This is the sermon for Sunday November 1st, 2009.

Faith Foundations part 4

The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 ESV – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

INTRODUCTION

Here in Acts 1, we see the resurrected Christ, right before He ascends into heaven giving the promise of the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples.  Before He died, in the Gospel of John we see a lot is mentioned about the person and the work of the Holy Spirit.  Now in 10 days or so, what Jesus has stated would become a reality.

When we talk about God most people think about God the Father and perhaps they picture Him on His throne, dressed in robes of white with a long flowing beard. Others, when they think of God, think of Jesus, and everyone at one time or another has seen what some artist thinks Jesus must have looked like, but when someone mentions the Holy Spirit what comes to mind?

Today, as we continue our series entitled, “Faith Foundations”, we come to the third message on God.

Today we will concentrate our thoughts on the doctrine of God the Holy Spirit.

Many Christians know some things about Jesus, they understand less about God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit is somewhat of a mystery to them. They have heard about Him, sang about Him and read scriptures where He is mentioned, but if the truth be known, their understanding of His person and His work remain somewhat obscure in their minds.

The purpose of this sermon this morning will be to try and come to a better understanding of how God the Holy Spirit reveals Himself to us through His word.

We are going to look into the person and nature of the Holy Spirit this morning.

The Person and Nature of the Holy Spirit.

First off, He is equal with God the Father and God the Son.  He possesses their attributes and character. He is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent and holy. He is eternal, immutable, righteous, just and loving. And, as the third person of the Holy Trinity, He is a person. This is an important point to understand.

Many people make the mistake of referring to the Holy Spirit with the impersonal pronoun, “It.” But this is not how scripture reveals Him to us.   Throughout the Bible the Holy Spirit is referred too as a person, not a force or power.  The Holy Spirit of God is the third person of the Godhead. He is not merely some impersonal force as the Jehovah’s Witnesses would have us believe.  He is not simply Jesus or God the Father appearing in a different mode, as oneness people teach. The Holy Spirit is a unique person with the characteristics which define a person.

Let’s look at some Scriptural attributes that the Bible gives us:

  • He can be lied too.

Acts 5:3 ESV – But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

  • He can be resisted.

Acts 7:51 ESV – You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

  • He speaks as a person.

Acts 13:2 ESV – While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Let’s now look into our second point this morning.

The Work of the Holy Spirit.

In his excellent book on Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem, defines the work of the Holy Spirit by saying, “The work of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the active presence of God in the world, and especially in the church.” He is God present and active in the life of every believer.”

We are going to look at three things the Holy Spirit does:

  • He brings Revelation.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV – For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

  • He brings Conviction .

John 16:8 ESV – And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

  • He affects Regeneration.

John 3:5-6 ESV – 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

  • He teaches believers.

John 14:26 ESV – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

  • He makes Intercession for believers.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV – 26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

  • The Holy Spirit empowers God’s people for service.

Acts 1:8 ESV – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

  • The Holy Spirit equips believers with Spiritual gifts.

I Corinthians 12:7 ESV – I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

Romans 12:6-8 ESV – 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV – 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

CONCLUSION

We are going to conclude our sermon on the Holy Spirit this morning.  I hope that you have an understanding that the Holy Spirit is not a power, or a feeling, but He is a member of the Godhead – He is God the Holy Spirit.  He has personality.

May our prayer be at our church: “Come Holy Spirit.”

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