Your heavenly Father has never said anything negative about you. Once Holy Spirit-filled, it’s said you will never hunger, thirst or be desperate for more, since you are filled with His fullness (Col. 2:8). If God were to use sickness as a lesson, then you should pray for the symptoms to worsen so you can really learn your lesson. Plain & Simple: I totally agree with Trevor on how you “handle” people… such Grace comes from you. Even long-time Christians might not know of all of the things the Holy Spirit does for us. We’re still responsible to do our part—especially to consistently read our Bibles and pray, asking the Spirit to show us the truth and teach us how to live. The truth is He’s always been for you, never against you and has never changed His opinion about you (Rom. There’s only one time in the New Testament we see believers putting out a fleece, of sorts, and it was before they were filled with Holy Spirit. Just receive what God has already provided in Christ from a place of restful trust. The only ones who weren’t were those living 2000 years ago while he was being crucified. Enter your first name and email address below to get instant access. Make you hungry, thirsty or desperate. We can have peace in our hearts because we know that God is all-powerful and everything is under his control. We embrace the good and resist the bad (James 4:7). The Holy Spirit is not reserved for super Christians; He's a gift to all Christians. 4:30). What is the activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians? 8:31). I think Titus 1:13 needs to be read in context… as you’ve highlighted here the prior verse is key… but the verse after even more so! - Matthew 12:31 “You stiff-necked people! Convict you of your sin. I can’t forgive my children for an uncommitted sin, but I am committed to forgiving them the instant they sin. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven he told his disciples he would be sending the Holy spirit and this is what he said regarding The Holy Spirit in John 16:8 says, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” One of the ways we know God is working in our life is through conviction (not to be confused with condemnation. I’m sorry if it sounds like I minimize confession, but we must maximize forgiveness to match the nature of Jesus’ Abba as he revealed it on the cross. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. “Any message or song that leaves you with a sense of lack and emptiness rather than completeness is a distraction from the truth” – Francois du Toit. Answer: Of all the gifts given to mankind by God, there is none greater than the presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 — Deny the Holy Spirit. How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. Just a thought! It’s more than just that mindset everything is calm and peaceful. He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. thanks :o), We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God. But hunger itself isn’t good. whole world. Is it not true to say that the Spirit allowed the hardship to produce the fruit? The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Holy Trinity (three persons in one God). He is considered to be the third member of the Godhead. For more on this check out this article – “What’s The Role Of The Law In The New Covenant?”. 1:13-14, 2 Cor. Extreme satisfaction is the earmark of Kingdom living as the Holy Spirit leads us to feast upon Christ’s finished work. (part 1/2), A Mistake You Don’t Want to Make: Putting God First Place in Your Life (part1/6), 101 Reasons to go Wild with Your Untamed New Lover and Dump (the effects of) Your Outdated Demanding Husband (part 1/4), What is the Unforgivable Sin? Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. If you live perpetually hungry – or believing the lie that only hungry Christians are mature (which many teach) you are not living the full life that Christ has for you. The number one example I can think of that people struggle with is in Hebrews where it talks about how God “rebukes” (convict/brings the truth to light) in order to discipline them…. The best way not to lose the Holy Spirit in our midst is to watch and pray that it might not happen. The Holy Spirit will not lead you into this kind of abandonment. 17:40 - The Holy Spirit has always been my favorite person of the Trinity. 4:29). Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. ~Ephesians 4:30. Hi Phil, I would like to commend you on the gracious way that you always respond to people who aggressively disagree with you on various topics of doctrine that you post on your website. He loves you as you are, not as you think you ought to be. Whereas Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers, the Holy Spirit opens our minds and causes us to see the truth—the truth of who God is and the truth of who we are. He’s the Doer of the things of God. Now there is a post-condition according to Jesus, we have to forgive as well. Before He returned to heaven, Jesus said, “… you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit … But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:5-8. 29:11). He indwells believers and seals them until the day of redemption—this indicates that the Holy Spirit’s presence in the believer is irreversible. Thanks Trevor :) That’s very encouraging! You need to realize that you can’t keep the law (Rom. Notice vss 10-12: “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. That our Lord does not do.) Here’s my take on this verse. The point at # 5 is that God is a good God, who only gives good gifts to His children and that there is no darkness in Him at all thus never is to blame for any sickness, suffering or hardship. The Spirit has many functions, roles, and activities. He’s saying the reason these people are running rampant in sin is their not trusting God’s grace. 4:19). I was very disturbed by this article. 8:3-4). The role of the Holy Spirit: to give us strength and help in our fight against sin. There are many, many things that the Holy Spirit does for us. 8. What is Paul telling them to convict these Cretans of? 1. Your email address will not be published. Why is that? There is so much questionable teaching in this article that I don’t know where to begin so might as well start with the opening statement: “Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself.” While it is true that Jesus’ blood atones for our sins, no where in all of Scripture does it say that our future sins are [automatically] forgiven. John 16:8-11 ESV And when [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. Now that you have the fathers character. Jesus’ Abba is no less loving, just, and forgiving than me. Your Christian walk is not about trying to maintain salvation but being maintained by Salvation. But it’s worth it – there is no malice in it. I can’t speak for Bas or Phil, but here are my thoughts…. He is the believers’ Helper (John 14:26). Thanks for the encouragement Taiwo :) Appreciate it – it is a blessing! And it goes on to analyse the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit serves as God’s divine Administrator on earth and He desires and works to recreate the life of Christ in His people. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit …” Ephesians 4:30. The bible says Jesus is the exact representation of the father. Do not shun the work of the Holy Spirit within our lives. “If you confess, you will be forgiven” is not the same as “if you don’t confess, you won’t be forgiven.” Again, when Jesus forgave, his murderers, they had not confessed. Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. Paul is not saying we have to go through hardships in order to qualify qualify for the kingdom. He is in the process of helping us grow from terrible situations etc but He is not the author of terrible situations. The Holy Spirit’s work in us, is exactly to convict us of any sin in our life and empower us to turn away from it. We need simply to ask for it, and be obedient. Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear. In the Old Testament, people put out fleeces, but in the New Testament, God speaks to us through His Son (Heb. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and never thirst ” ( John 6:35 ). Would we have grown in that way if it wasn’t for the terrible situation? The good news of the gospel is worth sharing!! The million dollar question is do these commands have any bearing on our salvific state? Fact: The Scriptures do at times personify the holy spirit, but this does not prove that the holy spirit is a person. What does the Holy Spirit do for us? 17 Things the Holy Spirit Does For Us (and in us) What is the role of the Holy Spirit? We do the same thing with the Holy Spirit. If pain and sickness were from God to draw you to Him, pray that every family member becomes sick with cancer so they can all draw near to God. (Acts 14:22b). Well, that were 7 things the Holy Spirit does not do. “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. The passages you quote say that confession will always be proceeded by forgiveness. Abiding in the Vine: Are You in Danger of Being Thrown Into the Fire? In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take. Did he not love everyone? Rather, he is paraphrasing what Jesus said about having troubles in this world (in John 16:33). It’s actually a promise that when we take a stand for the Gospel that persecution is part of the package. IF those believers who walk according to the Spirit, they will live. When we quench the spirit, we’re trying to silence what God is trying to say to us or motivate us to do something by the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Also note that these verses are conditional – not unconditional – as indicated by the word “if.” IF those believers walk according to the flesh, they will die. Required fields are marked *, Bas is a husband to Michelle and dad to Anouk. Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. I have some deeper thoughts on this topic on an article I did a while back on suffering here – http://phildrysdale.com/suff. Why? When Jesus was on the cross, he forgave unrepentant murderers while their crime was in progress. This leads us to never blame God for causing problems. The Holy Spirit is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus? Throughout scripture we find imperative statements that command us to forgive, to obey, to love. Sorry Tim – this message disappeared in my list of comments to reply to… just found it! (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!”. Holy Spirit does not lead us through fleeces. What You Were Not Told in Church About the Good Samaritan. Please keep blogging you are a great blessing to the body of Christ. Take nothing for granted. And Have You Blasphemed Against the Holy Spirit? In Luke 1:15, John the Baptist was said to be "filled with the Holy Spirit" prior to birth, and the Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:35. Blessings. Convict you of your sin Who do we pray to, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit? If you believe God teaches through sickness, then you are in conscious rebellion against His will if you go to the doctor to seek help. They were removed from the garden for protection not punishment, etc, etc…keep reading all the way through the New Testament . The Holy Spirit is by far the most misunderstood member of the Trinity. Hi Kikkos – I strongly recommend you read the article referenced below that point on conviction. Especially on the first 2 points. Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – … If this view is correct, here is an interesting query. But it’s a terrible place to be to hunger without satisfaction as so many Christians seem to think the Christian walk is. We are going to talk a little about why life is better when you walk in the Spirit. The bible says the Old Testament is a shadow of what was to be revealed in Christ. Time to go past the book and start paying attention to your body. Romans 8:26 (NKJV) Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. The Holy Spirit personally guarantees your salvation and inheritance (Eph. Completely opposite terms as you will see. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified. Did Jesus ever hurt anyone? When troubles arise in our lives, most of the time we have no control over them. Holy Spirit is our source of power but when we ignore His power, we quench Him and grieve the Holy Spirit of God. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. In one sense this is true (for modern readers), but in another, there is a real advantage of speaking of the Holy Ghost rather than the Holy Spirit. (Luke 11:9-13; Acts 5:32.) Any problem in our life can be either our own fault, from the devil or just the result of life on a fallen planet. Nobody here is saying that the Holy Spirit does not convict but to say that He convicts of sin requires quite a bit of twisting of the scripture. There is no pre-condition. Are Jesus and the Holy Spirit the same? The Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit? These teachings you’re posting here are a mere encouragement for everyone to continue in their sin and never seek the power of the Holy Spirit that will only help them to break free from their bondage. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. 9. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and never thirst” (John 6:35). You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths. In Psalm 103, we read the axiomic statement that God forgives our iniquity. The Holy Spirit only does spectacular things. It may be the wrong beliefs that lead to the wrong behaviour, that even lead to sickness etc, but it is certainly a work of the Spirit to lead me to a place where I see this and it seems that he allows me/leads me often to see these things by times of pressure. Hi Jay – I’ve written about this quite a bit on this website. 3:14). When we’re growing as Christians, we should allow the Spirit to take control over more and more areas of our lives. But we need to continually ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to help us do the things God wants us to do. I was trying to emphasize that future sins are not forgiven. The Holy Spirit rested not only on the children of Israel who crossed the Red Sea, but, toward the end of the time of the Second Temple, occasionally on common people; for "if they are not prophets, they are at least the sons of prophets". 1:22). Never does a Father hurt the child to train them to walk, but rather encourages and inspires. The Holy Spirit does not simply appear for the first time at Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus, but is present in the Gospel of Luke (in 1–2) prior to the birth of Jesus. Question: "What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives today?" Here is the verse for your reference emphasis added to clarify the context. 43:20 - Is there a future kingdom to be established here on earth? Jesus sent Holy Spirit to be our Comforter, our Healer, our Teacher, our everything. 2:8). It speaks volumes for your heart of love and acceptance of those who frankly are unnecessarily rude, insulting and arrogant. He guards and guarantees the salvation of the ones He indwells (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). In her book, Spiritual Revolution Patricia King shows really good Biblical research on the function of the Holy Spirit. 18 Things the Holy Spirit Does Not Do in Your Life! “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. Do you think this verse is saying that holy spirit is a person? He Helps Us (Romans 8:26) 2. 1:22). Log in, Sharing God's grace to walk in fullness of identity and power. In the Old Testament, people put out fleeces, but in the New Testament, God speaks to us through His Son (Heb. The Holy Spirit now lives inside every disciple of God. It’s important to remember that the Spirit will not prompt us to do anything that goes against Scripture. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Sometimes, His leading could be as simple as telling us to sit in a specific seat or to say hi to a specific person. This is said throughout the scriptures but is always a positive thing. I am very grateful to Pappa God that I have experienced times of pressure and pain that have revealed wrong things in my life and that he has used these pressures to show me where I have listened and based my life on lies. When the Holy Spirit departs, the church becomes a museum full of spiritual mummies. The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. I think the key is that hunger isn’t a bad thing because it leads us to eat and be satisfied. First, the Holy Spirit does many things in the lives of believers. Anyway, I don’t want to spoon feed you. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. Here is the start of a list of 18 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do. Such a person is already dead. He’s already impressed with you since you are His very own image. 18 Things the Holy Spirit Does Not Do (part 3/3), Why you don’t have to be afraid of God’s pruning (video), How To Have An Enjoyable Relationship With God, As Jesus Is, So Are You…Not: As [Biblical Figure] Is, So Are You, What is the Unforgivable Sin? When you were saved you were sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph. When we look at this word – “rebuke”/”convict” – elencho as it’s spelt in the Greek – we find it is always used in a positive light for the believer and we must read it as such rather than look for our negative connotation. Was he not a friend of sinners? The Holy Spirit is the source of that life. http://phildrysdale.com/2012/08/conviction/. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. It seems to me that we have become so wedded to our theological doctrine that we have erred greatly and unnecessarily complicate what is supposed to be a simple gospel message. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward THOSE WHO FEAR HIM; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” And in vss 17-18: “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, and his righteousness to children’s children, to THOSE WHO KEEP HIS COVENANT and remember to DO HIS COMMANDMENTS.” Though this is an OT passage, it mirrors Phil 2:12: “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to WORK OUT your salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING.”. How does the father discipline us? Unbelievers are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and they shall be filled. Unbelievers are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and they shall be filled. Whether we choose to use “he” or “she,” or even “it,” as long as we are in full understanding that the Holy Spirit is a person, a full and complete part of God, that is what matters. I haven’t given much thought to open theism, but your comment actually has me thinking there’s something to it. Ephesians 4:30: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” In this case the word grieve is used as a verb, meaning: “to cause to feel grief or sorrow.” In other words, the Scripture is exhorting me not to cause the Holy Spirit … …the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. Anything of eternal value in this life and in eternity comes through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. So I decided I would share with you a Bible study on who is the Holy Spirit and what He does. You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. He is also not just a person unto Himself, but He is part and parcel of the Trinity … 20:10 - Does the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son? I think we probably have no idea the amount of things He doesn’t allow to happen… but He’s not going to violate our free-will and our choices, as well as the choices of others… this will frequently lead to pain and suffering as we as a race continue to do things contrary to His will. The Holy Spirit is an integral element of the Trinity but many Christians do not understand what the Holy Spirit is not. Just because something sounds ‘nice’ doesn’t mean it’s biblical at all. I’m at your service for any more clarification, interpretation, discussion on this, as my comment is not intended to debate but to clarify the Scripture. Knowing that God is good is foundational in our Christian walk. Competely wrong teaching here!! Did he not heal? 10:14). The Holy Spirit is at times identified with the spirit of prophecy. Number six troubles me a little. Roy Zuck of the Dallas Theological Seminary has written: “The [Bible] interpreter must also depend on the Holy Spirit.” He cites H.C.G. The Holy Spirit plays many roles. Even if you would do nothing the rest of your life, God would be as impressed with you as He is right now. If the Holy Spirit lives in us, then are we human and divine? Don great question. 18. 1:2). This list of the 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit come from her research. Logically and in the context of time, one could not forgive a sin that has not yet occurred, but Jesus showed Abba clearly and fully on the cross. He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. I will have to write more fully on this in the coming months as it is definitely something I would love to unpack more. When God speaks, the Holy Spirit is the One who brings it to pass. Paul foresaw that the Holy Spirit can become grieved (put to grief) by us, perhaps by our unwholesome words (Eph. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. That’s how I see it at least. Similarly, in Psalm103 although you say that there are no preconditions I believe that there are indeed preconditions shown in caps. If you don’t see god in all, you don’t see god at all. Without Godly conviction in our lives how are we supposed to repent and be sanctified to His image and likeness. The Holy Spirit personally guarantees your salvation and inheritance (Eph. The key for the latter things is us choosing to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and we’ll see amazing results – even if it all started from bad stuff that might have happened to us. Brad: No. Yes, we suffer hardships for the Gospel’s sake, meaning persecution, but God is not the author of hardship and suffering. So whatever the Spirit looked like, the way He descended was like the way a dove would descend. 43:20 - Is there a future kingdom to be established here on earth? God has no wants. The Holy Spiritis not just a “person,” but He is “divine” person. It is the same with the Holy Spirit — some prefer a pronoun, some do not. Agree with allot of what you wrote here – great stuff ! Praise God, He is the Lawgiver on the Throne, and He is the Lawkeeper in my heart. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. I would like to think that God is able to mature us outside of calamity. Who gave the devil permission to take away all that Job had and then to afflict his body? God has only good thoughts towards you and has only good things in store for you (Jer. What’s The Role Of The Law In The New Covenant? If we see God as our Father and Jesus as the Son, and we know the Holy Spirit is not a thing but a person, then it follows that we ascribe a gender to the Holy Spirit, too, as a way of helping us know the Holy Spirit and draw closer to the Spirit in our hearts, minds, and souls. 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