Present Purpose

Posted By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"A Present Purpose"
Nancy Taylor Warner 
There are many mixed voices today, sending different messages and giving different advice. This we can be sure of: Today is the day of preparation. Today is the day I have, to make right choices. Today is the day the Holy Spirit desires to do a deeper work in me, that Christ might be seen and glorified in my life.

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27

Scripture makes it very clear that Jesus is coming back to be seen and admired IN a people.

“When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe...” 2 Thessalonians 1:10

As we allow the Lord to deal with our self life, more and more of Jesus is seen in us. This is our testimony and our witness.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” Galatians 2:20

Acts 1:8 tells us we are to “be” a witness. After the Holy Spirit comes upon me, through His power I am enabled to “be” or “become” a witness, or a sample of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

The verb in this verse is a present imperative, or an action verb, which speaks of a process of transformation after I have been born again then filled with the Holy Spirit. This empowering enables me to “be” or “become” a witness, wherever I might be, to the uttermost parts of the earth.

There is always a progression in that which the Lord does. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon an individual to “do” a particular thing or to fulfill a special calling. Yet in the New Testament, we see the Holy Spirit coming to empower a corporate body of Believers to “be” or “become” a witness unto the Lord. From this state of being, we then do what we do, which is our service; but the empowering in the New Covenant goes beyond “doing” to “becoming” a witness unto the Lord.