The Christ-exalting work of the Spirit
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‘He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.’ John 16:14
Jesus makes it quite clear that the Holy Spirit, this other Counsellor, whom he will send having completed his atoning work on the cross and ascended to his throne in order to begin his heavenly session as the conquering King, has one grand purpose, to glorify him as the Son has glorified the Father (John 17:1).
Charles Haddon Spurgeon describes this particular Christ-honouring role of the Spirit in this way: ‘It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ…. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by ‘looking to Jesus’’.
The Holy Spirit is like the sun, we are not meant to look directly at him, but by him look to Jesus and so understand everything else in his light. Robert Murray M’Cheyne captures this thought perfectly, ‘Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely. Such infinite majesty, and yet such meekness and grace, and all for sinners, even the chief. Live much in the smiles of God. Bask in His beams. Feel His all-seeing eye settle on you in love, and repose in his mighty arms…Let your soul be filled with a heart-ravishing sense of the sweetness and excellency of Christ and all that is in Him.’
May we see more of Jesus today as we receive more of the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, we would see Jesus. Our natural eyes fail us, open the eyes of our heart by the illuminating work of your Holy Spirit we pray that we may relish Christ as the supreme reality, delight in mercy, rejoice in his wisdom and grace and in so doing become increasingly conformed to his likeness. Amen.