The Promise of the Spirit

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      04/28/19
 
“The Promise of the Spirit"
John 20:19-23
 
INTRODUCTION: We have just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The Risen Lord Jesus appeared to his followers many times over a period of 40 days. During that time Jesus prepared his disciples for something new, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Today we begin a new series on the Holy Spirit. You may have heard of the Holy Spirit, but you do not know him personally. Many Christians know about the Holy Spirit but have no conscious awareness of him in their lives. As one teenager asked me one time, “Is the Holy Spirit a he or an it?” The Holy Spirit completes the work of Jesus. He is the Spirit of Jesus and wants to fill your life. Jesus promised the Spirit in John 20:19-23.
 
JESUS CHRIST GAVE HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO US.
 
*Why is the resurrection important? Jesus is alive and promises his Spirit to each one of us. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:21-22).
 
The Risen Lord gives us
  • peace
  • purpose
  • power.
 
Jesus promised that the Spirit would give us the power to do his will.
 
THE HOLY SPIRIT COMPLETES THE MINISTRY OF JESUS.
 
*John the Baptist described Jesus as the Lamb of God and the Baptizer. Jesus, the Son of God, came to die as the final sacrifice for forgiveness of sins and as the one who would baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit. “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world…I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God’” (John 1:29-34).
 
The Holy Spirit would complete the work that Jesus began.
 
THE HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLS AND EMPOWERS BELIEVERS.
 
*Jesus told the woman at the well that the Holy Spirit will provide spiritual life that lasts forever. “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
 
*Every believer has the promise that the Holy Spirit will be given to him by Jesus Christ and will be an endless supply of power. On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37-39).
 
*Jesus had to leave this earth so the Holy Spirit could continue his work. The Holy Spirit is
  • Our Comforter (John 14:15-16).
  • Our Guide (14:17)
  • Our God (14:15-16)
  • Our Righteous Judge (16:8)
  • Our Teacher (16:13-14).
 
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us, instruct us and empower us.
 
JESUS MULTIPLIES HIS WORK THROUGH THE SPIRIT & US.
 
*The Risen Lord breathed out the Holy Spirit on his disciples. As the Lamb of God he broke the power of sin and gave us eternal life. As the Baptizer he gives us the power to live abundantly and continue his ministry. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:21-22).
 
*The Holy Spirit uses God’s people to do more than Jesus could do alone.
 
Do you know Jesus? Do you have his life within you?