallels!
Jesus breathes life into us so that we will choose to live and breathe and have our being in Him. Believe and receive the Spirit of life. Trying to live by the law in your own strength leads to spiritual death, but the power of the Holy Spirit gives spiritual life!
Please feel free to share some of your favorite parallels in Scripture!