December 20, 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)
In Yesterday’s part VII of our series on the Roles or Work of the Holy Spirit we discussed how The Holy Spirit works in washing, sanctifying, purifying and justifying our lives. Today we will be looking at the Role the Holy Spirit plays in building the church (body of Christ), so let us break them down:
en quien vosotros también sois juntamente edificados para morada de Dios en el Espíritu. (RVR 1960)
CONTEXT: The Apostle Paul here in his letter to the church at Ephesus, begins Chapter 2 as a continuation of thought from the ending of Chapter one, …And.. The beginning v.1-10 main theme is about Grace abounding through Faith. The second part of the chapter v.11-22 deal with a main theme of unity in Christ. For our purposes v.19-22 are key:
v.19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Earlier Paul had reminded them that once they had been v.12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Now however thanks to the blood of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit they are fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God
v.20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
This is no regular household built upon a ordinary foundation. This household (the Church) is one built upon all the doctrine (teachings) of the apostles and prophets in fact it has as it’s cornerstone Jesus Christ himself.
v.21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
When all pieces are joined together properly in this case the body of believers coming together in unity, the Holy temple of the Lord, here a reference to the church, will grow. It must be noted that the body of believers MUST come together in solid biblical doctrine as noted in the previous verse for true growth to happen. Many churches especially across America are growing because they are “seeker friendly”, “open and affirming”, and other modern catch phrases to the bodies in the doors. This is not true growth helped by the Holy Spirit, as Paul is inscribing here.
v.22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
What is the Priority of your church? Is it music in Worship, Missions, Children’s activities, or some other thing. This one and only Priority for a church is GOD; builded together for an habitation of God! If we let ourselves dictate the priorities of the church the church is doomed. It is the Spirit whom ye also are builded together by, that is who takes people from all walks of life and melds them together into one cohesive group and we must never forget to rely upon Him.
CONCLUSION: The Holy Spirit is key to successfully building unity among believers. This was evident from the beginning of New Testament churches Acts 1:8, Acts 2, Acts 4. It is up to wise men to lead faithfully using solid biblical doctrine (The Word) upon which to build the local church unto God’s glory.