Church Government According to the Bible 3


The Holy Spirit and God’s Word

I want you to pay close attention to what I am about to say. I don’t want you to be confused or misinterpret my words. You may say, the church MUST be guided by the Word and, that is true; however, understand that it is the Holy Ghost who guide us into all truth (John 16:13). You can never, ever truly follow the Word without the Holy Ghost. 

Discovering truth requires the Holy Ghost. To address the Word of God without total submission to the Holy Spirit, is addressing the Word of God trusting our own intellect; doing so will always lead people astray. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 tells us,

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (New King James Version)

When we address the Word of God without the fullness of the Holy Ghost we are acting as if we are sufficient of ourselves. Paul establishes very clearly here that 1) our sufficiency comes from God, 2) that God made us ministers of the New Covenant, 3) that the New Covenant is not of the Word, but of the Spirit and 4) that the Letter kills, but it is the Spirit who brings edification. Romans 8:1-4 put it this way,

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (NIV)

  • The law of the Spirit set us free from the law of sin and death.
  • The law was powerless to accomplish what God the Father was able to accomplish by sending his Son Jesus.
  • The law exposes how weak an unable the flesh is. 
  • There is nothing wrong with the law; there is something wrong with us as we are unable to fulfill the law. 
  • Jesus fulfilled the law and paid the price for our weakness.
  • Our focus now is to walk in the Spirit.
  • Not that we ignore or reject the Word; the law represents the righteousness of God, what is and what is not approved by Him; but we must address the Word through the Spirit and not through our own intellect.

Beloved, we don’t need the Spirit by name only or, in a part time basis, we are dependent on the Holy Ghost for everything. Now that we have laid the foundation of biblical government, it is time to talk about the government in our local churches.

To be continued…

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