The setting for the flow of the spirit

The setting for the flow of the spirit is all God’s blessings. God’s blessings are—what He has done for us, what He is doing in and through us and what He will do. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Messiah Jesus in the heavenly realm (Eph 1:3). God has poured His love into our hearts by His Spirit (Ro 5:1-5). God is enlightening the eyes of our hearts (Eph 1:15-23) to comprehend His blessings.

All of the blessings are by God’s grace. Grace (charis, charin, charitos, chariti, charita), is undeserved favor with the emphasis on favor from God. The one who extends grace has something to give to the recipient, who lacks what is needed and lacks the means to acquire it. God didn’t hold back on extending His grace to each one of us. He measured it out in portions proportionate to the gift of His Son. “The gift of the Messiah is the measure after which grace was given to each one of us” (Eph 4:7 Anchor Bible). Jesus the Messiah brought grace and truth. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 KJV).

Paul begins and ends each of  his letters to the Corinthians and to us with a blessing. We soak up these blessings in our heart and spirit by the Holy Spirit.

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:1-3 KJV

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love in Christ Jesus be with you all. 1 Cor 16:23-24 WNT

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 1:1-2 KJV

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 2 Cor 13:14 ASV

Thus Paul summed up the blessings of God by blessing the Corinthians and us with them. Those blessings encompass the flow of the Spirit.

Grace is God’s power working in us to will and to do His good pleasure (Php 2:13).

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Ro 12:6-8 NASB

Paul wrote of himself. “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Cor 15:10 KJV

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor 12:9 KJV

Paul to Timothy: Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 2:1 KJV

The setting for the flow of the Spirit is the love of God

The love God extends to us brought our salvation, pardoned our sin, sanctified our soul, and fills our hearts with joy and peace. We respond by loving God and one another.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:7-15 NASB

We thrive in relationship with God and one another.

The depth of the connections we have in the community of the King are vital to one another relationships with our brothers and sisters in our Lord and King─Messiah Jesus.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Cor 13:14 ISV

If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions, make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Php 2:1-4 ASV

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