Lamb & Dove
Reading: John 16:7-16
"The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name"
It is thrilling to meditate on the following list of comparison between Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit:
« Jesus Christ is God's first comforter; the Holy Spirit is God's second comforter. « Jesus Christ is compared to a Lamb the gentlest of all animals while the Holy Spirit is compared to a Dove the gentlest of all birds. « Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are holy and they both teach us holiness. « Jesus Christ is the Theme of the Scriptures; the Holy Spirit is its Author. « Jesus Christ is received by faith; we believe and receive the Holy Spirit. « Jesus Christ was rejected by many Jews; the Holy Spirit is rejected by many Churches. « We confess Jesus Christ with our mouth; we speak in tongues after receiving the Holy Spirit. « Jesus Christ is the price of our redemption; the Holy Spirit is the seal of our redemption. « We pray in the Name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. « Jesus Christ pleads with the Father for us in Heaven; the Holy Spirit prays to the Father for us from the earth.
« Jesus Christ demonstrated love while the Holy Spirit produces love. « Jesus Christ was angry when the Temple was abused; the Holy Spirit is angry when our body, His temple, is defiled. « According to Matthew 10:1-5, Jesus sent missionaries; according to Acts 13:2-4; the Holy Spirit sends missionaries. « Jesus Christ is our Example of suffering; the Holy Spirit is our Companion in suffering « Jesus Christ was sent in the last days; the Holy Spirit is outpoured in the last days. « Jesus Christ gives us authority; the Holy Spirit gives us power « Jesus Christ is the Prophet of prophets; the Holy Spirit enables all believers to prophesy. « Jesus Christ is the fountain of living water; the Holy Spirit is rivers of living water. « Both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit speak to the Church for restoration. « Christ glorifies the Father; the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ. « Our bodies are healed by Christ's stripes; our bodies are quickened by the Holy Spirit. « Jesus Christ is the Hope of Glory; the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Glory.
Beware of a Christless Pentecost as well as a Pentecostless Christianity!
The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!
The Holy Ghost from Heav'n — the Father's promise giv'n;
O spread the tidings round, wherever man is found—
The Comforter has come!
(Frank Bottome, 1823-1894)
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