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Holy Spirit: His Work

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Let’s talk about the Holy Spirit

We have looked at the person of the Holy Spirit. We have looked at the deity of the Holy Spirit, today we are going to look at the work of the Holy Spirit.
Work of Holy Spirit as manifested in history
Work of Holy Spirit as demonstrated through revelation and a part of Gods redemption story.

I. His work in creation

From the beginning the Holy Spirit has been at work.
He was there, involved in creation of the universe (Gen1:2; Ps104:30; Job26:13)
God used the Spirit to help create the universe
Genesis 1:2 NASB95
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Then you can add what the Psalmist acknowledged
Psalm 104:30 NASB95
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground.
He was there (implied) in beginning with Christ (Jn1:1-3; Col1:16)
John 1:1–2 NASB95
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 NASB95
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
(stop here, briefly, expand on the implication; refer back to Gen1:2)
Colossians 1:16 NASB95
16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Well, had to throw this one in, just because it fits with creation and it is just a great verse!
Involved in creation of man (Gen1:26-27; Job33:4)
Genesis 1:26–27 NASB95
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Oh, then look at what Job had to say, can we do the same?
Job 33:4 NASB95
4 “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
(expand on that, it is more than saying, it is believing in your core)
From the very beginning the Spirit was at work. His work continued as God’s grand plan to save sinful man was being slowly revealed.

II. His work in revelation

The Spirit in creation, the Spirit in revelation and the Spirit in redemption. Yes, His work continues!
In the Old Testament times the prophets spoke of the Spirit (2Sam23:2; 2Pt1:20-21)
2 Samuel 23:2 NASB95
2 “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.
The Spirit spoke, and put words in the mouths of the prophets. They at that time were forthtelling and foretelling.
2 Peter 1:20–21 NASB95
20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
They spoke the words of God as given by God through the Spirit to man for man!
I mentioned foretelling so here is a scripture to back that up
In the Old Testament times the Spirit testified through the prophets of the things to come (1Pt1:10-11)
1 Peter 1:10–11 NASB95
10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.
In the New Testament times the Spirit was a guide (Jn16:12-13; Jn14:26)
John 16:12–13 NASB95
12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 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.
The Spirit who was to remind, to teach, to guide the apostles into all truth, and Jesus is truth (think of Jn14:6) and they were to lead all people there, all because the Spirit was in them and worked through them.
In the New Testament the Spirit did as said (1Cor2:10-13; 1Tim4:1-3)
1 Corinthians 2:10–11 NASB95
10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:12–13 NASB95
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
Are we thankful for the Spirit of God and His work through the Apostles that lead us to the redemption that we have today? The same Spirit works in us and through us to lead others to the Truth and the freedom that is available.
We see the Spirits work of revelation and now we can know and look at the Spirits work in confirmation!

III His work in confirmation

The working Spirit who was from the beginning continued to work in and through the Apostles so the Word of God that was being revealed was being confirmed.
The Spirit confirms Jesus as the Christ
Through the miracles (Act2:22)
Acts 2:22 NASB95
22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—
Why were the miracles done? To prove Jesus is the Christ. What was the power used? It was the Spirit of God that worked in and through Jesus.
And with Christ to confirm His work (Act10:38; Mt12:28; Lk4:18-21)
Acts 10:38 NASB95
38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Work in and through with power.
Matthew 12:28 NASB95
28 “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
That power that cast out demons, not only that, but to prove that the Kingdom promised, is a kingdom come with a kingdom to come.
Luke 4:18–19 NASB95
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
Luke 4:20–21 NASB95
20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
The Spirit that work in the Lord and through the Lord fulfilling the prophesy given to Isaiah!
Not only that, then the Spirit:
The Spirit confirms the Apostles (Heb2:3-4; Rom15:19)
Hebrews 2:3–4 NASB95
3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
Gifts given to do signs and wonders to prove that what they said was true. Gifts given by the Spirit Himself, the Spirits part in the redemption story.
Romans 15:19 NASB95
19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
The redemption story that was carried to all! From near to far, may we too be willing to share the redemption story that includes the spirit by near and far. Next door or the next town, let the Spirit have His way through you.
God’s Word, through the Spirit revealed and confirmed. God’s Spirit who was a person and is personable, God’s Spirit who is deity, God’s Spirit who is at work still today in God’s grand plan (redemption!).

IV. His work in regeneration

The work of regeneration is a part of the Spirits work, it comes with the power of the Word preached and the response to the Word.
Work in regeneration as the Word is preached (Jn16:7-8; Act2:4; Act2:22-24; Act2:36-41)
John 16:7–8 NASB95
7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
The Spirit that came to work, to convict the world of sin. But that was not all, look again at the passage, also righteousness and judgment. Sin brings judgment, but the Spirit is for those who are Jesus who is righteous so we can become righteous because of the work of the Spirit in us.
Acts 2:4 NASB95
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
The Spirit filled and spoke through the Apostles so we can have the regeneration we have today.
As exampled in Peters preaching of the Christ (Act2:22-24, 36)
Acts 2:22 NASB95
22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—
Acts 2:23–24 NASB95
23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
Acts 2:36 NASB95
36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”
The preaching that lead to pricked hearts (Act2:37) and the call to be obedient (Act2:38) and look at the results
Acts 2:39–40 NASB95
39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”
Acts 2:41 NASB95
41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
The Spirit convicts and is there for conversion all because of the Word preached (expand on that briefly)
Work in regeneration as the Word is obeyed (Act2:38-41; Tit3:5-7; 1Cor6:11; Jn3:3-5)
When convicted it leads to conversion (Act2:38-41): and that is the reeneration
Titus 3:5–6 NASB95
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Titus 3:7 NASB95
7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Regeneration, renewing by the Spirit that was given, who now works in the heart of the believer! and gives the believer hope! Hope of eternal life.
1 Corinthians 6:11 NASB95
11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Not only regeneration, we are being sanctified because we were justified in the name of Jesus when we were transferred into His possession.
That happens when we are born again, of water and spirit.
John 3:3–4 NASB95
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”
John 3:5 NASB95
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
The Spirits work in regeneration in response to the the Word obeyed, it is not the start, but it is not the finish either. The Spirit continues to work in the heart and the life of the believer today.

V. His work in sanctification

From the beginning until the end, He continues to work, from creation, to new creation, to transformation to confirmation when we hear that final “well done, good and faithful servant. . . “
The Spirits work in our initial sanctification (1Cor6:11; 2The2:13)
The sanctification is the being set apart, being consecrated for the Lord and by the Lord through the Spirit. The spirit is the instrument that God uses.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB95
13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Our washing, our regeneration, our rebirth, our justification and now our sanctification all at the hands of the Spirit of God.
The sanctification is an ongoing process, an ongoing work, since we are talking about the work of the Spirit today.
The Spirits work in our ongoing sanctification (Heb2:11; Heb10:14; Heb10:10; 1The4:3-4; 1The5:23)
Sanctification is a process not an event, it happens overtime not overnight
Hebrews 2:11 NASB95
11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Sanctified into one family with one Father, and the One Son is not ashamed to call us brethren.
Hebrews 10:14 NASB95
14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
He has perfected us in the spirit sense hasn’t He? For the sin problem has been dealt with.
His work continues in us to help us regarding holy living
1 Thessalonians 4:3–4 NASB95
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
add to that another scripture
1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB95
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Spirits work in our holy living (Eph3:14; Eph3:20; Rom8:11-13; Gal5:16-18)
Ephesians 3:14 NASB95
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
Because of the work that happens in the believer, Paul bowed his knee, may we be willing to do that say.
Ephesians 3:20 NASB95
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
Because the God who works through the Spirit works in us!
Romans 8:11–12 NASB95
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
Romans 8:13 NASB95
13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Yep, that Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, raised you, or can raise you if that has not happen yet. So then you can walk in the Spirit
Galatians 5:16–17 NASB95
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Galatians 5:18 NASB95
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
By putting to death the things of the flesh that are against the Spirit. Freeing you from the law and the curse of the law, to have the freedom in Christ.
(Lead to invitation)
Spirit who was there for creation, was then a part of the revelation, who was the confirmation of the Christ and the Apostles, is part of your regeneration and your sanctification.
Are you allowing the Spirit to work in you? Do you have the Spirit in you? Don’t resist the work of the Spirit
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