The Holy Spirit’s Work in the Life of a Believer

1. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT THE SALVATION OF THE BELIEVER
a. He illuminates, convicts and sanctifies the believer through the Word of God—the Gospel message, 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; John 16:8-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
b. He regenerates the believer through the Word of God, John 3:3 -7; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 5:25-26.
c. He is the means by which the believer is baptized at regeneration into Christ’s death and resurrection, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 with Romans 6:3-5.
d. He is the means by which the believer is baptized into Christ’s body, the Church, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14.
e. He indwells the believer at regeneration–making his or her body the temple of God, 1 Corinthians 6:19.
f. He seals the believer at regeneration as a possession of God for the day of redemption, 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30.
g. He pours the love of God into the believer’s heart at regeneration and this love continues to abide, Romans 5:5; 15:30; Colossians 1:8.
h. He sets the believer free from the law of sin and death at regeneration, Romans 8:2.

2. THE CONTINUOUS WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN AND FOR THE BELIEVER
a. He bears witness to the fact that we are God’s children, the sons of God, Romans 8:16; Galatians 4:6-7.
b. He provides access to God the Father, Ephesians 2:18.
c. He gives assurance to the believer of being indwelt by Christ, 1 John 3:24; 4:13; Ephesians 2:22.
d. He makes intercession for the believer and groans the inexpressible words of prayer, Romans 8:26-28; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20.
e. He opposes the sinful nature, Galatians 5:16-17.
f. He is the agent of sanctification, Romans 15:16; 1 Peter 1:2.
g. He helps the believer to deal with weakness (feebleness of health or sickness), Romans 8:26.
h. He leads the believer, Acts 10:19-20; 13:2; 16:6; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16-18.
i. He helps the believer to guard sound doctrine, 2 Timothy 1:14.
j. He strengthens the believer’s inner being with divine power, Romans 15:13; Ephesians 3:16; and boldness to witness, Acts 1:8.
k. He gives the believer the mind of Christ by revealing, teaching, instructing and giving discernment of the deep things of God so the spiritual man can make judgments about all things, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.
l. He transforms the believer into Christ’s likeness with ever-increasing glory, 2 Corinthians 3:18.
m. He bestows the fruit of the Spirit in the believer’s life, Galatians 5:22-23.
n. He composes the believer as a letter from Christ, 2 Corinthians 3:3.
o. He makes the believer a witness to the truth concerning the person of Christ, Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 1 John 4:2-3.
p. He brings the present aspect of the kingdom of God to the believer, which is righteousness and peace and joy, Romans 14:17.
q. He establishes unity or oneness between believers, Ephesians 4:3.
r. He provides the believer with an offensive weapon (the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God), in warfare with the evil one, Ephesians 6:17.
s. He is the means by which the believer puts to death the misdeeds of the body and gains victory over the sinful nature, Romans 8:1-11.
t. He helps the believer eagerly wait in hope with faith for final righteousness, Galatians 5:5.
u. He gives eternal life to the believer who sows to please Him, Galatians 6:8.
v. He fills the believers, who let the Word of Christ dwell richly in them, with music and gratitude from the heart, Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:16-17.
w. He is grieved by the believer’s sin, Ephesians 4:30.
x. He can be quenched in the believer who does not hold on to the good or avoid evil, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22.
y. He is the firstfruits, guaranteeing the believer’s redemption of the mortal body and final adoption as a son, Romans 8:11, 23.
z. He gives gifts to the believers and the church.

The New Testament lists of spiritual gifts are not comprehensive since the Spirit gave other abilities to people in the Old Testament, such as artistic workmanship, literary and musical expression; for example Exodus 31:3-5; 2 Samuel 23:1-2.

 

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