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Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

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For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit Is Our Regenerator

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. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. John — 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.

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Romans — For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Matthew — You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Acts — But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

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Matthew — But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Genesis — The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.

Four Basic Works of the Holy Spirit

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. The Spirit guides us:. The Spirit pours faith into us. The tactics will be different from one person to another. It may be through a sermon, a worship service, a youth event, a song, a testimony , an act of kindness , a relationship of love, a struggle of conscience, a brush with disaster or insanity, a steady gradual series of changes, a blissful 'peak experience' moment, a shaken-up charismatic experience, or a whisper calling to you from inside.

In that faith, we can be happy -- even daring -- in our relationships with other people, because the Spirit is working through us, and that will not come to naught. According to the book of Acts, the pouring out of the Spirit leads to becoming filled to an overflow with the Spirit of God. For example:.

It's not always clear exactly what 'pouring' and 'filling' meant, but it was given by God to followers of Christ so they could work an especially effective witness of Christ.

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It's a gift not of magic or energy, but of God's own powerful presence. And it is spoken of in terms of both amount and effect, as absent or full. With the Spirit came other gifts like wisdom, joy, sight, and faith in the above examples. The Spirit gives gifts which make the Body of Christ work effectively and powerfully. For more on that, check out the page on Gifts.

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The Spirit is at work moving people to compassion for others. For more on what that looks like, go to the pages on Reconciliation and Service. Change happens when God's purposes are revealed, and revealing is a work of the Spirit. The Spirit breaks down the old, brings in the new, and brings people together.

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But the key question is ' why? There's much more to the Spirit's relationship to power and convention than shaking it up. Some people see change happening, and rush to say, 'It's the Spirit, it's the Spirit'. The Spirit brings in the new, yes, but does so for the Gospel and for the purpose of leading people to follow Christ. That is the purpose and the context for the Spirit's actions. Social barriers come down, but they come down as part of living a life rooted in God's Kingdom.

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

True 'Justice' needs the Spirit's work in making inner change, creating a faith commitment to the God of Justice. Within this context , the Spirit breaks the old, builds the new, and smashes our walls. Outside of that context, what's happening is not Spirit but mere change: good, bad, indifferent, or complex. The Spirit's like a special medical team for those who have especially deep wounds -- for example, those who have been raped, those who suffer from what's done by despotic governments, those who have to constantly face their society's racisms, those on the losing end of an economic system or a political power struggle, those who are enslaved by alcohol or drugs, or rendered slaves to fear.

In Jesus' own ministry, inner healing was firmly connected to physical healing, both being a work of the Spirit. God is concerned about the whole of you, not just the inner self. We're all fractured beings that the Spirit is working to make complete. The Spirit gives the gifts of wisdom, understanding , and insight, even that which can't be known in any other way.

The Bible has even poetically described God as Wisdom, to highlight this gift. It is exactly that, though -- a poetic description, vastly powerful, faithful and truthful inside of its context. Outside of that narrow context, the use of the Greek word for wisdom 'Sophia' or its translations as a divine name becomes ahem.. Okay, okay. I'll come down off the apple crate Wisdom, as a gift, drives the process of discernment , by which we know what is and isn't of God.

Understanding How the Holy Spirit Works Pt. 1

The Spirit reveals , first and foremost through Scripture. Without the Spirit's work, the Bible is just dead ink and paper. Without the Spirit's wisdom and insight, science is mere trickery, psychology is just self-obsession, sociology is just the barkings of the rabble, math is a mere preoccupation done to avoid those living in the street, language becomes just a tool for manipulation, and religion actually becomes the opiate of the masses that Marx thought it was.

After all the talk about how boundless and all-covering God's forgiving grace is, the Bible throws us a sharp curveball. In the Gospel of Matthew, ,32 it names one sin that will not be forgiven, the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.