Servants' News

Jan/Feb 2001

Tethered to Christ

by Toli Bohonik

We are tethered to Christ. The Holy Spirit is a tether that literally binds us to Jesus. It keeps us continually in contact and communion with Him. Through the Holy Spirit we have fellowship with Jesus, and He is always close to us.

It is through the Holy Spirit that Jesus leads and directs each and every one us. It is how Jesus comforts us in trials. It is how Jesus teaches us when we’re ignorant of something we need to know. It is how Jesus quietly speaks to us.

We are bound to Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Did you ever wonder why the Holy Spirit filled the disciples only after Jesus was resurrected? It is because Jesus was involved in sending it, and today it is no different.

“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)

The Holy Spirit was sent at Jesus’s request, and it is the means by which He comes and abides with each of us, one on one. When we are converted we belong to Jesus. We are His, and as Christians, He then speaks to us, teaches us, and comforts through the Holy Spirit. That is how He comes to us and abides with us.

Without the Holy Spirit we would literally be orphans.

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will behold Me no more; but you will behold Me; because I live, you shall live also.” (John 14:16–19)

Without the Holy Spirit we are orphans. We would be without Christ and without hope. The reality is that many of us still live as if we are orphans because we haven't learned to listen to Jesus speak to us through the Holy Spirit. Too often we listen to other voices out of habit. Instead, we need to listen to Jesus as He abides with us and leads us through the Holy Spirit.

If we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, Jesus will come to us, abide with us, and lead us one on one. If we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit, we are left very much on our own. Very alone. And we miss out on tremendous blessing,

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:27–28)

Jesus “comes to us” through the Holy Spirit and we have “peace”. We will “behold” Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Even today, we can “behold” Jesus because of this promise. He will lead us, and comfort us, and teach us through the Comforter, i.e. the Holy Spirit.

We are literally tethered to Christ. We need to listen to our Lord’s voice and learn to live with the reality of Jesus abiding with us. We can feel His presence and we can hear His quiet voice.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27–28)

Too often our comfort comes from other men and women when it should come from Jesus. His job is to comfort and console in times of trouble, one on one.

The apostle John taught much of this at Passover time. One of the central and eternal messages of Passover is that we are to be bound to Jesus, tethered to Christ, by the Holy Spirit that Jesus sends.

It is good to let Jesus abide with you. It may require some learning. It may require some courage. But there are promises that Jesus made, and we as a people need to believe them. Jesus promised that He would come to us, that He would comfort us and that He would teach us.

We really are tethered to Christ!

Many in the Church of God groups would describe their lives as “devastated”. Fifteen years ago they attended services with hundreds and Feasts with thousands. They felt like they had a mission and were succeeding at it. Today, many are in small groups that seem to be getting smaller and more diverse.

We should not be worried. The Jerusalem Church in the first century probably had services with hundreds, Feasts with thousands, a clear mission and apparent success. Yet God allowed those people to be scattered everywhere (Acts 8:1,4). While the scattering must have seemed terrible at the time, it was a blessing to be gone as God knew Jerusalem and the physical temple would be destroyed in 70 A.D.

Is the Eternal helping His people today by taking them out of hierarchical church groups before He puts an end to these groups? I do not know exactly what He is doing, but I do know it is for our good (Rom 8:28). He is definitely teaching us to be “Tethered to Christ”. I hope you find this short article at left as helpful as I did.

— Norman Edwards

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