Honor the Spirit–Luke 12:10-12


Beware of Hypocrisy

  • Take heed to yourself
  • Hypocrisy is like leaven
  • How?

vss. 2-7 – Honor the Father – Hebrews 11:6 (believe in God as He is)

  • Fear God
    • Uncovers all
    • Can send to Hell
    • Knows everything

vss. 8-9 – Honor the Son – Confess Him

  • Jesus is the Son of Man – 1 John 4:2; 2 John 7 (Jesus)
  • Jesus is the Son of God – 1 John 4:15 (Christ)
  • Jesus is Lord – Romans 10:9-10; Philippians 2:11 (Lord)
  • Acts 16:31 (summary)
  • Must know Christ to get to the Father – John 14:6

vss. 10-12 – Honor the Spirit – Hear Him

  • Cannot come to the Son except through the Spirit – 1 John 4:1-3
  • Faith comes by hearing the Word…which was given by the Spirit
  • John 16:8-9 (sin, righteousness, and judgment realized by the Word)
  • The Spirit speaks consistent with the Bible
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-3

vs. 10

  • speaking against Christ can be forgiven—each of us has been, Mark 3:28
  • blaspheming the Holy Spirit (speaking against the Spirit’s revelation) cannot be forgiven
  • if you reject the work of the Spirit—Word and conviction, you will not be saved (danger—Mark 3:29)
  • if you believe the Spirit’s testimony, you will believe in Christ
  • if you speak against (blaspheme) the Spirit, you deny His testimony of Christ, you will not receive Him and cannot come to God
  • Hebrews 6:4-6
  • Hebrews 10:29

vss. 11-12

  • contrasts throughout
  • Father knows all—knows his children
  • Confess the Son—he will confess you
  • Hear the Spirit—he will teach you when you need it
  • He will be your permanent teacher
    • He will guide you into truth (in the Word)
    • He will give you discernment (through the Word)
    • He will empower you in persecution
    • Don’t worry about what you might or might not be able to do
    • He will give you strength in the hour of trial
  • When… (inevitable)
  • Synagogues (Jewish authority)
  • Magistrates, powers (Gentile authority)
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