Rom. 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Eph. 1:14 (The Holy Spirit) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Today’s title is actually a sermon title preached by Jonathan Edwards. The basis of the sermon is this, the atmosphere of heaven is the love of God. The love of God is displayed in the person of the Holy Spirit. If that is true, in Ephesians 1:14 Paul said that the Holy Spirit is the guarantee or foretaste of the world to come. No one can say this better than Jonathan Edwards, check out his view of heaven, this is one of my favorite Edwards’ sermon.
“There dwells God the Father, and so the Son, who are united in infinitely dear and incomprehensible mutual love. There dwells God the Father, who is the Father of mercies, and so the Father of love, who so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [John 3:16]. There dwells Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Prince of peace and love, who so loved the world that he shed his blood, and poured out his soul unto death for it. There dwells the Mediator, by whom all God’s love is expressed to the saints, by whom the fruits of it have been purchased, and through whom they are communicated, and through whom love is imparted to the hearts of all the church. There Christ dwells in both his natures, his human and divine, sitting with the Father in the same throne. There is the Holy Spirit, the spirit of divine love, in whom the very essence of God, as it were, all flows out or is breathed forth in love, and by whose immediate influence all holy love is shed abroad in the hearts of all the church [Romans 5:5]. There in heaven this fountain of love, this eternal three in one, is set open without any obstacle to hinder access to it. There this glorious God is manifested and shines forth in full glory, in beams of love; there the fountain overflows in streams and rivers of love and delight, enough for all to drink at, and to swim in, yea, so as to overflow the world as it were with a deluge of love.”
I can’t wait to swim in that river of love. We can touch the edges of it now, when we do it is unspeakable. His love is poured on us and into through our encounters with the Holy Spirit. It seems like the modern church has run as far as it can from the moving of the Spirit. That’s okay, His love never ceases and greater outpourings are inevitable.