The Spirit is here
“It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements”
The most beautiful line in the New Testament showing the partnership of the Spirit with our lives has got to be this very verse.
The letter is being read out to the Antioch believers and the Jerusalem church is saying that after much discussion over the topic of circumcision they had decided it was not a means or evidence of salvation and that this seemed good to them and also to the Spirit.
“Thus says the Lord” is often what we are used to.
As a young person I struggled because I wanted to be able to say that but I was so uncertain over the will and purpose of God. I have grown wiser over the years. I no longer view the Spirit who gives me orders that I have to obey. The Spirit is with me, alongside me, leading me yes but He is ‘for me’ more than anything. He wants me to succeed. He wants me to influence, to make good decisions, to bring changes and to protect His works where no change is needed.
How did this phrase really take shape? How do we know what seems good to the Holy Spirit and to us?
It could be through a prophetic word, vision or dream or through the use of Scripture shedding some light on to the topic.
And to us? That could be unity of discussion within the group. There is strength in numbers. We benefit by including people.
The Holy Spirit and to us.
Let us thank the Spirit for His presence in our lives today.