For believers, the relationship with the Trinity begins with Jesus. In the disciples’ case, Jesus came to tell them the rest of the story, since they had a Jewish background. They had been expecting the messiah to physically deliver the Jews from Roman oppression, and they believed Jesus would do that for them. What they didn’t know was they got it half right: Jesus was and is the messiah, but He brought spiritual deliverance as opposed to physical deliverance from Roman oppression.
The disciples got to experience Jersus first hand, each had the kind of closeness with Jesus they wanted (it varied depending on personality and individual comfort zones), and they did what He told them to be and do with the notable exception of Judas Iscariot. At the time, the disciples had a worshipful but not personal relationship with God the Father, and that’s what prompted Philip’s request in John 14:8-9 asking Jesus to show the Father to the disciples. Jesus opened the door to a personal, interactive relationship the disciples could enjoy with the Father just like they enjoyed with Him.
God is One. If knowing Jesus means knowing God the Father, then knowing Jesus means knowing God the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit loves you just like Jesus and God the Father do, and He longs to be in fellowship with you.
Things to Pray, Think and Journal About
1. Do you want a personal, interactive relationship with God the Holy Spirit?
2. Are you prepared to be guided and taught by Him even if what you learn is different from what you’ve already been taught by well-meaning but perhaps sincerely wrong spiritual leaders and scholars?
3. Are you ready to be and do what He guides you to be and do regardless of your plans and feelings? If not, can you ask Him for help like the desperate father asked Jesus for help in Mark 9:24?
Pastor G and I pray that each of you develop a relationship with God the Holy Spirit that’s right for you. We pray that you ask His guidance, leading and interaction in your life so you can be and do what He has for you to be and do and for you to grow in His grace and knowledge. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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