The Work of the Holy Spirit
In Scripture, the Church and the World
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Holy Spirit is a mystery to many. This series of articles on the Spirit
answers many of the critical questions about Him.
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1. What Is The Work Of The
Spirit In Relation to Scripture.
The Spirit Gave
Scripture by speaking through holy men of God.
"Men and brethren,
this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the
mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested
Jesus; Acts 1:16
who through Him believe in
God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and
hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:21,
The Spirit Uses the
Word of God as a sword to convict.
For the word of God is
living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the
division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews
Spirit Uses the Word of God as a sword to defend against the
attacks of evil.
Finally, my brethren, be
strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11Put on the whole armor of
God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we do not wrestle
against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places. 13Therefore
take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having
girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15and having shod your feet
with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16above all, taking the
shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
wicked one. 17And take the
helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18praying always with all
prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all
perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- Ephes.
6:17; Ephes. 6:10-18
2. What Is The Work Of The
Holy Spirit In Relation to the Church.
The Spirit Appoints
leaders within the church.
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.
The Spirit Appoints
ministers and missionaries of the church.
Now in the church that was at
Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was
called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the
tetrarch, and Saul. 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."
Then, having fasted and
prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
So, being sent out by
the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to
Cyprus. Acts 13:1-4
The Spirit Baptizes us
all into one body, into the church.
For by one Spirit we were all
baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have
all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1
The Spirit Comforts
Then the churches throughout
all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the
fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
The Spirit Indwells
Do you not know that you are
the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Cor.
in whom you also are being
built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephes. 2:22
that He would grant you,
according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His
Spirit in the inner man, Ephes. 3:16
The Spirit Sends forth
and directs the ministers and missionaries of the church.
Then the Spirit said to
Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." Acts 8:29
So, being sent out by the
Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
The Holy Spirit Stirs
fellowship within the church.
Therefore if there is
any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the
Spirit, if any affection and mercy, Phil.
3. What Is The Work Of The
Holy Spirit In Relation to the World.
The Holy Spirit Causes a
person to be born again.
Jesus answered, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot
enter the kingdom of God. 6That
which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is
spirit. John 3:5-6
The Spirit Convicts
and quickens the gospel to the hearts of men.
No one can come to Me unless
the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
45It is written in the
prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who
has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.
46Not that anyone has seen
the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. John 6:44-46
And when He has come, He will
convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9of sin, because they do
not believe in Me; 10of
righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;
11of judgment, because the
ruler of this world is judged. John
The Holy Spirit Restrains
Nor did we seek glory from
men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles
of Christ. 7But we were
gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
8So, affectionately longing
for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but
also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
1 Thes. 2:6-8
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