The Giving Gift

For Tom Smail, the Holy Spirit in Person is “The Giving Gift”. For sure, The Spirit really is the free gift that goes on and on giving all that is ours in Jesus.

The Spirit brings Jesus to us. And as we encounter Jesus, as the one who is with us and for us, faith emerges in our hearts. The Spirit also brings us to Jesus so that we live in union with the one who loves us. The Spirit goes on and on showing Jesus to us enabling us to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3: 18,19). And in all this, we are transformed into the likeness of Jesus by the Lord who is the Spirit.

It is also the same Spirit who assures us that we are God’s children in union with his Son. He assures us so deeply that we cry Abba Father as we move, with Jesus, ever closer to our Father’s heart. The same Spirit also enables us to share in Jesus ongoing mission as we serve our Father in the power of the Spirit in the name of Jesus.

Furthermore, the Spirit is the gift of prayer joining our hearts to Jesus’ prayers in the Presence of his Father. We pray because the Spirit is already praying in us with sighs too deep for words (Rom. 8: 26). And the Spirit’s intercession is really an echo of Jesus’ intercession for us in heaven. The Spirit prays in us because Jesus prays for us.

Yes, the Spirit really is The Giving Gift who goes on and on giving enabling us to give ourselves to God in response to all his giving.

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