The Spirit of Grace (Part 5)
22 Apr 2018
We need to redefine our understanding of the Holy Spirit. He is not simply a jump, a jiggle, a scream, or a run. When we encounter Him, we may certainly feel like jumping or screaming, but that is not the wholeness of who He is. The Holy Ghost is not some kind of cartoon ghost; He is God, Himself, and the third person in the Holy Trinity. After His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to wait on the Holy Spirit before beginning their ministries because they, like us, could not be successful without Him. The Spirit knows all the things about us that have remained hidden until the proper time for them to be revealed. He has been sent to reveal Jesus to us, and He will do so if we receive Him into our lives.
- God wants to come to us in the form of the Holy Spirit, to lead and guide us.
- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you(John 14:26).
- The Holy Spirit has made a commitment to teach us all things.
- But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you (John 14:26, AMPC).
- We have the Spirit as our unseen partner who wants to do all things for us.
- Very few Christians even acknowledge His presence and all He was sent to do for us.
- The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” He is God, Himself, the third person in the Holy Trinity sent to help us be successful in everything we are called to do.
- 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).
- Many people do not believe that the Holy Spirit is real because they cannot see Him. He is the one who helps us do what we cannot do on our own.
- The Spirit knows things we cannot even imagine, and He is ready to reveal them to us.
- Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny](1 Corinthians 2:10, AMPC).
- The Spirit examines things that are beyond our ability to examine.
- He knows things about us that we cannot discover on our own. We will never know what those things are until we give Him permission to operate in our lives.
- No matter what our issue is, He is equipped to minister to us in our needs if we acknowledge He exists.
- The Holy Spirit gives us knowledge and revelation of the mind of God.
- 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 (Matthew 16:13-19).
- Jesus was already the Son of God, but when He received His physical body, He also became the Son of man. He did this so that the sons of men could become the sons of God.
- “Christ” translated means “the anointed one.”
- When Simon admitted that Jesus was the Christ, Simon did not speak this through intellectual head knowledge. This was revelation from God.
- Peter’s name translated means a fragment of rock. This fragment refers to the revelation that had come through him about Jesus’ true identity. “This rock” is the revelation of Jesus.
- When we get a revelation of Him, we also get a revelation of the authority that has been given to us.
- The Holy Spirit brings to pass whatever we speak.
- But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law(Galatians 5:18).
- The Law of Moses keeps us from being led by the Spirit. Many churches still teach the law, but it cannot deliver us.
- The law was not given to make the people better, but to make them realize that they needed God.
- But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded(Romans 5:20, AMPC).
- Sin will never be greater than grace. It can never outdo God’s favor.
- What then was the purpose of the Law? It was added [later on, after the promise, to disclose and expose to men their guilt] because of transgressions and [to make men more conscious of the sinfulness] of sin; and it was intended to be in effect until the Seed (the Descendant, the Heir) should come, to and concerning Whom the promise had been made. And it [the Law] was arranged and ordained and appointed through the instrumentality of angels [and was given] by the hand (in the person) of a go-between [Moses, an intermediary person between God and man]. Now a go-between (intermediary) has to do with and implies more than one party [there can be no mediator with just one person]. Yet God is [only] one Person [and He was the sole party in giving that promise to Abraham. But the Law was a contract between two, God and Israel; its validity was dependent on both]. Is the Law then contrary and opposed to the promises of God? Of course not! For if a Law had been given which could confer [spiritual] life, then righteousness and right standing with God would certainly have come by Law. But the Scriptures [picture all mankind as sinners] shut up and imprisoned by sin, so that [the inheritance, blessing] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) might be given (released, delivered, and committed) to [all] those who believe [who adhere to and trust in and rely on Him]. Now before the faith came, we were perpetually guarded under the Law, kept in custody in preparation for the faith that was destined to be revealed (unveiled, disclosed), So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith (Galatians 3:19-24, AMPC).
- We feel guilty when we cannot keep the law despite our best efforts.
- A sin-conscious person will not position himself to be led by the Spirit because his sin-consciousness is leading him.
- The law has an expiration date; that date was when Jesus came.
- The law was a contract between God and the Jewish people. It did not apply to anyone else but many people still try to live by it.
- If we are led by the Spirit instead of the law, we will no longer want to sin.
- Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin(Romans 3:20).
- The law was designed to show us what is wrong with us, but it can never justify us.
- But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead (Romans 7:6-8).
- The Holy Spirit guides us into righteousness. We no longer need the letter of the law.
- The law itself is not sinful, but our efforts to keep it cause us to sin.
- Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
- To delight in the Lord means to come to know Him. When we spend time with Him and see Him through the Scriptures, we receive a revelation of Him.
- Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29, 30).
- Looking at Jesus and beholding Him reshapes our desires to line up with His.
- 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).
- Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:12, 13, NLT).
- We can be in a situation where intellectually we want to please God, but have no desire to do so. When we are led by the Spirit, God will work in us to change our “want to.” He will also give us the ability to do right.
- The Holy Spirit is the administrator of grace.
Galatians 3:19-24, AMPC
John 14:26, AMPC
1 Corinthians 2:9, 10
1 Corinthians 2:10, AMPC
Romans 5:20, AMPC
Matthew 11:29, 30
Philippians 2:12, 13, NLT