Thursday, December 19, 2013
Victory in Christ - Part 21
This is the next installment of a series I am writing concerning what Romans 6-8 teaches about our sin problem and God's plan for victory. To find previous installments do a search for the title: Victory In Christ. You can find the first installment here.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit who indwells every believer makes intercession for us. We know that Jesus Christ intercedes for us, but also the Holy Spirit who lives right within us intercedes. The intercession he makes is deep and involves “groanings which cannot be uttered.” This is not what some people call speaking in tongues because speaking in tongues is uttered. These prayers are not uttered. But God, who is listening to our prayers, knows what the mind of the Spirit is. The Spirit always prays according to the will of God and so even though our prayers may not always be accurate or we may not even know how or what we should pray for properly, the Holy Spirit makes sure the prayers God hears are according to His will.
This is also encouraging with respect to the struggles that we go through to live a God-honoring life. The Holy Spirit is not dormant. He is active and working and praying for us as we grow in grace. As we work out our salvation, “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
God is working all things together for good. So many times that is where people stop the quotation. God is working all things together for good for certain people. It is for those who love God and who are “the called” according to His purpose. God is calling out a people for Himself and it is for those He works everything together for their good and His glory.
For those people God is at work blending and combining events in such a way that it works good for us. God's view of good does not always match our opinion but we can be assured that His plan is best for us and for the glory of God.
Principle 29: God is working all things together for our good.