Easter celebrates when Jesus purchased the banquet food and started to set the table for us, and Pentecost is when He said “The banquet is spread, come and dine.”
When we are born again, God gives us the nature of His Kingdom, the new spirit realm we have been transferred into.* We have new desires and affections which increasingly govern us as we mature in Christ, and everything about us can be different.
IN WITH THE NEW
Love now replaces hatred, and giving overrules getting. We are generous instead of stingy; mercy triumphs over judgement; contentment replaces striving for more; and we prefer others over ourselves instead of needing to be first.
Which options make you the more pleasant person to be with? Which connect your inner being to our Father, after you win the battle with your flesh and choose it, bringing Spirit-Life to your inner being?
In John 7:37 Jesus said that if we are thirsty, we should come to Him and drink; in John 4:14 He had said that the water He gives will produce abundant life forever; and in John 6:48 He says He is the bread of life. Soooo nourishing to our soul!
In John 8:31-32 He said, “If you continue in My word, – – you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”
FREE AT LAST!
Jesus can set us free from fear, anxiety, sinful pride and unrighteous anger. And from gluttony, porn, drugs, gossip, complaining and a love for the world and the things of the world. (It’s one thing to have some “stuff” and some nice things – – it’s another thing to need them in order to feel good about ourself.) See “The Finer Things of Life.”
And then there’s the icing on the cake, the overall R-P-J of Romans 14:17, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Note the sequence there.