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    The Work of the Holy Spirit April 19, 2015 Sermon: #691

    The Work of the Holy Spirit

    Introduction: Tonight on “AD” the events of Pentecost will be shown. I am very anxious to see how it will be presented. The day of Pentecost was not the beginning of the work of the Spirit.

    Genesis 1:1-2(NKJV) –   1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  2The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  

    Luke 1:34-35(NKJV) –  34Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 

    Luke 3:21-22(NKJV) –  21When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

    Luke 4:16-21(NKJV) – 16So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me  To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,  To proclaim liberty to the captives  And recovery of sight to the blind,  To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21And He began to say to them, ”Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 

    ILL: I asked my brother-in-law why he never came to hear me preach. “Why, because before you were baptized in the Holy Spirit,” he replied, “you could not!” Neither could Peter!


    Acts 2:1-18(NKJV) –  1When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.  6And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 


    7Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?  8And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?  9Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,11Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”  12So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”


    14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.  15For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.  16But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ’And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. 


         I. The Holy Spirit Always Exalts Jesus

    Acts 2:36(NKJV) –  36”Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”


    John 16:12-15(NKJV) –  12”I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  13However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  14He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  15All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

    1. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11(NKJV)
      7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:  8for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,  9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,  10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
    2. The gifts do not say anything about the person receiving them!


       II.The Holy Spirit Convicts

    John 16:5-11(NKJV) –  5”But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  7Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  8And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  9of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  11of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

    1. The unbeliever of sin
    2. The Christian of righteousness
    3. Of judgment because Satan is judged


    III.The Holy Spirit Regenerates

    John 3:5-8(NKJV) –  5Jesus answered, ”Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  8The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

    John 20:21-23(NKJV) –  21So Jesus said to them again, ”Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  22And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ”Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

    ILL: Never by works.

    Ephesians 2:6-10(NKJV) –  6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


     IV.The Holy Spirit Lives In Us

    1 Corinthians 3:16-17(NKJV) –  16Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  17If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

    ILL: The sons of Aaron were allowed in the temple because of relationship, not because of goodness.


        V.The Holy Spirit Seals Believers

    Ephesians 1:13-14(NKJV) –  13In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,  14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

    Ephesians 4:29-32(NKJV) –  29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  31Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  32And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.


     VI.The Holy Spirit Guides

    Acts 8:26-30(NKJV) –  26Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.  27So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,  28was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.  29Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”


    VII.The Holy Spirit Prompts to Worship

    John 4:21-24(NKJV) –  21Jesus said to her, ”Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.  22You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.  23But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  24God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”


    John 7:37-39(NKJV) –  37On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ”If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  38He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  39But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.


    VIII.The Holy Spirit Empowers Us for Witness

    1 Thessalonians 1:4-5(NKJV) –  4knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.  5For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.


     IX. The Holy Spirit Helps Us Understand and         Apply the Word

    ILL:  Conversion of Saint Augustine. In his mid-30s, he heard the voice of a child, “Take and read.” He found an open Bible in the garden.

    Romans 13:11-14(NKJV) –  11And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.


        X. It Is the Holy Spirit That Will Give Life to Our Bodies

    Romans 8:10-11(NKJV) –  10And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.



    A church in Holland has a sign that translated is, “Give the Holy Spirit Room”. That is right; to have a powerful spiritual life you have to “give the Holy Spirit room.”