The way we become like Jesus is by looking at Jesus. This is what we are learning in our current sermon series, Transform. As we behold Christ’s glory, we begin to reflect Christ’s glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). How do we stay focused on Jesus? Thankfully, we are not alone in our mission to be and make disciples of Jesus. We have been given the Holy Spirit.
Here is how the Heidelberg Catechism describes the the third person of the Trinity: “First, that the Spirit, with the Father and the Son, is eternal God. Second, that the Spirit is given also to me, so that, through true faith, He makes me share in Christ and all His benefits through true faith, comforts me, and will remain with me forever.”
The New Testament mentions the Holy Spirit around 500 times. After reading and meditating on this, I think we can see 7 ways the Holy Spirit is working to make us more like Jesus.
- THE SPIRIT & JESUS
The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ by reminding us of what Jesus taught and revealing to us who Jesus is. [John 14:26, 15:26, 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 1 John 4:2]
- THE SPIRIT & THE BIBLE
The Holy Spirit is the ultimate author and teacher of Scripture by which we are equipped for every good work and armed for spiritual battle. [2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Ephesians 6:17]
- THE SPIRIT & HOLINESS
The Holy Spirit gives us the same power that raised Christ from the dead so we can kill sin in our lives and not gratify the desires of the flesh. [Romans 8:11-13; Galatians 5:16]
- THE SPIRIT & THE CHURCH
The Holy Spirit gifts us in different ways so we can lovingly serve others with the unified purpose of growing into Christ – and being built into dwelling place for God. [1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4; 2:22]
- THE SPIRIT & HIS FILLING
The Holy Spirit fills believers so we can: 1.) speak the Word of God with boldness, 2.) sing to each other and to the Lord, 3.) give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and 4.) submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. [Acts 4:31; Ephesians 5:18-21]
- THE SPIRIT & HIS FRUIT
The Holy Spirit produces His fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is one fruit with 9 aspects. When the Holy Spirit is flowing through of us, all 9 are present at once. [Galatians 5:22-23]
- THE SPIRIT & HOPE
The Holy Spirit prays for us in our weakness so we will have hope as we wait for our salvation to become complete. The Holy Spirit is the deposit, seal, and guarantee of God’s irrevocable abiding presence in our lives. [Romans 8:23-30; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 John 3:24]
The Holy Spirit points us to Jesus, arms us for spiritual battle, empowers us to kill sin, gifts us to serve each other, fills us to gratefully speak, sing and submit, produces Christ-like character, and assures us of God’s irrevocable, abiding presence.
The Bible is infinitely more important than these 7 categories I’m suggesting. Read God’s Word for yourself and with others. Study what it says and respond appropriately.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13 ESV)