The Spirit of Grace (Part 4)
15 Apr 2018
We need the Holy Spirit if we are to be successful in carrying out God’s mission for our lives. This is critical; not even Jesus would do anything until He received the Holy Spirit. After His resurrection, He charged His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Spirit’s anointing. Religion has tried to erase the Spirit’s role in believers’ lives. Most churches do not even teach about Him or His manifestations any more. The Holy Spirit is responsible for bringing to pass God’s Word in the physical realm. He teaches us how to rest in Jesus’ finished works so we can experience true peace, and enables us to speak directly to God in a heavenly language that bypasses our limited intellectual understanding. If we develop trust in the Holy Spirit as our unseen partner, we will begin doing things we cannot do by ourselves. When this happens, it is right to give Him the credit and acknowledge Him.
- The Holy Spirit imparts grace to us. He administers Jesus’ finished works.
- How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting it and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)? (Hebrews 10:29, AMPC).
- In the Gospel of Grace, the Holy Spirit imparts unmerited favor and administers Jesus’ finished works.
- Grace is unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor, and we cannot earn it. If we could, it would not be grace.
- We can hardly enjoy the freedom of God’s grace because we continue to make sin the central idea in our lives.
- People go to hell not because of sin, but because they do not believe Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for sin.
- 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).
- When we get born again and accept Jesus, our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Unbelief blots out the names.
- Our salvation hinges on faith, not works. When Jesus was on the cross surrounded by two criminals, one of them believed in Him. That criminal was immediately saved and his past deeds mattered no more.
- And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).
- Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:29).
- When we believe on Jesus, the Holy Spirit will change our behavior.
- We do not have to work hard, just believe. The power behind believing is that it gives birth to an action.
- But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
- The Holy Spirit has a huge part in our transformation but He needs us to believe.
- And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18, AMPC).
- The Holy Spirit accepts responsibility for our transformation. He changes us from the inside out.
- The Spirit transforms us and gives us the ability to do what pleases God.
- Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:12, 13).
- No part of the Word will make sense to us without the Holy Spirit.
- We cannot be like God without His help.
- We must not misinterpret this Scripture and think we can save ourselves. God works in us to enable us to want to do His will.
- [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight(Philippians 2:13, AMPC).
- The Spirit takes away our old “want to” and gives us a new “want to.”
- For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
- God empowers us through the work of the Holy Spirit.
- The Spirit transforms us with no self-effort on our part. He does what no self-help book or life coach could ever do.
- Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
- We must come to know God and come to receive Him. Our hearts will be re-shaped according to our delight in Him.
- The Holy Spirit will re-shape what we want to line up with God’s will.
- If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).
- The Holy Spirit is the part of the Holy Trinity who reveals secrets to us.
- But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10).
- The Holy Spirit’s main job is to reveal knowledge to us. He knows what God has done for us and He is prepared to show us things that were previously hidden for us to learn about later.
- But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11, 12).
- The Holy Spirit revealed Paul’s mission to him when Paul was walking on the road to Damascus. Paul admitted that Jesus gave him the revelation of what he was supposed to do.
- When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ (Matthew 16:13-20).
- “Christ” translated means “the anointed one.”
- Simon Peter’s intellectual mind did not reveal to him Jesus’ true identity. Peter spoke what the Holy Spirit had revealed to him.
- The name “Peter” translates to “fragment of rock.”
- Jesus told Simon Peter that He would build His church on the knowledge that the Holy Spirit reveals.
- Revelation is “the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” When we receive revelation, we will realize the authority and the right to command that we have.
Hebrews 10:29, AMPC
Philippians 2:13, AMPC
1 John 2:2
Philippians 2:13, NLT
2 Corinthians 3:18
2 Corinthians 3:18, AMPC
Philippians 2:12, 13
1 Corinthians 2:9, 10
Galatians 1:11, 12