Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound. –– Thomas Aquinas
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Give What You Command
John says that the commands of God are not burdensome, but it doesn’t always feel that way.
St. Augustine’s famous line from his Confessions fits well in this passage in 1 Thessalonians: “Lord, give what you command, and command what you will.” In other words, “Lord, as long as you give me the ability to obey, then command whatever you want.”
As we come to the finish of our series on the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, we look at the Holy Spirit’s ministry to the Church. He gives gifts according to His will, affirming His personality and equality with the Father and the Son. The Spirit’s gifts serve the Body and honor Jesus.
We continued our discussion of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in and through the Word of God. In the first part of our discussion, we talked about the Spirit’s inspiration of the Scriptures, when He reminded and taught the apostles all that Jesus had said. We followed this up by looking at the confidence in the Scriptures that the Spirit gives us, by enabling us to recognize and respond to the Scriptures as the very Word of God. The Scriptures are preserved through the generations by those who are born again and see the Bible for the great treasure it is–all of which is the Spirit’s work in us.
You can read the notes and listen to the audio here.
In Sunday School, we began looking at the Holy Spirit’s ministry through the Scriptures, in particular at inspiration. The foundation for our discussion was Jesus’ promise in John 14:26 that the promised Holy Spirit sent in His name by the Father would teach and remind the apostles all that Jesus said and did.
Audio and notes are available here. Next week, we’ll continue this discussion by looking at the Holy Spirit’s preservation of the Scriptures that He inspired. We’ll delve into issues of canon and our confidence as believers that the Table of Contents is complete and correct.
Our study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit examined the new birth in John 3. In this famous conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, the new birth is described as both necessary (“you must be born again”) and mysterious (“the wind blows where it pleases”).
In Sunday School we looked at the relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and the very powerful effect and example that it is for us. Jesus submits to the Spirit in His Incarnation to “fulfill all righteousness” for everyone who believes.
Our Sunday School series on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit continued by looking at the Holy Spirit’s ministry to and through the Old Testament prophets. 2 Peter 1:20-21 helps us interpret the prophets’ ministry.
The audio and notes can be found here; the series can be found here.
We continued looking at the Bible’s teaching on the Holy Spirit by looking at the Holy Spirit in the book of Judges. Judges wants us to be amazed at what a Spirit-empowered leader can do, and amazed at what kinds of men He empowers.