The teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Part 3; John 14:23-26
length: 1:02:02 - taught on Dec, 20 2011
Title: The teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Part 3; John 14:23-26.
The ministries of G/HS to the world are the restraining ministry where He restrains evil, and the convicting ministry to the unsaved where He presents the gospel in common grace.
We looked briefly at these two ministries.
Then we began the 7 ministries to the believer at salvation. 6 of these ministries are permanent. In other words, their effects cannot be lost no matter what the believer does. These ministries are eternal and occur because of one decision to believe in Christ.
One of these ministries is temporary, since it does depend on the believer’s decisions to personally sin or to operate in human good. Since all believers are sinners saved by grace and will continue to commit personal sin and operate in the false power of human good this ministry is lost, but recovered through the grace procedure that God has provided. This ministry is the filling of the HS.
/1. Efficacious grace: the HS acts as a human spirit to make the positive faith signals of the spiritually dead to be alive or effective for salvation, EPH 2:8.\
/2. Regeneration: God the HS makes a human spirit within you to which God the Father imputes eternal life. This is being born again, Titus 3:5; GAL 3:27.\
/4. Indwelling of the HS: God the HS makes your body the holy temple of God for the indwelling of God the Father and God the Son.\
/5. Filling of the HS: God the HS enters us into the PPOG where we can metabolize doctrine and enjoy His enabling power. This is lost in personal sin but recovered through the rebound technique.\
/Filling means to be controlled or to fill up a deficiency. God the HS empowers us with divine power, which fills up our deficiency.\
When G/HS controls your soul, your volition is still in view. For example, when the Lord was led by the Spirit to go into the wilderness His volition agreed with the authority of the Spirit to go. Like a general giving battle-field orders we still have the choice to obey or disobey those orders.
/When G/HS controls your soul, your volition is still in view. We never lose our individuality or personality when the Spirit controls our soul.\
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. \
When filling our soul He will metabolize doctrine that is being heard and will teach the believer everything that is revealed about God in His time.
EPH 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
EPH 4:23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
EPH 4:24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Therefore, the truth and the filling of the Holy Spirit become a covering for your soul. Without their covering the believer feels naked and before Christ is ashamed.
/Like Adam and the woman at the fall and like the loser believer at the JSOC there is shame in time for the nakedness of the believer out of fellowship with Christ or not abiding in Christ. \
Shame is man's ineffaceable recollection of his estrangement from the origin. Without residing in the PPOG, without being F/HS, without being covered by God’s power, all the believer can see is his removal from his origin of fellowship with God. Therefore, he must distract himself with a frantic search for happiness, which in the same pattern as Solomon’s eight experiments, he never finds it. And as he searches, his shame grows since his soul is naked in this world. This happens to believers!
/Without abiding in Christ, instead of seeing God the believer sees himself lacking the protection and covering, which God afforded him. He finds himself laid bare, and hence there is shame. \
He attempts to hide this shame much like the first Adam in his silly fig leaves.
God’s anointed cherub was covered before his fall; before his heart was corrupted by the splendor of his own beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering: \
Because he rejected God’s covering he will experience shame. One wonders how much shame he has already experienced.
"All who know you among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified,
And you will be no more."\
Satan’s shame will last for eternity. The believer who does not walk by means of the Spirit will experience shame in time and at the JSOC. His shame will be removed by the gracious positional truth from Christ so that he may enter eternity minus shame, but also minus reward.
I hope that this brings to your remembrance, through God the Holy Spirit, the seamless inner-garment of Christ that we studied that was given to the church for her to cover her nakedness.
/Every believer is covered in position; GAL 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.\
Not all believer’s are covered in experience. This is the difference between positional sanctification and experiential sanctification.
Experiential sanctification can only be accomplished by abiding in Christ.
/Christ’s seamless inner-garment is mystery doctrine and the filling of God the Holy Spirit that covers and protects the soul from falsehood and evil.\
Christ was naked on the cross so that we may be covered. He who was rich became poor so that we might become rich. He who was wrapped in a shroud for the dead was resurrected so that we may walk in newness of life.
The filling of the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine metabolized and circulating in the heart are the means by which God graciously gave a way to cover our souls as new creatures in Christ.
When we are not filled with the Spirit we are either grieving or quenching the Spirit.
1 Thess 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit;
/Quench means to suppress or stifle the power of God the Holy Spirit. This is a failure to yield to His will and power no matter what and rather choosing to use another so-called power.\
There is something that gives every person mental energy. No one is an original thinker. We all yield to something. If we yield to the light, it is the PPOG. If we yield to anything in the cosmic system then it’s yielding to darkness.
[students studying for the driving test]
L.S. Chafer concisely states the issue: “A yieldedness to the will of God is not demonstrated by some one particular issue: it is rather a matter of having taken the will of God as the rule of one’s life. To be in the will of God is simply to be willing to do His will without reference to any particular thing He may choose. It is electing His will to be final, even before we know what He may wish us to do. It is, therefore, not a question of being willing to do some one thing: it is a question of being willing to do anything, when, where and how, it may seem best in His heart of love. It is taking the normal and natural position of childlike trust which has already consented to the wish of the Father even before anything of the outworking of His wish is revealed.”
One of the most important keys to the spiritual life is remaining in the PPOG or remaining filled with the Spirit. Rebounding without abiding in Christ will not lead to spiritual strength or growth.
There has to be a way to overcome our enemies and remain in the palace, our very own palace, which is God’s plan for our life. God has found a way to give fallen man His very humility by which we submit to His authority.
In rebound you submit to His authority that is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When you humble yourself under the teaching of the word of God you submit to His authority that is able to transform your thinking into the mind of Christ.
An important field of yieldedness is in relation to what God has provided and to what His commands and boundaries are in the spiritual life. Often these seem contrary to natural desires of our hearts, and may seem outwardly from the human viewpoint of others to be a triumph of evil rather than of good.
We will all carry a thorn in the flesh. The “thorn in the flesh,” whatever its character, must be accepted in faith in the love and wisdom of God.
/The child of God who desires to live without quenching the Spirit must know the sweetness of submission to the will of God.\
It may often be observed that the suffering saint projects a sweetness of testimony and a fullness of the Spirit which is unknown in others.
Yieldedness to the Spirit includes, then, submission to the plain teachings of the Word of God, obedience to the guidance of the Spirit, and acceptance in faith of the providential acts of God. All of these are a part of the moment-by-moment experience of living in the will of God with an indwelling Spirit who is unquenched.
Christ is the supreme illustration not only of one in whom the fullness of the Spirit was manifested at all times, but one who was submissive to the whole will of God.
The classic passage of Philippians 2:5 - 11 reveals not only the glory and victory which belongs to our Lord, but His submission to the humiliation of the cross.
Phil 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
/Christ was willing to be what God chose: “a servant made in the likeness of men.” He was willing to go where God chose, into a sinful world which would reject Him and crucify Him. He was willing to do what God chose: “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” \
Every believer who is positive towards doctrine will come to a place where God’s destiny becomes quite clear. The question of whether you are willing to be, go, and do what God chooses will be answered; positively or negatively.
The Garden of Gethsemane with its struggle epitomized by the epical words, “Not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42), has had its lesser counterpart in the lives of all great Christians. The child of God who has “the mind of Christ” is one who is fully yielded to the will of God for his life in every particular as Christ was for the will of God in His life. For the fullness of the Spirit, it is absolutely necessary to be yielded to Him.
EPH 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The Scriptures often testify to the fact that the Spirit of God is holy and that He is a person. The indwelling presence of this holy person constitutes the body of a believer a temple of God.
/In the nature of the case, in the indwelling presence of His holy person, the presence of sin in any form grieves the Holy Spirit. \
Grieving is used as an anthropopathism, ascribing to God certain human characteristics for the purpose of clarity. We would not think God the HS to weep or in some way get sad over the presence of sin in the temple of God, but the word clearly displays His hatred of sin and the need for quickly rebounding.
/Grieving results in loss of fellowship and eventual misery if it is not remedied by confession. Divine discipline will result if this state continues in the believer. \
Accordingly, when the Christian is exhorted to “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption” (EPH 4:30), it is an appeal to allow nothing in his life contrary to the holiness of the Spirit. It is clear that the one cause of grieving the Holy Spirit is sin.
Quenching the Spirit may occur first. As we resist the will of God often sin is crouching at the door. In any case the remedy to sin is rebound.
/Quenching the HS is a mental attitude of rejecting His will whereas grieving the HS is isolated sin or sins. \