Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that we have been freely given to us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12, NKJV)
When God enters our lives, we’re changed by His grace, even if we don’t think it worked. One day some friends invited a student nurse to a camp meeting in the suburbs. Wavering but not wanting to disappoint them, she decided to go. The evangelist gave a powerful simple presentation of the gospel. At the close of the meeting he offered an invitation—realize you are a sinner, thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross for your sins, and trust Him for eternal life.
A woman in a distant corner of the auditorium made a beeline to the student and urged her to go forward. The nurse didn’t want to go but she didn’t want to make a scene either. She obeyed and then prayed with the counselor to receive Christ. Afterwards she reflected, “What have I done? I have made a fool of myself. I don’t feel any different. Nothing happened.”
That evening the nurse read her Bible. Passages now made sense, when before they did not. Her new birth (salvation) had transformed her understanding of God’s Word. As promised in 1 Corinthians 2:12 the Holy Spirit had changed her by teaching her so she could understand God’s truth.
The Bible preached, invitation clear;
The Spirit came, her life to steer.
The truth made sense as she read the Word.
She put in practice what she heard.
The Holy Spirit helps the Christian understand the Bible.
- Describe where you see yourself in your spiritual journey.
- How can the Holy Spirit help you understand the Bible?
- What is necessary for a person to become a Christian?