That is the power of the Spirit of God, ruach. God only recognizes two kinds of people: those who walk according to the flesh and those who walk according to the Spirit. These are sequential. Because it is a perfect expression of His mind, so it is that in the life of the believer, the Spirit of God has a mind and a will in perfect accord with the Father’s, we’ll see later in Romans chapter 8, and He works to blast away everything that stands in the way of the fulfillment of that purpose and that will. From there we will cover some of His major activities outlined for us in Scripture, and finally we will consider how you and I are to respond to Him. That is the work of the Spirit of God. God is always about the business of speaking to His people. John Piper delivered this message at the Sing! No one could be saved without the Holy Spirit, even in the Old Testament. That's what the scripture says in the original language in Ephesians 4:18, literally it says, "keep on being filled." Now, it needs to be clarified here that you are not getting more of God, but God is getting more of you. The Holy Spirit inspired the scripture; one of His primary roles is in the area of revelation. Notice Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ – same. 2 Peter 1:21 assures us that "...because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead moved by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God." Without the work of the Holy Spirit none of us would want to become Christians. You have been delivered from death into life so that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us – or Ephesians 2:10. It should come to you just like it came to Jesus. In the Church, the Holy Spirit also produces Growth without Gimmicks. Three times, Luke speaks of the Holy Spirit’s work in Simeon’s life. It is a violent force that overrules all that man’s thoughts, all that man’s expectations and ambitions and desires, and he’s left with nothing but this totally overwhelming realization that he must write only one thing and that’s what the Spirit of God wants him to write. When we talk about God most people think about God the Father and perhaps they picture Him on His throne, dressed in robes of white with a long flowing beard. The end of the chapter is all about that – verse 34 – who is the one who is going to condemn, and then there’s a litany of possibilities and options and theoretical possibilities. And I found an old hymn. He has been with you, but He will be in you. This is the same thing which the Lord spoke through the prophet Zachariah in Zachariah 4:6 when He said, "Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts." They walk according to the flesh. In fact, in Romans 8:9 scripture tells us that if we don't have the Holy Spirit we are not saved. Then Christ’s section comes, chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, where we come to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross which provides the salvation that we need from the wrath of God, from the judgment of God, because of our sin laid out in the opening chapters. It’s a question of fullness, completeness, richness. Go to verse 5. Where does the Spirit live? You’re not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. In his excellent book on Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem, defines the work of the Holy Spirit by saying, "The work of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the active presence of God in the world, and especially in the church." This is the word for disposition. I Corinthians 12, Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-11 tell us that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer to equip them to be a functional and productive part of the body of Christ. That is the first work of the Holy Spirit. By the way, if you – well, by my definition, anyway, so – the book that’s mentioned in the Grace Today, Charismatic Chaos, will give you a lot of material that I’m not covering in this series about the Charismatic movement. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit naturally means that you are not filled with self. Sermon four in 'Foundations of the Faith' Series focused on The Holy Spirit. The only hope for you is to get freed up from this body of death and all that comes with it in your fallen brain as well. 4) The Holy Spirit is a person with personal characteristics. Prayer – the place where you meet God, encounter the Holy Spirit, are empowered, humbled, and filled with His love. This is not a small thing. What is the true work of the Holy Spirit? 1. On the other hand, there’s another pathology here. That’s why whatever unregenerate people do is called in Hebrews 9:14 dead works – because they’re dead. Answer: The Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.". That’s not going to change. You want to hear His Word, you want to understand His Word, you want to obey His Word. The Holy Spirit is a unique person with the characteristics which define a person. There’s no more creating. The noun form is phrn. Joyce Meyer (August-10-2020) Watch Sermon: The Importance of the Holy Spirit - Part 2. And, by the way, something that doesn’t exist. Third, water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism are somehow related to each other. It’s really hard to be a Christian, really hard. He took her in acts of adultery and then, wanting to take her permanently, arranged for her husband who was a faithful soldier to be abandoned in the heat of the battle and therefore to die at the hands of the enemy. ". It’s the kind of power that knocks people down, knocks them down to the floor and leaves them lying there, stunned. Some of you sent me books. From the moment of salvation forward we have God present with us through His Spirit. He’s pleading for God to take away the pain of his guilt and his fear. You are now walking in the Spirit.