Man’s two great needs

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. Consciously or unconsciously, his inner being longs for both.. God heard the first cry for help, that cry for forgiveness, and answered it at Calvary. God sent His only Son into the world to die for our sins, so that we might be forgiven… But God also heard our second cry, that cry for goodness, and answered it at Pentecost. God does not want us to come to Christ by faith, and then lead a life of defeat, discouragement and dissension. Rather he wants to “fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, in order that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). To the great gift of forgiveness God adds also the great gift of the Holy Spirit. He is the source of power, who meets our need to escape from the miserable weakness that grips us. He gives us power to be truly good…

….we need this two-sided gift God has offered us:
First, the work of the Son of God for us; second, the work of the Spirit of God in us. In this way God has answered mankind’s two great cries: the cry for forgiveness and the cry for goodness. As a friend of mine has said, “I need Jesus Christ for my eternal life and the Holy Spirit for my internal life.”
Billy Graham: The Holy Spirit p11-12


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