Monday, Aug. 3
Luke 11:13. “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” I have a problem with the last few words “to those who ask him.” If the Holy Spirit indwells us from conversion, why do we have to ask for Him to be given? Maybe it’s because when Jesus uttered these words, Pentecost was still in the future. Maybe He is preparing the way for what is to come. Maybe it’s that the Holy Spirit will be a mediator in prayer as Paul describes in Rom. 8:26-27. Maybe it has to do with the filling of the Spirit rather than the indwelling. Maybe it’s talking about the gifts of the Spirit as listed in 1 Cor. 12. Maybe it’s the fruit of the Spirit that’s spoken of in Gal. 5:22-23. There is no common agreement among Bible scholars on this NIV notes don’t help. The New Living Translation says the Holy Spirit provides guidance, power, and the seal of salvation. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says it looks forward to Pentecost and Christians today do not need to ask for the Holy Spirit; we already have Him. There can be no doubt that this gift is the greatest gift that could possibly be given. I agree with the BKC that Jesus’ words were looking forward to Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit probably includes all the ministries mentioned above and more. Now that the Holy Spirit has been given, we have all the riches of heaven at our disposal. Does that motivate you to pray?