The Holy Spirit and Evangelism... Part 1

Posted by donna on March 1, 2017

Evangelism.PNGWhen speaking with Nicodemus, Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to the wind, which cannot be seen, but whose effect is evident.  Perhaps the clearest evidence of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit is seeing unregenerate people continually coming to Christ and receiving salvation … becoming “born again.”

The Scriptures have one central theme from Genesis to Revelation and that is the redemption, reconciliation and restoration of all things back to God the Father through the work of Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 1:1-10 captures this theme perfectly.  This theme is only made known through the process of revelation.

In Matthew 16:16-17, Peter had just given a clear statement concerning who Jesus really is. Peter confessed that Jesus is the “Christ, the Son of the living God” (vs.16).  Jesus responded by saying that this knowledge didn’t come through human understanding, but rather from a direct revelation from God the Father.

  • Scripture is clear that salvation is only available through Christ.
    “no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
    No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44).

  • There are several passages in the Bible that speak of the Holy Spirit’s role in carrying out God’s plan of redemption, reconciliation and restoration. 
    “… when the Helper (Holy Spirit) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about me (John 15:26).
    “And when He (Holy Spirit) comes He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement, concerning sin because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness because I go to the Father….” (John 16:8-9).
    “… except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:5).
    In writing his first epistle, addressed to the dispersed people of God, Peter says, “To God’s elect … who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood.” (1 Peter 1:1-2)

  • He’s instrumental in the preaching of the Gospel.
    Peter testifies to this when he writes about the gospel hidden to the Old Testament Prophets, “in the things that have now been announced to you though those that preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven” (1 Peter 1: 12).

Therefore, it is crucial to understand that the person and the work of the Holy Spirit in this current age is to lead people to hear, understand, have faith in and accept the redemption that Christ secured for us on the cross.  Yet, how do men come to Christ? Scripture makes it clear that in and of ourselves we have no righteousness to offer to God in exchange for our rebellion, nor do we have a natural inclination to seek God. Scripture, as I have noted above, is clear that God must work on our behalf and in our place. How does He do this? God does this through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the world through creation, through conscience, through God’s Word and by direct impression upon our spirits to come to God. John Calvin calls this ministry ‘irresistible grace’ and in the next blog we will explore the concept of how man deals with the working of the Spirit on his life.

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Willem Fietje

President, AGC

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