To experience God today, we need to realize the Holy Spirit is leading us forward today. The Holy Spirit is establishing the Kingdom of God on this earth. It is a flowing river coming out from the throne. The current of the Holy Spirit is the one leading us onward today. God was placed in front of the children of Israel in the Ark of the Covenant leading His people to cross the Jordan and to defeat Jericho. “At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, ‘As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.’” (Jos. 3:2-4). The Lord as the Holy Spirit leads us today. In defeating Jericho, the ark led the way in circling the city once for 6 days, then 7 times on the 7th day. No longer were the children of Israel complaining as they did when they came out of Egypt. In fact, not a word came out of their mouth. “But Joshua commanded the people, ‘You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.’” (Jos. 6:10) The children of Israel, transformed now by eating only manna, were to remain silent, with no expression of their flesh, no complains of why they were doing what they were doing, until they were to shout in unison, and the walls of the stronghold of Jericho fell down. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” (Acts 2:4) The 120 in the upper room in Acts no longer spoke from themselves, but with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. This is the Holy Spirit today, leading the church onward so we are one in the current of the Holy Spirit.
When the body follows the Spirit, there is only one flow for it is only the one mind of Christ that is expressed in the body. “…But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16) “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Php. 2:5) That is how God accomplishes His purpose so all things become headed up in Christ. “Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself. Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him.” (Eph. 2:20-22)
When Christ heads up all things in us, realize it is the Holy Spirit that is transmitting all the elements of Christ into us. The term “Holy Spirit” is used only in reference to the Spirit after Jesus resurrected. Before the Spirit of God was simply referred to as the Spirit. It was because the Spirit was not yet. Before Jesus died for us, with reference to time, the Spirit did not contain the elements of Jesus’s humanity, nor His death, resurrection and ascension. That is why the Spirit was “not yet”. “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7: 37-39 – Recovery Version) Before Jesus died for us, redemption had not been accomplished yet so the Spirit was not released for the disciples to receive. When Jesus’s Spirit was released to us after His death, resurrection, and ascension, He became the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45) that could enter into man. He was one with the Holy Spirit now. That is why in Acts, the saints, forming his body, were led by the Holy Spirit. “And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.” (Acts 16:6-7) Realize the “Holy Spirit” and the “Spirit of Jesus” are now interchangeably used in leading the saints. It is now the Ark of the Covenant before his people, the Christians forming His body, the church, today.
This Spirit of Jesus contains all the elements of Jesus’s humanity, with His forgiveness and forbearance, and is now the Holy Spirit within us, becoming a flowing river within the believers. “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water gushing up into eternal life.” (John 4:14) The Spirit of Jesus not only satisfies us so we would never thirst again, but it will satisfy those around us, supplying them with life through the expressed humanity and divinity of Christ emanating from us. The expression of Jesus in His humanity emanating from us will flow out of us to others supplying them with life. That is the Spirit of Jesus becoming our constitution. “He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) This living water that flows out of us is for others to drink. That is why when Stephen was stoned, he behaved just like Christ when He was crucified. “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, Behold. I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. But they cried out with a loud voice and covered their ears and rushed upon him with one accord. And they threw him outside of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man called Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! And kneeling down, he cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:55-60) As he was dying, with his last breath, Stephen was concerned about those stoning him to death. Realize he was one with the Spirit of Jesus. He uttered what Jesus said at His crucifixion, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) He was worried about the very men that were involved in His death. “And crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, Father into Your hands I commit My spirit. And saying this, He expired.” (Luke 23:46) When our spirits are one with the Spirit of Jesus, we will forgive, forebear and genuinely love our enemies as ourselves. This is how the body supplies each other so we grow together as one. The expression of Jesus’s humanity through us knits us together into one, where Christ becomes the Head, and we become His body. “But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, out from whom all the body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the body unto the building up of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:15-16) “Being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus being the cornerstone. In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord. In whom you are also being built together into a dwelling place of God in Spirit.” (Eph. 2:20-22)
This is what the Spirit of Jesus is doing today.
That is the current of the Holy Spirit flowing today leading us onward to establish the Kingdom of God.
That is why we must be “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:3-5) When we let the Holy Spirit lead us, forsaking all else and denying ourselves, then Christ, as the Holy Spirit, could be over all and through all and in all.