23 Dec Look At The Holy Spirit Part II
Does JESUS still come today? Let’s look at the HOLY SPIRIT part II
In Isaiah 57:15 we read: “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit… Further, in John 16:13-14 we read: When the Spirit of truth comes, HE will guide you into all truth, for HE will not speak on HIS own authority, but whatever HE hears HE will speak, and HE will declare to you all the things that are to come. HE will glorify me, for HE will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
These two passages offer assurance that JESUS still comes to us today. Notice in Isaiah the writer declares that JESUS dwells in heaven where HE sits with the FATHER since completing HIS work here on earth. But simultaneously, in the form of the HOLY SPIRIT dwells with us, HIS children, here on earth. This thought is continued in JESUS’ words when HE teaches the disciples about the coming and the work of the HOLY SPIRIT in their lives. These verses provide evidence that JESUS still comes to each of HIS children today though the working of the HOLY SPIRIT.
As you ponder these truths today consider several ideas that are significant. First, JESUS coming to earth as a baby, living here in a frail human body, suffering indignity and hatred beyond most of our abilities to comprehend, being brutalized and tortured beyond recognition, being hung on a cross to die in the most painful and humiliating way possible, lying in a tomb dead for three days, and then rising triumphantly over death was all part of GOD’s plan from before time began. This was not an unfortunate miscalculation or an accident. This was premeditated. Just so, was the coming of the HOLY SPIRIT after these events for the benefit of all believers. JESUS knew that the way HE would come to believers after HIS resurrection was through the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT, this was all part of HIS plan.
Second, the HOLY SPIRIT has come to remind me of the truth that JESUS taught. When I wonder if this pod cast I am listening to, or this sound bite on TV is truthful, HE reminds me of truth I have heard and studied. Third, the HOLY SPIRIT has come to direct my steps and to help me avoid the temptations and the snare of sin that so easily entrap and sidetrack me. HE whispers in my ear, this is the way, walk in it. When I obey I can draw ever closer to the ONE who has died for my soul. Fourth, the HOLY SPIRIT empowers and enables me to complete the tasks that were prepared for me to complete before I ever accepted JESUS as my Savior and King. I find that as I listen and follow as HE instructs I find the rest that I need to finish the course that HE has prepared for me. So JESUS comes to me today most commonly in the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT who lives in me. While I may wish at times that I could see HIM face to face, and then I would believe, the SPIRIT reminds me that HIS presence in my life is all part of GOD’s plan, that truth is found in JESUS’ words and teaching, that HE will guide me step by step, and empower me to do what I need to do because I am HIS child. Thank you SPIRIT for living in me.