The Holy Spirit

In speaking of the gifts of the Spirit, Paul says, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills,” 1 Corinthians 12:11. From this verse we know the Holy Spirit has a free will, for He distributes gifts as He wills. However, though He has a free will, He submits to the Father. We know this because Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come,” John 16:13.

“And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God,” Romans 8:26, 27. The Holy Spirit is aware of the Father’s love and concern for His children, and knows of our needs, and, therefore, intercedes for us in accordance with the Father’s will. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” verse 28.

Dear ones, the Holy Spirit is not only our comforter, He is also our helper, helping us in ways we don’t even comprehend; ways that only the Father and Son know. Oh what a magnificent God we serve. He knew we wouldn’t have the ability to pray as we should, nor the ability to overcome sin, nor overcome death; and, because of His great love and mercy and grace, He prepared beforehand everything we would need to overcome. 

We were crucified with Christ, buried with Him through baptism, raised up with Him into newness of life, still having our sinful nature while in the body of flesh, but able to overcome it and live a life without sin because of what Jesus has done. We do this by faith, considering ourselves dead to sin (having been crucified with Christ) and alive to God (having been raised up with Christ), and the Father kindly sent the Holy Spirit in His Son’s name, to not only guide us into the truth, but to also intercede for us with groanings too deep for words, in order that the will of God might be done in us and through us. We have another Advocate who also intercedes for us, Jesus Christ, the righteous, who is at the right hand of God.

Are we not the most fortunate people on the planet? If God is for us, who is against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? In all things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

© 2021 Jon David Banks

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