By Faith / Part 2 – The Working of the Holy Spirit

Faith is fundamental to one’s life as a Christian, as this passage records:

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil2 Corinthians 5:6-10

This is in contrast to what life is like for those that do not have faith:

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”

and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

 1 Peter 2:7-8

The difference between those who do and do not have faith is the presence of the Holy Spirit within that person:

13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13

By faith, Holy Spirit teaches us:

26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26

14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
    and write them on their minds,”

17 then he adds,

I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Hebrews 10;14-17

… makes us His temple:

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:19

…allows people to say “Jesus is Lord!”

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3

…seals us for the day of redemption:

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

…comforts us in our walk:

31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. Acts 9:31 

…tells people what is to come in their life:

26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Luke 2:26 

except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. \Acts 20:23 

…inspires prophets to tell what is to come in the distant future:

36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ Mark 12:36

21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21

…provides the words we need to rebut leaders and authorities:

11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy SpiritMark 13:11 

…exacts justice:

But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. Acts 5:3-5

All these and so much more are given by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to those who have faith.


And for those who refuse to listen or think that salvation is something that can be attained through works and so satisfy the Law….

25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:

26 “‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
    and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
    and with their ears they can barely hear,
    and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
    and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
    and turn, and I would heal them.’

28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” Acts 28:25-28

30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:30-33


Have you figured out what’s missing from the list in my first post yet?

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8 thoughts on “By Faith / Part 2 – The Working of the Holy Spirit

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  1. What provides you the moral authority to instruct others in matters of Faith? Are you a Christian … Lutheran … do you attend church … do you actively study the Bible to seek greater understanding of God’s Word??? We are called to spread God’s Word and be seen as Christians – hiding behind a disguise of anonymity does not live up to that expectation.

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      1. In the CEF Forum you presented yourself as ANO Glimfeather … reference to a mythical character in the childrens books Tales of Narnia. You stated you were not Lutheran or a member of LCC, were not directly affected by collapse of CEF but knew people who were.

        In this blog you present yourself as ANO – a neutral observer – and purport to be doing the work of the Lutheran Church. Is there a genuine story you would like to tell? (you can start by answering the above questions)

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        1. First your memory of what I posted about myself on the CEF Forum is not correct.

          Second, who and what I am isn’t particularly relevant – the topics and issues I write about are what’s important.

          If you have a factual issue with anything I’ve written and want to discuss that, then I’ll gladly discuss them. If you want to pry into the who/what of me – I’m not interested.

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  2. “who and what I am isn’t particularly relevant – the topics and issues I write about are what’s important.”

    Given this non-response one can only hope you don’t take future interest in blogging about brain surgery or safe disposal of nuclear waste … ;}

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  3. You can but your commentary only has substance and relevance if it’s supported by demonstrated competency acquired through education, training and life experience.

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