June 5th 2016
Works of the Spirit
This month the sermons will be based on the theme of “The workings of the spirit of God” Being the first Sunday this will be an over view.
John 1:1 “In the beginning” The Word was there. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is the Word and was there at the beginning.
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning …………………………….. and the spirit hovered over the waters” The Spirit was also there in the beginning.
It was all the work of the trinity
In Hebrew the word for spirit is Ruach but also means breath, Life giving spirit. God made man out of the dust. Then God breathed on the Man who became a living soul. Humanity was born by Life giving spirit
The works of the spirit on the old testament
The spirit under the old covenant was only given to single people at special times.
Ex 31 Moses needed a tent of meeting
Bazalel was the man who built that ten through the Spirit’s anointing of knowledge and skill in design and craftsmanship
Jud. 6 Gideon.
The spirit of the Lord came on him and Gideon blew a trumpet and raised an army but was told to cut down the numbers and ended up with just 300 men
The300 only with trumpets and earthenware pots caused panic in the enemy camp at night so fought with each other. This was all directed by HS
The spirit and the new covenant was promised by the Father
Jerem 31:31 the promise of a new covenant
Eze 36 I will put a new spirit in you
Joe 2:28,29 Read
In Lk. 1:8 Zachariah, John the Baptist’s father had a visit from Gabriel who told him that he was going to have a son who would be filled with HS from his birth.
In Mk 1:7 John said I baptise with water. There is one who more powerful than I He will baptise with the HS
Then in Lk. 1:25 Gabriel tells Mary that the Spirit of God would come upon her and and the power of the Most High will overshadow you
Towards the end of his earthly life Jesus said he would not leave them as orphans the father would send a comforter.
At pentecost he came; the ruach of God the life-giving spirit
New covenant no longer single people at special times
Everyone who receives Jesus as his saviour receives that life-giving spirit and like Adam has been born, this time, this is the second birth; into a new life. And as 2 Cor 5:17 We are a new creation The old has gone the new has come.
He is there to guide, encourage, prompt, and call each one of us to serve him just as he did to Gideon and Basalel.
Then of course Holy Spirit has been known to come upon the church as a wave. But, never comes the same way.
In Wales the people flocked to the churches and most pubs closed down as the result of much prayer.
In the Hebrides people were falling down in the streets crying out for God’s mercy and it was in answer to some elderly ladies, praying
Then we had the Toronto blessing. It was said that it was an answer to the depth of worship.
When and where will He come again?
We cannot make Him come. Yes, we can pray and worship and be prepared.
Keeping our ears and eyes. Just watching and waiting.
The best has yet to come.
Holy Spirit we thank you for your presence and pray that we may be used of you to fulfill the Fathers will. Let your kingdom come and your will to be done. Help us to be prepared and to always follow where ever you lead.