The Holy Spirit: A fountain of Holiness and Joy.

To continue from my previous post, I’m exploring the works of Johnathan Edwards in my quiet time. He is looking at the 2 Corth 1:21-22 which says

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

We can see several things that God has done for us. 1. He is by God alone that we can stand firm in Christ. God sent his Son for us, he ordained before the world was created that we today could only stand firm in Jesus, with him. 2. He anointed us. We are individual and special to God. We have all been anointed/ chosen by God to do his will. 3. Set his seal of ownership. We are his! He has put a mark in our hearts to realise that we are his. We are people who are not blind to the truth, and we can see the living Jesus working in our lives and the lives around us. God created us. The created thing belongs to the creator. When we send a letter or create a piece of art, we usually put a mark or signature. That is the same as the seal of God. The created thing is not separate. We are not separate from God, but sealed with him. 4. He put the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee of what is to come. We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that we are in Christ, and prepare us for his return. For Edward says:

“The Holy Spirit becoming an inhabitant is a vital principle in the soul”

It is vital to have the Spirit in our hearts, because it convicts us of our sins, and is the fountain of true holiness and joy; like a spring of water. He then refers to John 4:14:

“but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

And John 7:38-39a

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive,”

Edward then concludes by saying

“It is by partaking in the Holy Spirit that the saints have communion with Christ in His fullness”

Let us be people who dwell and live by the Spirit of God, and stand firm in the faith of Christ. For here are two questions to think about

1. To what extent ae you experiencing the fullness of Christ?

2. What is involved in “partaking of the Holy Spirit”?

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Author: Urban Curate

Following from the Ministry Trainee, I am a urban Curate who is at a church in the West Midlands with a passion to serve the Lord. I'm 28 years old, married with two children.

1 thought on “The Holy Spirit: A fountain of Holiness and Joy.”

  1. Bible study Group, Orphanage Home

    P. o Box 64-40221 Omogonchoro Kenya East Africa

    Mail ;gracenyabate@yahoo.com

    Dear beloved friends in Christ,

    Love and greetings to you all there through the good name for Jesus Christ who needs us to work together and spread the good new of Jesus Christ to all places before it’s too late My name is peter Ongera And grace I am a leader of God’s last call ministry. I am so pleased to be labouring in Gods vineyard despite of hard times but our saviour endured all so we can too in him who strengthens us. I saw people in Kenya doing evil things like drinking alcohol, prostitution, violence all over .The voice of God came unto me to carry he holy bible go and warn them to prepare to receive Jesus Christ when He comes to reward us.

    The great commission and objective of my ministry is to take gospel of Jesus Christ to unreached areas. Matthew 28:18-20.We goes house to house do bible study. Prayers for the people and invites them to our church further teachings.

    Again in Kenya Africa we have so many orphans there parents died for HIV. Others cannot be traced as they live to the interior so in our services we the total orphans who suffered a lot when they tell me about there problems. I was forced to take them to my home and live with them and saved as the Bibles tells.

    My friend I personally cant be bale to educate them as they need education, shelter, clothing, and food was a big problem. So my friend the holy spirit guide me to request you in a humble way and beg you, if in your ministry too are blessed with Bibles clothing and dry food please, Kindly send to them, to keep them going.

    Those who have the truth for these last days will bear a message adapted to the poor one would think that the gospel was inspired in order to reach this class Christ come to the earth to work among the gospel. His work is the gospel worked out on ministry missionary lines. In justice mercy and the love of God which is the sure fruit borne because the tree is good

    And to day in the person of His believing working children who move under the guidance of the holy spirit Christ visits the poor and needy relieving want and alleviating suffering Mathew 25:37:40

    The bible says in Galatians 6:9 we must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.

    Our prayers are with you always as you share Gods love with others and May Jesus comes soon we go to rest in Heaven. Please drop us a lovely note. Finally keep us in your daily prayers

    Yours love trusting in the Lord

    Grace Nyabate

    The Founder of Bible study Group& Orphanage Home

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