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