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John 3:27. “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from above.”

 

            #Any understanding of truth, and concept of God, and what He is like, must be given us by God. Only through Him, can we understand Him.

 

Job 11:7. “Canst thou by searching, find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?”

 

       #All that we understand and know of God, He Himself has revealed to us.

 

1 Cor. 2:9, 10. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

 

John 16:13. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.”

 

John 14:6. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

 

            # God’s truth, (and we are here defining what is truth) is always in some way connected with Jesus Christ. Christ is the center, the pillar, of truth. If a doctrine, teaching, or idea does not lead you to reverence and appreciate Christ, it is not truth, but error.

       

John 15:26. “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

 

John 16:13. “He (the Spirit of truth) shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

 

John 16:14. “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.”

 

            #From the testament of the above verses, it is not the work of the Holy Spirit to make known to men about Himself. He reveals and glorifies Christ. Men will be lead to know and love Christ through the Holy Spirit’s working. This is His officework.

 

DA 671. “The Comforter is called "the Spirit of truth." His work is to define and maintain the truth. He first dwells in the heart as the Spirit of truth, and thus He becomes the Comforter. There is comfort and peace in the truth, but no real peace or comfort can be found in falsehood. It is through false theories and traditions that Satan gains his power over the mind. By directing men to false standards, he misshapes the character. Through the Scriptures the Holy Spirit speaks to the mind, and impresses truth upon the heart. Thus He exposes error, and expels it from the soul. It is by the Spirit of truth, working through the word of God, that Christ subdues His chosen people to Himself. 

 

     “In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the abundant help He had provided for His church. The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church.

 

    “Of the Spirit Jesus said, "He shall glorify Me." The Saviour came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world. The very image of God is to be reproduced in humanity. The honor of God, the honor of Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His people. “

 

            #From these words, it is my firm belief that the desire to investigate into the nature of the Holy Spirit, above and beyond satisfying where our faith should stand, is a desire not originating with the Heavenly Father. There are greater, more important matters for our investigation—the great atonement for our souls, the love of God in stooping to redeem this fallen planet, to reach out to those who have no knowledge of the Saviour—these more rightly warrant our time and energy. From the testimony of the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy, I believe that this issue of the nature of the Holy Spirit is another endeavour to lead minds away from Christ, and the preparation of our lives for the great day of judgement.