the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
hovers and broods over the message of the cross. By the word,
"cross," we mean His finished work on the cross. Jesus said in John
19:30b, "...It is finished!..." The two great truths of the cross,
forgiveness and deliverance, are standing offers for all people
until He comes back. Willing believers claim and experience these
basic truths and all of the other truths of the cross.
When we present
the Lordís Supper with understanding, the Holy Spirit will brood
over the truths of the cross being proclaimed. The Holy Spirit is
convicting us of our sin. He is pointing out the truths of the
cross. He is applying pressure on us to confess our sins and take
them to the cross (by faith apply the truths of the cross to a
particular sin or death problem).
Whatever sin we
confess and take to the cross, the Holy Spirit will seek to replace
it with something of Him. He is resurrection power and He will
resurrect righteousness in the very area we give up at the cross.
The cross empties us. The Holy Spirit fills us. The cross cancels
sinís penalty (death). The Holy Spirit ministers life.
The Holy Spirit
needs the truths of the cross to do what He wants to do through us.
If there is a particular truth of the cross, say, the crucified with
Christ truth, that we will not understand or acknowledge or preach
or endure, the Holy Spirit is severely hampered. Christianity as a
whole has been severely hampered for about 1900 years because she
has not known or embraced the meaning of the bread of the Lordís
Supper. Even physical healings and deliverance from demons would
flow more freely if the "crucified with Christ" message was embraced
by the church.
24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree,
that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose
stripes you were healed.
1 Peter 2:24
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