11/26/2014 12:46:31 PM
God's Word and Spirit
Let us give thanks to the Word that makes us wise unto salvation (2 Tim. 3:15), sets us free (John 8:31-32), brings us to life (1 Pet. 1:23), nourishes us (1 Pet. 2:2), keeps us on God's path (2 Tim. 3:16), gives us assurance (1 John 5:13), keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11), keeps us from error (Mat. 22:29), protects us (Eph. 6:17).
Let us also give thanks for the Spirit that convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8), guides us into all truth (John 16:13), regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5), leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18), sanctifies us (2 Thess. 2:13), empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49), seals us unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30), dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14), baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13), transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18), and comforts us (Acts 9:31).
The Word and the Holy Spirit are so connected, that the Word does not operate without the Spirit's influence, and the Spirit does His work as the Word goes forth.
The Word was first given by the Spirit's inspiration, for "holy men of God spoke, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21).
The Word brings forth the Gospel in the Spirit’s power and conviction (1 Thes. 1:5).
The Word is what the Spirit uses to baptize believers into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).
The Word must be heard and believed for the Spirit to seals and guarantees our eternal inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14).
The Word sanctifies every believer but not without the Spirit (John 17:17; Rom. 15:16; 2 Thes. 2:13-14).
The Word enlightens believers as the Spirit applies it to their minds (Eph 1:17, 18).
The Word must dwell in believers richly in order for the Spirit to strengthen them (Eph 3:16; Col 3:16).
The Word became incarnate when the Spirit came upon Mary (1:35).