25th May 2012

Carrying The Torch

“…salvation radiates like a burning torch”
Isaiah 62:1 (AMP)

This has been an exciting week in the run-up to the Olympics. Perhaps you have had a chance to see the Torch Kiss, the moment when the Olympic flame is passed on from one runner to the next. The oldest torchbearer this week was 92!

Pentecost reminds us that we are all runners who pass on the torch of salvation. Ours is a holy flame kept burning by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the “Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:35). Paul prays that the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14). From the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 the gospel went out to all nations – internationally.

When the Olympic torch is passed on, the waiting runner has to receive it. It is a bit like the disciples waiting to receive the Spirit. They were about to understand more of God “who makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His ministers” (Psalm 104:4). They had to receive the Spirit. Someone may give you a gold coin but, if you don’t take it, you can’t use it. Christ told his disciples to receive the Spirit.

When the torch is received it is then carried on to the next runner who in turn receives it. The message of Pentecost is that we are now all players in bringing the hope of salvation to the world.

We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. As Paul said to Timothy, “stir up – rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning – the (gracious) gift of God, (the inner fire) that is in you” (I Timothy 1:6).

Father, help me through the Spirit to bear the torch of the salvation of Jesus, and to pass it on to others.

Study by James Henderson

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