The work of the Holy Spirit
Created by Jon Taylor - Friday 11 Jan 2019
Jon Taylor

The Holy Spirit has a tremendous and vital importance upon many aspects of our lives. To consider what the Holy Spirit does, it would be helpful to consider the little we could do without the Holy Spirit! The Spirit works in perfect fellowship and unity with the Father and Son. For those who are saved, think about how you first came to faith. The Holy Spirit was active in your regeneration (John 3:3-8). In the same way that we cannot see the wind but we can see the effect of it, it is the Spirit that brings about our spiritual birth and also enables us to walk in His ways (Rom. 8:1). Thereafter, we walk in the Spirit and not according to the flesh though the flesh tries to resist the Spirit.
The Spirit leads us to become sons of God so that we can relate to Abba Father having received the Spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15-17). Therefore, the way that we can relate to God is fundamentally changed so that we are no longer at enmity but brought near in personal relationship to Him. The Spirit convicts the world of sin and of righteousness and judgement (John 16:8). If someone has come to a position of faith, there will be evidence of change in their lives as they become more like Jesus.
The Spirit is sent by the Father and teaches us (John 14:26), testifies of the Lord Jesus (John 15:26) and guides us into all truth. We learn by reading God’s Word, sharing fellowship with other believers and asking God to help us understand and apply what we read for His glory. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the Bible, since He inspired the Scriptures which are God-breathed (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim: 3:16-17). When we read God’s Word which gives us direction and guidance (Psalm 119:105) and obey what God wants to do, we are in fact co-operating with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit speaks of things to come and glorifies the Son (John 16:13). When we honour the Son, we also please the Father and Spirit in so doing. The Holy Spirit resides in us (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19) and enables us to be in constant fellowship. Since our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we need to be careful what we watch, listen to and what we think about and seek to feed our minds with the things of God.
The Holy Spirit fills us (that is guides, directs, leads influences our behaviour, (Eph. 5:18) so that we will exhibit self- control. This gives us confidence in that if we are obedient to His will and are seeking His guidance, our life decisions will ultimately work out for good, since God is sovereign and can use our circumstances and how we conduct ourselves as we are being led and guided by Him for His glory.
The Spirit distributes gifts to individuals as He wills (1 Cor. 12:11) and this is for the edification of the body. If we have a gift, which all believers do, (1 Cor. 12:7), let’s see how we can use that gift for the express purpose of edifying those we fellowship with meet or influence and for the glory of God, not ourselves! The focus must be on the Giver rather than the gift. We may also recognise a gift in others and a genuine non-flattering sincere encouragement for others to use their gift to serve others and exalt God with that, would be for the benefit of many.
The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives (Gal. 5:22-23) so that our character will be reflection to some degree of the One we live for. Good fruit is produced from a good tree and will also be an effective part of our witness. Our Lord is the Vine and we are the branches. We need to continue bearing good fruit and we need to continue in fellowship with Him.
Finally, the Spirit seals us as a guarantee (Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Cor.1:22) as a mark of ownership meaning we belong to God so that we can have assurance of salvation, known as eternal security. This is not based on our performance, but on the work of the Holy Spirit that convicted us and regenerated us, as we came to repentance and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

Friday 11 Jan 2019