Experiencing Christ

The Essential Spirit and the Economical Spirit (2)

John 7:37 …If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. (38)  He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.  (39)  But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Luke 24:49  And behold, I send forth the promise of My Father upon you; but as for you, stay in the city until you put on power from on high.

[Part 2 of 3]
In the Gospel of John the Spirit of life in resurrection is likened to water for us to drink. In Luke 24:49 the economical Spirit is likened to clothing that we put on. Water is for life inwardly, and clothing is for work outwardly.

Let us use a policeman as an illustration of the difference between the essential Spirit for life inwardly and the economical Spirit for power outwardly. A policeman does not put on his uniform in order to quench his thirst. Thirst cannot be quenched by putting on a uniform. A policeman clothes himself with a uniform when he is about to go on duty, that is, when he is ready to work as a policeman.
Suppose a policeman drank something to quench his thirst and then went to work without his uniform. If he did this, no one would pay attention to him as he tried to give orders on the street. No matter how much he may drink to quench his thirst, a policeman still must put on his uniform when he is about to work as a policeman. If he is clothed in his uniform, others will respect him. Through this illustration we can see the difference between drinking and being clothed. Drinking is inward, but being clothed is an outward matter.

[continued tomorrow]

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