The work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life
Psalm 62:11-12 “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” NIV Bible
Extra Reading: Psalm 62:1-12
The Holy Spirit is the God-head who imparts to the individual believer the power that belongs to God. This is the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer, to take what belongs to God and make it ours. All the manifold power of God belongs to the children of God as their birthright in Christ: “All things are yours” (1 Cor. 3:21). But all that belongs to us as our birthright in Christ becomes ours I actual experimental possession through the Holy Spirit’s work in us as individuals. To the extent that we understand and claim for ourselves the Holy Spirit’s work, to that extent do we obtain for ourselves the fullness of power in Christian life and service that God has provided for us in Christ. Let’s dig deep into Scriptures to find out what the Holy Spirit has power to do in people. 1 Corinthians 12:3 states, “Therefore I tell you that no-one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, Jesus be cursed,” except by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has power to reveal Jesus Christ and His glory to man. When Jesus spoke of the Spirit’s coming He said: “When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me” (John 15:26) NIV Bible.
It is only as He does testify of Christ that men will ever come to a true knowledge of Christ. We send men to the Word to get knowledge of Christ, but it is only as the Holy Spirit takes the Word and illuminates it that men ever get a real living knowledge of Christ. If you wish people to see the truth about Jesus, do not depend upon your own powers of persuasion, but cast yourself upon the Holy Spirit and seek His testimony. John 16:8-11 states, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned” NIV Bible. The Holy Spirit has power to convict the world of sin. It is by showing Jesus and His glory and His righteousness, that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, and righteousness, and of judgment. The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin because they do not believe in Christ. You can never convict any man of sin because that is the work of the Holy Spirit. You can reason and reason, and you will fail. The Holy Spirit can do it very quickly. But is through us that the Holy Spirit produces conviction (John 16:7-8).
According to Titus 3:5, the Holy Spirit has power to renew men or make men new, to regenerate. Regeneration is the Holy Spirit’s work. He can take a man dead in trespasses and sins, and make him alive. He can take the man whose mind is blind to the truth of God, whose will is at enmity with God and set on sin, whose affections are corrupt and vile, and transform that man, impart him God’s nature, so that he thinks God’s thoughts, wills what God wills, loves what God loves.
Prayer: O Holy Spirit of God, we avail ourselves to you now. Refill us with yourself. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
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