Preparing The Way For Us

Jesus spoke in Luke chapter 7:

26 “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

27 This is he of whom it is written:

‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,

Who will prepare Your way before You.’

28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

The greatest of prophets was John the Baptist and his ministry focused solely on being a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe [in Christ, the Light] through him. John was not the Light, but came to testify about the Light.

There has been much taught concerning the Old Testament prophets and the “mechanics” of their ministry but we should not lose sight of the ministry of the greatest prophet.  He was called to direct our focus to the Light of the world, Jesus Christ.

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.

33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

John was called to bear witness of Jesus Christ.  Aren’t we to do the same?  John the Baptist did not plead with FATHER to bring forth the Light of the world nor did he battle the devil as though he was an advocate for Jesus.  He simply walked in his calling preparing the way for the Light of the world.

Jesus prepared the way for us to also be lights unto the world.  His work on the cross prepared the way for the Holy Spirit to be given unto us with an empowerment similar to His.  Jesus spoke in John 14:

26 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.   AMPL

One of The Holy Spirit’s responsibilities is to call into remembrance every Word Jesus spoke.  This is why I always write “by THE SPIRIT” in addressing passages in the Scripture for our review.  The Holy Spirit is our Advocate and Intercessor so we do not need to be focused on matters that require a “heavenly attorney”.  Who better to represent us than The Holy Spirit!

Jesus further spoke in John, chapter 15:

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

The Holy Spirit within us has the primary responsibility of testifying of Jesus Christ within us and to provide us with the exact Truth from FATHER.  As we mature and become fully led by THE SPIRIT, we will boldly testify of this Light unto the world and present the Truth without any additions or subtractions… simply the Truth.  Jesus spoke in John, chapter 16:

7  “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

Jesus summarizes the ministry of The Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will guide us into all Truth and will tell us of things to come.  These “things” are not based on man’s attempts to bring them forth by following some type of “mechanics” found in Scripture.  These “things” are various aspects of FATHER’S Divine Plan and will occur according to FATHER’S Intent.  FATHER isn’t waiting for us to perform in order complete HIS plan as though HE is sitting on the throne waiting for our next move.  HE is moving upon those who are led by THE SPIRIT to carry out HIS Divine Intent.

The greatest prophet prepared the way for Jesus Christ and Jesus prepared the way for us by giving us The Holy Spirit.  Let us accept the work of The Holy Spirit and cooperate with this ministry without attempting to add any other doctrine which we have held in the past.

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