Our first attempt towards understanding the work(s) of the Holy Spirit is by defining His name. The Holy Spirit is simply defined as a Spirit that is Holy. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Holiness. A Spiritual being that is absolutely pure. He is the source of holiness; the direct opposite and only antidote for sin and darkness. He is a Spirit which radiates glorious light; light too bright for darkness to comprehend. Oh! What a being!!
You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness.Habakkuk 1:13a
Works of the Holy Spirit
1. Makes us Holy
The Holy Spirit is the only source of Holiness. Anywhere He enters becomes holy. Any life he enters becomes holy. Whatever He touches becomes Holy. It is Him that makes man a born again child of God.
The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.John 3:8
He is the one that Sanctifies and cleanses a sinner. There is nothing holy in this life that has not come in contact with Him. Purification is His primary work. His work is to remove anything that does not fit into Gods plan for us such as sin and darkness.
The work of the Spirit in salvation can never be over emphasized. In-fact, no one can accept the message of Christ without the power of the Holy Spirit. Even the evangelist will find it hard to convert a sinner if the Spirit is not working in him.
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.John 16:8
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict, convince and draw a sinner to God. Also, the grace to live a saved life is given through the Holy Spirit.
3. Grace giver
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”Zechariah 12:10
The Holy Spirit is the giver of Grace, He is the Spirit of Grace. According to Prophet Zechariah, the Spirit will be poured out unto the Jews and they will look upon their messiah. In other words, grace in form of a Spirit (Holy Spirit) will move to the Jews to help them know their God and be saved. This will happen when the time for judgment of the gentiles comes.
4. Darkness destroyer
So many do not know this yet hence many still do not know why and how they are in darkness and why they are children of the night. Men whose souls rise at night to perform wicked deeds. Others are entangled in astral projection, soul travel, flying in the spirit world and swimming in dreams. There are people who have purposefully put themselves into these things without knowledge of how deep dankness is. There are also men who go through the dimensions of spiritual existence and many have seen and dinned with the devil. Many will want to get out but they don’t know how.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith.1 John 5:4
Brethren, it has not been given anyone to overcome darkness but born again Children of God who walk in the Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit overcomes darkness. He shines glorious light greater than darkness can comprehend.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
“Brethren, this then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all”.1 John 1:5
Christians who want to make heaven must grow to heights of power and become fire flames in the Spirit. Christians who want to overcome darkness must be born again, live a holy life, be prayerful and be full of the Holy Spirit. We also have to seek to be filled and baptized by the Holy Spirit. The power he offers us by His full manifestation in us is what overcomes sin and darkness.
4. Power giver
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Acts 1:8
Talk about power to destroy the works of the devil, talk about empowerment for service to God, talk about power to preach, talk about power to perform miracles, signs and wonders, talk about power to pray and about power to evangelize, the holy Spirit is the giver.
Experts in knowledge say that experience is the best teacher. But we know that as long as day and night remains, the Holy Spirit is the only best teacher. He teaches experience to teach. Experience is His student. He teaches you even what you are yet to experience.
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
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”Luke 12:12
6. Revealer of God’s secrete
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. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.1 Corinthians 2:11
The Holy Spirit reveals the secrets of God to the people of God through visions and dreams. Daniel and the Prophets saw visions about the future. All that was from the Holy Spirit of God that worked in them.
7. Revealer of truth
But when He the, Spirit of truth, shall come, He will guide you into all the truth…John 16:13
The Holy Spirit is the revealer of the secrets of men. He reveals what is true and what is false. Ananias lied to Peter that he had sold his land for such amount as he had brought. But the Holy Spirit revealed to Peter that it was all lies. Rev. Ogba Onyeije narrated of a Pastor who was telling lies on the altar about miracles that never happened. The pastor continued until the Holy Spirit revealed that all those testimonies were lies.
When a man is a man of the Spirit, truth is easy to understand and believe. For He will guide us into the truth. Some of the things we believe as Christians, when we preach it to the world, they have a hard time believing it. The reason is that they lack the Spirit of truth that teaches truth and gives word of Knowledge.
8. Fruits of the Holy Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23
9. Gifts of the Spirit
7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages. 11 All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides.1 Corinthians 12
10. Holy Ghost Revival
One of the greatest work of the Holy Spirit is revival. Or we can just say revival is the pure work of the Holy Spirit. There are many men of God who claim to be revivalists. I saw a musician who also claimed to be a revivalist. There are people popping up on social media with claims to be revivalists. It is laughable because the Holy Spirit is the only revivalist that I know period.
Finally brethren, The Holy Spirit is the C.E.O of the Church. He is in charge. We must desire his presence if we must be what God wants us to be both individual-wise and Church-wise. From being born again to Holy Ghost baptism and power, we must be men of the Spirit. Amen!