The One Question
The Role of the Holy Spirit
A. In Relation to the Devoted Worshippers – He Co-Operates
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. (NIV)
13 when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)Matthew 2:19-23
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,
23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth.
John 15:26-27 (ESV)
But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
Mark 13:11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Filling of the spirit
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit
B. In Relation to the Distant Wanderer – He Convicts
1. Iniquity: About Sin
8 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
John Phillips – Exploring Romans
Men try to cover sin, excuse it and camouflage it. They call it by respectable names. A person is not a drunkard he is an alcoholic; drunkenness is not a sin, it is a disease; a person is not a liar, he is a prevaricator (or ,an extrovert with a lively imagination). Men speak of people as having complexes, phobias and inhibitions. They speak of a book as being daring; God would call it filthy. They say a man has had an affair; God says he has committed adultery. This is one of the games (people) play and a deadly and dangerous game it is.
2. Integrity: About Righteousness
10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;
3. Inquest: About Judgment
11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. NIV
How can a loving God send anyone to hell?Matthew 25: 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Hell is for the devil.
Opting in vs. opting out
14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (ESV)