The Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures

The Scriptures (i.e. the Bible) came about because the Holy Spirit inspired men to speak, and write, for God.  Therefore, the Bible can be rightly seen as the word of the Holy Spirit and the word of God.  Yet the Holy Spirit did not retreat to eternal silence when the Bible’s writings were all complete and collected.  Why would God want to render Himself mute?

Because the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, nothing the Holy Spirit says to you is going to contradict the Bible.  God does not lie, which means He does not contradict Himself and He does not equivocate.  Therefore, if you’re not sure whether the thought that is coming to you is from Holy Spirit, you always have the Bible to help you decide.

We are in a better position to follow God and resist temptation than Eve was because all she had was a voice – she had nothing in writing, as we do, to confirm what she had heard. We can rejoice greatly in God’s gracious provision!  We have a written collection of confirmed Holy Spirit thoughts to which any new Holy Spirit thought can be compared.

Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.
–  1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

The way you “examine carefully” any “prophetic utterances” (that is, thoughts from the Holy Spirit) is to compare it to Scripture.

Therefore, the Bible does not make the Holy Spirit obsolete; neither does the Holy Spirit make the Bible obsolete. Thank you, Lord, because you knew we needed both!

(This post originated in a comment exchange on the post “Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again.”)

Abandon Anxiety if You Want to Hear the Voice of the Lord

Seek and find your peace with the Lord. In that place, answers will come to you.

Anxiety in our hearts drowns out the still, small voice of the Lord that would lead us.

Therefore, let us be neither feaful of loss nor greedy for gain. The peace of the Lord is our inheritance, and the grace of the Lord is sufficient in all circumstances.

Only when we truly fear Him can we be free from the opinions of men.

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What Does “Immanuel” Mean?

The name Immanuel means “God with us.”  It is a name given to Jesus, and, by extension, to the role He plays in the lives of those who love Him.

When the Spirit of Christ dwells in our hearts, that is Immanuel…for that is “God with us.”  Thus, Immanuel speaks of the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Immanuel speaks also of the new covenant and of the kingdom of God, and how those two concepts correlate in Him.

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What Is the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit?

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit is that relationship we enjoy with Christ whereby His Spirit dwells in our hearts.

Christ gives His Holy Spirit to be in our hearts, to communicate with us on Christ’s behalf. This is how the new covenant is effected in our lives – the Holy Spirit is “the tie that binds.”  The Holy Spirit brings us communications from our King, and that is how we obey Him.

The Holy Spirit dwells in our consciences to lead us in the paths of righteousness.  We are never alone; He is with us!

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What Is the Kingdom of God?

The kingdom of God is the rule of God.  It is relationship with God: our faith in Him buoyed by His Holy Spirit in us.

The kingdom of God is doing right and, as a result, experiencing joy and peace in our souls.

The king of the kingdom of God is Jesus.  Therefore, the kingdom of God means actualizing His lordship in our lives – that is, doing what He says.

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The Bible Is a Last Will and Testament

A will tells how a person wants his wealth distributed.  The Bible serves this purpose for God in that it describes the riches of Christ left for whosoever in the world will step up to claim them.

Those riches include wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  They include faith, hope, and love.  They include righteousness, peace, and joy.  They include patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

There is an endless supply of these riches in the Spirit of Christ.  Let us therefore continually open our hearts so that the fullness of the wealth of Christ might flow through us and fill our corner of the world.  Let none of us forsake our inheritance.

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The Abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit

In biblical times – especially in the church age, which is described in the New Testament – the Holy Spirit was poured out on people.  Like the rain, the Holy Spirit watered and cause to flower the deserts of human hearts.

However, in the day of the Lord – which is the eternal time period in which we live – the Holy Spirit does not come occasionally like the rain, but rather is like a spring or well within us that is constantly watering the desert that is the human heart, so that such a desert might flower and blossom into an oasis.

Therefore, do not yearn for prior times when the Spirit was poured out, but rather be thankful for the better provision we have been given – an abiding presence to be with us at all times and in all seasons.

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The River of Life Within You

When you live life believing in Jesus Christ, a river of life flows within you.

The fountainhead of this river is deep within your soul.  This river springs up from within you and flows out of you.  This river is the Holy Spirit.

This river refreshes the desert of your soul, and causes many good things to grow in you – bearing fruit for those around you.

Keep pleasing the Lord, doing what is right in His sight, that this river might always flow through you.

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Are You Partaking of Your Salvation?

Are you partaking of the salvation God has provided for your soul?  How sad if you are not!

Through living for the Lord Jesus Christ you can find peace and joy every day of your life.  As you follow His Spirit and live your life in love for Him and others, He will shower your soul with peace and joy.

By seeking His will and not your own, you will find the very satisfaction you used to think you were going to get when you sought your own will.

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His Name, His Spirit, His Written Word

His name, His Spirit, His Written Word – these three remain.  Like faith, hope, and love, they are a threefold cord that is not easily broken.

His name is the Lord Jesus Christ – our Lord Jesus Christ.

His Spirit is the Holy Spirit – who brings us the word of God, which is the word of our Lord Jesus Christ.

His Written Word is the Bible – Old Testament and New Testament together, an unchanging inheritance from antiquity.

So many things have passed away – animal sacrifice, temple worship, communion, baptism, and more – but these three remain.  And always will.

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