May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Cor. 13:14).
Today I share a simple but powerful teaching. It’s necessary to receive this truth from the Word of God, so I pray that you will read on!
The people of God are set apart as those in relationship with Him. Notice the dissection of the Trinity in the 2 Corinthians 13:14 scripture above. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is understood by all who accept Him as Savior and recognize there’s “no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is God’s gift to sinful humanity, and He is the reconciliation between God and man.
The love of God is another aspect of our relationship with the Father that is readily understood. We see His love demonstrated lavishly in that “He sent His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
It is the fellowship with the Holy Spirit that I desire to focus on today. Do you often hear believers profess their fellowship with the Holy Spirit? How crucial do you view this element of your relationship with God? After Jesus’ resurrection and before His return to the Father, He told His disciples, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18).
Jesus returned triumphantly to the right hand of the Father in heaven, but we have not been left without a Counselor! We have been afforded constant access to God’s throne through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus said, “the Spirit of truth… will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).
Do we understand how the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives? The Holy Spirit unites us with the heart of God! There is more to our faith than simply being justified. God also invites us into a holy partnership with His Spirit upon this earth. For this reason, the work of sanctification is necessary. This is so exciting to see that God not only justifies the sinner, but He sanctifies the believer! Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer to set us apart as holy unto the Lord God. John 14 explains how He accomplishes this life-long work.
The Holy Spirit brings new intimacy with Jesus for the believer. John 14:19 records Jesus saying, “the world will not see me anymore, but you will see Me (emphasis added). We, the believers, are invited into an intimacy with One who is unseen by the world, but perfectly seen by our own spiritual eyes. Let’s focus on this truth. Don’t we have a heightened sense of relationship when considering that God, the Holy Spirit, is with us? We know God the Father and God the Son are enthroned on high, and that can seem somewhat distant to us. But the Holy Spirit? We see Him and walk in fellowship with Him.
The Holy Spirit also teaches the believer. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). This truth highlights a key component of our relationship with God. We have to know what He has spoken to us. We have to know His Word. We can’t rely on what others teach us from the Word of God; we have to read it and know it for ourselves. John Eldredge writes, “Having spent a good deal of time in the Word of God, you’ll give the Holy Spirit a library within you to draw upon.”
Additionally, the Holy Spirit empowers the believer for service. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father” (John 14:12-13). We understand in this instruction that we are to do all that Jesus did to bring glory to the Father. We are to ask Him for the ability, and He says He will do it. How? Does Jesus come down to the earth to accomplish the miracle? No, He remains seated at the right hand of the Father. Do we somehow conjure up some great strength to accomplish great feats? The Bible says it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God that the realities of the kingdom of heaven come upon earth. Indeed, we are clothed in the power of the Holy Spirit and can declare as Christ did, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).
I have a passionate desire for a Christ-centered community of faith that is absent of weak-willed, weak-minded and powerless people. I’m reminded of the warning of godlessness that will occur in the last days. Paul described our generation stating, some have “a form of godliness but deny its power” (2 Timothy 3:5).
I need you, brother or sister in Christ. I need you to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Your faith flowing from the fellowship of the Holy Spirit strengthens my faith and likewise. When we get united in this truth of the God who is with us, we will be one powerful force upon this earth. David Platt states in his book, Radical Together, that the mission of the church is “to unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world.”
Let’s continually seek to know God more, to celebrate His love and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to walk in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.