The Holy Spirit and You – Session Two: “The Holy Spirit – bringing you God’s word”
Talk given 1 October 2009.
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Today we move on to consider how the Holy Spirit brings the word of God to His people.
Some preliminary thoughts:
The Power of the Word (Genesis 1 v 1-3;Psalm 107 v.20;Psalm 138 v.2; Matthew 8 v.16; John 1 v 1; Ephesians 6 v 17; Hebrews 1 v 3; Hebrews 4 v 12)
God’s Holy Spirit was present at creation and spoke the word of God. Right at the start of the scriptures we see that when God spoke – it happened! As Jesus, drove out the demons with a word, and we read that God sustains all things by his powerful word, it can be seen that the work of God is a creative, dynamic force, the sword of the Spirit.
The Need for Communication
The Christian faith had relationship at its heart. Like any relationship, our friendship with God implies two-way communication.
We will look at this subject under three headings:
1. God has Spoken by His Spirit
God has spoken through:
Creation (Genesis 1 v.1-3; Psalm 19 v.1; Romans 1 v 20)
The Incarnate Word (Hebrews 1 v 1-3)
The Written Word (2 Timothy 3 v.16; 2 Peter 1 v 21)
2. God still Speaks by His Spirit
The Incarnate Word
The Written Word
NB – ALL SUBJECTIVE REVELATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SCRUTINY OF SCRIPTURE. ANY CLAIMS OF REVELATIONS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SCRIPTURE CARRY NO WEIGHT WHATSOEVER ( Isaiah 8 v 19-20; Acts 17 v 11)
The illumination of the word (John 14 v 26; Acts 2 v 17-18)
Through circumstances (Acts 16 v 7)
Through Discipline (Hebrews 12 v 7;Revelation 3 v 14-19)
Through other people (Galatians 2 v 14)
Prophetically Acts 2 v 17-18;1 Corinthians 14 v.3;Acts 11 v 28 Acts 21 v.8-11; 1 Thess 5 19-21)(NB – THERE IS NO BIBLICAL FOUNDATION TO THE VIEW THAT PROPHECY ENDED WITH THE COMPLETION OF SCRIPTURE)
Through Angelic Visitation (Abraham, Balaam. Gideon, Elijah, David, Mary, Zechariah, The Shepherds , Acts 8 v 26; Acts 10 v 3)
Through Dreams and Visions (Acts 2 v 17-18; Joseph (OT), Joseph (NT), Wise Men, Acts 10 v 9-17)
3.God Speaks to you by His Spirit
God has no favourite children. Anyone who is born again has the Spirit of God and is a candidate to hear from God. The question we need to discuss is: how can I be someone to whom God will speak?
God chooses whether to speak, to whom and in what manner (Amos talks of a famine of hearing the word of God, and in the days of Samuel the word of God was rare) – but each of us needs to be available and listening.
The following are SOME of the qualities we need to cultivate in our lives to be available to hear God:
Immersed in Scripture
Gives time to being with God
Obedient to what God has already said – -if we haven’t obeyed what God has already revealed to us, why would he give us more?
Open – hungry – desperate – the challenge is – do we really want to hear God?
Humble – Isaiah 66 v 2ce to the humble but opposes the proud. Moses – to whom god spoke face to face – was the humblest man on earth.
Submitted – especially for those who wish to bring God’s word publically, we need to ask: is there a pattern of submission in this person’s life?
– a desire for obedience
– a desire to love and serve
Bold – stepping out to act on what we have heard from God, and bringing it to others takes an element of risk, and exposes us to the risk of looking foolish. Are we prepared for that?
“Speak LORD, for your servant is listening”