The Promise Series
Part 5 The Promise of the Spirit
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Acts 1:4-5 (NASB)
Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives with Your word
in the name of Jesus.
- The Person
Excerpt from a Commentary on the Holy Spirit by Mike Phillips 2013
The subject of the Holy Spirit may be one of the most misunderstood truths in the Bible. There seem to be two extreme camps on the subject. One group treats the Holy Spirit like the red headed step child of the Holy Trinity while the other camp misrepresents Him as some mystical power or manifestation of God within the church. John 16:13 says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” It’s clear from this passage that the Holy Spirit is a person not a power. In fact, He is the third person of the Trinity. Simply put, the Holy Spirit is God.
A Perfect Picture of the Holy Trinity
John 14:16-17 and 25-26 (NASB)
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Familiar Actions, Attributes and Emotions of the Holy Spirit
- He teaches – John 14:26
- He testifies – John 15:26
- He guides – Rom. 8:14
- He speaks – 1 Cor. 2:13
- He enlightens – John 16:13
- He strives – Gen. 6:3
- He commands – Acts 8:28
- He intercedes – Rom. 8:26
- He sends workers – Acts 13:4
- He calls – Rev. 22:17
- He comforts – John 16:7
- He works – 1 Cor. 12:11
- He loves – Rom. 15:30
- He grieves – Eph. 4:30
Special Attributes of the Holy Spirit
- He convicts you of sin – John 16:8.
- He abides in you – John 14:16-17
- He seals you – Eph. 1:13
- He reminds you – John 14:26
- He bears fruit through you – Gal. 5:22-23
- He equips you with spiritual gifts – 1 Cor. 12:4-7
- He fills you – Eph. 5:18
- He empowers you – Acts 1:8
- He will never leave you – John 14:16
Two Important Things to Remember
- Genesis 1:27 (ERV)
So God created humans in his own image. He created them to be like himself.
- Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
The Holy Spirit (God) is not like us but we are made to be like Him!
Don’t try to bring God lower, you set your sites higher!
2. The Power
Luke 24:49 (NASB)
And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Acts 1:8 (NASB)
… but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
The first thing the Holy Spirit empowers you to do is be a witness,
but so often we allow ourselves to be distracted from witnessing.
Acts 2:39 (NASB)
For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
The Holy Spirit said to me, “You’ve never told me you love me.”
We must be careful not to only come to the Holy Spirit for His power or gifts, but rather for real intimacy.
3. The Promise
Acts 2:38-39 (NASB)
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The promise was never the power or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but rather the gift of the indwelling of the Spirit of God in you.
Who is the promise for?
VS 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
far off, is a reference of distance:
- of time, i.e. in the future
The Promise is the Holy Spirit Himself and “the promise is for you!”
There is another promise that must come before the indwelling of the Holy Spirit…
John 16:13 NASB
… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…
John 14:6 (NASB)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and the Holy Spirit is guiding you to Him today…
Invitation for Salvation (heads bowed eyes closed)
Without a doubt you were lead here today by the same Holy Spirit that hovered over the face of the deep in creation. He was there overshadowing Jesus’s conception. He was there at Jesus’s baptism and when Jesus went through His temptation in the desert.
You know where else the Holy Spirit was? He was there, with Jesus when He took His last breath on a cruel cross. He’s here today with you and He’s speaking to you. He’s saying, today I’ve guided you here to commit your life to Christ.
Prayer for Salvation or Renewed Commitment
Holy Spirit, I thank for your guidance. You’ve spoken to me so many times but today I’m heeding your call to Christ. Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your precious Son to die in my place on the cross and I thank you for raising your Son back to life so that I could have the promise of everlasting in your Kingdom. Jesus, today I give me all to you. I repent of all my sins, I receive your forgiveness and I believe with all my heart in you. Thank you, Father, thank you Son and thank you Holy Spirit. Amen
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