Deut. 16:16, “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: …”
Again, we state the three major feasts in Israel as seen above speak of our journey into the fullness of redemption which is Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles that equals to our redemption of our spirit, soul and Body (1Thes .5:23). And so we read;
Eph. 4: 30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Ampl. Eph. 4: 30, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).
Meaning the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives is more than the gifts of the Spirit that we manifest.
Most importantly is the fact that The Holy Spirit marks us out as the property of God on the earth.
For instance, if you go to a sheep market to buy one, you might see that every sect of animals on displays has marks or branding on them which indicates that of the owner. If you must make a purchase, then you should approach the man with that specific brand on their body.
Even so for the believer there is a mark on you indicating that you belong to God on the earth wherever you find yourself. And this mark is given by God to both secure and display you as His property on the earth until the final moment of His final delivery of all of your being, Spirit, Soul and Body as a purchase possession.
So why grieve not the Holy Spirit?
This is because the Holy Spirit
“…is the guarantee of our inheritance [the first fruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it — to the praise of His glory (Eph.1:14) Ampl.
That is the pledge and foretaste of our heavenly inheritance which actually is our house from Heaven.
Therefore in Romans we are told; “Apart from creation we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the first fruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s sons),” Ampl. Rom. 8:23.
By implication the time will come when all that speaks of evil, sickness, pains, the aging process; etc. will be reversed.
God never intended man to be aged, sick and die; but all these are the consequences of sin through Adam.
The type of body designed for man originally is the type the devil cannot comprehend or overtake or understand (John.1:5).
This is why Adam could not be deceived but Eve was;
“14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression,” (1Tim. 2:14).
Because he was in a Body of Glory. So the fall of Adam was done willingly because Eve, the wife, had fallen.
This therefore is the Body that we are at this moment groaning for, desiring to become ours even without going through the grave, as would be stated very clearly by Paul.
The Future Glory
NLT Rom. 8:18, “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)”
So you see the Holy Spirit is what gives us hope that there is something beyond the moment.
These dying bodies shall be transformed into His glorious Body called the children of God, as it is said of Jesus;
Rom.1:3, “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
It is His resurrection from the grave that fully declared His sonship, not when He was born in Bethlehem of Judaea. And that also is where we are going to and which creation is waiting for.
People of God humanity is not a Guinea pig farm. There is a purpose for man’s creation on the earth.
To be continued…