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The Wednesday Word: The Precious Work of the Holy Spirit

John 16:14; “He shall glorify me”

John 15:26; “He shall testify of me:”

2 Corinthians 3:18 ” But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

There are many who hold that the Gospel is about the cross while the ‘Full Gospel’ is about the Holy Spirit and His power in the lives of the believer. But here’s the truth, the Gospel is already full. It became full 2000 years ago in the doing, dying and rising again of the Lord Jesus. The Gospel is in no respect deficient or defective. There’s nothing which can be added to it, it lacks nothing, needs nothing and is wanting in nothing. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is already the Full Gospel.

I’m sometimes asked whether I believe in the Holy Spirit. I reply, “Of course I do.” However, the genuine Holy Spirit is in no way divorced from the Gospel. While it is true that the Holy Spirit is working within us (Philippians 2:13), He, as He works, causes us to think outside of ourselves as He brings us to authentic Full Gospel, the person of Christ.

Do you ever yearn to enjoy more of Jesus? I know I do. This is the working of the Holy Spirit. He continually causes us to hunger for the real bread of life.

The Holy Spirit gives us simple yet magnificent thoughts about Jesus (John 16:14).

He causes us to call upon Jesus.

He focuses our minds on Jesus.

As we are filled with the Spirit, our lips speak about Jesus.

The Holy Spirit draws us to Jesus.

He makes Jesus the first and Jesus the last.

He causes us to be taken up with Jesus.

May we be so filled with the Spirit that He will cause us to behold Jesus when we wake.

And think about Jesus as we sleep.

May we meet Jesus in the study and in the living room.

May we meet with Jesus in the kitchen and in the garden.

May we meet Jesus in the car and in the gym;

May we enjoy Jesus when we are alone or in company.

May we be more than aware of Jesus in the shop, in the factory, in the office or in the classroom.

The Holy Spirit breathes on us that we may breathe after Jesus.

This is the Spirit filled life! (John 15:26).

Jesus abounds! No, I’m wrong, He super-abounds!

Jesus is our daily and all-sufficient portion.

The Holy Spirit will cause us to see that!

Having Jesus, we have all things.

The Holy Spirit will cause us to see that!

What can we lack if we have and enjoy Jesus? He is more than a million universes.

The Holy Spirit will cause us to see that.

Jesus can stop every gap. He can fill every void. He can crush every enemy. He can destroy and dispel every drop of darkness. He can quell every fear. He can banish the remotest doubt.

The Holy Spirit will cause us to see that.

Oh, precious, precious Jesus, whom have we in heaven but you and there is none upon the earth that we desire besides you. (See Psalm 73:25-26). Having you, what do we lack?

Once, by the Holy Spirit, we have caught a vision of the Lord Jesus, we will never be satisfied with the subjective man-centred fare that is on offer in so many of the churches.

The real Holy Spirit will cause us to grow downward in self and upward in Christ.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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What do you know of the Comforter?

And now I have done. You have heard what this babbler hath said once more. What has it been? Something about the Comforter. But let me ask you, before you go, what do you know about the Comforter? Each one of you before descending the steps of this chapel, let this solemn question thrill through your souls-What do you know of the Comforter? Oh! Poor souls, if ye know not the Comforter, I will tell you what you shall know- You shall know the Judge! If ye know not the Comforter on earth, ye shall know the Condemner in the next world, who shall cry, “Depart ye cursed into everlasting fire in hell.” Well might Whitfield call out, “O earth, earth, earth, hear the Word of the Lord! “If we were to live here for ever, ye might slight the gospel; if ye had a lease of your lives, ye might despise the Comforter. But sirs, ye must die. Since last we met together, probably some have gone to their long last home; and ere we meet again in this sanctuary, some here will be amongst the glorified above, or amongst the damned below. Which will it be? Let your soul answer. If to-night you fell down dead in your pews, or where you are standing in the gallery, where would you be? in heaven or in hell? Ah! deceive not yourselves; let conscience have its perfect work; and if, in the sight of God, you are obliged to say, “I tremble and fear lest my portion should be with unbelievers,” listen one moment, and then I have done with thee. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.” Weary sinner, hellish sinner, thou who art the devil’s castaway, reprobate, profligate, harlot, robber, thief, adulterer, fornicator, drunkard, swearer, Sabbath-breaker-list! I speak to thee as well as the rest. I exempt no man. God hath said there is no exemption here. “Whosoever believeth in the name of Jesus Christ shall be saved.” Sin is no barrier: thy guilt is no obstacle. Whosoever-though he were as black as Satan, though he were filthy as a fiend-whosoever this night believes, shall have every sin forgiven, shall have every crime effaced, shall have every iniquity blotted out; shall be saved in the Lord Jesus Christ, and shall stand in heaven safe and secure. That is the glorious gospel. God apply it home to your hearts, and give you faith in Jesus!

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855

If you have received one blessing from God, you will receive all other blessings too

You may say, “How am I to know whether I am a recipient of the comfort of the Holy Ghost?” You may know it by one rule. If you have received one blessing from God, you will receive all other blessings too. Let me explain myself: If I could come here as an auctioneer, and sell the gospel off in lots, I should dispose of it all. If I could say here is justification through the blood of Christ, free, giving away, gratis; many a one would say, “I will have justification: give it me; I wish to be justified, I wish to be pardoned.” Suppose I took sanctification, the giving up of all sin, a thorough change of heart, leaving off drunkenness and swearing, many would say, “I don’t want that; I should like to go to heaven, but I do not want that holiness; I should like to be saved at last, but I should like to have my drink still; I should like to enter glory, but then I must have an oath or two on the road.” Nay, but sinner, if thou hast one blessing, thou shalt have all. God will never divide the gospel. He will not give justification to that man, and sanctification to another; pardon to one and holiness to another. No, it all goes together. Whom he calls them he justifies; whom he justifies, them he sanctifies; and whom he sanctifies, them he also glorifies. Oh; if I could lay down nothing but the comforts of the gospel, ye would fly to them as flies do to honey. When ye come to be ill, ye send for the clergyman. Ah! you all want your minister then to come and give you consoling words. But if he be an honest man, he will not give some of you a particle of consolation. He will not commence pouring oil when the knife would be better. I want to make a man feel his sins before I dare tell him anything about Christ. I want to probe into his soul and make him feel that he is lost before I tell him anything about the purchased blessing. It is the ruin of many to tell them, “Now just believe on Christ, and that is all you have to do.” If, instead of dying they get better, they rise up whitewashed hypocrites-that is all. I have heard of a city missionary who kept a record of two thousand persons who were supposed to be on their death-bed, but recovered, and whom he should have put down as converted persons had they died, and how many do you think lived a Christian life afterwards out of the two-thousand! Not two! Positively he could only find one who was found to live afterwards in the fear of God. Is it not horrible that when men and women come to die, they should cry, “Comfort, comfort?” and that hence their friends conclude that they are children of God, while after all they have no right to consolation, but are intruders upon the enclosed grounds of the blessed God. O God! may these people ever be kept from having comfort when they have no right to it! Have you the other blessings? Have you had conviction of sin? Have you ever felt your guilt before God? Have your souls been humbled at Jesus’ feet? And have you been made to look to Calvary alone for – your refuge? If not, you have no right to consolation. Do not take an atom of it. The Spirit is a Convincer before he is a Comforter; and you must have the other operations of the Holy Spirit before you can derive anything from this.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855

Who are the COMFORTED persons

December 31, 2018 Leave a comment

III. And now thirdly, who are the COMFORTED persons! I like, you know at the end of my sermon to cry out “Divide! divide!” There are two parties here-some who are the comforted, and others who are the comfortless ones- some who have received the consolation of the Holy Ghost, and some who have not. Now let us try and sift you, and see which is the chaff; and which is the wheat; and may God grant that some of the chaff may this night be transformed into his wheat.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855

The Canon of Revelation is closed, so that, the Comforter only brings to remembrance what has been declared in scripture

December 24, 2018 Leave a comment

II. The second thing is the COMFORT. Now there are some persons who make a great mistake about the influence of the Holy Spirit. A foolish man, who had fancy to preach in a certain pulpit, though in truth he was quite incapable of the duty, called upon the minister, and assured him solemnly that it had been revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he was to preach in his pulpit. “Very well,” said the minister, “I suppose I must not doubt your assertion, but as it has not been revealed to me that I am to let you preach, you must go your way until it is.” I have heard many fanatical persons say the Holy Spirit revealed this and that to them. Now that is very generally revealed nonsense. The Holy Ghost does not reveal anything fresh now. He brings old things to our remembrance. “He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have told you.” The canon of revelation is closed; there is no more to be added. God does not give a fresh revelation, but he rivets the old one. When it has been forgotten, and laid in the dusty chamber of our memory, he fetches it out and cleans the picture, but does not paint a new one. There are no new doctrines, but the old ones are often revived. It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth had long lain, and he points to secret chambers filled with untold riches; but he comes no more, for enough is done. Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon for ever. If thou shouldst outnumber the years of Methusaleh, there would be no need for a fresh revelation; if thou shouldst live till Christ should come upon the earth, there would be no necessity for the addition of a single word; if thou shouldst go down as deep as Jonah, or even descend as David said he did, into the belly of hell, still there would be enough in the Bible to comfort thee without a supplementary sentence. But Christ says, “He shall take of mine and shall show it unto you.” Now let me just tell you briefly what it is the Holy Ghost tells us.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855

God the Holy Ghost is an ever-present Comforter

December 17, 2018 3 comments

Then to close up, he is an ever-present Comforter, so that you never have to send for him. Your God is always near you, and when you need comfort in your distress, behold, the word is nigh thee, it is in thy mouth, and in thy heart; he is an ever-present help in time of trouble. I wish I had time to expand these thoughts; but I cannot.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855

God the Holy Ghost is an active Comforter

December 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Moreover, the Holy Ghost is an active Comforter: he does not comfort by words, but by deeds. Some comfort by “Be ye warmed and be ye filled, giving nothing.” But the Holy Ghost gives, he intercedes with Jesus; he gives us promises, he gives us grace, and so he comforts us. Mark again, he is always a successful Comforter; he never attempts what he cannot accomplish.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855