That Amazing Third Person-Part 1

Do any of us who know Jesus as our Savior and Lord have any idea just how much the Holy Spirit means to us? First of all, He lifts up (exalts and honors) Jesus. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me.” The Holy Spirit lifts up Jesus by the preaching of God’s Word. It may be a sermon, the witness of a Christian, a book, a video, a tract or some other means. When that happens, we are drawn. Tragically, not all will come. Most will “dig in their heels” and resist and reject the drawing of Jesus. However, in John 6:37 Jesus said: “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” Who does the Father give? All those whom He knew would exercise their free wills to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. When a person comes to Him, the Holy Spirit regenerates that person. Then, the Holy Spirit places that new life (the life of God) in that individual. He Himself comes to abide in us. Using God’s Word, He undertakes the purifying of our lives for the remainder of our time on earth. And all this is just a part of all He does for us! Don’t miss tomorrow, God willing, when we’ll hope to discover more. A hymn that comes to mind is: “He Abides” by Herbert Buffum. In it, he tesfies: “I’m rejoicing night and day as I walk the narrow way, for the hand of God in all my life I see; and the reason of my bliss, yes, the secret all is this: that the Comforter abides with me. Once my heart was full of sin, once I had no peace within, till I heard how Jesus died upon the tree; then I fell down at His feet, and there came a peace so sweet; now the Comforter abides with me. He is with me everywhere, and He knows my every care;  I’m as happy as a bird and just as free; for the Spirit has control;  Jesus satisfies my soul, since the Comforter abides with me. There’s no thirsting for the things of the world—they’ve taken wings; long ago I gave them up, and instantly all my night was turned to day, all my burdens rolled away; now the Comforter abides with me.” Selah! Every moment of a true Christian’s life is to be lived in the Presence of the Holy Spirit!  Ron

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