Summary: other texts are within the sermon. We receive the Holy Spirit at conversion,then we are impowered over and over again.
Antonio The Garbage Man.
Antonio’s huge truck would arrive, backing up with that horrific big truck back up sound. Ding ding ding ding! He would jump out and start pounding on the door, shouting over the unbelievably loud truck,
"Garbage Man, Garbage man, Garbage man is here!"
Well, no kidding, a side from the incredibly loud volume– we could smell the truck before it came around the corner.
Antonio would not stop shouting and pounding until we opened the door. “It’s Antonio – I am here to get your garbage” Ok. Please take it.
He did this twice a week for ten years. “It’s Antonio – I am here to get your garbage”
It didn’t matter how often we would tell him, "You don’t have to tell us you’re taking the garbage, we know you’re taking the garbage." Or "feel free to come and go without checking in". We even checked with his boss, “no he doesn’t have to tell you he is taking the garbage”. We told him, “Please, don’t tell us anymore.”
It didn’t matter. Twice a week we would hear: “It’s Antonio – I am here to get your garbage”
Antonio was to satisfied to just go about and do his job. He wanted everyone to know who he was and what he was doing. He was thrilled to be taking our garbage.
Likewise, we should not be satisfied with our Christian lives as they are. We should be at a place were we want, everyone to know who we are and what we are doing.
The Holy Spirit fell upon them, baptized with the Holy Spirit, they received the Holy Spirit, Endued with power from on high.
All these and more, are ways in which Scripture points to the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. At times
either the meaning has not been clear or non biblical meanings have been attached to these phrases. Perhaps causing some confusion in understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We saw last week that the Spirit regenerates us, in other words it is through the power Holy Spirit that we become Christians. We also saw that the Spirit sanctifies us. In other words the Spirit works within us to change our character. (we’ll look at this more today) And we also saw that the Spirit empowers us. This is known as the filling of the Holy Spirit. This filling is an impartation of power. It is not a one time occurrence but can happen over and over again.
This morning we’ll look at the act of the Holy Spirit in empowering us.
What we will see is that the Holy Spirit comes upon us and the Holy Spirit is within us.
Upon and Within
I have an outline if you would like to follow along. Though we have a main Scripture today. We will be referring to several Scriptures today so we can more fully understand the act of the Spirit upon us, and within us.
The Spirit Upon For Power.
The New Testament consistently uses the image of the Spirit Upon someone. As we look at these verses you will notice the reference of the Spirit on and upon, this is the same meaning from the same root word.
Matt. 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.