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The Work of the Spirit - Part 2 of 2

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May 15, 2020 12:00 am

The Work of the Spirit - Part 2 of 2

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May 15, 2020 12:00 am

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7).

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The plans and national chairman Junior welcoming you to one of the broadcasts of the Baptist Bible in our dimension earlier in the week. We had been using our series from the Gospel of John. Over the past weeks or months and decided when the coronavirus became such an issue that there were other messages that would be needful and appropriate at this time and I'm not suggesting that the crisis is over, but I have felt that we needed to go back to our series in the Gospel of John, and we will continue to try to bring messages both on our Sunday broadcasts that our website that are pertinent to the challenges are being faced with the present, we know that all of God's word is given by inspiration and pray that these messages from John will be a blessing to you.

Remember our addresses. The Baptist Bible box 17/37, Cincinnati, OH 45217. Please write and let me know that you have listened all and he is will and will will these disciples were so troubled and had not really asked detailed questions about what was going to transpire where Jesus is going to be accomplishing the back of her mind that they wanted this immediate kingdom kingdom set up on this earth. They wanted to be in positions of prominence that even argued about who was going the greatest position is on the right hand and so the idea of the Messiah, going to the cross being crucified is still difficult for them to grasp, but Jesus as is for your good thing that I'm going away it's it's lost it's not a tragedy. How many times do we see that reasoning in our mind that by the unfolding of the bond problems we encounter circumstances which are troubling causes great grief and disappointment, sometimes reaching the point that we wonder if God even cares about us crying out dishonest times. Lord, forsake me not this is a dark hour. This is a time of trouble.

I don't understand why have you allowed this situation to touch my depression we have difficulty trusting God that he knows what his forearm have difficulty believing his promise that all things work together for good luck got the called according to his purpose. We want to be able to see clear view attitude is some good in this. I'd like to see it today.

I will have to just travel by faith I don't have to wait to light some future time.

So the disciples were failing to grasp the good things Jesus was going to go to the cross.

It was a sadness to think that the Savior that they love to be made for the crops and suffered such excruciating pain in such ridiculed by his enemies. The cross, the greatest victory of all times will be accomplished by his sacrificial the fact that he gave his life that he shed his blood on that basis.

If you have the hope of salvation today had it not been for his sacrifice. The disciples themselves with salvation. Salvation really dark time terrible tragedy in the was going to the cross and accomplish the work that was given with the father he was going to be buried in the tomb three days and three nights and then he would arrive us to send back to heaven and no doubt it was a triumphal entry Jesus Christ had sends Satan glory in the course. No doubt there forces within and beyond anything we can imagine he was the disciples couldn't grasp. They were just thinking about their own situation. Feeling a terrible sense of loneliness even before he departed just with the thought that he was going away struggling with how they were to get by. How can they possibly continue to carry on this great work if Jesus was call but he said the spirit of God is coming spirit of God will empower you to do the work that you need to do and then you begin to describe the work of the spirit in verse eight, Chapter 16 and when he is come, he reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment of sin, because they believe not on me the spirit of God comes. This is his work is going to reprove the world of sin, the world is in a fallen, sinful state fair enemies of God and against God. God has a law, men feel that that would impose restrictions on them are unnecessary and improper. And they ought to be entitled to make their own choices and live as they want to live in the spirit all around us.

In this ungodly world today by nature they are children of wrath. Ephesians chapter 4 describes them as having their understanding darkened, so they're not even able to grasp the darkness which covers them. They are living according to the deceitful last says that same passage in Ephesians chapter 4 man from God, an enemy from God dead in trespasses and sins doesn't love God doesn't fear God doesn't seek God Jesus that he will not come unto me that you might have life and according to the words of Jesus man's sinfulness and corruption is manifest in the fact that he does not believe says the spirit of God will convict of sin, because they believe not on me. The messages preached the gospel is proclaimed the good news is brought rebellious centers in their darkened state will not receive it will not embrace it. John chapter 3 verse 18 he that believe on him is not condemned but only with not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. Condemnation verse 36 confirms he that believes on the son hath everlasting life, and he that believe it's not the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God by language. Couldn't any planar trying to defend the idea that there is a place for unbelievers still to be in God's favor and go to heaven contradicts everything Jesus talked John chapter 5 verse 40 and he will not come to me that you might have life. Well, if man is dead in trespasses and then send is it not a fact that he doesn't have the ability to come. Yes scriptures certainly proclaim that. But Jesus is not leaving man in a state where he can defend himself, as though he is not accountable. He said he will not come you don't desire to come. You don't want to come you don't want to part with your sin and you are accountable for your own state chapter 8 verse 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins, for if ye believe not that I am key he shall die in your sin. This is the ultimate result person who does not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with Dionysian and judgment will be condemned and suffer the wrath of God for ever know that teaching is unpopular in our time.

It was unpopular Jesus.Jesus talked a lot about the punishment of the wicked beat talked a lot about how he made it clear that hell is a real place and there will be people that go there and suffer the wrath of God forever talked about the only remedy for fallen sinners is in Jesus Christ himself and the one that believes on the son has everlasting life. So the spirit convicts the spirit gives the correct perception of sin. Man, because he is in darkness defends the same excuses is sin overlooks is sin feels that since it's his own person.

He ought to be able to make his own choices and who's got the right to say that what I'm doing is wrong.

You think you are telling me that some of my actions are improper have no sense of accountability to a holy God. But the Spirit of God moves upon an individual.

He corrects that perception he makes them to see their own sinfulness. If you had that experience. You know what it's like for you maybe have gone for a time with the self-righteous attitude I'm not as bad as a lot of people I may have done a few things that I'm I'm just not all that bad, but in the spirit of God moves upon you, you begin to see not only the terrible sinful actions at the plague in your life, but the sinful faults in the sinful attitudes and the sins of neglect sin. The failure to love God with all your heart, the sin of failing to love your neighbor as yourself and you begin to see what a wretched sinner you are. You can see a vivid example of this is the spirit of God did descend upon the church on the day of Pentecost and Peter preached a powerful sermon. It was powerful because he was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Acts chapter 2, verse 20 3 PM being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, we have taken in by wicked hands have crucified and slain my letter said Peter if you want to make friends of these people you need to leave that out and I don't like that. He pointed his finger at tech that multiboot you you you by wicked hands have crucified and slain the Lord of glory. You are a scanner and you're accountable for. Look at the result.

Verse 37 now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, shall we do that were convicted because the Holy Spirit of God moved upon them to preach the very same message at another time.

And there have been no response and no impact whatever the spirit of God was not moving among them. But as the Holy Spirit moves he reveals our sinfulness.

Apart from the spirits work. Men do not see.

I do not understand spiritual things that I plan receive is not the things of the spirit of God because they are spiritually discerned that the second thing verse 10 says that the spirit of God will approve of righteousness, because I go to my father, and ye see me no more to reprove of righteousness. I think it probably has the implication of telling us that by the working of the Holy Spirit, he would reveal the emptiness of the religious righteousness that the Pharisees possessed and claimed as their defense. What a hypocritical bunch.

The Pharisees were. They were careful to observe all of the details of the Sabbath and factly that admin to their own rules to it which really were not of God, but here are people who are wanting to be meticulous in their tithes down to the piling of spices and they wanted to be very careful about how far they would travel on the Sabbath day be very astute and all of the commitment of these think the other people who wanted to kill Jesus righteousness is that someone pretending someone claiming to be righteously religious and big serving God to kill God's Isaiah chapter 60 for the six verse says that our righteousnesses are as filthy ridings. The very thing that man might pretend to be so good and so worthwhile and for which he should be complemented the testimony of God is that your own righteousness your own self-righteousness is as filthy ridings so the spirit of God came to reveal the emptiness of professed religious righteousness, but also he came to confirm the righteousness of Jesus Christ was Pharisees had malign him said that he was a wind member and a gluttonous man. At one point they said the devil and is mad Jesus session is possessed of the devil and is a madman claims that he's made that he is the son of God.

All this is absurd and so they said he was unrighteous. No likenesses in this man, he hears is a deceiver. I cried, crucified and crucified. But the spirit of God came to reprove the world of righteousness. And he said because I go to the father which is a key to what was in view here so we go back to the second chapter the book of acts in this message that Peter delivered on the day of Pentecost in verse 22.

He said the men of Israel, hear these words of Jesus of Nazareth. I get this, a man approved of God among you. They didn't approve of it. They rejected him. They hated him, but Peter now says he was a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, and you yourselves also know that go along with the verse we read earlier that they by wicked hands have crucified and slain him but look at verse 32 this Jesus this very Jesus that you oppose that you hated that you crucified God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses.

Therefore being the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost hath shed forth this, which you now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens, but he saith himself, the Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand until I make fivefold spine footstool.

So the righteousness of Jesus Christ is affirmed.

You said he was a sinner. You said he was full of Satan, but the father has exalted him, put him on high until he make his phone.

His footstool William Hendrickson writes concerning this says in condemning Christ, the very one welcomed by the father at the last day. This sentence will be made manifest to the entire universe and the devil.

This is quote from the book of Revelation of the devil that deceived them will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, hence the world by clinging to the advice of Satan in condemning Jesus stands convicted." The spirit of God came to bring about a conviction concerning righteousness showing exactly the situation as to where we stand.

Then he says to reprove the world of judgment, the prince of this world is judged. Jesus said in John 1231 now is the judgment of this world now shall the prince of this world be cast out Satan, who is our chief adversary, Satan, who no doubt was inspiring the Pharisees and others of the critics of Jesus to speak adversely against him when he was here on the earth, says that he is going to be cast out. And so when Jesus Christ went to the cross his enemies.

No doubt, triumph, saying, we have accomplished our purpose we are putting to death we have removed this imposter. This is the and other what actually occurred. Jesus Christ conquered sin. Satan and their he was victorious by this sacrifice that he made and, consequently, we read that he was exalted and put in a place of authority, seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high where he ever lives to make intercession for what a blessing that the spirit of God, then was given by Christ. He said I will send the spirit which he did in the Spirit descended on them in great power on the day of Pentecost. What is you say spirit works as the gospel is being preached the spirit of God empowers it spirit of God feels Mammon enables them to speak with boldness concerning the sinfulness of centers in the graciousness of God in his mercy that is given through Jesus Christ. When Paul is writing to the church at Thessalonica. He said in chapter 1 that the gospel came unto you in power and of the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, how many times a person will relate an experience by saying I heard the facts of the gospel all my life I continue the Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead, but it really didn't mean anything to me but there came a time when I was deeply convicted of us in. I saw the unworthiness I saw all my lost condition.

I knew that I was ruined in my neck from state because I was the center by nature, another gospel team in power. That was good news. It was it was something in which I could rejoice. I would say at that point. This is not just a fact with which I'm acquainted. This is a message that I am brainless this is a person that I have come to love and I rest in him about faith that depend upon him for my salvation, my forever spirit of God is convicting the world of sin for not believing in Jesus and with the respect to the righteousness of Christ, the spirit of God reveals that Christ is fully vindicated by going to the father because the father welcomed him home and received him triumphantly as he came back into the port of glory and concerning judgment. It is declared in the defeat of the prince of this world. The judgment upon Satan and those that are his followers about you today is the spirit of God convicted you of your sin and of your failure to believe on Jesus.

They come to recognize that you have no righteousness of your own, but the only righteousness about which you can stand acceptable in the sight of God is that which is imputed to you credited to you from Jesus Christ of him are ye in Christ Jesus will of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption that according as it is written, be the glory and glory in the Lord, if you seen that the prince of this world, the prince of the power they are the spirit and I worked on the children of disobedience is the father of lies and you now reject his philosophies. You may have been ensnared by them influence the Lamb for a long time to reject them today by this be the day that you repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and confess him again we ask the question, is the spirit convicted you of your sin.

Have you come to recognize that it is only in Jesus Christ, that there is hope for you and fallen by crook centers were the blessing of grace you have been convicted of sin, but then have been able to see that Jesus Christ is the only Savior there's no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. He that believe with older son has everlasting life. I pray the Lord will bless this message to be a benefit in your life. I hope you will take time to righteousness. We can mention the colors of the station about which the program is come to you with the Lord richly bless you all

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