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1 The Role of the Holy Spirit John 16:14-15 Evening Service July 27, Intro: There are Christian churches that have decided to place a great emphasis on the Holy Spirit. It is not inappropriate to place an emphasis on the Holy Spirit if it is understood that the Holy Spirit s ministry is not to bring attention to Himself. But when a church places undue attention on the Spirit so that worship centers on the Holy Spirit the church is veering of course for what Christ has designed for His church. The fundamental principle regarding the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is present both within the believer and in the world not to cause us to focus on Him but to cause us to focus on God the Father and God the Son The Role of the Holy Spirit With Unbelievers To DRAW people to Christ In order to draw people to salvation the Holy Spirit has to work in the heart to convince people of several things When the Spirit brings people to salvation 1 st He will make them see their SIN John 16:8-9 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; 16:9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 2 nd He will make them understand RIGHTEOUSNESS John 16:10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me; An unsaved person coming to salvation Must be convinced that they are not basically GOOD but basically BAD Must be convinced that SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS is a huge sin Must be convinced that righteousness is required to get to heaven Must be convinced that only Jesus Christ is righteous Must be convinced that faith in Christ provides them both the forgiveness of sins and the gift of Christ s righteousness J. Vernon McGee {Jesus} was raised from the dead that you and I might not only have our sins SUBTRACTED, but so that we might have His righteousness ADDED. It is not enough to have our sins forgiven. We cannot stand in God s presence if we are nothing more than pardoned criminals. Jude 1:24-25

2 2 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless 3 rd He will cause them to see that JUDGMENT is coming John 16:11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. And those that reject Jesus are going to be judged with the same fate that Satan awaits and Satan s sentence has already been set 4 th He will make them see that their GREATEST sin John 16:9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; All sins can be forgiven with the exception of the sin of unbelief in Christ. Transition: No one can truly repent of their sin unless the Holy Spirit is working in the heart causing a sinner to see their sin for what it is! The Work of the Holy Spirit At The Moment of Salvation Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise One of the first things we discover: The Holy Spirit SECURES us in our relationship with Christ! K ey word: SEALED When a believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit the Christian receives a guarantee that their salvation is PERMANENT. When the Holy Spirit seals the believer He SECURES the believer in their salvation. This means that a believer cannot lose their salvation! A nother thing we discover: The Holy Spirit permanently INDWELLS us Romans 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. I Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? I Corinthians 6:19

3 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 3 Transition: Once we re saved we learn what the Spirit does in the believers life The Role of the Holy Spirit In Teaching The Believer John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. Watch this The Holy Sp irit guided the Apostles to PEN the Scripture The Holy Spirit guides us when we READ the Scripture Clarification The Holy Spir it guided the Apostles in the REVELATION of God in the Epistles The Holy Spirit guides believers today in the ILLUMINATION of Scripture Big question: Is the Holy Spirit providing new revelation today? No! Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. It is the once for all delivered to the saints faith Don t miss this THE primary wo rk of the Holy Spirit is to draw ATTENTION to CHRIST! John 16:14 "He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. Jesus was comforting His disciples with this. The Holy Spirit would come to make Jesus more glorious in the lives of believers The Holy Spirit would come to work in our hearts to prod us to be more impressed with Jesus! Illustration that helps us see this Abraham s servant Abraham commissioned His servant to find his son a bride. The servant is like the Holy Spirit. The servant did the Father s will in order to bring about glory to the father s son. Genesis 24:2-3 Abraham said to his servant, you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live,

4 4 Parallel The Holy Spirit is sent by God the Father to find a bride for the Son The Holy Spirit is sent by God the Father to seek out those who will be part of the church, Christ s bride, for the Son Genesis 24:12 He said, O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. Parallel The servant here sought success so that his master would receive a positive response from his search Genesis 24:48 And I bowed low and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master s kinsman for his son. Parallel The servant gave glory to the God of his master The servant brings glory to others not to himself Question Is the Holy Spirit God? Yes! The relationship of the 3 Per sons in the Trinity The Father receives glory and also deflects glory to His Son The Son receives glory and also deflects glory to His Father The Holy Spirit appears to deflect all glory to the Father and to the Son When the Holy Spirit works in the believer When the Holy Spirit is working, you will know He is working: When the Lord Jesus will become more special to us. When the Lord Jesus will become more known to us. When the he Lord Jesus becomes more glorious to us. The point When the Holy Spirit is working we will be drawn to Jesus In very practical terms We need to be a church that looks to the Holy Spirit to make us more aware of Jesus Christ, more worshipful towards Christ, more amazed at Christ so that we might love Him more and serve Him better. What we discover The Holy Spirit is: Fully GOD and therefore equal with God But DISTIN CT from God the Father and God the Son He works to REVEAL Jesus

5 He EMPHASIZES Jesus not Himself! 5 Transition: Let s turn our attention to the role of the Holy Spirit in our life noticing The Role of the Holy Spirit In Our Daily Experience Ephe sians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit The point of this verse is to emphasize our need to be CONTROLLED by God! The illustration: When one is drunk they are controlled by a foreign substance. The alcohol takes over and deadens the senses takes away the control of a person. DUI = Driving under the influence A drunk is under the influence of alcohol and therefore the individual is not in control of their senses and reflexes. When the believer is Spirit-filled They are under the influence of God They have their spiritual senses heightened more alert One of the signs of a Spirit-filled beli ever Ephesians 5:19-20 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; A Spirit-filled believer TALKS OPENLY with other believers about spiritual things speaking to one another in psalms and hymns A Spirit-filled believer SINGS speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, SINGING A Spirit-filled believer has a JOYFUL heart making melody in your heart to the Lord A Spirit-filled believer expresses GRATITUDE constantly always giving thanks for ALL things It s quite simple You are no filled by the Holy Spirit if these things are missing!

6 If you don t talk about the Lord don t sing to the Lord don t have a joyful heart are not constantly expressing thanks to God you are not filled with the Holy Spirit! 6 A few more signs of Spirit-filled people A Spirit-filled couple will submit to EACH OTHER Ephesians 5:21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. A Spirit-filled wife will be SUBMI SSIVE Ephesians 5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. A Spirit-filled husband will LOVE sacrificially Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; Watch this When a wife is not shown Christ-like love, that wife will struggle with submission. That wife will not be all she could be in the marriage. Wrap Up We will not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit when He is at HOME in our HEART We will not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit when we SUBMIT to His GUIDANCE

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