TRIfecta: God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.  But what does the Holy Spirit do?

You’ll see two primary activities in John 16.5-15.

He Convicts Us

According to verse 8, of what three things does He convict us?

What does convict mean?

Basically, to declare someone guilty.  When we sin, the Holy Spirit makes us realize “Yeah, you just blew it.”  But He also reminds us that God is a good Daddy, and that judgment is coming and we need to get right with Jesus.

Sin separates us from God.  But Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin.  And the Holy Spirit constantly reminds us of this when we blow it.

He Guides Us

We see this in verse 13.

We live in a world that constantly encourages us to pursue a path that draws us away from God’s plan for our lives.

The Holy Spirit guides us to where we need to go.  We need to learn how to listen when the Holy Spirit speaks, and we need to learn how to respond to what He’s asking to do.  Because if we don’t, our lives will be filled with danger or they won’t make any sense at all and neither of those is what Jesus died for.

The Holy Spirit guides us.  And when we live our lives in such a way that we let the Holy Spirit guide us, there is evidence.  That means if you say you are a Christian and there is no proof, you might not be saved at all.  But if you are a Christian, you are filled with the Holy Spirit, and there will be evidence in your life.

Prove It

Let’s look quickly at what the evidence of the Spirit is:

Galatians 5.22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness, and self-control.

The presence of this in your life is evidence of you being filled with the Spirit.  The lack of it means you’re ignoring the Holy Spirit.  The one you are weakest in is not because you aren’t trying hard enough.  Or because you aren’t good enough.  It’s because you’re ignoring the Holy Spirit.

Remember, His job is to convict us.  But He also guides us in wisdom so that we can live our lives with the fruit of the Spirit as evidence of our obedience to Him.

Bonus Content:

He Does More Than Two Things

Access to God – Eph. 2:18 Inspires prayer – Eph. 6:18Jude 20
Anoints for Service – Luke 4:18 Intercedes –Rom. 8:26
Assures – Rom. 8:15-16Gal. 4:6 Interprets Scripture – 1 Cor. 2:1,14;
Eph. 1:17
Authors Scripture – 2 Pet. 1:20-21 Leads – Rom. 8:14
Baptizes – John 1:23-341 Cor. 12:13-14 Liberates – Rom. 8:2
Believers Born of – John 3:3-6 Molds Character – Gal. 5:22-23
Calls and Commissions – Acts 13:2420:28 Produces fruit – Gal. 5:22-23
Cleanses – 1 Thess. 3:131 Pet. 1:2 Empowers Believers – Luke 24:49
Convicts of sin – John 16:9,14 Raises from the dead – Rom. 8:11
Creates – Gen. 1:2Job 33:4 Regenerates – Titus 3:5
Empowers – 1 Thess. 1:5 Sanctifies – Rom. 15:16
Fills – Acts 2:44:29-315:18-20 Seals – Eph. 1:13144:30
Gives gifts – 1 Cor. 12:8-11 Strengthens – Eph. 3:16Acts 1:82:4;
1 Cor. 2:4
Glorifies Christ – John 16:14 Teaches – John 14:26
Guides in truth – John 16:13 Testifies of Jesus – John 15:26
Helps our weakness – Rom. 8:26 Victory over flesh – Rom. 8:2-4Gal. 4:6
Indwells believers – Rom. 8:9-14Gal. 4:6 Worship helper – Phil. 3:3