Who or what is the Holy Spirit? This is the question we began our sermon this past Sunday with. Below you will find a link to the sermon, as well as a copy of the completed sermon notes that were handed out on Sunday. At the end, you will find some questions to ponder by yourself, with a partner, or with your children. To listen to the sermon, click the link directly below.
When it comes to explaining the Holy Spirit, we are at a loss (like trying to explain what electricity is)
When it comes to the Holy Spirit, you might have baggage or stereotypes. Please try to put them aside!
1) The Holy Spirit is God
“Is it because Christians have lost the sense of the Holy Spirit being God?” Robert Kuglin (from A Layman’s Handbook on the Holy Spirit)
Practical ways we show that we have lost the sense of the Holy Spirit as God?
The Holy Spirit is worthy of praise, prayer, worship and adoration, as much as the Father and the Son!
A) Equality with the Father and the Son (see Matt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14 & 2 Cor 3:18-19)
B) He is eternal (Heb 9:14)
C) He is all powerful (Rom 15:18-19)
D) He is all-knowing (1 Cor 2:10-11)
E) He IS God (Acts 5:3-4)
2) He is a Person
In the Bible we don’t read of the Holy Spirit as a thing, but as a person!
Billy Graham writes: “Whoever speaks of the Holy Spirit as “it” is uninstructed, or perhaps even undiscerning…We see from the Bible that the Holy Spirit has intellect, emotions, and will. In addition to this, the Bible also ascribes to Him the acts we would expect of someone who was not just a force but a real person.”
HE, HIM (see John 14:16-17 & John 16:7-8)
- He can be lied to (Acts 5:3-4)
- He can be grieved (Isaiah 63:10)
- He can be insulted (Hebrews 10:29)
- He loves (Romans 15:30)
- He speaks (Acts 13:2)
- He leads (Acts 8:29)
#3 He is Present
A) He is omnipresent (all places at all times)
Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
B) Have you ever prayed for God to send the Spirit? Why do you do that?
John 16:7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Did Jesus do that? YES (Acts 2:2-4)
After this, did the Spirit leave or get recalled to heaven? NO!
John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you FOREVER — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
The Spirit is always present. Instead of praying for God to send the Spirit, we need to pray to be filled with the Spirit, to be sensitive to the Spirit, to have the Spirit speak to us, guide us, convince us of sin.
Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ tells this story of a famous oil field called Yates Pool. During the depression this field was a sheep ranch owned by a man named Yates. Mr. Yates wasn’t able to make enough on his ranching operation to pay the principal and interest on the mortgage, so he was in danger of losing his ranch. With little money for clothes or food, his family (like many others) had to live on government subsidy. Day after day, as he grazed his sheep over those rolling West Texas hills, he was no doubt greatly troubled about how he would pay his bills. Then a seismographic crew from an oil company came into the area and told him there might be oil on his land. They asked permission to drill a wildcat well, and he signed a lease contract. At 1,115 feet they struck a huge oil reserve. The first well came in at 80,000 barrels a day. Many subsequent wells were more than twice as large. In fact, 30 years after the discovery, a government test of one of the wells showed it still had the potential flow of 125,000 barrels of oil a day. And Mr. Yates owned it all. The day he purchased the land, he had received the oil and mineral rights. Yet, he’d been living on relief. A multimillionaire living in poverty. The problem? He didn’t know the oil was there, even though he owned it.
Many Christians live in spiritual poverty. They are entitled to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and his energizing power, but they are not aware of their birthright, they are unaware of what they have been given. As we walk through this series, it is my earnest prayer that you will begin to understand the amazing presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
Questions to Ponder:
1) Who is the Holy Spirit to you? (answer honestly)
2) What part of this sermon challenged you the most?
3) How are you denying the Holy Spirit as God in practical ways?
4) How are some ways you can begin to see the Spirit in a different light?
5) What is some of the baggage you carry when it comes to the Holy Spirit?