This is the second in our series on the Holy Spirit this section entitled The Roles or Work Of. As I noted 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. We however 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)
Yesterday we explored the Role of the Holy Spirit in Ministering Truth. Today we will look at His role as a Teacher so let us break it down:
John 14:26 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Jesus makes it plainly simple when He tells the Apostles and disciples, He will teach you all things. What things is the question? The Holy spirit can never go against the Word of God. He can never go against the teachings of Jesus. John Gill in his commentary says: to teach, interpret, and explain all things which Christ had said to them; to make them more plain and easy to their understandings; to instruct them in all things necessary to salvation, and to be known by them, that they might teach them others: this is the proper work and business of the Spirit, to teach, interpret, and explain all things which Christ had said to them; to make them more plain and easy to their understandings; to instruct them in all things necessary to salvation, and to be known by them, that they might teach them others:
John 16:12-15 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He[a]will take of Mine and declare it to you.
We looked at v.13 yesterday the Spirit of truth… today we will skip over the context we covered yesterday and look at v.15 He[a]will take of Mine and declare it to you. The role of the Holy Spirit is to take of those things that the Father has and the Son has for our (true repentant believers) benefits and declare or Teach them to us.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the [a]Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But 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. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
No one can no the “deep things” the most inner thoughts of God because we are not God. But God does not leave to wander aimlessly and blindly; But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. These revelations of God’s Word (not new some revelation but an illumination of His written word) produce the ability Paul speaks of in v.13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the [a]Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. The Holy Spirit’s teaching produces proper spiritual things that the natural man can never achieve.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you [a]will abide in Him.
WARNING, do not read into scripture what is not meant to be there in the original languages.
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, This is an obvious reference to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit each and every born again Christian receives. John has mentioned the Holy Spirit’s role in abiding in the believer already 6 times in this chapter v. 6, 10, 14, 17, 20 and 24.
and you do not need that anyone teach you; This is the phrase SOOOO often taken out of context. Does John really mean there is no use for biblical teachers as some try and interpret it? Is he says the the Apostle Paul was wrong in Romans 12:6-7, 1 Corinthians 12:28 or Ephesians 4:11-16. Certainly not, John is saying that the Holy Spirit is our Moral Compass but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you [a]will abide in Him. This is something natural man is incapable of teaching themselves or others.
In conclusion the Holy Spirit has many roles none less important the teaching us and if I had to pick one thing He teaches us that is critical or most important, it would be that Moral Compass on a daily basis. One of my favorite Hymns is Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and the 4th verse reminds me how much I need that moral compass:
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.