HOW TO COOPERATE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. Although this mystery of the Trinity is beyond our full comprehension, it is beneficial to us to study it.
a. Studying the Trinity will increase our awe and reverence for God.
b. Studying the Trinity will help us cooperate more effectively with God as He works in our lives.
2. God’s clearest revelation of Himself as three persons in one God is found in what He did to save us from our sins.
3. Each person in the Godhead took a specific role in redemption — saving us from our sins and making us sons and daughters of God.
a. God the Father planned redemption and sent God the Son to die for our sins.
Eph 1:4,5; John 3:16
b. God the Son willingly left heaven and came to earth to take our place on the Cross. Heb 2:9,14,15; Matt 20:28
c. When the Son, Jesus, went back to heaven, God the Holy Spirit came, and He now works in us the benefits of what was accomplished through the Cross.
Titus 3:5; John 3:3,5
4. The Holy Spirit has come to do some very specific things in and through us.
a. He is here to make the truths of Christianity alive to us, and to teach us and guide us. I Cor 2:9-12; John 14:26; 16:13-15
b. He is here to work in us and conform us to the image of Christ. Rom 8:29
c. He is here to demonstrate Himself through us in order to show the Son and the Father to the world around us. I Cor 2:4,5; John 14:12
5. In this lesson, we want to continue to look at the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit — what He has been sent to do and how we can cooperate with Him as He works.
1. Through the Cross (His death, burial, and resurrection), Jesus has provided us with everything we need to live this life and the life to come (spirit, soul, and body).
Eph 1:3; II Pet 1:3
2. The things that God the Father has already provided for us on the Cross through God the Son go into effect in our lives when we believe them and confess them.
a. Salvation from your sins was accomplished when Jesus rose from the dead.
b. It went into effect in your life when you believed and confessed the facts of the gospel. Rom 10:9,10; I Cor 15:1-4
c. The Holy Spirit is the member of the Trinity who actually applied to you and in you the salvation Christ purchased for you on the Cross. Titus 3:5; John 3:3,5
3. That process — know what Jesus provided through the Cross, believe it, and confess it — is supposed to continue after you are born again so that the benefits and provisions of redemption can take more and more effect in your life.
4. The Holy Spirit works with us as we intelligently cooperate with Him. II Cor 13:14
a. Communion = KOINONIA = partnership, lit: participation; sharer, associate, companion.
b. A divine Person has come to work in partnership with you to accomplish the will of God in your life.
c. Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter — Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby. (Amp)
d. Mark 16:20–As we read the Book of Acts, we see that after the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost, the disciples went forth to preach the gospel, and the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity began to work with them, confirming what they preached. He wants to do that with, through, and for us.
1. Communication = KOINONIA = partnership, participation. Our partnership with the Holy Spirit and participation in the faith becomes effective as we acknowledge what is in us through Christ.
a. Philemon 6–And I pray that your participation may become effectual, as you come to acknowledge every good thing which is in you to Christ. (Montgomery)
b. Philemon 6–The purport of my prayers is that their participation in your fidelity may, through their gaining increased acquaintance with every good gift that is in us Believers, prove effective in promoting Christ’s cause. (Wade)
2. Because of what God the Son did for us on the Cross (paid for our sins), God the Holy Ghost now indwells us to apply the benefits of the Cross to us and to fully conform us to the image of Christ.
a. His work in us, partnership with us, becomes effective as we acknowledge who and what is in us — the person of God, the power of God, the life of God.
b. Acknowledging = EPIGNOSIS = full discernment, recognition.
1. It is vital that we study God’s word to see what has happened in us as a result of being born again and having the Holy Spirit come to indwell us.
2. Then, we need to agree with it — believe it and speak it out.
c. And, as we do that, what has happened to us, in us, becomes effective. Effectual = ENERGES = active, operative.
3. Remember how the saving work of Christ on the Cross became effective in you — you believed and spoke the facts of the gospel. In others words, you acknowledged what God had done for you.
a. That process is to continue after you are born again. Confession is made unto strength, unto healing, unto victory, unto guidance, and unto everything else the Cross has provided.
b. Confession = HOMOLOGIA = saying the same thing as. You say what God says.
4. God has already fully provided everything for us through the Cross — but how much we experience of that provision in this life depends more on us than on God.
a. You must understand that there is a legal side to Christianity (what God has already provided through the Cross) and a vital side to Christianity (what we actually experience).
b. The Holy Spirit is here to give us the experience as we cooperate with Him.
5. Phil 2:12,13–Paul told Christians to work out their salvation. That does not mean they need to work to be saved–they are saved. To work = to fully accomplish or bring about.
a. What has happened to us inwardly is supposed to show up on the outside.
b. God is working in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
1. Work = ENERGEO = to be active; same word used in Philemon 6.
2. For it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you — energizing and creating in you the power and desire — both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. (Amp)
c. Our partnership with the Holy Ghost becomes effective as we acknowledge what or Who is in us — God is in me giving me the energy and power and desire to want to do His will and to do His will.
6. Every Christian is familiar with Phil 4:13. How does that verse become effectual or vital in our lives? By acknowledging Who and what is in you.
a. I John 4:4–God is in me, the Greater One is in me to put me over in life.
b. Phil 2:13–God is working in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
c. Heb 13:21–God is working in me that which is well pleasing in His sight.
d. Phil 1:6–He who has begun a good work in me will finish it.
c. Phil 4:13–I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
7. When we become God inside minded, it will revolutionize our lives.
8. So often, we look at our circumstances and try to figure out what God is doing.
a. That is a mistake, because most of His work is unseen, behind the scenes.
b. Instead, cooperate with God. Acknowledge what the Bible clearly says He is doing and wants to do. He is working in you to make you like Jesus.
1. The Bible is the blueprint by which the Holy Spirit works in our lives.
a. The Bible shows us what God has done for us and wants to do in us.
b. Through that information, we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit by acknowledging or confessing His work in us.
2. As we read, study, meditate on, and obey God’s word, the Holy Spirit builds the word into us and it changes us. John 6:63; II Cor 3:18
a. Heb 4:12–Powerful = ENERGES = active, operative, effectual (same word that is used in Philemon 6).
b. I Thess 2:13–God’s word works in those who believe it.
c. The Holy Spirit, through the written word, is conforming us to the image of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ.
d. The Holy Spirit is here to reproduce Jesus in each of us. God’s will for you is that you be conformed to the image of Christ. Rom 8:29
3. As you read and study God’s word, learn to think in terms of — How can I get into agreement with this? How can I acknowledge this? How can I speak this out
a. I Cor 6:11–Lord, I thank you that I have been washed, I have been sanctified (made holy), I have been justified (made righteous) by the Holy Spirit in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
b. Rom 8:11–Thank you Lord, that the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is dwelling in me, and that He is giving life and health to my physical body.
c. Rom 8:14-16; John 16:13–Thank you Lord that I am your child and that your Spirit is leading me and guiding me into all truth.
4. This is not bragging or focusing on ourselves — this is cooperating with God.
a. As we acknowledge what has been done for us through the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit can and will give us the experience.
b. We speak these things out, not to make them happen, but because they have already been provided through the Cross. Your speaking gives the Holy Spirit permission to apply it in you.
c. Remember, the Holy Spirit is a Helper, not a do it for you, not a do it against your will. Remember, you and He work together in partnership, in companionship.
5. This is where praying the Holy Spirit given prayers in the epistles for ourselves and other Christians comes into play.
a. One of the reasons the Holy Spirit has come to indwell us is so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God through the Cross. I Cor 2:12
b. This information is given to us in the Bible (especially the epistles), and the Holy Spirit is in us to teach us and to give us understanding of the Bible. John 16:13; 17:17; Eph 4:11,12
c. Ask God to give you understanding of His word by His Spirit who dwells in you. Eph 1:16-20; Col 1:9-11; Rom 15:13,14
1. God works in us, in our lives through His word and His Spirit.
a. God wants to do in us and through us all that Jesus did for us on the Cross.
b. God the Father and God the Son sent God the Holy Ghost to accomplish this.
c. The blueprint by which the Holy Spirit works is the Bible, the word of God.
2. We cooperate with this divine Person, the Holy Spirit, by learning what the Cross provided for us, believing it, and speaking it out.
3. Remember, the Holy Spirit is our earnest and our seal. Eph 1:13,14; 4:30; II Cor 1:22; II Cor 5:5; Rom 8:23
a. What is the purpose of a seal? To authenticate something, to indicate ownership of something, to safe guard the contents of something.
b. An earnest is a down payment (first installment) and a pledge to pay the rest.
c. The Holy Spirit in us is a foretaste of what is to come for us, and He is the guarantee that it will come. Phil 1:6