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May 27 – Pentecost – The Works Of The Holy Spirit

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the Gospel Lesson just read, from John 15 and 16.  We begin with prayer.

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

  • We do not hear much of the Holy Spirit – not within Holy Scripture, and not within the life of the church.  There is reason for this, even though the Holy Spirit is, as we confess week after week in the Creeds, truly God and worthy of all Divine honor, glory, and worship.
  • The reason for this relative silence ABOUT the Holy Spirit is the very important task that the Holy Spirit performs for us and for our salvation – that of bringing us back to the knowledge of God’s great love for us.  This love centers specifically in the Lord Jesus Christ – and so as Jesus taught, the Holy Spirit “glorifies” Jesus, and takes what belongs to Jesus and “declares” it to us.
  • This work of the Holy Spirit is quite important, for as Holy Scripture notes:  “No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” So without Him, we would have none of the blessings brought to us in the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
  • In our text Jesus indicates the important things that the Holy Spirit does for us, teaching us about “THE WORKS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

I.  Most Importantly, The Holy Spirit Brings Us To Faith In Jesus, Giving Us New Life Through Faith In Jesus


Text:  “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me.”


Statement:  This is why we don’t hear much about the Holy Spirit – He is constantly bearing witness about Jesus.  Wherever the Holy Spirit is present and allowed to be doing His work, there the topic and conversation will always be about – JESUS!  The topic will not be about the Holy Spirit, but all about how the Father so loved us that He sent His only-begotten Son Jesus as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. 


Application:  I’ve often heard people say that we Lutherans do not have much of the Holy Spirit, and that we are distorting the teaching of the Bible by not making Him more prominent.  The fact is – according to Holy Scripture, God’s own Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself – just the opposite is true.  Lutherans are constantly talking about the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, bearing witness to Him just as the Holy Spirit does – and according to our text, this is precisely the most powerful evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence and work among us! 


Transition:  So do not be deceived or alarmed – but rather rejoice in the Holy Spirit’s rich presence in our midst, and His great and wonderful blessings.  For:


II.  The Holy Spirit Is Sent By The Father And Jesus Christ to Be Our Helper, Our Comforter And Our Counselor


Text:  “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father the Spirit of truth. . . . 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 go, I will send Him to you.”


Statement:  Again, the Holy Spirit “counsels” and “comforts” us by directing our hearts and minds into the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Jesus taught:


Text:  “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.”


So we expect, when the Holy Spirit is actually present in our midst, that He will be comforting us in the gracious love and mercy of God in Christ Jesus, and that He will guiding and directing us regarding all the truth – also how we are to be living if we are to truly love one another, and also what is of critical importance regarding what is to come.  This especially pertains to the life which is to come – in the glory and bliss of God’s eternal heavenly kingdom! 


Application:  So again, wherever Jesus Christ is being glorified as our dear Savior and King, wherever God’s people are being comforted by God’s gracious mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus, there we can be sure that the Holy Spirit is powerfully present doing His work for our great blessedness! 

So let us take care not to be confused and distracted by all the babble that sometimes goes on around us about the Holy Spirit.  We know Him and we certainly have Him – for we are abundantly comforted by God’s gracious mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus, and we too are looking expectantly for His coming in glory, and the glorious new age to come! 


Transition:  His testimony to the world is much the same, and we must take into consideration this “work” of the Holy Spirit as well:


III.  The Work Of The Holy Spirit Is To Convict The World


A.  He Convicts The World Of Sin Because Of Unbelief And Rejection Of Jesus Christ As Our Savior And Lord


Text:  “He will convict the world concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.”


Statement:  Again, the Spirit’s testimony is in regard to Jesus – and the only talk of judgment in regard to sin takes place because of unbelief, the rejection of God’s gracious mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.  But once faith comes, there is no more condemnation, as Jesus taught:


John 5:24  “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”


B.  But The Holy Spirit Also Convicts The World Regarding Righteousness – Because It Has Rejected The Exalted And Glorified Son Of God


Text:  “He will convict the world concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer.”


Statement:  Again, the Spirit’s testimony is in regard to Jesus – righteousness has been provided for all of humanity, in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, as the Holy Spirit testifies:


1 Cor. 5:19-21  “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”


C.  And Finally, The Holy Spirit Convicts The World In Regard to Judgment – Which Is Coming Upon All Who Reject Jesus In Unbelief


Text:  “He will convict the world concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”


Statement:  Unbelief actually takes the side of the ruler of this world – and it also repudiates the notion that he is already judged.  Unbelief takes his side, and so it also insists upon taking his fate, as Jesus Himself testified:


John 3:36  “He that believes the Son has everlasting life; but he that does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”


Statement:  So it is the Spirit of God that warns of the dire consequence of rejecting Jesus in unbelief – pointing to the wrath of God and the judgment that is coming for all who reject so great a salvation!


Conclusion:  So, where the Holy Spirit is, and where the Holy Spirit is working, there is not much talk about the Holy Spirit – but an awful lot of talking about the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the great redemption that is ours through Him.  There is a lot of talking about the life which is to come – the eternal life that is already ours through faith in Jesus Christ. 

So the Holy Spirit helps us, comforts us, and counsels us – just as Jesus said He would; and how blessed we are that He is indeed with us!  Thanks and praise be to God, Amen.


Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.