The Works of the Holy Spirit

Posted: December 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

I covered the doctrine of the Spirit earlier but I want to follow Grudem in briefly singling out the work of the Holy Spirit before we move on. 

Dr. Grudem writes, “The work of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the active presence of God in the world, and especially in the church.”

He goes on to state, “From the very beginning of creation we have an indication that the Holy Spirit’s work is to complete and sustain what God the Father has planned and what God the Son has begun, for in Genesis 1:2, “the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.” Okay, how does the Spirit complete and sustain what the other two members of the Trinity have planned and begun?

(1) The Holy Spirit empowers.  He does so by giving life (Ps. 104:30) and specifically empowering disciples for service (Acts 1:8).  (2) The Holy Spirit purifies.  The “churchy” word for this is “sanctifies.” In other words, the Spirit convicts us of the wrongs we have done and slowly (and sometimes painfully) sculpts us into being more and more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18), so that our personalities reflect the traits of our King (Gal. 5:22-23). (3) The Holy Spirit reveals. He unveils God’s will, plan, etc. to humans who are then to declare it to the world (i.e., prophets or apostles).  He evidences the the very presence of God (John 1:32; Acts 2:2-4, etc.)  He guides and directs the people of God (Acts 8:29; 10:19-20; 11:12, etc.).  He provides a “godlike atmosphere when he manifests his presence” (John 16:8-11; Rom. 5:5; etc.) He assures the followers of Christ (Rom. 8:16). Finally, He reveals by teaching God’s people (John 14:26; 16:13; etc.).  Last, but not least, (4) The Holy Spirit unifies (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:44-47).  This last point may seem debatable given the various factions within the faith but Jesus was clear that there would be a mix of “wheat and weeds.” Furthermore, many outside the church overestimate the divisions within the faith.  For example, Evangelicals may disagree on how or why God elects His people but they agree He does. 

Okay, that’s a mindful.  Tomorrow we will begin to look at the Doctrine of the Application of Redemption.

As always, until then, grace and peace to you.

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