“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
Question – What makes the difference between a person accepting or rejecting the gospel presented in integrity and simplicity? Answer – The Spirit of God. An integrity-filled simple gospel presentation must be accompanied by the effectual working of the Spirit if it is to render saving knowledge in the person being witnessed to. Truly understanding the gospel, that is believing with full-assurance, depends on the revelation and illumination of the Spirit. Let’s consider the Spirit’s ministry using these two words reveal and illuminate for a moment.
The Spirit of God reveals the truth (gospel) of the glory (infinitely valuable beauty) of God to the eyes of the heart. Imagine the Spirit as being the one who draws the curtain open at a Broadway performance. His role in revelation is to pull back the curtain in order for the spectator to have the opportunity to see the gospel for what it is. The curtain does not change the reality of what is on the stage just like someone’s blindness to the gospel does not change the gospel’s authenticity. The Holy Spirit opens the curtain so that one can know the gospel to be what it is – An infinitely valuable treasure.
The Spirit of God also illuminates the truth (gospel) of the glory (infinitely valuable beauty) of God before the eyes of the heart. Illumination is similar to revelation in that it involves one’s ability to see with clarity. Imagine the Spirit as being the one who runs the spotlight as a Broadway performance. His role is to shine the light on the agent performing, so that the spectator might follow along. The Holy Spirit illuminates the person and work of Christ, which makes all the difference in the world! He makes it possible for one to see with clarity what Christ’s living, dying, and rising means.
As you present the gospel in integrity and simplicity, rest-assured that the Spirit is working to reveal and illuminate the person and work of Christ in the one who will believe. As the gospel goes out the Spirit works to see Christ glorified, which results in saving faith. Just as the Spirit makes us confident of our personal Salvation, He makes us equally confident in the Salvation of others who will believe as the result of His work in their lives! Therefore, as you present the good news of Jesus with integrity and simplicity take confidence and be bold. The Spirit is revealing and illuminating Christ!
Questions to Ask
- How does knowing that the Spirit is at work bring us to confidence in presenting Christ?
- Being conscience of the Spirit’s work, how should we pray before, during, and after presenting the gospel?