Thursday, May 16, 2013
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
— John 14:15-17 NKJV
The Greek here implies that the Holy Spirit will be one Who walks with us. The word translated “helper,” paraclete, literally means “the along-side-One”. Jesus tells us that the Spirit of truth will dwell with us eternally.
*Spirit of faith, come down, reveal the things of God,
and make to us the Godhead known, and witness with the blood.
‘Tis thine the blood to apply and give us eyes to see,
who did for every sinner die hath surely died for me.
This gift of God is not available to those who do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Faith is the only prerequisite to receive the Presence of God’s Spirit. You must believe to receive. Jesus promised the disciples that His Spirit would not only be with them but IN them.
*No one can truly say that Jesus is the Lord,
unless thou take the veil away and breathe the living Word.
Then, only then, we feel our interest in his blood,
and cry with joy unspeakable, “Thou art my Lord, my God!”
Jesus told Nicodemus that “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Jn. 3:5b-6). Paul asked the Ephesians, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:2). When they responded that they did not know that such a person existed, Paul baptized them in the Holy Spirit, and they prophesied.
*Inspire the living faith (which whosoe’er receive,
the witness in themselves they have and consciously believe),
the faith that conquers all, and doth the mountain move,
and saves whoe’er on Jesus call, and perfects them in love.
The time has come, dear friends, to ask the question. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” For far too long we have denied the power of God through unbelief in His Spirit – promised by Jesus, evidenced by believers throughout the centuries, yet shunned by our educated teachers and preachers in this part of the world. We are only shortchanging ourselves. Who are we to tell God when He can or can’t bestow His Spirit on us?
*O that the world might know the all-atoning Lamb!
Spirit of faith, descend and show the virtue of his name;
the grace which all may find, the saving power, impart,
and testify to humankind, and speak in every heart.
Rev. David C. Collins, Retired
*Spirit of Faith, Come Down, Charles Wesley, 1707-1788