BLESSING #9: The Blessing of the Help of the Spirit
“You will find a certain type of preacher and evangelist who claims that he is entirely dependent on the Holy Spirit. It is a blasphemous thing to saddle the Holy Spirit with the blame for rambling, wearisome, and unprepared effusions.” (William Barclay).
My unsaved friend Mike is helping me become more aware of what I have as a believer and what he doesn’t yet have. This list is not given in any sense of gloating, for I grieve for what my friend doesn’t have.
One of the greatest blessings for the believer is that —
9. WE HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO HELP US UNDERSTAND AND APPLY GOD’S WORD!
THE BLESSING: The Bible is clear about the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Third Member of the Godhead is personal and divine and we can have a relationship with Him. His deity is made abundantly clear in Acts 5 and His personality (intellect, emotions, and will) are shown in numerous Scriptures (Romans 8, Acts 13, Ephesians, Galatians 5, etc.). Although His primary ministry is to direct our attention to Christ and to apply the Word of God to our lives, we can relate to Him. We are not to grieve Him or quench Him. And we can learn to please Him.
I’ve written a book specifically challenging believers to grow in their connection with the Holy Spirit and to do so by recognizing His ministries in their lives. One primary ministry is that of helping us understand and apply the Word of God to our daily lives.
THE BIBLE Believers should be dependent on God the Holy Spirit to lead them as they study God’s Word. But this is not a substitute for the serious study of the Word, bringing our best hermeneutical skills to the job. The Spirit of God will work with us as we pour over God’s truth.
We learn of the Spirit in Jesus’ Upper Room Discourse. Jesus says in John 16 — “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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.” (v. 13). We also learn in I Corinthians 2 that the Spirit of God helps us warmly embrace the truths of God. The unsaved person considers God’s Word foolishness and can’t understand it because it is discerned only through God’s Spirit. (vv. 14-15).
ACTION STEPS 1. Write out a prayer to God the Holy Spirit each day this week, asking for His help as you study a passage of Scripture.
2. Sometime this week read J.I. Packer’s article on the illumination of the Spirit entitled “THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING” found at: https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer/Illumination.html
3. Read my short book The Forgotten Third: Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit (Energion, 2022). Discuss what you have learned with another believer.
PRAYER: 4. Pray for your lost friend that his heart would be open to the Spirit’s work in his life, especially as he reads God’s Word. Pray that he would understand — and warmly embrace — the truths of God’s Word.