Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ~1 Timothy 4:1
In a public gathering, we know that it is proper etiquette to listen and not talk when there is a speaker. First, it is good etiquette towards the speaker, who has prepared himself to speak to the audience. Second, it is good etiquette towards the people nearest to us. Third, it is for our benefit, so that we do not miss anything important that he has to say to us. Let us see this morning: “the Spirit speaketh expressly.”
The Spirit speaks about Christ.
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to testify and give understanding about the Lord Jesus Christ. “He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak” (John 16:13). When He speaks about the Lord Jesus, He illuminates and inspires us about the deity and power of our Lord Jesus. He shall glorify Jesus in our reading, meditation, listening, and study.
The Spirit speaks to our conscience.
The Holy Spirit is multifaceted in how He speaks to us. He guides us into all truth (John 16:13). He is the Spirit of truth. He speaks to our conscience when He is grieved by our attitude and spirit. When He is hurt by our words, bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness, He speaks to us. When He is quenched, He speaks to us. Quenching the Holy Spirit is like throwing cold water on a fire. He lets us know when the fire we had is getting smaller and that the intensity is not like it was when we were most fervent. When He speaks, He makes clear what is right and what is wrong.
The Spirit speaks with conviction.
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit speaks with conviction. Reprove means to admonish, condemn, or scold. Sin is never acceptable to our Lord. The Spirit convicts us to the core of our heart about sin in our life. Sin interrupts our fellowship with God. Sin hinders our praying. When the conviction of the Holy Spirit sets in, we must obey His prompting in our heart. We might try to shun His conviction, but it is there. It is dangerous for us to become hardened when we hear the voice of the Spirit convicting us.
The Spirit speaks about connivers.
We live in a day when there are false teachers who have seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. The devil is a counterfeit. He preys on weak, immature, and naïve believers to cause them to have confusion and doubt about their faith in Christ. Anything that does not match up with the Bible is a doctrine of the devil. Paul alludes to some in his day who were forbidding people to marry and influencing people to take vows of celibacy, even in their marriages. That is a doctrine of the devil. Any teaching that denies the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ or the existence of God is a doctrine of the devil. The seducing process is through an alluring process, twisting words, and doubting. Since the garden of Eden, the devil seduces by asking, “Yea, hath God said?”
“The Spirit speaketh expressly.” We must give our attention when the Spirit speaks. Don’t be distracted. Don’t be half-eared. The Spirit speaketh, and we need to listen.
Have an attentive God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 70-73