What in The World is The Holy Spirit Doing?
by Dr. Chris Lewis
The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost to take up where the Savior left off, but today many Christians don’t realize that. The Lord Jesus suffered, died, rose again, went back to heaven, sat down, and sent the Spirit to take over the work of God on earth. Now, this is the day of the Holy Spirit.
All through the Old Testament the prominent person working on earth was God the Father, the almighty One. When the Lord Jesus came, He was the prominent One at work here on earth. Today the Holy Spirit is the prominent One at work in carrying out the plan and purpose of God on earth. We need to recognize this. Many people falter in their Christian lives because they are not consciously depending on the Holt Spirit to do to and through them what He came to do.
In John 14 when Jesus told His disciples He was going away, they were startled. What were they to do? Fear was all over them. Then the Lord Jesus made a most encouraging statement:
’I will pray to the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither know Him, but you know Him; for He dwells “with” you, and shall be “in” you.” (John 14:16-17).
The Lord Jesus had been ministering, teaching, leading, and walking with His disciples for three years. Now He was about to finish the work He came to do, to be crucified, to bear the sins of the world in His own body on the cross, be buried, and rise again. Then He was to go back to the Father. This gospel then was to be carried into all the world (Matthew 28:19-20).
The disciples had been with Him constantly, and the question now was who would teach them and lead them after He left? Jesus told them, “I’ll send you another Comforter.” The Greek work for “another” means “another of the very same kind,” as He Himself was, with infinite wisdom and power. Who was this other Comforter? The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. He was not coming to be “with” them in one place at a time as Jesus did, but was coming to live “in” each believer. The Holy Spirit all through the past had been “with” the disciples and the people of God, but now He “shall be in you,” declared the Lord. He would abide forever. What a revolutionary truth! Not only that, but in contrast to the Lord Jesus coming and then leaving them, the Holy Spirit was to abide forever!
Fit all this together with Hebrews 1:3. Speaking of the Lord Jesus, God said, “When he had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Why did the Lord sit down? He was finished. He had come to be the Savior. He had finished all His work in paying the ransom for our sins, and He went back to the Father and sat down. Then forty days later the Holy Spirit came to take up where the Savior had left off.
This is the most transforming truth a believer can ever get hold of. Judging from hymns, sermons, and books, most Christians are not consciously aware of the fullness of this truth. Most are still looking to, asking for, and depending on the Lord Jesus to do the very things He sent the Holy Spirit to do. If Christian would begin to look to, ask for, and depend on the Holy Spirit to do the things Jesus taught is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility and ministry today, their lives would be transformed. That’s not being overly charismatic, but rather, it’s living in this dispensation (age) according to the teachings of Jesus the Christ. He said it, I believe it, and that settles it!
Living Cross-eyed in a Cock-eyed World….Shalom!!
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