I AM THE HOLY SPIRIT week 4

//I AM THE HOLY SPIRIT week 4

John 14:16-17 (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

Have you ever had someone ask you, “If you could meet one person who would it be and why?” How would you like to meet Jesus?

Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper”

“another helper” – Allos parakletos / allon parakleton

The Greek language uses two words which are commonly translated another; “Heteros” and “Allos”. The ‘Heteros’ refers to another but of a different kind, while the ‘allos’ refers to another of the same kind or nature. In referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus called Him “allos” – `another One of the same kind’, inferring the Holy Spirit to be exactly like Him. So the Holy Spirit is exactly like Jesus. He looks like Him, loves like Him, cares like Him and talks like Him. This is the Holy Spirit sent by the Father to be with us.

If we want to know Christ we must be familiar and intimate with the Holy Spirit. Little is being taught about who the Holy Spirit 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.”

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

·      He is the Person of God – not just a force or an “it”; person of God

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

·      Abiding Presence – In the world and 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

·      He is our guide – to lead us into all truth

·      He is the author – of God’s Word

·      He is our teacher – of God’s word and HIs truth

·      He is the testimony – the witness of Christ

John 16:7-11 (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.

Jesus gives a perfect 3 point sermon but it is one that is difficult to understand.

·      Convict the world

The word convict is a legal term which means: to pronounce a judicial verdict; bring charges against; to cross examine; to find fault; to expose; to convince. It requires the Holy Spirit to make us aware of the painful truth of our true condition and our need for Christ and the life He offers. A person cannot feel this conviction or be convinced of this truth or come to this conclusion on their own without the Holy Spirit. The conviction of our fallen state and the convincing of our position of need is a working of the Holy Spirit.

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

How does He do this?

·      Convicts concerning sin

No amount of preaching, pleading, or pointing of fingers will bring about the conviction of sin, unless the Holy Spirit is at work in the sinner’s heart. It is the Spirit’s job to convict us and show us our sinful condition.

Ephesians 2:1-3 (NIV)
2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Colossians 1:13 (NIV)
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Many us never realize we were dead, objects of God’s wrath by nature, that we were living under the dominion of darkness, until the Holy Spirit reveals it.

“Recently a pilot was practicing high–speed maneuvers in a jet fighter.  She turned the controls for what she thought was a steep ascent – and flew straight into the ground.  She was unaware that she was flying upside down.

This is a parable of human existence in our times – not exactly that everyone is crashing, though there is enough of that – but most of us as individuals, and world society as a whole, live at high-speed, and often with no clue to whether we are flying upside down or right-side up.  Indeed, we are haunted by a strong suspicion that there may be no difference – or at least that it is unknown or irrelevant.”   – The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard

Holy Spirit reveals both our fallen-ness and our sinfullness

…because they do not believe in Me

John 3:18-20 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

[convicted]

What is the most basic sin of which the world is guilty? Jesus specifies it as unbelief. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit is at work in the world “because they believe not in [Christ].”

Once a person responds to the Spirit’s conviction and turns to faith in Christ, the other sins will be taken care of. It is the sin of unbelief—a refusal to trust in Jesus—that is primary.

·      Convicts concerning righteousness

There is a righteous standard we are all held to, despite the world’s stubborn denial of absolute truth. The world must also be convicted of righteousness, and this, too, is something the Holy Spirit does. And who is the standard-bearer of righteousness? Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will testify of me. Jesus points to Himself as that standard: “Because I go to the Father.”

John 3:13-15 (NIV)
13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

There is only one Person who came down from heaven, lived a life of sinless perfection, and who ascended back to heaven—the Son of Man, who lives to be our Intercessor.

Hebrews 4:14 (NIV)
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

Hebrews 7:27 (NIV)
27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

Hebrews 10:12 (NIV)
12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

This confirms 2 things:
Jesus was sinless and because He ascended to the Father and His sacrifice was sufficient and righteous enough to be accepted by God.
The righteousness that the world tries to deny is found demonstrated in Christ. He is righteousness personified, and none of us can measure up to Him. (Romans 3:23).

1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin [offering] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Spirit shows us our need for His righteousness; a righteousness other than our own. There are two types and both are from Christ and His Holy Spirit.

1.   Righteousness that is imputed to us when we believe.

2.   Righteousness that is imparted to us as we live in Him.

Hebrews 10:14 (NIV)
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

There is no righteousness outside of Christ. Christ is our only righteousness. The Holy Spirit convicts of the reality of Christ and our need of Him.

·       concerning judgment

Christ speaks of a judgment of which the Holy Spirit will convict of. The world is facing judgment, and the Holy Spirit also convicts them of this truth. There is a day of reckoning scheduled—a day in which the holy God will mete out justice and rid His creation of sin. In fact, this judgment has already begun. Satan is the cause of all evil in the world. Jesus identifies Satan as the one on whom judgment fell: because the ruler of this world has been judged [stands condemned].

John 12:31-32 (NIV)
31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

The Bible says, “…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”

2 Peter 3 speaks of this coming judgment upon the world.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit convicts of this truth: testifying that Satan, who is the god of this world or the god of this age has already been judged and already stands condemned and that a judgment of the whole world is coming and that all who reject Christ and remain in their sin will be condemned along with Satan; this is the warning that the Holy Spirit sounds in the hearts of the unsaved.

The influence of the Holy Spirit in an unsaved person’s life will lead that person to the realization that he is guilty, that God is just, and that all sinners are deserving of judgment. Once a sinner has been awakened to his soul’s great need, the Spirit will point him to Christ, the one and only Savior and Refuge from judgment.

 

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