· Read together: Gen. 1:1-3; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 2:38-39; John 3:5; Titus 3:3-7; Matthew 1:18; Luke 11:13; John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Acts 1:16; 10:45; 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph 4:30; Gal. 5:19-23; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 3:26-28; Romans 8:10, 14-16, 18-27, 29; 2 Cor 3:17-18; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 16:7-15
· This list of Scriptures is not exhaustive: But a couple of observations
o The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the third person of the Trinity or the Godhead
§ The trinity is idea that God exists as a singular plurality, not many Gods but one God who manifests himself in three persons (Father, Son, and Spirit)
o The Holy Spirit is/was active and present at creation
o The Holy Spirit is active in recreation/restoring humanity and the earth (2 Cor 5:17; 2 Cor 3:17-18; Eph 1:13-14)
o The Spirit also reminds us of the teachings of Christ (Jn 14)
o In the book of Acts, the Spirit is present in almost every chapter, on every page, what might we say about the Spirit and the church?
§ That the two need each other
§ The book of Acts is about what God has done in and through Jesus Christ, and is continuing to do in and through Spirit through the church (Acts 1:8)
o The Spirit gifts the church for good works for the good of the world (Eph 2:10; 1 Cor 12, 14)
o The Spirit glorifies Jesus, or makes a big deal about Jesus, puts the spotlight on him (Jn 16:7-15)
o The Spirit is presented as indwelling believers (Acts 2:38-39; Eph 1:13-14; 1 Cor 6:19; Rom 8:29) (1 Cor 2:12-16)
§ This is important because there are those who believe that Spirit only indwells the Word
§ This just isn’t true! The Spirit certainly uses the word (it is after all the sword of the Spirit Ephesians 6:17
§ While certain miraculous powers have ceased it is a mistake to limit the Spirit’s power to the confines of the pages of Scripture (1 Cor. 13:8-11)
o He teaches those who belong to him, convicts us of our sinfulness, and sanctifies us for his service (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 3:3-5; Ephesians 2:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Peter 1:2).
o He gives Christians joy, comfort, unity, love, etc. (Romans 5:5; 14:17; 15:13; Ephesians 4:3; Acts 9:31; Galatians 5:22-25; 1 Thessalonians 1:6).
· If the Holy Spirit is so important, why then is He often neglected, overlooked, forgotten?
o The Spirit is the power of God to live the abundant life Jesus has come to give us