THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
Jeremiah was a humble man who answered the call of God on his life after God declared these words to him in his youth: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jer.1: 5 NKJV
God knows us from our mother’s womb no matter the circumstances of our conception and birth. And He set eternity (His eternal plan) in our hearts. The Holy Spirit went on to give Jeremiah his commission:
Jer.1:9-10 “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” NKJV
Only the Spirit of God can enable anyone to fulfill such a commission through the spoken Word. I believe this was a forerunner to the Spirit of prayer. This humble servant of God faithfully declared the Word of the Lord to Judah all the way to their judgment and captivity all alone in his quiet home at Anathoth or suffering in his lone dungeon in Jerusalem. At his prophetic word, the mightiest nations of his time rose and fell moved at the Word of Jeremiah by the Holy Ghost. The judgment and justice of God fell on them. Even though Judah failed to obey his message, God used Jeremiah to foresee a better kingdom that would come in the future. The Holy Spirit through him gave us one of the greatest proclamations of the Bible:
Jer. 31:33-34 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says theLORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” NKJV
This was the prophecy about the New Covenant in which we live. Jeremiah by the Holy Ghost foretold of a day that was coming when God would dwell in men by His Spirit. He predicted that man would be full of the Word of God in his heart and in his mind.
Jeremiah foretold of a covenant in which man would know God in the most intimate way. Meaning that man would have to be regenerated (recreated), become a new creature and then walk in personal communion with the Holy Spirit. New covenant realities would be in the hearts of men. Instead of living by the law, they would live by the promptings of the Holy Spirit in newness of life. (See Rom 7:6 Amp.)
In the book of Hebrews, the Holy Spirit takes ownership of what Jeremiah foretold:
Heb.10:15-17 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” NKJV
This means that in the New Covenant, sin is remitted or cancelled and therefore the new creation would be justified and live a righteous life. The Holy Spirit revealed this to prophet Jeremiah way back then. This is your life as a child of God today. To always live in the consciousness of God’s indwelling presence, to live with a righteousness consciousness and to let God’s Word dwell in you richly. (Col. 3:16) To have your mind fully renewed by the Word such that you think God’s thoughts and live His blessed life. (see Romans 12:2)
Moreover, Jeremiah was a forerunner of the experience of the fire of God. He prophesied to Israel for about 40 years. Most of that time, his message was not well received. He was persecuted. He was beaten and thrown into a dungeon. At times he said he’d not speak for God any more. Then he’d say:
Jer. 20:9 Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.!!! NKJV
Brethren, today you have been handed the baton. Jeremiah obeyed God in his time and completed his race. In this New Covenant, Jesus has baptized you with the Holy Ghost and fire, (Matt 3:11) and you have received power to be His witness. (Acts1:8.) Be faithful to the end and speak forth what God gives you to speak. Go forth and win the lost to Jesus Christ. This is our time and this is our commission!