“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
The Holy Spirit delights to work in the world where Christ is proclaimed. Where the Triune God is preached powerfully, the Spirit loves to bring spiritual awakening, new birth, filling, sanctification, insight, strength, conviction, and more. The simple quoting of a verse, not an exegesis on it, but just the proclamation of the truth of Jesus and what he came to do, will bring an awakening and eventually transformation to those who will hear it.
This can be analyzed as a phenomenon. God can help us to overcome temptations through a single verse. “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Mat 4:4.This was one of the answers which Jesus gave to his tempter, the devil when he was tested in the wilderness.
One day when I was praying with a young man, who was an alcoholic, the Holy Spirit gave me a single verse for him. It was Romans 8:28.The young man asked me if he will be really delivered from his torments if he gives his life to Christ and loves him with all his heart and mind. I replied faithfully a resounding yes. During three years he had to struggle with daily temptations and finally he was completely delivered and through this victory, he became a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Afterwards the young man sent me some emails and each time he quoted his famous verse Rom 8:28 at the end of his message.
As Christians we are all witnesses and we must make the proclamation of Christ through the gospel our highest priority. We must show him as incomparably glorious to the world. We speak of his radiance, beauty, glory, worth, majesty, and splendor with as much clarity as we can. And as we do this consistently and passionately, we can anticipate the Holy Spirit falling on our hearers with regularity to bring new life and faith.
When Christ is being preached to us passionately, the Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18) and brings us liberty (2 Cor. 3:17)
In Acts 10:36-48, Peter tells Cornelius about all that Jesus was and came to do. Peter proclaimed Christ to Cornelius. Then what happened? As Peter was speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word and they came to faith in Jesus and were baptized.
This is how the Spirit loves to work. Where Christ is proclaimed, the Spirit is sure to be. Shalom!
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts, words and deeds may all be holy. Amen
Rev. Eric Luximon