Acts 17:15, 22-18:1. Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14, John 16:12-15
Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
Paul was given wisdom by the Holy Spirit. He knew how to take what was familiar and to use it to speak about You and salvation. In Athens where the worship of gods and godessess was the norm he found a starting point when he saw a shrine dedicated an unknown god. He used this brilliantly to make You known to the people of that place.
God is the origin of all things and He draws all people to Himself using our senses to discover Him no matter how poorly. It is in the sincerity of our seeking that He makes Himself known to us. How comforting it is to know that God is never far from His people. He resides in us, feeds us with Himself and once we come to know the Truth we must never turn back from it because on our own strength we will never be able to keep His commandments and precepts. There is a judgement to come at the appointed time and if we have You close behind us we will surely be saved.
"All that the Father has is Mine, the Holy Spirit will take what is Mine and make it known to you."
My Beloved. God longed to reveal Himself to us and He did so by sending You into the world. But You walked the earth for only a few short years and once You accomplished the work of salvation You returned to Your Father. How could we also know You as intimately as Your Apostles, disciples and followers of Your time did? It is only through the Holy Spirit who descended on the Apostles, disciples and all who have been baptized into You that You have made You known to all believers.
We continue to plumb the infinite depths and riches of Your Holy Word through the ages. Your Word is ever new and it is able to speak to every human heart in a way that is always fresh and relevant to our time and circumstances. Through the centuries we continue to contemplate Your Word, meditate on it, and write about You. As we become familiar with Your Words and deeds the Holy Spirit enables us to grow in intimacy with You. Thank You for the Gift of Your Holy Spirit.