With Christians the power of the Holy Spirit is prominent. Many do fellowship in the spirit and act according to divine commands from Almighty God, by holding the Scriptures to be authoritative. Since Pentecost, Christians have been blessed by this outpouring. This awareness brings overwhelming experiences often accompanied by visions of heaven. Living according to this life-giving spirit their utterances are inspired by God. Being led by the spirit people walk in the light and are full of life. Alexander Pope (1688–1744), an 18th-century English poet said, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Those who walk in the spirit are quick to forgive. Like Pope they realize life entails this forgiveness which comes with blessings.
This power of the spirit brings about unifying bonds. These are with other people during their lifetime. These relationships are divinely sealed with friendships. Many Christians form lasting bonds with their spouses. But as members of the church they also devote themselves to pastoral outreach. They exemplify what’s ideal between the liturgical center and the periphery of worshipers, and there’s a natural osmosis between the church’s hierarchy and parishioners.
In the church much thought goes into the role of the sacraments. Every attempt is made to enhance a family’s life. Young people learn about standards concerning what it means to date and be happily married. Christians’ values are perpetuated as the foundation on which to build relationships inside and outside the church’s community.
The Messianic Age
The power of the spirit has ushered in the Messianic Age. It brings with it the inspiration of the Gospel. It’s the new age of blessings bestowed on every believer. Being a new creation in Christ people are inspired by the spirit. By their industriousness the church benefits from their talents. Believers who experience the outpouring of faithfulness are inspired through these lights. It isn’t unusual to hear Christians describe with hopeful joy that it feels like heaven on earth.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), an English playwright wrote, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last create what you will.” The Messianic Age is more than our imagination. It’s a superb gift which has been freely given to every man, woman and child concerning how they must open their hearts to the Lord.
Harvest of Mankind
Our salvation is guaranteed. It’s what God has completed on the cross. This state is the seed of divine life open to everyone who seeks Christ. It begins with the circumcision of the heart, frees us from the liberation of legalisms, and it’s a gift of charity. As people live they will have renewed encounters with the Risen Christ. As holy people they will be defending the Christian traditions in a broken world. Being baptized Christians they are the natural followers of Christ. Og Mandino (1923–1996), an author said, “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Be sure to sow good seed for your harvest will be plentiful. Be fishers of men for the Lord because you’re assured your catch will be abundant.