God is the Source of Life. We are born separated from His Spirit. We need to be reconciled to God, but God will not allow the wicked to enter into heaven, and a just Judge must punish sins.
Our sins were put upon Jesus, who became the object of God's wrath, when He became the sacrifice that pays for our sins. While we all sin, because it's a natural consequence of being separated from the Spirit of Righteousness ... Jesus never sinned, and this only because He is God in human flesh. He was born and the Spirit of God was in Him. Jesus was always directed by God, in His actions, speech... He was under the authority of the Father, 100%. His body was the vessel for God's Holy Spirit. He was the living and breathing Ark of the Covenant walking among His people.
Through Jesus we receive reconciliation with God, and the payment for our sins. When the Holy Spirit is given to us, by receiving the Spirit of Jesus, which is the Spirit of God -- we are permanently connected to Life, even Eternal Life, to that immortal Spirit, the One who can never cease nor perish - but lives forever. It is not we who save ourselves, but God who gets the glory because He is the one who does the works. In Jesus, the wrath of God is satisfied, and if the Spirit of Jesus abides in us, we are clothed in the righteousness of God and hidden in Him. When God looks at us, He sees Himself in us, if Jesus is in us. It's like the parable of the foolish virgins and the wise virgins.. the ones who neglected to put oil in their lamps, the King did not recognize them when they came to Him. God knows all who belong to Him intimately, because He is connected to them who have received Him. The oil in that parable was representative of the Spirit, and the Spirit is the Light, even the light in us.
The Spirit and God's words lead us in the path of righteousness, and gives to us discernment to know what is of His Spirit, and what is not. God is our strength, our help, our refuge, even salvation Himself. We are made complete in Him, and He is our sufficiency.
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