Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Best Gift
At Easter we focus on the Cross quite obviously. That accomplished propitiation for sin. That demonstrated the measure of the compassion and perfect obedience of our Saviour. But that was in order to clear the way for the best gift.
I can hear Jesus saying that if natural fathers want to give good gifts to their children, how much more would the Heavenly Father wish to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask.
The prophet Ezekiel (c. 36) said that the Lord would take away the stony heart and give a heart of flesh and a new Spirit.
The Psalmist said in the 51st "create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me". Create it.
Jesus said in the Upper Room that the Spirit would lead His followers into all truth, would glorify Him and would remind them of all things that He had said and done.
Now this is not a Pentecostal puff putting overmuch emphasis on the operation of the Spirit. This is Gospel, and He is the best gift until Glory, both for edification of the believer and operation of the corporate Body of Christ.