We so easily make statements that we agree with others upon. But in the agreeing on the statements there may be complete disagreement on what the statement means. In church we will often hear statements along the lines that “we need more of the Spirit in the church”. A statement that pretty well everyone will agree with. But in agreeing with the statement there may be understandings which are very diverse. Let us explore some of the pertinent issues here.
When dealing with the issue of prayer in Luke 11 our Lord says this: And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for[d] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9-13)
The punchline to this teaching from our Lord is that the best that we can get from our Lord is the Holy Spirit. The best that our churches can have is the Holy Spirit. This is because when the Holy Spirit comes we will be knowing God and His Son.
Our Lord said in 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. We need to know Christ in our churches and so we need the Holy Spirit. A Holy Spirit less church is a Christ-less church.
The Holy Spirit also leads us into the Word. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come (John 16:13). The Book of God lies as a dormant book until the Holy Spirit brings it alive.
So we need the Holy Spirit to have Christ and the Word in our churches. Let us be passionate then in crying for the Holy Spirit to be upon us. And as we are at our praying we will be anticipating much that is big from the Spirit in our churches.