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Doves, Lamps, Eyes

Doves, lamps and eyes are used in the Bible as symbols of the Holy Spirit. Each of these symbols is independently tied in with the Holy Spirit.

The dove appears in connection with our Lord's baptism. "And John bare record, saying, l saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him [Jesus]." (John 1:32— also Mt 3:16, Mk 1:10, Lk 3:22) It suggests the peaceable nature of the Holy Spirit's influence.

Lamps are identified with the Holy Spirit in Revelation 4:5. Revelation 4 is a symbolic picture of God's throne, "and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." Why 7? Perhaps to show that God's Spirit was active in each of the 7 stages of the Church. The lamps of fire suggest the illuminating and searching power of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is symbolized by eyes in Revelation 5:6. ". . . stood a Lamb as it had been slain [our Lord], having seven horns [7 stages of the Church] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." The eyes here represent the use of the Holy Spirit to perceive, see, and know of all things pertaining to the Church, both of their adversities and their reactions.

Beauties of the Truth, January 1981

Life Through Death

To some, perhaps, the thought that the way to life is only through death, partakes too much of the mystical. A deeper insight into the Apostle's reasoning, however, makes clear that the potential new creature must pass through the process of death to the old nature and a spirit begettal to a new nature: the old must die and all things must become new, a death as real as the death of the soul, and often even more painful. Spirit begettal comes instantaneously at the time of the presentation and acceptance of the body a living sacrifice; but the transformation is a process of growth, which process can never cease as long as the sacrificer remains this side the veil. It is as the Apostle teaches elsewhere, wholly a matter of the will in placing oneself completely under the influence of the Holy Spirit and allowing God to work the transformation by the renewing of the mind.

This thought is supported in [Romans 6] by such statements as "reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, . . . Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. . . Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin." These and other statements of the Scriptures indicate the need for a constant state of submission, of meekness, of teachableness. Then it becomes manifest that this development of the new creature is the gift of God, by the grace o: God and not of personal worth, and that no man can boast.

The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom, November 1937

The New Mind

As the new continues to develop, the human gradually dies, until the death of the one, and the perfection of the other is complete. As "new creatures," we have a measure of the life, spirit, mind of our Heavenly Father. This energizing spirit enables us to carry out that which we covenanted to do-- viz. to make subject, and keep under, our mortal (human) body--crucifying its desires daily, so that its will shall not rule, and these bodies reckoned dead indeed unto their own desires, are made alive unto God--compelled to do the will of the "new creature." Thus while the old mind is treated as if dead, the effect of the new mind is to quicken these mortal bodies, counted dead, making them the living active servants of the new mind. . . .

The results of this new sap (the new mind, the spirit, power, or will of God, dwelling within) introduced into the dead tree, is seen in the fruits. Now the fruits of the spirit are love, faith, diligence, patience, humility, etc.; in short, Godliness (God-likeness) and "if these things be in you and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren, nor unfruitful in the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Pet. 1:5-8.) Such a spirit we are told (John 16:13) will guide us into an understanding of all truth due. It will guide the body as a whole, into all truth.

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The Spirit at Pentecost

This was nothing less than spirit-begettal; the same  holy spirit that had imbued the Head, Christ Jesus, had begun to descend  to anoint his Body, the Church. As each member of his Body has received  this spirit begetting him to the divine nature, it has had the same  effect. When Jesus --received it, he immediately began his preaching ministry. When those at Pentecost received it, they began to use their tongues to prophesy and preach. As each one of us receives it, we tell out the glad tidings at every opportunity, and build up one another  in the most holy faith. We --renounce our earthly interests, aims,  and ambitions, and “walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) We begin a new life. We become new creatures. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians  5:17, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.  Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 

Hidden Gems of Truth, Discourses by Robert Seklemian,

“Greater Works Than These”

QUESTION--Please explain John 14:12: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."    

ANSWER--Whatever may be the meaning of the Master's words, it is obvious that not any of His followers have ever been able to do "greater works" than He accomplished as regards the miraculous works of opening the blind eyes, unstopping the deaf ears, raising the dead, stilling the tempest, etc. The "works," therefore, must be of a different nature, or upon a larger scale.  Both of these are true. The last expression of the verse should be noted in this connection--"because I go unto my Father."  Our Lord, when he ascended on high, and had presented the merits of His sacrifice in behalf of His followers, could then bestow the holy Spirit of sonship upon those who, through faith and obedience, would become members of His Church. These receiving the holy Spirit, or power of God, would be enabled to accomplish the "greater works" of opening the spiritually blind eyes, unstopping the spiritually deaf ears, raising to spiritual life those who were dead in trespasses and sins, and stilling the tempests of the soul; all of which, from the Divine viewpoint, is a far greater work than the merely physical healing, etc. Then again, when the Church of Christ has been glorified in the Heavenly state, the work of raising the dead, and healing, blessing and restoring to full life and health and joy and happiness, will be executed on a world-wide scale, for the promise is that all the families of the earth will be blessed through "The Seed of Abraham"--Jesus and the members of His Body, the Church. (Gen. 22:18; Gal. 3:27-29.)

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Our Faithful Guide   

Holy spirit, faithful guide,
Ever near the Christian’s side,
Gently lead us by the hand,
Pilgrims in a desert land.
Weary souls for aye rejoice,
While they hear that sweetest voice,
Whisp’ring softly Trav’ler come!
Follow me, I’ll guide thee home.

Ever present, truest Friend,
Ever near thine aid to lend,
Leave us not to doubt and fear,
Groping on in darkness drear.
When the storms are raging sore,
Hearts grow faint, and hopes give o’er,
Ah, then whisper, Trav’ler, come!
Follow me, I’ll guide thee home.

When our days of toil shall cease,
Waiting still for sweet release,
Nothing left but time for prayer,
Waiting to be gathered there,
Wading deep the dismal flood,
Trusting still in Jesus’ blood—
Whisper sweetly, Trav’ler come!
Follow me, I’ll guide thee home.