Man to Man --Holy Spirit
Sept. 20, 2013
As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Prov. 27:17
A person in my Sunday school class once said something like, “I’m not exactly sure what the Holy Spirit does.”
It seems that we Methodists don’t talk a whole lot about what the Holy Spirit does.
The statement is less startling when we consider Jesus’ description of the Spirit being like the wind. We can hear the sound, but we can’t see it and don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. (Jn. 3:8) While volumes have been written about the Holy Spirit by men with more insight than I, I’d like to briefly offer a couple of thoughts about the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is found throughout the Bible. He was there in the beginning “hovering over the waters”, enabled David to kill Goliath, and gave the prophets their utterances. When Jesus was about to leave this world, He talked about a Counselor, “who will be with you forever”, and “will teach you and remind you…” After giving the Apostles the great commission, He told them to “wait in Jerusalem until you have received the gift (Holy Spirit) from the Father” and that then they would “receive power.”
There are also the “gifts of the Spirit” and “fruit of the Spirit”, which are manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit within the Christian. Finally, Jesus said, “I am the Light,” and I believe the Holy Spirit is the continuation of that Light after the ascension.
Therefore, I believe the Holy Spirit does at least two major things in the life of the Christian. First, He gives us Light to see by. The sheep and the goats (Mat. 25) both asked, “Lord, when did we see you..?” And Jesus said, “Look, the fields are white for the harvest” (Jn.4:35). I believe it’s by the Holy Spirit that we see the world through the eyes of Christ. Consider trying to navigate a room full of furniture with the lights out. It’s much easier when someone turns on the light. Secondly, He gives us the power to accomplish what God sets before us. The Apostles could not do their work for the Kingdom in their own power. Likewise, God has Kingdom work for each of us to do, and we cannot accomplish it in our own power. Not even living a Christian life.
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