“You and the Holy Spirit”
Someone once said, “The world has yet to see what could be accomplished through one Christian totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit.”
Wouldn’t you like to be that person? I know I would. I will be sharing many scriptures in this meditation. I hope you will look them up and read them. In John 14, Jesus was sharing with His disciples how He would soon be leaving them to return to the Father’s house.
He promised them that He and the Father would send them another Helper. · John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”·
John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name. He will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all things that I said to you.”· John 15:26, “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”·
John 16:7, “Nevertheless, 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 depart, I will send Him to you.” A. The Greek word translated “HELPER” is parakletos. It speaks of a lawyer or assistant in a legal question. In a wider context, it speaks of a person who provides encouragement, counsel and strength.
The word “another” means “of the same kind.” Jesus promised that the Helper would be One like Himself who will carry on after Him, the teaching and testimony that He began. (John 16:7-15) B.
The Holy Spirit, the third member of our triune Godhead, is a personal Being. In the Old Testament we find Him actively involved in creation. (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 33:6)· We see Him as a revealer. (Isaiah 61:1-3; Micah 3:8)·
He empowers. (Exodus 31:1-6; Judges 15:14-15; Isaiah 11:2)· He is the agent of inward renewal. (Psalm 51:10-12; Ezekiel 36:25-27)C. The New Testament even more clearly portrays the Holy Spirit as a distinct divine Person, Who is co-equal with the Father and the Son.· We see the Holy Spirit speaking. (Acts 1:16; 8:29; 10:19; 13:2)·
He also teaches. (John 14:26· He hears witness (John 15:26)· He searches our hearts (1 Corinthians 2:10)· He exercises will. (1 Corinthians 12:11)· He makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:26-27)D. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are linked together in benedictions.(2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6)·
They are each mentioned in the format for baptism. (Matthew 28:19)· To lie to the Holy Spirit is to lie to God. (Acts 5:3-4)· In several places, He is referred to as the “seven Spirits.”
This is intended to show His fullness and the diversity of His work in the church in many places. (Revelation 1:11-20)Note: The number seven speaks of completeness, fullness and perfection. We believe this perfection was foreshadowed in Zechariah 3:9; 4:2, 10.
The Holy Spirit, as the third member of the Trinity, is equal to the Father and the Son in glory, and worthy with them of worship, love and obedience. E. The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ by revealing to His disciples who He is. (John 16:7-15)·
What He means to them. (Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 4:6)· He enlightens us. (Ephesians 1:17-18)· He regenerates us. (John 3:5-8)· He sanctifies us. (Galatians 5:16-18)· He transforms our lives. (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-23)·
He gives us Christians the gifts we need to serve Him.(1 Corinthians 12:4-11) The Holy Spirit’s full ministry began on Pentecost, after Jesus had ascended back to heaven. (Acts 2:1-4)John the Baptist foretold that Jesus baptizes with the Spirit (Mark 1:8; John 1:33) as the fulfillment of a promise made in the Old Testament and repeated by Jesus Himself. (Jeremiah 3:31-34; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 1:4-5) Pentecost marked the opening of the last era of world history that will end when Christ returns. F. According to the New Testament scriptures, believers in Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit when they are born again. (Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9;1 Corinthians 12:13).
All of the gifts we need for serving the LORD flow from this initial baptism of the Spirit when the sinner is united to the risen Christ. Folks, as Jim Cymbala puts it, “Christianity is impossible without the Holy Spirit.” I pray each of us will allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and rule our lives to the glory of God.
For His Glory, Pastor Leonard