The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, Grace and Glory
IV. We Please God as We Walk in Wise, HS-powered Love, Submitting to One Another in the Fear of God [speak sing thank submit]
Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise/foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (Gal 5:13-26) 19 speaking to one another, in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Col 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
I. The HS is God’s agent in motivating, guiding and energizing us to our highest good
A. God gives the power & desire to do His will Phil 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
HS Ministries: RIBS2 Regenerate (Titus 3:5), Indwell (1Cor 6:19), Baptize (1Cor 12:13), Seal (deposit) (Eph 1:13), Sanctify (Rm 8:13)
B. The True Spirit Guide Jn 14:17 Spirit of truth… dwells with you 15:26 Helper…testify of Me. 16:13 guide you into all truth
Isa 30:1 "Woe to the rebellious…Who take counsel, but not of Me, who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; 21 shall hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.
1Co 6:19 do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
C. If we’re unable to discern and follow God’s objective revelation, we certainly can’t discern His subjective revelation
Carnal= stuffed with the world, no appetite for God 1Co 2:14 the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned/sought out. Ac 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thess…they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily [to find out] whether these things were so.
Jn 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." [Key to getting additional revelation/knowledge and experience with God.]
II. The Spirit of Truth sets us Free from sin
(if still a slave…either grieved or quenched Spirit)
1Co 6:11 But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. AV
A. We must choose to yield to the reprogramming ministry of the HS Ro 8:13 if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Cf Rom 12:1-2
Transformed Value System/Habits 2Co 3:18 transformed into the same image from glory to glory…by the Spirit of the Lord.
We are the Living Bible: Imitation of the Incarnation 2Co 3:3 epistle of Christ…written by the Spirit of the living God…on…the heart.
B. The HS does not operate apart from His Word Jn 8:31…to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Lu 4:18 set at liberty those who are oppressed;
2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
C. The HS is greater than any past history/stronghold or present power we face
Mt 12:28 cast out demons; 1Jn 4:4 You are of God…have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1Pe 4:14 blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [in suffering for following Christ]
III. We can Follow or Fight with God’s Holy Spirit
A. We quench the HS by refusing to listen to Him communicate via the Word or the Body which He indwells 1Thess 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies.
B. We grieve the HS by frustrating His work of Building the Body Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 2:22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God by/in the Spirit.
C. We insult the HS by going back to the way we were Heb 10:29 punishment…insulted the Spirit of grace
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. If the HS is essential to living the Christian life, why do you think there is so much confusion about His role and ministry?
2. Can people know God’s “subjective will” for their lives when they don’t know or are disobeying His objective will?
3. How does someone/(have you) put to death the deeds of the flesh (outworkings of temporal desires) by the HS?
4.Are folks most likely to quench, grieve, or insult the HS? Are those items related to each other (ie, progression, etc)?
5. What can you do this week/month to better cooperate with the HS’s purposes in your life? In the life of the Body?