"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations."
— Isaiah 42:1 NIV
The last part of Isaiah contains passages that are often called the Servant Songs. Jesus claims several of these songs for his self-identity. The early church claimed several others, quoting them to define Jesus' ministry and understanding them as prophecies of his coming. Not only were these words of prophecy inspired by God's Spirit, but the Spirit also empowered Jesus as God's servant to bring justice and display God's mercy. The work of Jesus is rooted in the work of God's Spirit in prophecy that foretells his coming and in his conception, at his baptism, at the start of his ministry, in the words he spoke, in the joy he experienced, through the power that raised him from the dead, and in the gift he pours out on us when we come to him in conversion. The ministry of the Spirit is so tied to Jesus and his work for us that Jesus calls the Holy Spirit "another advocate" (John 14:16, also "counselor," "comforter," or "helper" in various translations). The Holy Spirit is our advocate like Jesus himself was when he was present with his first disciples. Jesus promised to send this advocate, the Holy Spirit, to the apostles when he returned to the Father (Acts 1:8) and then to all who came to faith in him (John 7:37-39). The work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are joined inextricably in God's dance of grace that brings us life now, hope for the future, and intercession before the Father!
O Father, how can I ever fully grasp the gift of the Spirit dwelling in me? I realize that the Spirit is a bond that I share with Jesus himself and the power of the Lord's presence in my life. Thank you for this grace, dear Father; thank you for this gift, Lord Jesus; thank you for your abiding presence, O Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, I thank you! Amen.
About This Devotional
God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.
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