The ministry of the Holy Spirit is very significant in the life of the Christ follower. Every Christ follower must continually seek to understand the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, both personally and in their service to others. This purpose calls for continual adjustment to the Holy Spirit. Why? So that He can fulfill His ministry both in and through our lives in a way that brings glory to the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also His responsibility to teach us all things and remind us of the words of Jesus.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
The secret of a wonderful, exciting, purposeful, and victorious life in Christ is dependent on our willingness to hear and obey the quiet leadings of the Holy Spirit. Sadly, most modern believers see the Scriptures as suggestions which hinder them in their clear hearing of the Spirit’s voice. His voice is of one purpose and that purpose is to have Christ completely formed within us.
Paul shared this same thought with the churches of Galatia saying, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,” (Galatians 4:19).
T. Robertson writes that Paul is using the example of an embryo developing into a child. Paul likens himself to that of a mother with birth pangs. He is in travail for their complete development (Greek word: ôdinô).1
The phrase, “Until Christ be formed in you,” (Greek: mechris hou morphôthêi Christos en humin), is a future temporal clause (meaning: until which time) and the first aorist passive subjunctive of the word morphoô.2
The Greek word morphoô is the root from which we get the English word metamorphosis. Synonyms would include transformation and transfiguration. We see both of these words in the Scriptures.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
There he (Jesus) was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Matthew 17
In Galatians Chapter Four the Apostle Paul is speaking to the Galatian believers who desperately needed the ministry of the Holy Spirit. His ministry would change them from a spiritual embryo into a baby. By using the Greek word morphoô Paul is telling them that they need to give outward expression of their inward character. This verse could be translated, “My children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be outwardly expressed in you.”3
Was Paul speaking to their inward character or to their new spiritual DNA? Was he saying that the character of the believer should be the DNA of the Lord Jesus Christ? Who is responsible to express this character?
The one responsible is the Holy Spirit. He is to express the Lord Jesus Christ first to and then in and finally through the life of the follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is an important spiritual aspect that has been misunderstood by most in the modern church. Most people have been taught that because Christ Jesus dwells in their heart by faith, it is their responsibility to experience, express and explain the work of grace in their lives. Such is not our responsibility. This responsibility has been given to the Holy Spirit.
If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. John 16:12-14
Let’s walk through this progression together…
- We are commanded to obey the words of the Lord Jesus Christ when we become a believer.
- We cannot do so on our own. To do so, we must rely on the Holy Spirit Who lives within us and has empowered us to hear and to do.
- The Holy Spirit “hears the words of the Lord Jesus” and then “speaks His words in and through us.”
- The Holy Spirit brings glory to the Lord Jesus by taking the commands and making them known, understood and then revealed through us.
It is then our responsibility to embrace the power of the Holy Spirit. His power includes the unction to receive understanding He has made known to us and walk in it. We are to be doers of the Word, not hearers only. Believe today for the Spirit to work His power within you and become the person you dreamed you would be.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”
Receive His Power! Open up to His Power! Walk in His Power! Start today!
I love you!