Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Holy Spirit

God in the Person of the Holy Spirit

1. Teaches (Jn. 14:26)
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.

2. Testifies (Jn. 15:26)
John 15:26 When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father the
Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me,

3. Reproves (Jn. 16:8-11)
John 16:8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong concerning sin
and righteousness and judgment
John 16:9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
John 16:10 concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer;
John 16:11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

4. Guides into truth (Jn. 16:13)
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.
For he will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever he hears,
and will tell you what is to come.

5. Speaks (Acts 13:2)
Acts 13:2 While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

6. Calls men into service (Acts 13:2)
Acts 13:2 While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

7. Directs men in service (Acts 16:6-7)
Acts 16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been
prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the province of Asia.
Acts 16:7 When they came to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to do this,

8. Prays and intercedes for us (Rom. 8:26-27)
Rom 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness,
for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself
intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
Rom 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the
Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God’s will.

9. Searches all things, even the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10)
1Cor 2:10 God has revealed these to us by the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

10. Works through us (1 Cor. 12:11)
1Cor 12:11 It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person,
who produces all these things.

The Person of the Holy Spirit can be...

1. Blasphemed (Mt. 12:31-32)
Matt 12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin
and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Matt 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven.
But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

2. Lied to (Acts 5:3)
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to
lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of the land?

3. Tempted or tested (Acts 5:9)
Acts 5:9 Peter then told her, “Why have you agreed together to test
the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of those who have buried your
husband are at the door, and they will carry you out!”

4. Resisted (Acts 7:51)
Acts 7:51 “You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears!
You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors did!

5. Grieved (Eph. 4:30)
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were
sealed for the day of redemption.

6. Insulted (Heb. 10:29)
Heb 10:29 How much greater punishment do you think that person
deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood
 of the covenant that made him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace?

If we live by faith and obedience we can expect the Spirit to do amost holy and wonderful work in us. "If we live by the Spirit"—this is our faith, for we believe that the Holy Spirit abides in us; then "let us also walk by the Spirit"—this is our obedience (Gal. 5.25). We ought to believe simply and restfully that our Lord has given us His Spirit, now abiding in us. Believe in His gift and trust that the Holy Spirit indwells you. Take this as the secret of Christ’s life in you: His Spirit dwells in your innermost spirit. Meditate on it, believe in it, and remember it until this glorious truth produces within you a holy fear and wonderment that the Holy Spirit indeed abides in you! Now learn to follow His leading. Such guidance emerges not from the mind or thoughts; it is something of life. We must yield to God and let His Spirit govern everything. He will manifest the Lord Jesus in our life because this is His task.