Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

The Work of the Holy Spirit

On our last program, we began a series of discussions regarding the Holy Spirit.  We taked about his qualities - how he is fully deity, possessing the everpresent, all-knowing, and all-powerful attributes shared by the Father and Son.  We looked at the different names by which he is called in Scripture. Then we took a look at some of the things the Spirit has done, starting with the creation of the universe and continuing through both the Old and New Testaments.  Tonight we continue the series by taking a closer look at the work of the Holy Spirit.

A. Reveals Truth

  1. Is Truth (John 14:15-171 John 5:6)
  2. Teaches, instructs, reminds (Nehemiah 9:20John 14:26)
  3. Reveals (Ephesians 3:1-5)
  4. Knows, searches (1 Corinthians 2:7-13)
  5. Convicts the world (John 16:7-11)
  6. Guides, hears, speaks, glorifies (John 16:13-15)
  7. Moves men (2 Peter 1:20-21)
  8. Directs (Acts 15:28)
  9. Commands (Acts 13:2)
  10. Bears witness (Jn 15:261 Jn 5:6-8Rom 8:16-17)
  11. Provides words by which man can be saved 
    (John 16:13-14Matthew 10:19-20Acts 8:29-40; 10:17-22,33; 11:12-18)

B. Provides Salvation

  1. His name and authority converts (Matthew 28:19)
  2. Produces a new birth (John 3:3-5)
  3. Given to believers (John 7:37-39Acts 2:38; 5:321 Thessalonians 4:8)
  4. Seals (Ephesians 1:132 Corinthians 1:22)
  5. Gives life (Galatians 6:8)
  6. He washes, sanctifies, and justifies in the name Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 6:9-11)
  7. Brings sanctification (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

C. Assists the Saved

  1. Works, wills (1 Corinthians 12:11)
  2. Makes intercession to help believers in prayer (Romans 8:26-27)
  3. Comforts (Romans 15:13Acts 9:31)

D. Affected by Sinners

  1. Can be lied to (Acts 5:1-11)
  2. Can be resisted (Acts 7:51)
  3. Can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
  4. Can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30-32) and insulted (Hebrews 10:29)

Are you grieving, insulting, and outraging the Holy Spirit? Have you rejected his terms of salvation or nullified his influence in your life by continuing to live according to the flesh?  If so, don't remain opposed to the Spirit any longer.

The power of the gospel and of the Holy Spirit is in the word of God! He has revealed that we must believe in Jesus, repent of our sins, confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and be baptized to wash our sins away. The Holy Spirit tells us that is the only way that one can become a Christian! How about you?

Next time on Speaking The Truth In Love, we plan to talk about the Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We hope to see you then!