Tuesday, January 01, 2013

He is the Spirit of the Holy Father

He makes free from the law of sin and death in the members, he leads into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. As God within us, He communicates what God in Christ has prepared.

And if we ask once more how the working of this Holy Spirit, who thus makes holy, is to be secured, the answer is very simple and clear. He is the Spirit of the Holy Father, and of Christ, the Holy One of God: from them He must be received. ‘He showed me a river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb.

Jesus speaks of ‘the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name.’ He taught us to ask the Father. Paul prays for the Ephesians: ‘I bow my knees to the Father that He may grant unto you, according to the riches of His glory, that ye may be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.

 It is as we look to God in His Holiness, and all its revelation from Creation downward, and see how the Spirit now flows out from the throne of His Holiness as the water of life that our hope will be awakened that God will give Him to work mightily in us.

And as we then see Jesus revealing that holiness in human nature, rending the veil in His atoning death, that the Spirit from the Holiest of all may come forth and, as the Holy Spirit, be His representative, making[p ] Him present within us, we shall become confident that faith in Jesus will bring the fullness of the Spirit.

As He told us to ask the Father, He told us to believe in Himself. ‘He that believeth in me, rivers of living water shall flow out of him. ‘Let us bow to the Father in the name of Christ, His Son; let us believe very simply in the Son as Him in whom we are well-pleasing to the Father, and through whom the Father’s love and blessing reach us, and we may be sure the Spirit, who is already within us, will, as the Holy Spirit, do His work in ever-increasing power.

The mystery of holiness is the mystery of the Trinity: as we bow to the Father, believing in the Son, the Holy Spirit will work. And we shall see the true meaning of what God spoke in Israel: ‘I am holy, ‘thus speaks the Father; ‘Be holy,’ as my Son and in my Son; ‘I make holy,’ through the Spirit of my Son dwelling in you. Let our souls worship and cry out, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts.

When that day comes

When that day comes

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