sermon on the importance of the holy spirit

A powerful church is much more than that. SERIES 1 OF 14 The Spirit of God gives life. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.'" It’s not just his physical body. If Christ is in you though the body is dead – there’s a deadness in your body, there’s a death principle in your body because of sin. He moves them from one level of glory to the next, to the next – 2 Corinthians 3:18 – and one day He will glorify all of us – verse 11, we’ll look at a little later – He will raise our mortal bodies from the dead in our final glorified form. We are literally driven by this same violent power of the Holy Spirit toward what honors God. He leaned upon the Holy Spirit - v. 25. First John 2:20 says He is the anointing that teaches you all things, so you don’t need any men to teach you because He is your teacher. But the word is Spirit, and it is not an emphasis on the immateriality but on the overpowering energy. What is He really doing? That’s just death. Please see below for details. That's why we must make sure we are right with Him. As far as we are concerned as believers, we need to get beyond the material expressions of divine power, which I have been speaking about, power to create, power to render the unique supernatural work of certain men on earth, power to pick up prophets and move them somewhere else, and go inside and understand that the great creative power of the ruach is working in the lives of men. He took our place. That power, the Holy Spirit, literally came into your condition of spiritual death with a blast and brought life, and now that same power, that same overwhelming, controlling, dominating power of the Holy Spirit drives you in the direction of obedience to the law of God. It is about surrendering your agenda, your will, your desires and the totality of your life to Him so that He can live through you. 13:14 speaks of the unifying fellowship of the Holy Spirit for all believers when it mentions the "fellowship of the Spirit." And so we read in verse 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.”. The end of the chapter is all about that – verse 34 – who is the one who is going to condemn, and then there’s a litany of possibilities and options and theoretical possibilities. 1 Clearly the preacher’s private time with the Lord is vital. Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4 This is now our fifth and final message in our series Accessing God's Power. Jesus said that without Him we can do nothing, which is to say, without His Spirit working in us and through us, without the supernatural empowerment which He alone can give, we cannot accomplish anything of eternal consequence. As we have noted the Holy Spirit is actively involved in inviting people to come to faith in Jesus Christ. They indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires. Now, it needs to be clarified here that you are not getting more of God, but God is getting more of you. Just interesting to see how people were thinking about the Holy Spirit, this would be 160 years ago, 1850. Sermon on the Holy Spirit from Genesis 1 Corinthians Psalms There is no condemnation. The Holy Spirit’s taken up residence in you – 1 Corinthians 3:16 – you’re the temple of God. They’re hostile toward God. That’s why David’s final words – 2 Samuel 23:2 – are:  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me and His word was on my tongue.”  Every writer of Scripture is reduced to only that which the Holy Spirit desires to be said, overpowering the limits of human knowledge, human wisdom, human understanding, then settling in on exactly what the Spirit wanted said. No one could be saved without the Holy Spirit, even in the Old Testament. First, consider the work of the Holy Spirit upon the preacher himself. In fact, I would suggest the violent force of God. And that’s the intention of the word “spirit”; it is motion, it is force. This is the work for which He is to be exalted, freeing us from sin and death, enabling us to fulfill the law, transforming our nature, and giving us a glorified body that will dwell forever in heaven. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit regenerates us, or makes us new in Christ. David had sinned greatly – terrifying sin. Again, it’s the body of this death. That is not the point. “If Christ is in you,” or since Christ is in you, “though the body is dead because of sin” – in other words, look, we’re not saying Paul wants to make clear you’re good. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. First, the Holy Spirit is Divine–He is God/Deity. “Those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh.”  Go to verse 6, “For the mind set on the flesh is death.”  Go to verse 7, “The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God, it doesn’t subject itself to the law of God, it is not even able to do so.”  Go to verse 8, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  Now, there is a substantive pathology of the condition of unregenerate people. A better question might be, how does the Bible tell us we are to respond to the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit of God? Second verse – I like this:  “I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies, no sudden rending of the veil of clay” – in other words, some transcendent experience – “no angel visitant, no opening skies” – no trip to heaven – “but take the dimness of my soul away, help me see the truth.”  And then the last verse:  “Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love, one holy passion filling all my frame, the kindling of the heaven-descended dove, my heart an altar and I love the flame.”  The Holy Spirit wants to set you on fire to love Him, to love the Son, to love the Father. This is the second message in our new series on the Holy Spirit. So when you say ruach Yahweh, the Spirit of God, you’re talking about the power of God, the energy of God. The first thing that we looked at, and it’s right there in verses 2 and 3, He gives us life out of death. We all understand a lot about God, there’s an awful lot of emphasis on the attributes of God and the works of God. Remember, our understanding of God is that He is one God who expresses Himself in three equal and yet unique persons. The word for mind is nous and it’s 1 Corinthians 2:16, “We have the mind of Christ.”  This isn’t the word for mind. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. Register. TWO INGREDIENTS FOR REVIVAL. Dead in trespasses and sin, blind to the truth of God, and we’ll see more about that in Romans 8. The presence of the Holy Spirit leads to holy forgetfulness. We’re not saying you’re not going to die, okay? It is not the word for mind. When was the last time His presence was so real, so powerful, and so vivid that you were cognizant of His presence, that you could feel or sense His presence? A MAN SEEKING FOR GOD. Jesus said in John 16:13, "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. And one day, that same power will re-create a new you fit for eternal life in heaven. Some people walk in the flesh, that’s their behavior because they mind the things of the flesh, that’s their thinking, and they are therefore dead, that’s their condition. There are a variety of reasons we don't hear His still small voice when He speaks. It means sensing the joy of the Lord. I mean that’s so basic, isn’t it? It is not just his physical body, it is the invisible thought patterns in his mind that inform the behaviors of the body. You say, “What is that phenomenon?”  Power of suggestion, the power of group expectation, the power of manipulation. And, what wraps it all together is One Person, Holy Spirit. Everywhere you turn someone or something is trying to get our attention. He will also declare to you what is to come.". This is a major problem with many Christians; they are too filled with self and not filled enough with the Spirit of God. We are not in the flesh. The people who are the walking dead and the people who are the walking living. 4. The Holy Spirit is a teacher. How did this happen? As I’ve been thinking about the Holy Spirit – there’s a lot more to come – I’ve been looking up some hymns, trying to find old hymns on the Holy Spirit. Wow – He’s going to give us a body like His resurrection body, like His body that ascended into heaven, like His body that walked through walls. You want to hear His Word, you want to understand His Word, you want to obey His Word. of the Holy Spirit from the perspective of how he was introduced to us; and how that introduction can become a hinderance to our spiritual growth. One can invite Him to be present or one can grieve Him and quench His presence. We still struggle with the flesh because residually, it’s still there. In the New Testament, the full ministry of the Holy Spirit is revealed, as I’ve been saying, in the life of the believer. It is about surrendering to Him. The Holy Spirit. But the emphasis of the word ruach, Spirit, and the word pneuma, in the Greek in the New Testament is not on immateriality. It's amazing that we ever hear His voice at all, considering how little time we devote to being still and listening. Secondly, because of this life, He enables us to fulfill God’s law. The Jews in general had no conception of a baby born to a virgin who would deliver the… Those people who are confronted and endued by the acts of the Spirit of God experience supernatural power. And the one who is thirsty should come. One of my favorite stories to tell is about the little boy in Sunday School, who, while the other children were listening to the bible story for the day, was off by himself drawing feverishly with a blue crayon on bright yellow construction paper. Well, I welcome you this morning to our church and to the wonderful fellowship of the people of God here. So the anointing in the fullness of the Spirit comes upon all of us to empower us, as it were, to be those who reign in the kingdom, those who take men before God as priests would do, and those who preach for God to men as prophets did. There’s no such thing as a believer without the Holy Spirit. But in addition to that normal work of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit came in a special way on kings and priests and prophets and rested on them with supernatural power. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. All rights reserved. We don’t have the full picture in the Old Testament; we do have the full picture in the New Testament. And so we do mind the things of the Spirit, verse 5 says. Immediately, you’re going to see the Lord. It’s been pointed out that the life God calls us to live is impossible. The degree to which God will direct you, use you and conform you to the image of Christ, will always depend upon the degree to which you allow the Spirit of God to fill you. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” He regenerates. Flesh? Where does the Spirit live? But it’s not automatic and it’s not based on human will; it’s based on the work of the Holy Spirit who gives us life from the dead. Why will I now, having been regenerated, fulfill the law of God? We now are not hostile to God, we willingly subject ourselves to the law of God, we’re able to do that by the Holy Spirit, and we can even please God. He has the things that are interesting and important to him, and he’s going to write, and all of a sudden here comes the Holy Spirit and blasts that man’s mind and literally shatters everything but what the Holy Spirit wants him to put down. As our confessional statement sets forth in the first sentence, "The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of God, fully divine." There are times when we know we’re in a battle, and our flesh is fighting against the work of the Holy Spirit as we fight temptation. That is power. There is a blasphemy of the Holy Spirit that goes on all the time. [27] As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. So we’ve seen God’s very strong section on the whole human race being under divine condemnation and judgment, Christ’s wonderful gracious provision, and now the activating of the redemption that God initiated and Christ validated comes by the work of the Holy Spirit. You couldn’t be anything other than a wretched, corrupt sinner apart from the Holy Spirit’s work. He knows what an imperfect you is because He’s lived in there for a long time. They walk in the flesh because they mind the things of the flesh. And the reverse is said at the end of verse 9, “If anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he doesn’t belong to Him.”  Spirit, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of God showed that the Holy Spirit sustains the same relationship to the second person that He does to the first person and each to each other. That is why the translation – the old translation of Holy Ghost is so inadequate. ". The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 4. That's what the scripture says in the original language in Ephesians 4:18, literally it says, "keep on being filled." "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Revelation 22:17 says, "Both the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come! It is a body of believers that does three very important activities on a regular basis. Select an option and chat directly with a member of our support team. Romans 8:26-27 says, "In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groaning. You can’t fix it. Notice Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ – same. The emphasis is on that. None of them are able to separate us; we are in a permanent, everlasting, no-condemnation status. The Holy Spirit … They are dead. John Piper delivered this message at the Sing! Sometimes phrn refers to the seat of all mental affections and mental faculties, expresses any form of mental activity, any mental activity, whether it’s emotional or willful or any combination of the emotions and the will. Cognitively we know that God's Spirit is with us, the Bible tells us this and thus we can live with that assurance. At Pentecost He came upon believers in a new and powerful way to indwell them and enable them to accomplish the work of the kingdom that Jesus had begun. I Corinthians 12, Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-11 tell us that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer to equip them to be a functional and productive part of the body of Christ. “When the Spirit is come” – John 16:13 – Jesus said, “He will guide you into all truth, He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears He will speak, He will disclose to you what is to come. There are two kinds of people, those that are after the flesh, that mind the things of the flesh, they’re dead. Now, if every believer has a spiritual gift, the obvious question is, why aren't they using them? Sometimes His voice is drowned out by other voices which compete and vie for our attention. To ensure you receive the best experience on, we use cookies to process information about your visit. Power for rule, power for spiritual leadership, power for spiritual wisdom. You’re the temple of God, the Holy Spirit. You have supplied me with plenty. And what is He doing? That’s all there are. Why? First Timothy 5:6, “She that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.”  But we have been given spiritual life, and now we have that life because we’ve made peace with God. 5) The Holy Spirit is referred to in the New Testament with masculine gender pronouns. He is God present and active in the life of every believer.". As I was saying, in the New Testament everything becomes clear, that salvation is something the Father initiated, the Son validated, and the Holy Spirit activated. It is the Holy Spirit Who invites us to come. God wants to have a vibrant relationship with you through the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit in us is a guarantee that we … The Holy Spirit is One of the Three Persons of the Godhead, – a compound Unity – in the Trinity of God. This is just a profound understanding of the mighty work of the Holy Spirit in us, sweet communion with God, God’s grace continually poured out to us, His mercy unending, His love shed abroad in our hearts, joy forever, inner assurance that all is well, a love for God, a love for the Word of God, a love for obedience, a longing to feed our souls on His truth. But its power has been severely blunted by the presence of the Holy Spirit. What will happen when you are regenerate is you will for the first time in your life fulfill the requirements of the law of God – not perfectly, but to some degree. That is confirmed at the end of the chapter. You can’t fix it by education, that isn’t the answer. Our fellowship is around the Word of God, and we are currently in a series looking at the life of the believer as impacted by the Holy Spirit. I’ll tell you something about Enoch. The noun form is phrn. Think of Enoch. He does not limit His power to destruction, although there are evidences in Scripture of both. He had lusted after a woman who was not his wife by the name of Bathsheba. Your trusted source of Christian resources since 1891, Baptist Faith and Message, Sermon 4: The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit Of God - From The Executable Outlines Series by Mark A. Copeland - Hundreds of free sermon outlines and Bible study materials available for online browsing and downloading. When we talk about God most people think about God the Father and perhaps they picture Him on His throne, dressed in robes of white with a long flowing beard. In Acts 1:8 the disciples were told that they would receive a special anointing of power, a special enablement to carry forth with the work of the kingdom of God. He’s pleading for God to take away the pain of his guilt and his fear. The purpose of our study this morning will be to try and come to a better understanding of how God the Holy Spirit reveals Himself to us through His word. The decisive proof? You’ve been created unto good works which God before ordained that you would walk in them. Power to overrule their prejudices, power to overrule their preferences so that what you get in the Bible is the word of the Holy Spirit through writers who were writing what they wanted to write, but what they wanted to write was reduced by an overwhelmingly violent act upon their minds, carried out by the Holy Spirit, which banished everything else – everything else. This is another terrible Charismatic error that somehow you can be saved and not have the Holy Spirit. How do you walk for 365 years uprightly before God? Wages of sin – death. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. That’s fellowship with God, reconciliation to God, the end of alienation and all the life that comes with that. 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