“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father…And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:12, 16-17 ESV
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4 ESV
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is the “Greater One” Who has been authorized to lead us into “Greater Works” on the Lord’s behalf. What Jesus was in everyday life to His disciples, the Spirit is to believers today. He continues to display the reality of God through contemporary believers in the same way He did over 2000 years ago through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Our responsibility is to be today’s disciples! That means keeping close company with the Lord and especially obeying those things He teaches and trains us to do.
If you examine what Jesus and His Disciples state in scripture about the Holy Spirit, you will find a concrete set of principles by which God guides those into spiritual greatness who are serious about serving Him. You could call these guidelines “Leadership Principles of the Holy Spirit,” as they are the essence of true Christian leadership. Scripturally speaking, note how He is referred to as the Spirit of:
1. CONSOLATION (John 14:16)
2. RECOGNITION (John 14:17)
3. COMMUNION (John 14:21-23)
4. INSTRUCTION (John 14:26)
5. RECOLLECTION (John 14:26)
6. CONFIRMATION (John 15:26)
7. CONVICTION (John 16:8)
8. REVELATION (John 16:13)
9. DIRECTION (John 16:13)
10.TRANSMISSION (John 16:14)
11.DEMONSTRATION (Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 2)
12.EDIFICATION (Jude 20)
By becoming more and more familiar with these various ways the Holy Spirit expresses God/Himself we can trust to be led by Him and reflect the kind of leadership found in the Bible. The last days will to call for at least the same spiritual level of guidance found in the earliest days of the church, and doubtless more. The more familiar we get with the different characteristics listed here the more we will understand about how God “moves”.
About the Author:Rocky Veach is a respected leader, preacher, and pastor within the Christian community. He is best known for his passionate, people-building approach to ministry both in the United States and abroad. Read full biography.