“Because you are his sons, God is sent forth the Spirit of His Son in your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” And if sons, it follows you we heirs of God through Christ-the heir of all things”!! What manner of persons can we then become if we have such a gift? How humble and devoted to the Lord must we be if we, the joyful and triumphant, who been washed in the blood of Christ. We can claim the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as our older brother!! As great as the opposition is to truth and salvation, we have no reason for despondency. Greater are our friends and allies, and infinitely more powerful, that all our enemies. God is on our side-Jesus Christ is our King-the Holy Spirit is on the throne room of our hearts. –His angels are our ministering servants-the prayers of all the prophets, apostles, saints, and martyrs who have gone on to glory are for our success-our brethren are numerous and strong-they have the Sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the artillery of truth, the arguments of God, the preparation of the gospel of peace. -Our Commander and Captain is the most successful general that ever entered the field of war-He never lost a battle-He is wonderful in Council, excellent in working, valiant in fight-the Lord of Hosts is His name. He can still the false machinations of our enemies, control all the powers of nature, and subdue all of our foes, terrestrial and infernal. Under His conduct we are Mount Zion, that can never be moved. Indeed under Him we are “come to Mount Zion, the stronghold and fortress of the kingdom, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, the General Assembly and Congregation of the Firstborn, enrolled in heaven-to God, the judge of all-to the spirits of just men made perfect-to Jesus the mediator of the New Constitution-and to the blood of sprinkling, which speaks such peace, and joy, encouraging to the heart.” Hebrews 12:22-24
Ought we not, then, brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might? If in faith, and courage, and prayer, we put on the heavenly armor, and march under the King (according to the gospel trumpet), the walls of Jericho will fall to the ground, and the banners of the cross will overthrow the rulings of paganism, atheism, skepticism, and sectarianism. “There is no despair under the guardianship of the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual. They are mighty to the overturning of strongholds, to the overturning of all reasonings against the truth, and every high thing, raised up against the knowledge of God, and in leading captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The conversion of the world is our enterprise, infinitely worthy of all the effort that we have at our disposal.
Far greater than this that God has given us is something that the denominational world and mankind has never appreciated. That is the gift His Son has gained for us, the gift of the Holy Spirit!! He has left for us so little to do-nothing, indeed, nothing can defeat us, we have this power which will lead us to the eternal gates of Heaven!! Some Bible translations use the phrase the Holy Ghost, instead of the Holy Spirit. Ghost was an earlier English word with the same meaning as the Latin-based noun “spirit.” In Old English, the word was gast, meaning breath, life, soul, spirit. In the Greek text of the New Testament, the relevant words are pnuema, which means breath, blowing, or wind. Hagios, which is defined as “holy”, the literal meaning perhaps something like devoted, dedicated, separated. Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10. What a gift, what a power within us. We are never lacking, our destiny the eternal abode!!