Through the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit, believers will not indulge the sinful acts of the flesh ( Galatians 5:16-21 ) but will bear the good fruit of the Spirit ( Galatians 5:22-25 ). INTRO: The Holy Spirit has an exciting, unique, essential ministry to carry out in our world today. Though he has a sin nature and is not yet indwelt by the Holy Spirit, this does not mean that he is completely devoid of the knowledge of God, of good and evil, and of right and wrong. This is what is in view in Luke 4:18 when Jesus spoke of being empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish the awesome task of saving His people from their sins. Holy living is not left up to us to produce; it is solely the work of the Holy Spirit living in us. Paul states that at the end of the Great White Throne Judgment, Jesus actually will bow humbly before the Father in acknowledgement of God's Sovereignty. Think about the time when the Holy Spirit is taken out of the world! Share on Facebook. How the Holy Spirit Goads Unbelievers to Faith in Jesus. 2:14). By J.D. I. READ TEXT! 4) Power for the Church to grow in numbers: Acts 9:31 "Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. This does not mean that we have nothing to do. Acts 10:44-45. This is the means whereby a person receives the gift of salvation , or eternal life. Jesus does appear to be talking about the Holy Spirit’s role of convicting unbelievers of sin in the above passage. Through the work we are called to do (Zechariah 4:6). He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Certainly all three are one (if you have seen me you have seen the Father) but there are absolutely distinct responsibilities. The Holy Spirit gives us power. Tweet on Twitter. The Holy Spirit may be called holy because of His work in our lives. Is modern prophecy special or general revelation? Galatians 3:14. 1 Thessalonians 1:6. Why do we need general revelation to interpret special revelation? The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer. Without this ministry, the world would be an impossible situation for the Christian, and Gospel preaching would be fruitless. Our whole part is simply to surrender ourselves utterly to Him to lead and mold us. 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. Yet the Holy Spirit is more than just a force or formless entity. The Word of God is Christ, but The Word is not the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit for the unsaved world constitutes another proof that God is a God of infinite grace and condescension, working in those who are the objects of His righteous judgment, striving to bring them to the knowledge of Christ as Savior. Most of our study on the Holy Spirit has been on His relationship to Christians, but in this passage we are informed of His relationship to the world of unbelievers. Does the Holy Spirit really work in unbelievers? Sadly, the Spirit of truth does not dwell in unbelievers; however, Jesus said that the disciples did know Him (as they were followers of Christ), and the Spirit dwelled within them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly." God will not place you into a position or ask you to accomplish a task for which He will not fully equip and enable you. He has characteristics and attributes like a person; He does work. All have sinned. He guides believers as we fill our minds with Scripture and meditate upon God's Word. Stop doing this! It is His power through us that emboldens us and carries out the work. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth for a reason, since the Spirit is the one who “ will guide you into all truth ” (John 16:13). So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? THE HOLY SPIRIT AND UNBELIEVERS. The important subject of spiritual gifts as bestowed by the Holy Spirit must be considered first, as the preliminary to all the operations of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not in our… 0. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord." BSac 150:598 (Apr 93) p. 206 The Ministry of Reproof In John 16:8–11 Jesus described one aspect of the Spirit’s evangelistic work. While it is true that the Bible was written by people, and they had their own style of writing, using their own known experience, the Holy Spirit moved them to write and thus there are no errors in the Bible as recorded originally. The Holy Spirit can be invited. So … Romans 9:1. 9. The text informs us that the chief thing the Holy Spirit was to do for people who were not Christians was reprove or convict them. The Holy Spirit confirms that what we are saying and doing is truthful. 1. The Spirit and the Word at Work in Salvation - The Holy Spirit works through the words of Scripture. How do we come into personal contact with the Holy Spirit? He carries out a ministry parallel to that of Jesus and permanently abides in the life of a believer. "All Scripture is God-breathed." My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. His power leads us, convicts us, teaches us, and equips us to do His work and spread the gospel. But what about believers? He strives to make us holy, but He also works in the world by restraining evil. As Pope John Paul II has written, "Having accomplished the work that the Father had entrusted to the Son on earth (John 17:4), on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was sent to sanctify the Church for ever, so that believers might have access to the Father through Christ in one Spirit" (Eph 2: 18). The key word is in verse 8. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Here’s the car analogy. We can never fully understand God or the Holy Spirit and that is why there are many ways or ‘portraits’ of looking at God. The Holy Spirit confirms things as true. Don't forget that the Holy Spirit is the Person who inspired the Bible to be written. Only after studying the Bible within context does the personal qualities of the Holy Spirit emerge. Galatians 3:5 . (2 Tim. On the contrary, Paul tells us in Romans 1:18-20 that the unsaved are responsible for their actions, since “what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. When Stephen was on trial for his faith in Christ, he bluntly told the Jewish religious leaders, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. Not merely does the Holy Spirit give us power to live a holy life, a life well pleasing to God when we have discovered what that life is; He takes us as it were by the hand and leads us into that life. Sin – showing that they have fallen short of God’s standard. He also allows us to understand the truth of the Word of God. So if you want to know the truth, you will need the Holy Spirit to teach it to you. The most important characteristic of the Holy Spirit is not who he is but what he does. Resisting the Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings joy. According to Paul, natural man left to himself does not even seek God: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God” (Rom 3:10–11 esv). The Greek word … You must be born again. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Word of God and is also the interpreter to man so that we can understand the written or preached Word. This is also true for unbelievers. There are many roles of God and roles of the Spirit. Adoption as children of God. Later Paul confirmed that only believers can benefit from the guidance of the Holy Spirit. HE CONVICTS AND CONVINCES CONCERNING SIN (v. 9). The clearest answer is found in our text. In the New Testament, these qualities are revealed when the Holy Spirit exercises the redemptive power of God the Father and Jesus the Son. What does He do for the unbeliever? The Holy Spirit still works in the world today, accomplishing God's will through believers. The work of the Holy Spirit in the believer falls into two well-defined categories. Denying self so that the Holy Spirit may manifest Jesus’ life in us requires a constant, unrelenting battle. John 16:7-11. The Scripture speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit among the unsaved. Jesus said, “No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3).