Refresh 15 C | The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

Refresh 15 C | The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

In this third talk in a four talk series on the Doctrine of God, Dominic Steele, looks at the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.  Talk given at the Village Church weekend away on March 1, 2015.

1  The Importance of God’s Spirit
2  Difficulties & controversies in understanding the Holy Spirit
3  The Spirit is Divine & Personal
a References to the Spirit are interchangeable with God cf Acts 5:3-4, 1Corinthians 3:16-17, 1Corinthians 6:19-20
b The Spirit possesses the attributes of God
i  Omniscience 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
ii  Eternality Hebrews 9:14
c The Spirit does the work of God in creation and sustaining God’s creation Genesis 1:2, John 26:13
d The Scriptures speak of the Spirit in apparently equal terms with the Father and Son Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
e  The Spirit’s Personality
i Not impersonal
ii Masculine Pronoun John 16:13-14
iii The Spirit will come after Jesus John 16:7
iv The Spirit has Personal qualities – intelligence John 14:26, will 1Corinthians 12:11 and emotions Ephesians 4:30
v The Spirit is personally affected – he can be lied to Acts 5:3-4, blasphemed Matthew 12:31
vi  Various activities – teaching, regenerating, searching, speaking, interceding, commanding, testifying, guiding, illuminating, revealing – eg Romans 8:26
f Implications of the Spirit being Divine
i  The Holy Spirit is a Person
ii  The Holy Spirit is to be given the same honour and respect was the Father and the Son
iii The Spirit is one with the Father and the Son, his work is the expression and execution of what the three of them have planned together
iv  God is not far off.
4 The Spirit’s work
a  In the Old Testament
i Creation Genesis 1:1, Job 26:13
ii Giving  of Prophecy & Scripture Ezekiel 2:2, cf 8:3, 11:1, 24; 2Peter 1:21, Acts 1:16, 4:25
iii  Various tasks Exodus 31:3-5, Zechariah 4:6, Administration Genesis 41:38, Judges 3:10
iv  A predicted democratisation Joel 2:28-29
b  In the life of Jesus baptism Mark 1:8, in the power and by the direction of the spirit Luke 4:14
c  In the Christian life
i  Regeneration John 3:3-8,
ii Indwell and Illume John 14:16-17
iii Take what is mine and declare it to you John 16:13-14, John 15:26
iv Scripture 2 Timothy 3:15-17
v Make like Christ Romans 8, Galatians 5
vi  Gives gifts Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
5 Honouring the Spirit by walking in step with the Spirit
Discussion Questions
What is the role of the Spirit in your life?
How do you honour the spirit by keeping in step with the spirit?