“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16 NKJV).
What the saints under the Old Covenant had was only a foretaste of the dynamic ministry of the Holy Spirit reserved for the New Testament saints. Until Jesus Christ was glorified, the ministry of the Holy Spirit on earth towards men was only a “come and go” ministry.
Under the Old Covenant the Holy Spirit only came upon few men that were called and chosen by God for specific tasks to equip and enable them to accomplish their divine assignments. He could not dwell or abide in their unregenerate hearts continually or permanently (John 7:39).
However, from the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended with a mighty sound from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind upon the early Disciples of Christ who were awaiting His arrival in the upper room, He has never left the believers and will never leave the believers. This is according to Jesus’ promise.
Before leaving this world the Lord Jesus promised His disciples, saying, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17 NKJV).
In the first part of this piece we began to examine the new ministry of the Holy Spirit under the New Covenant sealed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Let us recap some of the works of the Holy Spirit we have considered.
First, Spiritual Regeneration:
It is the operation of the Holy Spirit in a repentant and believing heart that results in the birth of a new creation in Christ (John 3:5-6, 6:63). No one can acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour and surrender to His lordship without the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
The Scripture says: “No one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12:3 NKJV).
It is the Holy Spirit who reveals the truths of God’s Word to the believer who is hungry and seeking to know the truths, and then uses the truths to sanctify, purify, cleanse or restore his soul (John 17:17, 1 Pet. 22-23, 2 Thess. 2:13).
Also, the believers were sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30). The devil can never defile or destroy the believer’s born-again spirit that has been “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (Eph. 1:13 NKJV).
Third, Transformation into Christ-likeness:
As the believer constantly beholds the glory of the Lord Jesus revealed in the mirror of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit transforms the believer increasingly into the image of Christ from glory to glory. It is the Holy Spirit who conforms the willing believer progressively to Christ-likeness in his will, mind, emotions and character (2 Cor. 3:18).
Let us now consider more works that the Holy Spirit seeks to accomplish in the New Testament believers.
Fourth, Victory over the Flesh:
It is the Holy Spirit who sets free from the power of sin.
Paul testifies: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:2 NKJV).
The believer’s daily victory over the lusts of the flesh comes by walking in the Spirit – yielding to the Holy Spirit, obeying the Holy Spirit, being controlled by the Holy Spirit, and being spiritually minded.
The Scripture states:
“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:16 NKJV).
“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6 RSV).
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Rom. 8:13 NKJV).
Fifth, Divine Guidance:
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He dwells in the born-again believer to lead, direct or guide him into all truth, to reveal and communicate the mind of God to him, to teach him all things, to remind him the words of Christ, and to tell him things to come.
Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for 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 NKJV).
“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. (John 14:26 NKJV).
Sixth, Divine Assurance and Comfort:
The Holy Spirit abides in the believer bearing witness with His spirit that he is a child of God (Rom. 8:16). The abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in you is a guarantee of your eternal inheritance in heaven (2 Cor. 5:5).
The Scripture assures that the born-again believers have been “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Eph. 1:13-14 NKJV).
Moreover, the Holy Spirit is the believer’s ever abiding Helper, Counsellor and Comforter. Friends and relations may forsake you in times of trial, tribulation, or suffering, but the Holy Spirit will never leave, abandon or forsake you. This is what Jesus has promised every believer!
The Lord Jesus promised, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16 KJV).
The early believers were said to be “walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 9:31 NKJV).
You also can choose to walk in the comfort that the Holy Spirit is abiding in and with you forever as your Helper, Counsellor and Comforter.
Seventh, Worship and Intercession:
The Holy Spirit inspires true worship and adoration of Christ. He helps the believers to worship God in spirit and truth. The Holy Spirit helps the believers to glorify Christ, for He is in the world primarily to glorify Christ.
Jesus said concerning the Holy Spirit in John 16:
13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
14 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (NKJV).
Moreover, the Holy Spirit directs, guides, and empowers the believers to pray according to the perfect will of God. He actually makes intercessions for the believers according to the will of God with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The Scripture states in Romans 8:
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (NKJV).
Eight, Divine Empowerment for Effective Witnessing:
The Holy Spirit is in the world as a divine witness for Christ. He has come to testify to the world that Jesus Christ is indeed the Saviour of the world.
Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” (John 15:26 NKJV).
The Holy Spirit seeks to bear witness to Christ through the believers who have experienced the saving power of Christ and have tasted that the Lord is good. The Holy Spirit is the believer’s divine partner or helper in evangelism or soul-winning. He prepares and empowers the believers for effective witnessing and soul-winning.
Without the guidance, help and power of the Holy Spirit, you cannot be effective and efficient in witnessing for Christ (Lk. 24-48-49). This is why Jesus said to His early disciples, “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.” (Acts 1:8 NKJV).
Ninth, Gifts for Service:
The Holy Spirit distributes His gifts or supernatural abilities to the believers in the Church as He wills (1 Cor. 12:8-11). It is also the Holy Spirit who calls, prepares, equips and releases individual believer to fulfil his God-ordained ministry or purpose in life (Acts 13:1-4).
It is the Holy Spirit who sends the labourers into His harvest. Jesus said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2 NKJV).
The Holy Spirit is the Lord of the harvest!
Lastly, Victory in Spiritual Warfare:
It is the Holy Spirit who equips and teaches the believer how to wield the Sword of the Spirit, the revelation knowledge of God’s Word, so that he may appropriate, enforce and walk daily in the victory that Christ has won for him through His death on the cross.
The Scripture states: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (2 Cor. 2:14 NKJV).
God leads us in triumph or victory in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Beloved, the Holy Spirit has come to help you enjoy, experience, or appropriate in this world all the awesome privileges, benefits and blessings of salvation that are yours in and through Christ Jesus. Let Him help you!
The Scripture states: “Since our Life is due to the Spirit, let us rule our conduct also by the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:25 TCNT).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I am so excited about the works You have sent the Holy Spirit to accomplish in and through my life. Dear Holy Spirit, begin to do your mighty works in and through my life unhindered, in Jesus’ name. Amen.