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Skrevet af Jørn Nielsen   
Mandag, 11. december 2017 10:01

"And I think that I too have the Spirit of God."  (1 Cor. 7:40)

These words come from a humble man.  He doesn´t say, "I think that I´m above anybody".  He takes a low place which we all should when referring to our relationship to the Holy Spirit.  It is as if we hear him say, "I think that I, even I, have the Spirit of God on the merits of Jesus Christ.

He says that at the closing of a difficult chapter that demands extraordinary wisdom, discernment and empathic love conveyed to him by  God.  Such a plea would make his opponents  foam with rage because of envy and rivalry"  (Phil. 1:15).  They would challenge his apostolic authority.

And yet the humility of Christ prevailed when in a gentle way he said, "And I think that I too have the Spirit of God."  Not boastfully, but with becoming modesty  fostered by the Spirit´s indwelling.  His teaching was "in words not taught by human wisdom, but taught by the Spirit"  (1 Cor. 2:13).

If the Lord has entrusted us with the privilege of teaching others, it´s always with a deep awareness of our own smallness and His greatness..  When I sit down to open the Bible with thirsty souls, it´s always with the feeling of my need for Spirit´s help.  No recording is made, and I´m pleased with that, for if I happened to listen afterwards to the words He gave me, I would hardly believe that they came from my lips.

By the way, this is what mr. Spurgeon would sometimes say too though no tape recording was made in those days - only notes taken by somebody´s shorthand.

But here´s the point I have to make.  Our dependence of God´s Spirit doesn´t exempt us from personal failures, defeats, sinfulness and abasement at our Savior´s feet.  Much despondency creeps in and we may say, what´s now the use of it all?  In my early youth that bewildered me, but an old good preacher wrote me, "This is all for your good and will  keep you low!"  And I still had the Spirit of God.

Oh, what a blessing thing to be indwelt by the Spirit of God on mountains as well as in dark valleys.  We are at our worst far better off than the worldlings  at their best.  Our humiliations pave the way for a more powerful testimony of Jesus for the benefit of those that are still to be saved before we leave this scene.

Dec. 11, 2017 - jn

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