A Short And Simple Allegory Of The Holy Spirit
In a particular rural neighborhood, there have long been two dilapidated, crumbling, and rotted-out estates. One is far worse of a ruin than the other, the latter of which bears only slight indications of structural collapse. Two young brothers—a set of identical twins, both extremely orderly and disciplined, and equally skilled in the line of carpentry, to the point even of national fame—are reported to have recently divided the houses between themselves, and have purchased them separately, each one planning to take up his own permanent residence, and thenceforth live a recluse within.
Furthermore, it has been reported that the industrious brothers plan to arrive separately but on the same date, coming at different hours at some late point within the night, each to their respective homes. As a result, no member of the rural community happens to witness their arrivals.
However, upon the evening of the day immediately following their expected arrival, various passersby observe, from the distant roadside, only the more ruinous estate to show slight indications of improvement, such as a mowed lawn, and some over-all tidiness, though still nothing of a very remarkable nature; with the less ruinous estate looking as unkempt as it always has. And, ever so gradually, with each passing day, the more ruinous domicile alone shows more and more evidence of improvement, such as might be achieved by a single laborer, though the condition of the whole edifice still remains a far cry from the less ruinous estate, which looks exactly the same, save for the grass plot being more overgrown.
As a more significant length of time passes, with solely the more ruinous estate having been steadily improved, despite being, to date, still in much worse condition than its rival property, which has only since become more overtaken by the surrounding vegetation of the landscape; (its outer-walls now being completely over-grown with eaves and the like)—the onlooking people of the community have made all kinds of speculations as to the strange circumstance of the two brothers.
All in all, these curious spectators may be divided into two opposing groups or camps. One camp maintains that the twin brother in question simply never arrived to take up residence in the less ruinous estate, seeing that far from displaying even the slightest bit of improvement, it has only deterioritated further, while the other camp vehemently contests that he in fact did take up residence, but profess themselves nevertheless at a loss as to exactly why he doesn't fix the place up.
Which camp do you find yourself in? Do you believe it possible for an extremely disciplined, orderly, and famous carpenter to dwell in a dilapidated house that he never restores? Or do you believe that all evidence points to such a man having never taken up residence within that steadily deteriorating tabernacle?
Just in case the meaning of the allegory remains elusive: the houses represent our human vessels, and the identical carpenters represent the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers at once. God is a God of order, as we can see from all of creation; and we know His characteristics to be just, merciful, and benevolent; thus if the Spirit indwells someone, He will fix them up and improve them. It doesn't matter if we're not perfect, or if we appear more or less perfected than someone else, even someone unsaved, but it does matter that we show evidence of being continuously fixed up by One who is.