The doctrine of the Holy Spirit Cont’
He continually imparts God’s love to us (Rom5:5) and gives us joy, comfort and help (John14:16; 1Thes 1:6)
(3) The Holy Spirit is the agent of service, empowering believers for service and witness. This work of the Holy Spirit is related to the baptism in the Spirit or the fullness of the Spirit. When we are baptized in the Spirit, we receive power to witness for Christ and work effectively within the church and before the world (acts 1:8). We receive the same Spirit that descended on Jesus Christ (John 1:32-33) and on the disciples (Acts 2:4; see 1:5), enabling us to proclaim God’s Word (Acts1:8;4:31) and work miracles (Acts 2:43; 3:2-8; 5:15; 6:8; 10:38). Throughout the church age, it is God’s intended purpose that all Christians experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:39). In the area of service, the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to individual members of the church to edify or strengthen the church (1Cor 12-14). These gifts are a manifestation of the Spirit through individuals by which Christ’s presence, love, truth and righteous standards are made real to the fellowship of believers for the common good (1Cor 12:7-11).
(4) The Holy Spirit is the agent who incorporates believers into the one body of Christ (1Cor 12:13), lives in the church (1Cor 3:16), builds the church (Eph2:22), inspires her worship (Phil 3:3), directs her mission (Acts 13:2, 4), appoints her workers (Acts 20:28), gives gifts to the church (1 Cor 12:1-11), anoints her preachers (Acts 2:4; 1Cor 2:4), guards the gospel (2Tim 1:14) and promotes her righteousness (John 16:8; 1Cor 3:16; 6:18-20).
(5) The various activities of the Spirit are complementary and not contradictory. At the same time, these facets of the Holy Spirit’s work are interlocked and cannot be fully separated. We cannot experience (a) the fullness of new life in Christ, (b) righteousness as a way of living, (c) the power to witness for our Lord or (d) fellowship in His body without becoming involved in all four. For example, baptism in the Holy Spirit cannot be maintained independently of the Spirit’s work of producing righteousness within us and leading us into the knowledge of and commitment to Biblical truth.
1. What is the goal of Spiritual Rebirth?
— To be like Christ
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 Jn 3:2)
— To live eternally with God
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Rev 21:3)
2. Why is Regeneration necessary?
Regeneration is necessary because all people, prior to turning to Christ, are in their inherent natures sinners who are spiritually dead, and who are incapable of obeying and pleasing God (Ps 51:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 8:7-8; 1 Cor 2:14; Eph 2:3)
Read Isaiah 6:1-8. Isaiah commissioned
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2Above it stood seraphim; 3and one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:1-4)