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Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do? - First Two

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7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do? - First Two... We can talk about the others in a seperate thread. This really made an impact on my wife and I so I figured I'd share with Worthy... Feedback?


 

7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do?

By: Bas in Amsterdam

 

What do you think is the most important thing about you?

 

What you think about God is the foundation of your beliefs about life, family, identity, purpose, etc. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take.

 

In this post we’ll take a look at our view of the Holy Spirit. You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.

 

Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear.

 

Here is a list of 7 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do.

 

He does not:

 

 

1. Convict you of your sin

Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?

 

John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!

 

He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. There is a reason you sense an internal conflict when you sin. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature.

 

He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. He’s called the Comforter for a reason.

 

 

2. Empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness)

 

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him“ (Col. 2:6).

 

Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus?

 

I don’t think so.

 

You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. 3:14).

 

Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. You can’t work at your sanctification because there’s nothing you can do that can make you more sanctified.

 

The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified.

 

Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. 10:14).

 



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Excellent post.



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Amen~!



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Blessings Golden Eagle!!!

     Amen..............glory be to God! I was just about to add some things & realized you are going on to 5 more things,looking forward to what else you will share!                                                                                              With love-in Christ,Kwik



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The Holy Spirit must convict us of our sins.  We sin, we are out of fellowship with the Father.  We ask for forgiveness, we are back in fellowship with the Father.

 

In Christ

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Blessings Marv!

     Good morning & God Bless you......So then you disagree with Golden Eagle,do you really believe the Holy Spirit would make us feel guilty,do you not believe that is bondage of sin condemnation?Or are you saying because we are indwelled we feefl the weight of our "flesh" warring with our spirit(or something like that?)

 

He does not:
1. Convict you of your sin

Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?

John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!”

  Is there any Scripture that has lead you to believe this way?I am very interested in "why" you believe this.......

                                                                                                                                        With love-in Christ,Kwik



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Blessings Marv!

     Good morning & God Bless you......So then you disagree with Golden Eagle,do you really believe the Holy Spirit would make us feel guilty,do you not believe that is bondage of sin condemnation?Or are you saying because we are indwelled we feefl the weight of our "flesh" warring with our spirit(or something like that?)

 

He does not:
1. Convict you of your sin

Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?

John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!”

  Is there any Scripture that has lead you to believe this way?I am very interested in "why" you believe this.......

                                                                                                                                        With love-in Christ,Kwik

Kwik

 

Luke 6:37 - Do not judge, and you will not be judged; Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  It is all about position.  Just look at the "Prodigal Son:, He never was not his fathers son, he always was one. Yet he was separated from his father.  The HS convicts us, reminds us, prompts us when we drift. Sometimes He uses other people to show us our fault.  He (the HS) is our comforter, our counciler. Only when we are brought back into fellowship are we again comforted.

 

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  It looks like confession of sins is a major factor in reconciliation.  The penalty of our sins has been removed, yet we are still under the curse.

 

In Christ

Montana Marv



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7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do? - First Two... We can talk about the others in a seperate thread. This really made an impact on my wife and I so I figured I'd share with Worthy... Feedback?


 

7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do?

What do you think is the most important thing about you?

 

What you think about God is the foundation of your beliefs about life, family, identity, purpose, etc. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take.

 

In this post we’ll take a look at our view of the Holy Spirit. You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.

 

Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear.

 

Here is a list of 7 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do.

 

He does not:

1. Convict you of your sin

Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?

 

John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!

 

He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. There is a reason you sense an internal conflict when you sin. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature.

 

He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. He’s called the Comforter for a reason.

2. Empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness)

 

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him“ (Col. 2:6).

 

Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus?

 

I don’t think so.

 

You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. 3:14).

 

Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. You can’t work at your sanctification because there’s nothing you can do that can make you more sanctified.

 

The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified.

 

Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. 10:14).

 

 

I completely disagree.  First of all, I don't believe that when you get saved, you are automatically forgiven of all future sins.  That is a doctrine taught by some, but I reject it.  I do believe the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins.  I also believe that the Holy Spirit leads us to live a holy and sanctified lifestyle, and when we obey his leading, that is walking in the Spirit as is taught in Galatians.  If some want to believe this, fine, but it is based on a doctrinal position I don't share. 



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Here are the three P's.

 

We have been saved from the penalty of sin.   Justification - It is a done deal

We are being saved from the power of sin.   Sanctification - on going, we are not there yet

We shall be saved from the presence of sin.  Glorification.  When we receive our new Glorified Body and when Death and Hades is thrown into the Lake of Fire.

 

In Christ

Montana Marv



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Satan condemns us for our sins. It is destructive like being stabbed to kill us. He brings up the past and accuses us for a life long forgiven and forgotten by God.

There is a difference between this and the "conviction" of the Holy Spirit.
God points out our sin so that we can acknowledge it and have it removed from our lives. It is like surgery. It brings healing and wholeness. It brings relief like having an infected splinter or a painful boil removed.

1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

There are many sins in my life that I am completely oblivious to. The blood of Jesus continually cleanses me from all sin as I stay in fellowship with God and other Christians. As I am washed by the water of the Word, little by little God reveals them to remove them for my own well being. Yes I was forgiven at the cross once for all sinfulness as I turned from that life to Jesus as Savior. Yes God sanctified me to Himself and for His use. I have no need to try to be more righteous. The Holy Spirit conforms me to the likeness of Christ without my labor by changing the desires of my heart. And should I willfully commit a sin, there is also room for repentance and confession of that trangression. God restores me to fellowship as Jesus intercedes for me as my advocate. The blood of Jesus has assured me of that forgiveness. I inherit eternal life, I do not earn it.

Should a person return to habitual sin and refuse to repent, or should they change religions so denying their Savior, there is fear of eternal judgement and doubt that the person was ever truely saved. God keeps His own and chastens those He loves to yield the peacable fruit of righteousness.

So I also have to disagree that the Holy Spirit does not reveal to us a sin for its removal. We are supposed to examine and judge ourselves prior to communion so there will be no need of the Lord chastening us. We are to confess our tresspasses to one another and pray for one another that we should be healed. I agree that our true nature in Christ is a life of righteousness, and He shows us that by sinning we are being a hippocrit to our true nature. l also agree that He empowers us to live a godly life. We can enter the rest of the completed work of Christ and cease from our own works as God did from His. Heb. 4:10 We can allow Christ to live in us. AMENl
We often used different words to arrive at the same idea.

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The Holy Spirit does convict us of our sins. He dont do so in a waythat belittles you, instead its done in love. If you are not having little revelations here and there of sinfull things you do that you need to stop doing God isnt working in your life which more than likely means either you arent saved or you are not paying attention. The Holy Spirit works this out thru your very own conscience. Perhaps convict or conviction isnt the best word to use in this topic as it can have different meanings as I read in one post above the enemy convicts us. And yes thats true but the way God convicts us isnt the same. It may be better to say He sheds light on our sins. The Holy Spirit dosent point a finger or make you feel guilty about it. But He does tell you to stop doing it. Whatever it is.

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Blessings Marv....

     I do understand what you are saying,appreciate you sharing your thoughts thank you.I think we are sort of all saying the same thing but we have different definitions of our words(if you know what I mean & if you agree?)

      I really like the way Willa has defined conviction & I agree that it is probably not the best word fojr this application.......it is like what I was trying to express only I think she said it much better.....Christ is crucified ONCE for our sin,all sin.....forgiveness for even our sin we have unknowingly committed & we live in Gods righteousness,we are Holy,Pleasing,Worthy,Acceptable an so we have  repented and have Christ abiding in us....the Holy Spirit is opposed to sin,the desires of our hearts have changed as New Creatures in Christ,walking in spirit it is His Heart & Mind that we live & breathe and do not want to sin...............yes,the Counselor is guiding us

    I cannot really even add to what Willa says,Glory to God   When we crucified our flesh & died to our old man we are indeed "Free in Christ",sin condemnation hangs on the cross

                                                                                                                         With love,in Christ,Kwik

 

BTW,I love discussions like this where we all share & reason together,,,,,it is this group of Brothers & Sisters-LOL   God Bless you all!Praises to our Lord!



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1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 


God who convicts you try's to help you identify your sinfulness. So you will repent. Because God loves and will forgive. God doesn't want you to be condemned when you leave this world. He wants to welcome you with open arms and eternal life.

Satan who accuses you try's to condemns someone of sinfulness. Says you don't need to repent. Because God hates you and will never forgive you and you have no hope. He wants you to be condemned in this world and when you leave this world.

I believe some have a misunderstanding of convict and accuse.

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We are coming from entirely different belief systems.  I don't believe in unconditional eternal security, so I am the most at odds with the OP.  I believe that if we fail to walk in the Spirit, we are under the curse of the law.  That means that the Spirit is very active in revealing to us our sins.  Then there are those who believe in eternal security, but they also believe that the Spirit convicts us of sin.  The Bible states that God chastises his children.  The OP is the most extreme version of unconditional eternal security.  This is based on the notion that when you get saved, all past, present and future sins are automatically covered by the blood, and God can't even see when you sin.  That would mean I could commit adultery, steal, kill, bear false witness, anything, and God can't see it.  I have been inoculated from sin.  God can't see through the blood line.  The problem with that doctrine is that if that were so, how can God chastise you?  How can he chastise a person for doing something he can't see? 

 

So far, we are seeing reactions from three schools of thought. 

 

1.  Those who reject unconditional eternal security completely.

2.  Those who believe in unconditional eternal security, but believe God sees our sins and leads us to do better.

3.  Those who believe that God can't see through the blood line, so he doesn't know when a Christian sins. 

 

I am in the first camp.  The OP is in the third camp. 



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I agree with those who state that the Holy Spirit DOES in fact convict us when we sin...there is no comparison between guilt and conviction.  When we are convicted we understand we have sinned

and need to deal with it.

 

If a Christian feels guilty tho, it means they need a better understanding of Christ's atonement on our behalf.

 

I don't believe that God does not see our sins that we commit after we are saved.  In fact, I never heard that at all.



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I agree with those who state that the Holy Spirit DOES in fact convict us when we sin...there is no comparison between guilt and conviction.  When we are convicted we understand we have sinned

and need to deal with it.

 

If a Christian feels guilty tho, it means they need a better understanding of Christ's atonement on our behalf.

 

I don't believe that God does not see our sins that we commit after we are saved.  In fact, I never heard that at all.

I have heard some extremist preachers claim that God can't see the sins of a believer because they are under the blood line.  They say that nothing unclean can enter heaven, and nothing unclean can enter the presence of God, so it stands to reason that he can't see our sins if we are saved.  If he could, he would be angry at us, and it would create separation. 

 

If you were to do something you knew was wrong, are you saying you wouldn't feel guilty?  If you lied about a Christian, are you saying you wouldn't feel guilty?  If you stole from someone, are you saying you wouldn't feel guilty?  If you cheated on your husband, are you saying you wouldn't feel guilty?  I feel guilty if I do wrong, because I am guilty.  I actually did something sinful or wrong.  To do wrong and refuse to admit being guilty is to be in denial.  Perhaps we have a different way of looking at feeling guilt.  I don't know, so I would really like to understand you better.  Can you clarify your position? 



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What are u talking about Butero?  I don't think you understood my post or maybe I was not clear enough?

 

I am saying the Holy Spirit convicts of sin but we are not condemned if we confess our sin...I agree with what other posters have said

 

A Christian cannot lead a sinful lifestyle and imagine everything is fine.

 

I don't quite agree with some of what you believe, as you know, but there is really nothing complicated about what I do believe that I am aware of...Willaminas' post 10 seems to sum things up

quite nicely I thought



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What are u talking about Butero?  I don't think you understood my post or maybe I was not clear enough?

 

I am saying the Holy Spirit convicts of sin but we are not condemned if we confess our sin...I agree with what other posters have said

 

A Christian cannot lead a sinful lifestyle and imagine everything is fine.

I didn't fully understand you, so that is why I asked you to explain what you meant.  Thanks for clearing up my misunderstanding.  I hope you didn't take an offense, because it was just a sincere question. 



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7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do? - First Two... We can talk about the others in a seperate thread. This really made an impact on my wife and I so I figured I'd share with Worthy... Feedback?


 

7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do?

What do you think is the most important thing about you?

 

What you think about God is the foundation of your beliefs about life, family, identity, purpose, etc. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take.

 

In this post we’ll take a look at our view of the Holy Spirit. You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.

 

Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear.

 

Here is a list of 7 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do.

 

He does not:

 

 

1. Convict you of your sin

Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?

 

John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!

 

He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. There is a reason you sense an internal conflict when you sin. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature.

 

He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. He’s called the Comforter for a reason.

 

 

2. Empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness)

 

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him“ (Col. 2:6).

 

Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus?

 

I don’t think so.

 

You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. 3:14).

 

Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. You can’t work at your sanctification because there’s nothing you can do that can make you more sanctified.

 

The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified.

 

Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. 10:14).

 

 

Yeah, I have to disagree with these two things.  The Holy Spirit doesn't condemn us over our sin, but to say he doesn't convict or reprove believers when they sin is just not true.   The Holy Spirit often reproves us through the Word of God.  He not only convicts or convinces of our sin, also disciplines us for it according to Hebrews 12:5-7.

 

To say that we are not empowered to live in holiness is also false.  I rest in the initial sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit that occurred the minute I got saved, but sanctification is a daily process wherein we are conformed more and more into the image of Christ and that is God at work in us in the Person of the Holy Spirit.  I am positionally holy, but I am also walking (or trying to walk) in practical, daily holiness through the sanctifying grace imparted to me by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.  To say that I am not empowered to strive for holiness means that I am trying to obey God's commandments for living a holy life in the power of my flesh and that is just not acceptable.



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I  with the first point disagree. Holy Spirit does convict of sin, He doesn't condem us to our sin, but if we're living in it, His work is to convict us and get us out of it.

John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Not only get us out of sin, but also empower us to walk righteously. He does empowers us, not to strive, but to live in the reality of who we are in Him. He gives us His righteousness and empowers us to walk it out. We cannot strive for our own Holiness, He gives us His.

 

Romans 8:3 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. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

 

2 Peter 1: 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.






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