The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

John 16:5-15

 “But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. (7) Isaiah 44:3 8 And when he has come, he will convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you will see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Nevertheless, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak by his own authority; but whatsoever he shall hear, this shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (13) Isaiah 44:3 14 He shall glorify me, for he shall receive from me, and show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine. This is why I said that he shall take from me, and show it to you.” (RCR)

Commentary:

In the previous chapter, Jesus has warned His followers that persecution would come after He is gone. The natural response of those who love Him, is sadness. Many of the Jews during this time were expecting the arrival of the Messiah during their lifetime. They did not understand that He would come twice, as the scriptures foretold. They assumed that when the Messiah came to Israel, He would immediately set up His kingdom on earth and subdue all of her enemies. Learning that Jesus was going to be arrested and crucified was a harsh blow to their hopes and dreams of freedom from Rome’s tyranny. Jesus assures His disciples that this was all a part of God’s plan for their nation as well as the whole world. Continue reading “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit”

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Why God Came to Earth as a Baby

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Isaiah 9:6b For unto us a Child is born

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest…

One of the mysteries of salvation is why our Savior would come to us as a child. Why did God not send the Messiah to us as a fully formed and mature human being? We see manifestations of Jesus, in the Old Testament, as the Angel of the Lord in the form of a man. Why send the Son of God to earth and necessitate that He must be born as a helpless baby? Continue reading “Why God Came to Earth as a Baby”

When God Became a Man

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Isaiah 7:14b Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin (Almah) shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

It was customary during the writing of the Old Testament that upon the birth of a baby, the naming of that child was related to his future character and destiny. By Isaiah predicting that this child would be born of a virgin and He would be called Immanuel, it is clear that the Holy Spirit was revealing that the Messiah would be God Himself, dwelling in the body of a human being. Continue reading “When God Became a Man”

Jesus Will Place Every Enemy: “Under His Footstool”

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First a Lamb, later a Lion

One thousand years before Jesus was born, David penned his famous prophecy of the Messiah in Psalm 110, describing a future ruler who would arrive on the earth to put down and subdue every enemy.

Psalms 110:1c The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.

First the Messiah would come to us as a humble servant and offer up His perfect life for all our sins. Then, at the end of the age, He will return a second time–as a Mighty King, to take His rightful place as the ruler of the universe. This is only right, since the book of Colossians describes Jesus as the agent of creation and the One for whom all things were made. Continue reading “Jesus Will Place Every Enemy: “Under His Footstool””