The Spirit’s Most Important Gift [Part 2]
Are you ready for some good news?
The Holy Spirit’s first and most important gift to you is not a particular talent or manifestation or even a fruit – it is a revelation. The first and most important thing you need from the Holy Spirit is a revelation of your adoption in Jesus Christ.
Today’s Text: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ …..” (Romans 8:16–17, ESV)
As we begin our study of the Holy Spirit, note well that the first, most important work of the Holy Spirit unto you when you become a Christian is to convince you that you have become an heir of God.
Before you know anything else about the gifts or the fruit of the Holy Spirit, know and cherish this: “The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16) The Spirit does more than convince you that you are saved, and that you are going to Heaven, although He does that. He woos and works in your heart to show you that you are an heir.
If you never received any other revelation, or any other gift from the Holy Spirit – if there never were a gift of healing, a gift of a prophecy, a tongue, or a teaching – it would be more than enough to receive the greatest gift of the Spirit – revelation of your adoption as an heir of God.
When you start becoming convinced that you are an heir of the Father, the Holy Spirit teaches you an absolutely essential truth for any level of victorious living: God’s goodness has been pursuing you all of your life, in the past and in the present. As you yield control of your life to God and allow God to speak to you, you will hear the Spirit say, “God is good. Life is good. Good things are intended for you.”
If we never hear that, then the clatter and distraction of a world filled with troubles will convince us that our life is only filled with bad things. The assumption of an unblessed life inevitably leads to hopelessness.
God’s love has been set upon you in Christ. When you say “yes” to Christ, you are also saying “yes” to an inheritance of every spiritual blessing in Christ. Listen. The Spirit is whispering: “You’re forever a child of God.” And that’s the Gospel!
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