Paul warned us about the spirit of the age that permeates our culture and seeks to modify the message of Christ. Whether dressed in the form of relative truth, moral tolerance, self-improvement, or otherwise, its goal is the same: to keep people away from Jesus, the only way to salvation.
Nevertheless, we must stand with Paul and the believers throughout the ages and preach Christ. We can tell people about Christ's free offer of salvation—how He longs for everyone to be set free from sin, so much so that He gave His own life to pay our ransom. We can tell people how God hates sin and how He is the only one who has the power to restore our lives.
When Christ returns in glory, the spirit of the age will be silenced once and for all.
We have such good news to share with our seeking world. And we don't do it alone. Christ Himself helps us share His message of love and forgiveness—through His Spirit, through His Word, and with His heart.
Read John 14:16-18. Before Jesus gave His life, rose from the dead, and went back to sit at the Father's right hand, He promised that He would not leave His disciples to walk through this world alone. He promised to ask the Father to send His Spirit—the Spirit of Truth. And He did. God's Spirit now lives in His disciples—He lives in us. He is our advocate and will be with us forever.
The Spirit of Truth who lives in us will give us everything we need to combat the spirit of the age.
As we walk closely with God, He will lead us and guide us. As we read His Word and live by His Spirit, He will illuminate Truths that speak into our situations and our relationships. As we have conversations with people, He will give us words to speak that will penetrate their hearts. And as we spend time with Him on a regular basis, He will mold our hearts to His. Because God is out to silence the spirit of the age, He will give us the words, the insights, and the right opportunities to co-labor with Him in doing so.
When Christ returns in glory, the spirit of the age will be silenced once and for all. At that time, every knee will bow before Jesus, and there will be no doubt about what is true—He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. As we preach Christ, we can help make that day even more joyous, with even more hearts celebrating and rejoicing before His throne.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to lead me into all Truth. Remove the hindrances that keep me from obeying You. Open my eyes to all the opportunities You have given me to share Christ with others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16-17).