Out of The Body Experience
In The Body Experience
1 Corinthians 12:13
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
I am certain I’m going to touch some nerves of some people in this devotion, if you are one of those, I trust you will read with an open mind and be a thinker. Study these devotional thoughts closely, and I believe if you are a studious individual you will see clearly, this is only Biblical teaching, and not opinions.. thank you and enjoy your read!
Well I am now certain again, that I now have your attention. So let’s jump right on in. I am opening our Devotional Thoughts with an illustration for putting our thoughts into action.
In the 1890’s, mountain climbers who fell and survived gave stories about how their whole life flashed before them, before they landed. A French psychologist named this phenomenon in English “an experience of imminent death.” In 1943, a man by the name of G. Tyrrell wrote a book called, “Apparitions,” in which he introduced the term “out of body experience” referring to the same type of phenomenon. Those two terms have now changed into what we call “a near death experience.” Even though there is a tremendous amount of interest in these types of experiences, I am much more interested in what I call an “in the body” experience.
1 Corinthians 12:13, describes the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Baptism can be a controversial Christian subject if not biblically understood. Simply put, the baptism of the Holy Spirit puts us into the Body of Christ, and it happens the moment we believe in Jesus Christ. The Body of Christ is not “a church,” but rather “The Church.” The Body of Christ is the family of God made up of all believers everywhere. It is important to understand that you can be a part of “a church,” but not be a part of The True Church. You can be baptized in water (whether sprinkled or immersed), without truly knowing Jesus. But when you are baptized by the Holy Spirit it is because you truly know and have trusted Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour !
The baptism of the Holy Spirit never happened in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit would come upon people, but He never stayed inside of people. No one in the Old Testament was baptized into what we would call “The Church,” because there was no Church, Yet. The Church was not established until Pentecost – the time when God’s Spirit first came to live inside the followers of Jesus Christ. This was the birth of God’s Church.
We are commanded in the New Testament not to be baptized by the Holy Spirit, but to believe in the Son of God. Why? Because when the Spirit of God leads us to believe in the Son of God, He baptizes us into the Church of God. This baptism happens at the moment of belief. Water baptism, therefore, is a picture of what God has already done by His Grace, through Faith !
Have you been baptized by the Holy Spirit through belief in the Son of God? If this is a true in you, then you have had , an “In The Body Experience “ !
Dear LORD, I thank you for my Salvation! You made it possible for me to be In You. I am thankful for my water Baptism! Although I know that had nothing to do with my Savlvation, I do know that it was my first act of obedience to your Word. Dear Jesus, I am so thankful I have been Baptized into Your Body... A Body of Believers. Amen.