(August 19, 2014)
The language of verse 4 is both as frightening as it as unambiguous. All who are not stiffnecked and have faith will have communion with the Holy Spirit. Currently I am blessed to experience that communion in my life, but there have been significant periods of time in my life when that communion was absent. I think it is clear that the absence of that communion is indicative of an absence of faith or the presence of stiffneckedness in my heart.
This, I think, is an important test to keep in mind in my life going forward. If there comes a time when I do not feel that communion with the Holy Spirit, I will need to be extremely concerned and take what steps I need to take in order to correct whatever problems exist.