KEYWORDS: spirit, holy, jesus, power, god

Spirit of God, The

David Berg

—Compiled by Samson Warner

—From the writings of MO & the Bible

August 28, 1974 GP 337

Copyrighted May, 1975 by The Children of God


1. NEARLY ALL OF THE NATURAL THINGS WHICH THE LORD HAS CREATED, or man-made inventions that He has allowed man to discover, are visible illustrations of the unseen spiritual realities of the spirit world to help us to try to understand it and grasp its truth.[1] For‚ as Paul said, "The invisible things of Him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made."[2] With the creation of sex, for instance, God was trying to illustrate for us how we could also experience a spiritual orgasm by being filled or baptised with His Spirit! It far surpasses the fleshly orgasm of sex, which, however, is a type and symbol of it—the ecstasy of the unity of body with body‚ flesh with flesh, penis with vagina, heart with heart, and mind with mind—all a type and glorious picture of the spiritual realities of the unity of Christ with His Bride—you, His Body.[3] As the Apostle said, "He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit."[4]

2. SOME PEOPLE EXPERIENCE THIS FILLING, OR BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT AT THE SAME TIME THEY ASK JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS, like the household of Cornelius in the book of Acts. When Peter preached the "Word...the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard (spiritually received) the word."[5] However, with most people the baptism of the Spirit is a subsequent experience to Salvation. This latter, more unusual experience is recorded in Acts 8:14–17. Here we read of some who were saved; they "had received the word" (Jesus), but they didn't receive this spiritual orgasm until Peter "came down and prayed with them...and they received the Holy Ghost."

3. EVERYONE RECEIVES A MEASURE OF THE SPIRIT UPON BELIEVING ON AND RECEIVING JESUS, because Paul said, "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ‚ he is none of His."[6] But the baptism of the Spirit is when Jesus in you baptises (or fills) you with the Holy Ghost, just as John the Baptist promised He would: "He shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost and with fire."[7]

4. SO WHEN WE SAY A PERSON IS BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT WE MEAN ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN POWER, whether by faith, sign, manifestation, or other witness.[8] In other words, those who manifest the overflow of God's Spiritual power in some way, for "the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."[9]


5. IF YOU HAVE JESUS AND ARE FILLED WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE ALL the wonderful world of the Spirit—its exciting sights, sounds, visions, voices, and even resultant physical thrills, like talking in tongues: manifestations‚ or gifts, of the Spirit.[10]

6. BEING SAVED IS KIND OF LIKE A FORMAL MARRIAGE—not much love or affection or intimacy. But when you really get baptised and speak in tongues there's a real yielding‚ like the yielding of the tongue when you really intimately kiss someone."[11] This gift of other tongues is the most usual immediate manifestation of the Spirit baptism, as with the disciples, "they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance."[12] However, don't limit God and say He has to operate the same way all the time, as this is not the only proof of the Spiritual overflow! Eight other gifts are listed in 1Cor.12:8-10: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing‚ miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, and interpretation.

7. BUT REMEMBER, EVEN THESE WONDERFUL GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT WHICH WE NOW HAVE ARE ALMOST LIKE CHILDISH TOYS COMPARED TO WHAT'S COMING! They are just tiny gifts from a loving Father to His simple little children to help communicate understanding of Himself and His Will! They are only a sample of glorious realities to come when Jesus comes again and we shall see Him as He is and be literally like Him, face to face, actually experiencing the fullness of the realities of God which we only have by faith now in the realm of the Spirit! And Paul even said in his prediction to the Corinthians that when we see Jesus face to face, we shall put away even these childish gifts of communication in the Spirit[13,] For "whether there be prophecies‚ they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come (Jesus), then that which is in part shall be done away."[14]


8. THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST IS NOT GIVEN TO YOU SO YOU CAN JUST PLAY with little spiritual gifts in your buildings like the church does. The main reason for the baptism in the Spirit is to give you POWER TO WITNESS! As Jesus said, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me..."[15]

9. TODAY THE CHURCH GLORIFIES KNOWLEDGE as a great gift, but knowledge is nothing without the Spirit, and a babe with the Spirit and a handful of good verses and a will to witness can accomplish more than all the Bible College Presidents put together—if you'll just learn to obey the Lord and follow Jesus.[16] The pharisaical church leaders "perceived that they (Peter and John) were unlearned and ignorant men,"[17] yet Peter‚ under the power and anointing of the Holy Ghost, stood up with the eleven on the Day of Pentecost and he let the crowd have it, and he got a tremendous harvest that day of 3,000 souls.[18]

10. HIS SPIRIT CURES BOTH IMPOTENCY AND FRIGIDITY IN HIS BRIDE‚ and gives her strength to conceive from the seeds of His Word and bear children unto God—the Children of God.[19]

11. WHEN IT COMES TO THE SHOWDOWN ONLY THE MIRACLE-WORKING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD CAN REALLY DO THE JOB and win their hearts, so remember, it's just "not by (your) might‚ nor by (your) power‚ but by My spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts...[20]. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.[21] And my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power...[22] But truly I am full of Power by the Spirit of the Lord."[23]

12. HOLY GHOST POWER ALSO MEANS MORE DISCIPLES and less trouble with the ones you have[24,] because "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, gentleness, longsuffering‚ goodness, faith‚ meekness, temperance,"[25] and if they have the Spirit they'll have these also.


13. IT ONLY TAKES ONE BLAST OF THE MIGHTY, SEARING POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST to completely burn out all the Devil's old circuits in a mighty infilling of God's Spirit—God's great electrical power.[26] All you do is let the Light in, and the darkness will flee of itself![27]

14. THEN BEGINS THE TRANSFORMING, THE CREATION of totally new circuits, reponses, reactions, by the tender, loving hands of the Holy Spirit‚ following the circuit patternry or schematic of His Word, completely rewired for His constructive purposes instead of the destructive purposes of the Enemy.[28] As the Apostle said, "Be not conformed to this world (or System), but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind...[29] by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost."[30]


15. SOME HAVE SAID, "I HAVE NO NEED OF THE BIBLE or His Prophets; His Spirit will lead me into all truth!" Yes, you're right! He will; through His word and His prophets, as well as your individual leadings and personal revelations.[31] But if you think you don't need the Word now that you have the Spirit, let me tell you, Jesus said, "the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life."[32]

16. I DIDN'T FIND THE TRUTH UNTIL I BEGAN TO HEED HIS SPIRIT, but it was the Voice of His Spirit in His Word![33] For, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."[34]

17. IT'S THE SPIRIT THAT SETS US TOTALLY FREE"and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty"! But of course, when you do allow freedom of the Spirit you sometimes open the door to false spirits too. It is a heavy responsibility. But the mistake too many churches have made because they're afraid of wild-fire is that they don't allow any fire.[35]—And I don't blame 'em. If they haven't got the Holy Ghost they better beware of the unholy ghosts; they'll probably get possessed by one if they haven't already![36]

18. HOWEVER, THE LORD PROMISED THAT HE'D POUR OUT HIS SPIRIT ON HIS SERVANTS and handmaidens, so that you may be anointed and inspired from on high in all you do. But may you never fail to measure that anointing by The Word and God's guidance‚ that you may know you're right and that it is of His Spirit.[37] I always try to test every thing with Scripture‚ as the prophet said, "if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them."[38]


19. IN ORDER TO EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SPIRITUAL OVER THE PHYSICAL, Jesus said to His Disciples, "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send Him unto you."[39]

20. HE HAD TO DEPART BECAUSE HIS APOSTLES WEREN'T FULLY CONSCIOUS OF HIS TRUTH AND HIS SPIRIT and the real meaning of it all when He was still with them bodily and physically.[40] Just like when, after three years, "Philip saith unto Jesus, Shew us the Father (His Spirit), and Jesus said‚ Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father."[41]

21. AS LONG AS THEY HAD HIS FLESH THEY COULDN'T REALLY GET INTO THE SPIRIT of it all. They didn't need His Spirit. They had Him! Why should they worry about what He meant? He was there! This is why He had to leave them physically, so they could truly understand Him spiritually. He had to take His body away so they could feel His Spirit—get their minds off the flesh—get their hearts in His Spirit![42]

22. YOU KNOW JESUS BETTER NOW THAN THEY DID THEN! You understand His Truth and Power better now than they did when He was with them physically because you now have His Power![43] Their flesh, even His flesh, had actually gotten in their way and prevented them from sensing the genuine Spirit of real Truth, of which His Body was a mere physical representation.[44] But now that He has removed Himself to Headquarters, the Throne of the Father, the Central Broadcasting Station‚ we can all be reached equally, fairly and simultaneously by His Power, the communication of His Holy Spirit.[45] He had to go away so that it would be possible to "pour out My Spirit upon all flesh."[46] For He "ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things"—including you![47]


23. IF A BABY ASKS FOR MILK, YOU'RE SURE NOT GOING TO GIVE HIM A SERPENT or something else! You're going to give him what he needs. So if you really believe and ask the Lord, you must expect that what you get is from the Lord.[48] He likes to fill every place that's made for Him—every place where you open up your heart, your spirit‚ His Spirit will flow in in all His Power.[49]

24. IT'S SO SIMPLE! JESUS SAID, "EVERY ONE THAT ASKETH RECEIVETH; and he that seek findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened—if ye being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him."[50]

25. JUST OPEN UP YOUR HEART AND LET THE SUNSHINE IN! Simply pray and ask Jesus to fill you with His Spirit and He will![51] Why don't you try it?

26. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT GOD HAS TO SHARE with you about the spirit world and living a new life for Him. If you'd like to know more about it and how to live it to the fullest‚ loaded with love, write us or come see us! We've got a colony near you.

27. OR COME TO ONE OF OUR DISCOS where we have lots of love, fun, food and fellowship and the zaniest entertainment and wildest dancing you ever saw!—You'll love it and we love you! Be free at last!

FOOTNOTES [not included in this file]



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25 Love Never Fails

29 I Gotta Split, part II

32 Sock It To Me—That's the Spirit

73A He Stands in the Gap

194 Spirit Tree

244 Despise Not Prophesying

306 Sex Works

307 Lovelight


57 Flatlanders

72 A Heavenly Visitor

75A Space City

80 The Ultimate Trip

99 The Shepherd's Crook

224 The Goddesses

228 Lost Horizon Found

261 Oplexicon

262 The Green Door

273 Chinese Spirits


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