Ministry of the holy spirit Essay

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ministry of the holy spirit





The ministries of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are closely related, each one serving an
individual purpose while complimenting the other. Although the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit are all one in the trinity, they each have different roles that they play.
The Holy Spirit plays an active part in our lives, as does Jesus. The role of the Spirit
changed with Jesus. When Jesus died and rose from the cross, He opened up a new doorway
for us, a new opportunity for us to experience the Holy Spirit. The Spirit became active
and real to us in a way that He never could before. Today, our lives are focused on
Jesus, focused on His love and sacrifice. His present ministry is seen through His
believers. We are His lights in this present dark world.

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Our comforter, teacher, and guide, the Holy Spirit is all these things and more. The
Spirit convicts men of their sin and brings them new life. Before examining His
ministry, we must first learn to view the Spirit as a person rather than a power. He has
a mind, will, and emotions. In I Corinthians 2:10, the Bible states that the Spirit
“…searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” For someone to
search and explore another’s thoughts, he must himself possess a mind. Jesus says
that the Spirit will come to convict mankind of sin (John 16:8). This demonstrates His
will. Acts 15:28 says, “…for it seemed good to the Holy Spirit…”
Therefore He has the capability to determine between good and bad. He has a will and
emotions.

Now that we have established the Spirit as a person, how does He play a personal role in
our lives and what is His role in the Trinity? When we are faced with trials and
disappointments, the Spirit is our comforter. Acts 9:31 says, “…and walking
in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.” In John 14:16, Jesus
says this, “I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that
He may abide with you for ever.” He is our comfort in the hard times. Jesus also
refers to Him as our Helper. In John 14:26 Jesus says, “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 have said to you.” Another role that He plays in
our lives is that of a teacher. In I Corinthians 2:12, it says “Now we have
received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might know
the things that have been freely given to us by God.” The Spirit provides bountiful
wisdom and blessings when He enters our lives!

Another aspect of His ministry is guiding. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth,
has come, He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and
He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13). He guides and leads us down the
path that God has chosen for us. The Spirit also indwells and anoints individuals to
perform God’s work. I John 2:20 says, “But you have an anointing from the
Holy One and you know all things.” He gives us wisdom to know all things. We
receive life through his indwelling. Romans 8:11 reads, “But if the Spirit of Him
who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also
give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” According to
Micah 3:8, we also receive power by the Spirit. Along with the anointing comes a
Revealer. John 16:13 says, “ Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He
will guide you into all truth; for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall
hear, that shall He speak, and He will shew you things to come.” All of these are
important roles that the Spirit plays in us.

Where does the Spirit fit into the trinity? According to Edward Palmer, the Trinity
operates “from the Father, through the Son, to the Holy Spirit.” He has a
perfecting and finishing work. Each member of the trinity plays a different part in every
function that they perform. Let’s examine creation for example. The Spirit gave
life to God’s creation. God created the heavens and the earth, but
“…the earth was without form…” according to Genesis 1:2. Then
“… the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2b) In
Psalms 33:6 it says that the heavens were made and the Lord breathed out upon them. The
Spirit is in essence the breath of God. Job 26:13 says, “By His Spirit, He
adorned the heavens…” Man received life from the Spirit according to Job
33:4; “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me
life.” God created, and the Holy Spirit perfected.

What role does the Spirit play in salvation? He is responsible for the conviction of sin
in mankind. In the book of John, Jesus speaks about the Spirit and He says,
“… when He has come, He will convict the world of sin…” The
Spirit is also responsible for giving new life, and for the regeneration of the old man.
Jesus stated in John 3:5, “Most assuredly I say unto you, unless one is born of
water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” In Titus 3:5 it says,
“not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He
saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is a vital part of the trinity and our lives. He is our peace in times of
trouble and our teacher in times of need. Not a super power, but a person. A loving and
compassionate person.

The Ministry of Jesus Christ
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke
19:10) The Ministry of Jesus, while very broad, can be summed up into three main areas:
preaching, teaching, and healing. Matthew 4:23 says, “Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing
all kinds of sicknesses and all kinds of disease among the people.” Jesus’
preaching was a very large aspect of His ministry. In Mark 1:38 Jesus says this,
“Let us go unto the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this
purpose I have come forth.” He taught about repentance and about the kingdom of God.
He says in Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!”
Jesus’ purpose in preaching was to bring sinners into the kingdom of God.

While preaching is the beginning of a new life, it must be complimented with teaching.
What is the difference between preaching and teaching? Preaching brings you to Christ;
teaching helps you grow. After the sinner has realized his sinfulness and repented, he
must be led and nurtured in the ways of God. This is where Jesus’ teaching ministry
comes into play. He did much of His teaching through parables. Chapter thirteen of
Matthew contains parables such as the parable of the sower, the parable of the wheat and
tares, and the parable of the mustard seed. Jesus’ parables were designed to take a
concept that the sinners might not understand and put it into terms that they would. Many
valuable lessons can be learned from these simple stories.

Jesus also teaches through His actions. Take for example, the fig tree incident. Mark
11:12 tells the story of how Christ was walking with His disciples one morning and was
hungry. He came upon a fig tree, but found that it had no figs on it. Jesus cursed the
tree and said that no one would ever eat from it again. The next morning, they passed by
the same tree and found it to be dried up and dead. The disciples were amazed! Jesus
simply said, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22) He used this as an example of
what the power of God can do if we only have faith in Him. Jesus teaches us of love and
compassion. In Matthew 5: 43, He tells us to love our enemies and bless those who curse
us.” He teaches of the new commandments in John 13:34. “ A new commandment I
give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.”

The final component of Jesus’ ministry was that of healing. People’s lives
were directly affected and changed through His miracles. The number of individuals healed
by Jesus’ ministry are innumerable. In John chapter nine, Jesus gives eyesight to a
man that was born blind. In Matthew 9:32, a mute man receives a voice. Matthew 4:24
says, “Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and people who were afflicted with
various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and
paralytics; and He healed them.” His healing ministry not only included healing the
physically sick, but the spiritually sick. He cast out demons in Mark chapter five.
Jesus encountered a violent man who no one had been able to contain. He was crying out
and cutting himself with stones. Jesus ordered the unclean spirits to come out of him and
then He cast them into swine and they ran into the sea and drowned.

Jesus’ ministry should be an example to us all. We should strive to be Christ-like
in everything we do. When Jesus left He said this to His disciples, “…In My
name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up
serpents; and if they drink anything deadly it will by no means hurt them; they will lay
hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15) We are His present day
disciples. He has empowered us to do his work and continue His ministry here on earth.

The Ministry of the Spirit in Christ
The Spirit played a different role before the coming of Jesus. Jesus said in John 16:7,
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if
I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to
you.” In Jesus’ death, the Holy Spirit was able to come to us and fill our
lives. The Spirit was not present in all flesh in the old covenant. It wasn’t
until Jesus died on the cross and was glorified that the Spirit was poured out on all
flesh. In John 7:39, “But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing
in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet
glorified.” Christ had not yet died for our sins, and thus the Spirit could not
occupy our hearts because He could not be in the presence of sin. The blood of Christ
made it possible for the Spirit to indwell us.

Although the Spirit could not indwell all, there are instances in the Old Testament when
He anointed and indwelled certain individuals. In I Samuel 10:10, Saul experiences the
anointing of the Spirit; “When they came there to the hill, there was a group of
prophets to meet him; the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among
them.” Later in Chapter sixteen, it says that the Spirit of the Lord departed from
Saul. Samson also had an indwelling of the Spirit. Judges 13:25 says, “ And the
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