“What Does the Holy Spirit Do?”

June 6, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Gordon D. Fee writes,

“What does the Holy Spirit do? He acts as a divine personal agent in myriad ways. The Spirit searches all things (1 Cor 2:10), knows the mind of God (1 Cor 2:11), teaches the content of the gospel to believers (1 Cor 2:13), dwells among or within believers (Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16; 2 Tim 1:14), accomplishes all things (1 Cor 12:11), gives life to those who believe (2 Cor 3:6), cries out from within our hearts (Gal 4:6), leads us in the ways of God (Rom 8:14; Gal 5:18), bears witness with our own spirits (Rom 8:16), has desires that are in opposition to the flesh (Gal 5:17), helps us in our weakness (Rom 8:26), intercedes on our behalf (Rom 8:26-27), strengthens believers (Eph 3:16) and is grieved by our sinfulness (Eph 4:30). Moreover, the fruit of the Spirit’s indwelling are the personal attributes of God (Gal 5:22-23).” (“On Getting the Spirit Back into Spirituality,” in Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective, 41)

Not sure if a better summary could be written.

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Luke Geraty has been married to Dawn for 12 years and they have four children, plus one on the way! For the past seven and a half years, he has served as the lead pastor of Trinity Christian Fellowship, a Vineyard Church. In his spare time, he prays, reads, blogs, writes, disciples, plays video games, drinks coffee, and eats sushi... but not simultaneously. Actually, that's not true. Luke is a multi-tasking extraordinaire who likes to juggle. Aside from leading in a local church, he is regularly involved in coaching and training leaders and providing support for local churches from a variety of traditions. He has earned a B.Th., M.Div. and is working on an MA through the University of Birmingham (UK) with the hopes of eventually completing a Ph.D. in some esoteric theological field... like ecclesiology in the rural church. Learn more about Luke here.