Sunday, Mar 18, 2018AM Service
Open Your Heart to the Spirit, or Else
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: Luke 12:10-12
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We have been in a section in Luke where we learned what it means to fear God and fear God alone. And, we now turn our attention to Luke 12:10-12 and study the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the context of fearing God.  In today’s session we are studying a primer on the person and work of the Holy Spirit and then we want to talk about the warning in verse 10 and the promise in verses 11 and 12.

It is of course a massive comfort that God has given us His Spirit. It is by far the most comforting fact for the believer.  Between this time now and when we meet Christ face-to-face, God gave us the Holy Spirit to indwell us and empower us. This is profound comfort. It secures us, it sustains us, and it lifts us up over faith crushing circumstances that come against us every day and will certainly continue.

We are taught in Scripture that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is absolutely certain and extensive. It produces in us tremendous spiritual wealth which strengthens us with power in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16). In the inner man, we can have the strength of God (Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-11). Dwelling within us, we have the very power of the universe and we can be strengthened in it. What is the result? Ephesians 3:17 says that Christ will dwell in your heart by faith through His Spirit. It is at that point that we are rooted and grounded in the love of God.  His is the kind of divine love that redeems.

Due to the indwelling of the Spirit, you understand God’s great work of redemption knowing the breadth and depth of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19). You comprehend what is incomprehensible to anyone else. This is the language of the New Testament because the Spirit of God indwells the believer.

What does the New Testament say specifically about the Holy Spirit:

  1. The Spirit of God is responsible for regeneration – We are given the Spirit (John 14:16) with at the very moment our dead hearts are regenerated. The Helper comes to the believer.
  2. He immerses us in vital union with Christ – We are in union with Christ through the Spirit (Romans 6:3-5), permanently. You think different thoughts. You have the seedbed of new desires, affections, and motives.
  3. The Spirit adopts us – Romans 8 goes on to say, we have been given the Spirit of adoption. As regenerated believers, we are in the family of God. We gravitate toward our heavenly Father and our spiritual family. Adoption is a gift to believers by the Holy Spirit.
  4. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin – He teaches us to see sin for what it is. He keeps us from destructive paths and He puts us on the right path, so we can discern that path to greater heights of holiness and protection keeping us from destruction, deception, and lies. Just like how He convicts the world of sin (John 16:8), He convicts believers about their need. He convicts us exposing to us our weak and neglectful areas.
  5. The Holy Spirit empowers the believer – Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). This strength comes from the Holy Spirit. He strengthens us in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16).
  6. He fills us to the utmost – The Spirit of God is not satisfied with a little power, He dwells within the believer and wants us to tap all the power that fills us up to the brim (Ephesians 5:18). When we believe truth over lies, the Holy Spirit fills the sails of your spiritual life and brings us along in the path of righteousness.
  7. The Holy Spirit seals us until the day of redemption – Ephesians 1:13 says we are sealed permanently in Christ. It is an eternal guarantee.
  8. The Spirit of God teaches us – When we hear or read the Truth of God’s Word, He does a supernatural renovation (1 Corinthians 2). We no longer reason the way we used to: selfishly, worldly, or demonically. We reason consistent with the Spirit of God as he illumines our minds and we have the mind of Christ.
  9. The Holy Spirit brings us into fellowship with one another – The Spirit of God brings us together to share spiritual resources (Philippians 2:1).
  10. The Spirit of God gives us gifts – When a person gets saved and as they mature by His Spirit, He gives each person further grace to edify people in the body of believers (1 Corinthians 12). It is a package and we are given the ability by grace to build others up in the faith.
  11. The Holy Spirit unifies us – The more we study God’s word together, the more we sound alike in the truth. That is the Spirit of God is making us of one mind, one perspective, one body, and one purpose under the headship of Christ (Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 4:3-4).
  12. The Holy Spirit causes us to worship God in the Spirit – We worship God because of the Spirit (Philippians 3:3). The Spirit of God is the source of all true worship.

If we are going to understand the warning in verse 10, we are going to have to understand who the Holy Spirit is:

  1. The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity of the Triune Godhead.

Genesis 1:2; 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 6:8; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; John 14:26.

  1. The Holy Spirit is a person. He possesses the same characteristics of personhood that the Father and Son possess. He has knowledge, intellect, affection, emotion, and a will. Therefore, the Spirit is a distinct person.

2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Revelation 2 and 3; John 15:26; 1 Thessalonians 1:26; Isaiah 66:10; Ephesians 4:30-32; Romans 15:30; 1 Corinthians 12:11; Acts 7:51

  1. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to His people to spread the love of God through our lives.

Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Galatians 3:5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 John 3:24