Monday, May 1, 1989

The Source of Truth

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. --John 16:13, NKJV

When we consider the source of truth, we must begin with "He," the Spirit of Truth whose characteristic nature is truth. "He will Guide you"--suggesting a hand to lead in graciousness and gentleness and the "gradual-ness" of His teaching. Note the completeness of the truth into which the Spirit guides. "Into all truth" is the assurance of gradual and growing acquaintance with the spiritual truth which is revealed as we grow. Never can mortals learn all the truths that the Spirit has to teach; but as one is true to His guidance, He will reveal new truths.

The Supreme Sacrifice

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. --Romans 12:1, NKJV

The place--San Antonio, Texas. The date--March, 1836. The event--a famous battle for the independence of Texas. In a Spanish mission call the Alamo, 182 lives were sacrificed. Among those heroic men were men like William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett. All the men at the Alamo died for something they believed in.

Our text is teaching us something different. We are to present our bodies a sacrifice unto the Lord while we are living. There is nothing we can give more beneficial to Christ than ourselves. It is only reasonable that we live for Him. He died for us!

The Promise of the Spirit

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit no many days from now." Acts 1:4-5, NKJV

"The promise of the Father..." what a beautiful expression. What did the promise of the Father consist of? "Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit." One of the two greatest events recorded in holy writ, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was the beginning of the Christian church. This accomplished the writing of a new law upon the hearts and within the minds of the redeemed. May every soul cry out with the poet who wrote:

"Hover o'er me, Holy Spirit
Bathe my trembling heart and brow;
Fill me with thy hallowed Presence
Come, oh, come and fill me now."
--author unknown

The Need for Complete Obedience

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. --Acts 2:1, NKJV

Here they were, right where Christ commanded them to be. Waiting on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The secret of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the church is easy to understand when we realize that the Apostles completely obeyed Christ's comand.

The need of the day is the Spirit's fullness if we are to be effective Christians. How shall we receive it? Utter obedience.

"...And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." --Acts 5:32, NKJV