Purpose of this Session
One of the major assignments of the Holy Spirit is to fill and empower the Church. In this session we will look at His work in the ecclesia, the called our ones who have become part of the worldwide Body of Christ through faith in Jesus Christ and His redemptive work.
“The Holy Spirit is the executive Agent of the Godhead Who came to earth to build the Church that Jesus Christ said He would build.” (Kevin Conner, Foundations of Christian Doctrine )
“…on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19, NKJV.
The major features of the Spirit’s work in the Church include the following;
1. He formed the Church on the day of Pentecost into a corporate structure, the Body of Christ. He baptised the living members into the spiritual Body. (Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
2. He formed the Church into a new and living Temple, setting Believer’s as living stones in God’s building not made with hands (1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:20-22)
3. He anoints, illuminates and directs the New Covenant Church as the priests of God (1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 John 2:20,27; Ephesians 1:17-18)
4. The Spirit brings gifts and graces to the members of the Body of Christ, displaying His omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience and His wonderful nature and character (1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 28; Romans 12:6-8; Gal 5:22-23)
5. He is the Agent of direction and government in the Church. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church in Heaven directing His affairs in His Body by means of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who calls, equips and energizes the various ministries in the Church and places each member particularly (Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; 15:28; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; 2:1-5; Ephesians 4:8-12)
As listed in “Foundations of Christian Doctrine”, Kevin J Conner
Just as the Spirit lived in and flowed freely through Jesus, so He must be allowed to live and flow freely through the mystical Body of Christ, the Church.