The Knowledge of Passion

We are slowly walking through a verse-by-verse study on Hebrews every Wednesday night with a group of teenagers that desire to go deeper into the Word.  It’s awesome to watch the students who have a desire to learn more about the word than what they normally get on Sunday night.  As with all youth ministry, I don’t treat any students like “kids”.  I minister to them like adults that have real problems and real issues that need a biblical solution.  The amazing part about walking through a verse-by-verse study with anyone is that is always impacts the listener and there is always an “aha” moment for the people in the room.

Including me.

There’s a passage in Hebrews eight that stuck out last night as we were “walking the text”.  In Hebrews (verse 8-12), the writer quotes a passage from Jeremiah 31:31-34.  In that statement, we see the first prediction (or prophecy) in the Old Testament regarding the New Covenant that was made through Christ.  The author tells the audience that this “new” covenant will be different from what God has done in the past.  The verse that hit me like a ton of bricks was this,

“I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

“Aha!”  In the new covenant set up by God through Christ demonstrates how great live is we receive something that people in the Old Testament would drool over, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  As I walked back and forth on the back of Christ from the Old Testament to the New Testament, the light of the Spirit reminded me of just how great our salvation truly is.

In short, what I’m trying to get at is that we, as believers, through the Spirit, not only have the knowledge of God in our heads, but also carry in us the passion of God in our hearts (something the Old Testament people lacked).  When the two combine (our head knowledge given to us by God and the passion in our hearts given to us through the Holy Spirit) we become people of purpose that know beyond a shadow of a doubt how unstoppable we are with Christ.

Have we forgotten that God is our God?  Have we forgotten that we are His people?  Have we forgotten what a great and powerful gift the Holy Spirit truly is?  We need to start using the great gift of the Spirit so people can actual see the joy of a relationship with Christ.

Simple truth, massive application.

Think about it.



1 Response to “The Knowledge of Passion”

  1. 1 Mike Munie April 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    That is awsome!

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