WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:18-22
This passage is very specific in how it is worded. We need to study it because the application of this passage should be very important to each of us personally. It says, “But as God is faithful our word to you is not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus and Timothy–was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen to the glory of God through us.” What does that say? That says we are carrying around 8,800 promises in our Bible, the will of God in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Holy Spirit guarantees that any promise God gives us in Him is Yes. It is quite clear! It is yes! Is there a kicker? Yes there is, it is a big kicker. The Holy Spirit Who is the Guarantee of the inheritance, it is His job to show us the promises that are for us. He leads us into all truth! Can we dig in and find a promise that God quickens to us and comes alive in us? Yes and we can shout it from the housetops but unless the Holy Spirit has given us that promise, it is not guaranteed. Unless we spend enough time reading the will we are not going to find out if that promise is Holy Spirit certified for us. We can go to church, read a book and assume that any promise in the Bible belongs to us and Jesus bought and paid for all of them. But we can’t change 1 and 2 Corinthians — the entirety of God’s Word is the Logos! The Holy Spirit activates promises for us individually. These are rhema-revealed promises. In 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 there is another Greek word ar-rhab-own. Our Bible study last month focused on ar-rhab-own, as the guarantee of our inheritance. Whose job is it to show us what our specific inheritance is? It is the job of the Spirit! Not only do we have to read and know the Logos, the entire Bible, but we have to read it with the ‘eye’ and the ‘ear’ for the Spirit to reveal which promises He has for us. The Holy Spirit is our Helper, Teacher and Friend. The Holy Spirit is our Guarantee. Our Guarantee is a Person, a Divine and Creative Person! It is not just the whole Book. The Spirit births God’s Words within. He is the Person assigned to guide us into what God specifically has for us in the Book. The Holy Spirit is the Author of rhema which comes from the entire Logos. So the whole Bible is the Logos the entirety of God’s Word. A rhema is a very specific word that the Holy Spirit highlights for us personally. Faith explodes from rhemas! We have all experienced at one time or another, a verse or two jumping out of the written page and filling our being because it was a now word that came at the right time. Does God have specific words for us? Yes, He does, because we all have a specific purpose. There are promises that go with that purpose. There is provision for the purpose. There is application for the purpose. The Holy Spirit will guide us if we develop relationship. When we choose to spend time reading God’s Word, we activate the Holy Spirit to reveal all He has for us! It is a personal choice! Don’t expect our inheritance to rain from heaven without seeding the clouds, without wholeheartedly and intentionally seeding those promises.