The Trinity: Part Fourteen - Keeping the Switch Turned On
Concluding the Series
Last week we talked about the Holy Spirit as God's power source ("Energizer Battery"),
indicating that it's possible for us to be saved and miss some of that power by leaving the
"Switch" off, defined as:
So why did God put the Holy Spirit in every believer? The Holy Spirit is Man's Power Source, and
the Holy Spirit can still work in spite of a turned-off switch, but man loses some of the benefits:
- "Off" - Indwelled by the Holy Spirit, but living a carnal life.
- "On" - Filled by the Holy Spirit, focused on what God wants us to be.
Those are ways in which the Holy Spirit can deal with us when the Switch is turned off.
Here are some benefits the believer receives from the Holy Spirit when he has chosen to turn
his Switch On:
- The Holy Spirit Sanctifies us (makes sinful man compatible with God),
Romans 15:6, 2 Corinthians 6:10-11.
- He strengthens the Church, even if an individual's batteries are turned off.
Acts 9:31, 15:28.
- He convicts us of guilt. He can reach us even when the Switch is turned off, or in
the case of unbelievers, even before we had a battery. He convicts unbelievers of their need for
Salvation, and convicts believers with a "spiritual conscience" (not the same as "conscience"
as defined by secular psychologists today).
1 Corinthians 2:7-10 (quoting Isaiah 64:4); 1 Corinthians 2:14; John 16:8.
- He teaches us about Jesus.
John 15:26; 14:26; 16:13.
- He brings us gifts. It's like we were an honored guest at a party, with lots of packaged
gifts (but if our Switch is off, it's like we didn't show up for the party).
Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 12:8.
- He encourages us. Acts 9:31.
- He delivers God's grace to us. Romans 5:3.
- He brings us joy. 1 Thessalonians 1:6.
- He brings us hope. Romans 15:13.
- He helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26.
- He helps us in persecution (something we don't understand, in the way that the
New Testament Church experienced it).
Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11.
- He gives us day-by-day, step-by-step instructions about what to do. Examples:
Acts 8:28, 10:19, 13:2, 15:28, 16:6, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 2:13.