This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “Naturally Supernatural” and looks at Jesus as our model for life and ministry.
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In this series we are talking about living naturally supernatural lives. Our model for this is Jesus, who is our model for life and ministry. Jesus is humanity as God intended it to be. Our naturally supernatural life includes the resources of prayer, the Word and the Holy Spirit. We are also looking at the concepts of doing what He did, by thinking like He thought, seeing like He saw, serving like He served, and loving like He loved. With this in mind, we are examining encounters that Jesus had throughout the book of John. We looked at Jesus encounter with Nicodemus in John 3. We looked at an encounter that Jesus has with a Samaritan woman at a well in John 4. We looked at an encounter Jesus has with a man whom the Bible describes as an invalid by the pool of Bethesda in John 5. We looked at Jesus interaction with His disciples and the crowd in John 6 and the feeding of the 5000. We looked at an encounter Jesus has in John 8 with a woman caught in adultery. This encounter shows us again the importance of seeing the beauty of people’s potential and being a people of mercy and grace as we walk out this naturally supernatural life. Last week we looked at an encounter Jesus has with a man born blind in John chapter 9 and we talked about how the light of grace sees people, loves them, and then reaches out to them in naturally supernatural ways. We looked at an encounter that Jesus has with His disciples as He washes their feet at the last supper. Then we talked about the institution of communion as a remembrance and how the marriage analogy was used. Last week we looked at Jesus as He continue to teach His disciples in the last few days of His earthly ministry. He was summarizing what He has been teaching them about a Naturally Supernatural life with the concepts of fruit, remain, prayer and love. Today, we are going to talk about one of the resources that was available to Jesus and who is also available to us, the Holy Spirit. Jesus introduces Him to His disciple in Chapter 14 and 15 as the Counselor, and the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. Let’s talk about Him, the Holy Spirit.
John 14:15-17 (NIV)
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 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.
We cannot cover all that there is to cover about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in one message, but I want to make seven points about Him and His ministry today.
1. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit
When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in you. Jesus said He would give us another Counselor, to be with us forever.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
This price was the cross, which we talked about two weeks ago as the bride price in the marriage analogy used in the last supper and introduced as communion. If you missed that message, you should go and watch it. Naturally Supernatural 9.
Romans 8:9 (NIV)
9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
So if you belong to Christ, the Spirit if God, the Holy Spirit lives in you.
2. The Spirit of truth
Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. One of the things He does is reveal divine truth.
1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (NIV)
9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”– 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit helps us to see the truth as we read and study His word. He is able to open things up to us in a way that we can not perceive without His help. He illuminates the scripture. He makes it come to life.
3. Yielding to the Holy Spirit
As I said earlier, when a person accepts Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes into (indwells) his life permanently. The Bible also makes it clear that we are to be habitually “filled” with the Holy Spirit. Is there a difference between the Holy Spirit indwelling us, and being filled with the Spirit. I believe there is. The Holy Spirit indwells us when we accept Jesus, and we are continually filled by the Spirit as we yield our lives to Him.
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
The verb “be filled” means “to fill up a deficiency; to fully possess; to fully influence; to fill with a certain quality.” It is written in this verse in the present passive imperative, so the verb is a command meaning “keep on being filled”. What does this look like? We touched on this last week when we talked about the fruit of the Spirit. We yield to the Spirit as we live by trying to do the next right thing
The Holy Spirit not only helps us in developing this fruit He also
4. He helps us to live as witnesses
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
He empowers us to be the ambassadors that we have been called to be. To love as witnesses for Him, not just with our words but with our lives.
5. He helps us in our worship
Philippians 3:3 (NIV)
3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–
The Spirit reminds us of our dependence on God. He encourages us to be expectant as we Worship, and also humble in our responsiveness.
6. He helps us in our prayers
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
He is there to help us when we just don’t know how or what to pray. It is another reminder of our complete dependence on God for everything that matters.
7. He provides us with supernatural power
Part of being naturally supernatural is understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us supernatural power to enable the ministry that we have been given. This is often displayed in the Spiritual Gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:1-7 (NIV)
1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
We have taught at length on the gifts of the Spirit and we will be talking about them again soon in our mid week studies. I would like to say though, that sometimes we get confused about the gifts. The gifts that the Spirit manifests in us, are given to be used for others, for the common good. They are not a reason for us to get puffed up, which is what happened to the church in Corinth, they are a gift from the Spirit. People should not be exalted because of their gifts, if anything, the fruit of the Spirit in a person’s life is a better measure of who they are and where they are in their walk with Christ.