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« on: January 24, 2010, 05:56:24 AM »

THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK

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S. Franklin Logsdon

"It is expedient for you that I go away . . . I will send him unto you"

Copyright @ 1960

CHAPTER FOUR

THE SPIRIT INDWELLS THE SAINT

"Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?"

The animated surprise of the apostle in the above text was due, not to lack of intellectual awareness, but to absence of experiential assurance. It was not theoretical ignorance which concerned him; it was practical deficiency.

Second only to the matchless miracle of the incarnation of Christ is the descent of the Spirit to tabernacle in the bodily tents of saved men and women. Through the former operation, God provides the unspeakable gift of divine life; through the latter, enriching, superabundant supplies of infinite grace. To reject the Saviour results in catastrophic hopelessness; to disregard the Spirit issues in colossal failure.
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 05:59:27 AM »

In a parabolic explanation of human reactions to divine agents, the Lord Jesus related how a proprietor leased his vineyard.

When the vintage time approached, the owner sought his share. The leasees took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned the third. Others were sent and received like treatment. Finally he sent his son. They said, "Come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance" (Matthew 21:38). This was pictorially true of the prophets who were stoned and beaten and sawed asunder, and of the Father's own Son who was nailed by wicked hands to the cruel cross.

We assure ourselves we never would have participated in such evil deeds. The very thought is repulsive. Yet, if it could be proved that our treatment of the Holy Spirit falls into the same category, would it not be a serious indictment?

What, precisely, is the practical importance of the Holy Spirit's indwelling the saint? Much in many ways, but chiefly,

(1) in that He takes objective Truth and makes it an inward reality (see chap. 6). He guides into all Truth.
(2) He promotes the believer at the Throne of Grace in prayer (see chap. 10). "He maketh intercession for us."
(3) He affirms the believers relationship to the Father (see chap. 7). He witnesses with our spirit that we are the children of God.
(4) He exalts the Son of God through the believer.
(5) He establishes a divine partnership with the child of God.

It is with these last two points we wish to deal in this chapter.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 06:00:47 AM »

The Exaltation of Christ

The Holy Spirit came, not to speak of Himself (John 16:13), but to take the things of Christ and make them plain to us. He desires to exalt Christ. This can only be accomplished through the believer in whom He dwells. Therefore, the believer may either help or hinder this desire of the Spirit. Lauding and extolling the Most High are indications of spiritual health and wholesomeness. But since it is "God [the Spirit] which worketh in you [us] both to will and to do of his good pleasure," no one who fails to recognize and co-operate with the indwelling Spirit will experience either the inclination for or the engagement in exalting Christ.

What is meant by the exaltation of Christ from the human point of view? It is that state or quality in the believer which willingly and wholeheartedly ascribes to the Lord His rightful place in the daily life as regards adoration, authority and acknowledged accomplishment.

To exalt Christ is to reveal adoration in our attitudes

Love has a language all its own. It need not be vocal to be vital. Indeed there may be expression without experience. One may sing lustily,

"My Jesus, I love Thee;
I know Thou art mine,"

without the least stirring of the deeper emotions. Perhaps this is but one illustration of the "vain repetition of words" against which the Saviour warned (Matthew 6:7). It is ever inspiring to hear people sing, "Love the world through me, Lord!" but this hymn of prayer will fall short of fulfillment unless we allow the Spirit to love Christ through us. Love not only begets love, but He who is love longs for affection. Surely the Holy Spirit strives to impress this fact upon our spirits, waiting as the Royal Resident within to encourage the flow of our changeless affection toward the heart that bled and broke for us.

To exalt Christ is to respect His authority for our actions

What is servant obedience but humble, volitional resignation to the sovereign Voice. It is a sweet blending of our confidence, trustfulness and assurance, respectfully, in His claims, directions and wisdom. It is the suing of the soul for that coveted status of a good man whose "steps . . . are ordered by the Lord" (Psalm 37:23).
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010, 06:01:18 AM »

Respecting the authority of Christ is giving precedence and transcendence to His holy will.

- It is our attestation to the Tightness of His way and our confession that it is the only way for us.
- It is the joy of knowing that we are under omniscient direction, hence being advanced in the proper course.
- It involves a forfeiture of all personal preference and a refusal of all contrapersuasion, giving the Lord absolute priority in the life.

Without the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, indifference, obstinacy and rebellion would, in varying degrees, begin to characterize the actions of God's people. Indeed, this is the current tendency because the Spirit of God is not recognized as the Indweller by so many professing Christians.

To exalt Christ is to revel in the acknowledgment of His accomplishments

One of the highest notes which Moses struck in his song of victory was: "I will sing unto the Lord for he hath triumphed gloriously" (Exodus 15:1). No room here for self-glorification, no basis for boasting. In fact, there was no disposition to indulge in either. It was by no clever military maneuver that the Israelites escaped by the skin of their teeth. It was not human ingenuity that opened the channel through the sea. It was not the prowess of man which wrought the decisive defeat of this preponderant foe. No, the triumph was the Lord's. Moses extolled the Most High for what He had done. He said, "I will exalt the Lord."

- Only the Holy Spirit can give us the right perspective.
- Only the Holy Spirit can stimulate the heart of man to praise Him who alone is worthy.
- Only He can help us to celebrate the name of our mighty Conqueror.

It was not our moral development which brought us salvation. It was not our excellent training which effected the new birth. It was not our careful deportment which wrote our names in the Lamb's Book of Life. It was not our beneficent character or our philanthropic deeds  which made us  heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.

No, prefigured by the plight of the Israelites, we were hemmed in, cut off and doomed. Then the strong One intervened. When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for us. It was His triumph. He won the fight; He defeated the foe; He planted our feet on victory ground. The Holy Spirit is ever desirous of helping us to revel in our Lord's accomplishments. The question is, Do we exalt the Lord? We cannot without the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 06:02:23 AM »

Partnership with the Spirit

God uses men to fulfill His purposes. He has heavenly hosts innumerable, but He uses men.

- He could speak and the world-creating force of His voice would cause men everywhere to fall tremblingly at His feet, but He uses men.
- He could display in the twinkling of an eye sufficient power to transform every hardened sinner, but He uses men.
- He could send legions of scintillating angels to demonstrate the brightness of His glory, but
- He chooses and empowers men to declare the greatness of His grace.

The blueprints of Omniscience call for the Spirit of God to work through quickened mortals who have found His favor through faith.

The partnership with the Spirit is suggested

In the generally used benediction of II Corinthians 13:13, the statement, "and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all," supplies us with a delightful thought. The word translated "communion" is recorded as "partners" in Luke 5:10: "James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon." It is given also as "fellowship" and as "sharers with." Thus, we have fellowship with the Holy Spirit in a practical way. We are sharers with Him in the dissemination of the Word of Life; we are partners in the work of the Lord.

The partnership with the Spirit is stated

The reason Paul could not speak to the Corinthian believers as unto spiritual was due to the fact that they were not spiritual (I Corinthians 3:1). They maintained the stature of "babes in Christ." Babes neither recognize nor assume responsibility. Thus, it requires something of an object lesson to teach the matter at hand—an illustrative approach consisting of a tiller, an irrigator and a harvester. Then the apostle came to the point: "For we are laborers together with God."

We are linked with the Infinite God in a practical procedure, and, of course, the Holy Spirit is the One in view. He is the Lord of the harvest. He directs the operations. It is incumbent upon us to submit willingly to His directions. Any indifference is an offense to Deity and grievous to the divine Administrator.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2010, 06:02:33 AM »

The partnership with the Holy Spirit is essential

In its simplest form a partnership is said to exist when two persons offer their resources to accomplish a particular end, that together they may be equipped for the pursuance of a common purpose. But what have we which the Holy Spirit does not have? We do not have the knowledge, the wisdom, the power. Then, what do we have which He does not possess and which He requires? A body. He has no earthly body, such as was prepared for the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 10:5). He has no feet to carry the message of redeeming love to lost men, no lips to deliver the sweetest invitation Heaven can offer, no hand to place tenderly upon the shoulder of a weary sinner.

Thus, the Holy Spirit wants your body; indeed, must have it if He is to translate hopeless ones from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son. This is why Paul pleaded: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1).

One thought ought to register in our minds indelibly. The Holy Spirit is nonetheless God than was the precious Saviour of men. Even as the Lord Jesus was intent upon doing the will of the Father and of finishing the work, just so the blessed Holy Spirit is desirous of pursuing His ministry to its fruition, but He must have men! He must have dedicated men, active men, faithful men.

The Christian is in a partnership with the Holy Spirit.

~ end of chapter 4 ~

CHAPTER 03. THE SPIRIT BAPTIZES INTO CHRIST

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