Do You Divide the Spirit from the Word?

A few days back, we learned that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. That is to say, He is united with God’s written Word. He speaks, teaches, and applies the Bible.

Today, we want to think for a moment about what happens when individuals, organizations, and churches neglect this intra-Trinitarian connection between the Father’s Word about the Son and the Holy Spirit’s Person and work. Some signs of a person or church that refuses to believe that the Holy Spirit works primarily with God’s Word are found in their:

  • Approach to Worship: Do you speak of worship as only music but not preaching or Scripture reading? How many churches have we seen do this?
  • Approach to the Bible: Do you carelessly handle the Bible, in public reading and preaching or in private devotion? Is the Bible just some book to you, or is it where God speaks by His Spirit?
  • Approach to Knowing God: Do you encourage yourself and others to seek God through other primary means than reading and hearing His Word? “The Spirit can blow wherever He wishes,” you might say, but that would be far, far out of context. Jesus also said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life,” (John 6:63).
  • Approach to Knowing Jesus: Do you think of knowing Christ as an inner, personal, mystical relationship rather that one that is governed and mediated by His own Word? Jesus appears to us, comes to us, spends time with us, and is real to us through the Scriptures.
  • Approach to Decision-Making: Do you use every other method than the Bible and Bible-commanded godly counsel to decide on major life issues? How often do you look for fleeces, signs in the sky, or good feelings? God has already spoken.
  • Approach to Identifying the Holy Spirit: Do you look for the Spirit to move in fleeting emotions, dreams, visions, and circumstances, or in your reading and remembrance of Christ’s Word? The Spirit reminds us of all that Jesus has said. Do you praise God’s Word in your church when you see trembling hands or when you see love for the gospel?

Believing that the Spirit is united to the Word has massive implications for how we live, work, and serve before the face of the God who speaks.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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