‘‘And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead…’’ Rom. 1:4
Additional reading: Rom. 15:16; 1 Cor. 6:19; Tit. 3:5
The Godhead has three distinct personalities with outstanding qualities. Though they all work towards a common goal, their personalities determine how each one of them operates.
In his opening words to the Church in Rome, Paul declared himself a servant of Jesus Christ called to be an apostle and one separated unto the gospel, which was promised by God long a go by the prophets. Paul made it very clear that the gospel was about Jesus Christ. In doing this, he established two things: (1.) Jesus was the Son of David according to the flesh. (2) He is the Son of God by the Holy Spirit.
‘‘And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness [hagiosyne: sacredness (i.e. properly the quality):- holiness], by the resurrection from the dead…’’ You must note that the Spirit of God is not an ordinary Spirit. He is the Holy Spirit. In other words, there is the quality of holiness about Him making Him different from other spirits. Where it not for the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ, the Spirit that came upon Mary, the conception and birth of Jesus Christ might have been like any other. But the Holy Spirit in Him made Him different from conception to His birth, death and resurrection. ‘‘The Good News is about God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As a human, he was born from the family of David, but through the Holy Spirit he was shown to be God’s powerful Son when he was raised from death.’’ (ERV). ‘‘But was marked out as Son of God in power by the Holy Spirit through the coming to life again of the dead; Jesus Christ our Lord…’’ (BBE).
We shall go a little bit further to establish the fact (as in the Scriptures) that the Spirit of God alone has the quality of holiness that Marks Him out from all other spirits. Looking again at Paul’s writing to the Church in Rome, he said: ‘‘He chose me to be a servant of Christ Jesus for the Gentiles and to do the work of a priest in the service of his good news. God did this so that the Holy Spirit could make the Gentiles into a holy offering, pleasing to him.’’ (Rom. 15:16 CEV)
Note what he said: (1) As in Romans 1, he said God chose him to be a servant of Jesus Christ. (2) He also said that he was specifically sent to the Gentiles. (3) Was sent to them to do the work of a priest. (4) That the Gentiles
Priests in Old Testament times offered sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people so that they may have unhindered fellowship with God. In this case, he said he was sent to the Gentiles to do the work of the priest (preaching the gospel) so that the Gentiles may become holy through the unique quality of God’s Spirit deposited in them. Before the preaching of the gospel, Gentiles remained a people without God, but by the preaching of the gospel, those who believe manifest the unique quality of God’s Spirit—they become holy.
In this same vein, Paul while writing to the Church in Corinth said: ’’Don’t you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don’t belong to yourselves.’’ (1 Cor. 6:19 GW). Paul wrote this letter to address some Greek cultural problems, which at that time was taking its toll on the Church. Some of the problems were sexual immorality, idolatry, Greek philosophies, etc.
In this chapter, he made it known to them that now that they were in the LORD; they were to keep their bodies pure unto the LORD by keeping away from the sin of sexual immorality, which defiled the body. As unbelievers they had no relationship with God, and in fact the Spirit of God had nothing to do with them. But as children of God and with the Spirit of God indwelling in them, thus, marking them out as unique people, they were to uphold the unique character of the Holy Spirit, which was now in them. Without the Holy Spirit in them, they were like every other person. But with the Holy Spirit in them, their bodies became the temple of the Holy Spirit: ‘‘Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? And you are not the owners of yourselves…? (BBE)
Just as holiness is the nature of the Holy Spirit, anyone with the Holy Spirit indwelling in him must in like manner exhibit the true nature of the Holy Spirit.
Meditation: I am God’s temple and holiness is my nature!
Prayer: As Jesus Christ was declared to be the Son of God through the Holy Spirit, let my life also reflect God by the Holy Spirit in me.
Question: Why are you different from those of the world?