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Friday, January 5, 2018

Romans 5:5

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5

The Holy Spirit of God plays two important roles. First, He convicts men of sin: "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8). This is why, before we come to Christ, we must acknowledge our sin. We must renounce our sins. The Holy Spirit makes us feel uncomfortable and pricks our consciences. He makes us acknowledge and admit to ourselves and to God that we are sinners, and then He gives us the strength and the power to turn from our sins.

The second role of the Holy Spirit is as a teacher, a guide into all truth. After we have committed our lives to Christ, the Holy Spirit helps us understand the written Word of God. He is our instructor. He is also our comforter in times of trouble and sorrow. That is why the natural man does not understand the things of the spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). He has not had his sins forgiven and so has not received his "leader into all truth" and cannot understand what he reads in the Bible. It would be like trying to read a book in an unfamiliar language. It would be impossible.

The moment I receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in my heart. The problem, as A. W. Tozer has noted, is that "though every believer has the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit does not have every believer!" For a student to be taught, he must listen and desire to learn from his teacher. For the Christian to grow in wisdom and knowledge of the Word of God, he must be willing to study God's Word and to be a willing pupil of God's Holy Spirit.

Pastor Rod Harris



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