‘No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Rom 8.39 NLT.
IT IS FINISHED
So the undoing of distance between ourselves and God is the foundational issue and this has been accomplished. Your life in Adam is dead and your life in Jesus Christ is alive and living in you. Because Christ is your life, you possess Jesus’ relationship with Father, the Spirit and Himself.
SO WHAT’S THE ROCK
I’m leading up to the fact that the miracles and the gifts are not the core of our Kingdom life. Our achieved union with God is. This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table which signs the truth that the Bread of Life becomes us.
Holy Spirit lives to bear witness to the Christ of this fact, this life and this Kingdom. If we are intent on staying with Adam and Moses back in the mindset of the law of sin and death - and it is a mindset because this era is over - Holy Spirit will not force us to believe and will actually retreat and wait for a more auspicious time.
There are times when communities of faith begin with the Spirit but fade away into themselves.
SUPREMACY OF CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL
Holy Spirit ministers to Christ and to your full life in Christ’s Kingdom.
Healing and the gifts along with assorted anointing are not the Kingdom of God when bolted on to old covenant, law based religion. They cannot be maintained and communities that attempt to live in this alone sink into inertia and fade into religious stasis or something like institutional maintenance. There’s a a reason for this. The anointing and the the gifts by themselves are not the Kingdom of God, not life in the Spirit and taken by themselves are a false gospel.
NOT THE FUNCTION
“It is not the function of the Spirit, then, to bear witness to himself in his distinctive personal Being, but to bear witness to Christ and glorify him as Lord and Saviour, whereby God the Father also is glorified in the revelation of his divine Being in the Son. For the Spirit to glorify Christ is to radiate his Life as the incarnate Son with divine Light in such a way as to make his intrinsic Deity, the Glory of Yahweh, to shine forth, and thereby also to make the Face of the Father radiant in the Face of the Son. Thus through the Son and in the Spirit the divine Shekinah, the glory of God’s personal Presence, shines in gracious blessing and peace upon all who draw near to him in adoration and worship, and bears transformingly upon them.” (1)
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 66). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.