Class: The Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit


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Purpose: To show that the Spirit does not work on the heart directly, but through agencies

The Direct Operation of the Spirit 

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • December 13, In the year of our Lord, 2015

  1. What Is the Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit? 
    1. The direct operation of the Holy Spirit is
      1. the claim of continuous revelation.
      2. Catholics, Mormons, Moonies, et al., all make this claim.
        1. Many of these denominations admit freely
        2. that the Bible is insufficient as the source of divine revelation.
    2. The direct operation of the Holy Spirit is
      1. the claim of special insight or understanding in the Scriptures, and
      2. that it is impossible to understand the Scriptures without it.
    3. The direct operation of the Holy Spirit is
      1. the claim that the Holy Spirit gives faith before hearing the truth.
        1. People believe that the Holy Spirit gives a person faith
        2. that he may desire the truth.
      2. They claim that a person will not accept the truth
        1. unless the Holy Spirit creates faith in the heart of the sinner and
        2. that faith is not an exercise of the human will, but
        3. strictly of the Spirit’s will.
    4. The direct operation of the Holy Spirit is
      1. the claim that feelings share equally in authority with the Word of God,
      2. in some cases greater than the Bible.
        1. Feeling good is put before doing good;
        2. instead of feeling good for having done good (cf. Acts 8.39).
          1. They believe you should accept feelings
          2. even if those feelings contradict the Scriptures.
  2. The Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit: 
    1. Denies the completeness of the Scriptures
      1. 2Ti 3.16–17
      2. 2Pe 1.3
      3. Jude 3
      4. Gal 1.6–9
    2. Implies that we cannot:
      1. Learn
        1. 2Ti 2.15
        2. 2Timothy 3.14–15
        3. Ezra 7.10
        4. Psa 1.2
          1. Why do these passages instruct us to spend time in the Word,
          2. if understanding only comes from Spirit-illumination?
      2. Apply ourselves to an understanding of the word
        1. Eph 3.1–5
        2. Eph 5.17
    3. Denies the power and promises of the Scriptures
      1. The Spirit uses the written Word as the source for salvation.
        1. Jam 1.21
        2. John 6.63
        3. 1Pe 1.22–23
      2. The seed the Spirit uses to make fruitful Christians is the Word.
        1. Luke 8.11–15
        2. If a person never heard the Word:
          1. Could conversion take place?
            1. Rom 1.16
            2. Mark 16.15–16
          2. Could fruit be produced?
            1. Gal 5.16–26
    4. Denies the authority of the Scriptures
      1. The right feelings are essential to true Christianity (Rom 14.17).
      2. Feelings are not authoritative,
        1. especially over the Word of God, and
        2. feelings may be wrong.
          1. 1Ki 22.19–24
          2. Jdg 16.20
          3. Job 4.12–16
            1. Yet 42.7
          4. Jer 23.23–32
            1. and chapter 28
          5. John 16.2
      3. Jesus never asked people, “How do you feel in your heart about it?”
        1. when asked questions, but
        2. led people to the word.
          1. Matt 19.4, 16–19
          2. Luke 10.26
    5. Denies personal responsibility for being lost
      1. Those teaching the direct operation also teach
        1. that a sinner cannot be saved until
        2. the Holy Spirit works directly on the sinner’s heart.
          1. However, all people are not saved.
          2. Therefore, the conclusion would be it is the Spirit’s will.
      2. But God wants all people to be saved:
        1. 1Ti 2.3–4
        2. 2Pe 3.9
        3. So the responsibility for a person being lost is not the Spirit’s fault,
          1. He has done everything possible to bring salvation,
          2. except force it upon people,
          3. making the responsible party the sinner.
  3. How the Holy Spirit Operates
    1. He works through providence.
    2. He works on Christians as they allow His Word to fill their lives.
      1. 2Pe 1.2–3
        1. Through knowing Jesus Christ fully,
        2. we have grace and peace multiplied.
          1. We do not experience these qualities,
          2. until we gain a thorough knowledge of Christ.
        3. We gain that knowledge through the Scriptures.
          1. The Holy Spirit gave the knowledge of the Scriptures.
            1. 2Pe 1.21
          2. He works through the preaching of the Word.
            1. Acts 2
            2. Acts 8
            3. Acts 10
            4. Acts 15.7–9
      2. Preaching or reading the Spirit’s word produces faith – Rom 10.17
        1. Jesus did not give the Great Commission to the Holy Spirit, but
        2. Jesus through the Spirit gave it to the church.
          1. Heb 2.3–4
          2. Acts 1.1–2
    3. If you ask how eye surgery is performed,
      1. you will get an explanation of lasers.
      2. Ask who did it, you will be told the doctor’s name.
        1. It was not the laser alone, nor
        2. the doctor without an instrument.
          1. So, the Spirit acts through an instrument
          2. to convert a sinner or strengthen the Christian.