THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We need a greater understanding of the Spirit that is holy,  Holy Spirit.  What does He do?

In the 16th chapter  of John’s gospel, verses 8 through 11, we are told that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND JUDGMENT.
What sin?  The sin of unbelief in Jesus being God’s unique Son, Messiah, God in flesh.
Whose righteousness?  The rightness of Jesus, His perfect life, His sinlessness.
The judgment is against sin and death which was accomplished in the life and death of Jesus.  The cross defeated Satan, sin is doomed, God and God’s people are victorious.

The chief work of the Holy Spirit is God’s agent to bring about belief in Jesus as the Christ (Messiah), Lord (Master), and Savior (Save His people from their sins).
The means by which this is accomplished is by the Spirit in the minds and hearts of people through the Word of God, the Bible.  “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

The task of the Holy Spirit is to EXALT JESUS.  The Holy Spirit’s testimony regarding Jesus is found in the Bible.  It is from this testimony that we believe.   The Holy Spirit has NO NEW TRUTH.
The Spirit has guided the Apostles into all spiritual truth. We have that truth in the pages of the Bible.

We do NOT  need the Holy Spirit to receive knowledge.  We have God’s truth in Scripture.  We need the Holy Spirit to empower (enable) us to live lives of holiness.  The Holy Spirit was sent to be the Christian’s helper. The word, “HELPER” means “one called alongside us.”  He stands beside us to help us, that we fight no battles alone.  Someone has said, “If you have the Holy Spirit on the inside, you can stand any battle on the outside.”

This story may help illustrate this point: Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball.  Breaking the baseball color barrier was difficult as he faced jeering crowds in every situation. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error.  The  fans began to ridicule him.  He stood on second base, humiliated while the fans jeered.  Then, shortstop Pee Wee Reese came over and stood next to him.  He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd.  The fans grew silent.  Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career.

The Holy Spirit is there for us when we feel alone, discouraged, a failure.  He places His arm around us to hold us up, comforting, strengthening us and through the Scriptures to guide us.  Our acceptance of Jesus brings us forgiveness of our sins and the indwelling of God’s gift, HIS SPIRIT THAT IS HOLY.

 

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