The cross and the Holy Spirit
February 27, 2009
The Holy Spirit hovers and broods over the message of the cross. By the word, "cross," we mean His finished work on the cross. Jesus said in John 19:30b, "...It is finished!..." The two great truths of the cross, forgiveness and deliverance, are standing offers for all people until He comes back. Willing believers claim and experience these basic truths and all of the other truths of the cross.
When we present the Lord’s Supper with understanding, the Holy Spirit will brood over the truths of the cross being proclaimed. The Holy Spirit is convicting us of our sin. He is pointing out the truths of the cross. He is applying pressure on us to confess our sins and take them to the cross (by faith apply the truths of the cross to a particular sin or death problem).
Whatever sin we confess and take to the cross, the Holy Spirit will seek to replace it with something of Him. He is resurrection power and He will resurrect righteousness in the very area we give up at the cross. The cross empties us. The Holy Spirit fills us. The cross cancels sin’s penalty (death). The Holy Spirit ministers life.
The Holy Spirit needs the truths of the cross to do what He wants to do through us. If there is a particular truth of the cross, say, the crucified with Christ truth, which we will not understand or acknowledge or preach or endure, the Holy Spirit is severely hampered. Christianity as a whole has been severely hampered for about 2000 years because she has not known or embraced the meaning of the bread of the Lord’s Supper. Even physical healings and deliverance from demons would flow more freely if the "crucified with Christ" message was embraced by the church.
24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24).