The Two Shall Become One

A new heart also I will give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…and I will give you an heart of flesh. —Ezekiel 36:26

How can one personality enter another? The candid reply would be simply that we do not know, but a near approach to an understanding may be made by a simple analogy borrowed from the old devotional writers of several hundred years ago.

We place a piece of iron in a fire and blow up the coals. At first we have two distinct substances, iron and fire. When we insert the iron in the fire we achieve the penetration of the iron and we have not only the iron in the fire but the fire in the iron as well….Two distinct substances…have co-mingled and interpenetrated to a point where the two have become one.

In some such manner does the Holy Spirit penetrate our spirits. In the whole experience we remain our very selves. There is no destruction of substance. Each remains a separate being as before; the difference is that now the Spirit penetrates and fills our personalities and we are experientially one with God. POM066

The Christian…is in correspondence with God. He walks “in newness of life.”…Indeed, the deeper walk of the Holy Spirit in sanctification quickens every spiritual sense. CDL167

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