Thursday, June 10, 2010

"But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me."

It's amazing how little I regard the truth that the Holy Spirit of Christ abides with me, and is in me. He has come to make His home with me, because of the broken body of Jesus, and the precious blood of my Savior, shed for the forgiveness of my sins, so that I have been made clean.

There are times when the joy of Christ fills my being, and I know it's the Spirit filling me. And there are those rare times I am bold in His truth and love. I know this is the filling of the Spirit of God as well. But, He never is away from me; He is with me 24-7. I need to ponder this truth, and recognize it is what Jesus said it is. Then I will have less self pity, and problems methinks.

Here are some good words from JC Ryle (10 May 1816 - 10 June 1900):

"For ever let us take heed to our doctrine about the Holy Spirit. Let us make sure that we hold sound and Scriptural views of His nature, His Person, and His operations. A religion which entirely leaves Him out, and gives Him no place, is far from uncommon. Let us beware that such a religion is not ours. "Where is the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ?" should be the first testing question about our Christianity. "Where is the Holy Ghost?" should be the second question. Let us take good heed that the work of the Spirit is not so buried under extravagant views of the Church, the ministry, and the Sacraments, that the real Holy Ghost of Scripture is completely put out of sight. "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." (Rom. viii. 9.) No religion deserves to be called Scriptural and apostolic, in which the work of the Holy Spirit does not stand forth prominently, and occupy a principle place." -John Charles Ryle


mommanator said...

ah yes, we do forget the holy spirit indwelling in us, but it only takes some little thing for us to be reminded! We are human afterall. Isn't it a wonderful thing God has given us!

Craver Vii said...

Funny thing about the ministry of, and the things attributed to the Holy Spirit...

Though he is God, he does not seem to draw a lot of attention to himself. Instead, we see Spirit filled people giving glory to Jesus Christ, and we see the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Unfortunately, some of what people credit to the Holy Spirit is sensationalism that puffs up the individual and promotes disorder in the house of the Lord.

donsands said...

I appreciate your thoughts mommanator, and Craver. Thanks you both, very much.
I'm encouraged.