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As we move through February we are studying the spiritual gifts, the theme is “Gifts of The Holy Spirit.”

It is important to remember that a positive response on our part asa believers to the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential if we are to truly be God’s people. 

Today we are discussing Calling Jesus Lord.

Text

1 Corinthians 12:3 (ESV)

3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 12:1-7 (ESV)

Spiritual Gifts

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 

2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 

3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 

5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 

6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 

7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Introduction

The most profound thought that crosses the human mind is the love of God as it is revealed in Jesus Christ.

It is beyond our understanding that Jesus would come to earth and live and die for humankind’s sin, providing salvation for those who have faith in Him.

How that faith comes about is the theme of this message.

The basic work of the Holy Spirit is to lead those who are lost to an intelligent and yet simple confession of Jesus as Lord.

No one can make this confession without the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  1. First, consider some general comments about this confession.

There are two observations regarding the true test of the Spirit of God.

First, its nature is always intelligible.

Second, the Holy Spirit always focuses attention on Jesus Christ. 

B. The Holy Spirit’s main goal is to glorify Christ and secure Christ’s Lordship in people’s lives.

In other words, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is Christ centred.

The true test of any work of the Spirit is the place it gives to Jesus Christ.

The holy Spirit directs all His powers towards Jesus’s glorification.

C. The confession of Jesus as Lord distinguishes believers from unbelievers.

This confession becomes the basis of all the other gifts that will be considered in later messages.

Unless a person has accepted Jesus as Saviour and made Him Lord, there is no way the Spirit can give additional gifts.

2. Second, consider how the Holy Spirit enables people to acknowledge Jesus and Lord.

  1. He reveals the sinfulness of sin, John 16:8 (ESV)

8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:

Conviction of sin is a prerequisite to repentance and receiving the divine nature.

The sin referred to in John 16:8 is failure to believe in Jesus as Saviour.

Reprove is a legal term implying the presentation of evidence or proof.

It brings to light true character.

B. He reveals the certainty of truth about righteousness.

Matthew 15:26 (ESV)

26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

In revealing the truth, the Word takes prominence.

The Word is both incarnate (John 1:14), Jesus Christ, and written, the Bible.

C. He reveals Christ’s sufficiency. 

John 16:14-15 (ESV)

14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

For people to be saved from their sinful nature, they must realise that they are sinners.

The Holy Spirit makes them aware of this fact.

After they come to realise their sinful condition, they must see Jesus as sufficient to save from any sin.

This is also the Holy Spirit’s work.

Conclusion

At this time, it is right to do some soul searching.

Is Jesus your saviour?

Are you aware of your sinful condition, and do you now see Jesus as Lord?

The Holy Spirit is at work.

He wants you to be saved. 

Listen to Him speaking to your heart, and commit your life to Jesus as your saviour.

Until next time

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