And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Revelation 22:17
The Role of the Holy Spirit
But when the Helper comes…He will testify of Me…He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. John 15:26; 16:13-14
The primary function; the purpose and the responsibility of the Holy Spirit, is as a witness to and glorifier of Jesus Christ. It is also the role of the church, the ‘bride of Christ‘ as well. The church operates in conjunction with the Holy Spirit in order that together they will give the invitation to come and know Jesus as Lord and as Savior. So while it is absolutely true Christians and the Holy Spirit do other things, our underlining, foundational purpose is to glorify Jesus by making Him known. In other words, we are most effective when we point to Jesus Christ.
God’s timing is wonderful. I post this blog all over the place, including my local newspaper, the Asbury Park Press and yesterday my blog topic revolved around depression and the solution for it found in Christ Jesus. Sadly, depression is one of those hot-topics and the piece was worn. The majority of the responses supported the biblical position, but one reaction was not so favorable. I am posting an excerpt here because the answer jives with the message of today’s Bible verse.
“Nonsense! Millions of people — Christians and non-Christians alike — have been successfully treated for depression with medicine and therapy and by other means that in no way whatsoever involve faith in Jesus Christ. Clinical depression is a biologically-based illness that is best treated by medical doctors. You are not a medical doctor, Dave. You are not at all qualified or competent to give advice on how to best treat clinical depression — or how best to treat any other medical aliment, I might add. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for intimating that a non-Christian who suffers from depression should best treat that illness by seeking out a Christian preacher rather than a medical doctor.”
The writer is correct on some points and very wrong on others. The proper rejoinder would be for me to focus on what it is I am qualified to do: in the name of Jesus Christ, I am qualified to point people to Jesus Christ. It is a duty I take delight in and an honor I cherish. I don’t have to, I get to. I get to work in union with the Holy Spirit to glorify Jesus Christ as both a witness and encourager. Let it be known I am the exact opposite of ashamed.
The reality is this: when we sincerely believe we have been healed by His stripes, it’s a demonstration that we’re submitted to the Great Physician. He is our true (and faithful) healthcare professional. Let no Christian ever be ashamed to proclaim the name of Jesus. It’s our first course of action!
Open the Book
And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:10-11
It is mandated by God that the Bible be an open book and it is mandated by God that Christians make the invitation to come. The Divine implication is that the two go hand-in-hand. Whatever happens after that, we are to do as God directed and let it be. The Christian is not required to defend his position. If he says, “The solution, the answer, the remedy is found in Christ Jesus alone, ” the truth of that remark stands on its own. Naturally if one is being drawn into a relationship with Jesus and is seeking clarification, we’re should amplify our remarks.
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15)
However, if the truth is being rejected and an argument ensues, God would have us walk away. The Father”s timing is perfect and we may trust that He will provide discernment in this regard.
“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29
- What do these verses say about God?
- What do they say about ourselves?
- What’s our recourse?
These articles may or may not relate to this topic:
- Altars, Genesis 12: 6-7 (5minutebible.wordpress.com)
- Eve was Adam’s bride. We are Jesus Christ’s bride. (achristian.wordpress.com)
- Sobriety leads to holiness…Did Saint Peter say that? Indirectly, I think he did…He may not have meant what you were thinking… (catholicjournaling.wordpress.com)
- Church On Every Corner (ninatidwell.com)
- Mobilized by Love (frontlinedispatch.wordpress.com)
- He Is Well Pleased!! (ireport.cnn.com)
- Measuring My Spiritual Growth (pastorjonev.typepad.com)
- Christ Jesus in Ignatius’ Letter (withalliamgod.wordpress.com)
- You Are What You……Believe? (notforitchingears.com)
- And Ye Shall Receive…power? (endtimeebooklibrary.com)
- Mormons! The Least You Should Know (abcnews.go.com) *I read this article and it is filled with lies and nonsense. Mormonism is a false religion. I have not read the other articles.
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