The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ

Written by Stephen Kingery


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"Go therefore and make disciples of allrepparttar nations, baptizing them inrepparttar 141102 name ofrepparttar 141103 Father and ofrepparttar 141104 Son and ofrepparttar 141105 Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19) There should be no doubt after reading this passage from Jesus that He (Jesus) consideredrepparttar 141106 Holy Spirit to be onrepparttar 141107 same level asrepparttar 141108 Father andrepparttar 141109 Son.

The Holy Spirit was active and played an important part inrepparttar 141110 earthly life and ministry of Christ. The Old Testament has a multitude of predictions concerningrepparttar 141111 coming Christ. Have you ever stopped to consider howrepparttar 141112 Old Testament prophets - Isaiah, David, Micah and others - knew about Christ? The New Testament tells us how they knew. "for prophecy never came byrepparttar 141113 will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved byrepparttar 141114 Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:21) "Of this salvationrepparttar 141115 prophets have inquired and search diligently, who prophesied ofrepparttar 141116 grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time,repparttar 141117 Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehandrepparttar 141118 sufferings of Christ andrepparttar 141119 glories that would follow." (1 Peter 1:10-11) How didrepparttar 141120 Old Testament prophets know of Christ,repparttar 141121 Holy Spirit told them!

However,repparttar 141122 work ofrepparttar 141123 Holy Spirit inrepparttar 141124 earthly life and ministry of Christ does not stop here. He was there whenrepparttar 141125 angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to give birth to Christ. "And having come in,repparttar 141126 angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one,repparttar 141127 Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!' But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Thenrepparttar 141128 angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be calledrepparttar 141129 Son ofrepparttar 141130 Highest; andrepparttar 141131 Lord God will give Himrepparttar 141132 throne of His father David. And He will reign overrepparttar 141133 house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.' Then Mary said torepparttar 141134 angel, 'How can this be, since I do not know a man?' Andrepparttar 141135 angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, andrepparttar 141136 power ofrepparttar 141137 Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be calledrepparttar 141138 Son of God.'" (Luke 1:28-35)



Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

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Serving Christ

Written by Stephen Kingery


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When we play golf, go bowling, and so forth we must also be selective. While it is not bad (in and of itself) to play golf, etc.,repparttar people we choose to play those game with can have a very negative effect on our lives. If those we choose to participate in these recreational activities are drinkers, gamblers, womanizers, and so forth, these attitudes will rub off on us. You knowrepparttar 140978 old saying, "Birds of a feather flock together."

Serving Christ With Our Talents

One ofrepparttar 140979 disappointments in life for me is that I cannot sing or play a musical instrument. I really wish that I could! Perhaps some day I'll be able to learn to do one or both of these. However, I do have other talents. So do you. The important thing is that you and I use what talents we do have to glorifyrepparttar 140980 Lord.

What better thing could we do with our talents than serverepparttar 140981 Lord? If singing is our talent, we should use it to glorify God through song during worship service or when ever we can. But if our talent lies elsewhere, we need to use it as well.

As for me, I do have some ability to write and speak. Therefore, I have this print ministry and I also do some preaching whenrepparttar 140982 opportunity arises. I can also teach and I use this ability as well to serve God.

But your talents may be in visitingrepparttar 140983 sick orrepparttar 140984 downhearted. You may be excellent in creating craft items thatrepparttar 140985 elderly or even children in Sunday School could work on. You may be able to provide meals to those who have lost a loved one or for special occasions at church. Your talent may be in arranging flowers forrepparttar 140986 church services. It may be in meeting and greeting people and inviting them to worship service.

Whatever your talent, use it to serve Christ. If we have a talent (and we all do) and we are not using that talent to serve Christ, then we are guilty of withholding from Him that which He has given to us. Remember, our talents are from God. We could do nothing if it were not for Him. And it is through Him that we can makerepparttar 140987 most of our talents and use them to glorify Jesus Christ.

Serving Christ With Our Finances

One ofrepparttar 140988 most touchy subjects isrepparttar 140989 one of serving Christ with our finances. Most people seem to really get offended when we begin to talk about giving torepparttar 140990 church. But, this is so important not so much for Christ, but for us!

If we truly love Christ, then we will want to support His work. That means giving torepparttar 140991 church so thatrepparttar 140992 gospel can be preached and lost lives won for Christ. The local church simply cannot dorepparttar 140993 work necessary withoutrepparttar 140994 support of its people. We should want to see lost souls saved. The best way this can happen is forrepparttar 140995 local church to be thriving and seekingrepparttar 140996 lost inrepparttar 140997 community.

Another aspect ofrepparttar 140998 work ofrepparttar 140999 local church isrepparttar 141000 support of missionaries. Does your congregation have missionaries which it supports? It should, perhaps even must if it is to be a church which loves and follows Christ. The work of foreign missionaries is so very important. Remember that Christ toldrepparttar 141001 apostles to go into ALLrepparttar 141002 world and preachrepparttar 141003 gospel. We should do likewise. We can do likewise by supporting foreign missionaries individually and throughrepparttar 141004 local church.

While these are important,repparttar 141005 real reason to give of our finances is a matter of worship. By giving generously we show Christ that we love Him and want His work to be supported. Giving lip service to Christ may fool our fellow man, but it will not fool God.

Give Our Best To The Master

Choose this day whom you will serve! To serve Christ means to give Him our best. Give Himrepparttar 141006 best part of our lives, both in work and play. Give Himrepparttar 141007 best of our talents. Use what we have and develop new talents to worship and glorify Christ. And give of our best of our finances. Give a tithe and then a generous gift as well.

I likerepparttar 141008 old saying, "You can't out-give God." This is true in all three respects our lives, our talents and our finances.

All Scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 141009 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

Visit our site at http://www.james1-22.org

Permission to use is granted if attributed to author and his website.


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