The Spirit Confesses That Jesus Is Lord

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : 1 Corinthians 12:1-3

Surprising words in verse 3. We usually think in terms of Jesus saving us and our responding with our faith. Then we remember that Paul told the Ephesians that faith is “not of ourselves, but is a gift of God.” And here in 1 Corinthians the very words we use to express our faith are words of the Holy Spirit.
When I was in high school I dove down to the bottom of a lake and rescued a young woman who had not come up after a dive. If she had tried to help me she could have caused both of us to drown. But she was passive; she lay back in my arms. What a picture of what Paul describes in Colossians 1:13, “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
After the young lady and I were back on the shore she planted a big kiss on my cheek and said, “Thank you, Joe, you saved my life.” Our Catechism reminds us that “Christ by his Spirit is also renewing us . . . so that we may show that we are thankful to God” (Lord’s Day 32).
First the Spirit saves us. Then he lives in us a life of gratitude and speaks through us, “Jesus is Lord.”


Without you, Spirit of Christ, I would be at the bottom of the lake in the grip of death. Thank you for lifting me up, breathing new life into me, and speaking my confession of faith through me.