Pastor Craig began a new series on Pentecost Sunday, looking at the role of the Holy Spirit as our Counselor. Here is the recap he posted on his blog.
“The Counselor” is the name Jesus gave to the Holy Spirit. Looking at the definition of the word Counselor, there are four main things the Holy Spirit will do in our lives which corresponds to another well-known passage of Scripture—
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)
The Counselor teaches/instructs, rebukes, corrects, and trains. And He does this through The Word that He inspired.
The Bible is one huge “the Holy Spirit said” Book. Men wrote the words of Scripture as the Counselor Spirit inspired them (2 Peter 1:19-21). That same Counselor then helps us apply those inspired words to our lives.
Jesus is our Ultimate Example of One Who was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and fully controlled by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1). The Counselor helped Jesus the Man be able to apply the inspired Scripture:
- He defeated satan’s temptations with Scripture (Luke 4:4, 8, 12).
- He choose and expounded specific Scriptures for His sermons (Luke 4:18-21).
- He knew His life’s purpose from the Scriptures (Matthew 26:52-56).
- He explained how the Scriptures pointed to Him (Luke 24:27, 44-45).
- He instructed His followers through the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-2).
“God does not give us power to imitate Him: He gives us His very Self. … We are not put into the place where we can imitate Jesus; the baptism of the Holy Spirit puts us into the very life of Jesus.” —Oswald Chambers
This should be our normal life! But if we discount the Holy Spirit—or even discount our worthiness to commune with The Counselor—we begin to accept sub-normal as normal, and the normal become miraculous and only obtainable by a few “spiritual giants.”
The Father’s desire is for all of us to bear a strong, unmistakable family likeness to Jesus. Christ relied on The Counselor, so we must as well.
Next Sunday we will be continuing our series on the Holy Spirit called The Counselor. If you are in the Cedar Springs area, please join us.