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Born again – Part 13

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Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

The Heart Of Man Cont.

Many other spiritual activities take place in the hearts of regenerated believers. They praise God with all their heart (Ps 9:1), meditate in their heart (Ps 19:14, cry out to God from the heart (Ps 84:2), seek God with all their heart (Ps 119:2, 10), hide God’s Word in their heart (Ps 119:11; see Deut 6:6), trust in the Lord with all their heart (Prov 3:5), experience God’s love poured out into their heart (Rom 5:5) and sing to God in their heart (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16).

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Let us examine some of the Work of the Holy Spirit

Further details on the identity and work of the Holy Spirit

Knowledge of the Work of the Holy Spirit in relation to individual believers and sinners helps us appreciate the expected transformation in a BA person.

Jesus Christ clearly described the identity and work of the Holy Spirit in the Gospels and in the Book of Acts before His ascension

Read John 14:15-29; John 16:5-15; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8

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“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (Jn 16:7)

Read John 14:15-29; 16:8-11
14:17ff The following chapters teach these truths about the Holy Spirit: He will be with us forever (14:16); the world at large cannot accept Him (14:17); He lives with us and in us (14:17); He teaches us (14:26); He reminds us of Jesus’ Word (14:26; 15:26); He convicts us of sin, shows us God’s righteousness, and announces God’s judgment on evil (16:8); He guides into truth and gives insight into future events (16:13); He brings glory to Christ (16:14). The Holy Spirit has been active among people from the beginning of time, but after Pentecost (Acts 2) He came to live in all believers. Many people are unaware of the Holy Spirit’s activities, but to those who hear Christ’s words and understand the Spirit’s power, the Spirit gives a whole new way to look at life.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (Jn 14:16) NKJV
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (Jn 14:16) KJV

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“Comforter.” The Spirit will be by the disciples’ side to help and strengthen them (cf. Mat 14:30-31), to teach the true course for their lives (v. 26), to comfort in difficult situations (v. 18), to intercede in prayer for them (Rom 8:26-27; cf. 8:34), to be a friend to further their best interest (v. 17) and to remain with them forever.
“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (Jn 14:17)

“the Spirit of truth.” The Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of truth” (15:26; 16:13; cf. 1 John 4:6; 5:6), because He is the Spirit of Jesus, who is the truth. As such, He testifies to the truth (18:37), enlightens concerning the truth, exposes untruth (16:8) and guides the believer into all truth (16:13). Those who are willing to sacrifice truth for the sake of unity, love or any other reason deny the Spirit of truth, whom they claim lives in them. The church that abandons the truth abandons its Lord.

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