The Work of the Holy Spirit (part 3)

 

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (PART 3)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)  INTRODUCTION – WE HAVE BEEN TEACHING ON THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGINS EVEN COME TO CHRIST AND CONTINUES THROUGHOUT OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE.  ON THE HAND OUT YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE IS A NATURAL PROGRESSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK IN OUR LIFE.  IT BEGINS WITH THE CONVICTING US OF OUR SIN AND DRAWING US TO CHRIST AND ENDS WITH EQUIPPING US FOR MINISTRY AND ENDOWING US WITH SPIRITUAL GIFTS TO CONTINUE THE WORK THAT JESUS BEGAN WHEN HE WAS ON EARTH.

II) THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES US AND GUIDES US GOD’S TRUTH

A)       JOHN 14:25 – 26: – THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD BRING TO REMEMBRANCE THE THINGS THAT CHRIST TAUGHT AND DID.  HE DOES THIS FOR US TODAY, SINCE HE CAME AND HE ABIDES IN US.

B)       JOHN16:12 – 15:

1)    JESUS HAD MUCH TO SAY TO HIS DISCIPLES BUT THEY WERE NOT READY TO RECEIVE

2)    THEY HAD NOT YET RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WOULD GUIDE AND INTERPRET THE TRUTH OF GOD TO THEM

3)    HE WILL NOT SPEAK ON HIS OWN OR OF HIS OWN THINGS, BUT HE WILL TAKE WHAT IS OF CHRIST JESUS REVEAL AND APPLY IT US.

4)    THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS TO US THE LOVE, FORGIVENESS, REDEMPTION, PEACE AND PURPOSE THAT WE HAVE IN JESUS CHRIST.

5)    THE HOLY SPIRIT CONFIRMS THAT HAVING CONFESSED AND REPENTED OF OUR SINS AND ACCEPTED GOD’S FORGIVENESS THROUGH CHRIST THEN WE ARE ADOPTED INTO GOD’S FAMILY AND WE BE HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS, AND HEIRS WITH CHRIST.

6)    THE HOLY SPIRIT CONFIRMS TO US THE BLESSED HOPE THAT WE HAVE. E.G. THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY AND THAT WE WILL LIVE WITH CHRIST IN A PLACE THAT HE HAS PREPARED FOR US THROUGHOUT ETERNITY

C)      1 CORINTHIANS 2:9 – 14:

1)    THE SPIRIT SEARCHES ALL THINGS (THAT IS HOW HE IS ENABLED TO TEACH US ALL THINGS)

2)    THE SPIRIT SEARCHES THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD THAT ARE INSCRUTABLE AND UNKNOWN TO US AND REVEALS THESE THINGS TO US.

3)    THE SPIRIT ALSO KNOWS OUR THOUGHTS AND UNDERSTANDS US BETTER THAN WE UNDERSTAND OURSELVES.

4)     BECAUSE HE KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS BOTH THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD AND ALSO KNOWS US COMPLETELY; HE UNDERSTANDS OUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS AND WORKS TO FULFILL THOSE NEEDS.

5)    IF WE DO NOT HAVE GOD’S SPIRIT IN US THEN WE WILL NOT UNDERSTAND OR ACCEPT SPIRITUAL TRUTH – THEY ARE FOOLISH NESS TO HIM.

6)    BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (VS 16).  HAVING THE MIND OF CHRIST WE WILL UNDER STAND HIS WILL AND HIS REDEMPTIVE PLAN AND COOPERATE WITH THE WORK.

7)    THE HOLY SPIRIT SEEKS TO ACCOMPLISH IN OUR LIVES AND INTERCEDES FOR US AS HE HAS A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION AND NEEDS.  (ROMANS 8:26 & 27)

III)  THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US THE POWER TO BE HIS WITNESSES (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8)

A)       Luke 24:49 (Living Bible) “And now I will send the Holy Spirit upon you, just as my Father promised. Don’t begin telling others yet-stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

1)    JESUS INSTRUCTED HIS DISCIPLES JUST BEFORE HE ASCENDED BACK TO HEAVEN, NOT TO GO OUT AND ATTEMPT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL BUT TO STAY IN JERUSALEM UNTIL THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO THEM.  (AS OF YET THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS WITH THEM, BUT HE WAS NOT IN THEM.)

2)    WE WITNESS THE AWESOME CHANGE IN PETER AFTER THE UPPER ROOM EXPERIENCE.

B)       Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

C)      Acts 5:32 & 33 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. When they heard [that], they were cut [to the heart], and took counsel to slay them.

IV) THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US POWER TO CONTINUE THE WORK THAT JESUS BEGAN AND DO THE SAME WORKS THAT JESUS DID (John 14:12, Acts 3:1 – 8)

A)       John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  IN A FEW WEEKS, LORD WILLING, WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT THAT ENABLES THOSE WHO RECEIVE THEM TO HEAL AND PERFORM MIGHTY MIRACLES, JUST AS JESUS DID.  THESE GIFTS ARE AVAILABE TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM.

B)       PETER & JOHN HEALING THE MAN AT THE TEMPLE GATE: (ACTS 3:1-8)

C)      IT IS OBVIOUS THAT ALTHOUGH THE POTENTIAL IS THERE WE DO NOT FIND MANY BELIEVERS BEING USED TO HEAL THE SICK, RAISE THE DEAD AND DO THE MIRACLES THAT JESUS DID.  YET HIS WORD CLEARLY SAYS THAT IF WE BELIEVE WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS.   WE CRY OUT AS THE MAN A THE POOL OF BETHESDA THAT JESUS HEALED “LORD HELP MY UNBELIEF”.

V)   FOR THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CONTINUE TO BE EVIDENT IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE, WE MUST CHOOSE TO WALK AFTER THE SPIRIT (FOLLOW THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT).  EVEN CHRISTIANS CAN REVERT TO WALKING IN THE FLESH (FOLLOWING OUR NATURAL INSTINCTS).  GAL 5:16, ROMANS 8:1-2, ROMANS 8:4-7

VI) CONCLUSION – THIS WILL CONCLUDE OUR TEACHING OF THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVERS LIFE IN THIS SERIES OF MESSAGES.  NEXT WEEK I WILL TEACH ON HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.   I WILL CONCLUDE THIS SERIES WITH THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

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