Role of the Holy Spirit
Role of the Holy Spirit, if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is larger than our hearts and that he is aware of everything, and this is how we can put our hearts at ease in his presence and know that we are part of the truth.
Dear Friends, if our emotions do not condemn us, we can have faith before God and receive anything we want from him because we follow his instructions and carry out his will.
And this is his edict: to love one another as he commanded us and to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. He lives in the one who obeys God’s laws, and they live in him. He resides within of us, and this is how we know it: The Spirit he gave us is how we know it. — 1 John 3:19-24
A member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, testifies on behalf of the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Personal testimony and revelation come from him. He can help us make decisions and defend us against threats to our physical and spiritual safety.
He is referred to as the Comforter, and He is able to allay our anxieties and give us hope. We are sanctified by His power as we turn from our sins, accept salvific ordinances, and uphold our covenants.
We must learn to pay attention to and obey the Holy Ghost’s nudges if we are to function as priesthood holders successfully.
What Is the Holy Spirit?
It is significant to note that the Holy Spirit is only ever mentioned in terms of His function throughout Scripture, never given a human name like Yahweh or Emmanuel.
Perhaps this omission has caused some people to view the Holy Spirit as something other than a person—a force, a power, or an influence.
The Holy Spirit expresses qualities, traits, and behaviors rather than having a physical body. What the Bible says about the Holy Spirit is as follows:
- He feels and thinks (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
- He makes a choice (1 Corinthians 12:11) He decides
- He talks (John 15:26)
- He instructs (John 14:26) He teaches
- He offers to speak for us (Romans 8:26)
- He aids in empowering our shortcomings to become our strengths (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- He leads (1 Corinthians 2:13)
- Acts 5:3, Hebrews 10:29, Ephesians 4:30, and Acts 5:3 all mention lying to, insulting, grieving, and resisting God (Acts 7:51).
The Holy Spirit physically manifests Himself to us in the New Testament in order to exalt Christ in each and every believer as He works to establish God’s family on earth—that is, the Church as God’s household. He is referred to as our advocate and the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). (John 14:26). He takes the reality of Christ’s words and makes their full significance clear to the believer when He dwells within them.
Jesus declared that the worst sin anybody could make was to attribute the operation of the Holy Spirit to the devil (Matthew 12:32). What hope did a person who disregarded “the Spirit [who] provides life” have, in fact? (John 6:63).
Jesus Himself was “full of gladness through the Holy Spirit” as He considered the plans and deeds of God the Father (Luke 10:21). He also encouraged His disciples by informing them that the Holy Spirit will be their divine helper in the future (see John 14:26). ALSO READ Led Of The Spirit
In this instance, Jesus said that the Spirit would come from the Father, be sent by the Son, and bear witness about the Son. His words revealed the Holy Spirit’s function within the Trinity (John 15:26–27).
The Holy Spirit: What Does He Do?
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to exalt Christ and make Him present in every believer’s day-to-day life. The Holy Spirit strives to restore the life of Christ in His people as He acts as God’s divine Administrator here on earth.
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life, according to the apostle John (1 John 5:12). That life comes from the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, according to John, “We know that he lives in us because of the Spirit he gave us” (1 John 3:24).
As Christians share the message, the Holy Spirit strengthens them. The Spirit began to dwell within every believer beginning in the time of the apostles, acting as a guide, comforter, and wellspring of spiritual gifts for the work of the Church.
The Church’s mission was guided by the Holy Spirit, who regularly provided explicit instructions on where to go and who to speak with (Acts 13:4).
The Church endured significant persecution for teaching that Christ was the only way to salvation, and the Spirit not only gave strength for witnessing but also comforted the Church during this time (1 Peter 4:14).
The Holy Spirit is still a constant, ever-present helper for God’s people today. The believer’s ultimate redemption and heavenly inheritance are guaranteed by His presence (Ephesians 1:13–14; 2 Corinthians 5:5).
Functions of the Holy Spirit in Christians’ Lives
Believers are saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, sealed with the Spirit, and sanctified through His power. The Holy Spirit instructs and leads Christians into all truth, including knowledge of things to come, through disclosing God’s thoughts. Additionally, the Holy Spirit supports Christians and makes sacrifices on their behalf.
Roles of the Holy Spirit
Ten ways the Holy Spirit influences believers’ lives are listed below:
1. A Helper Who Reminds and Educates
The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will instruct you in all things and serve as a reminder of everything I have said to you, Jesus said to his followers in John 14:26. (John 14:26, ESV).
The ESV, NIV, and KJV all interpret the Greek term “Parakletos” in this text as “Helper,” “Advocate,” and “Counselor,” respectively. This word’s definition refers to “legal counsel.”
The Holy Spirit gives Christ’s followers sage advice. Jesus anticipated his departure and the necessity for the Holy Spirit to serve as both a reminder of his teachings and a helper for his disciples.
2. Convicts the Sinful World
Attorneys not only offer sage advice but also evidence that is utilized to punish offenders. The Holy Spirit will similarly demonstrate the world’s sin, righteousness, and judgment.
The Helper won’t come to you if I don’t leave, but I’ll tell you the truth: it’s for your benefit that I leave. But if I leave, I’ll send him your way. And when he arrives, he will persuade everyone of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-8, ESV). ALSO READ Lesson on the Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit
3. Fills Us and Dwells in Believers
God is present in the lives of believers through the Holy Spirit.
Do you not realize that you are God’s house of worship and that God’s Spirit resides within you? (1 Corinthians 16:16, ESV)
4. Source of Wisdom, Revelation, and Power
These are the truths that God has made known to us through his Spirit. Even the deep things of God are subject to the Spirit’s study. Because no one save the person’s own spirit within them has access to their thoughts. In a same vein, only the Holy Spirit has access to God’s ideas (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
God bestows the Holy Spirit on His people so that we may understand Him better. Since the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, it has access to God’s thoughts and shares them with Christians. The Holy Spirit makes believers aware of their heritage in Christ and the possibility of salvation.
Jesus was aware that his disciples would require strength in order to complete their task of serving as witnesses to the entire world.
However, when the Holy Spirit descends upon you, you will be given authority, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, across all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, Jesus assured his disciples. (Acts 1:8)
Similar to what the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Ephesian believers, Christians have access to the power, revelation, and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
“I never stop pleading with the great Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, to grant you the Spirit of insight and revelation so that you may know him better.
In order for you to understand the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his beautiful inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably tremendous power for us who believe, I beg that the eyes of your heart may be opened.
When he raised Christ from the grave and sat him at his right side in the celestial realms, he used the same great strength (Ephesians 1:17-20).
5. Guides to all Truth and information about the Future
The Holy Spirit foretells future events. John 16:13 refers to the Holy Spirit as the “Spirit of Truth” because he leads believers to all truth. The Holy Spirit, according to what Jesus promised his followers, will only say what the Father speaks and will reveal what he hears.
However, the Spirit of truth will lead you into complete truth when he arrives. He won’t speak on his own; instead, he’ll just say what he hears and inform you of what’s to come. Because he will learn what he will reveal to you through me, he will exalt me.
I possess all that belongs to the Father. That is why I declared that everything the Spirit receives from me, he will reveal to you. John 16:13-15
6. Gives Believers Spiritual Gifts
Wisdom, knowledge, and other qualities of the Holy Spirit are made visible in believers’ lives for the benefit of others. (Corinthians 12:7–11) lists further gifts.
7. The Lives of Believers Will Be Sealed
A seal was once thought of as a “legal signature” proving ownership and authenticating the object that was sealed.
The Holy Spirit is the sign that we have been adopted as God’s children. Jesus assured his people of their salvation by sending the Holy Spirit to them.
The Holy Spirit is a deposit in our life that proves the veracity of Christ’s message and our membership in Christ, much like how you might put down a deposit or down payment on a new car to ensure the dealer doesn’t sell it to anyone else.
When you heard the message of truth, the good news of your redemption, you were also included in Christ.
To the glory of God, you were stamped in him when you believed with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit securing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are in God’s possession (Ephesians 1:13).
8. Helps us When We’re Weak and Speaks out for Us
Everyone experiences moments when they are helpless and unsure of what to do. The Holy Spirit prays for us in those situations, assisting us in conforming to God’s desire.
“In a similar manner, the Spirit supports us when we are weak. Although we are unsure of what to pray for, the Spirit himself speaks for us by groaning without words. And because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of God’s people in line with God’s will, he who examines our hearts also understands the thoughts of the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27).
9. New Believers are Created, and We are Given Eternal Life.
Christians’ lives are renewed, sanctified, and made holy by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will grant believers in Christ eternal life, just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead.
“But if Christ is in you, the Spirit gives life despite the fact that your body is subject to death due to sin. And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead is residing within you, then through the power of that Spirit, the One who resurrected Christ from the grave will also give life to your mortal bodies (Romans 8:10-11).
10. Sanctifies and Facilitates the Fruit of Good in Our Lives
The sanctification process is a continuing aspect of the work of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life. Believers will not engage in the evil activities of the flesh via the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16–21), but will instead bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).
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