Yesterday, Sunday, October 2, 2016 we looked at John’s mention of seven specific ministries of the Holy Spirit throughout John 14 – 16 and I want to share that with you here…
In Scripture, Jesus spoke most about the endowment of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the gift of God’s power for our lives. When we pray for the blessings of God upon our lives, we are asking for the power of the Holy Spirit.
In His great discourse upon the Holy Spirit, Jesus teaches us seven specific aspects of the Holy Spirit’s ministering power.
First, in John 14:17 we read “…for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
When we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and have received His Holy Spirit, then through faith, we can believe and live in the promise that His power is in us and with us!
The Apostle John also put it this way, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” –1 John 4:4
Second, in John 14:26 we read “…he shall teach you all things,…”
The Holy Spirit will teach you! He instructs us through conviction. He teaches us right and wrong through the divine influence of His instruction.
The Israelite praise to God for leading them through the wilderness, points out their recognition of the Holy Spirit as our instructor, when they said, “Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not…” – Nehemiah 9:20
Third, in John 14:26 we read “…and bring all things to your remembrance…”
The Holy Spirit will remind you of God’s words! How many times have you been in a circumstance where a Bible verse or teaching suddenly comes to mind?
The Apostle John records this experience when he wrote, “…his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” -John 2:22
Forth, in John 15:46 we read “…he shall testify of me [Jesus].”
The Holy Spirit will bring testimony to Jesus Christ! He leads praise to Jesus, and does not make Himself the focal point of worship. The Holy Spirit empowers us to give testimony and praise to Jesus Christ.
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitiest the praises of Israel” declares Psalms 22:3.
Fifth, in John 16:8 we read “…he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment”
The Holy Spirit will convict us. He convicts us of our sin, He convicts us of our need of Christ’s righteousness, and He convicts us that Satan already stands condemned!
This verse goes on to explain: “Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” –John 16:9-11.
Sixth, in John 16:3 we read “…he will guide you into all truth…”
The Holy Spirit will lead you into biblical and spiritual growth. He will guide you into truth – the written word and the living Word. He will not convict you nor leave you, but will guide you through your Christian walk.
Isaiah gives us this insight on how He guides us: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” -Isaiah 30:21
Seventh, in John 16:4 we read “…He shall glorify me [Jesus]”
The Holy Spirit will bring glorification of Jesus Christ. He causes individuals to suddenly realize the glory, the fullness, the awesomeness of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice. He moves upon the sin-harden heart to yield to Jesus as Lord and give glory to Him.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to point to the Lord Jesus, not to ourselves, in conversation, behavior, and testimony.
Jesus said it this way: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” -John 12:32.