18th May 2018

The Spirit of God is in You 

 I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
Daniel 5:14 (NKJV)

In Daniel 5 Belshazzar, the King of the Chaldeans, is disturbed by a vision. He, along with “his lords, his wives and his concubines” take the gold and silver vessels that were once in the temple at Jerusalem, and use them as to drink from. “They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone” (Verses 2-4). Out of nowhere the fingers of a man’s hand appeared somewhere on the wall opposite the ornate lampstand where the king partied. Belshazzar began to shake with fear. What did this mean? None of his wise men knew.

His queen then appears on the scene. We don’t know her name but was she a daughter of Nebuchadnezzar? If so, it would have given the otherwise unrelated Belshazzar the right to call himself Nebuchadnezzar’s father. The queen tells the king about Daniel, a man in his kingdom “in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God” (verse 11). Belshazzar, quoted in the leading verse above, summons Daniel, who tells him that the words written by the fingers indicate that, because of the king’s idolatry, his kingdom is about to be invaded.

One of the implications of this is that it was rare to find someone in whom the Spirit of God existed. Jesus told His followers that this same Holy Spirit would dwell in them and in Christians today. He said, “you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you…He will testify of Me” (John 14:17, 15:26). The Feast of Pentecost reminds us of this.

Just as at the time of Daniel, people around us may hear that we’re Christians, and that the Spirit of God is in us. What will we say to them? We might prefer to bring bad news, as in the story of Belshazzar. Or will we witness to Jesus, as Jesus says the Spirit within us will do, and share the good news of his salvation?

Father, thank you that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and that he testifies of your Son, Jesus, and of the good news of your grace. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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