Empowering of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit Is Upon Us And WithIn Us
Sermon shared by Peter Loughman
Summary: other texts are within the sermon. We receive the Holy Spirit at conversion,then we are impowered over and over again.
Audience: Believer adults
Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 2:17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
This is not only for Christians found in the Bible, but is assumed to be without time limit - which means for both you and I.
As Experienced by Christians in the Early Church.
Acts 2:3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
In the old Testament the occurrence of the Holy Spirit coming upon is quite frequent. We only have time to deal with the NT today. In all the given instances the Holy Spirit comes upon the people of God to empower them, not for spiritual regeneration but for empowerment for ministry.
Let’s stop there with the Spirit upon and let’s understand the Spirit within first.
The Spirit Within For Character Change.
Last week we saw tat the Spirit comes upon us for regeneration
But he also comes upon us for Sanctification
1Cor. 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
Rom. 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
John 14:17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
This is, as we spoke of last week. The spiritual fruit that ones bears
as God changes our character from who we are – to what he wants us to be. So we have the Internal work of the Holy Spirit and the External work of the Holy Spirit.
Internal – to change our character and bear spiritual fruit.
External – to give us power for ministry.
What about when the Bible speaks of being filled with the Holy Spirit?
If you look at your sermon outline, you will see the Greek word pletho
And the Greek words pleroo and pleres. These are words, when translated into the English mean filled. But we need to look to the original text to have a greater understanding of being filled with the Holy Spirit
Pletho (plh/qw) = Filled, charged, loaded, stuffed, moved. Short Term Action - Results in action. It can be used for other things than the Holy Spirit. When used so it is used for temporary filling. We filled the jar with water. We filled the boat with fish, our boat isn’t always filled with fish though some friends may lead us to believe this. No it is a temporary thing. The same when it is used to refer to the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.
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