Pentecost -2018 was celebrated on May 20, and I didn’t want to get too far past the date without writing this encouragement to the Clearwater Family about the value of the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives today.
Peter proclaimed to the crowd in the temple that the one they rejected and crucified was in fact the Messiah – “. . . both Lord and Christ!” Luke tells us of the response:
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38)
The gift of the Holy Spirit is given and received by everyone who comes to repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus to indwell your heart. The value of that transforming spiritual birth you will celebrate all your life and for all of eternity.
Let’s make a distinction. The Gift of the Spirit opens the way for the gifts of the Spirit. Think about it.
The Holy Spirit is given as a “free gift” (Greek dorea). He is given to us as a free gift of a spiritual, gratuitous, unwarranted undeserved nature. This Gift of God – the person of the Holy Spirit — comes and takes up permanent residence in your heart.
The Spirit may then choose to manifest Himself in each of us with supernatural empowerment we call “gifts.” A different term is used. The Spirit manifests Himself in and through each of us with individual “gifts of grace” (Greek charismata). All spiritual gifts are an anointing of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our spiritual gifts are not ever to be thought of as separate from the Giver.
Our spiritual gifts are about “Him,” not “it.” Don’t choke on that idea. It is crucial to walking in the Spirit.
Now, just savor these vital biblical truths about the Gift we have received, and be encouraged:
2 Corinthians 3:17-18. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
John 14:16-17. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, . . . “
John 14:26. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
John 15:26. “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.
John 16:13-15. “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. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”