“I will send you the Helper from the Father; He is the Spirit of Truth … When I go away, I will send the Helper to you. If I do not go away, the Helper will not come” (John 15:26, 16:7).
If I had to put them in order, this benefit would be in my top 3. I don’t take for granted that:
Jesus ascended to heaven so that we could have the Holy Spirit.
It would be such a burden to try to live the Christian life in our own strength, without God’s Spirit. Jesus knew how important the Holy Spirit was. Before His ascension, He doesn’t want His friends to do anything except wait in Jerusalem until they “Receive power when the Holy Spirit comes”. We wouldn’t have the power to live the way God wants us to without His Spirit. In his letter to the Romans, Paul takes it even further by saying that anyone without the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to Him. Sometimes the illustration is used of a hand in a glove. The glove can’t do anything on its own, but with a hand inside, it can do as directed. Similarly, we’re unfruitful on our own, so we need God’s Spirit in us for that to change. His Spirit equips us for what He’s called us to do. We can have the gifts of the Spirit – tongues, prophecy etc, and all His fruit. Like Jesus’ followers at Pentecost, have you had your own experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit?
“A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church” (1 Corinthians 14:4).
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If you’re reading here and thinking these posts are very regular, it’s because roughly 2,000 of us from around the world choose a topic and blog every day throughout October – 1 month, 1 topic, 31 days. There are some good series over on the Write31Days site if you want to have a peak at other people’s. Anyway, Dayspring wants to thank the amazing readers who’ve supported us by hosting a giveaway. You could win a $500 shopping spree on their website (Christmas cards, Christmas presents, sorted). Happily, it is open to international readers. You’d have to pay for postage and any customs charges, but still, $500 is pretty generous. Just follow this link if you want to enter; I’d love it if one of my readers won.