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What is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of God, which is supposed to dwell within the Christian? I think it is that spirit within some people where they love God and all that he represents --- Honesty, Goodness, Right, Justice, Morality, etc.. It is a spirit that loves God and Goodness and eschews Evil. This spirit is the Spirit of God. It is a healthy, wholesome, buoyant spirit --- a spirit characterized by all that is Honest, Right, Just, Decent and Good. And, in contrast, there is an opposite type of spirit, a Spirit of Darkness, a spirit that finds enjoyment in the Wrong, the Immoral, the Indecent, the Dishonest, and the Bad. This spirit is the Spirit of Satan and it is the spirit that appears to characterize the vast majority of mankind, the general masses. Most people seem to get great enjoyment from the Immoral, the Wrong, the Bad --- as indicated by their humor, their off-color jokes, their taste in entertainment, etc.. It is this spirit of Badness and Darkness that rules them. Who is the true son of God? He is the man after God's own heart and spirit --- a person who loves and values the same things that God loves and values. The man who loves Right and Good just as God loves Right and Good. We are all sons of God (or children of God) in the sense that he created us all --- but we are not all his sons in spirit. It is like an honest, good, right-thinking man who has a son. The son is a son in flesh. That is a fact that nothing can change. But is the son a son in spirit? He is if he grows up loving Goodness, Right, Justice etc. as his father does, if he listens to what his father teaches him concerning Right and Wrong and is an obedient son and follows his father's ways. Then he is a son of his father not only in flesh but in spirit. He is a son after his father's own heart, a son his father can be proud of. But, on the other hand, if he grows up following the ways of Evil, loving and following the Wrong, the Immoral and the Bad he is a son of his father in flesh but not in spirit. There is a wall between him and his father. They are of the same flesh but opposing spirits. And what is really more important --- being of the same flesh or of the same spirit? What is the most important type of sonship --- of the flesh or of the spirit? What makes for a son in truth (in the deepest, most profound sense), being of the same flesh or of the same spirit? Jesus said, "For whosoever shall do the will of my father who is in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother." What do you think he meant? Mar 1982 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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