The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

by Creflo Dollar | 3 Jan 2018

Summary

To reconcile why the Holy Spirit was sent, we must study the Scriptures to understand His purpose. If we do not understand His ministry and how He operates in our lives, we could find ourselves believing a fable. The Spirit did not come to convict us of the things we do wrong or the mistakes we make; He came to convict us of unbelief in Jesus. This unbelief is the sin the Holy Spirit came to point out to us. Our mistake is focusing on the fruit of an issue, which are our actions, instead of on the root, which is our unbelief. We see this illustrated in the Bible when David’s doubt in what God told him caused him to commit adultery and murder, and when Moses’ doubt that God could bring water from a rock kept him from entering the Promised Land. When we understand the relationship between our unbelief and our actions, our behavior will radically change for the better.
  1. The Holy Spirit’s mission is to reveal to us the truth, not to condemn us.
    1. We must understand how the Holy Spirit functions in our lives. Some people believe things about Him that are not true, because they drew their information from worldly tradition.
      1. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye (Mark 7:13).
    2. 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.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.I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:7-14).
      1. The Greek meaning of the word “reprove” is to convince, or to convict, of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
      2. The work of the Holy Spirit is not a ministry of negativity. If we think this, then reading all of the Scriptures in context will show us the truth.
      3. The Holy Spirit did not come to convict us of wrong-doing, but of not believing on Jesus. This unbelief is sin.
      4. All acts of sin derive from the one act of unbelief, and not resting in our relationship with Jesus.
      5. Adam and Eve did not sin because they ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; their sin was not trusting in God or believing in His goodness.
      6. The Holy Spirit was not sent to convict us of unrighteousness, but to convince us that we are righteous through the new birth.
      7. To “show” is to reveal. The Spirit will reveal what Jesus has made available to us.
    3. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:5).
      1. Adam and Eve actually believed the lie that Satan told them, instead of what God said. They thought God was holding something back from them.
  1. In the Old Testament, we see examples of both belief and unbelief in God.
    1. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest (Psalm 51:4).
      1. Although David’s actions were done to Uriah and Bathsheba, David admitted that he had sinned directly against God.
    2. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife (2 Samuel 12:10).
      1. This was what God told David after David committed adultery and murder. David had despised God, and sinned by not trusting Him.
    3. There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9).
      1. Joseph’s attitude was the opposite of David’s. Joseph admitted that he could not sin against God by committing adultery. Joseph trusted that God would provide him with a wife.
  1. Jesus was tempted to doubt His identity in God, but He resisted.
    1. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17).
      1. When Jesus was in the wilderness, the real temptation for Him was whether or not He would believe God’s word on His identity. He did not listen to Satan when he questioned whether Jesus was really God’s Son.
      2. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread (Matthew 4:3).
    2. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
      1. Jesus felt the same temptation to mistrust God that we face, yet He did not give in to it. He resisted as a human being; therefore, we can, too.
    3. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world(1 John 2:16).
      1. These are the three main areas where the devil comes to tempt us with unbelief.
      2. We must guard our eyes and our ears, and make sure we are operating in humility.
  1. Sin does not keep us out of heaven, but rather a heart that does not trust God.
    1. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3:12).
      1. An unbelieving heart is what causes us to depart from God. Our actions are not the problem; they are the results and the symptoms of an evil heart.
    2. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).
      1. The sins of the whole world have already been paid for. Jesus was the peace offering. People do not go to hell for their sin actions, but for their unbelief.
      2. When we accept what Jesus did for us, we will begin living our lives as believers.
      3. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
      4. The Holy Spirit does not convict believers that they are going to hell; they are not going there because they believe.
      5. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house (Acts 16:30, 31).
    3. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin (Romans 4:8).
      1. To “impute” is to hold against. God will not hold sin actions against the believer.
      2. Jesus’ blood took care of every sin except unbelief, because unbelief is a free moral agent issue.
      3. God made all of us free moral agents, and He will never take away our right to choose. We must rely on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to help us make the right choices.
      4. A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again (Proverbs 19:19).
    4. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?...For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation (Hebrews 9:12, 14, 26, 28).
      1. Jesus dealt with sin the first time He came; the next time He comes, it will not be to deal with it again.
  1. Jesus Christ has stripped the devil of his power and given it back to us.
    1. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10:10, 14).
      1. The Holy Spirit will convict believers about their trust, or lack of it, in Jesus. The Spirit convinces us that Jesus is able, and that He is our source and supply.
    2. 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).
      1. Satan no longer has authority over us. He has been judged and stripped of His power, and the authority is now ours.
    3. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses (Colossians 2:13).
      1. Because Christ has done this and offered us new life, there is no reason to remain dead in our sins.
    4. Having cancelled  and blotted out  and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees  and demands which was in force  and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display  and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him  and in it [the cross] (Colossians 2:14, 15, AMPC).
      1. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).
      2. The principalities and powers are demonic forces; Jesus disarmed them.

Scripture References

Mark 7:13
John 16:7-14
Genesis 3:5
Psalm 51:4
2 Samuel 12:10
Genesis 39:9
Matthew 3:17
Matthew 4:3
Hebrews 4:15
1 John 2:2, 16
Hebrews 3:12
Romans 10:17
Acts 16:30, 31
Romans 4:8
Proverbs 19:19
Hebrews 9:12, 14, 16, 28
Hebrews 10:10, 14
Luke 10:19
Colossians 2:13
Colossians 2:14, 15, AMPC
Romans 8:14