It is ever in season. You live in this body. There are some spirits that NEED quenching. They understood their roles as witnesses to the death and resurrection of the Christ, but realized that something was required of them in return; they had to obey. The Importance of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. "An early Church Father speaking of the power of the Holy Spirit in service — The power of the Holy Spirit was present to melt the heart of the most hardened sinner with the love of Jesus Christ! We can never forget that life in the Kingdom of God, and the work of the Kingdom of God is outside of mere human capacity. Perhaps at some other time we will have another talk, and I will go on from this point, showing something more of the meaning of the Holy Spirit, what the Holy Spirit means to us in our lives. For example, the sister who came up to me and handed me an old weekly bulletin — said that she kept the Sunday bulletins for the “Parson to Person” and to keep track of what we’ve studied. There we were told that we would not be left as orphans. Those hearing the prophecy are to judge as to whether or not it agrees with what the Holy Spirit has said in the pages of Scripture. You really should read your bible and stop making up things. Because JOY is not rooted in happenings — HAPPINESS is rooted in happenings. The local church as it ought to be, as it is waiting for the coming of the Lord. Your one-stop online-hub for Calvary Chapel, by "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! The Holy Spirit has many things to say to us about who Jesus is and what it means that He lived here on earth as a man. An understanding of the Holy Spirit is so essential to our faith, yet talked about so little. "He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. In counseling with him, I tried to help him understand that the role of the Holy Spirit was so much more than just speaking in tongues. In these verses, the Holy Spirit gives a clear picture of a living, breathing community of believers. You start with the next words of Paul:"Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. With these words, Jesus encapsulated for His disciples the necessity of the Holy Spirit and the impact it would have on their lives—and by extension on ours. There is only one God and He is the third divine person of the Trinity. The parable of the ten virgins, representing the Church, focuses on our preparedness for the coming of the Bridegroom. What is the importance of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? You’re just sharing what the Lord has been doing in your life, or what you’ve been reading, and the Holy Spirit uses your words to reveal the mind of the Lord to the person you’re talking to. Valerie and I took a lot of our baby steps as Christians in the Catholic Charismatic movement. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. His righteousness came about by a state of mind, a mind that Paul encourages us to acquire through letting us see that difference between the spirit of this world, that humanity has, and the mind of God (1 Corinthians 2:9–15). The eyes of our understanding are blinded. But that does not mean it is not the Lord. “refuse to do anything which is evil,” or “refuse to act in any way which even seems bad.”. Do we have our Father’s Holy Spirit? He is the God who speaks — The opening chapter of the first book of the Bible we find 10 times — “God said….”. But the Holy Spirit instructs us here to NOT despise such utterances. Now the relationship is deeper as we prepare to be part of the bride of Christ at His return. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit so the apostles could be led into all truth (John 16:12–15). Before being born again — the body and the soul are alive, but because we are spiritually dead, we are incapable of fellowship with God who is spirit. Note Peter’s comment to the Sanhedrin shortly after the day of Pentecost: “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32). We are so conditioned by the course of this world to measure the supernatural in terms of the SPECTACULAR. He opened by setting the context: "The position of our text is very suggestive. She wasn’t one running around claiming she had the gift of prophecy. Don’t lay hold of the weak. As He sat at dinner with the disciples at their last Passover together, with just over 50 days remaining until Pentecost, Jesus made a promise to those with Him: “If you love Me, keep My commandments. I was able to thank God for how my son — having just heard the news in my office — was carried along by God and went out and led Metro in the worship of Jesus. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12–14). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. Here was a man who wanted to buy the gift that the apostles possessed—but without ever repenting and seeking our Father’s will in his life (Acts 8:18–24)! Where do you start a series of the Holy Spirit? But the Lord said, "The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. In Jesus, Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You (Zondervan), … The death of the last apostle and the completion of the Canon of Scripture hasn’t changed any of that! I believe that God has told me that it’s for YOU!" The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:13). v. 8). We with our lamps fueled by the Holy Spirit of God are the light. Why would you NOT want to have as your master the King of the universe who died to save the traitors in His universe? One reason is by design – the Holy Spirit’s primary role is to represent Jesus and to be a mediator for Jesus. The Necessity of the Holy Spirit The Necessity of the Holy Spirit. The new believer is "born again of the Spirit". Paul before his conversion knew the Scriptures very well, but his limited understanding of them led him to murder and persecute the followers of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:1, 9:1). It is carried along by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Will we be part of that most joyous occasion? James also addressed the need for us to receive the “implanted word” so that we can be “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves” (James 1:21–22). The word "prophecies" is from a compound Greek word:Prefix pró = before or forthSuffix+ phemí = tell, It has the literal meaning of speaking forth. 1 Carson, D. A. It does say — IN everything – every circumstance. It’s how we lived and breathed. The return of Jesus Christ—the bridegroom—is set at midnight, a time of darkness. THIS is so challenging to me — because it is my LIFE’S WORK to study and teach these very truths. Obedience was a condition for receiving the Holy Spirit (John 14:15–16). He asked God to completely set their lives aside for Himself and for His purposes. SIN was our master. We are offered the promise of eternal life because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit… makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Jesus goes on in chapter 16 to set out a number of reasons for the giving of the Spirit. Observe what it follows. Speaking to His followers, Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13–14). THAT should be the way we live and breathe as individual believers. The Character of The Holy Sprit; The Ministry of The Holy Spirit; If you have found value in this article, please share with your family friends, and in your communities, by using one of the share buttons below. His departure was to ensure the future for all humanity who are willing to submit to the Father’s will and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the payment for sin. Don’t comfort the small-souled person. The Necessity of Word and Spirit. (Eph. Oil is one of the symbols used to describe the Holy Spirit. Sensual pleasure was a cruel taskmaster. Money was a cruel taskmaster (Money’s a great servant but a cruel master). The principal instruction about the Holy Spirit, however, was given by Jesus Christ at the Passover, reinforcing what He had stated months earlier on the preceding Last Great Day (John 7:37–39). We can’t overemphasize the necessity of the Holy Spirit; it is mandatory for believers to have the person of the Holy Spirit in our lives like never before. “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? I kept thinking, “Why would I leave CCCM to go to THAT!" Baptism With the Holy Spirit: All Saints Partake of. Spiritual gifts are the means whereby man is enabled by the Holy Spirit to do those things which are not humanly possible. Time and again we read the Old Testament prophets saying, “Thus says the Lord.” The Old Testament prophets spoke the very words of God. Marriage is a different metaphor than that used by Jesus at the Passover. "The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. But during Pentecost, we’re invited to focus on it in a special way. Baptism With the Holy Spirit: Christ Administered. How was this to be done? THIS is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus! Richard Cimino is the founding pastor of Metro Calvary. We simply see some symptoms. (1987). Many mistakenly think of speaking in tongues as the primary or even sole external sign of the Holy Spirit, just as it was displayed on the day of Pentecost in 31ad (see Acts 2). Pentecost, during which the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and other disciples (Acts 2), is seen as the fulfillment of that promise. He spent time in the Word of God that day. The church is not a bunch of good people trying to do good things for Jesus. The Importance of the Holy Spirit Who is the Holy Spirit? And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning” (John 15:26–27). and, therefore, the apostle appended as answer, 'Always pray.' God’s Church is to be that light in this dark world. It is led, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. What is essential? Even when we labor in preaching and teaching the Word of God, our work can accomplish nothing of spiritual benefit apart from the Holy Spirit. ", You might have slanderous reports about you being spread in the community of believers, or have someone in the community of believers accusing you of things you would never even dream of doing. The New Testament gift of prophecy is different from Old Testament office of prophet. At the same time the more rejoicing the more praying…Holy joy and prayer act and react upon each other. Perhaps we should begin with the deity of the Spirit, or with His personhood, or with His essential character as Holy. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:4–5). Richard Cimino SECOND — THIS IS the clearly revealed will of God for you and me as individual believers — and for the community of believers as a whole. Paul’s command presupposes the message may contain a mixture of the valuable and the worthless.1 AGAIN — that sets apart the New Testament GIFT of prophecy from the Old Testament OFFICE of the prophet. The church was not only in spiritual disarray — the facility was really small, really old, smelled old and musty. Above all else, the Holy Spirit is necessary to help us overcome this world and produce the fruit that our Father desires. We can never forget that life in the Kingdom of God, and the work of the Kingdom of God is outside of mere human capacity. It is a relationship that is far greater than that of an orphan somehow regaining a lost parent. So, having considered this instruction about the Holy Spirit, we can look at how this affects us. Jesus was able to read from the prophets in the synagogue at Nazareth, possibly on a day of Pentecost. Prepare your home – go to confession and make your soul a … Prayer gives a channel to the pent-up sorrows of the soul, they flow away, and in their stead streams of sacred delight pour into the heart. And Jesus is THAT master! Here are three ways to welcome the Holy Spirit this Pentecost. Privacy Policy, Christmas Truce: The Day World War I Stopped, From the Christmas Tree to the Tree of Calvary: The Meaning Behind Advent, Thanksgiving: Remembering God's Mercy Toward Calvary Chapel. Here’s why it’s so important to be involved in a community of men and women who are living out their lives in Jesus together. (Read the first installment of this series!). That does not mean that you should be phony! If you are going to warn or exhort or comfort someone, surely the ministry of the Spirit and the testimony of Jesus is going to be a part of it. Copyright CalvaryChapel © 2021. Stay current with all things Calvary by subscribing to He was alive physically. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. But for tonight this is the point: The absolute necessity of our receiving the Holy Spirit. Bible verses about the Holy Spirit. In fact, the unaided human efforts to live the Christian life are worse than futile. “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession” (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Executor, the One Who brings God’s plan to reality and fulfillment. I of all people have the weakest excuses for not rejoicing. God’s gift (singular) to believers is holy spirit (not capitalized). THE WAY to abstain from every form of evil is to HOLD FAST to that which is good. Baptism With the Holy Spirit: Renews and Cleanses the Soul. [It] will glorify Me, for [it] will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (vv. It is not a luxury but a necessity for all. Not only is our study of God’s Word enhanced by God’s Holy Spirit; our prayer life will also be enhanced by the use of that Spirit. The Holy Spirit. We are so glad that he obeyed the Lord and stepped out in faith and shared it with us in humility and love. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:15–18). If we accept that sacrifice and are willing to submit in obedience to our Father’s instruction, we can receive the Holy Spirit. He said, "The Lord told me to come and give you this verse. If you want to put out the fire of the Holy Spirit in a community of believers, here is how you can do it: Don’t love one another. However shrewd, and clever, and wise in the things of this world, we are all dead towards God. "– Psalm 106:1. Let’s revisit the concept that praying without ceasing carries that idea of RECURRING prayer. "Besides inserting the quote from Spurgeon’s sermon, "pray without ceasing" means that prayer should be a RECURRENT and REGULAR part of your life. 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