Thursday, January 07, 2010

You Need the Spirit to See the Son

I love the cross-fertilization that comes from reading several books at the same time. Like when the wind blows the seeds from one farmer's field into his neighbor's farm.

For example, I was reading in Josh Harris' new book this morning about the power of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Josh challenged me to be continually seeking the filling of the Spirit day by day (Eph. 5:18).

Then, I was reading in DA Carson's The Cross and Christian Ministry. Carson opened up 1 Cor. 2 and the point that the natural man sees nothing because he doesn't have the help of the Spirit. The wisdom of the Cross is only seen by those who are enabled by the Spirit. Carson writes: "If we should express unqualified gratitude to God for the gift of his Son, we should express no less gratitude to God for the gift of the Spirit who enables us to grasp the gospel of his Son” (p. 52).

I was reminded that being dominated by the Spirit has a purpose: to see and know and enjoy Christ. Be continually being filled with the Spirit, because otherwise, you won't see Jesus.

1 comment:

BoldLion said...

Yes we all do need His Holy Spirit to see the Son.

Thank you for reminding me of that.

Hungry to eat His Word,
'Guerite ~ BoldLion