Biblical Meditation – John 20:22

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John 20:22: And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

For the second time in scripture in John 20:22, God breathed on man. The first time in scripture that God breathes on a man is when the Creator breathes on Adam in Genesis 2:7.

When God breathes life into you, it’s not possible for you to die.

Adam, from creation, was immortal. Something profound and spiritual had to take place for death to enter the picture. Later in the Edenic story, we learn that Adam and Eve ate the fruit that would lead to death – and it wasn’t necessarily the fruit, but the disobedience that opened the door to death.

Rebellion is dangerous.

When Adam and Eve rebelled, the death process began. And it wasn’t just a physical process, but a spiritual one as well. Mankind was left to die – not just in his body, but also in his sin.

And then Yeshua came.

When Yeshua came He did something profound – He breathed on His disciples. Yeshua was giving them the Holy Spirit, but I also believe that Yeshua was breathing spiritual life back into mankind. I think he was correcting the brokenness that occurred when man was disobedient.

The Greek word for Holy Spirit is pneuma – which means wind, breath or spirit. I think that the breath of life in Genesis 2:7 was also HOLY. Logic dictates that God’s breath is Holy because He is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.

When God made man, man was Holy because God had breathed on Him – man had an impartation of God. You cannot have a piece of God within, without having some holiness in you. When Yeshua breathed on His disciples, He was imparting the Holy Spirit.

When you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, you are filled with the Breath of Life. It’s our duty to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be filled with life. We are to be life in the midst of darkness.

I used to think that if I prayed more, fasted more, read more scripture, recited the Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer more I would have more of God’s spirit within.

Can you image the relief I felt when I learned in the Bible that the way to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to simply ask God and walk in obedience to Him.

We need to ask for the Holy Spirit.

The Bible clearly says you’re supposed to ask for the Holy Spirit. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Ask God to fill you with His Breath of Life.

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3 thoughts on “Biblical Meditation – John 20:22

  1. Jesus’ blood was what put spiritual life into man, who was hopeless by himself. By baptism, we get in touch with the redeeming blood and when purified of our sins, we receive the Holy Spirit. It is God living within us. He cannot live anywhere there is sin, so we had to be purified by joining Christ in the watery grave of baptism.

    Now as we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have continual washing away of sins by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7).

    Thank you for visiting my page and please come back anytime you can…

    Steve

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