The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
// John 6:63
Jesus was fully human and fully divine. When Jesus ascended to heaven, after the work completed on the Cross and His resurrection, His Holy Spirit descended and fell on the men and women that had heard Jesus speak His word. Peter, one of his disciples, walked closely with Jesus and heard the words of Jesus; yet when Jesus was in his time of need (the events surrounding the crucifixion), Peter in his flesh could not stay obedient to the words of Christ.
Jesus was not shocked that His followers could not perform under pressure and bring life through His words. He knew this would only shed greater light on the truth, that they needed the Spirit of God to truly bring new life to this earth. Matthew Henry puts it this way: “As without the soul of man the flesh is of no value, so without the quickening Spirit of God all forms of religion are dead and worthless.”
Jesus doesn’t just want us to know the Word of God, which is a great and necessary step; He wants us to realize that without the Spirit, even these great words can have little effect on our lives; or worse, still could be used as condemning words that brings death instead of life.
May the Lord quicken His Spirit to our minds, as we read His Word this week. May the Lord bring life to your life and the lives of those around you. May His words be sweeter than honey to our souls. May we fall in love with Jesus who carries freedom and liberation in every word that proceeds from His mouth. May our lives look like the disciples after the day of Pentecost, where the Spirit fell upon their lives, and made the words that they heard from Jesus full of life for them and many others.
As we lift Jesus up, the word of God, His Spirit will fall upon us and bring true life to our weary souls.
Try it now.
Lift Him up, elevate His word in your mind, believe it, trust it and watch the Spirit bring His word to life in your life.
// Josh Kelsey