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Synopsis of Come do Your Work in Me
Good and joyful morning to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite…. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God.
And today’s slice comes from: John 14:16 & 26 “And I will pray the father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17 even the spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 26 But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Matthew Henry’s commentary says of this passage…
The gift of the spirit is a fruit of Christ’s mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the divine perfections. The gift of the holy ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ….. And not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the holy spirit will abide with every believer for ever.
What I hear the commentary say is that the holy spirit is a person. For that reason I cringe when I hear someone speak of the holy ghost as “it”. Also, the commentary says that he is not for all the world, but, for Christ’s disciples. I agree with the commentary, in that, I don’t believe Christ gave his holy spirit to only those disciples with him 2000 years ago… but today’s disciples. The last sentence of the commentary I just read said….. The holy spirit will abide with every believer forever.
I believe if a Christian has an intensity for a holy life—if he desires to give his all to the lord—there can be only one reason why he fails to enjoy the blessing and freedom promised by the indwelling of the holy spirit. That reason is unbelief.
Mat 13:54 “And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 and his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 and they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, a prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 and he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
As surely as Jesus could not perform his works when there was unbelief, so also, His spirit cannot do anything in our lives when we harbor unbelief. This also says to us that it is vital for every follower of Jesus not to judge God’s promises according to past experiences. If we cast ourselves fully on His promises—believing them with all our being, trusting Him for a supply of faith, holding the Spirit to his own word—then we can know the results are all God’s responsibility. We simply cannot give up our desire to enter into His promised blessings. There comes a point in our life when we have to cast our eternal future on God’s promises. We must be determined to trust his word at the risk of our very soul. We then put out this challenge to almighty God:
“Lord, I’m going to believe you’ve given me your holy ghost. I believe He alone can deliver me from every chain that binds me. I believe He will convict me, lead me and empower me to overcome. I believe He causes me to obey Your word. And I believe He will never depart from me, nor will he let me depart from You. I won’t limit Your spirit in me. I’ll wait on Him, call on Him and trust in Him—live or die.”
Ezekiel 37:4. “Again he said unto me, prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, o ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord” We’re to do what the Lord told Ezekiel to do—pray the word of God. We are to remind the Holy Spirit of God’s promises to us. We’re to tell Him…..
“Holy Ghost, the heavenly Father promised me He would put you in my heart—and I’ve committed myself to that promise. I will yield and I will cooperate, for I want to be holy. You said You will cause me to walk in His ways and obey His every word. I don’t know how You plan to do that—but You made an oath, and You cannot lie. This is all written in the Word, holy spirit. So, come—do Your work in me. I’ve entrusted my very soul to this promise.”
These prayers were not written by me… but, were posted by David Wilkerson, years ago.
The title of today’s message comes from that prayer….. COME DO YOUR WORK IN ME.
Another line in that prayer speaks to us. I won’t limit your spirit in me. I’ll wait on him, call on him and trust in him—live or die.” Now, how then will we change our ways to call on him and trust in him—live or die.
And….. Oh, yeah, As a little child! Matthew tells us Christ called a little child to him and took the youngster in his arms. He wanted to give his disciples a profound illustrated sermon. He told them, “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me” (Matthew 18:3–5).
In these verses, Jesus lays out the kind of relationship He desires with His people. He’s saying, “Look at this child. Here is my future church. This young one represents every new believer who’s going to come to me in childlike faith, from every nation, race and tribe. I tell you, my church must relate to me as this child does.”
The Greek word Jesus uses for converted here means “a sharp twist.” Christ was telling these men, “You must undergo a sudden turning, a sharp twist, in your theology. You have to quickly turn away from all your thoughts of how to become special in my kingdom through your own works. That is the old way of doing things—and it is about to pass away.”
Unfortunately, today, we get the messages from our churches that insist that we must do something special in order to enter inter his Kingdom, rather than accept, with childlike trust, that we are saved by his blood. We are being told a myriad of actions that we must take…. Dress like this…. Wear your hair like this…. Be baptized like this…. attend this denomination…. Be quiet in His presence…. The building in which we meet is holy…. And on and on.
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