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Day 109 - 2 Corinthians 5

Friday, May 29, 2015

5 minutes a day 5 days a week All the New Testament in a year

What the Holy Spirit Does

Friday, May 29, 2015

     I know the Holy Spirit was responsible for getting the Bible (Jhn 14:26) to us via gifts of the Spirit (Heb 2:4), and I know He intercedes for us when we pray (Rom 8:26), but what other roles does the Holy Spirit actively play in our lives? 

Sincerely, I've Got Spirit, Yes I Do?

Dear I've Got Spirit, Yes I Do?,

     Since the Holy Spirit is God (1 Cor 2:11, Gen 1:2) just as much as Jesus and the Father are, He is capable of being involved in our lives in a variety of ways.  The Holy Spirit’s primary task was to bring the gospel to mankind.  As you mentioned, He is why we have the Bible, and that is how the majority of His impact is made upon mankind.  Here are some examples of things that the Holy Spirit does through the Word:

  1. He shows us God’s love for us (Rom 5:5).
  2. He teaches us how to be born again (Jhn 3:5).
  3. He dwells in our hearts (Rom 8:9) as we allow His words to lead us (Rom 8:14).
  4. He bears witness for the saved before men (Rom 8:16).
  5. He tells us what is on God’s mind (1 Cor 2:10).

     By inspiring the writers of the Bible, testifying of their divine authority by miracles, and preserving their words through all history, the Holy Spirit has made Christ’s sacrifice available to all of mankind.

     The Holy Spirit also actively does a few things that don’t directly relate to the Bible.

  1. He makes sure our prayers are understood (Rom 8:26).
  2. He intercedes for us with God (Rom 8:27).
  3. He acts as our guarantee from God of eternal blessings (2 Cor 5:5).  One way to think of this is that God sent Him to be with us- sort of like a downpayment on His promise to spend eternity with us in heaven.
  4. He grieves when we sin (Eph 4:30).

     There can be no doubt that the Holy Spirit is actively preserving and distributing God’s Word, watching over our lives with providential care, and intimately caring about how you live and where you will spend eternity.

Day 108 - 2 Corinthians 4

Thursday, May 28, 2015

5 minutes a day 5 days a week All the New Testament in a year

Tale of Two Parables

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What is the difference between the story in Matthew 25:14-30 and the story in Luke 19:11-27?  I always get them mixed up and was wondering if they have the same meaning or if they mean different things.

Sincerely, Eye For The Details

Dear Eye For The Details,

These two parables are indeed very similar, therefore the distinction between them will be based off of the details. Both the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30) and the parable of the ten servants (Lk 19:11-27) teach the same basic concept: God entrusts christians with things in this life, and we must be found working for Him (Jas 1:22). Hearing God isn’t enough; we must devote our lives to His service.

The defining difference between these parables is the emphasis upon the kingdom. The parable of the talents in Matthew only deals with a man and his servants. The relationship is purely confined to dealing with faithful and unfaithful servants standing before their master.

On the other hand, the parable of the ten servants in Luke includes an entire nation. A ruler goes away, and the nation hates him. When he returns, the unfaithful servants are rebuked, and the rebellious nation that wouldn’t serve him was also punished. This parable isn’t just about unfaithful servants (i.e. unfaithful christians)… but about an entire nation that wouldn’t accept their king (i.e. the Israelites rejecting Christ). The parable in Luke is a condemnation of all that would not serve Christ, while the parable in Matthew restricts the application to christians that will not bear fruit for their Master.

Day 107 - 2 Corinthians 3

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5 minutes a day 5 days a week All the New Testament in a year

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