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Affirmations Matter

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The confession of Christ as Lord or deity proves the presence of the Spirit of God in the life, but a rejection of Jesus proves that the Holy Spirit is not present in the life.

The Holy Spirit is crazy about Jesus. The central part of his ministry is to make us aware of Jesus and to take him very, very seriously. A large part of the Holy Spirit's ministry is to emphasize the centrality of Jesus. So much so that Paul the Apostle took the following for granted:

Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, 'Jesus is accursed'; and no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12:3).

The confession of Christ as Lord or deity proves the presence of the Spirit of God in the life, but a rejection of Jesus proves that the Holy Spirit is not present in the life. The word LORD in the Old Testament was really a translator’s substitute for the personal name of God, Yahweh. So that when we say that Jesus is Lord we are really saying that he is that Yahweh or God revealed in the Old Testament. Sometimes we make the Christian life too complicated and it becomes a list of do's and don'ts. But the critical center of the Christian life is what we believe about Jesus and it is the ministry of the Spirit of God to make sure we get those beliefs right.

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