The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 5:18 ~ The Holy Spirit’s Ministry in the Church Age  

Vol. 16 No 20 – May 7, 2017

 Holy Spirit for 5 7 17 WordEph 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”

God the Holy Spirit, (continued).                                

Deut 6:4, “Hear O’ Israel, The Lord is God, The Lord is one.” YHWH ELOHENU, YHWH ECHAD

The Attributes of God, including the Holy Spirit, include: Sovereignty, Righteous, Justice, Love, Eternal Life, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Immutable, and Veracity. He is holy, perfect, merciful, kind, integrity, caring, infinite, immense, spirit, light, self-existent, faithful, good, unity, one, etc.


Outline of the Holy Spirit

1.) Who is the Holy Spirit?
2.) The Person of the Holy Spirit.
3.) The Holy Spirit is God.
4.) The Holy Spirit’s Work in Creation.

Seven verses speak of various aspects of the Spirit’s work in Creation. They are: Gen 1:2; Job 26:13; 27:3; 33:4; Psa 33:6; 104:30; and Isa 40:13. The Spirit was involved in:

  • The general planning of the universe, Isa 40:12-14.
  • He was active in the creation of the stars of heaven, Job 26:13; Psa 33:6.
  • He participated in the Restoration of the earth, Gen 1:2. The word “moving” (NASB), found elsewhere only in Deut 32:11, means “hovers” or “flutters;” and Jer 23:9, “tremble or shake”, means that the Spirit hovered over and cared for the un-fashioned and uninhabited earth.
  • He worked in creating the animals, Psa 104:30.
  • He worked in the creation of man, Gen 2:7; Job 27:3; 33:4.

Thus, the range of His activity included all the basic facets of Creation.

5.) The Holy Spirit’s Ministry in the Old Testament.

There are approximately 100 references to the Spirit of God in the Old Testament which give evidence of His working during that period. In General:

  • The Holy Spirit worked in the lives of the Prophets and Writers of the Old Testament Scripture, as He also did for the New Testament writers. 2 Sam 23:1-2; Micah 3:8; Mat 22:43; Acts 1:16; 28:25; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:11, 21.

1 Peters 1:21, “For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

2 Tim 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

  • The Holy Spirit’s ministry to people in Old Testament times was not the same as it has been since the Day of Pentecost. In OT times, the Spirit did not permanently indwell every believer as He does in the Church Age. For those He temporarily empowered, it is called the “enduement” of the Holy Spirit. He worked in a few select people primarily to further God’s overall will and plan. Gen 41:38; Deut 34:9; Num 11:16-25; 27:18; Judges 3:9-10; 6:34; 11:29; 14:6, 19; 15:14; 1 Sam 16:13; 1 Chron 28:12.
  • In theology, the work of the Spirit in OT saints is called enduement from the Greek word ENDUO that means, “dress, clothe, or put on,” Luke 24:49.

Luke 24:49, “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Hebrew equivalent is LABESH (lavesh), Judges 6:34; cf. Isa 61:10.

Judges 6:34, “So the Spirit of the LORD came upon (clothed) Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him.”

Enduement means “clothed” and is like the indwelling of the Spirit in the NT, but it was not a guaranteed permanency, as it is to all Church Age believers. In other words, they could lose the indwelling ministry, either because God’s plan was complete or due to perpetual carnality, Psa 51:11.

Psa 51:11, “Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”

So, the Holy Spirit was highly active in the Old Testament times enabling some in their ministries while also caring for the people, and Israel as a whole.

6.) The Holy Spirit’s Ministry in the New Testament, Church Age.

In the New Testament, we see a much different ministry of the Holy Spirit, as He permanently indwells every believer for the function and execution of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age. A number of passages clearly teach that the Spirit is given to all believers rather than selectively to some, John 7:37; Acts 11:16-17; Rom 5:5; 1 Cor 2:12; 2 Cor 5:5.

Jesus’ final words to the disciples before His crucifixion included the promise of the sending of the Holy Spirit to enable and empower the Church Age believer, John 14:26; 16:12-14.

John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

John 16:12, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14“He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

After our Lord’s resurrection, He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:1-8.

Acts 1:5, “For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Cf. 1 Thes 4:8; Titus 5:3-7.

The ministry or work of the Holy Spirit for the Church Age believer includes:

  • Efficacious Grace and Regeneration which are the same in all dispensations. The Holy Spirit makes the Gospel a spiritual reality to the unbeliever in every age.

Titus 3:5, “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Cf., 1 Peter 1:23.

This is defined as the ministry of the Holy Spirit at salvation in creating a human spirit in the believer, which causes him to become instantly trichotomous: body, soul, and now having a human spirit. This is the second birth, John 3:3-8. Yet, God the Holy Spirit does more for us at salvation than for believers of any other dispensation.

    1) He makes our faith effectual, the ministry of efficacious grace.

    2) He creates a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life, the ministry of regeneration.

    3) He enters us into God’s Power System (GPS) for the power to execute the Plan of God, which is the ministry of the filling of the Holy Spirit, (The system of spirituality for Old Testament saints was not related to the Holy Spirit but to the faith-rest drill.)

    4) Every believer is filled with the Spirit at the point of salvation (because we are entered into GPS) and loses the filling of the Spirit at the point of post-salvation sinning or carnality.

  • The Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of salvation, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16. This was prophesied in John 14:20; Acts 1:5, and fulfilled in Acts 2:4 on the Day of Pentecost; this is the permanent indwelling of God the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. He indwells us to provide a temple for the indwelling and residence of the Shekinah glory, (the Lord Jesus Christ), and God the Father, Eph 2:21-22. Every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and cannot lose that indwelling.

1 Cor 3:16, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

2 Tim 1:14, “Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

As a temple of God, we are to walk in God’s holiness. As we do, we have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, 2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a unique factor to the Church Age and speaks of God the Holy Spirit taking each one of us at the moment of faith in Christ and entering us into union with the person of Christ. This is the basis for being created a “New Man,” a new spiritual species, in Christ. By this, we become members of the Royal Family of God.

1 Cor 12:13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” Cf. Gal 3:26-28.

The Baptism of the Spirit enters us into the body of Christ which is the Temple of God. He enters us into union with Christ as a guarantee of our escrow blessings.

1 Cor 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

  • The Sealing of the Holy Spirit: Like indwelling, sealing takes place at the moment of our salvation. Therefore, the Spirit is given to us and we are sealed in Him when we believe. Three New Testament passages speak of this “sealing ministry of the Spirit:

    1) 2 Cor 1:22, says that God has sealed us and given us the pledge of the Spirit.

    2) Eph 1:13 adds that we were sealed with the Spirit when we believed, and again, that the Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance.

Eph 1:13-14, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

    3) Eph 4:30 states we were sealed by or with the Spirit until the day of redemption, Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

The sealing ministry of the Spirit is a signature guarantee. It is a signature guarantee of four things:

    1) Efficacious grace, the Holy Spirit takes the faith of the spiritually dead person and makes it effective for salvation.

    2) The guarantee of eternal life and eternal security, and therefore the assurance of our salvation and our fellowship and walk with God here on earth.

    3) The guarantee of eternal inheritance.

    4) The guarantee of your very own Portfolio of Invisible Assets, which God the Father prepared for each one of us in eternity past.

  • The Gifting of the Holy Spirit: At the moment of our salvation, the Holy Spirit also gives us a “spiritual gift,” Heb 2:4, “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”

The Gifting of the Holy Spirit is the sovereign distribution of a spiritual gift by the Holy Spirit at salvation, 1 Cor 12:11, through which we execute God’s Plan for our lives. The word for spiritual gifts (CHARISMA), is related to the word for grace, and means something that is due to the grace of God. A spiritual gift is a God-given ability for service to others or to God Himself, and it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to give us our gift and enable/empower it during our walk here on earth, Rom 12:6; 1 Cor 12:1-18; Heb 2:4. Jesus Christ is also an agent in the giving of our spiritual gifts, Eph 4:8, 11.

  • The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit: This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit after our salvation, where He has a teaching ministry for the Church Age believer to understand Scriptures / Bible Doctrine, John 16:12-15. We call this the Grace Apparatus for Perception, (GAP), Rom 9:1; 1 Cor 2:5, 12-16; 1 Peter 1:12.

1 Peter 1:12, “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.”

1 Cor 2:13, “Which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual with spiritual.”

  • The Praying Ministry of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit also plays a key role in our prayer life after salvation. He empowers and enables the believer’s prayers to God the Father so that they are effective. It is His supernatural ability to translate our prayers to the language and ears of God the Father. This is also called His Intercessory ministry, as He intercedes on our behalf and helps us in our prayer life.

Rom 8:26, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Eph 6:18, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

Next, we will note the “Filling Ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

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 If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#17-048 & #17-049 

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If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.

To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!


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