Exodus 31:1-11 (NKJV)
31 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to design artistic works…
The Holy Spirit is Your Friend
John 15:26Living Bible (TLB)
“But I will send you the Comforter—the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me.
The Blasphemy Challenge
“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven–except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven.
Holy Spirit: What He Does Not Do
1. Does Not Convict You of Sin
7 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. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
- Does Not Keep A Record
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 10 (TLB)
10 Under this new plan we have been forgiven and made clean by Christ’s dying for us once and for all.
11 Under the old agreement the priests stood before the altar day after day offering sacrifices that could never take away our sins. 12 But Christ gave himself to God for our sins as one sacrifice for all time and then sat down in the place of highest honor at God’s right hand, 14 For by that one offering he made forever perfect in the sight of God all those whom he is making holy.
15 And the Holy Spirit testifies that this is so, for he has said,
17 And then he adds, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
2 Corinthians 5:19 (TLB)
19 For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (TLB)
For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.
- Does Not Require You to Strive for Holiness
1 Corinthians 1:21ff
God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
22-25 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”
26-31 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
Hebrews 10:14 (TLB)
For by that one offering he made forever perfect in the sight of God all those whom he is making holy.
- Does Not Give You More God
Colossians 2:9-10 (MSG)
8-10 Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
BE GREATFUL, BE CONFIDENT, BE HAPPY
What He Does
- Seals You Until There Is No More Sin
Ephesians 4:30 (NCV)
And do not make the Holy Spirit sad. The Spirit is God’s proof that you belong to him. God gave you the Spirit to show that God will make you free when the final day comes.
1 Corinthians 1:8Living Bible (TLB)
And he guarantees right up to the end that you will be counted free from all sin and guilt on that day when he returns.
- The Power to Overcome Evil
1 John 2 (ESV) 12 I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
(MSG) 13-14 And a second reminder, dear children: You know the Father from personal experience. You veterans know the One who started it all; and you young men—such vitality and strength! God’s word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One. (KJV: young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15-17 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
- He Will Comfort You in All Things
Philippians 4:19-20 (MSG)
You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.
The Holy Spirit, Revised & Expanded
By: Charles C. Ryrie
MOODY PUBLISHERS / 1997 / PAPERBACK