August 08, 2015
""But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away..."" (John 16:7)
It seems that it was slowing dawning on the disciples in John 16 that what Jesus said was about to come true: He was leaving.
Remember, these are the ones who had left everything to follow Christ. They knew He was the Messiah. They anticipated Him ascending to some kind of earthly throne and establishing a new kingdom and they wanted to be a part. And now, He announced He was leaving.
But in John 16 He shows them the advantage of this arrangement. And then He lists at least 5 things that will only happen if He leaves and they all center around the coming of the Holy Spirit.
We know in the Old Testament era, the Spirit came upon men for service and ministry. Now, with Christ's leaving the Spirit would be given to INDWELL people all believers 24/7. Pentecost ushered in this mighty invasion of God's Spirit, forever changing the way we experience Him.
It is no longer doing our best for Jesus or Jesus walking beside us. It is Jesus (in Spirit form) INSIDE US, granting us what nothing else could do and empowering us for life. We have, as New Testament believers indwelt by the Holy Spirit, what the Old Testament saints longed to experience.
As J.D. Greear said, “The Spirit inside you is better than Jesus beside you."" Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would...
""Let not your heart be troubled"" He told His anxious disciples. ""It is to your advantage that I go away."" And we are the recipients of this glorious arrangement.
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.