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The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Last Days

Norman McNulty

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Sermon given at Fairplain Benton Harbor, MI SDA church on 2/20/2010.

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • February 20, 2010
    11:00 AM
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him cherish him to this afternoon good morning anyway it's very dead to be here today Joe while iron happy to be back here when church this is just well some church of course growing up in many of you know her not as many of you know me as well as you know Herb and SJ will send your children story as we are about to head to Trinidad for mission service when the seven thousand and we are very excited about this and week from Monday on March one we will be long out of the Chicago O'Hare Airport down to Trinidad said the number is finally approaching women talk about this for a long time in now we're going to be young I'll be working on the neurologist that the hospital in four distinct trend is very excited about that and I'm glad that I can beat here with you this morning she is share a message from the Lord that the lettuce car instead before I get into the message I would like for us to have a workers factor has been the father in heaven we thank you for this Sabbath day we thank you for the opportunity to worship he and spirit in you I pray that your Holy Spirit will be winners and a very special and powerful way the Sabbath day they will block out the things he cares of this life that would distract us from understanding the message that you want each one of us to understand the day I've heard he would speak through me and that your words would be human this is my prayer in Jesus name and message for today is entitled to work I will always there is in the last days or you want the Holy Spirit to be working through -year-old why and how many of you believe that the Holy Spirit and then pour out in God 's church today and that was exciting things happening in the Seventh-day Adventist church in this very day things are happening now that's ten years ago quite frankly we're not happen as very exciting to be living in this time as we see what's happening in the world and also what's happening in the church it has interesting general and I just moved away from one one and women keeping track of our friends in the moment on face the just like that one report today they had ninety two earthquakes and was heated in Redlands California I guess we got out just in time to that clearly interesting things are happening and we see the Holy Spirit moving you see what's happening for example when G Y C and how God is moving on the hearts of young people to be serious about absences and again in this in the last days and at the same time we see the whole right nation taking place where some people in the church are saying it doesn't matter what the Bible says about creation work and achieve something entirely opposite of that so be sure you see a polarization and yet God is pouring out just spirit on his people to proclaim that while they message with special force and power and God 's dealings that through the power of the Holy Spirit and I want to be part of the work of the Holy Spirit in the last days a month and now white cells is that when the latter reign of the Holy Spirit begins the need for it out that she may not even realize that it's being for now all around and we want to make sure that when the whole spirit that we were among the people that have God 's spirit being poured out in our lives so that we can share the message of God 's saving grace in the three Angels messages to the world that I want to look at today is what does the Bible tell us about what the Holy Spirit when you are not God 's people in the last days just before Jesus comes now there are many things in Scripture that describe the work of the Holy Spirit weirdo but specifically in John chapter sixteen today and go from there so then nine of your start in John chapter sixteen verse one and these are the words of Christ speaking to his disciples in John chapter sixteen verse one Jesus does these things have I spoken unto you but you should not be offended they shall put you out of the synagogues you are the time that whosoever so a few West Bank but he do it God 's this happened to the apostles that I believe that the Jewish church persecuted and even murder of infants and the apostles of Christ you think of James he was pleasant death heater was going to be put to death the shoes who were the professed people of God persecuted God 's apostles his saints his people and Jesus told them this will happen he'd then when they kill you they will think they are doing God service verse three and these things will they do any because they have not known the father nor me and I would say is God 's people the day Wayne she will weigh in Earth 's history Thomas God 's servant had a group of professed as you call them Christians people who work the professed people of God initiated coming to every Sabbath and they did not know the father and they did not know Jesus and it is very possible that we as God 's people and they can come to church every week and we don't even know Jesus room even the father anything down we will do the very same thing that the Jews did the true Christians that they knew that needs to us first for them these things have I told you that when the time shall come you may remember that I told you that in these things I said not unto you in the beginning because I was with you that now I go my way to him that sent me and none of you asking me whether it was not nervous as a side point that Jesus was basically trying to develop him into the sanctuary after I finish my work here you're not even asked me what I meant to do after this this document to set up an earthly kingdom and you know in the Christian world today so many people are confused about the way Jesus is going to come back the second time you hear things about the secret rapture in escaping the tribulation people don't like to see what Jesus specifically says about how he will come back we just need to read and study for ourselves not continuing on verse six but because I have said these things a new sorrow filled your heart nevertheless I tell you the truth it is expedient for you that I go away for if I go not away the comforter will not come unto you who is the computer this is the Holy Spirit Jesus sanctions are effective and that I go away because when I go away or well on to you I will send unto you now when we read scripture all we have to do is go to the book of acts and we see that after Jesus departed on the data the Holy Spirit poured out on the early Christian church Pentecost we have seen in this history of this earth the outpouring of the power of the Holy Spirit upon God professed people and the question is do we have that on an experience with God today we have the fervor of the apostles Peter of Paul the apostle John the rebel leader who were willing to put their lives on the line and go to the farthest reaches of the earth to take the gospel to the den noun world in their generation can we have that fervor in the zeal from the power the Holy Spirit to take this message to the world around us because one sign that gives evidence that the Holy Spirit is poured out in our life is a zeal to share the truth of God 's word Hawaii world as God 's people in the last days we have the most precious truths ever committed to morning more so than the apostles had inherited we have a more powerful and exciting message to give and so we see that when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles in their generation went to the then known world with the gospel that you know it's interesting and I sounds that in the last day the latter rain waiting for all are you probably heard this how many times more powerful is the latter rain going to be intact she says ten times ten times more powerful than Kennecott now let me tell you something based on this passage of Scripture if the matter rain is ten times more powerful than the cost and the apostles faced persecution from the professed people of God and were cut out of the synagogue and were even fill in the people who just about what they were doing God service God has given up for a watery with ten times more power because he knows the opposition is to be that much more powerful than Satan doesn't know what can happen in the last days you say he's going to excite opposition and more powerful manner than he did in with what the early Christian church phase so God who is all-powerful praise God we don't have to worry about all the opposition in the world of the double-click against this because when God fourth ounces sour the devil can't stop that now we see is we won't have to face this kind of triumph in opposition in the last day and unit just listening to the prayer request time this morning it's clear that people are going through trials and persecutions I can attest to that even in my own family and some of the issues that we are going through right now the devil is ramping things that we should praise God for those trials because of these kind of trials that are preparing for what is going what is going after one in the last to have our faith tested now we read from the meter trials and persecutions will make so we can even that's not fun so to speak we can thank God that he is allowing her fate of these tested in January now this is where we get into the heart of what I'm going to talk about today starting in verse eight notice what the Holy Spirit to throw the apostles not what it what was the work of the Holy Spirit starting in verse eight and once she is she reaped fruit for conventions that were less than and of righteousness and judgment Samantha Holy Spirit going to do is going to condemn the world of sin righteousness and judgment and you realize that in those three broad categories you can preach the entire Seventh-day Adventist message send righteousness and judgment you have our message in those three components and that is what the Holy Spirit is trying to do he is trying to convince the world that is that his righteousness that is in charge why is it that these are the three things that Jesus says the Holy Spirit will view when he times and notice in verse thirteen it says howbeit when he the Spirit of truth is he will guide you into all truth so we can find all of truth within these con sets of sin righteousness and judgment and how you will see as we go through sin and righteousness I understand how to stand before God in the judgment if I'm going to look at each of these three things mouth the first topic that were going to look at is the topic of sin now let's continue wandering Jesus explains why the Holy Spirit read further convinces the world of each one of these things I can give you my sentiment rather than you saw the show you why Jesus says the holy spirit will convince the world of each of these three things notice verse nine the Holy Spirit will convince the world of sin because they believe not on me so the world does not believe on Christ and because of that the Holy Spirit will convince the world of what sin is because the world does not believe on Christ now as we look at Scripture and looked at what sin is we know some of the verses on charity first John three four specifically says that sin is the transgression of the law and Illinois specifically says that is the only definition for what sin is no sign which is the transgression of God 's law is not something to be taken lightly many lips she works of the Holy Spirit is convinced the world of sin which is the transgression of the law and yet in the Christian world today son has almost become fashionable to try to be as much like the world as we can and still call ourselves Christian we should return just a little bit of truth him so that we can say is wow were different in the world we at least pray before we start class or something like that there see the stilts and you know even into perhaps administered and you hear speakers telling stories of how they sin over and over again and yet praise God I'm still covered by the righteous should any Scripture says that the Holy Spirit is to convince the world of sin sin is not to be taken lightly since Jesus on the cross and send Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden Satan is not a minor problem in the Holy Spirit when he comes into the world and of the church one of his seen role is to show the world 's sin is sin sin fit Jesus on the cross sin is not to be taken lightly and we know from Romans six twenty three that the wages of sin is that Romans three twenty three cells that all have an first John three eight when he read this tells us how serious sin is first John three eight says he that commits sin is of the devil for the devil Senate from the beginning that is not as serious and strong language sin is the transgression of the law she who commits sin is of the devil there is no mincing of words here in Scripture and if I I long for the days when more and more you will hear the message instead of people saying well I'm only human I just sent in my cinema Cinema that the norm for humanity what about you twenty four now was Paul Holy Spirit is going to bring that message back to our church now if it is true that the Holy Spirit is going to convict the world of sin and as soon as the transgression of the law of wages of sin is death and all have sin and come short of the glory of God that means that every single one of us need to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us about when we use we all have needed at some point and still need the Holy Spirit to come in our hearts and minds health status that the transgression of the law and the wages of sin is death dollhouse too much to want to die to save each one of us the Holy Spirit is always there to remind us of what is right and what is wrong time reminds me of my recent trip across the country with you well when you're from California and other FM on the driving and I always know when I'm going over the speed limit because out of the corner of my eyes start to see this and fishing down like Thomas M slaughter and if that doesn't work for agencies shall catch it with your eyes shall see the police car went ahead with outstanding saying anything shall we say I did not get a speeding ticket on a matter so I'm thankful for you while in many ways him one of what happens if Jamal had maybe been taking now I've been stealing and I don't hold out for what if I told the police officer waiting on me I drive the speed limit ninety nine percent of the time are you falling me over the sorry you were breaking the law right there when my time is set now you know Judy Janelle may forget to remind me at some point in the future and I may get a speeding ticket when she's in the car I really hope that is that we never have that excuse of the Holy Spirit we always fear about shoes and do something wrong we hear that still small voice and you know you teach one of us at the convention from the voice grew up what is right and what is wrong the Holy Spirit never masses is always there to point out the right way and to help us to avoid the wrong way and one way seems as as Romans seven seven tells us is that the law points out what sin is cast as I had not announced then but by the law and you have a very fast to all of us have sent is also evidence that we all need a savior in if you look again at at John sixteen verse nine the Holy Spirit convicts and convinces the world of sin because they believe not on me that the most basic test of all Christianity John three sixteen reminds for God so loved the world that include his only begotten son that whosoever believe it in me shall not cash him a lot in life John three sixteen how is that the Holy Spirit is working and that I should believe in Jesus because William and come short of the glory of God because at some point in our lives we have not really but we him Jesus and the Holy Spirit wants us to believe that sin will not condemn and that we can be saved so one of the works of the Holy Spirit and taking care of the sin problem is to help us believe that Jesus is our Savior however James Q nineteen tells us that the devils believe and tremble and they're clearly not saved Saddam has got to be something more to this whole thing about believing to be saying this segues into the next morning first we see the Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin then we see that the Holy Spirit convinces the world of righteousness now I does Jesus say that the Holy Spirit needs to convince the world of righteousness notice reverse senses I have righteousness because I go to my father and you see me no more than what is Jesus saying there chooses assaying while I was sheer on this earth I was able living demonstration of righteousness Jesus on this earth with annual living demonstration of righteousness and seven Holy Spirit to keep one out oh well this is so that we won't know what is right and what is wrong but beyond that the Holy Spirit and how that is righteousness because Jesus is not here to get a living demonstration in bodily form as he was from the thirty three years on this earth that we can read about in Scripture to see how Jesus lived his life that this is none of the things that Jesus is trying to bring out here to say while I was here on this Earth I was a living demonstration of righteousness that the work of the Holy Spirit will be so powerful that he will make the believers living demonstrations of righteousness one of the things that we has gone people who did not hire is we need to be a living demonstration of the righteousness of Christ and in no thing to talk about the righteousness of rice and people done to these arguments of that part of righteousness Asia and what part is just the fruit in this amount but the bottom line Scripture is appointed to a Christian is to be a living demonstration of the righteousness of Christ and that sure which imagine that you say that the Holy Spirit had done his work and each one of our lives that are here today and we all walked in as living demonstrations of the righteousness of Christ imagine the power coming out of the airplane church in every one of us here were a living demonstration of the righteousness of Christ that is the work of the Holy Spirit at work in the holy Spirit 's first point is this is wrong and by the grace of God we meet of our send the Holy Spirit me that she read and reach away and we been forgiven for our sends and then through the power of the Holy Ghost we can live a righteous life of Jesus Christ here on this Earth that is similar to the Holy Spirit to convince the world of sin because they believe not on me so then he doesn't want to believe that Jesus died for sins and not only does he convinces the world of righteousness because Jesus is in here on this earth anymore within the world has all those people that have a righteousness of Christ and then the question of what the righteousness of Christ this will become very clear and usually the stories of issues at various churches the films that divine churches and how politics will come and power struggles will take place in pursuit for trying to fit themselves in a position of power and it's like this is the this is God 's professed sure that people are using the method to try to gain power and how can the righteousness of Christ being demonstrated to the world were trying to do everything that is contrary to Christ here so sure we are living in the last days and what God is looking for our spirit filled people who will be allowed to be used by the spirit of the demonstrations of the righteousness of Christ as a number of things that I was planning to say about the righteousness of Christ I will just say this him around wins we have a living demonstration of the righteousness of Christ is Abraham 's work and promise chapter four verse three as Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness so the Holy Spirit convinces the world because they believe not on God to Abraham but we so here's a demonstration of a human being you believe so as not just Jesus you have this experience of righteousness now we see Abraham is the father of the faithful now what is it meaningless as Abraham believed if you go back to Genesis fifteen you'll see the Abraham believed that God was created because God said that Abraham would have a child past childbearing age he and Sarah Abraham believe that all of God as creator she has the creative power of his words to make happen what he says will say because Abraham believed in the creative power of God God could say your righteous and then you get to the end of Romans four and it says not specifically about Abraham 's belief if you look at verses twenty three twenty three it says he was fully persuaded that God promised he was able also to perform the question is then do you really believe in God are you fully persuaded that what God promised to able also to perform the Bible says now I was able to keep you from falling he said yeah but my human experience doesn't matter what the Bible says now we need to get to the point where Christian experience looking at our human experience are trusted spiritual mentors spiritual experiences we just need to look at what the Bible says him the kind of experience we should be having in this time and her sister and Abraham Keegan said Saldana will dog him and his Sarah she is ninety years old and on she was nominally this should not handle the belief that will have children elders no way Abraham 's faith was so powerful that not only did God use is pretty screwed in this area and she had faith and we should be having such powerful saving faith in this point in earth history that other people take them that person has such strong faith on the believe in the same God as well and we see at the end of Romans for starting verse twenty three says that was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him but also taken it shall be imputed if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead who was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification he realized this is talking about the righteousness of Christ Abraham have righteousness imputed to him that it was not just for it is also if we believe we are fully persuaded that God promised he's able also to perform and what specifically does Paul say it's just we believe on him that raised up Jesus are aware from the dead and what is not talking about working at aromas chapter six we see in verse four therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death that why does Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the father even so also we should walk in newness of life verse five for we been planted together in the likeness of his death we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection now Paul is saying is when you believe him for righteousness imputed to you this means that you believe that the same God the father who raised Jesus from the dead he will raise you up to walking the extent of the sink I doubt you don't understand and understand my past you don't understand the fact that I live with you don't understand parents I have or the people I went to school with a friend that I have the bad habit that I have even understand what got us thinking yes I view you who have lived a life that is dead in trespasses and sins if you believe in the power of God just as God raised up Jesus from the dead he will raise you up to live a the auto microbeads the will be and why that mirrors the life of Christ and that is the kind of righteous that the Holy Spirit is trying to convince the world right now the Holy Spirit is not going around giving a message and you have to do is believe in Jesus as your Savior and you can keep living the life of sin people why the Bible says is that when you give your life to Christ so will raise you up to walk in newness of life and how specific is this when you get to verse nine is knowing that Christ being raised from the dead diet no more death hath no more dominion over him for in that he died he died in the San Juan question that he limit he went on to God what Paul is saying look when Jesus died on the cross it wasn't like he's got to keep coming back to Calvary and dying over and over and over again because that has no more dominion over and just as the father raised Jesus from the dead he Grace will walk in newness of life notice what verse fourteen says force then shall not have dominion over you do you believe that John is saying what Jesus doesn't see John that has no more dominion over him because he was raised up from the dead and you have time as the Scripture says that we are dead with that we're the old man is crucified with him that means sin has no more dominion over us and that means we don't keep sending and sending and sending because by the power of God he gives is that you meant when you have the promise of any mountain the uninhabited and he's faithful and just to forgive us but that's not God and you understand that can be in a is for us to be kept from falling thankfully we have a merciful God forgives us that Plan B plan a is now in and was able to keep you from fall so the work of the holy 's Eric in these last days is the conventional world of righteousness and he will do so when you have a group of people in God 's church to run living demonstration of the righteousness of Christ in our last we see that the Holy Spirit convinces the world of the judge is in John sixteen verse eleven the Holy Spirit convinces the world of judgment because the friends of this world is judged now what is Jesus talking about here we see that the Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin of righteousness and judgment because the prince of this world is judged have to go to John chapter twelve verses thirty one and thirty two we see what Jesus is talking about him here in verse thirty one Jesus does now is the judgment of this world now so the prince of this world be cast out and I buy be lifted up from the year will draw all men hands and knees save Jesus on the cross demonstrate to the universe this is really what Satan is all about and so the friends of this world is cast out Jesus as our Savior on the cross as a demonstration of the character of God and so there was no worse sympathy for Satan heaven and that he got in John chapter fourteen verse thirty this idea continues Jesus is hereafter I will not talk much with you for the front of this world and have nothing in me so here's Jesus on the cross Jesus Savior of the world he's dying for our sin and Satan comes up to the cross and he realizes he looked at the life of Christ and he can find you again you know Jesus has proven Satan 's charge is false at the cross friends in this world is cast out the print of this world comes and has nothing in heaven Ellen White has a comment about this verse the first one is found in faith I live by page twenty three here we read the saver check upon himself the infirmities of humanity and lived a sinless life that men might have no fear that because of the weakness of human nature they could not overcome and then she crossed John fourteen thirty the prince of this world said Jesus and hath nothing in me that is what she says there was an nothing that responded to Satan 's sophistry is not consensus that not even I thought we yielded sensation since Satan comes to Jesus on the cross in a five kilos and she is terrified Jesus didn't even yield by law not even so much as my action and we say that Jesus was the son of God he lived a perfect life he had the power of heaven and I'm not just the way Jesus lived his life as you begin with the very next sentence in this passage reads said it may be with us what that means then John fourteen thirty says the upfronts of this world and have nothing in me when we see from why is Saint maybe with us you realize that in the judgment Satan it will it will reach a point where Satan will become and he won't be able to find anything and that's because of the mercy of God that our sins and then forget that is not only the Institute has witnessed God 's people living in the judgment have learned to have the experience of Christ just looking at some of these passages again there was in him nothing that responded the same sophistry to did not consent to sin not even by a father be yielded to temptation so it may be with us and then she goes on and says we need not retain one simple propensity and have people say what Christ and how sinful propensities we need not obtain now that's if I went by page twenty three so in the judgment was that first Christ him can it happen the problem world to find nothing against an eminent shut-in is going to be a consumption over the people of God and it's interesting and great controversy page six twenty three Adam White talks about this very same passage again from John fourteen thirty and this is where we see that we as God while they people have a specific role in this judgment power crisis pedophile and white Susan page six twenty three cents easy to remember that I went by page twenty three and great controversy page six twenty three okay minestrone winces now while our great high priest is making the atonement for us we should seek to become perfect in Christ the question is whether me to become perfect in Christ alone I won't speak for herself in the very next sentence not even by a thought could our Savior be brought to yield to the power of temptation sin and of the need to be perfect in Christ Jew not even by a be brought to yield to the power of temptation by the power of the Holy Spirit we really can't have that experience in this time versus Street Meadows and she goes on to say Satan finds him/her some point or he can gain a foothold some sinful desires cherished by means of which is sensations assert their power that Christ declared of himself the prince of this world and have nothing in me John fourteen thirty continuing on so you can find nothing in the son of God that would enable him to gain the victory she had checked his father 's Commandments and there was no sin in him that Satan can use to his advantage and things that you have a thought with Jesus but notice what she says this is the condition in which those must be found crucial stand in the time and trouble him as well my son is the experience of Satan and finding nothing in Christ not even by marketing yield to temptation she says so maybe when the more specifically this is the be the condition of those who stand in a time of trouble those who stand in a time of trouble that's the hundred and forty four thousand dollars going to come in time in the judgment when probation has closed and Jesus will point to his last day people to hundred and forty four thousand who came out of the last date second Advent movement and Satan will say now those are all those people that I got the scent now remember when they lost the Sanford remember when they did this remember when they did that and then in the judgment Satan and he will for out all of his temptations and all of his power against dog while state people in Jacob 's time of trouble and yet God lastly people will have the experience of Christ that will not even my yield sensation Billy will be like Christ and at that point it can be said the prince of the world and finds nothing in the hundred and forty four thousand eight hundred and forty four thousand are just like Jesus Christ says we in conclusion and that the work of the Holy Spirit is in these last days the Holy Spirit convinces the world of Sven Watson really is the only definition for Senate that is the transgression of the law and when we understand the malignity of sin and that are sympathetic Jesus on the cross then we move a person and we will come to him for his write him about one John can then make us living demonstration of the righteousness of Christ here on this earth and in the judgment our which we have been living in since eighteen forty four God will make women demonstrations of the righteousness of Christ and because of that John will be indicated to defend the judge here I think not to begin the judgment doesn't what it happened up until the judgment through the send the paperwork that God will be vindicated to finish the judgment once you have a group of people here on this Earth that are living demonstrations by the righteousness of Christ and Seo as we think about what is coming the future is God earnestly by prayer and faith every day pleading with God that he will wear out his Spirit in our lives he realized that we must have the early rain experience of the Holy Spirit everyday first abstention version of surrender I'm here that still small voice speaking dressing download this white notice when we follow that voice is how can the Holy Spirit poured out on an latter rain matters if one not learning how to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit right now so God is preparing people to prepare people so that he can for out his spirit so that one day soon Revelation eighteen will be fulfilled and the earth will be enlightened with the glory of God and the messages the three Angels messages will go out with the everlasting God proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus and we will be able to proclaim the faith of Jesus and because we will have that experience some may we be faithful men we allow the holies spirit you has for us and our allies because the Holy Spirit wants to convince the world of sin righteousness and judgment and has a group of people that are fully surrendered then we will see the great and not a quantitative long unit of the world around us it's not going to take long and I just pray that each one of us here will be found faithful on Monday so that God will be able to use this spirit through our lives to demonstrate the righteousness of Christ to this world

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