Advocate
04/11/2021

Advocate

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Passage: Acts 19
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(Paul) asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

Acts 19:2

Egg: 3 parts, yet 1 egg: the shell, white, and yoke. 

Problem: God cannot be divided in “parts”.

“Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

1. The Holy Spirit is God.

Acts 19:11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, 

“In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

Man tries to mimic what God does.

One time, even the disciples couldn’t cast a demon out of a boy.

After Jesus had gone into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Jesus answered, “This kind cannot come out, except by prayer.”

Mark 9:28-29

WWJD? It’s a nice sentiment, but not totally applicable. 

I am not the Son of God and neither are you.

Jesus could read people’s thoughts, cast out any demon, and create the world with a word. 

Example: Would Jesus wear a mask? Get the vaccination?

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 

John 15:26

The Spirit serves the purpose of testifying about Jesus… the gospel.

2. The Holy Spirit Advocates for the Gospel

Advocate - a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy

The Holy Spirit doesn’t advocate to make people rich and famous, but for the advancement of the Gospel. 

1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

1 John 4:1-3

Pharaoh also had magicians who could perform miracles.

God used what happened to these “Sceva” false prophets to further the Cause. 

Acts 19:17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

What is the HS for? Conviction & Repentance

“I cried out to him with my mouth;

    his praise was on my tongue.

If I had cherished sin in my heart,

    the Lord would not have listened…”

Psalm 66:17-18

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”

Acts 3:19

HS advocates for the Gospel. Freedom from sin

3. The Gospel brings spiritual freedom.

Story: The fear of the Lord. Kaya coming and saying she would pay for the hose.

Experiencing the Holy Spirit: conviction, repentance, freedom, confidence.

People who practiced sorcery burned scrolls which was a shot to the idol trade.

Demetrius… 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.

The truth is called a lie and visa versa. (even back then)

this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray by the truth, He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all

Idolatry here…. literally. 

4. Spiritual freedom brings spiritual opposition.

The love of money and clinging to their “trade” blinded them to the reality of the gospel.

32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.

Trying to be “in” with a certain crowd? Make people happy?

Don’t worry about passing fads. (Adkins diet)

The whole Bible and all the great saints of the past join to tell us the same thing. “Take nothing for granted,” they say to us. “Go back to the grass roots. Open your hearts and search the Scriptures. Bear your cross, follow your Lord and pay no heed to the passing religious vogue.
The masses are always wrong. In every generation the number of the righteous is small. Be sure you are among them.”

 - A.W. Tozer

The accusations against Paul came to nothing..

Paul didn’t care. Prison or not, job or not, he counted all things rubbish.

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:7-8

5. Any loss for Christ is worth it.

What do we desire more than Jesus?

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Everything else pales in comparison to a real encounter with Jesus.

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