The Person of the Holy Spirit (part 2)

THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)   INTRODUCTION –  R.A. TORREY  IN HIS BOOK “THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”, “A FREQUENT SOURCE OF ERROR AND FANATICISM ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN ATTEMPT TO STUDY AND UNDERSTAND HIS WORK WITHOUT FIRST COMING TO KNOW HIM AS A PERSON”    EVEN WORSE IN MY OPINION IS THINKING THAT WE CAN USE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SUPERCHARGE OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE AND MINISTRY WITHOUT TAKING THE TIME AND MAKING THE EFFORT TO KNOW AS A DIVINE PERSON AND BEING SENSITIVE AND OBEDIENT TO HIS LEADING AND DIRECTION.  THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT SOME INFLUENCE EMANATING FROM GOD OR EVEN A SPECIAL ILLUMINATION GIVEN BY GOD THE FATHER BUT DIVINE PERSON THAT WE MUST COME TO KNOW IN AN INTIMATE WAY.   BENNY HINN WROTE A BOOK SOME YEARS AGO ENTITLED “GOOD MORNING HOLY SPIRIT”.   BENNY HENN SUGGESTS THAT IT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL AND NATURAL TO GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING AND GREET THE HOLY SPIRIT AS YOU WOULD YOUR MATE.   THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS SENT BY THE FATHER (JOHN 14:15-18; 26); HE WAS SENT TO HELP US (JOHN 16:5-15)

 

II) THE HOLY SPIRIT EXHIBITS DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF PERSONALITY THAT CAN ONLY BE ASCRIBED TO A PERSON, IN THIS CASE A DIVINE PERSON.   THE DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS AND MARKS OF PERSONALITY AND PERSON HOOD INCLUDE KNOWLEDGE, FEELINGS, EMOTIONS, WILL AND ACTIONS.

A)          THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS THE PLANS & PURPOSES OF GOD TO US1 COR. 2:10 – 11  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.  we have not received the spirt of the world but the spirt who is from god, that we might understand what god has freely given us.”

B)           THE HOLY SPIRIT PRAYS & INTERCEEDS FOR US: ROM 8:26 – 27 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

C)           THE HOLY SPIRIT LOVES US AND ENABLES US TO LOVE & PRAY ONE ANOTHER: Rom 15:30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,

D)          THE HOLY SPIRIT GRIEVES FOR US WHEN WE DISOBEY:

1)      Eph 4:30 – 32: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. – HE IS A HOLY PERSON WHO COMES TO DWELL IN OUR HEARTS, AND FULLY KNOWS EVERY ACT WE PERFORM, EVERY WORD WE SPEAK, AND EXAMINES THE MOTIVES AND INTENTS OF OUR HEART.

2)      THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS VEXED OR GRIEVED WHEN ISRAEL REBELLED AGAINST THE WILL AND PURPOSE OF GOD:  Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them.

E)           THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECTS GOD’S WORK:  Act 16:6 – 7: Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

F)           WE CAN RESIST AND OPPOSE THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.

G)          WHEN WE LIE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT THERE CAN BE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES: Acts 5:3 – 4: But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.

H)          THERE ARE NUMEROUS ACTIONS THAT ARE ATTRIBUTED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WOULD ONLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO A DIVINE PERSON.  I WILL COVER THESE WHEN I TALK ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

III) THE HOLY SPIRIT ACTS AS CHRIST’S AGENT TO OVERSEE AND DIRECT THE WORK OF THE CHURCH; HE  CALLS AND APPOINTS:

A)          Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

B)           Acts 20:28 “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

C)           Rev. 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

IV)   THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ONE WITH GOD AND THE SON YET HAVING A SEPARATE PERSONALITY & WORK:

A)          1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

B)    NO PERSON IN THE GODHEAD EITHER EXISTS OR WORKS SEPARATELY OR INDEPENDENTLY:

C)           John 14:16-18: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. NIV

V)WE ARE WARNED AGAINST BLASPHEMING THE HOLY SPIRIT, OPPOSING THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OR CREDITING SATAN FOR THE WORK THAT GOD IS DOING OR HAS DONE.   Matt. 12:31 – 32  “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.  THIS WARNING CAME AFTER THE PHARISEES HEARD ABOUT THE MIRACLE THAT JESUS HAD PERFORMED, HEALING A MAN BORN BLIND AND MUTE THAT HE COULD BOTH TALK AND SEE, AND THEY SAID THAT JESUS HAD PERFORMED THIS MIRACLE BY THE POWER OF BEELZEBUB THE PRINCE OF DEMONS.  WHY IS THIS SO SERIOUS?  THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S AGENT FOR FULFILLING HIS REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE; THE VERY HEART OF GOD.

VI)               CONCLUSION – THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A DIVINE PERSON WHO LEADS AND GUIDES THE CHILDREN OF GOD INTO THE TRUTH OF GOD AND EMPOWERS THEM FOR THE WORK OF GOD.  UNLESS AND UNTIL WE RECOGNIZE HIS DIVINE PERSON HOOD AND FULLY YIELD TO HIM WE ARE SPIRITUALLY CRIPPLED   . Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  WE CANNOT EVEN RIGHTLY WORSHIP GOD WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

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