The Great Gift of the Holy Spirit

The Great Gift of the Holy Spirit – John 7:37-39
Arnold Brevick Pastor at First Presbyterian North Port, FL

I. The greatness of the Holy Spirit is seen in Christ’s presenting Him on the last great day of the Feast of Tabernacles – John 7:37

II. The greatness of the Holy Spirit is seen in the fact that His ministry is needed, even before He is really “given” – John 7:39
1. We see the Holy Spirit active in creation – Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:27-30
The Holy Spirit's Work in Creation
2. We see the Holy Spirit inspiring the Old Testament Prophets – 1 Peter 1:10-12; Genesis 41:38; 2 Chronicles 15:1; 2 Chronicles 20:14
The Holy Spirit's Role in Prophecy
3. We see the Holy Spirit also giving men ability to govern, to create artistically and even to fight – Numbers 11:16 & :24-26; Exodus 31:1-4 & 35:30-31; Judges 3:9-10; 6:34; 11:28-29; 13:24-25; 14:19; 15:14; 1 Samuel 10:6&10; 1 Samuel 16:13-16; 1 Chronicles 28:11-12; Numbers 24:2
The Role of the Holy Spirit in Government
4. We know (though it is not spoken of much in the Old Testament) that regeneration and sanctification by the Holy Spirit were as necessary than as they are now – John 3:3, :5, :7

III. The greatness of the Holy Spirit is seen in His work in the life of Jesus Christ (also before He is given)
1. The Holy Spirit formed Christ’s human body in the womb of the virgin Mary – Luke 1:31 & :35
2. The Holy Spirit endowed Christ with all spiritual graces – Isaiah 11:1-3
3. The Holy Spirit anoints Jesus Christ at the beginning of His earthly ministry:
A. His title Christ means “the Anointed One” therefore His most popular title is one taken from the Spirit’s influence on His life and ministry – Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:29-34
B. This title rolls into one the three “anointed” offices of the Old Testament:
Prophet – Acts 3:22, Priest – Hebrews 7:17 & 23-28 and King – Revelation 17:14
4. The Holy Spirit “led” our Lord Jesus Christ – Mathew 4:1
5. The Holy Spirit is the Power behind our Lord’s casting out of demons – Matthew 12:24-32
6. The Holy Spirit “the Eternal Spirit” is the Power behind Christ taking up the cross as a Holy Sacrifice for our sins – Hebrews 9:14
The Holy Spirit and Christ's Superior Offering
7. "The Holy Spirit is the great Power behind Christ’s resurrection from the dead – Romans 8:11

IV. The greatness of the Holy Spirit is seen in all things connected with His being given, His coming – John 7:39
1. Christ’s glorification is a prerequisite to the Spirit’s being “given” – John 7:39
2. The Spirit’s coming is more important to us than Christ’s continued physical presence – John 16:7
3. The Holy Spirit is given or comes in the most dynamic and graceful manner – Acts 2; Ezekiel 37; John 3:8
A. In these things we see God’s sovereignty – John 3:8
B. In these things we see the Spirit’s life giving power – Acts 1:8; Acts 2:41
4. The Spirit is given in answer to fervent prayer – Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1:8; :14; 2:1; Acts 4:31

V. The greatness of the Holy Spirit is seen in His work for our salvation, bringing about the new birth, sanctifying us, framing us as the Body of Christ making us as Christ was, His own Temple – 2 Thessalonians 2:13

1. This work is necessary work
A. Without the new birth we cannot see the Kingdom of God – John 3:3
B. Unless a man (woman) is born again he cannot understand the things of God at all – 1 Corinthians 2:14
C. The cross itself is foolishness to the unregenerate person, ii is not understood or appreciated – 1 Corinthians 1:18
D. The beautiful things of God are not known or desired unless the Spirit reveals them to us – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 &12
E. Without the new birth, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God – John 3:5; 3:7
F. Only the new birth fits us for heaven – Titus 3:4-7

2. This work is drastic work
A. The changes necessary for our salvation are not easily accomplished or even humanly possible – Jeremiah 13:23; John 1:13
B. Being born again requires spiritual heart surgery – Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26
C. Being born again means a kingdom transfer – Colossians 1:13
D. Being born again means God changes us from dead in sin, children of wrath and the devil – Ephesians 2:1-5; John 8:39-45 into alive in Christ, children of God – John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14-17
E. This great work is credited to the Holy Spirit – John 3:5-8

3. This is dramatic work – 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:8
A. The new birth gives us New Eyes – John 3:3
B. New Ears – John 10:26-27; Revelation 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22 We who are born anew, hear to follow and do – James 1:22
C. A New Mouth – Before – Romans 3:13-14 after – Psalm 40:3
D. New Taste Buds (desires) – Psalm 34:8; Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 37:4
E. A New Heart – Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26; Jeremiah 24:7
F. New Feet – Before – Proverbs 1:16; Romans 3:15-16 After – Isaiah 52:7; Habakkuk 3:19; Ephesians 2:10
G. A New Face – 1 John 3:1-3; Colossians 3:9-14; Ephesians 4:22-24

Doing this the Spirit fits us together makes us a spiritual temple, fit to be a dwelling place of God – Ephesians 2:21-22; 3:14-21; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19

VI. The Greatness of the Holy Spirit is seen in His helping us:
1. To pray – Romans 8:26
2. To live and walk as we should – Galatians 5:16, 22-23, 25

3. To know Christ, by teaching us and glorifying Him – John 16:13-15
4. By empowering and gifting us for service – Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
5. By convicting the world – John 16:7-11





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