December 9, 2019 by directorfsm
Today we continue our series on the Holy Spirit changing from The Promise Of to The Roles or Work Of. We will only look at a few of the many roles the Holy has concentrating on those in a believers life including those as;
He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)
He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)
He restrains. (Acts 16:6)
The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:36; 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1
The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)
The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)
He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)
The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)
The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)
First thing we must acknowledge is the fact that the Holy Spirit is a PERSON. He is the third person of the trinity (Godhead) 1 John 1:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
My research for this found many differing views on what the “primary role, work or job” of the Holy Spirit was. Answers ranged from Sanctification of believers, empowering evangelism to endowing folks with gifts. While these are all things the Holy Spirit does, the Primary Role of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the person and work of Jesus Christ; “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”–John 16:14, John 15:26.
Another often MISUNDERSTOOD Role of the Holy Spirit is that in the process of Salvation or drawing people to God. Many today falsely believe that it is all about them, they choose Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth or go against our sinful nature. The lost of this world (those without Christ) cannot and will not be redeemed on their own (Ephesians 2:8-9) and John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; makes it clear the Holy Spirit is the chief cause of people being convicted of their sins. The following illustrates the process:
I found this list, there are many others, called 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit and while I have some reservations that some of the items on the list (could easily be taken out of proper biblical context) it can be a helpful tool.