Ignatius of Antioch – The Holy Spirit Points Us to Christ

The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement. Today’s devotional message The Holy Spirit Points Us to Christ comes from Chapter IX of The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians.

Today’s reading comes from Ignatius of Antioch who lived circa 35 AD to either 108 or 140 AD. He is best known for serving as the third bishop of Antioch and for a series of letters he wrote that became an important part of the collection of early Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers. Multiple sources indicate that he died a martyr, being torn apart by lions in the Roman arena.

Ignatius of Antioch
Painting of Ignatius of Antioch from the Menologion of Basil II (c. 1000 AD)

This selection on the Holy Spirit is found in Chapter IX of The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians.

But the Holy Spirit does not speak His own things, but those of Christ, and that not from himself, but from the Lord; even as the Lord also announced to us the things that He received from the Father. For, says He, “the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s, who sent Me.” (John 14:24) And says He of the Holy Spirit, “He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever things He shall hear from Me.” (John 16:13) And He says of Himself to the Father, “I have,” says He, “glorified Thee upon the earth; I have finished the work which, Thou gavest Me; I have manifested Thy name to men.” (John 17:4, 6) And of the Holy Ghost, “He shall glorify Me, for He receives of Mine.” (John 16:14)

Prayer: Holy Spirit, we ask that your presence would become more apparent to each of us today. Speak to us about the things of Christ, making His work in our lives bigger, brighter, and more beautiful. Amen.

Action Step: I want you to spend some time today developing a greater comfort level with the Holy Spirit. Find a quiet place and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you in a new way. Write down anything you feel, sense, hear, or experience in your journal.

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