Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Holy Spirit, Part 2

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The Holy Spirit: God at work in the world.

The Holy Spirit is able to think, speak, act—just as people do. But even greater than a person, the Holy Spirit is the dynamic presence of God Himself.


1. Draws us to Christ

God, because of His grace and through the Holy Spirit, brings us closer to Him, even when we do not know about Him. As God changes our hearts and moves in our lives, we are drawn to Him, so that we may know Him.

2. Causes us to be “born again” and gives us eternal life

Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” –John 3:5-6

The Holy Spirit creates our new spiritual life, and we can be confident in this life. By the Spirit, we are able to know with certainty that we belong to Christ.

3. Creates a family likeness

As we behold Christ, we are transformed into the image of Christ. We live “from the inside out.” The same Holy Spirit is in all of us.

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. -2 Corinthians 3:17-19

4. Empowers us to share our faith

The only physical voice that Jesus has to speak to people is YOUR voice.“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…to the ends of the earth.” –Acts 1:8

5. Gives us spiritual gifts

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! –Galatians 5:22-23

6. Fills us with the love of God

We know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. –Romans 5:5

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God. -Romans 8:39

6. Creates unity among believersMake every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. –Ephesians 4:3

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