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WORKINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 16:8
                          
1- THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS CONVICTION OF SIN.
John 16:8- Jesus speaking of the Holy Spirit said, "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment".

Reprove is the Greek word- el-eng'-kho which means to Convict, To make known one's faults, To expose sin with the thought of shame.

Without the convicting power of the Holy Spirit along with the word of God; sinners would have no God given knowledge of their sinful, lost condition and their need to be born again by God's grace! In fact it takes all three members of the Godhead to perfect salvation to the lost.
2- THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS WHO GOD IS.
Through the preaching of God's word the Holy Spirit reveals that God the Father loved sinners so much that he gave the ultimate sacrifice in the person of His Son to be the propitiation for sin. 1 John 4:10- "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins".
3- THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS WHO JESUS IS.
(A)- The Holy Spirit reveals from God's word that Jesus gave himself a ransom for the sins of the world when he shed his innocent blood on the cross.
 
(1)- Galations 1:4 speaking of Jesus- "Who gave himself for our sins".
(2)- 1 Tim. 2:6 speaking of Jesus- "Who gave himself a ransom for all".
(3)- Titus 2:14- "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity",

(B)- Sinners can never understand how God deals with mankind until it is revealed to them by the Spirit of God.
1 Cor. 2:14- "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned".


(C)- God the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and points sinners to calvary's lamb as their only substitute for sin. When a sinner realizes his condition along with a repentant heart and believes that Jesus paid it all and arose from the dead while asking the Lord to come into their heart to live forever, He or She is born again and their names are written in the Lamb's book of life in heaven.
John 15:26- "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me".

4- HE PLACES THE BELIEVER INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST.
1 Cor. 12:13- "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit".
In the dispensation of grace which began after Jesus paid the supreme sacrifice for all men on the cross and was raised alive from the grave, the veil in the temple was rent from top to bottom which broke down the middle wall of patrition between God and mankind and by which Jews and Gentiles alike have access to heaven through the shed blood of Christ.
5- THE HOLY SPIRIT SEALS THE BELIEVER.

Ephesians 1:13- "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise",
Ephesians 4:30- "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption".
Those who think you can lose your salvation need to understand that it is not up to you to keep but God has placed a seal upon each child of God and is protecting that seal unto the day we are raptured and meet our Lord in the air. That is the reason we Baptist preach and teach eternal security for the born again believer.

6- THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN THE HEART OF BELIEVERS.
John 3:6- "That which is born of of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit".
1 Corinthians 3:16- "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you"?
As soon as a person repents of his or her sins and ask Christ into their heart they become the temple of God's Holy Spirit!
Colossians 1:27- "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory":
If you don't have the Holy Spirit of God living in your heart, you are not saved. I will never forget the time my family and I moved to a small town in Alaska and a group of Jehovah (false) witnesses came by with the idea of making us members of their group. I knew what they believed, that the Holy Spirit wasn't a person of the Godhead. They only recognize God the Father and Jesus but they don't think Jesus is God either but only a good man. The elderly lady brought a younger lady whom she was training and she began to make her presentation about sharing the "Kingdom" as they call it after which I made the remark that I understand that you don't believe the Holy Spirit is God and the elderly lady said that they did not. I quoted her Romans 8:9- "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his". What this verse means is that they need to be saved and the elderly lady told the younger one to come on and let us go! They were ready to get away from God's truth and on to their deceptive thoughts but hell is going to be hot for people like this who refuse God's saving grace or think that they have a better plan than God gave us from his word!

7- THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS BELIEVERS FOR SERVICE.
Ephesians 5:18- "Be ye filled with the Spirit".
This is not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit but the filling of the Spirit! When a person is saved he or she has all of the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit doesn't have all of the person until he or she is totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit's leadership!
Acts 1:8- "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jursalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth".

8- THE HOLY SPIRIT INTERCEEDS FOR US IN PRAYER.
FOR BELIEVERS.
Romans 8:26- "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered".
As a matter of fact we could not pray in a manner that is pleasing to God without the help of the Holy Spirit.


SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT.

(1)- The Holy Spirit is grieved by worldly believers.
He can be grieved by loose living of those he indwells.
Ephesians 4:30- "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God".

(2)- The Holy Spirit can be resisted by unbelievers.
Jesus was addressing the Jewish people who claimed to know God by claiming that Abraham was their father but Jesus made them aware that they had resisted Him in a very real sense.
Acts 7:51- "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcized in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye".

(3)- Despite is done to the Holy Spirit by a profession without the New Birth.
Hebrews 10:29- "Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace".
Here is a passage where those who believe the Bible teaches a person can lose their salvation often quote but careful study plainly shows that this passage is making known that the keeping of the Law of Moses with the animal sacrifices can never take away sin and those who think they can work their way to heaven are doing despite to the Spirit of grace.
Hewbews 10:1- "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect".



CONCLUSION:

Where do you fit into the workings of the Holy Spirit? Have you been convicted of your sins by Him? Have you repented of those sins and believed that Jesus paid it all at Calvary and have you ask him to forgive you and to come into your heart to live forever? Have you made a public profession of Christ as Lord? Have you been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as a result of that profession of faith in Jesus as Lord? Are you filled with the Spirit of God and followering his leadership for your life? If any of these categories are missing from your life; you need to make it right today!



By James Tyson