GOD'S MANIFESTATION: HOLY SPIRIT (SYMBOLISM) (1) WATER

Baptism of Jesus Christ with head bowed. Getty Museum
Baptism of Jesus Christ with head bowed. Getty Museum


The Holy Spirit is the greatest power of God's manifestations to wield His will on God's people. The power of the Holy Spirit is limitless and is multifaceted like a flawless diamond and shines brilliantly from all its facets. No matter which facet one faces, its brilliance and penetrating rays light up the world of despair and darkness.

The Holy Spirit has many symbols to depict different traits, for example, the water symbol represents life for man and plants cannot survive without water for a long time. The human body is 70% water. In arid areas like deserts, plants do not flourish as in temperate or tropical areas.

The purpose of using symbolism is to add understanding, to illustrate more clearly the truth and to shed more light on the subject. Symbolism should never replace the Word of God as written in the Scriptures. The Word of God cannot be compared and should not be replaced with a much lesser meaning.


Baptism of water in likeness of His death on the cross with head bowed.
Baptism of water in likeness of His death on the cross with head bowed.

SYMBOLISM OF WATER CLEANSES SIN


Water sustains life and as a symbol of the Holy Spirit and is essential for cleansing our sins through water and blood of Jesus in baptism. When a person believes in Jesus Christ, he goes through baptism to be a follower for his or her former life will be transformed and cleansed of all sins to start afresh as a new born Christ follower.

Hebrews 10:19-22

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Acts 2:38

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins,

Acts 22:16

Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,


SUPPORTING EVIDENCE


1. I John 5:7-8

  • For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
  • And there are three that bear bear witness in earth, the Spirit, the water and the blood: and these three agree in one.

2. Ephesians 5:26

  • That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

3. John 3:5

  • Except a man be born of water (Baptism) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.


CROSSING THE RED SEA, A FORM OF BAPTISM


1 Corinthians 10:2

  • And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.


This baptism typifies Israel passing through the Red Sea and God opened a way in the sea on to dry ground for the Israelites to walk on. It was their faith at that time that saved them. Only baptism in the name of Jesus Christ can cleanse all sins.


Micah 7:19

  • Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

1 Peter 3:20

  • Eight souls were saved by water.

Isaiah 51:10

  • That hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?


Victoria Falls - The Victoria falls is 1 708 meters wide making it the largest curtain of water in the world It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi ...
Victoria Falls - The Victoria falls is 1 708 meters wide making it the largest curtain of water in the world It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi ...
Foot Washing
Foot Washing

SYMBOLISM OF FOOT WASHING - HUMILITY


After the last supper Jesus had with His disciples, he took a towel, girded himself, poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet. This symbolizes humility on the part of the master serving the servant. The custom of the Jews was for the servant to wash the feet of his master and friends who visited the household. Those who wish to be great must be like the master who served the servant, a reversal of roles.

This is a sacrament of our church because Jesus instituted footwashing, performed it and commanded the disciples to observe it.

John 13:14,15

  • If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
  • For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

John 13:8

  • If I wash thee not, thou has no part with me.


A true Christian must follow the commandments of Jesus in word and in deed. Without following in action, the follower is like a hollow believer, obeying with the lips, but not whole heartedly..


THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FOOT WASHING


The foot washing by Jesus Christ indicates the great love of the Lord (John 13:1). To set an example before his disciples, Jesus the Master washed their feet to show His humility and the disciples should follow His example.

LOVE

As disciples, we should love the Lord and love another with our heart and strength (John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:16-18).


FEET SYMBOLIZES BEHAVIOUR

After our baptism in the name and blood of Jesus Christ, we are free from all sins, but from then on, our behaviour must be free from iniquity (Proverbs 4:26-27).

Ephesians 5:26-27

  • That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word ... but that it should be holy and without blemish.


SHOWS FORGIVENESS

Jesus showed forgiveness to Judas Iscariot by washing his feet even He knew that Judas would betray Him (John 13:11,12). Jesus hoped that by showing forgiveness, Judas would repent.


FORGIVING SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN

Unlimited forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-25).


TO BE A PART WITH THE LORD

  • If I wash thee not, thou has no part with me (John 13:8).



IMPORTANCE OF WATER


Water can be viewed in a spiritual or ordinary sense. Whichever view one takes, water is very important in the life of a person. Water also makes up to 70% of the human body in weight. Although it is present in all parts of the body, but more in organs such as lungs,brain and fluids such as blood, lymph, saliva and secretions by the organs of the digestive system. We feel thirsty whenever our body needs more water. Inadequate water in some or all parts of the body can lead to several major diseases. Medicines may cure some diseases, but not all.

Water as symbolism is very effective and conveys the exact meaning for water can cleanse completely, and it can sustains life.



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Comments 22 comments

Jay Izzi 7 years ago

Your hub is very enlightening, well written and very factual. Thanks for giving me my daily dose of spirituality.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks you so very much. Your comments have lifted me up to great heights. I thank God for making it possible. I had a lot of problems in writing due to interference from unseen forces. I had to rewrite the first few sections three times for they were wiped out and I had to start afresh. Please pray for all of us who wish to glorify God in our writings. All glory to God, the Highest!


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

You go girl for JESUS!!!!! Great Hub!! Great examples! The Holy Spirit, Jesus partner at hand!!!!!b Yes!!!


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

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Praise the Lord for another partner for Christ.! Hallelujah! Thank the Lord.


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Debby Bruck 7 years ago

Thank you for visiting my hubpage about Distance Education and Homeopathy. Have a beautiful day, Debby


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

You are welcome.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Good hub thanks for sharing.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

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Thanks for the comments.


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Bellemerchant 7 years ago from New York

An enlightening and refreshing hub, I hope you write more like this.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

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Thanks for your compliments. I would really like to write more about what the Bible really meant. God bless. I hope that you will respond to what I write. God bless.


Ara 7 years ago

Thanks for the great article. God bless. It `s a pleasure to read such ones. I hope to read more in the future. These are spiritual food that this world so much needs.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you for your encouraging comments. We do need spiritual as well as physical food.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

eniron,

Another WONDERFUL Spirit filled hub! Praise God for His precious HOLY SPIRIT!

There is absolutely nothing more powerful than God! As you so powerfully stated: "The Holy Spirit is the greatest power of God's manifestations to wield His will on God's people. The power of the Holy Spirit is limitless and is multi-faceted like a flawless diamond and shines brilliantly from all its facets. No matter which facet one faces, its brilliance and penetrating rays light up the world of despair and darkness." Amen & AMEN !!!

Thank you for sharing this powerful, inspiring hub!

Blessings!


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you for commenting. It is a blessing to receive such comments. God bless.


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Leena Persson 7 years ago

It's God's gift to you and the power of His Holy Spirit for you to write so clearly, to be able to understand God's love to us. With every breath I would love to feel the comfort of Holy Spirit in my heart, body and soul. It's so blissful, wonderful.....


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you for your lovely thoughts. I do rely very much on the Holy Spirit for my writing. God bless.


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christian78 6 years ago

god bless you for this wonderful hub. I just wrote my first one . check it out http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/is-the-law...


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks for your wonderful comments.


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djbraman 5 years ago

Amen, and seeing that we have been washed let us be pure and Holy, an unblemished bride. Good hub eiron, you got your scripture lined up, glory!


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

A blemished bride will not be accepted. Will be discarded like the Five Unwise Virgins!

Thank you! Peace and blessings!


renelle 3 years ago

I ben talk abount on my job people want leaven me along I am asking my heaven father for a new fresh life I love working but wonder why I get pick on I am a good person I want the lord to wash away all my bad sin away I fill evil things around me please father God wash them away I want you father God to let these evil people be right with me stay ran mw away for what I don't no please touch their heart in your son name amen!


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einron 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

renelle

Pray that God would give you strength to be good and stop doing evil. Pray the Lord's Prayer every day and ask for forgiveness for what wrong you have done.

In Jesus' name cast out evil. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

May God have mercy on you. Amen.

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