Pastor Ron’s Blog     Christ Church Executive Pastor

Posted by on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 in Blog

 

Ron Jones

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away. The Counselor (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  —John 16:7-8—

 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit lives in you. -–Romans 8:9—

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. -–I John 4:4— 

Sometimes knowing something, really knowing something, makes all the difference!

In the gospel of John we find Jesus telling his followers that he must go away so that the Holy Spirit might come. The Holy Spirit is also called “the Comforter” or the “Advocate”. Jesus is more or less explaining that He had been WITH his followers as THE SON but would be IN his followers as the HOLY SPIRIT after his crucifixion and resurrection. Now, I’m not trying to get into a theological discussion of

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But what Jesus does say in the gospel of John is that he must leave so that the Holy Spirit could come and that this was a “good thing”.

I committed my life to Christ at the age of 19. Prior to repenting of my sins and receiving Christ as my Savior I had experienced 19 years of bad habits and bad decisions. Sinning was easy. It just happened. I didn’t even have to think about it. It was just the way I was. It was natural. I was used to it. I more or less thought of myself as a sinner saved by grace.

My new nature was strange to me. There were moments early on that I didn’t even know if I really had a new nature. My old nature ran so much of my life that it seemed like GIANT within me while my new nature seemed WEAK and HELPLESS.

But Romans 8 told me the truth. I was no longer under the control of my sinful nature. I had Christ in me. My new nature, my Spiritual nature, was in control. God gave each of us a free will. We choose whom we will serve. My old familiar nature is still in me. But there is a new nature in me as well.

And the new nature, Christ in me, is wanting to take control. In my new nature is life, light, purpose, and meaning. I have free will. But I can choose which nature to listen to and respond to.

There is truth and there are lies. The lie that had held me for so much of my life was “I can’t help it. I just sin.” The truth that is setting me free is “I don’t have to sin if I obey the Holy Spirit in me.”

Sometimes knowing something is really something!

 

Ron T

 

 

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