Spirit-filled Christian Life – Part II

Note:- These are the outline notes of the sermon Spirit-filled Christian Life Part 2 delivered at City Revival Ministries, Kuala Lumpur on 21/11/2015 7PM. The verses used here are from KJV and NKJV unless explicitly mentioned. You can contact me here for any clarifications, doubts or corrections. This is subject to change anytime and will be updated if needed. You may share this link to others. Praying that this will minister to you and may these notes be a blessing to many. In Christ, Donny

Bible Portion

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

Introduction

Last week, we discussed on the introduction to a Spirit-filled Christian Life. In this notes, I would like to explain the need for the Comforter and the two main things, which the Comforter does for us.

Why do we need the Comforter?

Let’s analyse a little bit on the context of this portion. Jesus speaks or teaches about this Comforter, in detail, in John 14,15,16.  These chapters contains the last and final instructions of Jesus, before He left this world to Heaven. Therefore, it is extremely important to study and meditate these portions. These conversations happened during the Last Supper, in the Upper Room. Jesus was speaking about His departure and the Arrival of the another Comforter. Till that point of time, in the lives of the disciples, the Primary Comforter was Jesus himself. Now He departs and He promises about another Comforter who will take His role and guide them further till His Second Coming.

Now, if think a bit more about the situation of the disciples, we would understand the need for the Comforter in a better way.

First of all, Jesus was their Leader and it was impossible for them to continue without the physical presence of Jesus. Secondly, they had to face a lot of oppositions from the Jews. But when Jesus were with them, He would answer them and took care of all the dangerous situations. Now their leader was going to be arrested and be handed over to be crucified, and there was a great insecure feeling in the hearts of the disciples. That was why Jesus told them, “Let not your heart be troubled”. Then another challenge was the Great Commission, which was laid upon the disciples to accomplish, which would be an impossible task, without the help of Jesus. There were lot of other challenges too. You can imagine for yourselves.

Hence Jesus specially warned them not to depart from Jerusalem until they receive the Comforter and the power from above. [Acts 1, Luke 24].

In this chapter [John 14], Jesus speaks clearly about the role of the Comforter.

  1. John 14:16 The Comforter will abide with you for ever
  2. John 14: 26 The Comforter will teach you all things
  3. John 14:26 The Comforter will remind the Words of Jesus

There was no New Testament during those days, as it was not yet written. The only available scriptures were the Old Testament (39 books). Also they had the the teachings of Jesus, which the received directly from Jesus. We have seen many instances, where even the disciples had forgotten what Jesus had already told them. Also, they would require greater wisdom to understand the teachings of Jesus in greater depth, but their minds were not having that capacity to grasp and understand the great mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

All these were the reasons why Comforter was needed in the life of disciples to help them go forward. That was why Jesus promised that this Comforter would teach them all things, just as Jesus did till then; and this Comforter would remind all the teachings and the words of Jesus. Therefore, they could lead a blessed Christian life.

They had to learn to trust in the Holy Spirit for everything. Those days were very difficult. No transportation, no means of advanced tele-communication, no political influence, no strong educational background etc. But still they managed to build a church having 3000+ souls. Just imagine, would that be possible without the help of the Comforter?

Do we really need the Comforter?

Sometimes, we are so comfortable with our own way of living. When we are sick, we have doctors and medicines. When we are having any doubts, we have Internet and other media to refer. Good telecommunication, transportation. We have all we need, therefore we do not really understand the need for the Comforter. But God expects us to trust in the Comforter for everything. Only then, will we accomplish what God has entrusted us to do. The more we thirst for the Comforter, the more God will fill us with Holy Spirit. For He gives the Spirit without measure. How much more the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

v:26 Comforter will teach us all things

Jesus is the One who can teach all things. Only a person who knows everything can teach all things. Only God is all-knowing (Omniscient), and so is Holy Spirit, the Comforter. The Bible clearly tell us, in another portion

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. I John 2:27 NKJV

What a wonderful confirmation!

Don’t you know how to pray? Holy Spirit will teach you. Don’t you know how to love others, teach others, care for each other? The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, if you are willing to learn!

v:26 Comforter will remind us the Words of Jesus

Since there was no New Testament books available those days, the disciples had no choice, they had to trust in the memory power to recollect what Jesus taught them. But Jesus had made this easy for them. He promised that the Comforter will remind them His Words. What a caring Jesus we have!

Whenever we are in need for the Word of God,  it is the duty of the Comforter to remind us what God has already told in His Word.

When we are sick, Comforter may remind us about this (Is 53:5)

And by His stripes we are healed

When we are discouraged, Comforter may remind us (Is 41:10)

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

When we need strength, (Phil 4:13)

I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

and so on.

Do you have any similar experience? Yes, Comforter is faithful. So be Spirit-filled and lead a Comforter-led life and you will know how blessed the Christian Life is!

Was Jesus Spirit-filled (or baptized with the Holy Spirit) when He was born as a baby?

This is a good question to consider. If we analyse the life of John the Baptist, we know that He  at birth, the Holy Spirit could have was Spirit-filled at birth. But we do not know if that is the case with Jesus since the New Testament does not explicit say so. None of the gospels explicitly say that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit before His baptism.

But we have the following verses to prove that Jesus was filled with the Spirit, at the time of His baptism and right after His Spirit-filling, He started ministry.

Jesus was both God and human. But in order to experience life as a human, Jesus limited the free use of His divine powers or prerogatives. This is the message of Philippians 2:5-8. He also chose to depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for His ministry. In Luke, Jesus seems to imply that He needed the Holy Spirit to do miracles.

One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. (NASB) Luke 5:17

Living By The Holy Spirit. Other scriptures reveal that Jesus depended on the power of the Holy Spirit in His ministry The table below shows that Jesus did miracle after miracle by the power of the Spirit. He even died and returned to life by the power of the Spirit.

Born by the Holy Spirit Matt. 1:18
Holy Spirit descended on Jesus at His baptism. Luke 3:22
Led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted Luke 4:1
Returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit Luke 4:14
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME . . .” Luke 4:18
He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit. Luke 10:21
Ministry performed in the power of the Spirit Acts 2:22
Anointed with the Holy Spirit Acts 10:38
Offered Himself – died – by the Spirit. Heb. 9:14
Return to life by the Holy Spirit 1 Pet. 3:18

He depended on the Holy Spirit to perform His ministry. Just as Jesus did in His humanity, God expects us to depend on the Holy Spirit for the power in our ministry.

Conclusion

The scripture does not say that Jesus was Spirit-filled before His baptism. The gospel writers make it clear that Jesus did miracle after miracle by the help of the Holy Spirit. He died by the Spirit and returned to life by the Spirit. Jesus is an example to us that we too should live by the power of the Holy Spirit. That power comes by being filled with His Spirit and by walking in His Spirit. That is the key to power in the Christian life.

Do you need this infilling of the Holy Spirit?

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