1. We live in the time of the Holy Spirit
After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension Jesus sits at the right hand throne of God. What is He doing their?
- Interceding on our behalf
Romans 8:34 “…is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
- Reconciles us with God (Salvation and forgiveness)
- Ruler over all things
Ephesians 1:22 “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be the head over everything for the church.”
Jesus is the head of the church and is directly involved in our salvation, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit that does the continuing work after salvation.
1 Peter 1:2 “who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus and sprinkling by his blood.”
- God chose us
- Jesus forgave our sins so we can be saved
- The Holy Spirit sanctifies us
2. The Holy Spirit is the point at which the Trinity becomes personal to the believer.
John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever.”
The Holy Spirit is going to do everything that Jesus did with His disciples.
- Teaches them all things
John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
- Guide them in all truth (John 16:13)
- Gives spiritual gifts to believers
1 Corinthians 12:11 “All these are the work of the one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determined.”
3. It is through the Holy Spirit that we feel God’s presence!
The Holy Spirit will be with us forever.
John 14:17 “But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.“
1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”
WE GET TO SHARE OUR LIVES WITH GOD.
In the animal world they call this a symbiotic relationship.
Some examples include:
Bees and Flowers
Crocodile and Plover Bird
Clown Fish and Sea Anemone
Five theories of Bible’s Inspiration
- Intuition Theory
A person has a special gift or are a “religious genius”. In this special ability they are able to write the Bible. (100% man 0% God)
2. Illumination Theory
Influence of the Holy Spirit upon the Biblical authors, but that only involves a heightening of their natural powers. (75% man and 25% God).
3. The dynamic Theory
Combination of the human and the divine. The Spirit of God is directing the thoughts and concepts, but the writer expresses these concepts through their own distinct personality in the selection of the words and expressions. (50% human and 50% God).
4. The Verbal Theory
Insists the influence of the Holy Spirit extends beyond the direction of thought to the selection of words used to convey the message. It is the exact word that God wants to use at that point. (75% God and 25% man)
5. The dictation Theory
God dictates to the Bible writers. No personal style of the author, but only exact phrasing and punctuation that God says to use. (100% God and 0% man)
We live in the age where the Holy Spirit:
- Dwells within us
- Leads and guides us
- Empowers us with His gifts and abilities
- Counsels us
- Teaches us
- Reminds us
So if the Holy Spirit comes and lives in you – What does this mean for us?
- We need to ask Him for direction,
- We should ask Him for His wisdom and
- We must learn how to feel His presence and sense His voice!