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In The Upper Room: A Primer on The Holy Spirit (Part 2)

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In The Upper Room: A Primer on The Holy Spirit (Part 2)

John 14:7a

Dax Bryant: Preaching

Well, we are continuing here in our little mini series within a series, a primer on the Holy Spirit that we began last week. And allow me to begin by reading the same passage of scripture that weighed just read for us. If I don't know if you've been paying attention or if you've noticed, it's actually the third week in a row that we've read that exact same passage. That may seem a little bit uh, unnecessarily repetitive, but there's a method to the madness. As as we take a look this morning, it's just one small part of one verse, really, just five words in English, Foreign Greek. Uh. It's critical to keep something of the wider context in mind as we dive deep. So let me read this again, starting in John fourteen, verse twelve. Follow along in your bible. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do, And greater works than these will he do, Because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do. That the Father may be glorified in the sun. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me, you will keep my commandments and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. So we want to keep all of this in mind as we as we dial in on a small part this morning. But we want to back up at least as far as the greater works there, because when we think about accomplishing these greater works that Jesus is referring to here, and we've talked about that, the greater works of gospel ministry, the greater works of conversion, of of seeing people saved, we quickly realized that our confidence to accomplish something like that could never be in our own strength. That's the point made throughout the New Testament. That's what Paul says in First Corinthians chapter two. I preached on that passage when I came to candidate at this church, he says in verse three. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling. And my speech and my message were not implausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Paul makes the same point over in First Thessalonians, chapter one, verse five. He says, our Gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with full conviction. This is the point when it comes to the greater works, when it comes to the advancement of the Gospel, we can't rely upon our words, or our abilities, or our creativity or our commitment level. And that's true whether you stand behind the pulpit, or you lead a lady's Bible study, or you teach a Sunday school class for the kids. The the greater works can only be accomplished by the Spirit of the Living God in dwelling and empowering believers to be able to do an otherwise impossible thing. I hope we all agree and believe that. And what we have here in John chapter fourteen is really a case in point, because what's happening here in the Upper Room on this night before Jesus's death, he is entrusting, He's commissioning his disciples to continue his ministry in an even greater way after he leaves them. But humanly speaking, what hope could they possibly have that they would be up to that task? And Jesus's confidence has nothing to do with these guys and their ability.

Jesus's confidence rests in knowing that very soon after he departs to the Father, these men are going to be given a helper. The helper the Spirit of the Living God. And this is amazing. The same Holy Spirit that has been given to you if you are a believer, the same spirit who lives in and empowers you for service, is given to these men. If that's true. Do you ever think about this? If that's true, if we believers today have the same Holy Spirit residing in us that these men did, why is it that so many Christians and so many churches seem powerless today? And I wonder if it's possible that that maybe we've grieved the Holy Spirit in the broader church. Perhaps this is what's easier for me to see, is is grieving the Holy Spirit by attributing all kinds of crazy behavior to his name, would grieve the Holy Spirit, but equally grieve us. I think on the other end of the spectrum is we could grieve the Holy Spirit by effectively denying his work our need for him. So, no matter the case or somewhere in between, we need to repent of our wrong thinking about the Holy Spirit and realign our thinking about the Holy Spirit with what scripture teaches about the Holy Spirit. And that's the purpose of this little primer that we're in. Hopefully you're not learning anything new. If you are, praise the Lord. But this is very basic information about the Holy Spirit. So this is the question we started asking last Lord's Day, who or what is the Holy Spirit? And we learned from verse sixteen last time that that, first of all all, the Holy Spirit is a person who has all the qualities of personhood. He's not a force, he's not a power, he's not a fog. He is a person. And we talked about that, right he has he has a will, he has feelings, he has emotions, intelligence, He does things that only a person can do. He prays, he speaks, he teaches, he commands, he convicts, he guides. One of the obvious proofs and scriptures that the Holy Spirit is called he not it. Right, we talked about this, He's a person who has all the qualities of personhood. And then the second thing we considered is that not only is a is he a person, but he is a divine person who has all the qualities of godhood. All the attributes of God belong also to the Holy Spirit. Holiness, grace, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence. He does things that only God can do. He he created, involved in the creation of the world, inspiring the scriptures, conceiving Jesus in the womb of a virgin, bringing life to spiritually dead hearts. These are these are things that only God can do. And the Holy Spirit is called God coequal to the Father and the Son. So that was last time. The Holy Spirit is a person who has all the qualities of personhood, and he's a divine person who has all the qualities of Godhood. Now for today, we're just gonna provide a third answer to that question. Who or what is the Holy Spirit. Here's the answer. He is the communicator of divine truth. The Holy Spirit is the communicator of divine truth. So let's look at verse sixteen to set it up. Jesus says, and I will ask a father, and...

...he will give you another helper to be with you forever. And here's where we're gonna focus even the Spirit of Truth. The Holy Spirit is the communicator of divine truth. It's right there in the title that Jesus gives him here, the Spirit of Truth. But what does that mean, Well, the Holy Spirit shares all the qualities of Godhood, right, we established that last week, So we could say that just as Jesus is the Truth by his very nature as part of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is also truth. The Holy Spirit is always consistent, he never lies. Everything he says is absolutely trustworthy and true. And we can say that about the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Right. But here the emphasis it's not so much on the nature of the Holy Spirit describing who he is as the Spirit of truth. The emphasis here is more on the work of the Holy Spirit, what he does as the Spirit of truth. So, in other words, the Holy Spirit he's not only he not only is truth, but more to the point here, he is the communicator of truth. We could say it this way, the Holy Spirit, who is truth, takes truth and communicates truth. And notice here how that title the Spirit of Truth. It is just a further explanation of the term helper that Jesus used and you remember that that word that's translated helper from last time paraclets, which simply means one who possesses the ability of giving help. And we saw all the different meanings that are possible without word that the different ways that it's used in the New Testament, And we have even thought a little bit about all the different ways that the Holy Spirit helps believers. But in this specific context in John fourteen, Jesus has something specific in mind. The help that he's talking about in the work of the Spirit has to do with the Spirit communicating divine truth to human beings. Now, the question is how does that happen? How does the Holy Spirit, who is truth, take truth and communicate that truth to us? How does he do it? And then you're you're kind of forced to wrestle with questions like should we expect the Spirit to speak audibly to us today? Should we be waiting for a vision or a dream as confirmation of something that the Spirit is trying to communicate. Is there anything that we have to do to put ourselves in the right state of mind or state of spirit in order to hear the voice of the Spirit, And how can you know that it's the Spirit's voice that you're hearing and not your own self talk or uh, the bad Chinese food that you had the night before. I ran across a ministry online whose founder says that some of the clearest times that she's heard the voice of the Spirit is while brushing her teeth or driving in traffic. Is that is that normative? Is that where we ought to expect to hear the Spirit most clearly the same lady, and I would not recommend her ministry, Uh says Uh. The Spirit speaks to us in the words we...

...year, the pictures we see, and the emotions we feel. But of course, just because you hear something or see something or feel something doesn't mean that that's from the Holy Spirit. So we're not interested in those kinds of unverifiable claims. We're interested in letting scripture answer the question how does the Holy Spirit communicate truth to us? Because letting scripture be our guide gives us something that we can hold onto, something that we can test, something that we can trust in other than stories. So what does the Bible say about this? I'm gonna give you two answers to this question, or to the two sub answers I guess to the spirit being the communicator of divine truth. Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit communicates divine truth to us in two ways. First objectively, objectively in a way that is non experiential, and secondly subjectively in a way that is very much experiential. But with that second way, that that more subjective way, we have to be very careful to understand what that means and what it doesn't mean, and and all the implications of that. So hang on till we get there to that second way. So how does the Holy Spirit communicate divine truth to us? That's the big question we're asking, And the first answer is in an objective way, specifically through the inspiration of Scripture. Now, if you've been around this church at all, you you know that we believe that this book is God's very word to us. When we open the Bible and when we read it, it is as if we are hearing God's voice. This isn't just a book about God, but every word on every page comes to us from God. And it is the Holy Spirit who is the communicator of the divine truth in this book to us. Second Timothy three sixteen is a verse that you ought to know very well all scripture is breathed out theo now stas breathed out by God. These words are like the very breath of God himself, or Peter says in Second Peter one, verse twenty, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of scripture comes from someone's own interpretation, meaning you don't get to sit around in a Bible study and say, well, what this verse means to me is no, we don't. We don't have place for that, because the the objective meaning of scripture is not up for grabs. Why not, Peter continues, No prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate divine author of this book, and as the author, the words that he has here have an intended meaning. The Spirit of God has given us this book, which means, among many things, it's not something to be trifled with. The Holy Spirit is the one who communicates divine truth. He is, as we'll see throughout this Upper Room discourse, he is the teacher of the Church. And this is what Jesus is promising to his disciples here. In fact, let's just let's just look and see this. It shows up a few more times in this same conversation if you go down to verse twenty six, John fourteen. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,...

...whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you over in chapter fifteen. Verse But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me, Jesus says, he will teach you about me. And then one more chapter six, verse thirteen, when the Spirit of Truth there it is again. When he comes, he will guide you into all truth. Or he will not speak on his own authority. But whatever he hears, he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, Jesus says. Remember that phrase, he will glorify I'm me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. Now, remember who it is that Jesus is saying all these things too. He's talking to these eleven men who have been charged with continuing his ministry on earth after he leaves in an even greater way than what he himself accomplished while he was on Earth, men who for the last three years alongside Jesus haven't exactly proven themselves to be the best students. And in fact, on this very night, this is the most significant teaching that we have recorded in all of scripture between Jesus and his men. On this very night, they're they're already emotionally distraught, and you'll see throughout this conversation that they're still struggling to understand what's going on. They will constantly interrupt Jesus to ask questions that really proved they still have no idea what he's talking about. In fact, when we get to the middle of chapter sixteen, Jesus is going to say, effectively, I have more to tell you, guys, but you can't even handle this right now, so I have to stop and we have to ask. These are the men who are going to continue Jesus's ministry. These are the men who are going to go forth and preach the gospel. These are the men who are going to turn the world upside down. These are the men, along with their close associates, who are going to compose and infallible in arrant record of the life and ministry of Jesus in the Gospels. These are the men who are going to write the history of the birth and expansion of the early Church in acts. These are the men who are going to write letters to other churches who explain the meaning of the Gospel. These here this there's a man here at this table who's going to record a vision that reveals the conclusion of the age and the return of Christ, and the judgment of all men, and the consummation of our salvation and the nature of eternity. These guys are going to do all that. These men are going to write the New Testament. How is that possible. It's only possible because they are given the Holy Spirit, who is the infallible communicator of divine truth. And what truth is it that the Spirit is most interested in communicating. The stated emphasis of the Spirit in the New Testament is to lead these men into the truth about Jesus. We'll get there eventually. But this is what Jesus himself says in John fourteen. He...

...will glorify me for speaking of the Spirit, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. It's a distinct role in the in the New Covenant that the Spirit has. J. I. Packer describes the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament or in the New Covenant as a floodlight ministry. He says, it's as if the Spirit is standing behind us, throwing light over our shoulder upon Jesus, who is standing facing us, and what he's trying to communicate is the Holy Spirit. His chief priority in communication is to make Christ known to us, and so the Spirit's message, Packer writes, is never look at me, listen to me, come to me, get to know me, but always look at Christ and see his glory. Listen to Christ. Here his words, go to Christ and find eternal life. Get to know Christ and taste his gifts of joy and peace. Part of what that means is and this is important to understand that though we affirm that the Holy Spirit is indeed fully God, but any church or ministry that is preoccupied with the Holy Spirit, that is built around the person of the Holy Spirit, or that is hyper focused on the signs and wonders that are often credited to the Holy Spirit, is actually at odds with the stated purpose of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus himself says right here in John's Gospel, which is to point to Jesus. So who or what is the Holy Spirit? He's the communicator of divine truth? How does he do that? First of all in a very objective way, through the inspiration of the Holy scriptures, by carrying along fallible men, to produce an inspired, infallible, inerrant sufficient record of God's word and revelation to us, and you can carry it around in your pocket. Do you realize what a what a blessing? It is the access that we have to the very words of the Living God, that at any moment you can pull up everything you need to know that is necessary for life and godliness in this book that God has even to us. And so this is the first way that that God, the Holy Spirit has communicated divine truth to us objectively through the inspiration of the scriptures. Now, with that established, here is something equally important that we have to realize. And this is where, if we're not careful, we can get confused. The spirits communication of divine truth to human beings isn't finished simply with the production of this book. So I want you to track with me on this. The Bible, this book is God's objective revelation to us. However, until the Holy Spirit takes this objective word and then illuminates it to you per personally and experientially, you will never fully understand this objective word in the...

...sense of embracing it and obeying it and making it the very delight of your heart. So this is the second way that the Holy Spirit communicates divine truth subjectively, or you might say, personally, by taking the objective truth of inspired scripture and applying it directly to the human heart. Okay, so we're not We're not talking about burning in the bosom here. We're not talking about God dropping down a special special message for you out of the sky while you're brushing your teeth. We're talking about the work of the Holy Spirit in taking the inspired, objective word of God and driving it home to the heart and mind of an individual. Are you following what I'm saying here? What the Word of God merely by itself is not enough. This is not a magic book. It is a supernatural book. But this book is printed on regular paper with regular inc You must have the Spirit of God illuminate the meaning of this book personally to you to begin to grasp all that it means for you, and we see this. Perhaps you've seen this too, And I think it is often the case in whether an individuals or within entire movements, where people are focused on or were seeking out the power of the Holy Spirit or or signs and wonders in the name of the Holy Spirit, almost always they end up giving the Bible a back seat to that. I don't know if you've seen that or not, but not that they would ignore the Bible, but rather that careful study of the Bible would be pushed to the back. Maybe you might hear something like, well, doctrine is divisive, so we do want to focus on doctrine because that divides people. We just need the spirit. And I think the result is obvious from that. You what you see in many places is a mass of confusion and distortion in the name of the Holy Spirit. That that danger is easier for us to see. I think equally incomplete is for us to say all we need is just the raw truth of the Word. Just set this book out there like a piece of meat, and God will take care of the rest. And what can happen with that perspective is that the person and work of the Holy Spirit is neglected or ignored altogether. See one is heat without light, the other is light without heat. But God never intended the Word and the Spirit to be an either, or it was always intended to be a both. And so we must not separate what God has joined together, the Spirit of God working in through and by the Word of God. John Calvin says, this way, until we have been inwardly instructed by the Holy Spirit, the understandings of all of us are seized with vanity and falsehood. For as God alone can properly bear witness to his own words, so those words cannot pain full credit in...

...the heart until they are sealed by the inward testimony of the Spirit. He says. The Spirit is the inner teacher by whose effort the promise of salvation penetrates into our minds, a promise that would otherwise only strike air or beat upon our ears. That's what happens when you have the Word of God apart from the Spirit of God. R. C. Sproul said it this way. The Spirit works with the Word. He does not work against the Word or without the Word. The Word and the Spirit go together. To separate them is to frustrate the work of sanctification within us, and to grieve the Holy Spirit. I like how the Puritan Thomas Manton said it. He said, God's mind is revealed in the scripture, but we can see nothing without the spectacles of the Holy Ghost. I'm quoting all these guys to you who don't think I'm just making this up. Paul says it best, perhaps in First Corinthians two Versus eleven and twelve. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him. So also, no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from God. Why have we received the spirit who is from God? Paul, that we might understand the things freely given us by God, he says. So what I'm trying to say in all of that is this, The only way for a person to embrace spiritual truth is for the Holy Spirit to communicate that objective truth subjectively to the human heart. Why else would Paul speak of the Gospel coming not in word only, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. For that matter, why would Paul pray at the end of Ephesians, he says, pray also for me that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel. Do you ever think about that? I mean, who knew the message of the Gospel better than Paul? He needs prayer for God to give him the words to proclaim the gospel. Why why would he ask for that? It's not because he doesn't know the message of the Gospel. It's because he knows that the word of God without the power of the Spirit of God will not change the human heart. For example, it's it's not enough for me to stand here and just lay out the facts of the Gospel. Now. On the one hand, that's all I can do, but it's not enough because unless the spirit of God opens the hearts of people, anything that I say will fall on deaf ears and dead hearts. Why is it that that one person can sit in a church service, for example, here the Gospel and be converted, and another person in the same service might sleep through the same message, And still another person in the same service might get angry and leave. Same message is preached to everyone there. See, it's it's not just the raw power of the word. If that was true, then anyone and everyone who ever heard the Gospel would be saved. All So this is how it usually worked...

...itself out. A preacher ought to be diligently and prayerfully laboring in the text through the week, seeking to understand the context, seeking to understand the meanings of the words and how they fit together, getting an understanding of the culture and the history behind those words, looking at how the rest of scripture sheds light on those specific words, And all the while the preacher is praying for the Spirit of God to grant him insight into the passage, and and over time Lord willing that the meaning of the text becomes clearer and a message from the text develops. But but that's not the end of it at all. Is it that we're just getting started now with an idea of what what he might say? The preacher continues to pray. But the prayers take a new form. God, when I get up there to say these words helped me to say, what is from You in this moment, not what comes from me, And and open up the hearts of the people to hear from You, not my words. And I don't want all of this work to be just for my benefit. Make this a benefit to your people. Lord, and and and I don't know if you know this, but that is how you ought to be praying for the ministry of the Word preached in the church weekend and week out. I hope you realize. I'm sure I don't have to convince you that in my sermon manuscript we don't have a message from God. We have the result of Bible study and exogetical work. And exogetical work by itself has never changed the heart of a person. It's the Holy Spirit in cooperation with the exogetical work, insofar as it is faithful to God's own word and scripture, who then speaks through a preacher the words for the people who are gathered in this place on that day. And then what happens. The objective word of God is heard by each one subjectively and is applied personally and experientially to each human heart by the Spirit, not the preacher, and the result is lives are changed, Believers are matured, the unsaved come face to face with Jesus. Some are convicted, some are encouraged, some are equipped, some are challenged, some are confronted. In the same message that has preached to all of them. I don't know if you've had this experience. I pray that you have. But can you remember a time, or even the first time, when you felt as if God was speaking directly to you through the preaching of the gospel, whether that happened in a in a church context or in a in a one on one setting, that that somehow hearing this left you feeling. I don't know. Maybe you were uneasy, maybe you felt singled out, maybe you were embarrassed, maybe you were even upset at the person saying these things. And even though that person didn't know the details of your situation, it seemed as if he was speaking directly to your heart. And then, by God's grace, you suddenly realize that unless you turned to Jesus Christ, you would remain lost in your sin. And suddenly, guilt and judgment and substitution and salvation, all of that began to make sense. And you couldn't explain how that happened exactly. Maybe you didn't even know the Holy Spirit was a thing, but but suddenly you desired the...

Lord Jesus more than you desired anything else in your life. If that's happened to you, and I pray that it has. That is not the work of a preacher. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Maybe you've had that same feeling even after you were saved those times whereas as a Christian, you've sat under the proclamation of God's word and again it seemed as if God was speaking directly to you. And this has happened to me. Maybe you felt so exposed that you wondered how obvious it was to everyone else around you, how directly God was speaking to you. That's not the work of a preacher, right, No preacher is that good. That is the work of the Holy Spirit, the work of the Spirit of truth. This is the point I'm trying to make. It's not just the word. Okay, let me be clear. We love this book. We would die for this book, right as as Paul said us to to Titus. I believe um it's a Timothy. We labor to understand this book, even to the point of exhaustion. But it's it's not enough just to throw the book out in front of people apart from the work of the Spirit of God. Because unless the Holy Spirit takes this book, this objective truth from God and then supernaturally and subjectively applies it to your heart. You'll walk away from this place unaffected, unchanged. So who is the Holy Spirit? He's the communicator of divine truth? How does he do that? How does he communicate that truth? First of all objectively through the inspiration of the scriptures, Second of all subjectively where he takes the objective word and applies it to the human heart. He spoke, and this book was produced, and this book was produced, and through it he still speaks today. Now, briefly, how should we respond to this? How ought you to react to the realization that the Spirit communicates divine truth in these two ways? And we'll limit it to just two responses. Obviously we could say more. But first of all, one way you ought to respond is that you should receive God's word with gratitude. That seems very basic, but ask yourself, when is the last time that you actually thanked the Holy Spirit for giving us this book? This is not just one more religious book amongst the many different religious books that are floating around on the planet. This book alone tells you infallibly about God, about yourself, about sin, about the need for salvation, and how it works, about the importance of the church, about your family, about your singleness, about how you ought to work, about how you ought to manage your money. All these things and and much more. When is the last time that you intentionally thank the Spirit of God for making sure that fallible men, in every detail, wrote exactly what he wanted without error. When is the last time you thanked the Spirit of God for convicting your heart so deeply about sin or exposing something in your life through the Word that you needed to deal with. When is the last time you thank the Spirit of God for communicating fresh comfort from the Word and applying that to your heart like a like a soothing balm on...

...an open wound when you most needed it. We ought to receive God's Word with gratitude for the communicating work of the Holy Spirit. But secondly, and I'll this is what I want to say a little bit more on. The second reaction we ought to have is to respond with intercession. I alluded to this earlier, but but do you do you you realize that that you have a responsibility for the preaching of God's Word every single week. Maybe you think that's just my job, But what I'm trying to tell you is that the part of preaching that all of us need the most is the very thing that the preacher himself can't supply. The Spirit of God supplies it in response to all of us asking the Spirit to give the preacher the words to say that we need to hear. And maybe sometimes you don't even know what you need to hear, but but you still have to take up your responsibility for the preaching of the Word by interceding praying on behalf of whoever stands up here on a Sunday morning. That is, if you really desire to hear from God. And I'll just say to your encouragement, that's one of the reasons why I think it is such a pleasure to preach in this church weekend and week out, because many of you are doing this very thing. And and that becomes evident to me because one of the effects when people pray like this is the overall attitude isn't to sit back with your arms cross and say, what are you going to tell me today that I don't already know? It is to just simply say, we want to hear a message from God through his book today with whatever He has for us. Do do you pray for the preaching of the Word like this? Imagine what the Spirit might do of an entire congregation decides on our regular basis to intercede on behalf of those who proclaim the word of God. Maybe maybe you've never thought about this before. Maybe for the first time, you need to take up your responsibility to pray for the preaching of God's Word. Now, what does that look like. Well, maybe that's praying Saturday night with your family to kind of set the tone and so they can learn how important it is to hear the word of God on the Lord's Day. Maybe it's getting up early before the rest of the house starts moving on Sunday morning to pray for this thing. Maybe it's in those moments just before the service starts that you asked the Spirit to take the word and to deliver it to us. However you do it, m pray you must if you desire to hear more than the words of just a man. And I'll just say this very plainly, there's really no need for you to come to this place unless you are wanting to hear God's word. Otherwise, there's just no need to come. But if you want to hear the word of God, then don't just come, come and ask God to speak to us, because if it's up to me or whoever's up here preaching, we're out of luck. We need the Spirit to make this happen. So I know I've been guilty of this before, but it's very easy to just show up here on Sunday morning without preparing our hearts to worship the Lord and hear from him. So I'm just asking you, do you pray for this kind of thing? Have you ever asked the Spirit to speak to our church through a preaching of the Word, Because hearing from God is something indispensable to...

...our gathering together, and that's not going to happen if if we're just content to sit as spectators, or if we're if we're busily rushing in, you know, fifteen minutes late every week and in a frenzy and not able to focus our hearts and mind on the Lord. So that ought to be one of our reactions to the reality that the Spirit is the communicator of divine truth, that we take up a responsibility to pray for the preaching of the Word. The preaching is not just the specialty of an individual. It is the responsibility of the entire Church, who are what is the Holy Spirit. He's the communicator of divine truth through the inspiration of the scriptures, objectively and subjectively as he applies the scriptures to our hearts. Sinclaire Ferguson says that this way he is the giver of revelation and the provider of illumination. The giver of revelation, the provider of illumination. That's what I'm trying to say. He enables us to understand this book, and he warms our hearts to receive this book. And we ought to respond to that with gratitude, and we ought to respond to that by answering the call to ask the Spirit of God to take this precious word, this book for which godly men have died, to pass on to us, and apply it directly, not only to those of us who already know the Lord Jesus, but to apply it to the hearts of people who don't yet know Him, so that they might be saved. So let's take up that work together. Pray with me, Lord, I pray that even in these moments, you would take these words as much as they reflect the truth of what is in your word and apply them to each one of our hearts. Lord, give us the word from you that we need to hear, and don't just leave us there, Lord, but compel us then to take the appropriate action, whatever that might be. Lord, help us to be people who love the truth, know the truth, and seek You for the truth. Right these lessons from your book up on our hearts, so that we might be forever changed. We pray these things in Jesus name. Amen.

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