December 19, 2019 by directorfsm
We continue our series on The Roles or Work Of the Holy Spirit. 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 13:11; 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 my wife and I had to take a road trip to help a stranded Pastor so I didn’t get time to write. In Tuesday’s part VI of our series on the Roles or Work of the Holy Spirit we discussed how The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9). Today we will be looking at the Role the Holy Spirit plays in washing, sanctifying, purifying and justifying our lives, so let us break them down:
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses… . I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” – Ezekiel 36:25–27
Most folks falsely believe that the “washing of the Holy Spirit” is a New Testament thing. A through reading of the Whole Counsel of God ILO the cursory view to many take reveals God has been operating this way from the beginning. God’s chosen have always been washed clean and the Holy Spirit has always been a key component of the process. God the Holy Spirit brings true cleansing and renewal, cleaning completely that we consider the stench of sin as out of place in our lives driving us to a life for Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
I use this term a lot it means to be set it apart for special use; to “sanctify” a person is to make him holy. True Christians are set apart from their former sinful lives by the blood of Jesus and sanctified (made holy) in an ongoing process by the Holy Spirit. I have said it before this is no snap your fingers make it happen thing, it is a life long process we are in it for the long haul. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (AMP) But we should and are [morally] obligated [as debtors] always to give thanks to God for you, believers beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the [a]sanctifying work of the Spirit [that sets you apart for God’s purpose] and by your faith in the truth [of God’s word that leads you to spiritual maturity]. Footnotes: There are two kinds of sanctification: first, positional sanctification means set apart for God and in some instances set apart for God’s purpose; second, practical sanctification is a progressive process and means growing in righteous living. This is dependent on a person’s reliance on the Holy Spirit.
Also see Romans 15:16, 1 Peter 1:2
ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren.‘ — 1 Peter 1:22 (KJV) at first glance it looks to read like we have a part in the purification of our souls? Yet God declared us clean with Christ’s blood so that can’t be, and we know our still present sin nature would prevent us from doing this on our own so what does this really mean. It means, when we are obeying, in this case by outwardly demonstrating our love of the brethren, we are not sinning and therefore living a purified life via the influence (Truth) of the Holy Spirit.
Unlike Sanctification that is a process Justification is an act Romans 5:1. It is an act of free grace toward sinners who deserve eternal punishment Romans 3:23-25. Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which he (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in his sight. Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology (pg. 723)
Paul states bluntly that God “justifieth the ungodly” Romans 5:5 Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. It is by Faith alone in Christ Alone to the Glory of God alone.
Also see these:
Justification of the Ungodly Web Page by C. H. Spurgeon
A Defense of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith in Jesus Christ PDF by John Bunyan
CONCLUSION: The Holy Spirit plays a key role in changing and transforming a believers life. This again is not some magical or mystical power given to “certain” believers, the Holy Spirit indwells ALL true believers. He transforms and reforms ALL true believers staring at he beginning with Justification and working through out their lives in Sanctification.