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God the Son: His Present Activity and Future Role; God the Holy Spirit

September 1st, 2019

Minoh International Church
Pastor Joseph Ricohermoso
Colossians 3:1-3
John 14:25~25
ヨハネの福音書 14:25-26
John 16:7-11
ヨハネの福音書 16:7-11


The Apostles’ Creed reads in part:

  • I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again.

Today, we’re going to look into the next part of the creed. It says:

  • He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit . . .
  1. Christ is seated on His throne

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 

Colossians 3:1~3


コロサイ人への手紙 3:1-3

Jesus came to earth from heaven in great humility; He returned to heaven in triumph and glory, having accomplished all that was necessary for salvation.

The doctrine of the ASCENSION assures us that Christ has been exalted and glorified, and that His power and glory can be revealed and reflected in our lives. The creed states that Jesus now sits at the right hand of God. This suggests special status and that Jesus accomplished everything the Father had set for Him to do.

Thinking about the ascension is a helpful way of making sure that our outlook on life is right. It helps us recall that our destiny does not lie on this earth but with the ascended Christ, who has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us. He is waiting for us now. This gives us a new perspective on the chores of everyday life. It sets before us a vision that keeps us going. It is like an oasis in the desert—vital refreshment in the midst of the heat of life.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

John 14:1~3


ヨハネの福音書 14:1-3

  1. Christ is the coming Judge

The creed states that Jesus “will come again to judge the living and the dead.”

He [Jesus Christ] was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 10:41-43

しかし神様は、三日後にイエスを復活させてくださいました。そしてそのことを、すべての人々にではなく、神様があらかじめ選んでおられた証人に示してくださったのです。私たちは復活したイエスとお会いして、いっしょに食事もしました。 42 主は、これらのことをすべての人に伝えるように、私たちを派遣なさいました。それで私たちは、このイエスが、生きている人でも死んだ人でもすべての人を審判する方として、神に任命されたのだと証言しているのです。 43 イエスについては、どの預言者も、この方を信じる者はだれでも、その名によって罪が赦されると証言しています。」

使徒の働き 10:41-43

(Also, 1 Peter 4:4~6)

In Warren Wiersbe’s book, Meet Yourself in the Psalms, he tells about a frontier town where a horse bolted and ran away with a wagon carrying a little boy. Seeing the child in danger, a young man risked his life to catch the horse and stop the wagon.
ワーレン・ウィアーズブの本「Meet Yourself in the Psalms」では、彼がある国境の町にいたときに起こったことについて書かれています。ある馬が馬車に子供がいたにも関わらず逃げ出してしまいました。その事態を見た青年が馬車を追いかけ、自分の命を危険にさらす行為であると理解していながら馬車を止めようとしました。

The child who was saved grew up to become a lawless man, and one day he stood before a judge to be sentenced for a serious crime. The prisoner recognized the judge as the man who, years before had saved his life; so he pled for mercy on the basis of that experience.

But the words from the bench silenced his plea: “Young man, then I was your savior; today I am your judge, and I must sentence you to be hanged.” One day Jesus Christ will say to rebellious sinners, “During that long day of grace, I was the Savior, and I would have forgiven you. But today I am your Judge. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire!” 

Many Christians find the idea of judgment deeply threatening. I hope these three (3) points may help us come to terms with it.

  • First, we are judged by Someone who knows us totally.

We need not fear a superficial judgment based on inadequate knowledge of us and our situation. We can be honest about ourselves with God in a way that is impossible with other people. We can trust Him that He is fair in His judgment.

  • Second, we are judged by Someone who is passionately committed to us

The cross reveals God’s love for us as well as His judgment on us. Jesus Himself was condemned by biased judges, hostile crowds and an indifferent public prosecutor; we, on the other hand, will be judged by One who cares deeply for us and is sympathetic toward us.

  • Third, we are judged by Someone we know and trust.

We are already judged by our attitudes toward Jesus. Thus, we are not judged on the basis of something unknown, but on the basis of our response to Jesus Christ.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 
John 3:17~18


ヨハネの福音書 3:17-18

We have already been judged and know the outcome of that judgment (“Whoever believes in him is not condemned”); what remains is the confirmation and enactment of that judgment.

For the believer, our Lord Jesus will come as a judge but not to condemn us. Rather, He is much like a judge in the Olympics. He will personally give us His rewards. The apostle Paul confessed:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7~8


テモテへの手紙Ⅱ 4:7-8

I get excited whenever I think about the fact that Christ will return. There is joy because we know He is the true Ruler and Judge of this world and of this universe. He will eventually and finally vindicate us all from this unbelieving world and grants us His reward. The question is: Do we “long for his appearing”?

  1. The Holy Spirit

The creed states, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”

The trinitarian structure of the Apostles’ Creed is now complete. Having dealt with faith in God the Father and God the Son, the creed turns to the Holy Spirit.

Gregory of Nazianzus: “The deity of the Holy Spirit ought to be clearly recognized in Scripture. Look at these facts: Christ is born; the Spirit is His forerunner. Christ is baptized; the Spirit bears witness. Christ is tempted; the Spirit leads Him up. Christ ascends; the Spirit takes His place. What great things are there in the character of God which are not found in the Spirit? What titles which belong to God are not also applied to Him? He is called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the mind of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of adoption, of truth, of liberty; the Spirit of wisdom, of understanding, of counsel, of might, of knowledge, of godliness, of the fear of God. This only begins to show how unlimited He is.”

The Holy Spirit’s distinctive role is to fulfill what we may call a floodlight ministry in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ.

J.I. Packer shares this illustration. I remember walking to church one winter evening to preach on the words, “He will glorify me” (John 16:14), seeing the building floodlit as I turned a corner, and realizing that this was exactly the illustration my message needed. When floodlighting is well done, the floodlights are placed so that you do not see them; in fact, you are not supposed to see where the light is coming from; what you are meant to see is just the building on which the floodlights are trained. The intended effect is to make it visible when otherwise it would not be seen for the darkness, and to maximize its dignity by throwing all its details into relief so that you can see it properly. This perfectly illustrated the Spirit’s new covenant role. He is, so to speak, the hidden floodlight shining on the Savior. Or think of it this way. It is as if the Spirit stands behind us, throwing light over our shoulder on to Jesus who stands facing us. The Spirit’s message to us is never, “Look at me; listen to me; come to me; get to know me”, but always, “Look at Him, and see His glory; listen to Him and hear His word; go to Him and have life; get to know Him and taste His gift of joy and peace.” The Spirit, we might say, is the matchmaker, the celestial marriage broker, whose role it is to bring us and Christ together and ensure that we stay together. [James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986]

How do you see the Holy Spirit active in your own life?

We have a very limited time to hit the high points of the richness of the Christian understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin.

Jesus promised His disciples the continued presence and power of the Spirit after He had left them. The Spirit would convict the world of its guilt and sin, and convince them of the reality of judgment.

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

John 16:7~11


ヨハネの福音書 16:7-11

  • The Holy Spirit is a pledge of our salvation

set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2Corinthians 1:22


コリント人への手紙Ⅱ 1:22

The basic meaning of pledge is “down payment” or “token of commitment.” God places His Spirit within our hearts as a down payment: it demonstrates that we are His and promises that there is more to come.

  • The Holy Spirit is our Comforter

As Jesus prepared to leave His disciples, He promised to send them a Comforter.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

John 14:25-26


ヨハネの福音書 14:25-26

The Greek word parakletos is usually translated as “comforter,” “advocate” or “counselor.” The Greek word for comfort can also bear the meaning “urge on” or “encourage to do greater things.” The Spirit prods us, encouraging and empowering us to do things we otherwise would not and could not do.

Please pray for greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in your life and in the life of our church fellowship.


Christ ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us. He is coming again to judge the living and the dead. But, for now, He is with us through the Holy Spirit who is at work in our hearts and lives.