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I started this week’s sermon with a question. Would it be better (better in the sense of a closer, more personal relationship) to actually walk with Christ physically on earth, or better to be here now, 2,000 years later reading and studying His Word? Although there is something instinctive in every Christian to want to actually see Christ, we can have more fellowship with Christ now than we could back then because of the work of the Spirit.
One of the interesting things in this passage is how a certain word is repeated in verse 2 and 23. Christ says, in verse 2, “In my Father’s house are many rooms.” The word “rooms” occurs one other time in scripture, that is in verse 23, “we [the Father and Son] will come and make our home with him.” That word “home” is the same Greek word used in v. 2 for “room.” In verse two it talks about a place that is reserved for us in heaven. It proves we have “reservations” in the world to come. However, in verse 23, it is talking about something far more personal. The Father and Son come to make their home with us.
The application I made was simple: draw close to Christ. Know Christ. Understand that, because of the Holy Spirit, God wants us to know Him personally and experientially.
There are two common errors we can fall into. On the one hand, we can try to experience the Spirit apart from the work of Christ. I talked about a college ministry meeting in which the students cried out for 45 minutes for God to come and speak to them. However, all the while, their Bibles sat unopened under their chairs. God has spoken. The problem was they weren’t attending to what He has said. On the other hand, we can read the Bible as if there were no Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us.
Given these two areas, which one do you think you are more prone to fall into? Whatever one it is, be conscious of it, and try hard to compensate. Maybe you need to give more attention to Scripture. Maybe you need to spend more time praying.