Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The Promised Gift
by Erik Momsen
As I have become older I have lost my childlike affinity for gifts. I am still embarrassed by my reaction to a gift I received from my wife. It cost too much and in any event I would have used the money better on something else. I would have bought more wisely.
The point is that the giver determines the gift. Have you not found that as you mature the act of finding the gift for someone special is more exciting than receiving something?
We distrust gifts because of all those 'disappointing' gifts. With regards spiritual things we don't know what we need and should leave it to God. In the end the greatest gifts are persons – e.g. our wives & children. The person is more important than the gift. The higher truth is that the Person of the Holy Spirit is The Gift.
The greatest gift to the world was the child Messiah and the Spirit He sent. Jesus was preparing for his death when He said;
“And behold, I send the promise of My father on you. But you sit in Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:49)
After His resurrection he appeared to them and said:
“He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father which you heard from Me. For John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:4,5)
Peter tells in his first recorded sermon about “The Promise”.
“Therefore being exalted to the right of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this which you now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)
The “Promise” or “Gift” was and is the Holy Spirit. The gift was not some impersonal power but the personal indwelling of the Spirit of Jesus.
It is vital for believers to understand and embrace the Holy Spirit as a promised personal friend given to us to accomplish victories for the King.
THE SPIRIT BRINGS LIFE
“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give me to drink. ... Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, How do you, being a Jew, ask a drink of me, who am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water. ... Jesus answered and said to her, Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may not thirst nor come here to draw. … “God is a spirit, and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:7-15 & 24)
- This Samaritan woman was an “untouchable” to the Jews.
- Jesus talks about the gift of God & who He is.
- Jesus offers the woman the living water of God – i.e. The Spirit.
- It is the Spirit who brings life – for ever.
- Worship is the spirit of man united with the Spirit of God.
THE LIVING WATER IS THE SPIRIT
“And in the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (But He spoke this about the Spirit, which they who believed on Him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)" (Jn. 7:37-39)
Salvation and life in the Spirit are inseparable. It is the Spirit who would blow on Nicodemus (John 3) for a second birth and the same Spirit who would give power to heal the sick. Many believers experience the life in the Spirit in the first weeks after “new birth” but then fail to follow Paul's instruction to Timothy; “Therefore I remind you to inflame anew the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
The indwelling of the Spirit of God should be a normal part of every believer's life. The Holy Spirit is the gift promised by the Father and Son and it is the Spirit who makes a vibrant Christian life possible. We are, like Timothy, to fan into flame the Spirit's activity in our lives.
Date Added: 2012-12-18
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