The Holy Spirit is a significant part of the Christian faith, and it plays a crucial role in empowering believers to become preachers of the gospel. The gospel message is the good news of salvation that has been made available to humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As believers, we are called to spread this message to the world, and the Holy Spirit is the one who empowers us to do so.
The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the third person of the Trinity, and it is through the Spirit that we receive the power to witness to others about the gospel. In Acts 1:8, Jesus promised his disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost, they were transformed, and they began to preach the gospel boldly to the people who had gathered in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit gave them the words to speak, and the people were amazed at their boldness and power.
As believers, we too have been given the Holy Spirit, and we can also be empowered to become preachers of the gospel. The Spirit helps us to understand the scriptures and to speak with boldness and clarity about the message of salvation. In 1 Corinthians 2:12, Paul writes, "Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God."
The Holy Spirit also gives us the ability to bear witness to the gospel through our lives. When we are filled with the Spirit, we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These qualities attract people to us and make them want to know more about the message we are proclaiming.
In addition, the Holy Spirit equips us with spiritual gifts that enable us to minister effectively. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul lists various spiritual gifts, including prophecy, healing, and speaking in tongues. These gifts are given to us for the common good, and they enable us to minister to others in a powerful way.
Finally, the Holy Spirit is the one who empowers us to become preachers of the gospel. Through the Spirit, we receive the power to witness boldly, to understand the scriptures, to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, and to minister effectively through spiritual gifts. As believers, we need to be open to the work of the Spirit in our lives, so that we can be effective witnesses for Christ in the world.
Pastor Clark Ortiz