Thanks to the Grace of God the Father, God the Son, and Himself God the Holy Spirit, He indwells forevermore every born-again believer. This residential change occurs the moment each "giftee" receives the Ultimate Gift from Grace begotten Love--Salvation. That, too, was orchestrated by the Triune Godhead: God the Father was, is, and always will be the One Who Wills; God the Son had, does, and will always do the fulfilling of that Will; and God the Holy Spirit did, does, and will always convict of sin and give Life.
True to His role, God the Holy Spirit impregnated the virgin Mary, bringing forth the Ultimate Gift of Love--the Lord Jesus Christ Incarnate: fully God and fully Man. As our relationship with the Triune God grows, we will know better and better God the Father and God the Son. How well we know Them will depend upon several factors.
In omniscience, the Triune God determined that all the Saved would be indwelt forever by God the Holy Spirit. Who else could better fill that Role of leading us into all Ultimate Truth than the One Who Knows God the Father and God the Son from before the beginning. This, too, is part of the Ultimate Gift to us.
This Gift--the everlasting presence of God the Holy Spirit is a crucial factor in the
Development of each believer. He is the seal of the Triune Godhead and guarantees forever our Redemptive Salvation and is a pledge of God's continued Favor.
He enters us in total Fullness-the same Power Who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. His Presence is permanent. How much of that Power to which we have access is determined by how much we abide in Christ's Word, pray in the Spirit through the Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father, and act in faith in response to His Direction.
And it gets even greater. As believers prays in faith, we can pray believingly because, as we pray, the Holy Spirit is praying to God the Father for Us and, simultaneously God the Son is interceding to God the Father for us as our Advocate. How awesome!
The recent Presidential and other elections in the United States of America called to the citizen's attention the red, white, and blue of our Flag. To the Christian voters, the red, white, and blue may have also called to mind the words written by a Christian commentator not very long after 9/11/2001: The Blood our Lord and Savior Shed for Us; The Robes of the Saved; and The Azure Blue of the Celestial Heaven! Only the Ultimate Gift could make this possible.
"In the Beginning" initiates the unfolding of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Christmas commemorates the initiation of the New Testament fulfilling the prophecies of the Old Testament. We learn from the gospels and the Lord Jesus Christ that on Easter (Resurrection Sunday) "It is finished!" The rest of the New Testament is the narration of Total Fulfillment. What a blessed Gift-Grace-Begotten Love!!!
Roberta J. Kittrell -- re-edit 12/11/2004 -- copyright 2004
BIO: The author is a 68-year-old servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, widow, grandmother and great-grandmother, councilor-encourager, worker with children and youth, and volunteer social worker among brethren of several churches. She served for over 12 years as Volunteer Chaplain leading Bible studies and worship services and spiritual-counseling inmates in the jails and visiting and participating in leading seminars in prisons. She presently ministers to family members of prisoners. She credits all of this to Romans 8:28-29 which God applied to the first 30 years of her life--before He saved her--which now enables her to relate to them, yet show how The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes one new.