He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
What are the distinguishing marks of the Holy Spirit’s activity? How can we know whether or not something is a work of God’s Spirit? While that may not be always easy to determine—some of the Jewish disciples initially criticized Peter for going into the house of a Gentile, while later on acknowledging that it was of God—there are some definite trademarks.
The Holy Spirit’s mission is to glorify Jesus. He’s wholly Christ-centered. That means He doesn’t glorify man at all. They are mutually exclusive. He who inspired the Scriptures will not go against them. Thus, we have an easy litmus test: is Jesus truly glorified? If not, is it then a work of God’s Spirit?
Jesus also gave us the Spirit’s method in glorifying Him: “For he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” What does that mean? Through His righteous life and sacrificial death—fulfilling all righteousness—Jesus obtained the Father’s favor, blessings, and promises. They are His! Apart from Him, no one has any claim to God’s favor, blessings, and promises.
Thus, we’re always the beneficiaries and He’s always the Benefactor. Paul wrote: “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Cor. 2:12). The Holy Spirit will always emphasize Jesus and what He has accomplished and obtained for us, revealing His “unsearchable riches” (Eph. 3:8). Indeed, “who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” (Rom. 11:35).