Monday, October 17, 2016

The Spirit makes much of Jesus.

He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
John 16:14

This is Jesus summarizing the work that the Holy Spirit does among His disciples. The Holy Spirit is focused on glorifying the Son of God. That is what we should expect God to do as His Holy Spirit works among us. He should make much of Jesus. He should help us center on the gospel.

There is much error in the contemporary church when we insist on making God's Holy Spirit the center of our activity. That is not the way God works. Wild charismatic contortions, bizarre babbling, and unbiblical "prophecies" all draw the attention away from Jesus and away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it no secret that the modern heresies of new-gnostic charismatic (we have the secret to power and others do not) and the sickening excess of prosperity teaching (God wants you rich, healthy, and happy) originate in this gross perversion of God's Holy Spirit's perceived work?

Remember... the Holy Spirit of God focuses our attention on Jesus, the Son of God, and His redeeming work in us. He only speaks what the Son of God says. That is how we know the Spirit is at work in us... when Jesus is made much of among us.

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