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How much more will God Give Us

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had already uttered this wonderful phrase “How much more?” Here in Luke, where He repeats the question, there is a different emphasis. Instead of speaking about giving good gifts, He says, ‘How much more shall our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit?’ Jesus is implying that the best of all these gifts is the Holy Spirit, or rather, that in this gift all other good gifts are contained. The blessed Holy Spirit is the primary gift of the Father, and the one He delights most in giving. The Holy Spirit is therefore the first gift we ought to seek.

The unspeakable worth of this gift should be fully understood. Jesus spoke of the Spirit as ‘the promise of the Father’, the one promise in which God’s Fatherhood revealed itself. Note, the best gift a good and wise father can bestow on his child is his own spirit. This is one of the greatest promises of the Father – to reproduce in his child His own disposition and character. If a child of God is to know and truly understand his Father; if (as he grows up) he is to enter into all His plans and purposes; if he is to have inexpressible joy in the Father (and the Father in him), then he must be of one mind and spirit with Him. That being the case, it is impossible to imagine God bestowing any higher gift on His child than this – His own Spirit. God demonstrates who He is through His Spirit. The Spirit is the very life and essence of God. Just think what it means to you and me – God chose to give His own Spirit to His children on earth. He wants us to be just like Him!

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Chris Demetriou, 06/05/2012

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