The Holy Spirit

 

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How much more will the heavenly Father  

give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!


Those are the closing words of our Lord’s instruction on persistence in prayer from Luke 11:13 (from the “Parable of the Friend at Midnight” [Luke 11:5-13, And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; 7 and he will answer from within, 'Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything'? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!]).

 Our Lord’s words are primarily referring to the “saved” sinner’s ongoing need for the constant filling of the Holy Spirit in daily life (Ephesians 5:18). This comes by way of sincere obedience to Christ. These words also serve to illustrate for us the need for every “lost” sinner to call upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved (i.e., to ask for the Holy Spirit)! So then, God the Holy Spirit is an evangelist (John 3:5-8) and He is at work continuously in the world carrying on with His vast and multi-faceted Trinitarian ministry in this fallen world -- not least of which is to convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8). So then, let us understand that our salvation, yes, even our regeneration, is the work alone of God the Holy Spirit. He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:5-7). Therefore, it’s only right for us to conclude: God the Father chose us and sent His only-begotten Son to redeem us (Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 5:9-10); God the Son died for us and secured our eternal salvation (John 10:11, 15; Isaiah 53:10-11); God the Holy Spirit converted and sanctifies us through the Word of God (Colossians 2:13; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:23-25)! These amazing supernatural works are possible because God has taken up residence in our bodies: Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). More specifically, the Holy Spirit sanctifies us through His present indwelling ministry in our lives, You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11). Oh where would we be without the person and work of the Holy Spirit? Dear Saints of God, the Holy Spirit has come so that we might have life (John 15:26)! I conclude with the following passage since it reminds us of the totality of the present role of the Holy Spirit in our lives:  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life (John 6:63). So then, does the Holy Spirit dwell in you? If so, keep on asking for an increasingly larger presence of Him in your daily lives; if not, ask for the Holy Spirit, and the Father and the Son will give Him to you!

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