The Activity of the Spirit in the Lives of Church Age Believers, Part 34
June 30, 2013
The Activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Church Age believers, part 34.
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Why have we received the Holy Spirit?
For one thing, all inclusively – that the Lord may be able, by means of us, to maintain the testimony in this world while He is away.
So please keep secure in your heart that the testimony of Jesus is a testimony of the amazing grace of God.
We are now the bond-slaves of Jesus Christ.
The issue will be gaining spiritual capacity for the great calling to which the Lord has called us.
But what made them stay was their recognition of who Jesus is and the fact that only He has the words of eternal life.
It must become absolutely necessary to us that we either see the Lord in some new way or we perish.
We are men and women who are in the charge of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
We must be men and women of liberty, set free for God.
But it is a liberty in bondage to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.
They have the trappings and the old ties and the old ways.
In Phil 3, Paul gives an inventory of some major old ties that he had to lay aside to go forward under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the sovereignty of the Spirit.
To rejoice in the Lord means that we do not rejoice in our own credentials or accomplishments, but only His!
And the believer does not trust in any of his natural abilities or efforts to please God. Instead, he places ALL his trust and confidence in Christ.
The first four came by birth, and the last three came from hard work.
In every way that counted in his community, Paul had the right pedigree and the precisely correct credentials.
He had the right nationality. He had a right to all the blessings and privileges promised to every Israelite.
Benjamin held a place of primacy among the tribes of Israel. Jerusalem was within the borders of the land given to Benjamin.
He was a leading member of the Hebrew race. This statement sums up everything he has been saying so far.
He excelled in all matters related to the learning and enforcement of the Law of Moses.
His practice of his religion was flawless. He performed every ritual, paid every tithe, and so forth. As far as the standard of external law-keeping was concerned, he was without fault.
He saw his reliance on these things as positive hindrances to the Gospel, the cross of Christ and the grace of God.
Rather, it was Paul’s assessment that by these things he could become pleasing to God. It was that assessment that was so awful.
What things about our lives do we consider to be advantages in our relationship with God?
The Lord Jesus Christ is your acceptance, your righteousness before God today – and NOTHING ELSE!