Bible Strong-The Holy Spirit’s Work July 2016

In the New Testament John, Luke and Paul highlight different aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. John highlighted the Spirit’s role as a teacher and revealer of God’s thoughts and ways.

John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative, that is the Holy Spirit, He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 15:26 But I will send you the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about Me.

John 16:13-15 When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own, but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine, this is why I said, The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.

Luke focused on the Spirit’s guidance and power for evangelism, for believers to spread the Good News about Jesus and of the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere, in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 4:31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Paul says God gives His Holy Spirit to all who come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The Spirit brings new life in Christ when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He affirms believers’ salvation and their identity as children of God

1 Corinthians 6:19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.

Ephesians 1:13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.

The Holy Spirit gives Christians power over sin, power to live a fruitful life and power for ministry. Believers are to be continuously filled with the Spirit and though they experience the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit, they can please God by yielding to the Spirit’s guidance. We must do what is good and righteous not what is sinful and goes against the Word of God.

Romans 8:1-4 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do, He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Ephesians 37 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace, given me through the working of His power.

Galations 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…

The Holy Spirit enables Christians to understand God’s thoughts and ways. He gives spiritual gifts to believers to help grow the Kingdom of God. The Spirit leads and empowers believers in what they do, as they use the gifts the Spirit has given them.

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice, to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

1 Corinthians 15:26 Well my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.

The Spirit guarantees believers will receive all the blessings that God has promised. The Spirit helps believers and prays for them in their human weakness. The goal of the Spirit’s work is to make us more like Christ. For this to occur we must yield our will, we must surrender and obey the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:22 And He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us.

2 Corinthians 5:5 God Himself has prepared us for this and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.

Romans 8:26-27 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him and having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His Glory.

God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.