The work of the Spirit of God

When you received the Spirit

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).

“God…saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5-6)

The Spirit in our hearts

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (II Corinthians 1:21-22).

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (I Corinthians 6:19)

The Spirit in the Church

“Don’t you know that you (plural) yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you (plural)?” (I Corinthians 3:16)

The Spirit changes us

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (II Corinthians 3:18).

“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?(Galatians 3:2-3).

Assurance from the Spirit

“… the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16-17).

“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).

Yielding to the Spirit

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 5:16,25;6:8).

Be filled with the Spirit

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-21).

Other works of the Spirit

      • Pouring out God’s love (Rom. 5:5)
      • Leading us to obey (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:16-18)
      • Intercession (Rom. 8:16)
      • Producing hope (Rom. 15:13)
      • Strength (Eph. 3:16)
      • Unifying the church (Eph. 4:3)
      • Giving spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:7-11)
      • Power for witness (Acts 1:8)
      • Comfort (Jn. 14:16)
      • Cooperative witness (Jn. 15:26, 27; Rev. 22:17)
      • Illumination (Jn. 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; I Jn 2:17,20).

* A message I gave on the Spirit-filled life at a conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Listen here

Steve Cornell

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