Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
This morning I’ll be speaking on The Character of the Spirit and talking about how we can know what one part of the Trinity is like by looking at another part, but I didn’t include this verse at all in my notes. The Bible repeats truth very impressively! This echoes a statement of Jesus that I will be using in the message: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) If we want to know what the Father is like, we can look at Jesus. In the same way, if we want to know what the Holy Spirit is like, we can look at Jesus. When Jesus was telling the disciples about the Holy Spirit right after the Passover meal before He was crucified, He said He was “another Counselor to be with you forever.” (John 14:16) The “another” there specifically means, “another of the same kind.” In other words, the Holy Spirit is different from Jesus only in that He doesn’t have a physical body. We speak of “accepting Jesus into your heart,” but it is the Holy Spirit who takes up residence. We tend to compartmentalize God in many ways, and one of those ways is in being rigid about the Trinity. Jesus Himself told us to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19) but there is complete unity in the Godhead, so obeying the Holy Spirit is obeying the Father, for example. All of this points out the absurdity of praying to anything less than the Godhead. It’s appropriate to pray to Father God, to Lord Jesus, or to the Holy Spirit, but when we have access to the Throne of Grace by the cross of Christ, (Hebrews 4:16) why would we seek help from anything less? I have many dear Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ, but this is one area in which I can never agree with them. All saints who have died, including Mary the mother of Jesus’ physical body, are witnesses to the faithfulness of God, (Hebrews 12:1) but they are unworthy recipients of our prayers, when we have a direct line to the Throne.
It’s been over 60 years since I “received Jesus into my heart,” to use the common Evangelical phrase, but I am continuing to grow in releasing every part of myself to Him. My maternal grandfather, W. O. Carver, spoke of salvation as giving Jesus the key to our “front door,” but that we had locks on many of the rooms inside too, and spiritual growth was giving Jesus those keys as well. I can certainly identify with that illustration! I am regularly confronted with things, and even whole areas, I haven’t surrendered and yielded to Him. Today is Pentecost Sunday. As much as I want the Holy Spirit to be poured out on this church, this city, and this nation, I need to welcome Him into every nook and cranny of my own heart and life. I need to ask and allow Him to wash out of me everything that takes up space that belongs to Him. More than me “having the Holy Spirit,” as glorious as that is, I want Him to have me in entirety.
Father thank You for this reminder. I am so easily distracted from it, which is all the more evidence that is necessary. I do pray that You would have complete freedom, in me and in this church, not just today but every day and all the time. May we be Your temple indeed, for Your pleasure and glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!