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Functions of the Holy Spirit – Teacher (Series 2 of the teaching)

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Functions of the Holy Spirit – Teacher

{25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.} John 14:25-26.

By Pastor Mosley Ogbanga

February 12, 2017 

1. The Holy Spirit guides into truth: The Spirit’s work is to guide us into all truth. Christ desires that we come to a full knowledge of all Divine truth. {13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.} John 16:13-15. The Holy Spirit guides into the truth of God’s Word, revealing the hidden, making its teaching clear, and causing even the most familiar passages to radiate with new beauty and meaning. 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.[a] 14 But people who aren’t spiritual[b] can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.} 1 Corinthians 2:13-15. Before the disciples had an encounter with the Holy Spirit, they were ignorant about the situation of Lazarus. John 11:11-14.

     2. The Holy Spirit acts as God’s mouthpiece for revealing His words and desires: { 12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’John 16:12-15.  [a] The Holy Spirit chose men to write the New Testament. Apostle Paul said that he received the truth to write his epistles. 

{12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.[a]

13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. 14 I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.

15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him 16 to reveal his Son to me[b] so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.} Galatians 1:12-16

When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.

[b] The Holy Spirit speaks to individual Christian’s heart revealing what God would have each to do in his service for the Lord.

{26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south[a] down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”} Acts 8:26-30. The Holy Spirit guided Phillip to join the Ethiopian Eunuch so that he would lead him to Christ.

3. The Holy Spirit reveal things that are yet to come. “He will show you things to come.”  {13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.} John 16:13. 

[a] Blessing ahead in one’s own Spiritual life:  

{9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
    for those who love him.”[a]

10 But[b] it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his, Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.} 1Corinthians 2:9-12. 

[b]Dispensational truth. The Holy Spirit will witness to those who will hear as to what lies ahead for the world and the church:

{16 Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way.

17 “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked.} Genesis 18:16-17.

{Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
    until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.} Amos 3:7.

[c] What lies ahead in the path of the Believer: When God chooses certain men for specific tasks, His call is brought to their heart by the Holt Spirit. Many times the Holy Spirit will make known certain things that lie ahead and prepare the individual worker for unforeseen circumstances.  Just like when Agabus was sent by the Holy Spirit to tell Paul of the dangers that lay ahead for him at Jerusalem. {10 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. 11 He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’”} Acts 21:10-11.

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