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Still I believe In The Holy Spirit

Summary: The Holy Spirit is God in us.


Key Scripture, 2 Corinthians 3:17,18

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

The Apostle, Robert Duvall film from 1997

A. W. Tozer wrote that when the average Christian thinks about the Holy Spirit

 "he is likely to imagine a nebulous substance like a wisp of invisible smoke which is said to be present in churches and to over hover good people when they die" (A Treasury of A. W. Tozer, p. 41).

One area of great confusion is who the Holy Spirit is!


  • God the Father as God for us,
  • God the Son as God with us
  • and God the Holy Spirit as God in us.

1. Changed lives is evidence that we have the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Ephesians 1:13-14-- And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-- to the praise of his glory (NIV).

The Greek word translated "counselor" doesn’t have an exact equivalent in the English language.

  • The Greek word here is paraclete, and it means one who’s called alongside of another person to offer assistance.
  • For instance, a paramedic is a someone who comes alongside a person to offer medical assistance;  well a paraclete is someone who comes alongside another person to offer help.
  •  The word paraclete could be translated counselor like it is here in the New International Version of the Bible, or comforter, helper, supporter, advocate, ally, even friend (Packer, Keep In Step With the Spirit 61).

The Holy Spirit at Paraclete

  1. He shows and convicts us of sin.
  2. He convicts us of sin to bring us to repentance.
  3. He comes along side us to prepare us for Jesus!
  4. He acts as a magnet that draws us to Jesus!

 

1 Corinthians 12:3—

 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit (NIV).

"The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to restore the lost soul to intimate fellowship with God" (Gems From Tozer, p. 33).

Because of the paraclete of the Holy Spirit when we accept His leading and make Jesus Lord of our life, our sins no longer alienate us from God, no longer do they separate us from God, no longer do we live as spiritually lost. 

2. Unexplainable peace is evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Ephesians 1:13-14-- And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-- to the praise of his glory (NIV).

When we believe in Jesus and Accept him as Lord and savior we are given and gift that the world will never understand. We know that at the end of our life here on earth things only get better!

 "A seal denoted ownership and authenticity; this thereby guaranteed the protection of the owner" (God’s Empowering Presence 292).


 "The Spirit himself is the down payment...in our lives that guarantees our certain future...The gift of the Spirit is the first part of the redemption of the whole person" (293).

Romans 8:9-- 9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

Romans 8:35ff

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[l]

 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

3. A life of service is evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

There are three types of gifts spoken of in the new Testament

  1. Manifestation Gifts (Phanerosis)
  2. Ministry Gifts (Doma)
  3. Motivational Gifts (Charisma)

Manifestation Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Ministry Gifts

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Motivational Gifts

Romans 12:4-8

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

You see, I believe in the Holy Spirit

He is changing lives every day.

 

His desire is to indwell your life,

·        Right now he is nudging you, reaching out for your hand, hoping you will make a decision to follow Christ,

·        He has told you your life is not what it could be, he has shown you your sins, your failures and brought you to repentance. 

·        And he is saying, Give your life to the Lord and I will be with you forever.

·        Together we will work using the gifts given by the father to change lives.

·        Make your decision today!

 

The Holy Spirit is real, but he will never force himself on any of us. Nudge yes, force, no!

The question is, will we accept his nudging.