I have seen much and participated in even more in my life. While I have been talking about the wisdom of Solomon (imputed from God). All of that is read and not seen. It is translated and not created. Sometimes it can seem like a distant Sy-Fy movie about another planet. Is is true? Should it be accepted or not? What does it mean to me? How do I know it is real? Good questions. The old saying “seeing is believing” is very true. My eyes have seen the healing and helping power of Jesus. The complete changes that he brought to both men and women who reached out to Him and believed. The change of character and the change from desperation and loss, to hope. Especially in my life. Over the years I have come to understand and deeply appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus. Scripture has shown me the power of the Trinity and how we are created to participate with God in fellowship. We are desperately empty and evil without Him. Our very nature is sin and can be seen in our children early. No one has to teach them to lie, or covet. All those characteristics we are born with, that come naturally as part of our human condition. However, God set in motion events that could lift us out of that path and put our feet on a different one. He foresaw the sin of man and the need for salvation. He sent Christ to die for us. Then when Christ left to go to heaven to be with God, He left the Holy Spirit to help us as believers. The role of the Holy Spirit is as follows:
Conviction of sin, Illumination of wisdom and truth, Teaches us, Guides us, Assures us, Intercedes on our behalf before God, Directs us, Warns us. He is given to us to help us navigate life as believers in Christ. He displaces the original nature or the world, the human condition and man’s nature with the nature of God. We think about things differently and respond differently. The world’s hold on us should be less and less as we begin to know Christ and depend on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides in every believer, it is a download at the point of salvation and belief in Jesus death and sacrifice on the cross for forgiveness of sin. He is not optional.
So as we enter this holiday season take a moment to look at the Wisdom of God, knowing that man was evil and doomed to be separated from Him forever due to sin. He sent Jesus as the perfect sacrifice that could atone for our sin and bridge the gap back to God once again for fellowship. He also foresaw that we were weak and would need guidance and help, so He sent the Holy Spirit as well.
I love Christmas because of Jesus birth. I can look forward to His sacrifice at the cross which means so much to me. I can see His impact in the world around me and it is good. The actions of believers are the visible impact of the Wisdom of God in our lives. Look around and see His disciples in action. They will be clearly known by their works among us.
Have a blessed Christmas.