Love, Truth & Power through the Holy Spirit

—Romans 8

  • Andrew Fountain – Sept 11, 2016

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1. Summary

  • The Scriptures speak of three ways in which the Holy Spirit transforms us:
  • Love, Truth & Power
  • He needs to be working in all three areas for us to be growing as balanced Christians and a balanced church.
  1. The Problem
  2. The Solution (Romans 8)
  3. What it looks like in practice

Six Questions

  1. Can I find help in confronting the problems of living?
  2. Can I find healing in times of sickness?
  3. How can I find meaning in life and in particular meaning to pain and suffering?
  4. What is the source or origin of evil?
  5. How can I discharge my obligations to supernatural beings who may interact with me and my world?
  6. Can I find protection from malevolent beings?

Charles Kraft

The Nigerians ‘knew’ that whatever power Christianity brought it wasn’t adequate to deal with such things as tragedy, infertility, relational breakdowns, and troublesome weather, it didn’t meet many of their deepest spiritual needs.
Even though this was puzzeling to them… they simply accommodated by developing a kind of dual allegiance:
a loyalty to Christianity to handle certain needs paralleled by a continuing loyalty to traditional religious practicioners [medicine men] to handle their power needs.

Kraft, Christianity with Power, Vine books, 1989, p.4

Acts 14:3

  1. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
  • The miracles came, not instead of the preaching, but because of the preaching! So if you want to see signs and wonders, then proclaim a message that God will want to bear witness to, with a supernatural “Amen!”

The Spirit of…

  • Truth: “However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth;” (John 16:13)
  • Power: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;” (Acts 1:8)
  • But then a third category:
  • Love: “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:5)
  • “For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)

Romans 8

  1. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,
    who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
  2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
  3. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: he condemned sin in the flesh,
  4. that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8

  1. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,
    but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
  2. For to be fleshly minded is death,
    but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
  3. Because the fleshly mind is enmity against God;
    for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
  4. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Jesus says in John 14:21

  1. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever—
  2. the Spirit of truth... for he dwells with you and will be in you.
  3. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you... by means of the Holy Spirit
    • and then he continues:
  4. and I will love him and manifest myself to him. the Spirit is a love-gift of Jesus to us

Romans 8

  1. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his.
  2. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin,
    but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
  3. But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
    he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
  1. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
  2. For if you live according to the flesh you will die;
    but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8

  1. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
  1. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,
    but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
  2. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Romans 8

  1. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
    Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  2. As it is written: “For your sake we are killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
  3. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
  4. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life,
    nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
  5. nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing,
    shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1. Love

  • Jesus came to bring us the love of the Father, and the Spirit applies this love to our hearts
  • Rom 5:5 “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
  • He is described as the “comforter”, and in Col 1:8 Paul talks about their love in the Spirit”
  • Love is about a relationship with God that spills out into love shown to others
  • Love must come before anything else “We love him because he first loved us”

2. Truth is what sets us free

  • Jesus is “the truth”, he came to teach us the way to life
  • The Holy Spirit caused Jesus’ words to be written in Scripture and applies this truth to our hearts and minds
  • John 14:17 “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him;
    but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
  • Not just teaching, but a new way of thinking and believing, down to the very core of our being

3. Power

  • 1 Thess 1:5 “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit”
  • Love and truth lead to Spirit-empowered action
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  • The gifting and fruits of the Spirit bring about this power in our lives
  • What does this mean in practice?

2 Timothy 1:7

  1. For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.