2009-03-15 - Necessity of the
The Holy Spirit Series, Part 11
What are our souls without His grace? As dead as the branch in which
the sap circulates not. What is our Church without Him? As parched and barren
as the fields without Heavens dew and rain. Where is the hope of the
worlds conversion, or of the salvation of dearly loved ones, out of
Christ? If the Spirit of God come not to our aid, our eyes may fail with
looking for these much-valued blessings.
~ LEWIS 4
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church: First as we have noted in passing
previously, the church is indwelt by the Holy Spirit as well as the individuals
who make up the church. Stringfellow describes this as a Spiritual
The work is tied to Christs promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Through this baptism, the Spirit indwells us, creating the universal church
or a unified spiritual organism. 6
Christ is the head of this unified body.
For John baptized with water, but in a few days
you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
He has lost
connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together
by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head
over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who
fills everything in every way (Acts 1:5; Colossians 2:19; Ephesians
We become part of this body at the time of salvation, when we are baptized
and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one
body whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free and we were all
given the one Spirit to drink.
And you also were included
in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy
Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13).
As a result of being baptized and sealed, we also are able to experience
the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, i.e., Walking in the
Spirit, But I say, walk by the
Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh(Galatians
Renewing of the Spirit He
saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal bythe Holy Spirit
Leading of the Spirit
because those who are led by the Spirit of
God are sons of God (Romans 8:14).
Indwelling of the Spirit On
the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes
in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from
within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in
him were later to receive. Up to that time, the Spirit had not been given,
since Jesus had not yet been glorified (John 7:37-39).
Lewis, Necessity of the Spirit, Pearls From Many Seas,
The Master Christian Library, AGES Software, Albany, OR, Version 8.0 ©
Ibid., p. 64.
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