By the power of the Holy Spirit, believers are saved, filled, sealed, and sanctified. The Holy Spirit reveals the mind of God, teaches and guides believers into all truth, including the knowledge of things to come. The Holy Spirit also helps and intercedes for Christians in their weakness.
10 Holy Spirit Scrolls
The following areTen ways the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers.
1. Helper who teaches and reminds
NoJoão 14:26Jesus said to his disciples: "The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of everything I have told you" (João 14:26, ES).
The Greek word "parakletos" in this passage is translated "helper" in the ESV, "advocate" in the NIV, and "counselor" in the KJV. The meaning of this word refers to "legal advisor".
The Holy Spirit gives wise counsel to followers of Christ. Jesus knew he was leaving and that his followers would need the help of the Holy Spirit and would intercede to remind them of his teachings.
2. Convict the world of sin
Lawyers not only offer sage advice, but also provide evidence that is used to convict criminals. Likewise, the Holy Spirit will prove sin, righteousness, and judgment to the world.
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, because if I do not go away, the helper will not come to you. But if I go, I'll send it to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin, righteousness and judgment "(João 16:7-8, ES).
3. Indwell believers and fill us
The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in the lives of believers.
"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" 🇧🇷1 Corinthians 3:16, ESV)
4. Source of revelation, wisdom and power
“These are the things that God has revealed to us through His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. Because who knows a person's thoughts except his own mind within them? Likewise, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
God gives his followers the Holy Spirit so that we can know him better. Being the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God and reveals those thoughts to believers. The Holy Spirit opens believers' eyes to the hope of salvation and their inheritance in Christ.
Jesus knew that his disciples would need strength to fulfill their mission to be witnesses to the whole world.
Jesus told his disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth." 🇧🇷Atos 1:8)
Christians have access to the power, revelation, and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, just as the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart will be enlightened to see the hope to which he called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance among his holy people, and his matchless power to us who believe. This power is the same as he exercised in raising Christ from the dead and placing him at his right hand in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 1:17-20).
5. Guide to all truth and knowledge of what is to come
The Holy Spirit tells what is to come. The Holy Spirit is known in German as the "Spirit of Truth".João 16:13because he guides believers into all truth. Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would make known what he had heard and would only speak what the Father spoke.
“But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He won't talk to himself; he will only speak what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come. He will glorify me because he will receive from me what he will communicate to you. Everything that belongs to the Father is mine. That's why I said that the Spirit will receive from me what he communicates to you" (João 16:13-15).
6. Give spiritual gifts to believers
The attributes of the Holy Spirit, such as wisdom, knowledge, and power, are manifested in the lives of believers for the benefit of others. Other gifts are listed at1 Corinthians 12:7-11.
7. Seals in the lives of believers
In ancient times, a seal was a "legal signature" that certified ownership and confirmed what was sealed.
The Holy Spirit is our sign of adoption as children of God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his followers so they could have confidence in their salvation.
Just as you might put a deposit or deposit on a new car to ensure the seller doesn't sell it to someone else, the Holy Spirit is a deposit in our lives that confirms the validity of Christ's message and that we belong to Christ.
“And you too were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with the seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is the pledge that guarantees our inheritance until the redemption of those who belong to God, to the praise of his glory "(Ephesians 1:13).
8. Help in our weakness and intercede for us
We all have times when we feel weak and don't know what to do. The Holy Spirit helps us align with God's will by interceding for us in these times.
“So also the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We don't know what to ask, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with silent groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the people of God according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26-27).
9. Renews believers and gives us eternal life
The Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers to renew, sanctify, and sanctify us. Just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit will give believers eternal life.
“But when Christ is in you, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness, although your body is subject to death because of sin. And if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also quicken your mortal bodies through his spirit that dwells in you.”Romans 8:10-11).
10. Sanctifies and enables good fruit in our lives
The work of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life is an ongoing process of sanctification.sanctification🇧🇷 By the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit, believers will not give in to the sinful acts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-21), but will bear the good fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).
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Bible verses about the Holy Spirit
- Atos 4:31“After they had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
- Romans 8:14-16“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit you received does not enslave you to go back to living in fear; rather, the Spirit that you received made you adopt as children. And through him we cry: 'Abba, Father...'"
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13"...God has chosen you as the firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through faith in the truth."
- Tito 3:4-6"...He saved us by the washing of the new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, which he generously poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior."
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This article was inspired by the author and speaker.michelle hoverson.
Penny Noyes, M.Ed.,is the author ofEmbracing Change - Learning to Trust God with the Women of the Bibleytwo books about Hezekiah🇧🇷 You can follow Penny on itthe blogand no instagram@pennynoyes.
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