The Holy Spirit: God in Contact with His Creatures
John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
This week’s devotional is by one of my favourite authors: A.W. Tozer (1897-1963). The Fact is you may see more of these from Tozer.
Tozer was born Aiden Wilson Tozer in Pennsylvania in 1897. He converted to Christianity as a teenager, in Akron, Ohio; while on his way home from work at a tire company, he overheard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved … just call on God, saying, ‘Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.'” Upon returning home, he climbed into the attic andheeded the preacher’s advice.
A.W. began his 44 years of ministry in the Christian Missionary Alliance in Chicago and he finished his ministry years as pastor of Avenue Road Church in Toronto. During those 44 years of public ministry Tozer wrote more than 60 books … my personal favourite and the first Tozer I read is “The Pursuit of God.”
The Following is a short meditation by Tozer from John 15:26 … enjoy
Holy Spirit: God in Contact with His Creatures
… The Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John 15:26
If I read aright the record of Christian experience through the years, those who most enjoyed the power of the Spirit of God have had the least to say about Him by way of attempted definition.
The Bible saints who walked in the Spirit never tried to explain Him. In post-biblical times many who were filled and possessed by the Spirit were by the limitations of their literary gifts prevented from telling us much about Him. They had no gift for self-analysis, but lived from within in uncritical simplicity.
To them the Spirit was One to be loved and fellow-shipped the same as the Lord Jesus Himself. They would have been lost completely in any metaphysical discussion of the nature of the Spirit, but they had no trouble in claiming the power of the Spirit for holy living and fruitful service.
This is as it should be. Personal experience must always be first in real life. Knowledge by acquaintance is always better than knowledge by description, and the first does not presuppose the second nor require it.
What we have in the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit is Deity present among us.
He is not God’s messenger only—He is God!
He is God in contact with His creatures, doing in them and among them a saving and renewing work.
See You Sunday,