“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” John 16:13
The entrance of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of the Believer is made possible by the Cross of Christ. The is the “born again” experience (John 3:3). When the repentant sinner chooses to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, the Spirit of God comes to dwell in their heart bearing witness to them that they are a Child of God (Romans 8:16). This is not an intellectual occurrence but a spiritual birth. We are spiritually alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).
The Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) will not speak of Himself but of Whom He represents, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit dwelling in us declares the Work of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, which at the time John 16:13 was given the New Covenant was yet to come.
It is the atoning work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross that made the indwelling of the Holy Spirit possible for the Believer and it is exclusively within this framework that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to operate in the heart of the Believer. Once we are born again, spiritually alive unto God through the Blood of Jesus, we need not look to worldly statutes, humanistic psychology or vain philosophies to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to give us victory through the multitudes of methods offered by the religious. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!
On Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ redeemed whosoever will believe and He has the POWER to possess that He has redeemed. A 10 year old may have the money to buy a pick up truck but he does not have the power to possess that truck. The power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, is the same power of God that possesses the Child of God whose faith remains exclusively in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
It is through THIS power, the power of God…which IS the Cross of Christ (Who Jesus is and what He has done) that the Believer keeps God’s Statutes…not our willpower. The entrance of the Holy Spirit in our hearts is made possible solely by Jesus Christ and His atoning work. When our faith is placed elsewhere, we hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives resulting in a defeated Christian life. This is the devil’s purpose for corrupting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If satan can redirect our faith to “our part” and what “we” must do to overcome, he has successfully redirected our faith and made the Cross of Christ of no effect in our lives. Make no mistake, satan’s greatest weapon is deceit and he uses the religious to spread his poisonous corruption.
“15 If you love Me, keep My Commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:15-17
Everything we receive from God, including the Spirit of God, is made possible by the Cross of Christ. Be determined to know nothing else among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified and see the Salvation of the Lord in your heart come to fruition…bearing fruit onto God for His Glory and His Honor.
-Donna Clark Warren