Clinton The Orlando Institute There are serious controversies about major doctrines and practices today, but perhaps none is greater or has been the occasion for more harm for the body of Christ physically, spiritually, and in testimony to others than the year old issues between Catholics and Protestants concerning the means of salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit in initial spiritual formation.
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives today? Of all the gifts given to mankind by God, there is none greater than the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit has many functions, roles, and activities. First, He does a work in the hearts of all people everywhere.
The Spirit applies the truths of God to minds of men to convince them by fair and sufficient arguments that they are sinners. Responding to that conviction brings men to salvation. Once we are saved and belong to God, the Spirit takes up residence in our hearts forever, sealing us with the confirming, certifying, and assuring pledge of our eternal state as His children.
The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers Romans 8: Among those functions is that of revealer of truth. He reveals to our minds the whole counsel of God as it relates to worship, doctrine, and Christian living.
He is the ultimate guide, going before, leading the way, removing obstructions, opening the understanding, and making all things plain and clear. He leads in the way we should go in all spiritual things. Without such a guide, we would be apt to fall into error.
He gives glory to Christ in all things John First Corinthians 12 describes the spiritual gifts given to believers in order that we may function as the body of Christ on earth.
All these gifts, both great and small, are given by the Spirit so that we may be His ambassadors to the world, showing forth His grace and glorifying Him. The Spirit also functions as fruit-producer in our lives. When He indwells us, He begins the work of harvesting His fruit in our lives—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control Galatians 5: The knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives, that He performs all these miraculous functions, that He dwells with us forever, and that He will never leave or forsake us is cause for great joy and comfort.
Thank God for this precious gift—the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives!John So the disciples needed the Holy Spirit to be reminded of what Jesus had said to them when He was on earth.
Now the role of the Holy Spirit is to speak to us through the Bible—the Word of God—in exactly the same way. That’s why it is so important to read the Bible. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand what we read.
John "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." 4) He helps us to lead a godly life. The Holy Spirit's help and guidance is available to each and every one of us today, which is the most wonderful gift that God could have given us, as there is no way we could ever struggle through life on our own without making the most complete mess of it.
3) The release of the Holy Spirit in our lives is un-self-conscious —we feel what we feel — love, compassion, tenderness, gentleness, hopefulness, lovingkindness, because it is happening in us without our effort.
And because of this, we don't stop to analyze how this feeling and our response to it is going to affect our own life or well-being. The Life in the Spirit series of teaching devotionals shatters the work of the enemy who attempts to hold you back from reaching your full potential.
This series will help you progress from starting a relationship with the Holy Spirit to living each day as the Spirit-filled warrior of God who does the unimaginable. The Role of the Holy Spirit in early church councils and the Filioque debate: The role and importance of the Holy Spirit seems to have taken a roller coaster ride in the early centuries after Christ and even continues to today.