The Work of the Holy Spirit

Text: John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15

Who is the Holy Spirit?

  • Not some mystical force or influence
  • He is a person – Jesus used He, not it to refer to the Spirit (14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7,8,13,14,15)

Who is Jesus Talking To? – The Apostles

What Would the Holy Spirit Do?

  • Provide help/comfort (14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7) — How? (following points)
  • Described as the Spirit of truth (14:17; 15:26; 16:13)
  • Bring the apostles into remembrance of what Jesus taught (14:26)
  • Testify about Christ (15:26)
  • Convict the world of sin, righteousness, judgment (16:8)
  • Guide the apostles into all the truth (16:13)

Why Would this be Necessary?

  • We have to know God’s will to be saved (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
  • We cannot know God’s will unless He reveals it to us (1 Corinthians 2:10-13)

Is it Necessary Today?

  • Provide help/comfort — done through revelation then & now; revelation now complete (Jude 3)
  • Remind us of what Jesus said — we didn’t hear Jesus in the first place; the apostles were eye witnesses (Acts 1:8; 1 John 1:1-3)
  • Testify of Christ — we have the gospel; what more information do we need?
  • Convict of sin, righteousness, judgment — Has God changed the standard since the 1st century?
  • Guide us into all truth — we have all truth in the gospel (Colossians 1:5)
  • So is it necessary for the Holy Spirit to work with us directly as He did with the apostles? No!

How Does the Holy Spirit Operate Today?

  • Not through visions & dreams
  • Not through a “small, still voice”
  • Not through signs & miracles
  • Through the word He revealed — that is the instrument He uses today (Ephesians 6:17)

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