Sunday, May 22, 2011
Easter 5: A Devotional Commentary
James 1:16-21 Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; for the anger of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
John 16:5–15 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; about sin, because they don’t believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won’t see me any more; about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged. I have yet many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming. He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you. All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes of mine, and will declare it to you.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit. Jesus promises Pentecost. Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to convict the world about sin and will testify of Christ. The Holy Spirit comes to you because Jesus was crucified for you. The Holy Spirit is not to be found by mystical experience. The Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit can't stop talking about Jesus. We find the Holy Spirit where the Gospel is preached and where we receive baptism and the Lord's Supper. The Holy Spirit is found in Christ's church. The Holy Spirit says, "You are forgiven. There is no one who can accuse you. Your sins have all been paid for by Christ."
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 12:01 AM