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FEBRUARY: Our Great Salvation

February 15

THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN US

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13

Our Lord said in John 15 that we are bound to Him as are the branches to the vine; His life is in us, and it is a part of this blessed work of the Spirit. Then He goes on to work in us, sanctifying and perfecting us. “Work out your own salvation,” says Paul in Philippians 2:12-13, “with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Heaven helps us in our prayers: “We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself market intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). He then goes on to produce the fruit of the Spirit in us: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23).

The work of the Spirit is to make the Lord Jesus Christ real to us. So do not waste your time trying to picture the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not go and look at portraits of Him that are wholly imaginary. There is a sense, I believe, in which nobody should ever try to paint Him—it is wrong. I do not like these paintings of Christ; they are the efforts of the natural mind. If you want a photograph of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will give it to you in the inner man. Christ said Himself, in John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall beloved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself tohim.” That is the work of the Spirit—to make Christ living, to makeus certain He is there, so that when we speak to Him, and He to us,the Spirit makes Him real, and He is formed in us.

A Thought to Ponder
The work of the Spirit is to make the Lord Jesus Christ real to us.

From Saved in Eternity, pp. 92-93.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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