BY HIS SPIRIT
Bring an egg with you. Hold it up.
This is an egg.
Although we will not crack it open to show you, this egg has three parts.
There is the yoke, which is egg.
There is the white, which is egg.
There is the shell, which is egg.
There is one egg, and yet three parts to the egg. All three parts are egg.
I share this egg illustration with you because it reminds me of the Trinity.
There is but one God.
But, God the Father is God.
God the Son is God.
God the Spirit is God.
If it were our purpose today, we could take you to Scripture passages showing you that each member of the Trinity is called God and has the attributes and personality of God.
If there is any member of the Trinity who doesn't get enough credit for being a person, or for being God, it is the Holy Spirit. We are reminded of a very important truth in Zechariah 4:6:
"...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
This text reminds me that:
I NEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD AT WORK IN MY LIFE TODAY:
Before salvation we are "dead in trespasses and sins". Ephesians 2:1
It is the convicting work of the Holy Spirit that makes a person to desire salvation. John 16:8-11
When a person comes to Christ by faith for salvation the Spirit of God brings about change. An old acrostic, not original with me, reminds us of four things the Spirit does when we are saved:
R - Regeneration - John 3:1-7, 1 John 1:12-13
I - Indwelling - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
B - Baptism - 1 Corinthians 12:13
S - Sealing - Ephesians 4:30
The Holy Spirit is the great communicator. He communicates assurance to us that we are God's children. Romans 8:16
The Holy Spirit communicates to God for us. Romans 8:26-27
Ephesians - I must allow God's Holy Spirit to control my life. Galatians 5:16
As the Holy Spirit controls us, He will contribute:
Special graces - Ephesians 5:19-21
Fruit - Galatians 5:22-23
Souls saved - Acts 1:8
Power, love and a sound mind - 2 Timothy 1:7