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Does God give his Holy Spirit to everyone? Jesus provides the surprising answer in John 6:63. This video explains what happens at the moment of conception and the choice everyone is given: to live by the Spirit or the flesh — God’s life or our own agenda and beliefs about what is right and what is wrong — and why the flesh does not give us life.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

Now we’re going to take a look at John Chapter 6 and there’s one particular verse, verse 63, that I want to highlight here because it talks about the Holy Spirit in relationship to the kind of life (underline that word “life”) that He wants to give us. Before I read this verse to you, let me ask this. Does the Holy Spirit exist in everyone, everyone who ever lived? Does everyone have the Spirit of God? All across the planet, think of the most evildoing person. Think of that person in your life, in your family, somebody who has really deeply hurt you, somebody who’s far from the Lord.

Does that person have the Spirit of God? The surprising answer is yes – with a caveat. In the Creed we say that the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life. Therefore everyone who has been given life has been given it by the Holy Spirit. Think of Father God as the Creator, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as the Breath of the Father. As God blew on Adam to bring him to life, He blows on all of us to bring us life. At the moment of our conception, He breathes into us. Now when we are born and take our first breath of earthly air, now we are living in the flesh. But right from the very beginning of our conception, God breathed His Spirit into us – into everyone.

But let’s read what verse 63 in John Chapter 6 says about this. Jesus says, “It is the Spirit that gives life while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Everybody is given the life of God, the life of the Spirit, but we have to choose between living the life of the Spirit and living the life of flesh. In other words, we have to choose between living the way God wants us to live, doing the words of Christ, first listening to the words of Christ, and coming to understand at least enough to act upon the words of Christ. That’s why He says here, the second part of verse 63, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

We need to live that spirit and life of Jesus’s words in order to have eternal life, in order to keep, in other words, to keep the life that God the Father gives to us as He breathes His Spirit on to us. Or, as many people do, we can choose the life of the flesh which means we’re in charge. We try to be in charge. We’re in charge of our lives. We’re in charge of our destiny. We’re in charge of what is right and wrong. We are in charge of what is moral and what is immoral. That’s living by the flesh.

And Jesus says very clearly there is no life in that because once the flesh dies, so do all of our agendas, so do all of our beliefs about what’s right and wrong. Only in Jesus and the words that He speaks – the words of Scripture, the words that the Church gives us as it helps us understand Scripture. All the teachings of the Church, for example, are based on and full of quotes from Scripture because this is God coming to us with life. And every decision that we face, we’re faced with two choices – the way of the Spirit or the way of the flesh. The way that God wants us to handle something or the way that we’d like to handle it because it’s easier, or it’s more self-centered, or whatever. All the decisions that you’re facing today, my friend, think about this.

What is the Holy Spirit guiding you to do? And if you’re not sure, pray, “Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with Your guidance. Fill me with Your wisdom. Fill me with Your understanding. You have my permission to change me. Amen.”



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