by J. Gerald Harris

Whatever Happened to the Holy Spirit
(His Work In Making Us Saints)
Gerald Harris
I Corinthians 6:9-11

Last week we noticed that the Holy Spirit was present throughout the biblical era. The Holy Spirit was present and operative, certainly in the life of Jesus Christ. But our question today is this: "Whatever happened to the Holy Spirit?"

A. W. Tozer said this, "In most Christian churches the Spirit is entirely overlooked. Whether he is present or absent makes no real difference to anyone. Brief reference is made to him in the doxology and the benediction. Further than that, he might as well not exist. So completely do we ignore him that it is only courtesy that we can be called Trinitarian.... The idea of the Spirit held by the average church member is so vague as to be nearly nonexistent."

Last week we considered the fact that without the Holy Spirit there is no genuine salvation. And we considered the work of the Holy Spirit in getting us saved. And we indicated that the Holy Spirit is present in salvation to convict; he is present in salvation to convert and he is present in salvation to confirm. Jesus said, "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Paul said, "If we have not the Spirit, we are none of his." So there is no salvation until the Holy Spirit has begun to work upon the lives of men and women.

Now, this morning we're going to think about the work of the Holy Spirit in making us saints.

Now, the Holy Spirit wants to sanctify us. Now, please don't be frightened by the word "sanctification." It is a good word. It is a biblical word. It is simply a reference to how we're going to live the Christian life. In our text in I Corinthians 6:11 the Apostle Paul said, "but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our Lord."

There are some people who feel that the Holy Spirit comes in our lives to help us accomplish great things. That is wonderful, and that is tr ...

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