The Work of The Spirit: Glorifying Jesus.

    Why is it to our advantage that Jesus be absent in the world and the Spirit be present? That is the question we have been answering in this blog for sometime now. Just for a recap, the Spirit is in the world to convict us in regards to sin, our disbelief in Jesus; righteousness, our unrighteousness in the sight of God; and judgment on Satan, because he misleads people from Jesus and blinds people from seeing the glory of God in Jesus (John 16:8-11). And the Spirit is in the world to guide us to the truth regarding the divinity of Jesus, mainly, that Jesus is the Son of God (John 16:12,13). Now lets look at a third reason: The Spirit is present in the world to glorify Jesus (John 16:14).

   Jesus continues in His teaching with the disciples by saying in John 16:14, "He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you." See the worlds 'He will glorify me'? Jesus is saying that that the Spirit of truth is coming into the world to glorify Christ. What does Jesus mean by glorify? It means that the Holy Spirit is coming into the world to bring honor, praise, worship and adoration to Christ. The Spirit has come so that you and I will honor Jesus, praise Jesus, worship Jesus and adore Jesus.

    In addition, it means that the Spirit has come to make Jesus glorious in the world by causing Jesus to appear more splendid and more excellent and more valuable than anything or anyone that exists. It is the work of the Spirit in a man that causes one to see Christ in this way. No one can see Christ as more splendid or more excellent or more valuable than anything they own or anyone in their life without the Spirit opening the eyes of their heart. Thus we cannot treasure Jesus as He ought to be treasured in our hearts without the Spirit's intervention.

    I also like to think of it in this manner, that the Spirit has come into the world to bring to the name of Jesus a sort of celebrity status. Meaning the Spirit has come to make the Spirit well-known in all the earth. He does this in order that every tongue can confess that Jesus is Lord and every knee bow before Him.

   How does the Spirit glorify Jesus? Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit "will take what is mine and declare it to you." The Spirit takes the Word of Jesus and declare's it to us. That is how we were saved. At some point someone was preaching, teaching out of the Word of God, you heard the Word of God in a way you never had because the Spirit was taking what is Christ's and declaring it to you in a way He never had and on that day or that night your eye's were opened to the need of Jesus being your Savior. And Jesus was glorified in that manner.

   This is what Jesus means in John 15:26 when he says the Holy Spirit "will bear witness about me". The Holy Spirit bears witness about no one else in the world except for Jesus Christ. Period. He glorifies Jesus by coming into the world and giving evidence of Jesus, giving testimony about Jesus and attesting to everything that Jesus every said about Himself.

    How does the Spirit bear witness about Jesus? He uses us. Man is the vessel that the Spirit uses to bear witness about Jesus being the Messiah, the Son of God. After Jesus said that the Spirit will bear witness about Himself, Jesus then looked at the disciples and said "And you also will bear witness..." (John 15:27).  So, we with the Holy Spirit, are bear witness that Jesus is the Son of God!

   It is why the Spirit has been given to us! In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." The Holy Spirit has been given to us to fill us with power to be Jesus' witnesses! In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gave us authority in His name to go and make disciples, thus the Holy Spirit has given us power to accomplish what Jesus has given us authority to do! Let us then go under the authority of Jesus and with the power of the Spirit into all the world and bear witness that Jesus is Lord! We can do it!

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