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March 9, 2020 12:00 am
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17).
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Once again, John chapter 14 verses 16 through 18, Jesus is speaking and I will pray the father and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever, even the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it see if him not, neither in the with him, but he know him, for he dwellest with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you first. We have considered something about the person of the Holy Spirit. He is not just an influence. He is part of the triune Godhead being father son and Holy Spirit.
He is another comforter and the language indicates that he is another comforter, just like the first one as Jesus had been. He is not leaving them alone. The ascending the Holy Spirit to abide with them and then women considering the work of the spirit, noting first that he inspired the scriptures and secondly that he gives life to those who were dead in trespasses and can send but the work doesn't end when the dead soul is made alive in Christ.
There is an ongoing work in this. The spirit is active. He sanctified us return the book of second Thessalonians chapter 2 reading the 13th verse, but we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth text certainly refutes the idea that people who really had no experience of salvation know nothing of the truth about God nor his son Jesus Christ. But the god just arbitrarily decide one day that he going to save the soul and take them to heaven. This says that those who were chosen from the beginning are chosen to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. The spirit of God is at work in the hearts of those that have been born again. He's convicting of sin is moving them in the right direction. He is blessing them in their spiritual progress and in their growth in grace in Romans 826 puts it this way. Likewise the Spirit also help with our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings that cannot be under is in fact reassuring that you make an effort to pray for you. Your efforts are terribly feeble. You question whether you are praying for the right things. If your praying and unacceptable manner and here the Holy Spirit of God is there to help our infirmities to assist us and less so that we will know what to pray for, and he makes intercession for us and pleads our case Holy Spirit is the helper.
The word Paraclete signifies his position. His work and it's translated in a variety of ways. It is referred to in our text has the comforter Paraclete, the one that comes alongside his comforter. He is an advocate. He is a counselor. He is helper as an advocate.
He was one of them that would come to defend us and advocate in olden times was one that would come alongside. I need help I need somebody to stand with me if I'm going to be in court. I got to have advocate and the Holy Spirit fills that role. The is a counselor we need guidance we need understanding how many times you remember when you read the Scriptures to play first in pray Lord be my counselor. The my teacher be my helper, I can see that I'm lacking in understanding do sometimes become frustrated because you don't understand and that made her realize I hadn't even prayed for his help. I hadn't even recognize that I'm not smart enough just reconfigured a lot by myself. I must have his assistance. His blessing and that's the role that he occupies as the comforter he comes to give strength we often think of comfort in terms of being consoled so that our tears are wiped away Bennett's sadness and we need comfort in our troubles, and indeed the Holy Spirit fills that role, but it has a greater significance when all of the languages reviewed he comforts not just by helping us feel better telling us get over our sorrows, but he comforts us by giving us strength, giving us the strength that we need to be able to stand firm to continue to run the race with patience that is set Donna Ray Barnhouse expressed like this. Here's a ramrod down your backbone to make you stand for the truth to make you take the right side even though it's the minority side. The comforter gives you strength to stand up in the face of something that is vile and so when you need strength to stand for what's right.
You need strength to stand against that which is evil. You need strength to stand against the evil that is tempting you because of your thoughts and your actions and your attitudes, you find that strength in him. He is described here as the spirit of truth and his comfort is based on truth, while books are written. This than diamond. Lot of ideas or spouse about how we can give comfort to those who need it and so often there is really nothing biblical in the concept there is nothing silent it's just words have no meaning when the spirit of God comforts us.
He is the spirit of truth, so he comforts us with truth, he comforts us with insight to what the word of God says to the promises of God to the sovereignty of God to the truth of how God is working and that is the greatest comfort is not something that quickly passes away. You understand that the God that you are serving and worshiping is the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth. And even though their difficult times and things that you cannot understand. You commit your way to human the spirit of God enabled you to lay hold of and strengthen you according and then as we think about the work of the spirit. He glorifies Jesus Christ in the 16th chapter of the Gospel of John verse 13 howbeit when he, the spirit of truth is, he will guide you into all truth for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear that shadow if you speak and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me for he shall receive of mine and shall show it unto you the spirit of God the Holy Spirit will glorify me, says Jesus Christ. Now, any teaching that emphasizes the work of the spirit, but at the same time detracts from Christ's is not the result of the spiritual enlightenment anything that detracts from Jesus Christ is not in harmony with the word of God are those that become so enamored with the idea that they want a special anointing or baptism of the Holy Spirit are to be empowered by him. Emphasis is put their to the neglect of exalting Jesus Christ the work of the Holy Spirit is. He said when he comes that he will glorify me, says Jesus testifies of Jesus back in chapter 15 verse 26: the comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the father, even the spirit of truth which proceeded from the father, he shall testify of me. So the Holy Spirit is constantly at work to exalt and glorify Jesus Christ's metamorphic glorifies Jesus Christ by drawing men to him man by nature do not see his greatness is beauty or Explorer they are committed to their sin, but by the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit by his power to quicken them to drawl them. He brings man to Jesus Christ and then he glorifies Christ by transforming these individuals that are brought to the Savior to the image of Christ is work going on. God has according to his divine purpose determined to conform up.
Even though the image of his son Jesus Christ. I realize that will not be fully consummated until they are resurrected and at home with the Lord. But the process begins now to a person that is had an experience of grace that has been born of the Holy Spirit. There is work going on because of the spirit in them transforming that individual making a difference in their life.
Now the third thing that we would consider having seen the person of the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit want to talk about the wall with the Holy Spirit from the book of Galatians chapter 5 reading in the 16th verse, this I say then, walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh, goes on to talk about the various sins of the flesh, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, all these various of the thing is, says if you want to overcome the sins you walk in the spirit spirit of God then enables us to overcome sin exam week. I have promised myself a number of times I'm going overcome this habit I'm going to turn away from this seem to find myself right back in it. It is to be admitted that in and of ourselves we are weak, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome walking in the spirit, the spirit enables us to overcome sin and the spirit enables us to bear fruit. Verse 22 but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law, and later Christ have crucified the flesh with affectionate with the affections and lusts. If we live in the spirit. Let us also walk in the spirit. And let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another in being one another spirit of God dwells in the hearts of believers and because of his presence.
We are able to overcome the works of the flesh where able to bear the fruit of the spirit believers then are to be mindful of the Holy Spirit giving thought to the fact that the Holy Spirit, abides with them that he is there comforter. Here's their teacher fears their guide.
They are to respect him and that means that they will not grieve him the book of Ephesians chapter 4 and verse 30 says and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. That's another confirmation that the Holy Spirit is a person some entity that can hardly describe some force or power is not agreed, but when you sin you grieve the Holy Spirit the house of the sins are enumerated in this passage of Scripture.
Honestly any sand will grieve the Holy Spirit. But here it describes stealing. It describes corrupt communication. Any inappropriate language things that you're saying that are not for the use of edifying.
I don't minister grace to the hearers bitterness harboring bitterness in your heart.
Deep resentment against somebody else grieve the Holy Spirit. You can expect to enjoy the blessings hold of the Holy Spirit. You can expect to enjoy the help of the Holy Spirit the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the joy of the Holy Spirit when you're grieving. So if there's bitterness you need to confess and forsake it harass her anger clamor even speaking to me with all malice grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, and then the book of first Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 19 gives us further instruction quench not the spirit that might raise questions about his mind that we not talk about the effectual call of the spirit indeed that is a truth confirmed in Scripture that when the Spirit of God moves upon one he has power to drawl them to make them willing in the day of his power to bring them to Christ, so what we mean by quenching the Spirit. Well, this is something that occurs in the heart and life of a person that has been born of the spirit, the spirit of God's dwelling in them. They are a new creature in Christ Jesus. But now, rather than having a humble submissive spirit.
They are failing to grow you grow you find strength to overcome the whirling overcome temptation as the word of God is applied. So if you are failing to study God's word, which is that the spirit uses to enlighten you and instruct you. You're not letting it dwell in your heart fictionally as the apostle instructs us to do in the Colossian letter you are quenching the work of the spirit will need to pray for divine guidance.
Insulting to pray that you will be blessed in spiritual growth and then neglect the word of God in spite of the sincere milk of the word that babes in Christ grow and that is you further tour you reach the point that you're ready for the meat. James chapter 1 verse 22 but be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own cell.
For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like no man beholding his natural face in a glass or heave a hold of himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgotten what manner of man he was. But whoso look at the end of the perfect law of liberty, and continue with Larry and keep being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work. This man shall be blessed in his D how often have you looked in the looking glass of God's word but then turned to side making no adjustment. No correction, no real acknowledgment of what you saw and what you needed to do on that's the case you are quenching the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit uses the word to convict you to direct you to bring about a positive change in your life for the more the spirit of God brings us close to God. We sing hymns about our desire to have a closer walk with the Lord, and he may say I really desire that I sometimes feel cold and empty and I would like to have a closer walk with God. One part of the spiritual work is to make that happen in the book of Romans chapter 8 and the 15th verse, for you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you receive the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba father.
Now that's the intimacy that the child of God has with the heavenly father calling him Abba father.
My father the spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if shall be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. But if you're not prayerful if you're not submissive to God's word if you're not submissive to his sovereign design in the midst of your afflictions and trials you quenching the spirit, the spirit bears witness with our spirit that with the children of God, the spirit of God blesses us to understand something of the spirit of adoption that we been taken into the family and we can cry Abba father. My father, but that is disrupted in our daily walk. When we are not humbly walking before God and submitting for the more the spirit gives strength for spiritual growth and to feel desperate in the need of it. You see the weaknesses in your own mind and heart.
You have to contend with the many distractions around you in the world to say I can't handle it on my own. I need strength and that's what he's promised to provide Ephesians 316. Paul is praying that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man strengthened in the inner man. How by his Holy Spirit. And what a blessing when you have that experience. When you reach the point that the struggles are great and you acknowledge Lord and we can.
I can't make it on my own account accomplishments before me, but I want to honor your name and I and I need help I needed desperately and and you find that inner strength and say I know where that came from. I didn't just start out of the dig in my heels in and become a determined that was that was a blessing of the Holy Spirit, but all of that can be quenched by pride and by an attitude of self sufficiency. I ask you the question today.
Are you walking in the spirit were admonished in this passage the book of Galatians to walk in the spirit asked him to strengthen you to guide you to teach you were desperately in need of his blessings in our lives individually and certainly in archer. We sing in one of the hymns always blaming unless the spirit of the holy one, and how true that is W no eyes open though me know hearts made tender, there will be no positive responses of the gospel is the Holy Spirit come down and meet with us not going to be by the implementation of new plan schemes and ideas, but by the lessening of the Holy Spirit of God that his kingdom moves forward in his church prospers.
I would say to you today that are yet an unbeliever. Have you been convicted of your sin.
It's the spiritual work to convict. If you been convicted of sin, things never troubled in the past and you understand that your sins against God take courage that this didn't just happen. This is the work of the Holy Spirit you come to realize that there is only hope for you and for any fallen center in Jesus Christ. It's the spirits work to reveal him.
If you see that perhaps there is evidence of the spirits work in you today by this be the day that you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ on Jesus.
You and we recognize how desperately we need spirit to give us the strength and courage that is necessary along life's journey to be our teacher and our guide to be the one who sends his blessings upon the church that it may prosper in his with sentiments concluding remarks in the message. If you're one who has been convicted of sin, you see yourself as a ruling center in the sight of a holy God. Indeed, it is the work of the Holy Spirit and it is his work to reveal Jesus Christ to demonstrate that there is but one Savior, and the policy is he that believe with all the son hath everlasting life count two week reach again next time. This Sarah Bradley Junior saying that God richly bless you and I will see she she