The Work of the Holy Spirit (part 2)

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (PART 2)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)   INTRODUCTION – I AM CONTINUING MY STUDY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.   THUS FAR WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT 1) THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, 2) THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND 3) THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  THIS WEEK I AM CONTINUING ON THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.   LAST WEEK WE LEARNED THAT: 1) THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SEAL OF GOD’S OWNERSHIP  (THAT WE BELONG TO HIM) & AN INWARD DEPOSIT GUARANTEEING THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PROMISES TO US,   2) THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH; HE IS ALSO THE SOURCE OF DIVINE  COUNSEL AND COMFORT,  3) THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTS, (REPROVES & CONVINCES) THE WORLD OF SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGEMENT, 4) THE HOLY SPIRIT QUICKENS US (REVIVES, RENEWS & STIMULATES & NURTURES OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.    I WANT TO RECOMMEND AND GIVE CREDIT TO A BOOK BY R. A. TORREY ENTITLED “THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” WHICH I USED IN EXTENSIVELY IN MY PREPARATION OF THIS STUDY.

II) THE HOLY SPIRIT SETS US FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN (ROMANS 8:1 – 4)

A)       THIS PASSAGE SPEAKS OF THREE LAWS: 1) THE LAW OF GOD, 2) THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH,  3) THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE.

B)       THE APOSTLE PAUL TELLS US THAT SPIRITUAL LIFE, FREEDOM FROM CONDEMNATION, VICTORY OVER SIN AND RESTORED FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD COME THROUGH THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH CHRIST JESUS

C)      IN CHAPTER 7 PAUL, THE RELIGIOUS LEADER, THE PHARISEE, ACKNOWLEDGED THAT GOD’S LAW WAS GOOD AND JUST AND HOLY BUT TRY AS HARD AS HE COULD HE COULD NOT LIVE UP TO IT.

1)    HE FOUND THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER LAW WORKING IN HIS MEMBERS, THE LEGACY OF HIS ADAMIC NATURE:  THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

2)    HE REALIZED THAT EVEN WHEN HE WANTED TO DO GOOD THAT EVIL WAS PRESENT.   HIS BEST ATTEMPTS TO LIVE UP TO THE STANDARDS OF GOD’S LAWS WERE MISERABLE FAILURES.

3)    HE CRIES OUT FOR HELP IN 7:24 “OH WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM WHO WILL DELIVER ME FROM THE BODY OF THIS DEATH?”

4)    THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH AT WORK IN US BRINGS US INTO A HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH GOD’S LAW.   IN THIS AWFUL COLLISION, SOMEONE HAS TO LOSE.   YOU GUESSED IT!   IT WILL NOT BE GOD.

D)      WHEN WE REALIZE THE UTTER FUTILITY OF TRYING TO LIVE UP TO GOD’S LAW BY OURSELVES AND SURRENDER OUR EVERY THOUGHT, PURPOSE, DESIRE AND AFFECTION TO THE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THEN:

1)    HE SETS US FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN THAT DWELLS IN US,

2)     WE ARE SAID TO BE WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (kjv)

3)     WE STILL HAVE THE FLESH BUT WE DO NOT LIVE AFTER THE FLESH: Romans 8:12 – 14: Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  (MORTIFY MEANS TO PUT TO DEATH.)

4)     THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH ARE STILL THERE, DESIRES WHICH IF ARE ALLOWED TO RULE OVER OUR LIVES WOULD LEAD US BACK INTO SIN.

(a)   Galatians 5:16 & 17: [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

(b)   Galatians 5:24b ..they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

5)     THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US POWER OVER SIN, MOMENT BY MOMENT, HOUR BY HOUR, DAY BY DAY, AS WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT, WE WILL NOT YIELD TO THE IMPULSE TO SIN.

6)     WE DO NOT DO THIS IN OUR OWN STRENGTH.  WE MUST WALK AND LIVE IN SUBMISSION TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD.   LIFE IN THE SPIRIT IS MAINTAINED BY DAILY FEEDING ON HIS WORD AND PRAYER.

7)     THE SPIRIT TEACHES US TO PRAY & EVEN PRAYS THROUGH US, ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND DISCERNMENT OF OUR TRUE NEEDS.  (1 Cor. 14:14 &15)  (WE WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THIS LATER.)

III)           THE HOLY SPIRIT CONFORMS TO THE IMAGE (AND LIKENESS) OF JESUS CHRIST (EPHESIANS 3:14 – 19)

A)       THIS IS A CONTINUATION AND AN EXTENSION OF THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT DISCUSSED OF SETTING US FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN.  GOD WAS NOT SATISFIED TO SET US FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN; HE WANTS TO CONFORM US TO THE IMAGE OF HIS DEAR SON.

B)       GOD DOES NOT DEMAND THAT WE IMITATE CHRIST IN OUR OWN STRENGTH.

C)      PAUL PRAYS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD STRENGTHEN THEM IN THEIR INNER BEING (INNER MAN) SO THAT:

1)     CHRIST WOULD DWELL IN THEIR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH,

2)    THEY WOULD BE ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN THE LOVE OF GOD,

3)    THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO GRASP THE FULLNESS OF LOVE OF CHRIST,

4)    THEY WOULD COME TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH SURPASSES HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING, AND THAT

5)    THEY WOULD BE FILLED WITH THE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF GOD

D)      ANOTHER VERSE THAT SPEAKS TO THIS PROCESS AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.

E)       IT IS THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO ENABLE US TO EXPERIENCE AND RECEIVE ALL THAT WAS GIVEN TO US THROUGH CHRIST:  WE HAVE BECOME HEIRS OF GOD, AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST TO ALL THAT GOD HAS FOR US.  (ROMANS 8:17)

IV)          CONCLUSION – THE HOLY SPIRIT CAUSES THE “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT” TO GROW IN OUR LIVES AND CHARACTER (GALATIANS 5:22 & 23)

A)       THIS WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A NATURAL EXTENSION AND CONTINUATION FROM THE LAST: THAT OF CHRIST BEING FORMED IN US.

B)       NOTICE THAT HE DID NOT SAY “FRUITS” OF THE SPIRIT.   THEY ARE THE FRUIT OF MANY FLAVORS AND TEXTURE THAT HE PRODUCES AS ONE AS A RESULT OF HIS WORK IN OUR HEART AND LIFE.

C)      IT WOULD BE GOOD TO CONSIDER AND MEDITATE UPON EACH ASPECT OF THIS FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS (REALLY FAITH THAT LEADS TO FAITHFULNESS).

D)      THE CHARACTER THAT RESULTS TRANSCENDS ANY AND ALL LAWS AND RULES.

E)       THIS FRUIT DOES NOT RESULT FROM OUR NATURE OR NATURAL LIFE OR STRIVING.  IN FACT THE WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE ITEMIZED IN THE PREVIOUS VERSES, GALATIANS 5:19 – 21.

F)       WHAT A CONTRAST IN THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF A SPIRIT FILLED BELIEVER AND THE PERSON CONTROLLED BY THEIR SINFUL NATURE.

G)      CONSIDER THE PURPOSE AND NATURE OF FRUIT.   THE FRUIT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS GOD’S GIFT TO MAN, TO NURTURE HIS BODY AND TO DELIGHT HIS TASTE BUDS, GIVEN TO HIM TO ENJOY AND RELISH.   THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IN OUR LIVES IS GOD’S GIFT TO HIMSELF AND TO THE WORLD CRAVING SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE AND SPIRITUAL REALITY.  THEY UPON THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IN OUR LIVES,  A CREATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND SEE JESUS CHRIST, THE CREATOR AND SOURCE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, AND HOPE IS AWAKENED IN THEM THAT THEY TOO CAN BECOME A CHILD OF GOD, A CHILD OF ETERNAL DESTINY AND PURPOSE.

 

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