We open the Word of God now to the eighth chapter of Romans to continue our look at life in the Holy Spirit. We have been endeavoring to bring the wonderful, blessed Holy Spirit into a clearer picture in our understanding, given the fact that much today in the evangelical church is said about the Holy Spirit, I'm afraid that most of it is a misrepresentation of His person and His work. I said at the very beginning, a bold statement, and I will repeat it that our Lord Jesus condemned the leaders of Israel for attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to Satan and in the modern Pentecostal Movement of today, the reverse is occurring where works of the devil are being attributed to the Holy Spirit. It's a very sad, sad insult, a grief to the Holy Spirit and in some cases even a blasphemy of the blessed Holy Spirit.
When we worship God, we worship the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And somehow the Holy Spirit has been trailing behind in terms of emphasis, when in reality the Holy Spirit is THE member of the Trinity most personally intimately involved in the life of a believer.
We've been learning that in this eighth chapter of Romans. We find ourselves now down in the middle of the chapter and I want to read for you verses 24 through 30...verses 24 through 30. We've already looked at verses 24 and 25, but we need to read them for context. And we won't go into verses 29 and 30, but again they give us the full picture of this section.
Romans 8:24, "For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see with perseverance, we wait eagerly for it....
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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org