To begin the new year we are starting our Friday messages with Experiencing the Great Salvation of God” this series will enlarge or concepts of what God has provided for us in and through Jesus.
He came to do something more than just give us a ticket to heaven.
This is week eight and we are talking about.
The Holy Spirit and Our Salvation.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:9-20 (ESV)
Paul was a great missionary who preached the gospel in Corinth, a famous city that stood at the gateway between two worlds.
It was cosmopolitan, sophisticated, and wicked.
The people who responded to the gospel experienced forgiving grace and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
They became children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul, as God’s servant and as the instrument of His love, instructed the Corinthian believers in the heritage they received as God’s children.
Through example and teaching, he communicated to them that salvation through Jesus Christ is more than a mere introduction into the family of God and a relationship with Him.
Paul stressed that their great salvation was more than the salvation of their souls and a ticket to heaven at the end of the day.
Paul explained that salvation not only involves the soul, but it also provides deliverance and freedom from self destructive attitudes and actions that prevent a person from reflections God’s goodness.
Paul noted that these believers had previously been part of a corrupt society.
He reminded them of a dramatic change in their relationship with God, a relationship that had now become real through faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirits presence within.
The point of this sections of Corinthians is to emphasise that salvation through Jesus Christ includes the redemption of the body from evil just as it includes salvation of the soul.
Paul affirmed that we are to serve God and introduce Him to others while we are in the body.
He was saying to new believers, “Honour God in your body.
Demonstrate His grace through your body.
Introduce others to God by means of the Holy Spirit’s presence within your being.
Become the kind of people who will serve as temples where God can come and meet unbelievers and where unbelievers can come and experience God’s presence and learn about His great love.”
Paul had stood in Corinth among pagan temples that were supposedly the dwelling places of the gods.
He now declared that the church was the shrine of the Holy Spirit.
He said that to live an immoral life was to defile the temple in which God wanted to work to meet the needs of an unsaved world.
We have seen how God uses Scripture to help us fully comprehend our salvation in the present.
We know that He has given us the privilege of prayer so that we can achieve this goal.
Today let us respond to the Holy Spirit as a way to enable us to experience our complete salvation.
1. The Holy Spirit came into the world on the day of Pentecost to continue the work of Jesus Christ.
2. The Holy Spirit convinced us of our need for salvation.
John 16:8-11 (ESV)
8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;
11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
The Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin.
This conviction serves the same function for the soul that fever does for the body.
Fever is not the illness, its just a symptom of the illness.
Fever is the bodies cry for a cure.
The guilt we feel about our sin is God’s way of telling us that we have a problem that needs to be solved.
Only Jesus can solve it.
3. The Holy Spirit effected the new birth when we received Christ as Saviour.
John 3:7-8 (ESV)
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Titus 3:5 English (ESV)
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
4. The Holy Spirit gave us assurance of kinship.
Romans 8:11-16 (ESV)
11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[a] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Heirs with Christ
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
God desires that we ave assurance of our relationship with Him, that we know Him as our loving Father.
1 John 3:1-2 (ESV) says
3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
The joy of this assurance belongs to all believers who trust and obey the spirit as He leads us in understanding God’s Word and in bringing our lives into harmony with God’s will.
5. The gift of the Spirit is God’s seal of ownership and His guarantee of our ultimate salvation from death and the grave.
Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV)
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is how God puts His seal of ownership on each believer.
The presence of the Holy Spirit is the guarantee that He will rescue us from death and the grave and return us to the home of our heavenly Father.
This is salvation in the future tense.
6. The Holy Spirit creates conflict with our sinful nature.
Galatians 5:16-21 (ESV)
Keep in Step with the Spirit
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The new birth and the infilling of the Holy Spirit do not instantly set us free from the tyranny of our sinful nature.
Conversion is a significant experience of turning from all self destructive attitudes and actions that are against God’s will.
The Holy Spirit comes in to purge out these enemies of the sound to establish God’s will.
His activities is in some ways similar to that of a friendly army that comes in to assist a country in driving off invaders.
The work of the Holy Spirit has some parallels to the work of a powerful antibiotic that is injected into the body of a sick person to defeat an infection.
7. The Holy Spirit leads us in cultivation of the fruity of the spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The Holy Spirit is interested in doing more than destroying evil.
He wants to nourish the growth of our inner being so we will reflect the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ.
The words of Galatians 5:22-23 present a verbal picture of Jesus.
This fruit is the heritage of every believer who makes a proper response to God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.
What will your response Beto God’s gift of the holy Spirit?
It is possible for you to reply negatively to the Holy Spirit.
You may remain in ignorance concerning His gracious work, or you may neglect to make a positive and constant response His work.
Some people are afraid to let the Holy Spirit do His work because they mistakingly feel that they would become some king of religious nut.
Instead of a negative response, let us each make a positive response.
- Recognise the presence of the Holy Spirit who has come to dwell within us.
2. Rejoice in what the Holy Spirit has done for us in the past.
3. Release your self to the Holy Spirits control with trust (Acts 5:32)
4. Respond fully to the Holy Spirit as you come to understand His work.
Let us walk in the spirit, and be led by the spirit.
Let us daily be under the control of the Holy Spirit, and listen to Him as He speaks to our hearts through scripture and through life experiences.
Until next time
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