The ministry of the Holy Spirit should play a very significant role in the life of every believer. It is important that we continually seek to understand the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, both personally and in our service to others. This purpose calls for continual adjustment to the Holy Spirit. Why? So that He can fulfill His ministry both in and through our lives in a way that brings glory to the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also His responsibility to teach us all things and remind us of the words of Jesus.
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26
The secret of a wonderful, exciting, purposeful, and victorious life in Christ is dependent on our willingness to hear and obey the quiet leadings of the Holy Spirit. Sadly most modern believers see the Scriptures as suggestions which hinder them in their clear hearing of the Spirit’s voice. His voice is of one purpose and that purpose is to have Christ completely formed within us.
Paul shared this same thought with the churches of Galatia saying, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,” Galatians 4:19
A. T. Robertson wrote that Paul was using the example of an embryo developing into a child and that Paul was like a mother with birth pangs. He was in spiritual travail for the Galatians to complete their spiritual development. The phrase, “Until Christ be formed in you,” is a Greek clause meaning, "until which time the Messiah is completely formed (Greek: morphoô)." Morphoô is the root word from which we get the English word metamorphosis. Synonyms would include the words, transformation and transfiguration.
We see both of these words in the following Scriptures.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Matthew 17:2, "There he (Jesus) was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light."
It is important that we invite and embrace the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because His ministry brings about the change needed for our development. In using the word morphoô Paul told the Galatians that this kind of transformation would give outward expression of their new inward character (the character of the Lord Jesus).
Who is responsible to express this character? It is the Holy Spirit. He has been sent to fully express Christ in and through the life of every follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is an important spiritual aspect that has been misunderstood by most in the modern church. Most people have been taught that because Christ Jesus dwells in their heart by faith, it is now their responsibility to experience, express and explain the work of grace in their lives. Such is not the case. This responsibility has been given to the Holy Spirit.
John 16:12-14, "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you."
Let’s walk through this progression together…
1. We are commanded to obey the words of the Lord Jesus Christ when we become a believer.
2. We cannot do so on our own. To do so, we must rely on the Holy Spirit in us.
3. The Holy Spirit “hears the words of the Lord Jesus” and then “speaks His words in and through us.”
4. The Holy Spirit then brings glory to the Lord Jesus by taking the commands and making them known, understood and then revealed through our lives.
Ask the Holy Spirit right now to help you understand and reveal through your life the Lord's will, ways and work so that He can accomplish what He desires for your life.