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Zechariah 4:6

Zechariah 4:6

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I. Who is the Holy Spirit?

1. The Holy Spirit is God

(a) Preexistent and uncreated—just like the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit existed before everything was created (Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4)

(b) One of the Three in Godhead—the Holy Spirit is neither inferior to the Father and the Son nor separated from them (Matthew 3:16, 28:19; John 14:16, 26; Acts 2:17, 33; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
(b1) All Knowing (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
(b2) Present Everywhere (Psalm 139:7-11), and Eternal (Hebrews 9:14)

(c) Just as the Father and the Son have been active, the Holy Spirit has been active in history
(c1) Creation (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 104:30)
(c2) Revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21)
(c3) Special missions (Exodus 35:30-31 e.g., Bezalel and Oholiab)
(c4) Ministry of Jesus (Matthew 3:16, 12:28)

II. What does the Holy Spirit do now?

1. Continues the salvation plan (John 14:17; Acts 2:1-11)—His work represents the Father and the Son (Missional God)

2. Comes alongside of a believer (John 14-16)

(a) To help recollect Jesus’ teaching
(b) to help bear witness about Jesus
(c) to help defend one’s faith
(d) to bring conviction in the hearts of believers
(e) Leads believers into the whole truth (John 16:12-13; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

3. Internalizes Jesus Christ in people’s life (Matthew 1:18-20; John 3:5)
4. Strengthens the inner man (Ephesians 3:16)
5. Helps to spread of the Gospel and decision making (Acts 13:1-3; 16:6)
6. Produces fruit in the lives of believers (Galatians 5:22)
7. All this above are part of the process of sanctification (Romans 8)

III. How does the Holy Spirit deal with us?

1. The Holy Spirit does not overpower our personality (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Matthew 12:31), but He works in us as we provide an environment for Him

2. One can stifle the work of the Holy Spirit both personally and corporately (cf. Acts 51-11)

3. One can offer the Holy Spirit a complete freedom which is called “filled by the Spirit” (in other words, “be controlled by the Holy Spirit)

IV. The Present Problem (Arthur Pink in highlights from The Holy Spirit)

1. Numbers of professing Christians have increased
2. Fleshly activities have multiplied
3. But spiritual power has waned
4. Because there is a grieved and quenched Spirit in our midst
5. While His blessing is withheld there can be no improvement
6. What is needed today is for the saints to get down on their faces before God, cry unto Him in the name of Christ to so work again, that what has grieved His Spirit may be put away, and the channel of blessing once more be opened
7. The Holy Spirit of God is grieved

V. Take Away (Arthur Pink in highlights from The Holy Spirit)

1. Until the Holy Spirit is again given His rightful place in our hearts, thoughts, and activities, there can be no improvement

2. Until it be recognized that we are entirely dependent upon His operations for all spiritual blessing, the root of the trouble cannot be reached

3. Until it be recognized that it is “Not by might, (of trained workers), nor by power (of intellectual argument or persuasive appeal), but by my Spirit; saith the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6), there will be no deliverance from that fleshly zeal which is not according to knowledge, and which is now paralyzing Christendom

4. Until the Holy Spirit is honored, sought, and counted upon, the present spiritual drought must continue

5. May it please our gracious God to give the writer messages and prepare the hearts of our readers to receive that which will be to His glory, the furtherance of His cause upon earth, and the good of His dear people. Brethren, pray for us

6. Let’s yield our lives (individual and corporate) to the leading of the Holy Spirit

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org