Has the Holy Spirit Become Taboo? (Part 3) NY
3 Feb 2018
We hear repeatedly how important it is to believe God; the belief required of us is simple and straightforward. Making our faith “churchy” gets in the way of knowing what it really means to believe Him, but the Holy Spirit was sent to help us when we struggle with religious misinterpretations of who He is. We may experience emotions when the Holy Spirit is present, but He is much more than just a feeling. He is God, Himself, and He is as real as any flesh-and-blood person standing next to us. The Spirit’s ability to impact our lives for the better hinges on our belief; if we do not believe, He can help us with this very issue of unbelief. Not believing what Jesus did for us on the cross is the one sin that is the root of all other sinful actions. The Holy Spirit’s mission is to convince us to change our minds and our hearts on this issue.
- The Holy Spirit can only help us if we believe in Him. He is a real person.
- God can work in our lives, and bless and heal us, but we must first believe this in order for Him to be able to do this.
- Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).
- However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment (John 16:7, 8, AMPC).
- Jesus was telling the disciples that His departure would be good for them, and to their advantage. They did not understand this yet.
- Comforter, counselor, helper, advocate, intercessor, strengthener, and standby all describe the Holy Spirit, who does these things for us. He wants to be in close fellowship with us.
- And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged (John 16:8-11).
- The Holy Spirit was sent to convict us of sin, but not to make us feel guilty. In this context, to convict is to convince.
- The sin of which He came to convince us is the sin of not believing on Him. Unbelief is the foundation of all other sins.
- Unbelief itself is a sin, but many people do not even believe this.
- Every action of sin is a reaction of unbelief. The Bible mentions a wicked heart of unbelief.
- Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3:12).
- The Holy Spirit was sent to convince us we are the righteousness of God. When we believe on Jesus, we are declared righteous.
- Additionally, the Spirit was sent to convince us that the devil no longer has any authority or power. The authority and power have been given to us.
- Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
- Unbelief in what Jesus did for us is sin. All other sin actions stem from it.
- Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Hebrews 4:11).
- Here, rest does not mean inactivity, but resting while we are working.
- Unbelief is wicked; it is the only sin that cannot be forgiven, because we are free moral agents who can choose whether or not to believe. However, unbelief can be repented of. Repentance is a change of mind leading to a change of heart.
- Rest is the “acid test” of belief. Sometimes we must work hard to reach that place of rest.
- There literally is no lack for those who believe. On the physical level, we may see appearances of lack, but it does not exist when we believe on Jesus.
- We may speak of lack in our lives, but this language is born of unbelief.
- Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men (Matthew 12:22-31).
- Misinterpreting verse thirty-one can scare people into thinking they might accidentally do something for which God will not forgive them.
- The Pharisees did not believe; they implied that Jesus was not casting out devils by the Holy Spirit. Unbelief is the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.
- For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:26).
- All sin is willful. “The truth” is that Jesus became the final sacrifice for sin, thereby replacing the Old Testament animal sacrifices. He took all our sins away. The willful sin is not to believe this.
- It is sin to try to be like God, without God. We cannot achieve a godly outcome without believing in the God of that outcome.
John 16:7,8, AMPC