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Foundation Stones of the Faith:

The Work of the Holy Spirit

John 16:7-14

Intro: When I got out of high school I got a part-time job working at a gas station. That was back in the day when you pulled up and an attendant filled your tank, checked your oil, and cleaned your windows for you. I can remember when we were having “gas wars” in the Phoenix area and every station was trying to sell gas cheaper than every other station. Some of you will tell me that you remember cheaper prices than this, but I do recall selling gas for 25 cents a gallon. What is the price at the pump today?

          Later in the 70’s we had our first oil crisis in the US and people had to line up to pay almost a dollar a gallon. Do you remember the days when you could only buy gas every other day and there was a limit on how much you could buy?

          We discovered just how dependent we were on fossil fuels back then. Like most things, we never realized how much we needed gasoline until we couldn’t get it. Sadly, it seems we are as dependent on fossil fuels today as were then.

          Dependence isn’t always a bad thing, though. All of us are dependent on many things and never think a thing about it. We are all dependent on oxygen and water for example. Very few of us give one thought to that dependence. We are also dependent on gravity. Have you ever thought about the fact that without gravity we would all fly off the planet and die?

          Every Christian has things he is dependent on, too. Today, we are going to talk about our dependence on the person of the Holy Spirit.

          Who or what is the Holy Spirit? The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.

          I want you to notice what I said in that last statement. I said that the Holy Spirit is a person.

NAS John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

In this one verse, the personal pronouns he or his are used seven times. The Holy Spirit is a person. He has the attributes of personality and acts as a person.

          I also said the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. That means he is God equal to the Father and the Son.

NAS 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

The Holy Spirit dwells in the church corporately and in every individual believer.

          The Holy Spirit has a unique role in working to bring about God’s will in our lives. He works in us to bring us to salvation and then to help us live to God’s glory after we are saved. Today we are going to look at the work of the Holy Spirit.

Foundation Stones of the Faith: The Work of the Holy Spirit John 16:7-14

He is the one who brings us under conviction.

          Before a person can be saved he or she must come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Notice Jesus’ teachings on this in John 16:8-11. The word convict means to convince someone that something is true and to show someone his or her fault. The Holy Spirit brings conviction in three areas:

  1. Sin. John 16:9.

          The greatest and most basic sin is unbelief. Individual “sins” are the fruit of unbelief and show us our need of a savior.

  1. Righteousness. John 16:10.

          As long as Jesus was in his earthly ministry, men could see God’s standard of righteousness in the flesh. Now the Holy Spirit convicts us of the righteousness of Jesus in our hearts, even though we have not seen him.

NAS John 15:26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me,

NAS John 16:14 “He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.

          The Holy Spirit always witnesses concerning Jesus not himself.

  1. Judgment. John 16:11.

          The Holy Spirit is the one who places a holy fear of judgment in the heart of an unsaved person. God’s Spirit lovingly warns of impending doom.

NAS Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

          When a person has been convicted in these ways and turns to Christ by faith, the Holy Spirits gives us the new birth.

He is the one who comforts us.

NAS John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth…

          Jesus says the Holy Spirit is “another Helper.” The word translated comforter or helper is the Greek word parakletos. It means “one called alongside of another.” This word can be translated advocate, helper, or comforter. The Holy Spirit is another paraclete like Jesus. He pleads our case in intercession; he comforts us in trial and helps us daily.

          Let’s look at several aspects of the Holy Spirits helping ministry:

  1. He is our guide to truth.

NAS John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

          The Bible is a book that must be understood spiritually. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will never understand God’s word and will for our lives.

          Some years ago my family and I lived in San Diego and visited the San Diego Zoo several times. We discovered that you can see a great deal all by yourself, but for a few dollars more you can take a guided tour of the zoo. The guide will take you places and explain things you could never see or understand on your own.

          We need to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding of the word of God.

  1. He is the one who empowers us.

NAS Acts 1:8 “but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

          The Holy Spirit is the one who supplies the strength we need to serve God. If you are burnt out in service it is very likely that you are trying to serve him in your own power.

          Imagine a car that is out of gas. If you want to get from one place to another you could try pushing the car. Eventually you would be able to get there, but that is really not how it is supposed to work. Now put a tank full of gas in that car and see how it works. You will get to your destination much quicker and with a good deal less effort.

          You can get along on your own without reliance on the Holy Spirit. But you really won’t enjoy the journey or be effective in your service for Christ. Rely on him and he will make the journey a good deal easier and more profitable.

  1. He gives us gifts for service.

NAS 1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit…11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

          There are at least 19 spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament. These gifts range from the “spectacular” sign gifts to the ordinary gifts of helps, teaching and giving.

We all need to feel that our lives are useful and productive. One of the reasons there are so many unhappy Christians is because too many have no idea how God wants to use them in his service. God has given you at least one spiritual gift. If you don’t know what it is, you need to find out and start using it to serve him through his church.

Conclusion: It would be impossible for me to cover all of the information in the Bible concerning the person and work of the Holy Spirit in one sermon. Let’s look at what we have said, though.

  • The Holy Spirit works to bring people to salvation. Are you a Christian? Have you found forgiveness of sin and new life in Christ? If not, the Holy Spirit is urging you to trust in Jesus today.
  • The Holy Spirit works in every believer. You need to yield yourself to the guidance and infilling of the Holy Spirit daily. As you do, you will discover boldness, power, and joy that you may have never known. God wants to make your Christian life an exciting adventure as you trust him daily.


©Copyright Rik Danielsen 2018

For personal use only. If you want to use any or all of this material for group Bible Study or Sermons, please give credit where credit is due. No part of this material may be republished either in print or electronically without the written permission of Dr. Rik Danielsen. rikd@ybaoffice.com.


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