When an old pair of jeans becomes really worn around the knees, holes develop in the material exposing the skin beneath. The holes cause the skin to “show through.” In a similar way, as we are filled continually with the Holy Spirit, bring our lives into alignment with God’s Word and become like Jesus, His life becomes our way of life. What follows is both dynamic and exciting. The inward life given to us by the Holy Spirit will begin to show out. What things begin to shine? The fruit of the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit being manifested in, through and from our lives is the way the Lord Jesus Christ has chosen to reveal the grace, the goodness and the glory of God to others. He doesn’t write a big fiery sign in the sky with His finger. He doesn’t dispatch a host of angelic beings to evangelize the lost and dying. He simply reveals Himself by shining His light through us.
There are two instances of the actual light of God shining out and through in the Scriptures. The first happened with Moses. Exodus 34:28-30 says, “Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.”
This is an amazing story. For the light was not shining “on” Moses, but rather, the light was shining “from” him. His body and clothes were irradiated as like a proverbial light bulb. Dim light would not have caused the Israelites to be amazed and frightened. I believe the light of God’s manifested Presence was brighter than the sun and illuminated everything and everyone around him.
There is an even greater manifestation in Matthew 17. The ministry of Jesus had reached critical mass. Jesus and His disciples had spent almost three years traveling throughout the countryside. His glorious power manifested by healing the sick, raising the dead and setting the captive free. But as Jesus climbed the mountain with His three confidants a change was in the air. His eyes were focused and His jaw set. He knew the time had come for Him to focus on His destiny.
The coming months would move Him to alter the direction of the human race. A faceoff was coming. Darkness and light. Good and evil. Sin and righteousness. Offering Himself on the cross would pay the price for sin. His resurrection would enable those who would come to believe in His Name to be free from the penalty, power and presence of sin and be enabled to live in respect to righteousness.
As He took His last steps to the top of the mountain, Jesus became fully and completely given to prayer. Suddenly, a cloud (similar to the one in Exodus) manifested filling the atmosphere with glorious light. Holy gladness and celestial radiance exploded from Him and then blazed in every direction around Jesus and His disciples. At that moment, Moses and Elijah appeared and began speaking with Him about the coming events.
According to the Gospel writers, the manifestation of the cloud of glory caused His countenance to be altered and His clothes to both shine as bright as the noon day sun and glisten as freshly fallen snow. The light was not being shone upon Him, but from Him. The glorious light of God exploded out of Him from within. He was completely irradiated. His Person blazed in celestial glory. What a contrast to that which would come in a few months. Isaiah had seen what was coming and declared prophetically that at the Cross, “his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness (Isaiah 52:14).”
I believe the Lord’s transfiguration was an expansion of Moses’ experience on Mt. Sinai and a precursor to His own resurrection. It was also a forerunner to what happens to us spiritual when we come to the saving knowledge of His grace, repent and confess Jesus as our Lord. Paul told the Corinthians that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory, transitory though it was. He tells us that the glory, which Moses and Israel experienced, has no comparison with the surpassing glory that we experience. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
The glory of which Paul and I speak was spoken by Jesus in John 15.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
What was Jesus saying? He said that as we abide, dwell and live in His Presence we are constantly being filled fully (controlled and changed from glory to glory) with the Holy Spirit. Fruit, His fruit, the fruit of the Spirit will then be manifested in, through and from our lives. In other words, if we could “see” into the realm of the Spirit, we would “see” God’s light shining out from us just as the skin is shows out from a tear in a pair of jeans.
This same light is shining in a literal manifestation for others to see. It is being manifested as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We who live and walk in the Spirit have been given a manifestation of the Spirit of the Lord and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty to produce His fruit. It is then up to us as to whether we will open our lives to the Spirit’s manifestation of His fruit.
If we do…a glorious shining begins to take place…in, through and from our lives. In the coming weeks my blog will explain how the fruit of the Spirit is manifested and how His fruit will change our lives as well as the lives of those around us. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
I love you!