Genesis Chapter 1: God – The “Who” of Creation – The Revelation of God through His Spirit Part 2

The ministry of the Holy Spirit

 

A reproving ministry toward the sinner

The Spirit reproves society 

 John 16:8-11

 

Jesus defines this ministry.

Reprove – “To convict or convince”

 

The Spirit does not speak of Himself. He convicts the sinner of his/her need for salvation. He will not force us to come to Christ – He leads and we choose our path.

 

A)    The Spirit reveals the nature or sin

We were born dead in sins and we could not be saved apart from Jesus Christ and

 the indwelling of His Holy Spirit at salvation

We should focus on the full payment of Jesus for all sins.

 Reception of the full pardon of sin is the only cure for the disease of sin

The Spirit of God shows me convicts me that I am a sinner
            B) The Spirit reveals the need for righteousness
“What can take away my sin?”

The only thing that can save me from my sin is the righteousness of Jesus Christ

I have no righteousness (right standing) with God except for the righteousness
of Jesus. After Christ’s departure the Holy Spirit would convict the world of the nature of
and need for righteousness. Jesus’ work on the cross was completely righteous
This is demonstrated by the Father’s emptying of the tomb, signifying His satisfaction
with the payment and His acceptance of Christ into His presence
The Spirit of God shows me that I am a sinner in need of salvation only through Jesus
for there is no other way or name with which I can be saved


            C) The Spirit reveals the nearness of judgment
Matthew 12:31

If we treat the Spirit like Jesus was treated then salvation will not come to us and there is no more salvation after the Spirit comes. It is Jesus Christ or nothing. Satan, the ruler of this world, rules in the hearts of the unregenerate (unsaved) and blinds their minds (1 Corinthians 2:6-8) Satan was judged at the cross, and the Holy Spirit convinces people of the judgment to come. Satan has been judged, so also those who side with him will also be judged.

There is no room for neutrality. You are either a child of God or a child of the devil (Matthew 6:24)

The Spirit of God shows me that i am a sinner in need of salvation only through Jesus

for there is no other way or name with which I can be saved

because if I do not choose to accept His payment I will spend eternity in Hell

 

An instructing ministry toward the saved

The Spirit indwells the saved

Colossians 1:24-29

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

                          
The Holy Spirit teaches the believer the truth
The Holy Spirit is the author of truth

Every word in the Bible is authored through the Spirit of God

 

2 Peter 1:21

 

The authors personality shows in each book, but the Holy Spirit supervised over each writer

The Holy Spirit moved each author and chose each word

The Holy Spirit makes the truth available

The Holy Spirit makes truth understandable

The Holy Spirit makes truth profitable

 

John 14:26

John 16:13

2 Timothy 3:16

1 John 2:26-27

 

A glorifying ministry toward the Savior

 

He glorifies the Son   

John 16:14
How does the Spirit glorify the Son?

 

            1) By writing a book about Him

The Bible is a love letter from God to us                     

The Bible is about Jesus

A) The Old Testament – expectations – “The King is coming”

B) The gospels to acts – The incarnation – The ministry of the King

C) Acts – application of the truth of the King                               

D) Epistles – interpretation of the goodness of the King         
E) Revelations – consummation of the King in His kingdom

 

2) By preparing a bride for Him

The Body (1 Corinthians 12)
A building (Ephesians 2:19-22)
A bride (Revelation 21:9-10

      3) By making the believer like Him
Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 12                                              
Roman 8:28-30

Predestination: No where in the Bible does it ever say that God predestined people
(2 Peter 3:8-9)

God has predestined before the foundation of the world that the believing saved per
like Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-6)

We develop through a day by day abiding walk with Him
The characteristics of Jesus (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

      4) The Holy Spirit does not glorify Himself
John 16:12-14

 

 

 

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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