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Jesus' Words

Breath Of GodThe disciples were told by Jesus in Luke 12.12 "for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say." Christians were required not to be anxious about what they were to say when questioned by the Temple and Synagogue leaders. Jesus told them that the Holy Spirit would guide them when necessary. He also reminded his disciples who had heard his words during his lifetime, that they would remember them later under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In John 14.26, Jesus said, "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." It is the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who would teach you said Jesus. The favorite word used for the Holy Spirit in the Fourth Gospel is the Greek word "Paracletos." This word may mean "intercessor, consoler, advocate or comforter" according to "Strong's Talking Greek and Hebrew Dictionary." Dr. William Barclay the eminent Bible Commentator writes in "Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT)," "It can be used of a witness, or an advocate to plead our cause. In the day of trouble, there need be no fear, for no less a person than the Holy Spirit of God stands by to help." Later, Jesus' disciples again remembered that Christ's words were written through the Scriptures under the Holy Spirit's teaching. It is as if Jesus' words are stored like precious manuscripts in the temple of our hearts when we read his Word.✞

Holy Spirit Ministry

Jesus WordThe Holy Spirit ministry brings a holy life and a serene, silent beauty to the Christian believer. The Holy Spirit ministry within us means that we are required to speak the truth. Saint John in 1 John 5.6b explained, "and it is the Spirit who testifies because the Spirit is the truth." The Holy Spirit speaks to us and through us because of this. Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) the French mathematician and Christian philosopher wrote, "The serene silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world." The Holy Spirit joins our inner spirit in asserting that we are children of God. As Saint Paul wrote in Romans 8.16, "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." The Holy Spirit ministry requires only the truth and nothing but the truth!

Unique Sacredness

Christ StarsThere is a unique sacredness in the Holy Spirit ministry such that blasphemy against him will not be tolerated or forgiven. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the opposite of the truth as in Matthew 12.31-32 where Jesus said, "And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who spoke a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who spoke against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." Why this should be is difficult to understand, but perhaps it is that since the Holy One is our channel to God and brings the truth of God then offense against the Holy Spirit causes the means of communication with the sacred to be broken irreparably. Thus, even the power to communicate is blocked and eternal painful separation from God results. To say that the Holy One has an unclean spirit is an eternal sin and contrary to the truth. God, on the other hand, deals with us in the most intimate, gentle and personal way. We need Jesus as our Savior all the more.✞

Holy Spirit's Life

Atlas Holding Up The EarthThe Holy Spirit's life passes on to the Christian the beautiful characteristics of Jesus and keeps sin at bay in our lives.Rose growers in Holland cultivate inferior flowers next to those of superior quality. By careful treatment the poorer take on the characteristics of the most beautiful. In the same way, Christians take on the characteristics of Jesus by spending time with him. The Holy Spirit life exchanges the prospect of death for that of life as described in Romans 8.13, "For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live."

Diving Bell

As a boy, F. B. Meyer (1847-1929) a contemporary and friend of the evangelist D. L. Moody (1837-1899) enjoyed visiting the Polytechnic Science Building in London, England. He particularly liked the diving bell there. It had no bottom but there were seats attached to the inside. Visitors were sometimes allowed to enter the bell and were lowered into the water until submerged. What fascinated Meyer was that though they could reach down and touch the water the occupants didn't get wet because the air being pumped in from the top maintained pressure on the water. If you are full of the Holy Spirit, the life in the flesh is underneath you, and though it would surge up, it is kept down by the pressure of the Holy Spirit's life in you.

Bring Eternal Life

Cloud Over OceanSquashing the flesh's sin tendency will bring eternal life and holiness. We receive eternal life from Jesus' royal blood by the Holy Spirit. In life, we sow to the flesh by pampering to our natural worldly lusts. To sow to the Holy Spirit means to seek after personal holiness, which will eventually bring eternal life here on earth and on into eternity. Saint Paul wrote in Galatians 6.7-8, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." The Expositor's Study Bible explains, "'Be not deceived' refers to the fact that a believer can be deceived. Paul is speaking of believers allowing false teachers to move their faith from the cross to other things." William Gurnall (1616-1679) an English author and clergyman wrote in "The Christian in Complete Armor," "Say not that thou art begotten of God and hast royal blood flowing through thy veins except thou canst prove thy pedigree by this heroic spirit - to dare to be holy in spite of men and devils." The language may be archaic but the truth remains that the Holy Spirit will bring eternal life to those who live a holy life.

"Holy Spirit's Teaching"
by Ron Meacock

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