The blood of Christ has power to cleanse the believer from all sin. The cleansing here is from the guilt of sin. When cleansing is mentioned in the Bible in connection with the blood, it is always cleansing from guilt. Cleansing from the power of sin and the presence of sin is by the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the living and indwelling Christ, not the crucified Christ. Christ on the cross saves from the guilt of sin; Christ on the throne saves from the power of sin; and Christ coming again will save from the presence of sin.
But the blood of Christ cleanses from all the guilt of sin, when one is walking in the light, submitting to the light, and walking in Christ who is the light. The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin. His past may be as bad as a past can be. There may have been countless enormous sins, but they are all, every one, the greatest and the smallest, washed away. As white as the record of Jesus Christ Himself. His sins which were as scarlet are as white as snow, though they were red like crimson, they are as wool Isa.
The blood of Christ has power to wash the blackest record white. Some of us may have had a black past. We all have had; for if we could see our past as God sees it before it is washed, the record of the best of us would be black, black, black. The blood of Christ has power to justify. Justified means more than forgiven and cleansed. Forgiveness, as glorious as it is, is a negative thing. It means merely that our sins are put away and we are regarded as if we had not sinned.
But justification is positive. It means that we are reckoned positively righteous; that positive and perfect righteousness, even the perfect righteousness of Christ, is put to our account. It is a good thing to be stripped of vile and filthy rags, but it is far better to be clothed with garments of glory and beauty.
In forgiveness we are stripped of the vile and stinking rags of our sins; in justification we are clothed upon with the glory and beauty of Christ. It is the power of the blood which secures this. In shedding His blood as a penalty for sin, Christ took our place, and when we believed in Him, we step into His place. The blood of Christ has power to cleanse the conscious from dead works to serve the living God. Do you understand what that means?
It is a glorious truth and I will try to make it plain. When a man is wakened up to the fact that he is a sinner and that God is holy, he feels that he must do something to please God and atone for sin. How many weary years Martin Luther sought peace in this way and found it not. It is the blood that delivers us from the awful bondage of thinking we must do something to atone for sins and please God. The blood shows us that it is already done. My religion is a religion of four letters. My religion is done. You are trying to rest in what you do.
I am resting in what Christ has done. There are many Christians today who have not permitted the blood of Christ to cleanse their consciences from dead works. They are constantly feeling they must do something to atone for sin. Oh, my brother, my sister, look at what God looks at, the blood, and see that it is all done, already done!
God is satisfied, sin is atoned for, you are justified. There are three classes of men. First, those who are not burdened by sin, but love it. That is wholly bad. Second, those who are burdened by sin and seek to get rid of it by self-effort. That is better, but there is something infinitely better yet.
Third, those who see the hideousness of sin, and were burdened for it, but who have been brought to see the power of the blood, settling sin forever, putting it away Heb. That thought brings to me a feeling of responsibility. If I belong to God, I must serve Him wholly; body, soul, and spirit, must be surrendered wholly to Him. God can and will take care of His own property. The blood of Christ has power to make me eternally secure.
The blood of Christ has power to give the believer boldness to enter into the holy place, to approach into the very presence of God. In the old Jewish days of the tabernacle and temple God manifested Himself in the most holy place. This was the place to meet God. But into this holy place only one Jew in all the nation was allowed to enter, the high priest; and he only once a year, on the day of atonement; and then only with blood. God is holy?
And I am a sinner? By comparing this verse with chapter 7 and verse 14, we see that it is in the blood of Christ that robes are washed. The blood of Christ then has power to give those who believe in Him a right to the tree of life and entrance into the city of God. Sin in the first place shut men away from the tree of life and out of Eden Gen.
The shed blood of Christ opens to us again the way to the tree of life and to the New Jerusalem. The blood of Christ regains for us all that Adam lost by sin, and brings us much more than we lost. We see something of the power of the blood of Christ. Have you appreciated that blood? Have you let it have power in your life that it ought to have? There are some today who are trying to devise a theology that leaves out the blood of Christ. Poor fools! Christianity without atoning blood is a Christianity without mercy for the sinner, without settled peace for the conscience, without genuine forgiveness, without justification, without cleansing, without boldness in approaching God, without power.
If we would know fullness and power in Christian life and service, we must first of all know the power of the blood of Christ, for it is that which brings us pardon, justification, and boldness in our approach to God. We cannot know the power of the Spirit unless we first know the power of the blood. We certainly cannot know the power of prayer unless we know the power of that blood by which alone we can approach unto God. They are trying to build a lofty superstructure without a firm foundation. It is bound to tumble. There is no other way of entrance there.
If we do not learn the lesson of this chapter, it is vain for us to try to learn the lessons of chapters 3 and 4. All the manifold power of God belongs to the children of God as their birthright in Christ. A very large portion of the church knows and claims for itself a very small part of that which God has made possible for them in Christ, because they know so very little of what the Holy Spirit can do for us, and longs to do for us. Let us study the Word, then, to find out what the Holy Spirit has power to do in men. We shall not go far before we discover that the same work which we see ascribed in one place to the power of the Word of God is in other places ascribed to the Holy Spirit.
The explanation to this is simple. The Word of God is the instrument through which the Holy Spirit does his work. The Word of God is the instrument of all the manifold operations of the Holy Spirit, as seen in Chapter 1. If, therefore, we wish the Holy Spirit to do His work in our hearts, we must study the Word. If we wish Him to do His work in the hearts of others, we must give them the Word. But the bare Word will not do the work alone. The Spirit must Himself use the Word. It is when the Spirit Himself uses His own sword that it manifests its real temper, keenness and power.
The secret of effectual living is knowing the power of the Spirit through the Word. The secret of effectual service is using the Word in the power of the Spirit. There are some who seek to magnify the Spirit but neglect the Word. This will not do at all. Fanaticism, baseless enthusiasm, wildfire are the result. Others seek to magnify the Word, but largely ignore the Spirit. Neither will this do. It leads to dead orthodoxy, truth without life and power. The true course is to recognize the instrumental power of the Word through which the Holy Spirit works, and the living, personal power of the Holy Spirit who acts through the Word.
But let us come directly to the consideration of our subject: What has the Holy Spirit power to do? And it is only as He does testify of Christ that men will ever come to a true knowledge of Christ. You send men to the Word to get a knowledge of Christ; but it is only as the Spirit takes the Word and illuminates it, that men ever get a real living knowledge of Christ. Neither your testimony nor that of the Word alone, will suffice, though it is your testimony, or that of the Word, which the Spirit uses.
But unless your testimony is taken up by the Holy Spirit and He Himself testifies, they will not believe. It was the Spirit Himself bearing witness. If you wish men to see the truth about Jesus, do not depend upon your own powers of exposition and persuasion, but cast yourself upon the Holy Ghost and seek His testimony. If you wish yourself to know Jesus with a true and living knowledge, seek the witness of the Spirit through the Word.
Many a man has a correct doctrinal conception of Christ, through a study of the Word, long before he has a true personal knowledge of Christ through the testimony of the living Spirit. The Holy Spirit has power to convict the world of sin. This is closely connected with the preceding; for, it is by showing Jesus and His glory and His righteousness, that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment. You can never convict any man of sin because that is the work of the Holy Spirit. You can reason and reason, and you will fail. The Holy Spirit can do it very quickly.
Did you never have this experience? You have shown a man passage after passage of Scripture, and he was unmoved, and you have wondered why the man did not break down. The Spirit can convince the most careless, as experience has proven again and again. But it is through us that the Spirit produces conviction. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
The Holy Spirit has power to renew men or to make men new, to regenerate. He can take a man dead in trespasses and sins, and make him alive. I never despair of any man when I think of the power of the Holy Spirit to make new, as I have seen it manifested again and again in the most hardened and hopeless cases. It is through us that the Holy Spirit regenerates others I Cor. As we have seen in Chapter 1, the Word has power to regenerate; but it is not the bare Word, but the Word made a living thing in the heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. No amount of preaching, no matter how orthodox it is, and no amount of mere study of the Word will regenerate, unless the Holy Spirit works.
Just as we are utterly dependent on the work of Christ for us in justification, so we are utterly dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit in us in regeneration. The Holy Spirit dwells in everyone who belongs to Christ Ro. What a glorious thought it is that the Holy Spirit dwells in me! But it is also a very solemn thought. If my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I certainly ought not to defile it, as many professed Christians do. Bearing in mind that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit would solve many problems that perplex young Christians.
You may not see at first that this verse has anything to do with the Holy Spirit, but compare John, 39, and it will be evident that the water here means the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, then, has power to give abiding and everlasting satisfaction.
The world can never satisfy. The Holy Spirit and He alone can satisfy the human heart. You will not long for the theater, or the ballroom, or th card party, or worldly gain, or honor. Oh, with what joy unutterable and satisfaction indescribable the Holy Spirit has poured forth His living water in many souls! Have you this living fountain within? Is the spring unchoked? Is it springing up into everlasting life? In Romans , we read,.
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The Holy Spirit has power to set us free from the law of sin and death. What the law of sin and death is we see in the preceding chapter Romans Read this description carefully. We all know this law of sin and death. We have all been in bondage to it. Some of us are still in bondage to it, but we do not need to be.
God has provided a way of escape. When we give up the hopeless struggle of trying to overcome the law of sin and death, of trying to live right in our own strength, in the power of the flesh; and in utter helplessness surrender to the Holy Spirit to do all for us; when we live after Him and walk in His blessed power; then He sets us free from the law of sin and death. There are many professed Christians today living in Romans 7. Some go so far as to maintain that this is the normal Christian life, that one must live this life of constant defeat. The Holy Spirit undertakes for us what we have failed to do ourselves Romans In Romans 8 we have the picture of the true Christian life, the life that is possible to us, and that God expects from each one of us; the life where not merely the commandment comes, as in chapter 7, but where the mighty Spirit comes also, and works obedience and victory.
The flesh is still in us, but we are not in the flesh Romans ,13, compare v. We do not live after it. But the victory is not in ourselves, not in any strength of our own.
Left to ourselves, deserted of the Spirit of God, we would be as helpless as ever. If we try to take one step in our own strength, we shall fail. Has the Holy Spirit set you free from the law of sin and death? Will you let Him do it now? He will do it. The Holy Spirit strengthens the believer with power in the inward man.
The result in this strengthening is seen in verses 17 to Not merely does the Holy Spirit gives us power to live a holy life, a life well-pleasing to God when we have discovered what that life is: He takes us by the hand, as it were, and leads us into that life. Our whole part is simply to surrender ourselves utterly to Him to lead and to mould us. The Holy Spirit bears witness with the spirit of the believer that he is a child of God. That is, there are two who bears witness to our sonship: First, our spirit bears witness that we are children of God; second, the Holy Spirit bears witness together with our spirit that we are children of God.
How does the Holy Spirit bear His testimony to this fact? There are many seeking this testimony of the Holy Spirit in the wrong place; namely, as a condition of their surrendering wholly to God, and confessing the crucified and risen Lord as their Saviour and Lord. The testimony of the Holy Spirit to our sonship comes after all this is done. The Holy Spirit brings forth in the believer Christlike graces of character Compare Romans ; ; It is a beautiful life that is set forth in these verses.
The life that is natural for us is set forth in the three preceding verses Do you wish these graces in your character and life? It cannot be done, until thorns can be made to beat figs, and a bramblebush, grapes Matt. See, however, II Pet. If John had thought that, he would never have written this epistle to teach others.
The man who is most fully taught of God is the very one who will be most ready to listen to what God has taught others. Much less does it mean that when we are taught of God we are independent of the Word of God. For the Word is the very place where the Spirit leads His pupils, and the instrument through which He teaches them John ; Eph. But, while we may learn much from men, we are not dependent upon them. We have a divine teacher, the Holy Spirit.
We shall never truly know the truth until we are thus taught. No amount of mere human teaching, no matter who our teachers may be, will give us a correct apprehension of the truth. Not even a dilligent study of the Word, either in the English or original languages, will give us a real understanding of the truth. We must be taught of the Holy Spirit. And we may be thus taught, each one of us. Anyone taught of the Spirit knows better than that. Many fear to emphasize the truth about the Holy Spirit, lest Christ be disparaged.
But no one magnifies Christ as the Holy Spirit does.
The mere listening to sermons and lectures, the mere study of the word even, will never give you to see the things of Christ. The Holy Spirit must show you, and He is willing to do it. He is longing to do it. Let Him do it. Christ is so different when the Holy Spirit glorifies Him by taking of the things of Christ and showing them unto us.
The Holy Spirit has power to bring to remembrance the words of Christ. This promise was made primarily to the apostles, and is the guarantee of the accuracy of their report of what Jesus said. But the Holy Spirit does a similar work with each believer who expects it of Him and looks to Him to do it.
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He brings to mind the teachings of Christ, and the words of Christ, just when we need them, for either the necessities of our own life or of our service. How many of us could tell of occasions when we were in great distress of soul, of great questioning concerning our duty, or great extremity as to what to say to one whom we were trying to lead to Christ, or to help; and just the scripture we needed, some passage we had not thought of for a long time, and, perhaps, never thought of in this connection, was brought to mind.
It was the Holy Spirit who did this, and He is ready to do it even more, when we expect it of Him. Look to the Holy Spirit to bring the right words to remembrance at the right time, and you will have peace. This is the way to remember Scripture, just when you need it, and just the Scripture you need. Closely akin to what has been said in the two preceding sections is the power of the Holy Spirit as seen in I Corinthians For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of a man, which is in him?
But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. In these verses we have a twofold work of the Spirit: a The Holy Spirit reveals to us the deep things of God, which are hidden from and are foolishness to the natural man. It is pre-eminently to the apostles that He does this, but we cannot limit this work of the Spirit to them. He is also the interpreter of what He has revealed.
How much more interesting and helpful any deep book becomes when we have the author of the book right at hand to interpret it to us! This is what we always may have when we study the Bible. The author— the Holy Spirit— is right at hand to interpret. To understand the book we must look to Him. Then the darkest places become clear. It is not enough that we have the objective revelation in the written Word; we must also have the inward illumination of the Holy spirit to enable us to comprehend it.
It is a great mistake to try to comprehend a spiritual revelation with the natural understanding. It is the foolish attempt to do this that has landed so many in the bog of higher criticism. A man with no aesthetic sense might as well expect to appreciate the Sistine Madonna, because he is not color blind, as an unspiritual man to understand the Bible, simply because he understands the laws of grammar of the vocabulary of the language in which the Bible was written. I would as soon think of setting a man to teach art merely because he understood paints, as to set him to teach the Bible merely because he understood Greek or Hebrew.
We all need to recognize the utter insufficiency and worthlessness of our own righteousness, which is the lesson of the opening chapters of the epistle to the Romans, but also the utter insufficiency and worthlessness in the things of God, in our own wisdom, which is the lesson of the first epistle to the Corinthians, especially the first to the third chapters see e. I Cor.
The Jews had a revelation by the Spirit but they failed to depend upon Him to interpret it to them, so they went astray. When we put away our own righteousness, then, and only then, we get the righteousness of God Phil. When we put away our own wisdom, then, and only then, we get the wisdom of God Matt. When we put away our own strength, then, and only then, we get the strength of God Is. Emptying must precede filling- self poured out that Christ may be poured in. We must be daily taught of the Spirit to understand the Word.
I cannot depend today on the fact that the Spirit taught me yesterday. Each new contact with the Word must be in the power of the Spirit. That the Holy Spirit once illumined our mind to grasp a certain passage is not enough. He must do so each time we confront that passage. Andrew Murray has put this truth well. The Holy Spirit has not only power to teach us the truth, but also to impart power to us in communicating that truth to others.
We see this brought out again and again.
For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. We not only need the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth in the first place; and the Holy Spirit in the second place to interpret to us as individuals the truth He has revealed; but in the third place we also need the Holy Spirit to enable us to effectually communicate to others the truth He Himself has interpreted to us.
We need Him all along the line. There are three causes of failure of Christian work.
First, some other message is taught than the message which the Holy Spirit has revealed in the Word. Men preach science, art, philosophy, sociology, history, experience, etc. Second, the Spirit-taught message, the Bible, is studied and sought to be comprehended by the natural understanding, i. He must teach us how to speak as well as what to speak. He must be the power as well as the message. The Holy Spirit guides the believer in prayer. He teacheth us to pray. We must wait for the Holy Spirit, and surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit.
From Romans , 27, we learn that the longings which the Holy Spirit begets in our hearts are often too deep for utterance; too deep, apparently, for clear and definite comprehension on the part of the believer himself, in whom the Holy Spirit is working. The Holy Spirit has also power to lead out our hearts in acceptable thanksgiving to God. Paul says,. Not only does the Spirit teach us to pray, He also teaches us to render thanks. The Holy Spirit has power to inspire in the heart of the believer in Christ worship that is acceptable to God.
Prayer is not worship, thanksgiving is not worship. Worship is a definite act of the creature in relation to God. Worship is bowing before God in adoring acknowledgment and contemplation of Himself. The flesh seeks to enter every sphere of life. It has its worship as well as its lust. The worship which the flesh prompts is an abomination to God. Not all earnest and honest worship is worship in the Spirit. A man may be very honest and very earnest in his worship, and still not have submitted himself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the matter, and so his worship is in the flesh.
We must realize also the danger there is that the flesh, self, intrude itself into our worship. In utter self-distrust and self-abnegation we must cast ourselves upon the Holy Spirit to lead us aright in our worship. Just as we must renounce any merit in ourselves, and cast ourselves utterly upon Christ and His work for us for justification; just so we must renounce any capacity for good in ourselves, and cast ourselves utterly upon the Holy Spirit, and His work in us, in living, praying, thanking, and worshiping, and all else we are to do.
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. The Holy Spirit calls men and sends them forth to definite lines of work. The Holy Spirit not only calls men in a general way into Christian work, but He also selects the specific work and paints it out. You cannot rightly settle that question for yourselves, neither can any other man settle it rightly for you.
Not every Christian man is called to China or Africa or any other foreign field. God alone knows whether He wishes you to go to any of these places. He is willing to show you. How does the Holy Spirit call? The passage before us does not tell. It is presumably purposely silent on this point, lest, perhaps, we think that He must always call precisely the same way. There is nothing to indicate that He spoke by an audible voice, much less that He made His will known in any of the fantastic ways in which some profess to discern His leadings, e. But the important point is that He made His will clearly known.
He is as willing to make His will clearly known to us today. The great need in Christian work today is men and women whom the Holy Spirit calls and sends forth. We have plenty of men and women whom men have called and sent forth; we have far too many who have called themselves.
There are many today who object strenuously to being sent forth by men, by any organization of any kind, who are, what is immeasurably worse than that, sent forth by themselves, not by God. By desiring it, seeking it, waiting upon the Lord for it, and expecting it. Have you been listening for it? God speaks often in a still small voice. Real Answers For Searching Souls I am so inspired by the simplest way he has presented a life seeking the fullness of God.
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