What is in a hug? Why is it - that when we see a lost child found that the parents hugs the child so hard that the child says, "Mommy, Daddy, You're SQUISHING me!"
Why is it that when husband and wife intertwine in passionate embraces that they can't seem to be able to get close enough to one another?
We are trying to pull that loved one inside of us and make him or her part of us. God put that desire into all of us at creation - because it is something that is in Him.
A while back I wrote an article called "A Hug From God" describing an intimate experience with God. In that article, (which is on the TGM website, www.tgm.org), I described the feeling of be wrapped tightly or enveloped in a thick warm comforter - when being hugged by God. You see at that moment, I felt my spirit was enveloped in His Spirit and His Spirit was enveloped in my spirit. At that moment - I knew that we had become ONE.
Recently I had another revelation from God. The simple phrase, "Spirit Envelopes Spirit" and then a short clip or flash of the "upper room" during the impartation of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:3-4 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Holy Spirit showed me a vision of a few moments on that day of Pentecost. The Holy Ghost, was the Spirit of Jesus Christ, translucent to me and possibly invisible to them, with what appeared to be an iridescent flaming torso and arms. The people there were all half sitting half reclining on mats and pillows. When this began, a few sat up straight, but most didn't dare to move. He came first to a man there, half knelt down to him hugging him in a bear hug. I couldn't tell who was who. The man sat up straight and responsively hugged back seemingly hugging himself. This is kind of hard to explain, but that hug seemed to pull an entire copy of Jesus' Spirit completely into himself - which split out of Jesus' Spirit, which still knelt next to him. Even before the Spirit completely divided, He moved directly to the next person and repeated the process and so on. I only saw three, but in every case He was being "received" by each person, with an enveloping hug - into them. i.e. the Spirit didn't sweep in and possess the people, the peoples spirits enveloped His Spirit and His enveloped theirs. Then the vision changes to a two or three second view of Jesus with out stretched arms being embraced and totally enveloped by Father God. And finally, a short reflection of my being hugged His Spirit.
The Holy Spirit showed me that both God and we, desire total contact in expressing our love with each other. This is why God designed our spirits to be able to simultaneously envelope and be enveloped by the Holy Spirit. Now with this in mind, lets read just a few of the scriptures from John's writings that have this "full contact of envelopment" in mind. I think John really "got" this early on.
John 15:5-7 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
How about this one… 1 John 4:15-16 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit envelope one another the same way: John 14:10, 17 Believe thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he doeth the works. … Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
Oh, now get this one! It could change the way you "receive" communion: John 6:56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.
There's just not enough room here to quote all of these exciting "in him, in whom" scriptures!
How about spending some time with God today? If you give Him a hug, I KNOW that He will hug you back!