The Spirit of grace.
Morning Devotion/ Theme: Holy Spirit.
“THE SPIRIT OF GRACE”
Titles Applied to the Holy Spirit/ 79B-004, (Zech. 12:10) Key Text: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10, NKJV)
REFLECTION: Three important things are foretold in this text: (a) the spirit of grace and supplication (repentance) shall be poured out upon the “inhabitants of Jerusalem,” (b) they shall look unto “Me,” that is, Jehovah, whom they have pierced, and (c) they shall mourn for “Him,” as one mourns his only son.
Pentecost marked the amazing fulfillment of the first item here: repentance. On that occasion, a vast number in Jerusalem repented and were baptized into Christ. They received the blessed Holy Spirit, (Acts 2). Secondly, they “looked unto Jehovah” in their prayers and supplications.
Thirdly, the text says, they will mourn for Him. The triumphal entry to Jerusalem fulfilled this prophecy (Lk 19:28-40). It was “the dim foreshadowing of His coming in the clouds of heaven with power and glory, amid the triumph of angels and the rejoicing of the saints…. In prophetic vision Zechariah was shown that day of final triumph; and he beheld also the doom of those who at the first advent had rejected Christ [Zechariah 12:10]. This scene Christ foresaw when He beheld the city and wept over it. In the temporal ruin of Jerusalem He saw the final destruction of that people who were guilty of the blood of the Son of God.” (The Desire of Ages, p. 580).
DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: In our key text today, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of grace.” In other words, the Holy Spirit is the actual the grace of God Himself. What is God’s grace? The unmerited mercy (favour) that God gave to humanity by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross, thus securing man’s eternal salvation from sin. God’s grace is also God’s power flowing and operating in and through us.
Beloved, the power of God is the power of the Holy Spirit Himself flowing through us! That’s why the text eloquently says that the Holy Spirit Himself is “the Spirit of grace.” All believers actually have the grace of God already residing on the inside of them since they all have the Holy Spirit literally living on the inside of them (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). That’s a very encouraging thing to know. In fact in Rom 8, the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead can dwell in us (Rom 8:12).
THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: God’s grace does not just pardon our sins, but empower us to be victorious over temptations and sin. It is the same grace that help us endure the many trials of this life. I tell you what – without the Holy Spirit, we are nothing. Do you need God’s grace today? Listen to this promise: “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Romans 16:20, NKJV)
Have a Blessed Day: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12, NKJV)
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