Holy Spirit – The Source
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster (tutor) to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith,” Galatians 3:24.
“But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? Yahweh forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin,” Romans 7:8-14.
The law, our schoolmaster that brings us to Christ, became the sword that slew us. Nevertheless, it is necessary in salvation’s scheme for the Spirit to slay the firstborn. This awakens us to the weakness and inability of the flesh; so we will understand the necessity of turning from the materialistic to the Holy Spirit for the strength and wisdom to produce righteousness.
Yahweh’s word reveals the purity and the power of Yahweh. It successfully exposes the weakness and unrighteousness of the creature who is attempting to function without the Spirit of his Creator.
The law tells us what we should do and what we should be, but if it is not mixed with an energy creating conviction, it becomes an unfulfilled law, or mirror, that reveals our sinful image so we might compare ourselves with our Creator. The law convicts us of sinning against the law of Life, Love, and righteousness, but it gives us no strength to measure up to its demands.
Having been given ample opportunity to taste of the fruit of the Tree of Life, and enjoy the blessing that accompanied it, Adam chose the fruit of knowledge because he began to doubt the expressed word and character of Yahweh. By turning from the truth, he rejected Life.
Man’s nature bears witness of his depraved condition and inability to function in life without Spirit energy (faith). Knowledge, law, religion, nor education can never change man’s nature until his spirit is changed or converted. Cults, denominations, and traditions have often educated man to become skilled actors on the stage of life, but only after they become spirit energized, do they begin to function in truth and obtain Life.
Aware of the transition that he is unwillingly involved in, mankind gropes in the shadows of death. But like a drowning man, he continues to resist all efforts for his rescue. Motivated by fear of that which he does not understand, he struggles against and spurns the Life he needs so desperately. Bound by law and blinded by sin, he is often attracted to and victimized by religious tradition with its pomp and ceremony, which is so appealing. He vainly attempts to appease a God who is neither angry nor vindictive, but is always standing with open arms to receive and redeem his blinded creation. But as Yahweh was rejected in the garden, so is he rejected by most of the religious world today.
The law is often accepted while the Holy Spirit is rejected. If the creature really was convinced of the goodness of Yahweh’s word, he would gladly walk in its principles. But man’s selfish heart will not permit him to accept the principles of Love in the realm of faith, because Yahweh’s word and Spirit are contrary to his nature.
Having never tasted the fruit of the Tree of Life mankind is easily deceived into believing that happiness is experienced through sensations that satisfy the lower nature and not in the sacrifice of self. Mankind often feels that in order to please Yahweh he is obligated to fulfill a law that demands the sacrifice of his appetite and passion. But it is a lifeless sacrifice if he does not offer the life of the beast, which is his first adamic nature.
It makes no sense to the carnal man to sacrifice all that appeals to his lower nature—to him that would be a meaningless existence. This false illusion leads him to believe that sin offers everything, while the way of Life seems foolish and to demanding. He considers religion as an attraction for the dull and demented people only.
If people believed what Yasha taught and if they believed that it offered all that Yasha claimed it offered, they would embrace his teaching and practice his principle. If man desired or believed in Love’s principles, he would see the benefits. But, no man can come to the Father unless the Holy Spirit attracts or draws him.
Carnality is not drawn to the Spirit. Only the spirit that prefers justice, love and truth is drawn by, or attracted to, the righteousness of Yahweh. The principle of loving and sharing does not appeal to a selfish, self-orientated individual.
When we accept the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit), he changes our vile nature: Yahweh’s word becomes a way of joy and peace. We no longer struggle to feed our depraved appetites and selfish desires, while at the same time attempting to appease an outraged god and fulfill the demands of a law that is contrary to our nature.
If we accept Yahweh’s Spirit, we are changed by his love so that his law becomes our law of delight. We will keep his commandments because it is our will and nature to do so and through the satisfying of the law, we are satisfied and refreshed.