Editorial: He Shall Glorify Me!

The evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit is that He glorifies Christ. This is useful to know particularly when we observe something in spiritual things and wonder if the Lord is really in it or not. If Christ is glorified, it is an indication the Holy Spirit has been at work.

There have been many things that have been attributed to the Holy Spirit which are not His work. Sometimes emotions can be stirred and it is presumed to be the Spirit moving. But mere stirring of emotions are not the Spirit’s chief objective. He comes to glorify Christ. It is true that emotions may be stirred if this hasoccurred,butitisnotthe main goal.

That He does this work is seen in how He has worked already. For example He glorifies Christ in the scriptures. In fact we could say that the production of the Bible has been the chief ministry of the Holy Spirit. Consider for example Peter’s words, “For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21). We compare this with the description of the words of the Lord Himself to the two on the road to Emmaus, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) What an exposition that must have been! It left them with heartburn! But notice that it was in ‘all the scriptures’. That is throughout scripture the Lord could point to what the prophets had been pointing to. The grand goal of their prophecies was Christ.

The ancient prophets were ‘moved by the Holy Ghost’. And He moved them to glorify Christ in the scriptures. But some might ask, ‘doesn’t that only apply to the Old Testament? What about the New Testament?’ Here we have the words of the Lord to assure us of the Holy Spirit’s work in bringing about the New Testament as well. Notice the Lord’s words in John 14:26 as He told His disciples how they would be instruments through which His words would be preserved, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” And further the Holy Spirit would not only remind them of what had been said, but would teach them the things not said, but to be communicated after the ascension. This we learn from John 16:13, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.

Like the prophets, the apostles too were guided by the Holy Spirit in the writing of the scriptures.

But we could also say that the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ in salvation. That the Holy Spirit is active in our salvation is clear from the Lord’s words in John 3. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot inter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5, 6). How does the Holy Spirit bring about new birth? There are things about the Spirit’s work in bringing about new birth that we cannot understand (John 3:8). But this one thing is clear, new birth will not occur without the Spirit bringing a person to Christ!

He shall glorify me in salvation.

These marks of the Holy Spirit help us discern whether the Spirit is at work in movements and ministries. Cults, for example characteristically bring Christ down to a human level or at least make Him something less than He is, the eternal Son of God and only Saviour of the world. This is proof positive they are not of God. They do not glorify Christ.

But there are other movements and ministries that are the efforts of genuine believers. However even in some areas of Christian service Christ can be obscured. This was the problem in Laodicea. A busy church, but Christ outside! The Holy Spirit was evidently not in control.

This is a challenge for our own lives and service. Where is the Lord Jesus Christ in all we say do? Is He at the centre? Does He have preeminence? Is the result of our work leaving people thinking about Christ?

“He shall glorify me”. In the scriptures. In salvation. In service.

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