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He Shall Glorify Me

He Shall Glorify Me

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Mar 02, 2011
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“He Shall Glorify Me”(John 16:14)   I.  Introduction.A.  Orientation.1.  We’ve seen that the Spirit is responsible to do two main things in the work of salvation:a.  He is the One who quickens us to spiritual life.b.  And, for our purposes this morning, He distributes to us the blessings Jesus boughtthrough His life and death:  Himself, sanctification, spiritual gifts, comfort. 2.  We saw something of how He comforts last week.a.  Jesus said, “He will . . . bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John14:26).(i)  He would remind the apostles what Jesus said to preach, teach and write.(ii)  He would remind all believers of what He said to comfort us. b.  He would do this in two ways:(i)  Powerfully:  more than just reminding, but with power.(ii)  Sovereignly:  when and where He wills. B.  Preview.1.  This morning, we’ll look at His next main work:  to glorify Christ.a.  When the Spirit works, when He brings things to our minds, applies them to ourhearts, He does so in a way that draws our attention to Jesus.b.  The Father’s will, in all His work, is to do just that:  to glorify His Son.c.  This is the Spirit’s ministry. 2.  Let’s consider two things:a.  That it is the Spirit’s work to glorify Christ.b.  How He does this. II.  Sermon.A.  First, let’s consider that it is the Spirit’s work to glorify Christ.1.  Again, we’re talking about His role in redemption.a.  The Father loves and chooses whom He will save; sends and rewards the Son.b.  The Son is sent to obey, die, rise, receive the blessings and intercede.c.  The Spirit’s work is to apply what Christ did, in answer to His intercession – toquicken and distribute these blessings.(i)  This doesn’t make Him any less God.(a)  The Son is no less God because He takes a subordinate role and becomes aservant.(b)  Neither is the Spirit any less because He is sent to apply the blessings.(c)  He is still fully God, worthy of all praise, honor and glory. (ii)  But the point is He does this in a way that puts Jesus at the forefront:  “He shallglorify Me.”
 
2(iii)  He draws our attention to the person and work of Christ. 2.  What this means is He will not draw attention to Himself, or to His work unnecessarily,or to anything or anyone else.  “He shall glorify Me.”a.  So much today goes under the guise of being of spiritual – of the Spirit.(i)  So many believe themselves to be spiritual – to be filled and moved by the Spirit– these so-called great prophets, teachers, faith-healers.(ii)  But the problem is they don’t glorify Christ:(a)  They focus on the work of the Spirit.(i)  Christ did what He did to give us the Spirit, His gifts and blessings.(ii)  They turn the Spirit’s work around in their teaching. (b)  Or they focus on themselves:  seeking to glorify themselves. b.  But when they do this – when they glorify themselves – they show they’re not doingthese things by the Spirit, because He was sent to glorify Christ.(i)  Consider what John wrote in our Scripture reading:  “Beloved, do not believeevery spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because manyfalse prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God:every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; andevery spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of theantichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in theworld” (1 John 4:1-3).(ii)  In John’s day, there were those who taught the Son of God didn’t become man –Gnostics – they denied His humanity.(a)  This was a serious error – He had; it was necessary for their salvation; theywere preaching a false Christ.(b)  What was John’s conclusion regarding them?  They didn’t have the Spirit of God, but the spirit of antichrist.(c)  The sign of a false prophet – or one who speaks by a false spirit, not by theSpirit of God – is that he teaches a false Christ, distorts the truth of God, anddishonors Christ.(d)  The Spirit wouldn’t do this – “He shall glorify Me.” (iii)  What does this say about those today that detract from Christ’s person and work in other ways?(a)  Who glorify themselves?(b)  Or their “ability” to speak from God?(c)  Or their ability to “heal”?(d)  Who focus on money, rather than Christ?(e)  Or the charismatic gifts – whether you speak in tongues or can prophesy orhave a word of knowledge?(f)  Or who in the exercise of these “gifts” draw attention to themselves or to theSpirit, rather than Christ? (iv)  Or closer to home, what does it say about us when we do things to drawattention to ourselves and not to Christ?

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