By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
THE PERMANENT WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
This is an important subject that has plagued man for many years.
The Holy Spirit has two basic kinds of work:
The Holy Spirit has always worked with two classes of men:
The alien sinner.
A misunderstanding of these two points has caused much confusion in the world today.
Today, let's notice the work of the Holy Spirit of God from a Biblical standpoint,
that we might be able to have a better understanding of the subject.
THE TEMPORARY WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (TWO BASIC AREAS:).
Gen. 1:2 - "...and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters..."
Moved - fluttered, hovering.
A tremendous stirring.
The Holy Spirit apparently had the task of bringing order to the universe.
After it was organized His work in this area was through -- thus, temporary.
To reveal information to a select few (apostles) to get words recorded.
Must get information preached and recorded (written).
Confirmation of TRUE teaching.
God never gave information to man in light of redemption unless it was confirmed
Never for a side show or collection.
V. 17 - promise.
Vs. 18-22 - no Jew could deny Jesus honestly because of His signs... proof.
As soon as these messages were given, confirmed and recorded, this work of the Holy Spirit ended;
thus it was temporary.
THE PERMANENT WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. (THIS WORK GOES ON).
For the redeemed people.
The seal of sonship - Eph. 1:13.
What does it mean to be sealed?
Romans 4:11 - circumcision - seal of righteousness in the case of Abraham (only).
Genesis 15:4 - justified Abraham.
Genesis 17 - had Abraham circumcised.
Circumcision was God's way of saying, "I count that man righteous."
Galatians 3:14 - not for the miraculous - but identification.
Galatians 4:6 - identification of God's sons.
Earnest of the Spirit - II Cor. 1:22 (21-22) (salvation).
I Cor. 1:18.
Eph. 2:8 - "...have been saved..."
Titus 3:5 - being renewed.
We have a future glory so great that can't even explain it to us.
Greatest is yet to come.
Motivation to work - Phil. 2:13.
I must do the willing and the work.
The indwelling Spirit is our motivation.
Sanctification of our lives - II Thess. 2:13.
Love of holiness is evidence of the indwelling Spirit.
God gives help NOW.
Romans 8:26 - in prayer.
Eph. 3:16 - gives strength.
NOTICE: We know these things by the Word of God, which the Spirit has given - Heb. 10:15.
To the alien sinner.
Convicts the world in respect to sin - v. 8.
Eph. 6:17 - sword of the Spirit.
Heb. 4:12 - two-edged sword.
Acts 2 - preached the Word.
V. 37 - pricked (cut) in their hearts.
Shows you the power of sin.
Gen. 3 - Adam hid from God.
Gen. 6 - shows it to be world wide.
Men die because of sin.
Men are slaves to sin - Rom. 7.
Our opponent is not flesh and blood.
Powerful sin - death sentence - James 2:10.
Convict you of righteousness.
Because you don't have any.
Romans 3:10, 23.
Spirit says, "Men are not righteous."
Must obtain righteousness through the gospel.
Convicts of judgment - v. 8.
Constantly reminding men that, "You will PAY."
I Peter 1:17.
Acts 17:30-31 - hath - past tense - judgment is coming.
Verse 11 - the prince has been judged.
You can't conquer sin on your own; God conquered him. He can surely get you.
You must be ready for the Lord and His return.
To the true Christian, the work of the Spirit is lovely.
If you are not an obedient believer, the Spirit's work is to convict you of your sin,
convict you of your lack of righteousness, and convict you in regard of judgment to come.
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