It doesn’t matter what stage we are in, unbeliever, new born believer, adolescent, or spiritual adulthood, God the Holy Spirit is relentless. We have to respect this ministry. If you haven’t given much attention to Him, take a moment to think about His job. The Spirit finds us in spiritual death, totally cold and ignorant of the spiritual realities before us. We have no idea about salvation or the way to get there. He labors with us, is patient with us, He loves us enough to keep at it until we finally understand the true issues of the gospel. A good illustration of this is in the Apostle Paul’s life. He screamed out in desperation and helplessness – “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24). The Spirit labored with Paul to get him to this point. It was then, the Holy Spirit opened Paul’s eyes to see the Savior of the world. I trust you can see the Savior as the only hope, the only way to life. Then, the Holy Spirit takes up the battle of training us and introducing us to this new spiritual life. His job is to battle with the thoughts and motivations from the sin nature (Gal 5:17). He fights to establish the divine reality (truth) and influences us to walk in it. He uses the word of God to rebuke us, correct us and give instruction in righteousness (2Tim 3:16). He continues to work in us to will and to do God’s will (Phil 2:13). He resides inside of us, making our bodies a habitation for all the divine persons of the Godhead. Then, he reveals the deep thoughts of God to us and opens our understanding to things which no eye or ear has ever witnessed. I thank God for such a ministry! With such comprehensive love and care, there is no doubt if you are willing, “he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
Doug Presley, Pastor,
Word-is-Truth Christian Church (www.wordistruth.com)