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The Necessity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-10)

June 3, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon examines the ministry of the Holy Sprit in the Church. Pastor Carter gives a clear exhortation and admonition to rightly understanding the Person of God the Holy Spirit. The focus of this sermon is on the work of the Spirit, namely, the Revelation of the Christ and the Regeneration of the Christian.

The Work of the Holy Spirit: Revealing Jesus Christ

And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? And they said, No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit. And he said, Into what then were you baptized? They said, Into John’s baptism. And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus (Acts 19:1-5;ESV).

Pastor Carter warns against unregenerate disciples, who follow a false or incomplete gospel. The work of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the Person and Work of Jesus Christ — to open blinded eyes and ears, and prepare a people to receive Christ in all His fullness (cf. Luke 4:16-19). Likewise, Jesus Christ tells His disciples to earnestly desire the Holy Spirit in order to live according to His Word (cf. Luke 11:9-13).

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The Work of Holy Spirit: Regenerating Sinners

And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks (Acts 19:6-10; ESV).”

In the context of salvation, regeneration is the process of God the Holy Spirit preparing the heart of a sinner to receive eternal life in Christ and enabling this sinner to obey His Word (cf. Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-38). Mankind cannot please God apart from the work of Holy Spirit (Romans 8). In fact, if God the Holy Spirit does not reveal Jesus and revitalize dead sinners, we will remain dead in our sins (Colossians 2).

Have you received the Holy Spirit?

The Spirit is not a thing or a feeling; He is God (cf. Luke 12:10; John 14:25-30, 15:26-27, 16:4-15; Acts 5:1-11). God the Father ordains the salvation of His people; God the Son accomplishes the salvation of His people; and God the Holy Spirit secures this saved people until the Son returns. Without the Holy Spirit, Christianity is an empty religion, for without the Spirit there is no life (cf. Genesis 1:2, 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7; John 3).

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free and check out the sermon note below.

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