What was the purpose of the Holy Spirit?

What was the purpose of the Holy Spirit?

We will say to just believe in Jesus one time and then OSAS – once saved always saved.

Let me ask you then, why do they need the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit was given so that the believer could obey the law.

Romans 13 “8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”

Romans 8 “4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Most people don’t understand that the Bible is all about the Law.
God gave the Law so that they could be righteous.

Deut 6 “24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

But they were unable to do it in the flesh.

Romans 7 “9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good…..5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. “

Read that carefully, the LAW was meant to give life.
But the flesh was weak and sin was too powerful, that is why nobody could be righteous by the law because they kept on sinning.

The problem in the Old Covenant was NOT the law but the weak flesh that could not obey the law.

That is why nobody could become righteous by the law because it was impossible in the flesh.

So then what did God do?
He sent Jesus who was filled with the Holy Spirit.
So that Jesus could fulfill the law as the first man who became PERFECT by obeying the law of loving God and people without sin.

Matthew 5 “17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them…..20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven…..48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

He then commanded them to follow Him and enter the kingdom like He died and rose from the dead.

Matthew 16 “24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”

But nobody could follow Jesus before the cross, because they did NOT have the Holy Spirit. They failed in the weakness of their flesh. This is why the 12 Apostles deserted Jesus and Peter denied Christ.

Then Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that they could receive the Holy Spirit by grace through faith apart from works.

Jesus came to make the New Covenant:
– Forgiving all their past sins under the Law.
– Giving them the Holy Spirit so that they could follow Him by repenting from all present and future sins and obey the law to be saved at the 2nd coming in their lifetime.

They did not receive the Spirit by the law but by faith in Jesus.
(Galatians 3, Ephesians 1-2)

But once they received the Spirit, they had an obligation – to love one another and repent from all sins, otherwise they would not be saved.

Romans 8:12-13 “12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”

Galatians 5 “13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other…..I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God….. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

You see that the Gospel was NOT just believe….
It was to believe AND obey (to follow Jesus by the Holy Spirit)

1 John 3 “23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

James 2 “8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 1”

Matthew 7 “21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

James 2 “26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

The Christian faith WAS always about obedience to God’s commandments by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 14 “12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.’

Its because the Bible is all about the Law.
The Old Covenant told them to be righteous by not sinning but they could not do it.
The purpose of the New Covenant was that they could obey the law by the grace of the Holy Spirit and be righteous in the end.

Hebrews 8 “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.”

The Law ended in AD70.

Hebrews 8:13 “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”

Jesus never judged the world in AD70 as He was supposed to.
Its because the Church failed in the great tribulation in AD70.
Inspite of having the Holy Spirit they failed to follow Jesus.
The Law passed away.

What is the moral of the story?
The Bible is an allegorical story showing that God does not want to judge anyone but people have to go through their personal journey of realizing His unconditional love.

There is no law today, and there are no sinners after AD70.

Romans 4 “where there is no law there is no transgression.”

This is why nobody has the Holy Spirit today because there is no future judgment and no need to fulfill the law or follow Jesus.

Everyone is born righteous by the finished work of Jesus who ended the law and removed it in AD70.

This is the Gospel of God’s unconditional love.

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