THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE CHRISTIAN

THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS WITH THE FREE WILL

26. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with the necessary grace to answer his spiritual calling out of free will. Educating the Christians in spiritual freedom, He encourages him to cooperate in His work within the Church and in the world, this being achieved out of free will. By the grace of Christ, in love, the Christian is drawn to inner freedom and peace of heart, enduring the most difficult trials of the world.

THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES FAITH

27. The Holy Spirit awakens the faith of the believer so he may have eternal life by knowing the Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Who the Father has sent. [Jn. 17:3]

28. Faith in Jesus Christ cannot be known to men in any other way except by the Spirit of God. It is the Holy Spirit Who reveals that “Jesus is Lord”. Nor can the thoughts of God be known to men but to God Himself, these being revealed by the Holy Spirit. [1 Cor. 2:10-1; 12:3]

29. Only by the Holy Spirit can a believer find strength in saying: “Jesus is Lord“. [1 Cor. 12:3] By the power of the Holy Spirit, the believer is brought in touch with Jesus, being able to also cry out: “Abba! Father!” [Gal. 4:6]

THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTS OF SIN

30. Since the day of Easter, by the grace of the Spirit of God Who is also known as the Comforter, man has been given the Light. The Spirit proved man wrong about sin, this leading to repentance, conversion and sanctification. The Holy Spirit proved that Christ was sent by the Father.

THE HOLY SPIRIT DRAWS TO CHRIST

31. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, the believers are drawn to Christ. He enlightens the Christian regarding the mystery of Christ to encourage him to bear much fruit. His joint effort with Christ brings the Christian in communion with the Father. The Holy Spirit as the anointing of Christ has Christ Himself as the Author of the anointing. [Jn. 15:8, 16]

THE HOLY SPIRIT SANCTIFIES

32. Holiness is received from the Holy Spirit, from He Who is the source of all holiness. Having made God’s children holy through His indwelling, it is then safe to say that the Church is also holy because it is composed of holy people.

33. Through the Holy Spirit and the cooperative free will of the faithful, his Christian life is morally maintained, ensuring a continuous disposition that makes the believer obedient to the urging of the Spirit of God.

THE LOVE OF GOD

34. God is love. [1 Jn. 4:8, 18] This gift, which embraces all others, is the first love [Rev. 2:4] which God has given to all through the Holy Spirit. [Rom. 5:5] Then, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Christian receives a new life in Christ, to love as God loved us, this leading to receiving the “first fruits” of His inheritance. [Rom. 8:23; Rom 8:23; 1 Cor. 13.; 2 Cor. 1:21; 1 Jn. 4:11-2]

KNOWING GOD

35. “No one comprehends God’s thoughts except the Spirit of God.” [1 Cor. 2:11] It is the Spirit of truth Who reveals the thoughts of God. [Jn. 16:13] The world does not know Him, nor accept Him, because it does not see Him. Those who believe in Christ know Him because He dwells in them. [Jn. 14:17] Through the Holy Spirit, the sanctified Christian learns to know God as He knows Himself.

THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

36. Crafted [attached] onto the vine [Christ], the children of God who live by the Spirit bear the fruit of the Spirit, these being: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. With increased renouncing of the worldly ways, the fruit of the Spirit bears greater fruit. [Mt. 16:24-6; Gal. 5:22-2, 25]

37. Church traditions taught three more fruit, those of: generosity, modesty and chastity. By the fruit of His Spirit, the Christian is perfected as the first fruit of eternal glory.

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

38. The first gift of the Holy Spirit is grace. It leads to the justification and sanctification of the Christian. Through grace, the Christian receives gifts that identify him with the Holy Spirit and His work. These gifts serve the purpose of cooperating in the salvation of others and for the growth of the Church, the Body of Christ. Other gifts are sacramental graces that are associated with the different Sacraments. Then, there are special graces, these also called ‘charisms‘ [meaning ‘favour’] for the building of the Church. [1 Cor. 12:]

THE GIFT OF CHARISM

39. To some Christians is given the special charism of healing as a manifestation of the power of God. While not all prayers are blessed with a healing, the grace of God is sufficient for the Christian, His power perfecting the soul in weakness. [2 Cor. 12:9; Col. 1:24] The grace of God, that is distributed through the Holy Spirit, firstly serves the purpose of fulfilling God’s Will, to sanctify the soul over and above his worldly needs. That is why some prayers are not answered. Sometimes what is asked would not be beneficial to the spiritual growth of the soul.

THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST

40. Through the power and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Christian becomes disposed to Divine inspirations. These gifts that result in the fullness of Christ are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. [Ps. 143:10; Is. 11:1-2; Rom. 8:14, 17]

THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS TO PRAY

41. As Master of prayer, the Holy Spirit helps the Christian to pray as he should, He Himself interceding for him. [Rom. 8:26] During prayer, the Holy Spirit is the strength of the heart. [Jn. 4:14]

BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

42. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can lead to unrepentance and eternal loss. Such a sin which can never be forgiven, is a willful refusal of God’s mercy, a rejection of the forgiveness of sins, and the salvation which the Holy Spirit offers. [Mt. 12:32; Mk. 3:29, Lk. 12:10]

 

cf http://www.catholicdoors.com/courses/th1.htm

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