Let us now understand the 13 awesome works of the Holy Spirit and glorify Him for His wondrous works.
Works of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons within one blessed and divine Trinity. He is a gift from God that we receive after we repent and get baptized (Acts 2:38). While most believers have heard of the Holy Ghost, few are aware of His significance in their lives. Knowing how the Spirit of God works will enable us to appreciate and understand God’s love and deliverance plan.
It’s good that God blesses all believers with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. “As many as… God shall call,” Peter said, referring to the gift (Acts 2:38-39). “To those who obey” Jesus, the Spirit is “given” (Acts 5:30-32). Anyone who believes in Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). The Holy Spirit was to remain with Christ’s followers indefinitely (John 14:16-17).
Believers are redeemed, filled, secured, and purified by the Holy Spirit’s power. The Holy Ghost exposes God’s ideas to believers, teaches them, and leads them into all truth. The Spirit of God confirms our bond with our Creator. The Holy Spirit also assists and pleads for us in our times of need.
The Holy Ghost works in different ways in the lives of believers. He is a guide who instructs and reminds us. The world is convicted of sin, righteousness, and judgment by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost indwells and anoints us. He is a wellspring of knowledge, wisdom, and power. The Spirit of Truth leads us to every truth, even future knowledge.
Believers receive spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit. Their lives are sealed by Him. The Spirit of Holiness assists believers in their weakness and intercedes on their behalf. The Holy Spirit gives believers eternal life. Believers are sanctified and enabled by the Holy Ghost to bear good fruit in their lives. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers are made holy by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit’s job is to pray for believers when they don’t know what to pray about. The Holy Ghost’s work is to sow fruit in the lives of believers and then watch it blossom into a harvest.
The Holy Spirit’s ultimate goal is to honor, exalt, and glorify Jesus and reveal his kingdom to the world until our Redeemer returns. We can become part of the biggest and greatest story ever told thanks to the Spirit of God’s work.
The Holy Spirit does 13 irreversible works in us when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:
Revelation: The Spirit of God uses revelations to disclose God’s message to the faithful. The Almighty One revealed to humans what could not else be known—things that humans could never comprehend through reasoning or investigation. While the physical universe reveals that there should be a Creator, it cannot show the Designer’s justice, compassion, and generosity, or the redemption He offers to humanity. To accomplish this, God Himself spoke to people about this.
Inspiration: Inspiration is the process through which the Holy Ghost taught and directed the writers of the Good Book, ensuring that what they wrote was exactly what He desired written. The Spirit of God “moved” or “propelled” the authors of Scripture. They did not merely express what they thought to write. Every individual with whom the Holy Spirit worked preserved his or her distinctive perspective and style, but the Spirit guided them all to ensure that no errors were introduced into the original manuscripts and that the words penned were exactly what God intended.
Preservation: The principles of inspiration and conservation are the core elements of Bible authorship. The Holy Bible is one book with one message, that is, the Almighty God restoring the world to His original design through Jesus Christ. This message was pulled together by the Holy Spirit over 1,500 years from 66 different writings written in three different languages by more than 40 authors. The Bible is still the most widely disseminated book ever written, 2,000 years after it was compiled. Only God is capable of preserving the Scripture, and He has vowed to do so. God’s Word is securely fixed, stable, and kept (Psalm 119:89), and it will stay forever (Psalm 119:152).
Illumination: “To cast light on” is the definition of the word “illuminate.” Only the Spirit of God can enlighten the Scriptures and make them understandable to humans. Humanity is blinded by the Evil One and people are unable to comprehend heavenly truth on their own (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). The Holy Spirit works through enlightenment to make the written Word accessible and pertinent to the needs of each believer. The attitude with which we approach the Word of God determines whether the Spirit will open our eyes while we study (John 7:17). This is why we must learn while being filled by the Spirit.
Interpretation: Interpretation means “To explain or tell the meaning of”. The Apostle Peter makes it clear that there is only one proper interpretation of each biblical chapter, and that is the Bible’s interpretation. People may only uncover the precise evaluation of any passage by employing the help of the Spirit of Wisdom. While there is only one interpretation, there may be numerous applications—different ways in which a scriptural truth can be applied in one’s life.
Baptism: We are put in Christ through the Holy Spirit’s baptism and eternally become a part of His Body (1 Corinthians 12:13). This places us in a new spiritual posture. We were dead in Adam before we believed; now we are alive in Christ. We have been identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3–4), and we have been enthroned in Heaven with Him (Ephesians 2:4–7; Colossians 3:1–4).
Regeneration: It is the Spirit of God’s operation of bringing us spiritually alive (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:4–6). We are reborn, this time as God’s children (1 Peter 1:23; John 3:3–7; 1:12, 18). We were biologically alive but spiritually dead before, but now we are spiritually living in Christ and physically dead to the flesh (John 5:21; Romans 6:13). We have been given the gift of eternal life. We’ve been moved from the realm of darkness to the realm of light (1 John 5:12; Colossians 1:13).
Anointing: Believers have an anointing (a gift of the Spirit) that aids them in discerning the truth and avoiding being easily swayed by false instructors (1 John 2:20,24,27, John 16:13, 1 John 4:6). The anointing does not negate the importance of receiving accurate instruction from the Bible, which is what was “heard from the beginning” and is our arbiter of truth. We’re not talking about heavenly inspiration or direct revelation here. However, amid widespread misunderstanding and confusion, the Spirit aids us all in discerning real teaching and correctly understanding the scriptures.
Indwelling: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit indwell us at the moment of redemption (Romans 8:9–11). The Holy Ghost’s indwelling provides us with an innate strength that can be activated by the Spirit’s fullness (Ephesians 5:18). Our sinful nature was the entire source of our drive before attaining salvation. Not only is the power of sin is weakened after deliverance, but we can now call on God’s omnipotence (John 7:37–39; 14:17–20; 17:26).
Gifting: The Holy Spirit bestows a special spiritual talent and a distinctive work on every one of us upon redemption (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11). (Matthew 25:15; Mark 13:34). Our spiritual talents are intended to demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit inside us by enriching the Body of Christ. The task that God has assigned to us is something that no one else could ever complete, and if we do not complete it, it will remain unfinished for all eternity. We can only achieve God’s plan for our lives and attain the eternal glory for which we were created by using our talents and abilities in the work the Supreme Being has chosen for us.
Leading: To be intelligent and cautious, and to apply the Divine truth in our daily lives, we need direction and support (James 1:4-6, Ephesians 5:15-18, 1 Corinthians 10:13). This is a result of God’s providence. It is something we should cheerfully accept as a natural part of the Christian life. We don’t always notice God’s presence in our lives until much later. However, knowing it exists provides us comfort.
Sealing: The Holy Spirit’s work of sealing ensures our eternal destiny (Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30). The seal represented three elements in ancient times: sovereignty, protection, and safe delivery. Every believer is identified as God’s personal and valuable possession, with the Absolute Being’s assurance of safe delivery.
Interceding: Our comforter, advocate, helper, and intercessor, is the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). Knowing that our prayers, no matter how insignificant, are brought to the Father by the Spirit and that the Spirit’s pleading on our behalf makes our prayers acceptable to God, is a tremendous blessing (Romans 8:26-27). It’s comforting to know that we have someone to deliver our prayers and praises to the Supreme Being. We can be certain that we “have access in one Spirit to the Father” through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who is also our advocate and mediator (Romans 8:34) (Ephesians 2:18).
The Holy Spirit is, without a doubt, God’s power (Luke 1:35). We receive a share of the Almighty’s power when we accept the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8). We can only be called believers and true Christians when the Holy Spirit dwells in us (Romans 8:14-17).
As a result, we all must work toward receiving the Holy Spirit through repentance and baptism. Once we have received the Holy Ghost, we should try to keep the anointing blazing brightly in our hearts.
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