Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Intercession Of The Holy Spirit

           "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:26-28)

           The Lord Jesus Christ told the twelve apostles that He needed to depart from the world so that the Advocate can come, who is the Holy Spirit (John 16:6-8). If Jesus never left this earth physically, then the Spirit could not come to fulfill His designated purposes on earth.

           What did the Holy Spirit do for the apostles? He guided the twelve disciples to all Truth (John 16:13). The Spirit of God gave the first century Christians the necessary revelation for learning about God's moral character and His general will for us (John 14:16; 26). He is a source spiritual nourishment and comfort.

           Today, He continues to fulfill the same tasks that He was originally appointed for. The Holy Spirit works by helping true members of the church persevere daily through all sorts of sinful temptations and persecutions. He leads searching people to truth. The Spirit combats evil through the spread of the Gospel message, which is His fighting gear (Ephesians 6:10-18; Hebrews 4:12).

           The Lord Jesus Christ is eternally present in His divinity along with the Holy Spirit. Both members of the Holy Trinity intercede on our behalf in prayer. They express our needs that we cannot even begin to utter. The Father and Son come to and dwell with believers in the Holy Spirit. Christ ascended into heaven to pour out the Spirit on the body of the redeemed.

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