This week we are in chapter 30 of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, “The Work of the Holy Spirit.” Unfortunately, even though the Holy Spirit is the one person of the Trinity that we interact with the most, we also forget about Him the most.
To be a son of God means to be led by the Spirit of God. We can see that in our verse above, Romans 8:14. You cannot have one without the other; for to be a true Christian means to have the Holy Spirit indwell in you. If you don’t have the Spirit, you are not a Christian. In fact, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is referred to as a seal and a guarantee for Christians, “And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
This truth is simply amazing. The God of the Universe living inside redeemed sinners is mind blowing…containing the uncontainable. Grudem helps us understand the fruit of this amazing relationship by giving us four simple categories:
The Holy Spirit Empowers:
To begin, it is the Holy Spirit that gives us spiritual life through the new birth (John 3:6-7). After being born again, we have the power to live for the Lord according to His will. God not only calls us, but he equips us, and He equips us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Purifies
The word most commonly used to describe the purification of believers is sanctification. It is the Holy Spirit who initially convicts us of our sins and helps us over time “put to death the deeds of the body.” (John 16:8-11 and Romans 8:13). As this happens, the Spirit is making us to be more like Jesus, He is sanctifying us.
The Holy Spirit Reveals
The means by which God revels Himself is through His Word. The means by which God provided his Word was through the Holy Spirit inspiring men to write. (2 Peter 1:21). With the closing of the Cannon at the writing of the Book of Revelation, the Spirit no longer inspires men to write the Word, but instead provides us the power to understand the Word (John 16:13). Without the Spirit we have no hope to know God.
The Holy Spirit Unifies
The Body of Christ is an odd thing. It is full of a variety of people from different backgrounds, yet somehow we love each other and work side by side with each other with one goal. How is this possible? The Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that creates unity and Christians should be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Unity in the Church is proof of the supernatural.
The bottom line is, without the Spirit we are nothing. It is the Spirit that makes us into new creations and leads us into the presence of our God, both now and forever.