For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
5 "But now I am
going to Him who 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 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go
away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I
go, I will send Him to you. 8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the
world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin,
because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness,
because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning
judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12 "I have
many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 "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. 14
"He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to
you. 15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that
He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.
The Son made Himself a servant and made Himself as such humbler - but without in any way being it - as God. He had all rights, all the time (John 11:42), and was the Lord even as a baby. (Luke 2:11).
That the Father sends the Son, and the Spirit is sent by the Son,
indicates no Master-servant relationship, where the one must go on the
others command, but they are all standing "on the point"
to accomplish their act.
It is a bad tendency in connection with Christianity to be far more taken up with the doings "we shall do for Him," than the doings He has done for us, and the result, both in the individuals life and in the congregation becomes thereafter. But what is not coerced by His love - which you get to see into - is without benefit! (1 Cor. 13).
We read about the disciples, that they were sorrowful because Jesus had
told that He should leave them - be
away by suffering, peoples injustice and death. And then, they were
thinking: We will be left alone here. How often haven't we too thought -
because of our infidelity - that we are left alone?
And He shall guide you, by this Spirit of His (v.13), to the whole truth. What a promise!
When you are going to the Word of God, and you sit down reading it,
do not ever think that you shall "crack nuts." It is in
reality, not possible. You cannot extort God one single secret. It
is on the contrary a dangerous project to try, and a toilsome way
to read the Bible, and the only thing you in any case achieve is a
self-produced "light" in the intellect, which makes you
a plague and a torment to some, and an idol to others. You will certainly
not become any instrument of blessing in Gods hand.
Jesus was, and still is today, a plague and a torment to some, but by quite other reasons. One get troubled by having Him near by, and one somehow finds Him difficult to deal with. If one shall have peace and quiet, then He must off.
Therefore they came out against Him - the Prince of peace Himself,
the only one on earth that truly has
peace, and the only one that gives true
peace - with sword and sticks.
We have a fine description of this, the Spirits activity in Acts 2:37: "When they (the people) heard this, they were pierced to the heart."
Do you know anything about this
It is surely not a thing that happens only once in a believers heart. By
the apostles testimony they became aware of their sin, and thereby their
judgement. Because whoever has sinned shall die - the Jew knew that. It
was well known!
was it that the Spirit convinced them of? One would not got very far by
talking about sin against the outer
commandment in the Law, towards "righteous" Jews, but the Spirit points
by Peters preaching directly on their sin: "You have not believed in Him
whom God has sent. You have thereby made God a liar, and rejected His
way and will - and you who will be righteous towards Him!”
And so, a third testimony about the Spirits act that has freed many a
soul out of law-bondage: "-
and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no
longer see Me."
I ask again: Is it possible?
This is Gods gift unto you, human being! You should really have reason to go from this reading now, with thanks in heart and mind, if you are holding the Word up against all your own, and all accusations from the evil spirits.
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