Sermon Transcript

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In pre-modern eras, the methods of communication looked very differently, then they do today, with all of the electronic means that we have to communicate. Every generation before this one, of course, was without the Internet and most generations before our own were without things like a telephone or even electricity and so to communicate in most generations, prior to our own. You actually had to send a hand written communication and someone had to physically take that from your geographical location to the geographical location of the person that you wanted to communicate with. But if you were to receive such communication at that time, how would you know that it was genuine? How would you know that it wasn’t fake, that there wasn’t an impostor who was trying to trick you in and pretend to be someone else in the letter? Well, one way this could be prevented was by sending the letter with a trustworthy messenger and two. If I recognize the person bringing the letter, I know I can trust the contents of the letter but another way that cultures throughout this planet have used for hundreds and even thousands of years. Another way to verify communication was by placing a seal on the document. Often these seals were made with a ring, a unique, one of a kind, ring that it would have a symbol engraved on it. And you pour some hot wax on the document and then make an imprint with that unique ring forming this seal and this was used to verify the source to prove the authenticity of the communication that’s being given. The Bible says that the presence of the Holy Spirit is like a seal on the people of God. We’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit for the last two months. Now, together we’ve learned how the spirit is any eternal person fully equal to the father and the son, fully equal member of the Trinity. We’ve seen how the spirit was president creation, giving life and throughout the Old Testament, giving power to the people of God and speaking truth for the scriptures to be written. We saw how in Jesus came. The spirit anointed him, declaring that he was the promised one and then we saw on our conversion. When someone believes in Christ, because the spirit shines truth into their life, and then after that, we see the role of the spirit and in transforming us, making us like Jesus. We covered the difficult topic of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. In the last two Sundays, we’ve talked about spiritual gifts. Now, much of what we’ve heard most of it, I trust, is actually reflected in the ICMK’s statement of faith (part C), the biblical doctrine that we as a church affirmed. Let me just remind us of what our doctrinal statement says about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God. Fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the savior and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character comforts believers and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God. Through his church, He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.