Ezekiel 43:2 (KJV)
2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
So many times throughout scripture when we find the introduction of the Spirit of God it involves His voice which they liken to something which in this case is the noise of many waters and then we find that there is a shining connected to glory. Having established that God is Light and that the Light which was introduced into the darkness and chaos of an empty and void world on the first day of creation was God Himself we can now take this further and understand the power of what it is to receive the Holy Ghost or rather the Holy Spirit.
John 5:25 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Notice that we find that John who has already made the case that Jesus was God (Light) veiled in the flesh and who consistently deals with the knowledge of who Jesus is makes now the statement that the DEAD shall hear the voice and those that HEAR THE VOICE will live. It is quite profound that the actual word “VOICE” in the Greek can actually be translated as “SOUND.” In other words, those that hear the SOUND (VOICE) shall live!
Acts 2:1-2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Notice that Luke does not state that what they heard WAS the sound of rushing mighty wind but rather what they heard could only be best described as rushing mighty wind! They all HEARD the SOUND! Looking through scripture you will quickly find the multiple times in which men heard the VOICE of God and the only way they could explain what they heard was that it was like the sound of thunders or many waters.
Ezekiel 43:2 his voice was like a noise of many waters…
Revelation 1:15 and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Daniel 10:6 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
I will submit that just as in the beginning of creation when God came upon the empty and desolate world covered in darkness which was dead and void of all life that God had to introduce Himself into the world in order for change to occur. The Light John tells us was the LIFE. And so in the book of Acts we find about 120 men and woman sitting in an upper room waiting on the promise of the father which translates as power (Acts 1:8) and SUDDENLY the HEAR A SOUND and that SOUND IS WHAT BRINGS LIFE! Remember the scripture (those that hear the voice(sound) receive life.)
Colossians 2:13 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses
Romans 8:11 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
(Remember it was the Spirit that brooded on the face of the deep and then simultaneously the voice spoke life-Light and from that point EVERYTHING was made in Him, by Him and for Him.)
Now this is what is so powerful about this aspect of life which was received at the introduction of the Spirit into EARTHEN VESSELS. The Bible tells us that in the beginning with the first man Adam that God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. I will submit that this LIFE was the LIGHT of God which was the very image and likeness of God. That is why upon disobedience they plummeted into darkness and how we were called OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.
Now the moment the breath of God was in the man Adam the Bible tells us that man became a “Living Soul.” This literally means exactly as it sounds; that Adam was GIVEN LIFE. Now what is so profound is that when we step onto the pages of the New Testament and Jesus is introduced we find multiple references throughout the New Testament that Jesus was the Second Adam.
The FIRST ADAM was DISOBEDIENT UNTO DEATH and the SECOND ADAM was OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH. One led to DEATH and the other to LIFE! (Why obedience is better than sacrifice!)
The Second man Adam (Jesus) the Bible tells us became a QUICKENING SPIRIT!
1 Corinthians 15:45 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Here is the profundity of the parallel that is drawn. The first man Adam became a living soul (he was given life)and his purpose was to PRODUCE LIFE ( be fruitful and multiply) and the second man Adam became a LIFE GIVER whose purpose was to be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY (promise of Abraham.) When we received the Holy Ghost we received the Spirit of God, the Light which was the LIFE of men and the divine purpose of giving life was resurrected (no pun intended.)
Now, you can take it or leave it, but I personally believe that when we received the Holy Ghost that Paul was speaking more literally when he spoke of adoption and whereby we cried Abba Father. I believe that just as a natural baby opens its mouth and makes noise which gives assurance of the life within that so also did we when we received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Having heard the VOICE (Sound) we received LIFE and we in turn through the utterance of the Holy Ghost cried out in a new language which was the recognition of NEW LIFE given to us and I believe somehow everyone of us cries out ABBA FATHER in that new tongue.
We then in turn have now the MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION which is to restore the relationship that was broken through disobedience. It has become our job to be LIFE GIVERS because the Bible tells us:
Colossians 2:13 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Ephesians 2:5 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
Now when you and I received the Spirit of God we received Light and the purpose which Adam had which was to REFLECT or MANIFEST the Spirit of God in him became ours because the Second Adam had effectively done just that! (God was MANIFEST in the FLESH.) That is why if we LIVE in the Spirit and WALK in the Spirit we are CHILDREN of the DAY!
1 Thessalonians 5:5 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
This is because we were once IN DARKNESS void of Light and yet upon receiving the Holy Ghost we received the Light!
1 Peter 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Isaiah 9:2 2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
2 Corinthians 4:6 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
There are countless scriptures dealing with our conversion from darkness to Light. The same Light that caused a division in the beginning and Day and Night were set in order.
Look at the life of Saul prior to becoming Paul.
Acts 26:13-15 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
At the brightest point of the day a Light shined that was brighter than the noon time sun! That Light was Jesus whom we know was God manifest in the flesh! Then look at the message that Paul continues to preach.
Acts 26:16-18 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (whole new meaning to the song “turn your eyes upon Jesus…look full in His marvelous Light!”)
Thus when we received the Spirit we received Light and became the children of Light and became a part of a kingdom of Light. There is one thing very powerful regarding Light! DARKNESS CANNOT PENETRATE LIGHT!
What did Paul say would keep us from fulfilling the desires of the flesh?
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The equivalent of that is given to us in another verse which understanding that darkness cannot penetrate light…
Ephesians 5:8 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
John 8:12 12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life
John 11:9 9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
John 12:46 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
So in other words Paul was declaring that if we walk in the LIGHT and live in the Light we are abiding in Him just as Jesus proclaimed in the Gospels. To live and walk in Light is to live in a world which DARKNESS cannot penetrate!
How many of us have read the scripture time and time again dealing with the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD? What exactly is the armor of God? Can I submit that the armor of God is literally putting on God and that by putting on God we are putting on LIGHT which darkness cannot penetrate?
Romans 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The flesh and the works of darkness CANNOT operate in Light!
End of part 3.