The Word and The Spirit w/c Sun 12th July

It has struck me recently how foolish it is when we seek to divide the truth of God’s and the work of the Spirit. In order to illustrate the point, I share with you two separate texts.

In Ephesians 5:18, Paul instructs the believers to ‘be filled with the Spirit’; whereas in Colossians 3:16 his encouragement is to ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly’. What is fascinating however, is that when we put these two texts together we see the outcome is the same; the believers will ‘speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’ (Eph 5:19) and with ‘gratitude in their heart’ (Col 3:16).

So why, whether we are filled with the Spirit or are truly ‘feeding’ on the Word will the outcome inevitably be similar? I believe that the answer is obvious. The Holy Spirit we receive is the one who is both revealed and promised by the Word. Furthermore, the Word that we read is the one that He inspired (2 Tim 3:16). To attempt to ‘drive a wedge’ between the two therefore is to seek to ‘put asunder those that the Lord has joined together.’

I pray then that this week you would allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word, in order that the Word would testify to your need of the Spirit, in order that God will be glorified and that you will be satisfied in Him.

Yours and His, Gareth