In one generation, spanning the lifetimes of Christ's 12 apostles, the entire world was touched. The light of the gospel dawned upon countless hearts. There was no empire untouched. From China to Africa, from Britain to India, across the trade routes to the furthest outpost like a forest fire marching across a sin droughtened woods, the dry and barren lives of the world flamed to supernatural life. The fire of Pentecost burned into the lives of the world of that day the image and life and sacrifice of Jesus.
And that fire has never stopped. This week the Fire of Pentecost has ignited the souls of even more formerly dry, lifeless and doomed sinners unto everlasting life. What am I describing? The birth and growth of the church, the supernaturally regenerated body of Jesus on earth. And who is accomplishing this incredible event? The Spirit of God, the Fire of Pentecost.
God's Spirit is still washing clean sin stained hearts,
God's Spirit is still breathing life into sin darkened souls,
God's Spirit is still filling empty hopeless lives.
God's Spirit is still transforming barren lives into spiritual gardens.
We need to understand this incredible Third Person of God. We need to look at His work as a part of the Triune God we worship and adore. To start would you turn with me to Genesis?
ü The Spirit of God is the Agent of Creation Genesis 1:2 “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
ü The Spirit of God is the Agent of Conviction Genesis 6:3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
ü The Spirit of God is the Equipper of the saints Numbers 11:16-17 So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you.17 “Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”
ü The Spirit of God is the Author of the Scriptures II Samuel 23:2 “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”
ü The Spirit of God is the one who secures saints for heaven 2 Corinthians 1:22 “Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
ü The Spirit of God is the one who scrubs/bleaches our minds Hebrews 9:14 “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
ü The Spirit of God is the one who is calling us homeward Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
But more than anything else, the Spirit of God can totally alter the way you live. God's Spirit can change us into brand new people!
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