The foregoing consideration of the subject of the Holy Spirit, though brief, has one primary purpose: it is that every believer reading it might realize the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit in his or her life. The result of this realization should be that each one might be exercised concerning this sphere so that there might be one primary desire: to know the fullness of the work of the Holy Spirit personally. In knowing something of His Person and Work, certainly we can better appreciate what God desires for us to realize and develop personally so we might be used for His honor in this day.

One has told of a visit that Mendelssohn, that great composer and organ master, made to a cathedral that held one of the most priceless organs in Europe. He listened to the organist and then asked permission to play it. At first the organist refused on the ground that he didn?t know him and that he couldn?t allow any chance stranger to play on this organ. At last he was persuaded to let him play. As Mendelssohn played, the great building was filled with beautiful music such as the organist had never heard before. With tears in his eyes, he laid his hand on Mendelsohn?s shoulder. ?Who are you?? he asked. ?Mendelssohn,? came the reply. The old organist was dumbfounded. ?To think that an old fool like me nearly forbade Mendelssohn to play upon my organ!? he said. Isn?t is true that for many of us as believers, we think we know how to bring beautiful music for God out of our lives, and all the while we are rejecting the power and ability of the Holy Spirit? He would truly make our lives sing for the glory of Go if we would only allow Him to do so!

God desires that our lives might be lived constantly under His wonderful and sovereign control. That control may be expressed in our daily desires and attitudes so that we will be molded by His hand into a character and Christ-like life to bring honor to His Name. It is also the case that our service must be empowered and directed by His presence and work within us so that we might be effective to produce that which is the desire of our Lord. It could be seen in our worship personally or in the assembly, so that there rises to our blessed Lord those expressions of praise and glory that belong to Him.

We know that our lives have the potential to be used for self or for God. Many try to live for both, but it seems impossible and only frustrating. What a blessing would result if only we could submit consciously and longingly to the continuous control of this most blessed Person Who indwells us!  We look at the lives of men in the past and wonder at what God was able to accomplish through them. It seems clear that the secret was that they knew their own weakness and the importance of continuously depending on the Holy Spirit for daily power and ability for God. We have the same potential as they. It is what we do in response to that potential that makes the difference.

For anyone truly exercised in this direction, we can only suggest that the truths of Romans 6-8 and Galatians 5:16-26 need to be carefully examined and understood. These passages, along with the entirety of Scripture, are God?s instructions for us in the area of spirituality. May the Lord grant that each one might be helped to this end by a better understanding of God?s precious Word!

There may be some  readers,  while  they recognize  the truths  expressed here, who are not willing or exercised with that kind of longing that these truths might be realized practically or they are not willing  to pay the price  that it might require. In that case, the full joy and blessing of this experience that God wants for every believer must wait until there is that exercise that would cause them to desire with deep longing that it might be true in their own lives. We have every reason to be fully satisfied with the position we have in Christ, but we cannot be satisfied with our own level of spiritual attainment if it is anything less than what God desires for us to experience.  

In conclusion, the only purpose of this book is that the Lord Jesus might be honored as a result, through the increased exercise created in His saints and by means of any help given to the assemblies of the Lord?s people. He alone is worthy, and He is worthy of the best in our lives and service for Him. May He receive it through the power of the indwelling Spirit of God!

"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3:12

"When I survey the wondrous Cross

On which the Prince of Glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss,

 And pour contempt on all my pride."

"Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were an offering far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my heart, my life, my all!"

                        Isaac Watts  (BHB 322)