HOLY SPIRIT

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.  When He comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me, in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.  I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what He hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you – John 16:7-15 NIV

 

INTRODUCTION

How can we think of the Holy Spirit as a Person rather than an impersonal force?  What does it mean to be baptized by the Spirit, to be filled by the Spirit?  Are the gifts of the Spirit for today?

 

On Sunday 31st May, 2020 we celebrate Pentecost but for many of us the true meaning is lost on us. Let us therefore spend a little time meditating on the essence of Pentecost the fulfillment of God’s prophesies in both the Old and New Testament.

 

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit appeared to the apostles like “flames of fire that were separated and stood over each person there” – Acts 2:3.  The church age began as the apostles were “filled with the Holy Spirit” and “began to speak different languages by the power of the Holy Spirit was giving them” – Acts 2:4.  Then, and now, people are dramatically changed as the Spirit enters their lives.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON

But who is the Holy Spirit, and is the same power that came upon the apostles at Pentecost available to us today?  To begin with, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a person, the third person of the Trinity: He is God-coequal, co-existent, co-eternal with the Father and the Son.  He possesses all the attributes of deity.  He regenerates the believing sinner.  He baptizes us into the universal body of Christ.  He indwells all who have been converted.  He seals us, keeping every believer securely in the family of God.  He fills us, taking control of our lives as we remove any impediments and yield to Him.

 

OUR HELPER

For us as believers, the Holy Spirit is more than a theological construct.  He is the One sent to us by the Father and the Son to be our Helper – John 14:15. The Greek root from which the English word “Helper” comes is a combination of two Greek terms, para (alongside) and kaleo (to call).  He is the One whom our Lord “calls alongside” for the purpose of giving us assistance in our Christian lives.  He is the flame whose presence within gives us eternal life.

 

HE BAPTIZES US INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST

In 1 Corinthians 12:13, we are told that we have been “baptized” by the Spirit into the universal body Christ, the church – For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jews or Greek, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Every child of God has been identified with and made a part of the body.  Romans 8:9 says the same thing in different words.  If you are a Christian, you have the Spirit living within you at all times; if you are not a Christian, you do not have the spirit.

 

WE ARE TO BE FILLED

God wants the flame of the Holy Spirit to ignite our lives.  But we must fly closer to the flame to have that experience.  Ephesians 5:18 contains a command that we are to be filled, and keep being filled, with the Spirit.  Interestingly, in the Scriptures we are never commanded to “be baptized” or “be indwelt by the Sprit! or “be gifted!” or “be sealed” But here in a context of various commands, we are clearly commanded to “be filled with the Spirit!”   To obey this command certain conditions must be fulfilled:

 

  1. We cannot be filled with the Spirit while we have known and unconfessed sin present within us.
  2. We cannot be filled with the Spirit while we are walking against God’s will and depending upon ourselves.  So the filling of the Spirit not only means our lives are totally available to God, but it also includes such things as keeping short accounts, being sensitive to whatever may have come between us and Him, and depending on him for our daily living.

 

WE ARE TO BE CONTROLLED

When we are “following the Spirit” when “the Spirit is leading” us – Gal. 5:16, 18, we are filled with the Spirit.  So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature, vs 18 – But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  He is then able to work through us, speak through us, use us, direct us without restraint, and empower our gifts and our efforts in ways we could never accomplish on our own.  It isn’t that we need more of the Spirit (an impossibility); it is that we need His power, His working, His cleansing, His freeing.  And as He fills us, all that and so much more takes place:

 

HOLY SPIRIT’S MINISTRY

A Christian who is baptized and filled with the Spirit is also gifted and taught by the Spirit – But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.  When He comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me, in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.  I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what He hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you – John 16:7-15 NIV

 

Some of the results of the Holy Spirit’s ministry include:

  • Biblical insights we would otherwise have missed.
  • A sudden awareness of God’s will or the presence of a danger or a sense of peace in the midst of chaos.
  • A surge of bold confidence in a setting where there would otherwise have been fear and hesitation.
  • A quiet, calm awareness that we are not alone, even though no one else is actually with me.
  • The undeniable, surrounding awareness of evil, even the dark sinister presence of demonic forces.
  • An awareness our own sinfulness and need of repentance.
  • An understanding of the gifts the Holy Spirit has imparted to us, and of the power He provides to exercise those gifts as we read in – Romans 12:6-8.

 

Stay Blessed!

 

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