Divine Empowerment of Leaders

Divine Empowerment of Leaders, Study of Luke(Page 19)

By Allen Quist 

Divine-empowered Leadership Theory

We begin by looking at the source of divine empowerment, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the “third Person of the Trinity through whom God acts, reveals His will, empowers individuals, and discloses His personal presence in the Old and New Testament” (Jackson par. 1). Without the Holy Spirit, a person is not connected to Christ and there is no divine empowerment (Rom. 3:9-11); Peter proclaimed this at Pentecost (Acts 2: 38-40).

From the early church to the present age, the work of the Holy Spirit remains the same; He regenerates and renews us. Titus 3:4-7 explains how the Holy Spirit begins our faith and renews us, “…he saved us, …according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Sprit puts believers into the church, making us one with Christ and uniting us with other believers for the good of the body of Christ, as explained in 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 13 says that the “manifestations [gifts] of the Spirit” are for “the common good,” to build up the body of believers.

The Holy Spirit lives within all believers. He is the “other Advocate” promised by Jesus who would be with us and in us forever (John 14:16-17) reminding us of the words of Jesus and pointing us to Christ (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is the proof of God within us, “All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us” (1 John 3:24).

The Holy Spirit guides us to truth and glorifies Jesus: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth… He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (John 16: 13-14). The Holy Spirit is not given to glorify an individual, but given to flow through the believer to glorify God; Jesus compared how the Spirit flows to “rivers of living water” in John 7:37-39.

All believers are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:17-18 states, “So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit…” Speaking at New Heights Community Church, Matt Hannon Next Pagestated that being filled is our responsibility to the Holy Spirit. The Greek states “be filled” as a command in the present imperative tense, “be continually filled.” We are to be under control of the Spirit at all times, “controlled like wind in the sails of a ship and continuously yielding to the Spirit in obedience” (Hannon “Christianity”).

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