The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer
Dr. Brad Whitt
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
INTRO: Alright, take your bibles now this morning and be finding your place at 2nd Corinthians chapter 1 if you would. 2nd Corinthians chapter 1, and we'll be looking at just two little verses today - verses 21 and 22, and I want to talk to you for just a few minutes today about "The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit In The Life Of The Believer."
Paul says, "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
ILLUS: Shortly before his death, Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller was presiding over a church conference and during one especially heated discussion, a delegate rose and began to make a tirade against universities in particular and education in general, giving thanks that he had not been corrupted by contact with any college. Chief Justice Fuller interrupted him and said, "Do I understand the speaker to be thanking God for His ignorance?" The man thought about it for a moment and said, "Well, yes, if you put it that way, I guess I am." To which the Chief Justice responded, "All I have to say then is that you have a great deal to be thankful for."
ILLUS: I heard about a 3rd grade teacher that was asking her class some geography questions and she asked the class in what part of the world were there the most ignorant people. A little boy shot his hand up real high in the air and said, "New York." She thought about it for just a second and said, "Why do you say that?" He said, "Because you said that's where the population is most dense."
Well, I don't think that I'd be wrong in stating today that there is more ignorance about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the modern day church than perhaps any other doctrine that is revealed to us in the pages of the Bible.
• There is more ignorance about the doctrine of ...
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