Beloved, has the Holy Spirit caught you by surprise lately? Has He unveiled to you a deeper understanding of the person of Jesus Christ? We need to remember that the Holy Spirit is always at work trying to drive us into a more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He always speaks through His inspired Word, the Scriptures. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 16:13-15, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Beloved, Jesus Christ is the one great glorious theme of the Holy Spirit. He never speaks of Himself because the role of the Spirit of God is to bear witness to Jesus Christ alone. The Holy Spirit is silent concerning Himself so that men may see the glory of the Father revealed in the Son. Beloved, should we be surprised that God can surprise us and amaze us?? No, because He is God!
Beloved, who are we to show partiality? Unfortunately, our society is all about making distinctions. For example: Black vs. White; Men vs. Women; Skilled vs. Unskilled; Rich vs. Poor; Young vs. Old; Professional vs. Blue Collar; Healthy vs. Handicapped; Educated vs. Uneducated.
Beloved, we are not to try to anticipate who is a good prospect for receiving the gospel and who is not – don’t fall into the trap of spiritual profiling. We need to understand that with God there is no partiality, there is no favoritism in salvation. We need to proclaim the
message of saving grace to everyone!
2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Also Acts 10:34- 35, “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no
partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
Good Morning. Sheila and I would like to thank you for all of your prayers for us. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and emotion but through it all God was faithful and His grace was sufficient. My Mom is now with Jesus and we rejoice! Please continue to pray for the family as they mourn her passing.
While I am here with you today, I will not be teaching. Pastor Tim Brown of CC Fremont, CA will be giving us a great word from the Lord. Pastor Tim just finished up our Men’s Retreat and we were blessed! I will return to the pulpit next Sunday!