Talking about the Holy Spirit can be a challenging conversation. But, it is paramount that we the conversation. Here are at least 39 important ministries of the Holy Spirit.
Importance of Talking About the Holy Spirit
It is important for us to speak about the Holy Spirit for several reasons. First, the Holy Spirit is where the Trinity becomes personal. God, the Father, is transcendent and seems so far away. Jesus lived over 2,000 years ago and seems far removed from our present day lives. The Holy Spirit, however, lives within us and helps us to experience the Father and Son.
Second, the Holy Spirt plays a prominent role in the life of the Church today. God was prominent in the Old Testament, and Jesus was prominent in the Gospels. But, since Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit has taken center stage in the life of the Church and individual believers.
Third, the Holy Spirit makes the Christian life more than a set of propositions to be believed. He makes our relationship with God real and tangible. We can experience true love, joy, peace, and freedom.
Therefore, it is important that we take the time to understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and believers today. I know there are more, but here are 37 vital ministries of the Holy Spirit.
The Ministries of the Holy Spirit
- Created the universe (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30)
- Inspired the writing of the Bible (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16)
- Gives life (Ezekiel 37:14)
- Was responsible for Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35)
- Anointed Jesus at the start of his ministry (Matthew 3:16)
- Directed Jesus to be tempted (Matthew 4:1)
- Empowered Jesus in his ministry (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38)
- Caused Jesus to rejoice (Luke 10:21)
- Empowered Jesus to offer himself as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14)
- Raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11)
- Convicts unsaved of sin and its consequences (John 16:8-11)
- Gave birth to the church (Acts 2:1-4, 16-18)
- Activates praise (Ephesians 5:18-20)
- Desires to direct the mission of the church (10:19-20; 13:2-4)
- Appoints preachers/teachers/missionaries (Acts 13:4-5; 20:28)
- Communicates Jesus’ message to the Church (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)
- Guides the Church in decisions (Acts 15:28)
- Regenerates the believing sinner (Titus 3:5-7)
- Makes an individual a member of the Body of Jesus (Romans 8:9)
- Indwells believers (John 14:17)
- Reminds believers of what Jesus has said (John 14:26)
- Glorifies Jesus (John 16:14)
- Enables believers to serve God (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
- Seals believers (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
- Fills believers (Ephesians 5:18)
- Convicts believers of the need for constant change (Romans 8:5-9)
- Gives gifts to believers (1 Corinthians 12:11)
- Makes believers more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18)
- Strengthens believers’ new nature (Ephesians 3:16)
- Reveals biblical truth to believers (Ephesians 1:17-18)
- Assures believers of their new relationship with God (8:14-16)
- Gives believers freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)
- Fills believers’ mouth with the right things to say (Mark 13:11)
- Pray for believers (Romans 8:26-27)
- Guides believers (Romans 8:14)
- Teaches believers (John 14:26)
- Empowers believers for sharing the gospel (Acts 4:31; 6:9-10; Acts 13:9-10)
- Imparts the love of Christ to and through believers (Romans 5:5)
- Will raise the body of dead believers (Romans 8:11)
Get to Know the Holy Spirit
Thus, it is extremely important that we get to know the Holy Spirit. In fact, we cannot be like Jesus or live for Jesus without the power of the Spirit. Spend time going over the list again and ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to his presence and work in your life.
What are some other vital ministries of the Holy Spirit?