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STEP FOUR

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

      God exists in three Divine Persons: the Holy Spirit, Father and Son.  United as One they comprise the Divine Trinity.  The New Testament contains very specific directions on how we must interact with the Holy Spirit.

Key Concepts

 

*  Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit

*  Do Not Quench the Holy Spirit 

*  Be Filled with the Holy Spirit   

*  Walk in the Holy Spirit           

*  Use Your Gift(s) from the Holy Spirit

 

    The Holy Spirit plays a vital role every day in our spiritual lives.  As believers, the Holy Spirit abides with us continually. At the moment of salvation, God seals you with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 4:30 (Page 1831)

 

"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit

of God, by whom you were

sealed for the day

of redemption."

 

     The Biblical writers consistently describe the Holy Spirit as God.  In Acts 28:25, Page 1757, Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah and says that the Holy Spirit, as God the Lord, spoke through Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8-13, Page 1079).  This same pattern of equating the Lord God to the Holy Spirit can be seen in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Page 1807; Romans 8:9, Page 1768; 1 Corinthians 2:11, Page 1784; 12:3, Page 1796.  The Bible also equates lying to the Holy Spirit as lying to God (Acts 5:3, 4, Page 1707).  Furthermore, He also displays divine qualities: self-existence (Romans 8:2, Page 1768) and omnipresence (Psalm 139:7ff., Page 992).   The Holy Spirit performs the works of God in creation (Genesis 1:2, Page 1), resurrection (Romans 8:11, Page 1768), and conviction of sin (John 14:8ff., Page 1684).   In summary, the uniform testimony of Scripture indicates that God exists in three divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

    Now, turning to Ephesians 4:30, Page 1831, Paul declares that we must be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God.    This verse teaches us that the Holy Spirit has emotions, and He lives in personal relationship with every believer.  When you sin, you grieve the Holy Spirit.  He loves you and cares for you, but with that love comes deep concern for you.  This verse describes the emotions of a Person: the Holy Spirit.  Just as the Father and Son are Persons, so also is the Holy Spirit.  As a Person, the Holy Spirit has intelligence (1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Page 1784) and a will (1 Corinthians 2:11, Page 1784). He can also be lied to, just as anyone may lie to a person (Acts 5:3,5, Page 1707).   Because He is a Person, and not some ephemeral spirit, the Gospel of John uses masculine personal pronouns ("He," "Him") to describe the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-14, Page 1688; 15:26, Page 1687; 16:7-8, Page 1687).  Furthermore, He acts like a Person in our lives: He commands us (Acts 8:29, Page 1715), He teaches us (John 14:26, Page 1685; 1 Corinthians 2:13, Page 1784), He leads us (Romans 8:14, Page 1769), He testifies to us (Romans 8:16, Page 1769), He helps us with our weaknesses (Romans 8:26, Page 1769), He intercedes for us (Romans 8:26, Page 1769), and He reveals the deep things of God to us (1 Corinthians 2:11-13, Page 1784).  He now lives within you.

Ephesians 5:18 (Page 1833)

 

"And do not get drunk with wine,

for that is dissipation, but be

filled with the Spirit"

 

    The Holy Spirit seeks to fill you.  God contrasts drunkenness from wine intoxication, resulting in a lack of control, with the filling of the Holy Spirit that lets God take control of your life for His benefit (Ephesians 5:18, Page 1832).  Just as a liquid fills a container, so also the Holy Spirit moves to make every area of your life holy to God.  In other words, He sanctifies you by producing the holiness of God within you.   His filling refers to the active power of the Holy Spirit controlling your decisions to live to the glory of God.  As He fills your life, more and more of your life shines to the glory of Jesus Christ.  He produces the power to change your life, one decision at a time.  Old patterns of sin no longer shackle you.  He tears off the bonds and sets you free to live as a slave to God.  God actually commands you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 (Page 1851)

 

"Do not quench the Spirit."

    The Holy Spirit seeks to burn like a fire in our lives.  He indwells every Christian (Romans 5:5, Page 1764; 8:9, Page 1768; 1 Corinthians 3:16, Page 1785; 6:19, Page 1788) and performs a variety of ministries in our lives.  God cautions us against quenching His activity.  To quench means to stop.  When applied to fires, it means you take away the fuel from the fire.  Spiritually, God encourages us to do nothing to stop the activity of the Holy Spirit.  It also means that you must make a conscious decision to submit yourself to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  He provides unlimited power for living, and burns in our lives.

Galatians 5:16 (Page 1825)

 

"But I say, walk by the Spirit;

and you will not carry out

 the desire of the flesh."

    God uses the most common Greek word for "walk" right here to describe how we relate to the Holy Spirit.  Just as we walk around, so also we walk in the Holy Spirit.  In other words, we carry out all of life's activities by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He becomes an absolutely essential part of everything we do everyday.  In this same passage, the Holy Spirit leads us to overcome the desire of the flesh, which opposes the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.  When we walk in the Holy Spirit, we see Him produce spiritual fruit in our lives.  That fruit includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, Page 1825).  He removes from your life immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness and carousing (Galatians 5:19-20, Page 1825).

Galatians 5:25 (Page 1826)

 

"If we live by the Spirit, let us

also walk by the Spirit."

    In this verse, God uses a different Greek word for "walk."  Here God draws attention to walking in rank or formation with others.  Consider a marching band.  Every band member must turn at the right time or else the band falls into disarray.  Walking in rank with others allows you to stay in place with all of them and walk as a cohesive whole.  The Holy Spirit allows you to walk in rank with the whole body of Jesus Christ.  God has a place for you and the Holy Spirit helps you to stay in just the right place and make all the right moves.  In the passage, the Holy Spirit keeps you from being boastful, challenging one another, and envying one another.  Notice all three of those problems arise in the context of relationships.  Count upon the Holy Spirit in your life to keep you in line with other believers and be a blessing to the whole body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:4 (Page 1796)

 

"Now there are varieties of gifts,

but the same Spirit."

    The Holy Spirit blessed you with at least one spiritual gift for building up the church the instant you were born again.  He intends to use that gift within you for His purposes, and everyone you touch with your gift will benefit from God's ministry through you.  The Holy Spirit gives the gifts just as He wishes, and then He empowers us to use those gifts.  See the total picture here. 

    Every believer, including you, has been given a spiritual gift and no two believers are identical.  In fact, the same spiritual gift, like teaching, will produce different effects and yield different ministries in different believers.  Yet, although each of us differs from other believers, making each of us unique, the Holy Spirit of God unifies us into one total body.  Therefore, just as the human body has different members that produce sight, touch, smell, and all the other functions, so also the Holy Spirit produces essential spiritual functions through different people using different gifts to benefit the entire body.  Ever notice that your whole body benefits from sight?  If not, try walking into a wall and see which part of you hurts first. 

    The Holy Spirit produces unity in diversity among believers in the church.  Through His ministry of gifts, and His essential unity, we rejoice and suffer with other members of the Body of Christ.  You can check out several lists of gifts in Romans 12:3-8, Page 1775; 1 Corinthians 128-10, Page 1796; 1 Peter 4:10,11, Page 1898; Ephesians 4:7-16, Page 1830.  Although you may have natural talents, do not jump to the conclusion that your talents equal your spiritual gifts.  Only time, prayer, ministry, and effort will illumine the spiritual gifts in you.  Seek your gift and God will bless others through you.  You see, the Holy Spirit performs the work of ministry through the saints using their gifts.  People, not just pastors and missionaries, minister to the church, and you must perform an essential ministry.  You already have your gift, so seek to use it.

Review Questions

1.  Who is the Holy Spirit?

2.  Is the Holy Spirit God?

3.  Is the Holy Spirit a Person?

4.  When does someone receive the Holy

     Spirit?                       

5.  What must you do to receive the Holy

     Spirit?                      

6.  What does the Holy Spirit do for

     believers?                       

7.  What does it mean to walk in the Holy

     Spirit?