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1 THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER’S LIFE Dr. Ron Walborn

2 What are the works of the Holy Spirit that take place on the inside of a person, that transform them from the inside out?

3 I. PRE-REGENERATION/REGENERATION ACTIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Pre-Conversion work of the Holy Spirit 1. Conviction of sin But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16:7-11

4 I. PRE-REGENERATION/REGENERATION ACTIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Pre-Conversion work of the Holy Spirit 1. Conviction of sin 2. Drawing people to Christ “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44

5 I. PRE-REGENERATION/REGENERATION ACTIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Pre-Conversion work of the Holy Spirit B. The work of the Holt Spirit in Conversion (Regeneration)

6 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. [2] He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." [3] In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." [4] "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" [5] Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. [6] Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:1-6 (NIV)

7 spirit body soul Sense Consciousness Self Conscious -ness (mind, will, emotions) God Conscious –ness (marred or lost at Fall)

8 spirit body soul 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ez. 36:24-27

9 II. POST-REGENERATION WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Post-Regeneration Conviction & Guidance [13] But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all 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. [14] He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. [15] All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. John 16:13-15

10 II. POST-REGENERATION WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (the rest of this outline is not necessarily sequential in this chronological order—I believe it may be possible to get empowered before getting sanctified and sanctified before getting empowered) B. Sanctification: There comes a point in every believer’s life (subsequent to salvation) when the Holy Spirit calls him or her to a deeper level of consecration, commitment and surrender. When we say “Yes” to this call, the Spirit of God does a work within us to bring us to a new level of experiential holiness in every area of our lives. This work is both crisis and progressive.

11 [23] May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [24]The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thess. 5:23-24  Notice it is God doing the work of sanctification  Notice his prayer is that your spirit, soul & body “may be kept” blameless (someone else is doing the “keeping”)  Finally notice that it is the one who calls you that is faithful and HE will do it!  It’s ALL about JESUS and HIS Performance, NOT our self-effort!

12 [16]But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. [17] Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:16-18 “True Holiness is not “cleaning up our act.” It is the recognition that we are utterly powerless to “clean up our act” forcing us to come to Christ in complete brokenness.”

13 There are Two Kinds of Christians: Spiritual vs. Worldly – “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ.” I Cor 3:1 Self-Propelled vs. Spirit-Led - Romans 7 vs. Romans 8 Filled vs. Not Filled – Ephesians 5:18 “While this will result in changes in external behavior, the focus is not on the externals, but on the internal presence and leading of the Spirit of Christ”

14 What does this look like? Rev. John Soper Some say, “It’s all about purity.” Some say, “It’s all about power.” Some say, “It’s all about joy.”  Jesus tells us in John 15 that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Because of our relationship with Jesus, we: “will bear much fruit...”—PURITY “ask whatever we want...”—POWER “our joy will be complete”—JOY According to Jesus, the fullness of the Holy Spirit involves all of these things.

15 II. POST-REGENERATION WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. Empowerment [17]The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: [18] "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, [19] to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:17-19

16 B. When does this Experience take place? 1. Subsequent to Salvation 2. John 20:22 is the initiation of the Church (Regeneration) Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." [22] And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." John 20:21-23 (NIV)

17 B. When does this Experience take place? 1. Subsequent to Salvation 2. John 20:22 is the initiation of the Church (Regeneration) 3. Acts 2:1-4 is the Empowerment of the Church (Subsequent to Salvation—notice the context of Acts 1:4,5,8) “Every Christian does NOT have this Acts 2 empowerment! If they did, the Church would be in much better shape than it is.”

18 [4]On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. [5] For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…[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… Acts 1:4-5,8 [2:1] When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. [2] Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. [3] They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. [4] All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4

19 B. When does this Experience take place? 1. Subsequent to Salvation 2. John 20:22 is the initiation of the Church (Regeneration) 3. Acts 2:1-4 is the Empowerment of the Church (Subsequent to Salvation) 4. This is not limited to a one-time experience. There is to be an ongoing expectancy that the Holy Spirit wants to fill and refill the Believer again and again (Eph. 5:18)

20 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. Acts 4:31 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. [45] The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. [46] For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Acts 10:44-46 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52

21 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples [2] and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." [3] So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?“ "John's baptism," they replied. [4] Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." [5] On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. [6] When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:1-6 (NIV) Why did Paul ask the question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Hint: This is not a Regeneration question!

22 C. How should we describe this experience? 1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit 2. The Filling of the Holy Spirit 3. The Unction (E.M. Bounds) 4. The Anointing 5. The Spirit-Filled Life 6. The Crisis Experience My suggestion—Call it whatever you want so long as you are living with the tangible reality of the power of the Holy Spirit!

23 D. The “Coming Upon Anointing” of the Holy Spirit 1.While every Christian is regenerated by the Holy Spirit and therefore “has” the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9), not every Christian is living in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit...

24 D. The “Coming Upon Anointing” of the Holy Spirit 17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. Luke 5:17 2.The NT and Church History support “the coming upon anointing” of the Holy Spirit at special times and ministries. E.M. Bounds called it “the Unction,” while others have referred to it as “the anointing.”

25 E. Experiential/Evidential Results: 1. Intimacy with God (worship) 2.Love beyond reason 3.Joy unspeakable 4.Indescribable Peace 5.Zeal for Holiness 6.Boldness in Evangelism 7.Spiritual Power & Authority 8.Release of Spiritual Gifts 9.The Fruit of the Spirit I have never met a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit and did not know it. A.W. Tozer

26 F. Testimonies: “The Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity going through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love…no words could express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in my heart. I wept aloud with joy and love. I literally bellowed out the unutterable gushings of my heart.” —C.G. Finney

27 F. Testimonies: “Oh what a day, I cannot describe it. I seldom referred to it. It is almost too sacred an experience to name…I can only say that God revealed Himself to me and I had such an experience of His love that I had to ask Him to stay His hand.” —D.L. Moody

28 F. Testimonies: (In a hotel room with Stephen Olford, Billy Graham asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Laughing hilariously, he described his experience saying…) “I’m filled! I’m filled! I’m filled! This is the turning point in my life. This will revolutionize my ministry.” —Billy Graham

29 FINAL THOUGHTS The work of the Holy Spirit is for every believer. It is NOT a REWARD! It is a GIFT! [38] Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39

30 FINAL THOUGHTS If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Luke 11:13 When you ask the Holy Spirit to fill you…  Ask with expectancy without agenda  Do not compare your experience with others  Focus on Jesus!  Allow Your hunger for more of Him to grow without demanding “Instant” answers!

31 “I would rather have a man or woman on my platform who has never received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit but is hungry for Him, than to have a person who has received the “Experience” and grown complacent in it.” —Smith Wigglesworth

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