As we begin this chapter we want to remember the three main things that pertain to contentment.
1. Divine Contentment is supernatural, possible only for God’s people.
2. It is the result of a relationship between God and His children.
3. He teaches us how He works contentment in us.
From the first point, we consider contentment to be of a different realm than the natural.
It is a divine working of God’s own kingdom here on earth as He is preparing us for eternity with Him.
It is established by the will of the Father for His children through the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ.
It is a relationship brought about by the revelation and fulfillment of the power of His Holy Spirit.
We have looked at Contentment with God Our Father, Contentment in Jesus Christ, The Reason and Season for Contentment, and The Center of Contentment, all relating to the expectation and anticipation of contentment in this life.
Again, all is based, not on our own working, but on the promises of God’s Word as revealed by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-21).
The Power of the Holy Spirit
We look now at the power of the Holy Spirit that makes what the Father and the Son willed and accomplished for us a reality.
How did we come to hear and to know God? How did we first believe?
How do we continue to believe when others scoff and ridicule the truths of God’s Word and His kingdom?
How can we be content in this life without all that the world offers?
How do we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness, while others seek happiness and contentment in material possessions or human relationships?
This contentment is a heavenly mind-set of those who have been born of the Spirit (John 3:3-8).
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ; His life by the power of His Spirit in us.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. (See 2 Corinthians 6-16)
From the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has been working to bring light into our darkness, to reveal the will and the work of the Father in His children.
This Spirit of contentment is the same as the power that raised Jesus from the dead; the same power that “made alive in Christ” those who were dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1-5).
Paul prayed for the early Christians to know of their inheritance in Christ; “and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,” Ephesians 1:19-20
“that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” Ephesians 3:16
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit’s Working
In many of Paul’s letters He makes reference to the three persons of the Trinity.
” being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:11-14
The Things of the Spirit
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6
If you are in Christ and Christ in you, you have been bought with the blood of Christ. Your body is the temple of His Holy spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24
Contentment is for those who are led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18); for those who walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) and for those who live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Who is not content who bears the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)?
Dear Gracious and Holy Father, who has created us and redeemed us by revealing the good news of Christ and bringing us to Him according to your will, we thank you and praise you for your mercy, and for your grace. Your work of love and compassion has restored us to a right relationship with you, and made possible the freedom in Christ that brings contentment. Continue to teach us from your Word, and by your Holy Spirit write your promises on our hearts and minds. Enable us to crucify the desires and passions of the flesh that we may bear the fruit of the Spirit of Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
See the following posts, beginning with How the Holy Spirit Works.
There were too many references of the Holy Spirit for us to include in this post. What is your favorite that we did not use?
There is not only the foreordained plan of God (Ephesians 1:11) according to the counsel of His will; but also significance in all that He has planned and does. (Romans 8:28)
When I consider three men dying on individual crosses at the same time—Jesus being the middleman—I see the significance in this event for all humanity. What is this that took place and was symbolized for us?
Three men were tried and convicted of crimes.
Two men were guilty by reason of their own actions.
Jesus was termed “guilty” by reason of God’s decree,
as a substitute for His people who were guilty in their own sins.
A crown in heaven awaited two men. Jesus earned the crown for Himself, in obedience to God’s will—and for the other man. The other man earned nothing for himself, but while dying for his own sin was offered the gift of pardon and eternal life in heaven with Jesus.
One man for all eternity was offered as a sacrifice for many, by God, the Father, for propitiation, and by Jesus’ own willingness; and through His one sacrifice took their punishment upon Himself. (1 John 4:10)
Christ was crucified in the middle of all humanity. On the one side is a man who may represent all unbelievers, who received no mercy, but all that his own sin deserved. On the other side is the man who may represent all believers, those who see and hear and receive Jesus Christ through the message of this “great salvation” for which Jesus died. (Hebrews 2:1-3)
All humanity is hanging. All men are born into this world under the “death” penalty.
One group is:
1. Unaware of its condition,
2. Trusting in their own merits, with hope that they can save ourselves, or
3. That someone greater than Jesus Christ will come along and offer a better deal. Without Christ, and repentance, these will die in their sins and receive the just penalty—eternal death and hell. (Luke 5:32; 13:3; Acts 5:31; 20:21; Romans 2:4)
One group is:
1. Seeing their condition of sin and misery, their dying, and need of a Savior.
2. Seeing and hearing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3. By regeneration of the Holy Spirit (how else could one sinner have turned to Jesus, and not the other?) turning in faith and repentance to Him, alone, for this “great salvation,” promised in and through Him.
With, and in Christ, these are “living” now and forever “unto God” with assurance and the abiding hope that is ours in Him.
On which side do you hang? Is it with those who have no hope, except for what they can do for themselves or by their works—alone for the rest of your life and eternity?
Which cross have you been given?
Be joyful if your can “envision” Jesus next to you, having suffered the penalty that you deserve. Be thankful if He has bid you to look to Him, “the only begotten Son of God” who hung in your place. Praise Him if He has been “high and lifted up” for you.
As a “new-born” believer be adamant, fervent, and diligent as you “present your body to Him as a living sacrifice.” By the power of His grace “live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age.” (Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:10)
“Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Music: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
A Bloody Crown, A Bloody Cross, A Bloody Sacrifice
Grace Crowned with Glory