Message – A Heart for hearing the Spirit teach
A Heart for hearing the Spirit teach
We covered last week how Jesus promised His disciples, and by extension us, that it was to their advantage that He leave and send them the Holy Spirit. That the Spirit would be to them what He had been to them. The Spirit was “another” helper – comparable to Him.
This is what I like to envision as a baton pass.
The redemptive work Jesus had to accomplish on the earth as a human He had completed, and the Spirit was the One Who empowered Him and equipped Him for the work. Now, Jesus was sending the church into the world in His place, and so was also – of necessity, giving us the same Spirit for empowering and equipping as He had during His earthly ministry.
It is in fact the Spirit Who began the good work of salvation in us, and He Who began that good work will complete it!
So from the initial work of salvation to its completed work is THE work of the Holy Spirit.
To progressively form Christ in us which is accomplished by revealing Christ to us.
A secondary work of the Holy Spirit which works together with His primary work of forming Christ in us is the forming of a testimony of Christ to our brothers and sisters first and then to the world.
- So His first work within the Christian is to reveal Christ TO US.
- His secondary work is to reveal Christ THROUGH us to others.
We read last week as we read in John 14,15, 16 and 17 the Holy Spirit is set forth as our helper, our peace, our leader, our guide and our teacher.
He’s the Spirit of truth AND the Spirit Who reveals truth.
Since the one and only thing that can accomplish His work in us isn’t a thing at all but a person, the Holy Spirit’s primary, and in that only focus, is revealing Jesus to us period!
Our conformity into Jesus’s image can never exceed our knowing of Him.
We are in the book of First Corinthians today and if you remember it is in the same book that the famous love chapter appears. In that chapter we learn in no uncertain terms that we will only take on the fullness of the image of Jesus when we finally see Him for Who He really is.
So the person of the work is the Holy Spirit and the environment of the work is the inward man. His work is internal to the human being.
The three things ALL humans need in order for the Spirit’s work to begin and advance within them are spiritual attunement, humility and receptiveness.
Though these three things could be broken down into many subcategories they are without a doubt the primary things which are necessary to work from the initial work of salvation to its completed work in us.
Spiritual attunement, humanity and receptiveness.
You might well ask where is faith in that list?
Well it is without question of primary importance but it is secondary to humility and receptiveness because without those two, faith cannot be produced in the heart.
Jesus claims to be both the Author and the Developer of our faith in Him. So, as Jesus is revealed to us by the faithful work of the Holy Spirit, faith will be formed in the heart quite naturally.
The first thing is spiritual aptitude or attunement which 1st Corinthians chapter one and two address.
Knowledge puffs up
1Cor. 8 tells us that knowledge puffs up but love edifies.
In the context of what we’re covering today which is spiritual attunement, humility & receptiveness… is that puffing up disqualifies you in short circuits the entire process by disqualifying us from grace.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble or lowly.
“(18) For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (19) For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.”
(20) Where is the wise man?
Where is the expert in the Mosaic law?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish?
(21) For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching.
(22) For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, (23) but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.
(24) But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
(25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
(26) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. (28) God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, (29) so that no one can boast in his presence.
(30) He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, Who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (31) so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
- John 3 – the hunt has come into the world
- Jn 1 light to every man who comes into the world
- Rom 1 God has shown it to them
- 2Cor 4:6, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
If you remember this was addressed last week in our passages in John when Jesus told them that in a little while He would be visible to them only and not to the world. When the disciples asked about this He began to speak about the Holy Spirit Whom the world was not able to receive because they neither saw Him nor knew Him, but the disciples knew Him because He was with them and He was going to come to live within them.
So these three things are of paramount importance to facilitate the inward work of the Holy Spirit – Spiritual attunement, humility and receptiveness.
We covered many other things in this message and we will continue on from here next week.