2 Peter 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The Bible tells that God has given everything that need for life and godliness, (to live a godly life) given to us through great and precious promises. One of those great and precious promises that we NEED to live a godly life and to escape the lust and corruption of the world is the promised Holy Spirit.
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, 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.
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.
“The Holy Spirit is the governing and guiding agent for the NT believer.”
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 eternal Word
· He is our teacher – of God’s word and His truth
· He is the testimony – the witness of Christ
· He is the convictor – convicts the world
· He convicts of sin – our sinful condition and our fallenness
· He convicts of righteousness – our need of His righteous
· He convicts of judgement – coming judgment of the world
Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper”
“another helper” – Allos parakletos
In referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus called Him “allos” – “another of the same kind or nature, inferring the Holy Spirit to be exactly like Him. If we want to really know Christ we must be familiar and intimate with the Holy Spirit.
He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, (Christ said apart from the Father I can do nothing.)
He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
Last week we talked about the Holy Spirit being the convictor. But just as Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world (the world and the god of this world is already condemned) the Holy Spirit have been given to save and bring life and provide a way of escape from the world’s condemnation.
Parakletos – Helper
3875 paráklētos (from 3844 /pará, “from close-beside” and 2564 /kaléō, “make a call”) – properly, a legal advocate who makes the right judgment-call because close enough to the situation. 3875 /paráklētos (“advocate, advisor-helper”) is the regular term in NT times of an attorney (lawyer) – i.e. someone giving evidence that stands up in court. In the widest sense of the word, a helper, one that renders aide, assistant, an advocate, intercessor, a consoler, comforter, or helper. (Example: a crutch.)
The Holy Spirit is a promise that has been given to us to give us the help we so desperately need. How does the Holy Spirit help? Just like God He is a giver.
· The Holy Spirit gives His gifts
The Bible speaks more than once about the gifts God gives to the church for the edification of the believer, the equipping of the saints and the building up of the Body. In Eph.4:11-12 it speaks of the fivefold ministry or the fourfold ministry or the gifts of Christ to the church (apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor/teachers.) But the Bible also talks about the “Gifts of the Spirit”.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NASB)
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
“…to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
· The Holy Spirit gives His Fruit
Just as important as the gifts of the Spirit (if not more) is the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5: 19-23 (NIV)
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
The fruit of the Spirit is the attributes of God. How do we get this fruit?
John 15:4-5 & 8 (NASB)
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
It is only by the Holy Spirit that these fruits are produced in our lives.
· The Holy Spirit gives us His Power
1. Power to overcome sin and live righteously (Rom. 6-7)
Galatians 5:16 (NIV)
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
2. Power to understand scripture
Luke 24:44-49 (NIV)
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
3. Power to be witnesses (martyrs)
Acts 1:3-8 (NIV)
3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
4. Power to be renewed
Acts 4:31 (NIV)
29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.