We have three dramatic yet diverse readings today. First the confrontation of Elijah with Ahab. It is clear God is in control and directing the course of events in the wayward northern kingdom, but there are still a few who were worthy (at least 100) whom Obadiah had hidden in a cave. God’s punishment on Ahab’s kingdom for its godlessness is a terrible drought.
In Jeremiah we read that he and the remnant of the people are still in Egypt, where the people had been determined to go. There they continued worshipping idols, especially “the queen of heaven”. Most of them perish in their godlessness, but again there is a remnant, “a few in number” who, says God, “shall return from the land of Egypt” (44:28). Paul’s letter to the Corinthians has parallels to this. He makes some extraordinary statements about the privileged position believers have before God, but many in Corinth failed to appreciate this. “You are God’s field, God’s building” (3:9), he tells them. “The wisdom of this world is folly with God” (verse 19). We saw this with Ahab and with those who insisted on going down to Egypt.
“Do you not know”, Paul asks them, “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s Temple is holy and you are that temple” (verses 16,17). The reality in our lives is to sense the presence of God with us – IN us – as a spiritual temple in which God dwells. It is evident that Elijah and Jeremiah sensed this. Tomorrow, we will read of how Elijah tried to escape from this realization.
Over the years there has been times of spiritually unhealthy discussion as to whether we possess the Holy Spirit. We do not, it is the other way around. We are to let the mind of Christ possess us, as Paul told the men of Athens, “he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’” (Acts 17:27,28). “Do you not know” this?
I like the thought that we do not possess the Holy Spirit but the spirit possesses us. “We are to let the mind of Christ possess us”.
Is there a process in which we ask for his spirit to dwell in us? Guiding keeping and bringing us faultless into His presence. Jude 24
Romans 8:9-11 and 15:13
Some may find this a little challenging.