WEIGHING UP ‘IN THE SPIRIT’.’
PAUL reminds his friends of how he lived amongst them and from the first day he set foot in Asia, that he served the Lord with all humility, with tears, and trials that befell him through Jewish plots against him. But he also shared all that was profitable, teaching in public and from house to house. He also testified to Jews and Greeks of repentance, and faith in the Lord whilst he prepared to go to Jerusalem, ‘bound in the spirit’, not knowing what he will find there except that ‘the Holy Spirit testifies in me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me’.
So what did Paul mean ‘being bound in the Spirit? Perhaps it means being immersed in the compassion of the ministry of Jesus. Paul states that he did not shrink from declaring the ‘whole’ counsel of God. ‘Take heed’ he says and ‘to the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you guardians and to feed the church, after having shed his own blood. In this way the Lord shows his unique and caring love for us. He tells us to be alert, to share our faith, to teach the word, to allow the binding of the Holy Spirit,, to be compassionate guardians of testimonies and to honor repentance. We are to accomplish our set course for God’s ministry of love.
In prayer and worship, be bound in the spirit.