A devotional thought from Lizette Beard for “The Spirit’s Identity”
1 Corinthians 2:10: “Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”
The Holy Spirit is God, He is eternal (Heb. 9:14), and He knows everything (1 Cor. 2:10-11). He comes and reminds us of the most important truth—that our sins are paid for and we have the free gift of faith in Christ (1 Cor. 2:12). It is humbling to think that the living God who created everything, knows everything, and transcends time cares enough to come and dwell—not just near us—but in us. The evidence of someone who is submitting to the Holy Spirit at work in his or her life is that they are more like Jesus and more focused on the ways of Jesus in their lives.
The apostle Paul, who had so many great reasons to bring attention to himself, said: “I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power” (1 Cor. 2:1-5).
Pause and Reflect
• Think of a time when your own intelligence, wit, or abilities got in the way of helping people focus on Jesus Christ. What happened?
• How appealing is it to you to follow Paul’s example of going to others “in weakness”?