(Light My Fire)
In my last sermon I spoke about Furniture & fire,
this week I want to speak about earth wind & fire.
I am speaking about Gods Holy Spirit. There are many metaphors that are used in the Bible to describe Holy Spirit.
- In Matt. 3:16 He is compared to a dove that flies.
- In John 7:38 He is compared to water that flows.
- In John 3:8 He is compared to wind that blows. But here in
- Matt. 3:11 He is compared to a fire that burns.
11 “I baptise you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear His threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
That is why I have entitled this message, Light My Fire” because we all need to be set on fire by the Holy Spirit of God.
Unfortunately, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit may be the most neglected doctrine in the church today.
One of the first things we are taught as children is the danger of heat and fire. Though we may know much about physical fire, we know very little about the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Here in v.11 we find the two types of baptism that are found in the Bible. There is a baptism of water, but there is also a baptism of fire.
John baptised with water, Jesus baptised with fire;
water baptism is visible, fire baptism is invisible; one baptism is wet, one baptism is dry.
One may have no effect on the person being baptised, for you can go down wet and come up dry.
But the other baptism always has the effect of a changed life, on fire for God.
I. The Holy Spirit Is Factual In His Reality
Has it ever occurred to you that God the Father is often pictured in human terms? You can always find portraits of God, and usually He has long white hair and a long white beard and a blazing white robe, and is extremely majestic in nature.
Of course, pictures of the Lord Jesus abound everywhere usually with brown hair, brown eyes, and a brown beard. But where have you ever seen a picture of the Holy Spirit? You see, we tend to think of the Holy Spirit in very impersonal terms.
I heard about a Sunday School class that was having a party. The teacher asked all of the children to come dressed as a Bible character. Well, one little boy came dressed in a shepherd’s outfit with a slingshot, and he said, “I’m David.”
Another little boy came wearing a wig with long hair and sponges underneath his shirt and his arms and chest, making him look big and strong, and said, “I’m Samson.”
One little girl came in with nothing but a sheet over her head with the eyes cut out. The teacher said, “Who are you?” She said, I’m the Holy Ghost.”
In the King James Version He is called “the Holy Ghost.” We sometimes think of Him as something like “the force” in Star Wars, or a power like electricity. But the Holy Spirit is not just an invisible force, not just a godly influence, nor is He just a heavenly power.
He is all of these things, but He is more than these things.
- Now He is invisible; you cannot see Him, but He watches over you twenty-four-seven.
- You cannot hear Him, but He hears your innermost thoughts.
- You cannot feel Him, but He never leaves your side.
Jesus told the disciples in
John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”
The word He uses there for “another” is extremely important. There are two Greek words for the English word “another.” One Greek word is the word heteros from which we get the word heterosexual.
This word means “another of a different kind.” But the word Jesus used is the word allos, which means another of the same kind.
What Jesus said in effect was, “I’m going to leave you, but I’m going to send you someone just like Me.” Just as Jesus is a person, the Spirit is a person.
- In Rom. 8:27 we are told the Holy Spirit thinks. In Rom. 8:26 we are told the Holy Spirit prays. John 14:26 tells us the Holy Spirit teaches. Rom. 15:30 tells us the Holy Spirit loves.
- Eph. 4:30 says the Holy Spirit can be grieved.
Now only a real person can do these things.
The Holy Spirit is not just a power that we need to get hold of, but a Person who needs to get hold of us.
When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He was shackled by the body that had been formed in the womb of his mother.
Jesus, when He was on earth, could only be in one place at one time. But when the Holy Spirit came, He would not only be everywhere at once, but He would also be in everyone who knows the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit who is within you, is also with you at all times because He is a real person.
II. The Holy Spirit Is Spiritual In His Identity
The Holy Spirit is not only a definite person, He is a divine person. The Holy Spirit is God.
He is not God the Father, He is not God the Son, but He is God the Spirit.
He is not a junior partner in the Trinity. He is as much God as the Father and the Son.
The Son is submissive to the Father. The Spirit is submissive to the Son, but all three are co-equal and co-eternal.
In Matt. 28:19 we are told to baptise in the name of the “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Paul told the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 13:14, to enjoy “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit.” All through the Scriptures we are shown the deity of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is omnipotent.
Zech. 4:6 says that all things are done “not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord God.”
The Holy Spirit is omniscient.
Isa. 40:13-14 says, “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding?”
1 Cor. 2:11 says, “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.”
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent.
Ps. 139:7)”Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
The Holy Spirit does things that only God can do. For example:
- He is the agent of inspiration. He wrote the Word of God.
- He is the agent of incarnation. He caused the Virgin Mary to conceive and give birth to the Son of God.
- He is the agent of illumination. He alone reveals the truth of God.
The Holy Spirit is involved in our salvation.
- God the Father is the originator of salvation. For it is He who sent the Lord Jesus Christ.
- God the Son is the mediator of our salvation. For He is the one who died for our sins.
- God the Spirit is the facilitator of our salvation, as He is the one who opens our blind eyes and leads us to Jesus.
III. The Holy Spirit Is Powerful In His Activity
Now we know He is powerful because He is compared in our text to fire.
Did you know that fire doubles in size every thirty seconds?
. Fire kills more people than floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes combined.
Yes, fire is unbelievably powerful. But there is no fire as powerful as this fire.
I want you to understand just how important Holy Spirit is.
Has it ever occurred to you that without Holy Spirit we would not know God?
You see, all that we know of God is found in the Bible. But who wrote the Bible?
2 Pet. 1:20-21 tells us that the Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Christians can’t understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit, can understand what the Spirit means.
Even understanding the Bible, without the Holy Spirit we cannot be saved. For in order to be saved, Jesus said we must be born again, and He said in John 3:5, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
Indeed, one of the most amazing verses in all the Bible,
1 Cor. 12:3, says, “No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”
Now anybody can say those three words, but nobody can say it and mean it except by the Holy Spirit.
- You cannot walk with God apart from the Holy Spirit.
- You cannot work for God apart from the Holy Spirit.
- You cannot witness for God apart from the Holy Spirit.
- We need the Holy Spirit to save us, cleanse us, fill us, teach us, and guide us, so that He might use us for God and His glory. Very few people realise that
- without the Holy Spirit there would be no Bible.
- Without the Holy Spirit there would be no Christians.
- Without the Holy Spirit there would be no church.
The church needs to wake up and realise that the Spirit has come.
He has come to set us free, to fire us up, and to turn us loose for the kingdom of God.
Therefore, what should we do?
First of all, we should recognise the Holy Spirit.
We should see Him as a full-fledged third person of the Trinity; fully God,
Secondly, we should receive the Holy Spirit.
We should, by faith, follow His leading in giving our hearts to Jesus Christ, and then receive His filling that we might be used for Him.
Thirdly, we should reverence the Holy Spirit. We should worship Him, acknowledge Him, welcome Him into our lives, our homes, our churches, our jobs, that He might energise us to be all that we can be for Jesus Christ.
Then finally, we should rely upon Gods Holy Spirit for power, for guidance, and for strength. Because we need Him more than ever to set our hearts on fire for our Lord and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.