“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.”
Read Acts 2:1-13
Let’s think back to the times of the Reformation. Martin Luther, through the power of the Spirit, played a leading role in freeing the Church from the net of superstition. He asked them, and also asks the church today, what matters most? What should a Christian believe? What is true faith? Who are God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? The Reformation was not an invention of new truth, but a rediscovery of biblical teaching, which resulted in an emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit.
The twelve articles of the Apostles Creed give a short summary of the Bible’s content. Concerning the Holy Spirit, it confesses the following: “I believe in the Holy Ghost.” This confession makes clear that the gift of the Holy Spirit is received before He actually works in a sinner’s heart.
In this truth lies hope and expectation for guilty sinners. God has promised in His covenant that He, despite the sins and hard hearts of sinners, will nevertheless break through with His Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God and of Christ grants faith and applies Christ’s merits. This is the primary work of the Holy Spirit, sent by God the Father and the Son.
Do you also believe in the Holy Spirit?
This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Education Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact: [email protected]