The Promise of the Spirit: Message Notes for August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 10:52 am

The Promise of the Spirit
Joel 2:28; John 7:37-39; Acts 2:32-33, 38-39
August 13, 2017

“Empty hands on empty heads.” Doesn’t have to be that way! Could be God’s saturating rivers of grace soaking our dry souls and slaking our parched hearts.

John 7 – Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles… Water in the Wilderness, flowing from the Rock when Moses’ struck it. Read Ezek 47; they poured the water on the altar, seven golden pitchers, seven trips around the altar; wilderness provision… “Come to Me!”

Nicene Creed: Incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary…Spirit…who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets

Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension inaugurated a new era of history. It’s not unfair to call it ‘the era of the Holy Spirit.’ It’s not that the Spirit was not active at all before Pentecost, but it’s also clear that the Old Testament Scriptures anticipate a day when a new dimension of the Spirit’s work would dawn that made everything that had gone before seem small by comparison.

I. Era of the Anticipation: The work of the Spirit in the OT
Creation, Moses and the Prophets (moved by the Spirit, anticipated a great new and more global move the Spirit): Isaiah tells us that what happened through Moses’ ministry was by the power of the Holy Spirit; in fact, that’s the first time we read the phrase ‘signs and wonders’.
* Yet the Spirit’s work was then narrow in its scope, infrequently visible, and always anticipated a more glorious day
* Ezekiel vision of the River flowing from the Temple and bringing life to the world
The new is in the Old concealed, the Old is the New Revealed.
* GREATER than these! Isaiah 11 & 42 – the Spirit will rest on him
Supremely in Jesus…

II. Era of the Achievement – The Once and For All of Jesus’ Life and Ministry
Jesus’ Journey Here: Conception (Luke 1), Baptism (Luke 3), Ministry (Luke 4), Death (Hebrews 9:14), Resurrection (Romans 1:4), Ascension (Acts 2).
* The entire span of Jesus life and ministry is drenched in the rivers of the Spirit.
Jesus’ Reign on High: In his ascension, when he was glorified, he sent the Spirit to his own people in an effusion of life and love that changed them and changed the world.

III. Era of the Amplification: The Power and Presence of the Spirit in Pentecost (There came a sound!)
* Form the Body (1 Corinthians 12), Empower for Mission (Acts 1), Confirm the Gospel (Hebrews 2), Transform Lives through the Gospel (John 3).
* While Pentecost can be repeated neither has it been repealed

The simple question for us today is ‘are we living in the good of the inheritance of Pentecost?’

What would we see?
We’d see a church passionately devoted to Jesus

We’d see a church passionately devoted to Jesus’ mission

We’d see a church passionately filling our city with new disciples
* A deep work of grace in God’s people that results in new and wider ingathering of those who are not yet God’s people

Thirsty? “Come to Me.”

Even to receive the Spirit we come to Jesus: He is the Rock from which the water flowed, the one struck for us. At the cross, the little trickle of water began to flow from Jesus’ side and it became a mighty river coursing across the world, carrying God’s people into the current of its power and bringing life everywhere it went.

Don’t just come to the Table. COME TO CHRIST!

Ritual cannot save; all that can save is Jesus.

Augustus Toplady – Rock of Ages – A Living And A Dying Prayer For The Holiest Believer On Earth: “Let the water and the blood…”

Rock of ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee
Rock of ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee
Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from it’s guilt and pow’r
Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling
Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress, Helpless, look to Thee for grace
Vile, I to the fountain fly, Wash me, savior, or I die

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