THIS SERIES: JOURNEY INTO REST
It is the same for Christians living under the New Covenant - with an important difference. The ultimate provision of the Father was in the sending of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ death & resurrection paved the way for this momentous expression of divine love; and His ascension & glorification, as the man who had conquered every force of darkness, not only meant Jesus sat down at the Father's right hand, as Lord over all, but that He was able to release the same Holy Spirit who had empowered Him, on all who acknowledged Him as Lord and Saviour.
unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him to you.
[ John 16:7]
Exalted to the right hand of God,
He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit,
and has poured out what you now see and hear.
New Testament fruitfulness depends on this truth.
‘We never see fruit trees in an orchard groaning and straining to produce a crop. Fruit is the natural consequence of life coursing through a tree planted in healthy ground and supplied with water and nutrients. The key is not in the effort of the tree, but in the quality of the provision.’ (See the last post but one.)
We are, as new creations, designed to live from the inside out. The Holy Spirit in us is not an impersonal ‘force’ or ‘power’, but a person; with feelings and personality who wants to express Himself through each unique and perfectly designed vessel. Christians should never be clones – no one ‘type’ is the right one - God has given us wonderful individuality & wishes to fill all His works of art with His beauty.
But it’s not just about us; it’s not just about growing the fruit of godly character. We are also supposed to have rivers of living water flowing from us to a needy world. Like Abraham we have been blessed to be a blessing; we have received, so we can give.
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
[Ephesians 2:10 ]
If biblical rest is about living in the good of God’s provision, Pentecost extends a special invitation to us – let’s take time to respond to it.
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