I AM THE HOLY SPIRIT week 3

//I AM THE HOLY SPIRIT week 3

Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

So much of what is being taught in churches today is nothing more than life management skills. Very little is being taught about the Holy Spirit, who He is and His role and ministry in the life of the believers and in the life of the church.

“Teach my people about my Spirit. I want my people to know my Spirit, to be well acquainted with my Spirit and to abide with my Spirit.”

Many Christians are unfamiliar with the reality and the entity of the Holy Spirit. Some are even uncomfortable with the idea of the Holy Spirit.  As I said previously the Holy Trinity isn’t the Father, the Son and the Holy Bible.

“The Holy Spirit is the governing agent for the New Testament believer.”

In John chapters 14-16 Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit to His disciples.

John 14:16-17&25-26 (NASB)
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 15:26 (NASB)
26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

John 16:7-11 & 13-14 (NASB)
7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Truths about the Holy Spirit

·      Fully God – Spirit of God & Spirit of Christ; no less than Father /Son

·      Personification of God – not just a force or an “it”; person of God

·      Eternal Creator – Creation; Ruach Hakodesh; conception of Jesus

·      Abiding Presence – Omnipresent In the world and both internally & eternally in the believer

·      He can be blasphemed – the unforgivable sin

·      He can be grieve – through sin

·      He can be quenched – by us not giving Him freedom to move

·      He can be resisted – through hardness of heart

Today I want us to look at the ministry and the working of the Holy Spirit

·      Guide that leads us in The Way

Jesus invites all of us into one kind of relationship with Him. Follow me.

13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;

Unless you are led by the Holy Spirit to see truth you will never see it!

If you are going into unfamiliar territory or are going to do an unfamiliar activity you will be safer and more successful if you have a guide.
(Examples: hunting or vacationing in a foreign country.) The same is true in the spiritual realm. The Holy Spirit is our guide and guides us into all truth.

“The Holy Spirit is the guiding agent for the New Testament believer.”

In John 14:6 Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and the life. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). If Jesus is the Way, the Holy Spirit is our guide to lead us in following Him in the Way (Acts 9:2). It is impossible to follow in the “new way of the spirit” without the leading of the Holy Spirit.

If Christ is also “the truth” and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ then it is reasonable to understand that the Holy Spirit is the also the Spirit of Truth. And because He is the Spirit of truth He is incapable of lying to you. He will never deceive you and He will never lead you into error.

…when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…

He will lead you into the truth of God’s written Word.

·      Author of God’s Written Word

Just as many people don’t realize that the Holy Spirit was involved in creation

Many don’t realize that the Holy Spirit authored the Bible (through men).

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed 

[inspired] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Inspired – theópneustos – (theh-op’-nyoo-stos) which made up of 2 words; theós: God or Godhead and a derivative of pnéō: to breathe or “of the wind”.

2 Peter 1:19-21 (NLT)
19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding [is a matter of one’s own interpretation], 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

All scripture was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke of King David “speaking by the Holy Spirit” 1000 B.C. The Holy Spirit is responsible for the authorship of scripture. This is why the Spirit will never contradict the Word of God but always He will always confirm it.

It doesn’t matter what I think a scripture means to me. What’s important it the author’s intent under the inspiration of the Spirit. What is the Spirit saying?

The canon of scripture is closed. It’s God’s complete and final written revelation. We don’t need more extra Biblical revelation. We need more spiritual illumination to the 66 books of inspired revelation we already have.

·      Teacher of God’s Word

If the Holy Spirit is the author of God’s Word don’t you think He would be the best teacher?

John 14: 26 (NASB)
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 16: 13-14 (NASB)
13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.

1 John 2:27 (NLT)
27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie.

(If you take this scripture out of context I’m out of a job.)

o  The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance the Word of God

o  The Holy Spirit will bring to life the Word of God

o  The Holy Spirit will bring understanding to the Word of God

o  The Holy Spirit will bring revelation to the Will of God

1 Corinthians 2:6-16(NIV)
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? …But we have the mind of Christ.

“Everybody I meet wants new revelation. They don’t, however, want to be obedient to what they already know. They want what’s next. You growing in truth (and I’m not just talking about intellectual understanding) is inseparably connected to you practicing the truth that you know.”  – Matt Chandler

·      Testimony of Christ

John 15:26 (NASB)
26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

What makes people turn to Jesus? What makes Jesus real to people? What makes what Christ did for us; his death and his resurrection necessary to us? The Holy Spirit! The aim of the Holy Spirit’s witness is Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit that directs people to Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that makes us see why Jesus died and was raised from the dead and to see our own need of that.

John 6:44 (NIV)
44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.

This is a work of the Holy Spirit. Is the Holy Spirit drawing you to Jesus? Do you see who Jesus is? Do you see your need for Him and what He has done? Have you received Him unto yourself? If not, please do that today.

 

 

 

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