God’s Slaves Serve in the Mingled Spirit

New JerusalemRevelation 22:3 says, “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it [New Jerusalem], and His slaves will serve Him.” Jesus Christ purchased us as slaves (Revelation 5:9) and made us priests to God (Revelation 1:5-6).

The prior post has a few verses about serving as priests. Here are two more:
• “For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God” (Philippians 3:3a)
• “For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son” (Romans 1:9a)
These two verses use the Greek word for serving as a priest. In Romans Paul says, “my spirit,” clearly referring to his human spirit and not to the Holy Spirit. Our service to God is in the mingled spirit—the Spirit of God united in life with our human spirit.

Here are two more verses that combine the two spirits.
• “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6b)
• “The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16)

These verses show that our serving God and the Lamb is not merely outward activity. Our activity needs to spring from love for the Lord and living one with the Spirit in our spirit. In Revelation 2:1-7 the church in Ephesus was very active (v. 1-3) but the Lord had one thing against them: they had left their first (first not only in time but also in rank; best) love (v. 4). They needed to repent, to come back to this love (v. 5). Then they could do the first works (v. 5), the works that flow out of loving the Lord supremely.

May I, and each of us, have a daily turn to the best love for the Lord that we may serve Him in the best way now, the way that we will serve in New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. The matter of the two spirits, the mingled spirit–the Divine Spirit mingled with the human spirit is such a crucial matter to every Christian. Without knowing these two spirits, this mingled spirit, it nearly impossible to live a normal Christian life, much less render an acceptable Christian service. As believers with a sincere desire to serve the Lord as His prudent slaves, may we daily practice to contact the Lord as the Spirit with our spirit–whether praying, preaching the gospel, or speaking for the Lord in daily life or Christian meetings. Thank you for the reminder to serve in our mingled spirit.

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  2. Amen. May we serve God in our spirit – and not merely in our soul, be it our intelligent mind, strong will, or fervent emotion.

    I’ve been thinking – on the one hand we serve God in spirit, on the other we serve Him out of our first love for Him. Could it be that our spirit invades and saturates not only our mind (renewed in the spirit of your mind, Eph. 4) but also our emotion?

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    • Brother Stefan, our relationship with God is both in spirit and of our heart. This relationship is well captured in a hymn by Witness Lee. The first verse is:
      God created us His vessels
        His expression to achieve;
      Thus He made a heart to love Him
        And a spirit to receive.
      The full hymn is here and the music is here.

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