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1 Series: Creed Title: Article 6: The Holy Spirit This morning as we continue through our series entitled CREED, we come to the 6th article in our statement of faith, namely our creed regarding The Holy Spirit. I want say right from the outset, that: I Love The Holy Spirit! I Love how He leads me, guides, convicts me, teaches me, changes my heart, gives me a love for people, makes Jesus clearer to me and empowers me to accomplish what I could never do in my own strength! I ve witnessed The Holy Spirit use me in ways that my limited resources, wisdom and power could never accomplish on my own. I can perhaps at times change the minds of people, but I can never change their hearts, only The Holy Spirit flowing through me is capable of that! Let s take a look at our Creed and we ll unpack it from there: We believe that The Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerated sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. The last two weeks we focused on the person and work of Jesus and now as we come to the Holy Spirit, we recognize it is the Holy Spirit that applies that very work of Christ to our lives! So we see the entire Godhead, Father, Son and Spirit, all involved in our salvation! No passage of scripture better presents that work of the Godhead in our salvation better than: Ephesians 1:3 14 (ESV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 1 of 5

2 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. What a powerful and rich passage of scripture, for sake of time this morning, I simply want to hi light the role of each person of the Godhead in your salvation each person of the Triune Godhead has differing roles! The Holy Spirit is the Third person of the Trinity! Co-Equal, Co-Eternal and Co-Exisitent with God The Father and God, The Son. He is not the force of God, the energy of God, the casper the friendly ghost of God, He, like the Son and the Father, is very God of very God! Equal in power, authority and Essence yet, distinct, like the Father and Son, in their roles. The Holy Spirit s ministry is primarily a floodlight ministry in that, while fully God, His primary ministry is to bring glory to the Lord Jesus and point sinners to Jesus! 1. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus! John 16:13 14 (ESV) 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 1 Corinthians 12:3 (ESV) 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says Jesus is accursed! and no one can say Jesus is Lord except in the Holy Spirit. 2. The Holy Spirit Regenerates Us: The Holy Spirit is the One who applies the work of Christ to our lives and it is the Holy Spirit who regenerates us, makes us alive so that we might believe! Titus 3:4 6 (ESV) 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, Two hotly debated positions on this subject that we re not going to spend a lot of time on but it has to do with regeneration. Some people believe that regeneration follows believing on Jesus in other words, first we believe, then based on that belief, God the Holy Spirit makes us spiritually alive. Those who align with the teaching of Jacob Arminius would hold to that position, making them arminians 2 of 5

3 Others believe that regeneration precedes belief in other words, first The Holy Spirit regenerates (makes alive) a person spiritually and then that person is able to believe on the Lord Jesus. Those who align with the teaching of John Calvin would hold to this position, making them Calvinists. Regardless of whether you hold to an Arminian or Calvinist position, both parties recognize that the Holy Spirit is the one who makes the person alive in order to receive and thus have the work of Christ applied to their lives! The Holy Spirit creates a closer connection for us between Christ s work that has been accomplished and that work that is now applied! -Greg Strand 3. The Holy Spirit Convicts the world of its guilt John 16:8 9 (ESV) 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 4. The Holy Spirit Baptizes Us into Union With Christ It is the Holy Spirit that takes the regenerated believer, applies the work of Christ to their life and baptizes, immerses them into the body of Christ. This is what is known as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! We see many references by Jesus to the baptism of the Holy Spirit that was to come, following his death. Matthew 3:11 (ESV) 11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. John 1:33 (ESV) 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4 5 (ESV) 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, you heard from me; 5 for John 3 of 5

4 baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Acts 2:1 4 (ESV) 2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. This is the beginning of the church, the birth of the new covenant, whereby, the Holy Spirit who would descend upon select people in the Old Testament would now reside within the hearts of all those who have the work of Christ applied in their lives. To be baptized in the Holy Spirit means to have been baptized into the body of Christ and this happens at conversion. It is not a second work of grace, a second experience that a person needs to have in order to have the fullness of what God wants for them Some people teach that it is an experience that a Christian must have following their conversion, they get this from a few examples in Acts where Christians received the Holy Spirit AFTER their conversion however, it must be understood that Acts is a transitional book. Nowhere in the Gospels, the Pastoral epistles or instructions for the church is this taught 5. The Holy Spirit Indwells John 14:15 17 (ESV) 15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I ve often time heard people talk about some people having more of the Holy Spirit than others as if the Holy Spirit divides himself into parts and gives some of himself to some and more of himself to others When the Holy Spirit indwells you, you have all of the Holy Spirit within you! There is no more of the Holy Spirit that you need to gain so why do more people seemed to be more used and empowered by the Holy Spirit then? It s not that they have more of the Holy Spirt, its that the Holy Spirit has more of them! They are more yielded to the Holy Spirit, depending more on the Holy Spirit and less upon themselves and when that happens, we are empowered for more and more service for God! 6. The Holy Spirit Illuminates Enables us to understand the Word of God 7. The Holy Spirit Guides The guidance of the Holy Spirit in all areas of life! 8. The Holy Spirit Equips With spiritual gifts, abilities and use of Gods Word 9. The Holy Spirit Empowers believers for Christ-like living and service!. 4 of 5

5 There s so much to be learned from our study of the Holy Spirit and how our yielding to the Holy Spirit sets us up to experience the full life God desires for each and every one of us! Let s Pray! 5 of 5

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