The Holy Spirit: grace and truth

May 19, 2008

by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”John 8:31-32

We all value our political and physical freedom, but we realize that the liberty which we have received through the merits of Jesus is superior to all other freedoms, for it is a freedom which is guaranteed. There will never have to be another battle in which to win this freedom.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Ephesians 1:13

It is possible for a person to live in the freedom of the political nature, but to be a slave to sin. It is also possible for one to live under a totalitarian type of government, but as a free child of God, in the grace of our Lord Jesus through faith.

Therefore, in order to maintain this spiritual freedom, it is important to remember that in our spiritual relationship with Jesus we must continue to abide in His word, which gives unto us direction.

God has given us precepts and principles to live by. Precepts would be those teachings which He has recorded in His Word, those moral teachings which He commands us to honor and which are according to His will. Principles are given to us so that we learn His ways and are guided to holy living by the enlightenment, direction, and power of the Holy Spirit.

Knowledge of scripture alone will not empower us to exercise our spiritual liberty rightly, as knowledge must be linked with love. “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” 1 Corinthians 8:1b

The knowledge of God and the love of God are as twins. If we separate truth from relationship, we may become prideful and lacking in love, or we may fall into licentiousness, lacking the direction which truth provides.

“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16

“For, brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion unto the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:16

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18