Rev. Aaron Linford
THE BREATH OF LIFE
There is a paradox of Christian experience in the terms “Spirit in you” (cf Rom 8:9) and “you in Spirit” (Rev 1:10). But this is resolved by analogy of the atmosphere that surrounds us.
THE BREATH OF LIFE OUTSIDE. The air we live in is ubiquitous, it surrounds our whole environment. It carries the essential of life, oxygen; it receives our output of carbon dioxide: thus completing the cycle of life. It exerts pressure, it produces climate, it absorbs meteoric attacks, it shields us from harmful rays from outer space. So we “live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28), surrounded by the Spirit’s omnipresence His nearness ministers the essentials of spiritual life, protects us from alien forces, presses our spirits with awareness of His holy presence. Christians live and walk “in the Spirit” (Gal 5:25).
THE BREATH OF LIFE WITHIN. Physically, we have the ability and the capacity to breathe in the life-sustaining air. So with the Holy Spirit: He surrounds us, but He can also fill us. But we must breathe in the holy air. Our spiritual life depends on this inspiration. In fact the double-action of respiration, the inbreathing and the outbreathing of God is life indeed. We take of Him; we tell of Him; this breath of life creates and preserves in us our spirituality.