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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Holy Spirit Acts Like Jesus

"God, who is rich in mercy ... even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ" (Ephesians 2:4-5)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life and light and love. In His uncreated nature He is a boundless sea of fire, flowing, moving ever, performing as He moves the eternal purposes of God.

Toward nature He performs one sort of work, toward the world another and toward the Church still another. And every act of His accords with the will of the Triune God. Never does He act on impulse nor move after a quick or arbitrary decision.

Since He is the Spirit of the Father He feels toward His people exactly as the Father feels, so there need be on our part no sense of strangeness in His presence. He will always act like Jesus, toward sinners in compassion, toward saints in warm affection, toward human suffering in tenderest pity and love.

What Christ did for us on the Cross, the Spirit must do in us as a personal experience.

He has offered us Himself as the life and power to be obedient and to be holy, and nothing less than his own perfect example should ever satisfy our holy ambition!

~A. W. Tozer~

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