Last Sunday we talked about The Holy Spirit? We saw He is part of the Trinity
Quick Recap: The Holy Spirit?, The Trinity & H2O
1 ‘thing’ 3 forms (ICE, WATER, GAS – still H2O), 3 functions (COOL, QUENCH, HEAT – but still H2O),
So we see the same in the God head:
1 God, 3 forms (FATHER, SON, SPIRIT) and each have different Functions. Below we will look at more deeply at the function of the Holy Spirit.
* God is amazing, He gives us something we understand in a simple way H2O, that helps us understand Him. Wow! Where this illustration lacks is that God exists as all 3 at the same time where as H2O can only be in one state at anyone point – God is way more awesome than H2O!
The Holy Spirit isn’t scary, He is simply God the Spirit.
We saw at the gatherings that right from Genesis 1 to Rev 22, the activity of the Holy Spirit, He is nothing ‘new’. Again and again, He came on people in the Old Testament, but on Particular People, at Particular Times, for Particular Tasks (eg. Exodus 31, Judges 6 & 15, Isaiah 61…). In the Old Testament we see that there was a continual pointing towards The Promise (Jeremiah 31:33-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Joel 2:28), the promise was that the Holy Spirit would come and be available to all who believe. With the coming of Jesus we see the Holy Spirit coming on many (Luke 1:15,35,41,67; 3:16,22; 4:1,14,18; John 7:37-38, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5,8; 2:2-44) and then Jesus says on my return to Heaven I will send The Promise “the Holy Spirit” and He does in Acts 2. He is available to all who believe. The full handout can be found in The Point Facebook group for all regulars at The Point.
So, What Does The Holy Spirit Do?
Here below I discuss 6 things the Holy Spirit does for you: 1. Makes us Sons and Daughters of the King, 2. Helps us Develop our relationship, 3. Brings Family Likeness, 4. Brings Unity in the family, 5. Gives Gifts & 6. Empowers us to witness… help sees the family growing
1. Makes us Sons and Daughters of the King
Romans 8:14-17 …because those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we’re God’s children. And if we’re children, then we’re heirs— heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Here’s the 1st thing: being a son or a daughter of God is the highest privilege that we can ever have: those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption.
People are looking for status—there’s no higher status than being a son or a daughter of God.
2nd, it’s the closest possible intimacy. It goes on in that verse to say: But by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Now, if we’re children, then we’re heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory. Again, people are looking for security. There is no greater security than being an heir of God, a co-heir with Christ.
2. Helps us Develop our Relationship
The Spirit gives us access to God as we pray. We’re able to come, through the death of Jesus for us, through Jesus we’re able to come into the presence of God. `Access’ again is a wonderful word in the New Testament—the fact that we have access to God. There’s nothing between us and God. There’s no barrier between us. I often think we feel that there is a barrier—In fact, it’s non-existent. We have access by the Spirit.
Paul writes later in Romans 8, he says: the Spirit helps us in our weakness because we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us. So he helps us in the relationship, he helps us to pray, and then also he helps us to understand God’s word. Paul prays in Ephesians that we would have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we might know God better. He prays that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we can understand.
3. Brings Family Likeness
Thirdly, the Holy Spirit brings the family likeness. It’s obvious, isn’t it, that children very often look like their parents. The amazing thing is that they so often look like both parents, even if the parents look quite different from each other. But it’s not just even a genetic thing; it’s partly a genetic thing, but it’s also, I think, spending time together.
2 Corinthians 3:18 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.
So he’s saying when the Spirit of God comes to live within a person, he will bring about this family likeness, becoming more like God, becoming more like Jesus.
How does this happen? Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
This is the Spirit of Jesus coming to make us more like Jesus. So what are the characteristics the Spirit wants to bring to us? The first, and most important, is love. When we experience God’s love for us, the love of God being poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that should flow out in love for God and love for people.
Peace. Again, this is not a superficial peace but peace in the midst of trouble, anxiety, struggle. It’s a peace which `passes understanding’. It’s like a kind of deep ocean current. There might be a storm on the surface —wind and waves; but deep down an inner peace which comes from having peace with God. And it flows out in wanting to bring peace to others.
And then all the other wonderful characteristics: patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. That’s the family likeness.
4. Brings Unity in the family
Next, unity. The Spirit wants us to be united with one another. We’re meant to be an example to a troubled and divided world. Jesus prayed for the unity of the Church. And the amazing thing is that we have a unity, because we are sons and daughters of God. That makes us brothers and sisters. We all have a relationship with Jesus Christ. And we all have the Holy Spirit living within us as Christians. As in Acts 2 we are called to share life together.
Ephesians 4:3-6 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of us all, who is over all and through all and in all.
5. Gives Gifts
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:4- 11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in everyone. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the 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, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
This is not an exhaustive list—in other lists of the Spirit we get gifts of service, encouraging, contributing to the needs of others, leadership, showing mercy, evangelists, pastors—all kinds of gifts. Romans 12:6-8 has more of the gifts listed.
So we all have a part to play in using our gifts for the common good of the church. The Church is not meant to be a kind of one-person show. Too often churches have become a sort of one-person/ a couple of people show—the pastor and a few others do everything. We are all meant to play a role, without you we are not whole. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, the continuation of the verses above are a great verses on the importance of us all doing our part. So everybody’s meant to be involved, because God has given gifts to all the children.
6. Empowers us to witness… help sees the family growing
And sixthly, this family into which we are born, the family of God, is meant to be a growing family. One of the verses we looked at a few weeks ago Acts 1:8, where Jesus says that when the Spirit comes `You will receive power…and you will be my witnesses’. In other words, `other people will find out about me through what you do and what you say.’ Now, I know this terrifies some people—the thought of having to speak about our faith, having to talk about Jesus to other people!
When the Spirit of God fills us, it’s not an effort to tell people—it’s an overflow, it’s something that we’re longing to do, because it’s such wonderful news. And the Church begins to grow.
So here we have the 6 things the Holy Spirit does for you: 1. Makes us Sons and Daughters of the King, 2. Helps us Develop our relationship, 3. Brings Family Likeness, 4. Brings Unity in the family, 5. Gives Gifts & 6. Empowers us to witness… help sees the family growing. The next step is for you to say. Holy Spirit, I long for you to work through me.
The first step is to ask the Lord to come into your life and get to know Him personally. Here’s a good website to help you with taking that step.
For those of you who have taken that 1st step, but perhaps have been putting off the activity of the Holy Spirit in your life/ “quenching” His activity. As described in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Do not quench the Spirit.”, quench here is to speaking of suppressing fire/ Denying His activity. Perhaps this is you, you have been quenching His activity. Paul writes to the people who are already Christians in Ephesus (5:18) and he says: Be filled with the Holy Spirit. And the Greek word there is in the present continuous tense—it means `Go on being filled, over and over and over again.’ Maybe you need to say, Lord please forgive me for quenching your activity in my life, please fill me a fresh again and use me.
Remember He comes gently, like a dove. He is supernatural good. God’s very presence. He brings freedom. Revelation 22:17 The Spirit [that’s the Holy Spirit] and the bride [that’s the bride of Christ, which is the Church]—The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let all who hear say, `Come!” Let those who are thirsty come; let all who wish take the free gift of the water of life. Here’s the promise: if you come, you’ll receive!
* any questions, ask Victor at the next gathering or setup an appointment… we are here to help each other grow.
** I have borrowed heavily from the material in the Alpha Course. If you haven’t done the course, I strongly encourage you to join the next one we run.