God's Holy Fire: 'The Chosen One of God'

Friday, August 9, 2019

[John the Baptizer continued,] "I didn't know [Jesus] was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, 'The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God."
— John 1:33-34 NLT

Key Thought

John doesn't claim that he has any special knowledge of Jesus' identity because of insider information as a cousin of Jesus. No, John's recognition was based on the revelation from God and the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God's Chosen One, and a key part of Jesus' role as the Chosen One is baptizing people with the Holy Spirit. Jesus' identity, ministry, and message are all tied to the work of the Holy Spirit! We can't follow Jesus without a deep appreciation and recognition of the vital role the Spirit plays in Jesus' life as well as our own!

Today's Prayer

Gracious God, the Almighty, who has chosen to dwell in my heart through your Holy Spirit, thank you for revealing yourself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Be at work in my life through the Spirit. Purify my heart, transform my mind, and empower my actions so that I will honor you and help others know your Son. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of John 1:33-34 NLT — "I didn't know [Jesus] was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, 'The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit."

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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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