The Holy Spirit’s Work
John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever;”
When we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes within our spirits to live there. He is the Paraclete; which means, “to come under, to support”. He is our Comforter.
He places us in the family of God.
Galatians 4:5-7 “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoptions of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more servants, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
This He does, by giving us faith: the substance of things things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Plainly, by faith, the Holy Spirit makes God real to us, in our everyday life.
Ephesians 1:13, 17 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye have believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:”
He is in our spirits, and turns the light on within us, so we can see the truth, and do it.
John 15:26 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me.”
1 Peter 1:22 “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:”
He speaks to us through the Word of God, and by working in us the knowledge of God’s Will for us.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
He empowers us, sanctifying us to God.
Ephesians 3:16”That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;”
2 Thessalonians 2:13 “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:”
He gives us the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith,
Meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.”
And as we yield to the Holy Spirit within, He works through us. (People will see a change; not in word only, but in our manner of life.)
Romans 8:13-14 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
1 Thessalonians 1:5 “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sakes.”
When we sin, the Holy Spirit stays after us, showing it to us again and again.
If we grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30), He does not leave us, though He may withdraw the comforting feeling of His Presence; till we have sought forgiveness and cleansing.
1 John 1:7,9 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
He teaches us to rejoice and give thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:18-19 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.” (Don’t put out the fire of God burning within you by the Holy Spirit)
He teaches us how to pray.
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which can not be uttered.”
Jude 20 “But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
As the Holy Spirit is in us, we have fellowship with other believers. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, and we are to love one another, as He loves us.
2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.”
1 John 2:10 “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.”
And we can be filled with the Holy Spirit, having the power of His influence within us (as as a man is under the influence of wine).
Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
(We are filled by the Holy Spirit, to the degree we are empty of self-seeking. Galatians 5:25-26. Matthew 16:24-25)
The Holy Spirit was given us, that we will never be alone: Not spiritual orphans.
He comes to us, to hold us up, giving us joy and peace; and He supports us in God’s Will, giving us the faith to overcome.