The Activity of the Spirit in the Church, Part 54
September 5, 2013
The Activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Church Age believers, part 54.
How does the Spirit work in our lives to manifest these rivers of living water in our lives?
Consider what the New Testament has to say about the role of death and life in producing the great harvest.
The cross of Jesus Christ gets rid of all that is us in our fallen nature, to leave the field completely to Christ and what is of Christ.
The activity of the Spirit in our lives is simply to get rid of us as to the old creation, and to bring us in full measure into the new creation, which is Christ!
The practical upshot of all this is that the life we live now we live by faith in the Son of God.
The wonderful GOOD NEWS is while we have nothing in ourselves, we have everything IN CHRIST!
What takes the sting of all this away?
An even bigger appreciation of who Christ is!
If I no longer live, what is the way forward?
Faith or a total reliance on Christ who lives in me.
Faith is our one big activity in our Christian life.
The New Testament says that we are to work at faith, Joh 6:29; 1Th 1:3.
We are to persevere in faith.
Faith is something that we are supposed to continue in; Col 1:23.
We fight by keeping faith, 1Ti 1:18-19; 1Ti 6:12
Faith is something which grows as we exercise it.
God in His word warns us, as believers, against the perils of unbelief, and that in the strongest possible terms.
Our portion for studying the perils of unbelief will be Hebrews chapters 3 and 4.
“Hebrews: Verse by Verse” by William Newell
“How to Read the Bible Book by Book” by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
“The great object of Hebrews, then, is to set before these believers’ eyes, CHRIST, the Son of God; the Son of Man; the Great High Priest in Heaven;
and to cause them constantly to occupy their thought and worship with God, into Whose presence Christ by His blood has brought them.”
Please see our Father’s love for us behind these warnings.
The original audience for Hebrews was a group of Jewish Christians who had converted to Christianity years ago.
They were discouraged because they were suffering, and because they were still dealing with their sinfulness.
They were tempted to turn their back on Christ and return to the Jewish religion with its temple sacrifices for sin , thereby (to their way of thinking) ending the persecution they were under for being Christians.