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The Holy Spirit's name badge

Built on a Rock
Pastor Andrew Palmquist, Bethany Lutheran Church, Luverne

Have you noticed that when you go into a store, the workers often are wearing a name badge? And sometimes the name badge also tells their position? They not only tell you who they are, they tell you what they do. God has done something similar for us today with His Holy Spirit.
Jesus named the person and also the work of the Holy Spirit as He taught His disciples shortly before He died: “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father — the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father — he will testify about me.” (John 15:26)
God the Holy Spirit has the work of testifying about Jesus, God the Son. As the Savior Jesus won and accomplished salvation for all people. He suffered and died to pay for the sins of the whole world — including your sins and mine. The Holy Spirit has the job of pointing people to Jesus and bringing them to faith in God’s Son.
At Pentecost, there was a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples at Jerusalem. There was the sound of a mighty wind, and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the disciples. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and were enabled to speak the Good News of Jesus in foreign languages. See Acts 2:6-41: When this sound was heard, a crowd came together. … They said, “… we hear them declaring in our own languages the wonderful works of God.” They were all amazed and perplexed. Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and spoke: “Men of Judea, and all you residents of Jerusalem … listen closely to my words.  Jesus the Nazarene was a man recommended to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you. ... This man, who was handed over by God’s set plan and foreknowledge, you killed by having lawless men nail him to a cross. He is the one God raised up by freeing him from the agony of death. ... This Jesus is the one God has raised up. We are all witnesses of that. So, after he was exalted to the right hand of God and after he received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out what you are now seeing and hearing.  Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when the people heard this, they were cut to the heart. … Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added. (EHV)
Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for a person to believe in Jesus. He comes to us through His Word, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, pointing us to the cross and the empty tomb. He ever directs us to what Jesus has already done to save us. He’s not interested in drawing attention to Himself. He wants to point everyone to Christ!
Our Savior Jesus lived a perfect life for you as your substitute. He went to the cross with your sins and died for you. That’s how much He loves you! Then He rose from the dead to prove He won the victory over sin and death.
And so that you today might believe in these things, He sends you His Holy Spirit, who brings to you everything Jesus accomplished, making it your own! This means that because of the work of the Holy Spirit, we have real peace with God!
Adapted from: Good News for You! 2020 Peace Devotions

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