Our Human Spirit Can Be Compared To A Switch
Our being is like a building. In this building Christ as the heavenly electricity has been installed. We praise the Lord that in this building the divine electrician has placed a switch—the human spirit. Our spirit can be compared to a switch by which we apply the heavenly electricity.
What a frustration it would be to us if electricity had been installed into this building, but there were no switch. Praise the Lord for the switch of our human spirit! Using this switch is the key to experiencing the Spirit as the application of the Triune God.
Time and time again we need to remind ourselves that Christ as the realization of the Triune God is the life-giving Spirit in our spirit.
Meditation Is Too Objective
Many of us have been taught to meditate upon the Lord and upon spiritual things. In such meditation we may recall how the Son of God was incarnated, how He was born in a manger, how He worked as a carpenter, and how He was crucified, resurrected, and ascended.
I do not oppose this kind of meditation. I wish to point out, however, that it is too objective. If we only meditate on the Lord, we shall not enjoy the practical, instant application of Him as the life-giving Spirit.
You Don’t Have To Understand To Apply
A believer may enjoy a continual application of Christ, although he may not know much about Him in a doctrinal way. Consider the illustration of the electricity again. Do you wait until you understand electricity before you apply it? Of course not.
Although it may be useful to understand electricity, the important thing is to apply it. Many Christians concentrate on obtaining a doctrinal knowledge of Christ, but they neglect the practical experience of Him. Many believers simply do not know how to apply Him. If we would apply Him, we need to see that today, as the life-giving Spirit, He is the divine electricity in our spirit.
Calling On The Name Of The Lord
The way to use this switch is given in 10:12. There it says, “The same Lord of all is rich to all who call upon Him.” This divine electricity is rich to all who “switch on,” and the way to “switch on” is to call on the name of the Lord. By calling on the Lord we exercise our spirit.
If we simply think about what the Lord is to us, we do not have any practical contact with Him. Remember, 10:12 says that the Lord is rich to all who call upon Him. How simple this is! By calling on the name of the Lord Jesus we are released from the vanity of the natural mind, and we are kept in the spirit.